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Avalanche kills NZ man
A New Zealand man has died
in an avalanche on the Japanese
island of Hokkaido. Sam Kerr, 35,
moved to Japan in 2007 and started
an adventure and snowboarding
business. He posted a photo of
himself in the snow to Facebook
just hours before he died. Mr Kerr
is sur vived by his wife and son. A
Givealittle page has been set up to
bring his body home. — NZ N
Smash claims life
One person is dead following a
car crash near Te Urewera national
park. The accident happened at
Ruatahuna very early this morning,
a Fire Ser vice spokeswoman said.
No further details of the victim or
circumstances of the crash were
available. — N Z N
One hurt in house fire
A person suffered burns in a house
fire last evening. Emergency ser vices
were called to a property on Plateau
Drive, in Fitzroy, about 6.45pm.
Northern fire communications
shift manager Jaron Philips said
the house was well involved when
crews arrived. St John confirmed
one person was taken to Waikato
Hospital in a serious condition.
— NZ ME-Hamilton News
Nelson brawl stabbing
A man has undergone surgery after
being stabbed in a fight in Nelson
early yesterday. The 36-year-old was
stabbed in the stomach with a knife
after two groups got into a fight on
the corner of St Vincent Street and
Natalie Street. Two 18-year-old men
have been arrested. — N ZN
An arrest has been made in a
homicide investigation in Hawke’s
Bay. Mark Beale, 45, was found
unconscious and badly beaten in
Haumoana on February 6 and
died after being taken to hospital.
Hawke’s Bay Today reported on
Saturday a 19-year-old Hastings
man had been charged with murder.
Two tickets, sold in Christchurch
and Avondale (Auckland) won
$3.833 million each in Lotto draw
No 1624 on Saturday. The pair
shared the division one prize with
another ticket sold in Waikanae
($333,333 each) and received $3.5
million from Powerball division one.
Successful numbers were 25, 27, 33,
34,37, 39; bonus 18. Strike numbers
were 34, 25, 39, 37. There were two
Strike Four winners, from Tauranga
and Auckland, each taking home
$60,049. Powerball number 4.
Numbers in Keno draw Draw No
13796: 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 27, 31, 39, 40, 45,
46, 47, 59, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 74, 75.
Draw No 13797: 6, 9, 10, 14, 16, 19,
20, 22, 28, 29, 34, 37, 48, 50, 51, 63, 67,
74, 76, 77. Draw No 13798: 5, 16, 21,
24, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 47, 48, 49, 51,
56, 63, 66, 69, 71, 79. Draw No 13799:
60, 64, 65, 71, 72, 76, 78, 79.
Cat found in trap put down
A Christchurch family is pleading for
the safe return of their son’s ashes after
burglars took off with them along with
tens of thousands of dollars worth of
Raewyn Wahnig and her husband got a
call on Thursday telling them their North
Linwood home had been broken into.
She came home to find about $20,000
worth of jewellery gone and the ashes of
her son, Thomas, missing.
Mrs Wahnig said she lost her child a
long time ago and now she had lost him
again. — NZ ME
Ali Williams has been charged for
allegedly trying to buy drugs following
his arrest in Paris, a media report says.
News agency AFP, citing judicial
sources, reported Williams would be
prosecuted following an incident outside
a Paris nightclub on Saturday morning
Williams, 35, and former Australian
test back James O’Connor, who also plays
in the French Top 14 club competition,
were both arrested for allegedly trying to
The report said O’Connor would be
prosecuted for using the drug.
AFP earlier reported that Williams and
O’Connor had remained in custody since
being apprehended by the French Anti-
Crime Brigade, with narcotics officers
continuing an investigation.
They were allegedly caught handing
over about $200 cash to a drug dealer.
Two alleged sellers were also arrested.
A judicial source said both players were
drunk at the time of their arrest and were
not carrying identification papers.
Williams’s club, Racing 92, has
suspended the veteran lock until further
details come to light.
“If the investigation confirms
(Williams’s) possession of cocaine and
the transaction, it would not only be a
crime under the law but also a serious
mistake in view of our ethics,” the club
said in a statement.
Williams, who played 77 tests from
2002 to 2012, is regarded as one of New
Zealand’s finest, most athletic locks.
O’Connor, 26, plays for southern-based
French club Toulon. He won 44 caps for
the Wallabies. — N Z N
A stray cat found in a loose leg-
hold trap in Whangarei had to be
put down after the trap almost cut
through the animal’s paw.
The discovery on Riverside Drive
prompted SPCA Whangarei to issue
a warning for people to set traps in
accordance with the Animal Welfare
Act or face the consequences.
SPCA Whangarei inspectorate
team leader Helena Sweeting said
the injured cat was found caught in a
possum trap at a residential property
in Riverside, almost bordering the
Parihaka bush. The SPCA was called
and the cat was taken to a vet.
“ We couldn’t save it because of the
severity of the injuries. The trap cut
almost right through the front right
paw and the cat would have suffered
a lot of pain,” Ms Sweeting said.
The cat could have suffered for a
week before it was found, she said.
She could not say when and where
the leg-hold trap was set.
Leg-hold traps needed to be fixed
to the ground, and any live capture
trap must be checked within 12
hours of sunrise each day it remains
set to determine if an animal had
been caught, Ms Sweeting said.
“ If this trap was done properly,
whoever set the trap would have
gone to check within 12 hours and
if that was done the cat would not
have found itself in this condition.
The cat was not microchipped, it was
not very friendly and was pretty thin
“It’s actually very fortunate it did
not become tangled in the bush
because if it had, it would have slowly
star ved to death,” Ms Sweeting said.
“The message here is for people to
make sure they educate themselves
on the rules around setting traps.
They just need to be responsible.”
The SPCA has constantly reminded
people not to set up leg-hold traps in
urban areas because of the risks to
pets and children.
The latest warning comes after a
Wairarapa man was last week fined
after he admitted nailing a leg hole
trap to a fence to catch possums.
A four-year-old pet cat was
discovered dead, hanging from the
trap by the left front leg about three
days later on March 23, 2016.
Under the Animal Welfare (Leg
Hold Traps) Order 2007, the use
of leg-hold traps within 150m of
a dwelling without permission of
the occupier or in any area where
there is a probable risk of catching a
companion animal is prohibited.
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
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Hundreds of people have turned
their backs on their nine-to-five
office jobs to take part in an
adventure taking them through
parts of the country cars just
There are nine separate trails
making up this year’s Goldfields
Cavalcade, leaving from different
parts of Otago to meet up at
Omakau Racecourse on Saturday.
For some cavalcaders it is a
This year is the 25th anniversary
of the event and the 25th time
Brenda Harland, of D unedin, and
Alice Sinclair and Les Bayne, of
Mosgiel, have taken part.
The trio of friends were
participating in the Tussock
Creek Light Wagon and Horse
Trail, starting in Kurow, which
left for Omakau yesterday
Mr Bayne said the first
cavalcade was an experience hard
The original group was struck
by a blizzard, resulting in nine
people getting hypothermia.
“The cavalcade wouldn’t have
been continued on — it was a
oncer. It ’s (continued on) because
we had nine people down with
hypothermia. It was the best PR
the trail could have had. It went
“ We left on 23degC. An hour
and a half later we were in a
When that trail first began
no-one was really mixing, but by
the end of the day everyone got
together because the blizzard acted
as a equaliser and everyone realised
how fragile they were, he said.
Since then, trail bosses and
organisers were better equipped
to deal with situations.
Trail boss for Tussock Creek
Chris Bayne did the trail in 1991
and 1993. In 1994 she was asked
to be a trail boss and has been one
She said a huge part of the event
was making it suitable for the
person who might be the slowest
or most unfit.
“ You never know who’s coming.
You can’t push people to their
limits. It’s their holiday. You’re
here to see beautiful landscapes . .
. to have fun.”
Mrs Bayne said exposure to the
landscape on offer was largely
due to the generosity of farmer-
owners of the land the cavalcade
“ If we never had the farmers
we would never have a cavalcade.
I’ve never been turned down and
they ’re just absolutely fantastic. ”
Mrs Sinclair said trail-goers
ended up like a family and year
after year people greeted each
other with hugs.
— Otago Daily Times
Off into back country lucky few enjoy
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Brenda Harland, of Dunedin, left, and Alice Sinclair and Les Bayne, of Mosgiel, meet Flynn for this
year’s Tussock Creek light wagon and horse trail.
Labour leader Andrew
Little has made his
strongest comments on
speculation Jacinda Ardern
could be considered for the
deputy leader role, saying
“don’t expect any change”.
showing in the Mount
Albert by-election — she
recorded 77% of the vote —
has increased speculation
that she could be elevated
to the deputy position
ahead of the September 23
Mr Little was asked
about that prospect at Ms
Ardern’s victory party on
Saturday night and said
there was “no vacancy ” and
he wasn’t “planning any
Yesterday, he repeated
that statement, and added,
“I’m not thinking about it.
Don’t expect any change.”
Ms King said no Labour
MPs had suggested a
change in deputy leader
could be warranted, or
talked to her about possibly
“ Nothing has changed,”
she said, adding the
speculation was media-
“Nobody has phoned me
up and said things have
Earlier this week, she said
the caucus had no reason
to contemplate a change in
“ What would changing me for Jacinda
bring that we don’t already have?
Someone that is younger? Well, is age
everything, or is it a combination of
fairly new talent and experience?
“ No one says that Winston (Peters) is
too old. Isn’t it interesting? I hear that as
a woman I’m too old, but Winston who
is older than me isn’t too old. So I find it
a bit sexist, really. ”
Ms Ardern completed her first duty
as Mount Albert MP-elect yesterday
afternoon, attending a family day at the
Pt Chevalier Lions Club.
“ It is a great feeling,” she said. “ The fact
that the area in which I live in is now
the area I get to work across, does feel
At her victory function, Ms Ardern
referenced the seat ’s history, having
being held by David
Shearer, a former party
leader, and former Prime
Minister Helen Clark.
theme from this seat has
been that every MP who has
found themselves here got
thrashed somewhere else
first, so I have continued
that fine tradition,” she said
when asked about her place
in that legacy.
moved into Mount Albert
with her partner Clarke
Gayford but had been
intending to stand in
Auckland Central for the
third time prior to Shearer’s
resignation, which caused
National’s Nikki Kaye
Ardern by just 600 votes in
Auckland Central in 2014.
Auckland Central again
breast cancer, and will
face employment lawyer
Helen White, who has
been selected as Labour’s
“ When it comes to
Auckland Central I still
have every intention to
support the new candidate
there to win that seat,
and I will be elated when
I see that happen,” Ms
Ardern said. “For me the
fact that someone else will
now finish that chapter is
Ms Ardern, previously a list MP, won
10,000 votes and Ms Genter 1489.
Ms Ardern’s majority was 8511.
Labour and the Greens were the only
parliamentary parties contesting the by-
Mr Little said the by-election
campaign had shown his party was
ready to fight the September 23 general
He said Prime Minister Bill English
“couldn’t be bothered to front up” to
defend National’s record.
Ms Genter said the by-election had
been valuable for the Greens.
“ Being able to talk in depth with
thousands of Aucklanders about the
Green Party’s plan for our city has been
an absolute privilege,” she said.
— NZ ME-NZN
It was just before bedtime, and
Colton Lambert was having a smoke
outside his Papamoa home when he
chanced to look up towards the stars.
Just below the pot of Orion, and
a little to the left, he saw a bright
red light that he at first took to be
a star or an aircraft flying in late to
Then it grew larger, and larger, as it
apparently moved towards him.
After a while, the light stopped
expanding and kept its size.
“ It was bigger than a star,” the
“ What really
intrigued me was that it wasn’t
After holding its position for a short
time, the light retreated at such an
astonishing speed it was gone within
three or four seconds.
“The way it disappeared, mate . . .
I thought, ‘ Whoa, that ’s travelling
The sighting, at 10.40pm on
Thursday, came exactly one week after
several people reported seeing lights
near Greymouth and Barrytown.
Mr Lambert said he was unaware of
But Mr Lambert was not alone in
seeing a strange light over Tauranga
on Thursday night.
Pete Belcher, 48, was outside having
a smoke between 9.30pm and 10pm
when he spotted something odd from
his position near the Omanu Surf
He said an orange light that was
travelling too fast to be an aircraft
moved from the sea towards the land,
passing Mount Maunganui at about
the same height as the top of Mauao.
He watched it for about five minutes.
“ It just stood out,” Mr Belcher said.
News of the sightings prompted
another man, Richard Sharplin, to
come for ward with a description of
five orange lights hovering between
Pyes Pa Road and the Kaimai Range
at the end of November.
Tauranga Astronomical Society
president Stuart Murray had received
no reports of the light.
“All I can put it down to is a Chinese
lantern,” he said. “ I’m basing that on
Spokespeople for Tauranga-based
Ufocus, which archives and researches
unusual aerial sightings, said they
had received no phone calls about
the light. Tauranga City Council and
Tauranga Airport also had no reports,
according to a spokeswoman.
In May and June of last year, several
people reported seeing swirling lights
over Tauranga. One man videoed the
lights on his phone camera.
— NZ ME-Bay of Plenty Times
Strange light seen over Tauranga
Work to reopen
Work is continuing on Dyers Pass
Road in Christchurch so it can finally be
reopened after the Port Hills fire.
Firefighters continue to work on hot
spots from the fire, which was being
Completing the work needed to reopen
Dyers Pass Road is a top priority, officials
The road is a key route over the Port
Hills via the suburb of Cashmere.
The condition of the road was good
overall and edge markers were being
replaced yesterday afternoon.
A geotechnical assessment of scattered
rocks above the road has been completed.
Damage to guard rails and trees will be
addressed today and power cables will be
checked. — NZN
PM okay with emergency
housing budget blowout
The Government says it is not
concerned about an emergency housing
budget blowout after it severely
underestimated how many homeless
people urgently needed a roof over their
It had budgeted on giving out $2
million in 1400 grants for people to
stay in motels in the last three months
of 2016, but ended up spending $7.7
million on 8860 grants, Newshub
Prime Minister Bill English said the
offer had flushed out people who might
not have considered asking for help
“ It’s a demand-led grant, so if people
show up, they get it. We’ll just keep
paying as people need it,” he told the
The Government has been forced to
defend itself over the homeless issue
over the past few years and has said its
policies are working.
Mr English told RNZ the Government
was spending $300m over four years for
“The spend that really matters is
the spend that goes on wraparound
ser vices around those families to try and
straighten them out.”
The people involved had not had
successful lives and came from a mixture
of family violence, criminal and drug
“ If it’s uncovering demand that ’s good,
it ’s bringing problems to the surface
makes it easier to deal with them,
bearing in mind these are people who
have often spent time keeping out of the
Meanwhile, homeless people living in
motels are being counted in the country’s
tourism statistics, Newshub said.
The Statistics New Zealand
accommodation sur vey captured the
homeless in motels as domestic tourists.
Mr English said the situation was for
Statistics NZ to deal with, but he did
not believe homeless should be counted
as tourists. — NZ N
A number of people have suffered life-
threatening injuries in a three-vehicle
crash near Nelson.
The crash happened on the Coastal
Highway, State jighway 60, near the
Redwood Valley, between Nelson and
Motueka late this morning.
It was too early to confirm if anyone
had been killed, a spokeswoman says.
“It’s understood that some passengers
have critical injuries,” police said in a
They later said the road would be closed
until at least 5pm.
St John sent a helicopter, three
ambulances and two response vehicles to
the scene. — NZ N
Officer in shooting ‘acted appropriately’
Wellington’s top policeman said
he was confident the police officer
who fatally shot a 44-year-old man
who came at them with a machete
As investigations into Saturday ’s
shooting continue, acting district
commander Superintendent Steve
Kehoe said the incident, which
unfolded near Mana Esplanade in
Porirua, was a “dynamic, confronting
and dangerous situation”.
It began when police were called
to reports of a domestic dispute
between a man and a woman
involving a knife at a Waikanae
address about 11.30pm.
Before officers arrived the man
fled in a vehicle.
When police got to the house
they found the woman unharmed.
At the same time other officers
began searching the streets for the
man and the vehicles.
They spotted his vehicle near
Mana Esplanade, about 30km
south of Waikanae.
Kehoe said the man approached
a police car, brandishing a large
machete about 12.30am.
Police, fearing for their safety,
The officer who shot the man
was alone in a police car at the
time. However, another officer in
a different vehicle witnessed the
shooting. Police immediately gave
the injured man first aid and called
The 44-year-old man who was
shot died in an ambulance on the
way to Wellington Hospital.
Mr Kehoe said at this stage he
was confident the officer acted
“professionally, appropriately” and
“On that basis the staff have my
100% backing and support.”
He confirmed the victim was
known to police.
Police recovered a machete and
also found an air rifle in the man’s
car. — NZME
Singapore eyes Ohakea for F-15s
Singapore is considering using
Royal New Zealand Air Force Base
Ohakea in Manawatu as a home for
a squadron of its F-15 fighters.
Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee
said the Singaporean Government
had a feasibility study under way.
“I can confirm early discussions
have taken place between New
Zealand and Singapore about
Ohakea being used as a potential
training base for Singapore pilots,”
New Zealand would welcome
Singapore’s investment in the base
as a training facility.
“Singapore is one of New
Zealand’s closest friends, and we
have a very long and proud defence
relationship with Singapore,” Mr
In January, 500 Singaporean
soldiers were at Waiouru Army
Base in the central North Island for
an annual training exercise. They
come to New Zealand where there
is more space to carry out exercises.
“Singapore has made it clear
to us that should they choose
to invest in Ohakea they would
make a significant contribution to
ensuring the local community feels
appropriately engaged, as they have
done in other parts of the world
where they undertake training,
including Australia and the United
States,” Mr Brownlee said.
Tens of thousands of people were
at Ohakea this weekend for an
air force tattoo to mark the 80th
anniversary of the RNZAF. — NZN
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