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Two die in smash
Two people were killed in a crash
on State highway 1 in Northland
yesterday. Emergency services were
called to Hukerenui, near Kawakawa,
about 4.45pm. The accident happened
on a straight stretch of road 30km
north-west of Whangarei. A north-
bound car and a truck heading south
collided head-on before both vehicles
ended up in a ditch. The driver of the
car and his front seat passenger —
both males — died at the scene; the
truck driver was not hurt.
— N ZME -Northern Advocate
Farm accident fatal
A man has died in an accident
with farming equipment at a rural
Waikato property. Emergency
ser vices were called to the Plantation
Road property, near Rangiriri, about
5.30pm yesterday. Work Safe New
Zealand is investigating. — N Z N
Over 1200 people felt a “severe” 5.2
magnitude earthquake which rattled
north Canterbury. It struck 20km
south-west of Cheviot at a depth
of 12km at 8.01am today, Geonet
reported. The quake was mostly felt
in Canterbury, the northern South
Island and Wellington. It followed
quakes of 4.7 and 4.8 in the previous
24 hours. — NZN
Gang swoop nets five
Five Rebels gang members have
been arrested in Auckland and
Christchurch after a series of police
searches turned up firearms and
drugs. The five were arrested yesterday
following a 10-month police
investigation and face 25 charges
between them. They will appear in the
Auckland and Christchurch District
Courts today. — N ZN
Two Wellington divers were
rescued after drifting into trouble
on Wellington’s south coast. The
pair first rang police late yesterday
afternoon to say their 2.5m dinghy’s
motor had broken down 100m off
Red Rocks. There were fears a strong
offshore wind would blow them into
Cook Strait but they ended up on
rocks at Sinclair Head, 300m from
shore. A helicopter winched them off
the rocks. — NZN
South Island winners
Two tickets, sold in Christchurch
and Picton, won their holders
$500,000 each in division one of
Lotto draw No 1625 last night.
Successful numbers were 1, 11, 18,
21, 22, 38; bonus 27. Strike numbers
were 1, 21, 11, 18. There was no Strike
Four winner. Powerball number 10.
There was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 13808: 3,
5, 18, 20, 22, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 38, 44,
48, 55, 58, 63, 64, 67, 71, 75. Draw No
13809: 10, 12, 14, 16, 29, 36, 37, 41, 45,
49, 53, 56, 66, 67, 68, 70, 74, 75, 76, 78.
Draw No 13810: 3, 12, 20, 24, 25, 28,
31, 38, 39, 41, 50, 51, 55, 56, 57, 60, 66,
73, 74, 79. Draw No 13811: 1, 3, 7, 10,
15, 19, 20, 21, 31, 40, 42, 43, 48, 52, 53,
56, 59, 72, 76, 77.
A raft of legislative changes
that came into force yesterday are
designed to make the country’s
courts more modern and user-
Associate Justice Minister Mark
Mitchell says they would provide
a better ser vice for witnesses, court
staff, defendants and communities.
The changes flow from the
passed by Parliament in October.
“They focus on creating a more
people-centred justice system by
making it easier to understand and
more efficient for people to use,” Mr
One of the most significant
changes combines District Courts
throughout the country to form the
New Zealand District Court.
“This will make it the largest court
in Australasia, spanning across 58
court sites and hearing more than
200,000 cases a year,” Mr Mitchell
Chief District Court Judge Jan-
Marie Doogue said it was the biggest
shift in legislation underpinning the
courts for nearly 40 years.
“Instead of a network of separate
district courts, the District Court
is now consolidated into a unified
entity with general, family, youth
and disputes tribunal divisions,” she
Other changes include expanding
District Court jurisdiction in civil
cases from $200,000 to $350,000; an
increase in the number of permanent
judges to 160; and defendants in
criminal cases can appear by audio-
visual link. — NZ N
Courts to be more user-friendly
Police are investigating the attempted
kidnapping of a young woman in Nelson
on Tuesday night.
The 27-year-old woman was walking
home at 10.30pm when she was dragged
into a car on Muritai Street in the suburb
Detective sergeant Alexander Bruning
said three men approached the woman
asking if she wanted a lift.
When she declined one of the men got
out of the car and tried to drag her into
Mr Bruning said she managed to evade
him and run home where she raised the
The car at the centre of the attempted
abduction is described as an early-2000s
model white Subaru Legacy station
The man who tried to snatch the
woman is described as a tall, solidly built
Maori in his late 30s. — NZ ME
Power has been cut to tens of thousands
of people across the South Island.
A Transpower spokeswoman says a
fault in the Twizel area suddenly cut
electricity to a wide area across the island
The extent of the problem was still
being assessed late this morning but
included Timaru, Christchurch, Banks
Peninsula and the Hurunui district.
It had originated in the Twizel area, she
More than 50,000 customers have been
left without power in Christchurch and
traffic has been thrown into chaos with
about 35 sets of traffic lights not working
across the city.
Orion spokeswoman Linda McGregor
said more than 50,000 customers were
affected because of a problem with a
Transpower transmission line supplying
the city from Twizel.
Power went out at 11.29am.
Motorists are being advised to follow
the give-way rules and take care using
intersections. — NZ ME
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Aluminium High Grade
A star-studded gala concert
supported by international opera
singer Jose Carreras has been
organised in London to support
Dunedin soprano Anna Leese
Guidi and her husband Stefano
Last year, just before the birth of
their first child Matteo, Mr Guidi
was diagnosed with the most
aggressive form of motor neurone
disease, amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
The disorder causes the death of
ner ve cells (neurons) in the brain
and results in muscular atrophy.
Sufferers experience difficulty
speaking, swallowing and
At diagnosis, he was given two
years to live.
In a show of support for the
family, former Dunedin musicians
Jonathan Lemalu and Holly
Mathieson, along with New
Zealand High Commission
London first secretary and former
John McGlashan College pupil
Ken Ryan, and Napier soprano
Madeleine Pierard, joined a
committee to organise a benefit
concert, Singing for Stefano,
at the Barbican, in London, on
Spanish tenor Jose Carreras,
who has become a patron of the
event, told organisers, “ We wish
you all success in this initiative
and, please, convey our solidarity
to Anna Leese.”
The evening will be hosted by
baritone Sir Thomas Allen and
include singers Sophie Bevan,
Sarah Castle, Alisdair Hogarth,
Jacques Imbrailo, Madeleine
Pierard, David Butt Philip
and Wendy Dawn Thompson,
accompanied by Bryan Evans,
Alisdair Hogarth, Gary
Matthewman and Lada Valesova.
Organisers hope to raise
Mrs Leese Guidi said she, Mr
Guidi and Matteo had recently
moved to Dunedin to be closer
to family and support networks,
so they would not be attending
the concert. However, she was
delighted at the support of her
“It ’s fantastic. There’s not many
things that friends are able to
do in this situation and they ’re
trying to do whatever they can
“ Not only is it going to help us
out, but it’s also a nice thing that
they ’re showing their solidarity.
“ It does make me feel that
they ’re thinking of us.”
— Otago Daily Times
Suppor ters in concer t
Anna Leese Guidi with husband Stefano Guidi and son Matteo.
Labour wants Peters for intelligence spot
Labour leader Andrew Little is
campaigning for Winston Peters
to fill a vacancy on Parliament ’s
The spot opened up after
Labour MP David Shearer quit
politics in December to take up a
position leading United Nations
peacekeeping operations in South
Mr Little said his nomination
of the New Zealand First leader
had the support of all Opposition
“As a former foreign affairs
minister Winston has extensive
experience of New Zealand’s
security and intelligence agencies
and so would be a valuable
addition to the committee,” he
Mr Little also wanted to see the
committee grow to accommodate
opposition parties, in
proportion with Parliament.
Currently, Opposition MPs take
up two of the five positions.
“ We are tabling with the
Government about this and I
will be tabling a supplementary
order paper to this effect when
the Intelligence and Security Bill
is reported back to Parliament
shortly,” he said. — NZN
Two helicopters and six fire crews
are under pressure to control the
large scrub fire burning near Hanmer
Springs before north-westerly winds
hit the area tomorrow.
Fires broke out yesterday, burning
on both sides of State highway 7
and spreading across 60ha in two
Hurunui District Council principal
rural fire officer Allan Grigg said
firefighters had a day to make
headway in putting out the fire
before the hot, dry winds hit, RNZ
“ We really have to make sure we
lock down the control lines today,”
Mr Grigg told Morning Report.
“ We’re almost guaranteed to get
flare-ups tomorrow so we want to be
in a position to control those.
“One of the problems we’ve got
in the Hanmer Basin is that it ’s a
valley system so it’s very, very hard
to predict the winds. They tend to
come from all angles and different
Helicopter pilots were on standby
this morning in case monsoon
buckets were needed.
The fire raged near State highway
7 between Culverden and Hanmer
Springs yesterday, blocking part of
the current main route from Picton
to Christchurch from about 2pm.
Eleven people left their homes
yesterday when the blaze flared
up stayed with friends and family
Cordons were lifted at 8pm and the
road reopened about 9pm, but there
was a speed limit of 30kph.
Ground crews were in the area
overnight making sure it did not flare
up near people’s homes.
The Fire Ser vice said it would
take will take four or five days to
completely extinguish the fire.
Eight helicopters, 12 ground crews
of about 40 firefighters and heavy
machinery were involved in the
It was not yet known what started
the fire, Mr Grigg said. — N ZN
Firefighters in race with weather
A Somali refugee “possessed by the
devil” during a frenzied knife-wielding
rampage across Christchurch has been
denied parole for a third time.
Zakariye Mohamed Hussein, 31, was
jailed for more than six years with a
minimum non-parole period of three
years, three months for the March
2012 crime spree described by a judge
as “serious, unprovoked, gratuitous and
At the time his lawyer said he was
normally a “shy, reser ved, polite” man
when on his medication but when
he failed to take his drugs, said he is
“possessed by the devil”.
Pie delivery driver Marteine Robin,
who was kidnapped and stabbed by
Hussein, earlier told a Parole Board
hearing that the incident had “a
significant impact ” on her life.
Hussein appeared before a Parole
Board panel for a third time last month.
The board found there has been
a “reasonable level of engagement ”
by Hussein as an in-patient at an
He is approved for escorted ground
leaves, but the board noted that his
“engagement with staff fluctuates”.
The Parole Board noted he was making
progress, but said that “there is some
distance for Mr Hussein to go before we
could be satisfied that his release would
not pose an undue risk to the safety of
Parole was declined. He is scheduled to
return before the board by November 30.
His statutory release date is
The drama started about 7am on
March 15, 2012, when Hussein was
disturbed in the grounds of Redwood
School by caretaker Noel Batstone.
Hussein chased Batstone and a teacher
who barricaded themselves inside a
c lassroom and phoned police.
He then hijacked 36-year-old mum-
of-one Marteine Robin’s pie delivery van
and ordered her to drive off.
She told him to “get the f— out” of
her delivery truck, but he responded by
forcing her at knife point to drive him
across Christchurch, and then stabbing
her in the shoulder.
“ I feared the worst. I thought I was
going to die,” she said later that day.
Robin eventually managed to escape
when Hussein was distracted at a traffic
jam almost one hour later.
But the drama only intensified when
Hussein left the truck near the busy
intersection of Hoon Hay and Halswell
Roads and then almost fatally stabbed
a city council worker, who has name
City construction worker Jade Lynn,
22, saw the attacker rampaging between
vehicles and approached him with a
crowbar, striking him in the neck, and
herding him away from other members
of the public.
Eyewitnesses described Lynn as a hero
who prevented Hussein from attacking
Hussein was stopped only when
pepper-sprayed, tasered and then shot
twice by a police officer in his shoulder
and wrist. — NZME
regrets staying mum
A friend of a former sex worker charged
with kidnapping and tasering a woman,
says she feels guilty for not speaking
to police earlier, believing it may have
helped prevent a more serious attack.
Cameron Hakeke is charged with
kidnapping, aggravated robbery and
assaulting a now-20-year-old with a
taser on April 23.
Nicola Jones and Julie-Ann Torrance
are charged with the same offences.
Jones and Torrance also face an
additional charge of attempted murder
over a separate kidnapping and attack
on the same victim, who was found
critically hurt near State Highway 1
north of Auckland in May, 2016.
Wayne Blackett has pleaded guilty to
the attempted murder charge.
Today at the High Court at Auckland,
Svend Taukiri said former friend and
fellow sex worker Hakeke had told her
in May 2016 he did not like the victim,
who cannot be named, because she owed
him rent money.
Hakeke also said he had “rolled” the
victim, stealing her belongings, tasering
her and shaving her hair, Ms Taukiri
She said at the time she thought
Hakeke was joking, but later when she
heard gossip and media reports about a
separate more serious kidnapping of the
victim, she became concerned.
She eventually reported what Hakeke
had told her to police in September
2016, but thought if she had talked
earlier, then the attacks on the victim
might not have extended to a second
In the second attack, Jones, Torrance,
Black and Michelle Blom are accused of
pulling the victim off a central Auckland
road and subjecting her to a long attack
in a basement on Great North Road,
including cutting her hair, breaking her
fingers and sexually violating her.
Prosecutors say Jones, Torrance and
Black then drove the victim to the
Dome Valley, where they bashed her
head at least seven times with a hammer
and left her to die on a dirt road just off
State highway 1.
However, Hakeke’s lawyer accused Ms
Taukiri of having an axe to grind.
He also asked Ms Taukiri if she was
aware Hakeke had not been accused of
taking part in the second attack on the
Ms Taukiri admitted she was not sure
of what acts Hakeke was accused of
being involved in.
The trial continues. — NZ N
found in park
Police are trying to identify a man
found dead in the Mangawhai Domain.
Police were called about 7.30am after
a member of the public found the body.
The death is not considered suspicious
and will be referred to the coroner but
police are having difficulty identifying
He is in his 20s, Caucasian, of solid
build, about 175cm tall, has short dark
brown hair, stubble and a goatie.
He was wearing a silver ring on each
thumb and a gold bracelet on his right
He was wearing distinctive red, white
and black high-top shoes.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
Hunters can now figure out if they are
about to head into pesticide-covered
ground, thanks to a new website from
the Department of Conser vation.
The department has this week replaced
its old pesticide tracking system —
which was made up of reports published
once every four months — with a new
The system features a colour-coded,
interactive map that provides up-to-date
information about where pesticide has
been dropped on department-managed
land, and what sites are about to be hit
DOC technical adviser Tom Belton
said the regularly updated system would
mean commercial hunters — who need
to provide pesticide summaries when
selling wild game — could more easily
show areas were acceptable for hunting.
“(It also provides) more up to date
information to recreational hunters and
other users of public conser vation land,”
The map can be accessed from the
department ’s website. — NZ N
DOC launches pesticide tracker
A Chinese tourist who had not been
seen since she left her Auckland hotel
room a week ago has been found, safe
and well, in Taupo, police said today.
The 42 year-old was reported missing
last Thursday, and was meant to catch a
flight to Australia on Friday.
Ling Fang Mai had not been heard
from in that week, apart from calling her
family members to say she was safe on
She came to New Zealand last
Wednesday as part of a tour group and
told a room-mate in her Parnell hotel
that night she was going for a walk.
after girl grabbed
Police are still hunting for a man who
tried to grab an 11-year-old Auckland
school girl off the street.
The girl managed to break free after
being grabbed by a man who had
followed her for about 200m on the
way to school in St Heliers on Tuesday
Police say they have since spoken to
a number of people and are following
leads. — NZ N
Pair charged over burglary of man, 85
Two youths face charges after an
85-year-old man was assaulted and
robbed in his Papatoetoe home.
The man was taken to Middlemore
Hospital as a precaution after
the incident on Saturday, but has
been released and is getting victim
Police said three unknown men,
their faces covered, arrived at the
Peverill Crescent address in a stolen
car about 5pm.
They confronted the victim,
assaulted him and ransacked the
property, taking off with a coin
collection and bank cards.
Police late yesterday said two
16-year-olds already in custody
on an unrelated matter would face
charges over the attack.
They said they were confident
anyone else involved would also be
“ While these types of incidents
are rare they are very alarming to
the public and we hope that this
news will offer the victim and
the Papatoetoe community some
degree of reassurance,” detective
senior sergeant Albie Alexander
Police said a nearby neighbour
noticed the vehicle arriving, took
a photo of it, heard sounds of a
struggle and rang 111.
She was chased and kicked in the
leg by one of the offenders as they
The stolen vehicle — a red
2010 Nissan Juke — was found
abandoned in Hilda Avenue,
Mangere, early on Sunday
Mr Alexander at the time called
it “an absolutely horrendous crime”.
He commended the neighbour
for her actions, which he said had
undoubtedly startled the men and
prevented further offending.
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