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Siblings die in smash
The two people killed in a crash
in the Ruapehu district on Monday
were brother and sister. Shakayla Te
Huna-Tamanui, 22, of Whanganui,
and 14-year-old Nazareth Te Huna
of Gisborne died when their car
collided with a truck on State
highway 4 near Tongariro National
Park about 8am. — NZ N
Fatal hit-run admitted
A Te Kuiti man accused of fatally
hitting Otorohanga teen Ocean Heke
while driving drunk and then fleeing
has pleaded guilty to causing her
death. Broc Kawhena, 21, admitted
causing the 17-year-year-old’s death
while driving when he appeared
in the High Court at Hamilton
yesterday. Ms Heke, also known as
Lovey, was found dead on the side of
State highway 3 following a birthday
party in April. Kawhena will be
sentenced on May 25. — N ZN
Bus, car collide
A bus and car have collided on
Auckland ’s outskirts leaving one
person with serious injuries. The crash
occurred just after 6am today on
Kingseat Road, north of Pukekohe
and near McKenzie Road, police say.
Twelve others suffered moderate to
minor injuries. — NZ N
Truck rolls in crash
One person was seriously injured
in a crash in Christchurch yesterday.
Emergency ser vices were called
to Marshland Road, near the
intersection of Lower Styx Road
shortly before 4pm where a car and
truck collided and the truck had
rolled. The casualty was taken to
Christchurch Hospital. — NZ ME
One critical after smash
A crash involving a truck and two
cars left one person in a critical
condition and closed a section of
State highway 1 near Wellsford, north
of Auckland, yesterday. The crash was
at the intersection of the highway and
Waimanu Road about 2.30pm. Police
said one person was flown to hospital
with critical injuries and another
suffered serious injuries. — N ZN
Port Hills roads open
Authorities have lifted access
restrictions on roads around the Port
Hills area. Dyers Pass Road is now
open all day and throughout the night,
a spokesman for the Christchurch
City Council said yesterday.
Authorities have also opened Summit
Road east of Sign of the Kiwi to
traffic. Kennedy’s Bush track is closed,
but Halswell Quarry Park is open.
Firefighters continue to work on the
west side of Summit Road which
remains closed. — N ZME
Numbers in Keno draw No 13832: 4,
9, 10, 23, 25, 27, 32, 34, 42, 47, 51, 52,
53, 54, 55, 62, 64, 68, 74, 79. Draw No
13833: 3, 13, 15, 24, 26, 34, 36, 37, 40,
42, 47, 52, 55, 62, 63, 65, 68, 73, 79, 80.
Draw No 13834: 3, 10, 12, 19, 27, 32,
36, 39, 45, 50, 51, 59, 60, 68, 69, 72, 74,
75, 78, 79. Draw No 13835: 17, 19, 20,
22, 23, 28, 29, 31, 32, 37, 40, 47, 53, 59,
61, 65, 66, 73, 76, 80.
Disgust, outrage as wild horse run down
A 70-year-old man drove his car into a
building at Fairfield School in D unedin
It is believed the man suffered a
medical event just before the crash,
which occurred about 2pm, a police
spokeswoman said last night.
A St John spokesman said the man
was taken to Dunedin Hospital by
ambulance with moderate injuries.
— Otago Daily Times
Car hits school
Boys talking about wanting to rape
drunk girls can probably be heard every
day in schools around the country, young
women and sex education groups say.
This follows revelations of Facebook
postings by two Wellington College
students who posted offensive comments
about having sex with drunk unconscious
girls, and that doing this was a rite of
passage, RNZ reported.
Wellington College principal Roger
Moses said the school was investigating
and he was “appalled and disgusted” by
Mira O’Connor, who is in year 13 at
Wellington High School, said a lot of
her friends have had bad experiences.
“ I would say it ’s quite common, and I
don’t think any of us are really surprised.
“ Really shocked and disappointed that
they’d say this, but not surprised.”
Jessica Dellabarca, 20, graduated from
Wellington East Girls’ College in 2014.
She said those kinds of comments were
prevalent at parties and on-line.
“ It ’s not something that pops up every
now and then, it is something that
happens every single day.”
Ms Dellabarca said the focus should
be on changing the culture that allowed
boys to think the way they did was
“ I think it ’s important not to vilify
these boys because they ’re not villains,
they’ve just been brought up in a culture
that they think that ’s okay.
“ I think, rather than say, ‘Oh, that ’s bad,’
we need to focus on educating them and
bringing them into a system where they
know that ’s not okay.” — NZN
Locals are outraged a wild horse was
badly injured, allegedly run down by a
utility vehicle, near Kaitangata, South
Otago in an “absolutely disgusting”
act of animal cruelty.
Several mobs of wild horses are
known to live in commercial forestry
land near Kaitangata.
It is believed there is a herd of 15
to 20 horses and several other smaller
groups in the area.
Two weeks ago, one of the horses
was found with two broken legs
and had to be put down, after it was
allegedly run into by a utility vehicle.
Dunedin resident Kelly Clapperton
saw the results of the injuries and
believed they were caused by someone
intentionally driving into the horse
with their vehicle. The injuries were
so serious the bones were protruding
from the horse’s skin.
“They ’ve run this horse down
and smashed its back legs,” Mrs
The horses were well-known to
locals and some people had hunted
them “for fun”.
However, the behaviour should not
be treated as a joke or a bit of fun.
She said it was an “absolutely
disgusting” example of animal cruelty
“at its worst ”.
Kaitangata Wild Horse Committee
member Rex Robson was alerted
to the injured horse in the forestry
blocks in the back hills of Kaitangata
about midnight in the last week of
He visited the site where the injured
horse was found and saw the “bone
was hanging out ”.
The two-year old colt was in terrible
condition. There was no way it could
have been treated by a vet and the
only option was to put it down.
Mr Robson said locals knew who
was responsible and were not happy.
He was aware people had hunted or
shot the feral horses in the past but
not for “a few years now ”.
This latest incident was unusual and
not something he had seen before.
He understood a complaint about
the alleged animal cruelty may be
made to the police by the Wild
Sergeant Martin Bull, of Balclutha,
said the police had not been notified
about the incident. If the injuries
inflicted were deliberate, then police
were able to prosecute under the
Animal Welfare Act.
A person could face up to 12 months’
jail time or a fine of up to $50,000 if
Mr Bull said if the incident was
believed to be deliberate, then the
police should be notified so further
action could be taken.
— Otago Daily Times
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Aluminium High Grade
Southroads Ltd digger driver
Josh Keane pours a cup of tea for
fellow worker Jason Bagrie with
a digger at the pair’s Mosgiel
In January, Mr Keane, 28, won
first place in Otago’s excavator
operator competition. Mr Keane,
of Dunedin, will compete in
the national championship this
month in Feilding with nine
other regional finalists, including
national champion Steve
Galbraith, of Hawke’s Bay. Mr
Keane said pouring the teapot
was “quite easy ”.
He did not know what
challenges he would be given in
the national event.
The competition is held next
Friday and Saturday at Central
Districts Field Days.
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Labour MP David Clark
has been given the health
portfolio and Christchurch
MP Megan Woods a big
promotion in changes to
Labour leader Andrew
Little announced the
changes to his team
yesterday prompted by
Annette King’s decision
to leave in September, and
Jacinda Ardern’s win of the
Mount Albert byelection
and election as deputy
Dr Clark will take
over the massive health
portfolio after ser ving as
Mrs King’s associate.
In an apparent bid to
keep the balance of men
and women on the front
bench, Ms Woods has been
moved from 10th into Ms
Ardern’s old fifth place on
the front bench.
Ms Ardern has retained
all her portfolios, including
children, arts, small business and justice.
She will also pick up the extra duties
of deputy, although Mr Little said
she would not fill the usual mould of
deputy and would instead help him
That starts immediately — Ms Ardern
will accompany Mr Little on a series of
public meetings this week, including in
Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, and Auckland.
Mr Little said Ms Woods had
performed well in climate change and
Christchurch, and would also pick up
energy, innovation and science and
research and development from Stuart
Mr Nash had also been moved up into
the top 12 which Mr Little describes
as his “front bench”
and will take economic
development as well as
his police and forestry
There is also a promotion
for Te Tai Hauauru MP
Adrian Rurawhe who
gets bumped up into the
shadow cabinet while Te
Tai Tokerau MP Peeni
Henare will take over
Raymond Huo is set to
return to Parliament soon
to replace Ms Ardern on
the list and will do the land
That gives him some
work in the area of foreign
buyers — land information
includes the O verseas
Investment Office, as well
as data collected on foreign
buyers by the Government.
It is held by David
Cunliffe, who is expected
to leave Parliament next
month to take up a new
Dr Clark and Ms Woods both entered
Parliament in 2011 with Mr Little.
Mr Little said Dr Clark had worked
c losely with Mrs King in health and he
was confident he would do well.
“ David’s skills and experience will be
invaluable in communicating to the
electorate how Labour will fix the health
Mr Little had invited Mrs King, a
former health minister, to retain the
portfolio and become a minister if
Labour was in government, but Mrs
King decided to quit Parliament at the
She has moved out of the shadow
cabinet but will take the State ser vices
portfolio until the election. — NZ ME
Ardern a ‘campaigning deputy’
Opposition MP have
Parliament ’s question time to grill
Prime Minister Bill English over the
Government ’s policy to increase the
pension age to 67 in 2040.
New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters led the charge, accusing
successive National Governments
of breaking their word on national
superannuation eight times.
“ Why should anyone trust them
now?” he asked.
Mr English said the policy was
clearly stated and would be tested at
the September 23 general election.
“Give people an opportunity to
make up their own minds,” he told
“The policy protects everyone over
the age of 45.”
Labour leader Andrew Little and
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
also questioned Mr English, and
he fended them off by saying that
economic growth had given the
Government “the best opportunity in
decades to make positive choices”.
Mr Little accused him of “kicking
the superannuation can down the
road for 20 years”.
Mr English said if Mr Little meant
he wanted to raise the age to 67 now,
he would be interested to hear from
While Mr English
superannuation was not the big
political weapon it used to be, other
parties shored up their hard line
against the proposed changes.
NZ First, the Green Party and
Maori Party have all confirmed they
would not vote in support of the
Government ’s plan.
Labour, despite campaigning in
2011 and 2014 to raise the age of
eligibility, is no longer backing an
increase, while United Future leader
Peter Dunne has criticised it as
hurting younger generations.
But Mr English said anecdotal
evidence from road-testing the
idea gave him confidence voters
would back the policy, even if other
politicians did not.
“I think (other politicians) see it as
a big political issue in the same way it
used to be but I think the public has
moved on a bit,” he said.
“I think probably they’ll have a
bit of trouble explaining why it is
they think nothing should happen,
because almost no-one believes that
(nothing) should happen.”
Mr Peters said he would not vote
for “this betrayal of the electorate”
while the Maori Party wants to see
a review of the proposal in 13 years.
“If by that time there is no
inequity in our country over life
expectancy then we might plausibly
change our opinion. But as it
currently sits we would not support
raising the age,” co-leader Marama
Green Party co-leader James Shaw
would not support any change to
superannuation that did not have
The current plan will exacerbate the
“generational war”, he said.
“ If anybody is going to change
superannuation a really important
pre-condition is you’re able to build a
cross-party consensus,” he said.
“ We’ve had one for over 20 years,
it’s lasted pretty well up to this
point. You can’t just have one party
come in and say they’re going to
Only Act leader David Seymour
has come out in support of raising
the retirement age but has opposed
the 20-year delay in introducing the
National’s plan, which would be
legislated next year if it is successful
in September’s election, would see
the age of eligibility progressively
raised between 2037 and 2040,
meaning it does not affect anyone
born before 1972.
Mr Seymour argued it created a
“generational fault line”.
A gradual increase in the eligibility
age, starting in 2020, would more
fairly spread the cost of adjustment
across all generations.
“I think it’s a cynical political
calculation that young people won’t
come out and vote. I predict that
young people will come out and vote,
and vote in big numbers, and it’s
going to cost them,” he said.
Government restart contributions to
the NZ Super Fund, even if it means
borrowing to do so.
“This Government ’s been borrowing
anyway,” Mr Little said.
“There is a case to put some of those
funds into the super fund to keep
that fund up to speed so it is there
to partially fund the future cost of
superannuation.” — NZN
Politicians take hard line on super change
Gun club bans police
Police have been caught off guard after
a Wairarapa shooting club banned them
from its premises.
The Wairarapa Pistol and Shooting
Sports Club has banned officers from
using its range as a training facility,
and says it is a bid to force Police
National Headquarters to change its
attitude on certain firearms policies
The club’s president, Gary Rawlinson,
told Fairfax members had become
increasingly frustrated with what they
see as arbitrary changes to gun law
enforcement, citing changes to rules
around firearm measurement and gun
legitimate gun owners but not tackling
the issues of unlicensed criminals, he
However, the Police Association says
it is alarmed at the decision, and that it
readily accepts that the vast majority of
gun owners are law-abiding citizens.
“ Very few gun owners have issues
with registering their own firearm, or
who they may on-sell to. The aim is
to control who has access to firearms,
not penalise licensed firearms owners,”
association president Chris Cahill said
in a statement.
“ Like it or not, the reality is that
criminals often acquire their guns from
burglaries of legitimate gun owners and
dealers, or, guns are on-sold to people
who have no intention of registering
them and using them within legal
parameters.” — NZN
Coromandel flooding cuts off townships
Several Coromandel townships
have been cut off as flooding closes
main roads in the region.
Heavy downpours across the
North Island have closed State
highway 25 between Kopu and
Thames in the Coromandel
Peninsula, isolating Whangamata,
Pauanui, Tairua, Hikuai and
Opoutere, the Thames-Coromandel
District Council says.
There is also no petrol in
Whangamata, although power cut
has been restored to all but 200
homes following outages earlier
Flooding has also
State highway 2 through the
Karangahake Gorge, and major
delays are expected.
Civil defence opened centres
for possible evacuees at the
Pauanui Community Centre and
Over 900 homes in Tauranga’s
Welcome Bay were temporarily left
without power earlier today, and
nearly 400 were still Whitianga
were still cut off late this morning,
according to Power Co.
More heavy rain in parts of the
Waikato and Northland is still
to come, but this is expected to
ease and then clear in the late
morning to afternoon, Metser vice
meteorologist Brian Mercer said.
More falls are expected tomorrow.
Northland tomorrow morning
will be getting significant falls,
which will probably progress down
through Coromandel and Auckland
later in the day,” he said.
Nearly 200 students and adults
were evacuated from an Auckland
camp site as a downpour causes
severe flooding, power cuts and
road closures in the area.
Auckland fire crews received
nearly calls 100 about flooding,
with the Beachlands, Clevedon and
Maraetai areas most severely hit.
Auckland civil defence said
emergency ser vices were dealing
with dozens of landslips and
flooding on roads in the region and
had received several callouts about
people trapped in cars.
More than 1700 homes were
without power in Clevedon,
Papakura and Whitford.
People have also been cut off by
floods at 15 homes in Kawakawa
Bay, with one house evacuated in
Emergency ser vices have received
about a dozen calls from Waiheke
Island. — NZ N
Dairy prices fell sharply at this
morning’s Global Dairy Trade
auction. The GDT price index
dropped 6.3%, driven mostly by a
sharp fall in skim milk and whole
milk powder prices.
Whole milk powder prices,
which have the greatest bearing
on Fonterra’s farm gate milk
price, dropped by 12.4% to
$US2782 ($3982) a tonne and
skim milk powder prices fell
by 15.5% to $2118 ($3043) a
Fonterra last month confirmed
its farm gate milk price forecast
for 2016-17 at $6 a kilogram of
milk solids, based largely on a
recovery in whole milk powder
prices in the second half of last
However, since last December
whole milk powder prices have
dropped by $811 ($1165) a
tonne, or 22.5%.
Among the other products
offered at this morning’s auction,
dropped by 0.8% to $5653 a
tonne but butter firmed by 1.2%
to $4653 a tonne.
Butter milk powder firmed
by 8.4% to $1846 a tonne and
cheddar dropped by 4.2% to
$3435 a tonne.
Lactose fell by 4.3% to $924
a tonne and rennet casein fell
by 6.6% to an average price of
$5678 a tonne. — NZME
A police car has been washed away in
a flash flood amid heavy rain in eastern
The car rapidly filled up with water
during flooding this morning as
two officers were returning from a
job along Clevedon-Kawakawa Bay
Road, Counties Manukau South area
commander Inspector Mark Rowbottom
The officers had to quickly abandon
it before getting to higher ground and
await rescue by the Fire Ser vice.
Heavy rain has wrought havoc
across Auckland and the Coromandel,
with conditions expected to ease this
afternoon, before worsening again
tomorrow. — N ZN
State highway 1 has reopened south
of Whangarei after a four-vehicle crash
that seriously injured two people.
Emergency ser vices were called to the
scene of the crash involving two cars and
two trucks just before 8.30am today.
Significant delays were expected, but
the road had been cleared by noon.
Crash closes road
A bus has crashed off the road near
Mount Cook this morning.
Police were notified of the crash by St
John personnel at 9.50am. Paramedics
and Fire Ser vice personnel are at the
Further information about the crash
including the number of people involved
and any injuries were not available.
Bus crashes on
Mt Cook road
back on line
Work trains are about to start running
on the earthquake-damaged Main North
Line between Picton and Christchurch,
and people are being asked to be vigilant.
Kiwi Rail said maintenance trains and
other rail vehicles would begin using the
line this week.
“ Train ser vices were stopped following
the Kaikoura earthquake and people may
have become accustomed to no trains,”
network ser vices general manager Todd
“They need to be extremely vigilant
when they are using level crossings or
moving about near the line as ser vices
Mr Moyle said the line was not
officially shut after the November quake
and hi-rail (road and rail) vehicles had
been using it.
“ However, this is a step up in scale,”
he said. “ It means people need to
expect trains any time and from either
The first work train is scheduled to
head south from Blenheim to Mirza
tomorrow. — NZ N
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