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A woman has been charged with
murdering a man in a Hamilton flat.
The incident happened just before
11pm on Saturday in Te Aroha Street
in Claudelands, police say. The man
was 55. The 61-year-old woman is in
custody to appear in the Hamilton
District Court today. — NZ N
South Island quake
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake was
recorded in the upper South Island
of New Zealand. The quake shortly
before 7pm on Saturday was centred
40km south of St Arnaud. Geonet
said it was at a depth of 29km. There
were no reports of damage. O ver 1300
people reported they felt it. — NZN
Man drowns at beach
A 69-year-old local man has
drowned at Karekare Beach west of
Auckland. The man appeared to have
got into difficulty while making his
way to a fishing spot on an island
at the south end of the beach on
Saturday afternoon, police say. He
was rescued from the water by a
surfer but attempts to revive him
were not successful. — NZ N
The body of a woman was
discovered yesterday morning at a
property on Murdoch Road in Grey
Lynn, Auckland. Police were treating
the death as unexplained. An autopsy
will be carried out today. — NZ N
Quarry attack denied
A 59-year-old man has pleaded not
guilty to three charges in relation
to an attack on a young woman in
a Riverhead quarry two weeks ago.
The man, who has interim name
suppression, was arrested yesterday.
Appearing in the Auckland District
Court today, the man sought bail but
was refused. He was remanded in
custody to June 21. — NZ N
$6.5m Lotto win
A ticket sold in Gisborne won
$6.5 million in Lotto draw No 1628
on Saturday. The win comprised $6
million from Powerball and $500,000
from division one, shared with an
Invercargill ticket holder. Successful
numbers were 9, 11, 12, 22, 32, 36;
bonus 20. Strike numbers were 36,
12, 32, 11. There was one Strike Four
winner, from Tauranga, taking home
$116,199. Powerball number 9.
Numbers in Keno draw No 13848: 3,
7, 10, 11, 14, 16, 22, 23, 24, 31, 34, 35,
42, 48, 49, 57, 68, 76, 77, 78. Draw No
13849: 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 23, 25, 28, 31,
36, 48, 50, 57, 58, 60, 63, 70, 73, 76, 77.
Draw No 13850: 5, 10, 19, 27, 28, 32,
36, 37, 41, 44, 47, 51, 55, 58, 67, 72, 73,
74, 75, 79. Draw No 13851: 3, 4, 6, 8,
13, 17, 29, 35, 36, 39, 41, 46, 51, 54, 58,
63, 65, 69, 70, 77. Draw No 13852: 1,
6, 14, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 39, 40, 43, 51,
54, 55, 58, 59, 63, 67, 68, 77. Draw No
13853: 1, 8, 21, 28, 32, 36, 37, 40, 46,
51, 56, 57, 61, 62, 65, 71, 72, 75, 76, 79.
Draw No 13854: 5, 8, 15, 17, 19, 22,
25, 32, 33, 38, 39, 43, 45, 50, 61, 62, 65,
73, 74, 76. Draw No 13855: 3, 7, 13,
15, 16, 19, 23, 31, 32, 38, 40, 43, 49, 53,
54, 63, 67, 73, 76, 80.
Boy actor admits driving charge
The actor accused of sex crimes against
several of his acting students is former
Shortland Street star Rene Naufahu.
The 46-year-old faces a total of 17
charges, including indecent assault and
sexual violation, over alleged offending
against seven adult women he was
teaching between 2010 and 2013.
At a hearing in the Auckland District
Court in February, Judge David Sharp
agreed to lift the suppression on
Naufahu’s name, effective yesterday
Naufahu is best known for playing
Shortland Street paramedic Sam Aleni
from 1992 to 1996.
He was an original cast member,
reprised the role in 2014 and has had
various other minor parts in television
Naufahu opted not to seek continued
suppression at the February hearing,
saying he wanted to confront the charges
“Suppression was only ever reluctantly
sought by me to preser ve my ability to
continue to work and to try to minimise
the disruption on my family,” he said in
“I did not seek suppression to hide
from these allegations.
“I am confident that I will not be
judged in the meantime and until all the
relevant facts are known, not just what is
currently being alleged. ”
Naufahu is set to return to court in
April. — NZ N
Actor on sex
Actor James Rolleston has pleaded
guilty to a dangerous driving charge
over a crash that left him in a coma
and injured a friend.
Appearing in the Auckland
District Court today, the 19-year-old
Boy star pleaded guilty to dangerous
driving causing injury over the crash
Rolleston was in intensive care
unit for nearly a month after his car
collided with a bridge near Opotiki,
while his friend Kaleb Maxwell was
In a statement, the actor — also
known for his roles in The Dark
Horse and The Dead Lands — said
he was especially regretful for the
harm caused to Mr Maxwell, who
described as a good friend.
“ I am grateful that we both sur vived
and have the opportunity to make
something of the lives we have ahead
of us, despite the fact that I have a bit
of recovery still ahead,” he said.
“Not everyone is that fortunate. I
have learned to appreciate life a lot
more and to be grateful for what I
Rolleston said he had always
planned to plead guilty.
Since the accident, he had been
working within his community to
promote road safety, he said.
“My hope is that this work, and
the coverage of my story, will get
other young people to take care on
the roads for their own benefit and
that of their friends and family,” he
“ I learned this the hard way but
thankfully have a second chance. ”
He also thanked his friends, family
and community for their ongoing
“A part of me feels that I don’t
deser ve it after letting everyone
down by my act of stupidity that
Rolleston will be sentenced in May.
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Auckland residents should
expect fine weather to emerge
later in the day as they continue
the clean up from the weekend’s
wild rain and winds.
Metser vice has forecast morning
showers for the city before fine
spells emerge later on Monday for
a top of 23degC.
It comes as waist deep waters
in car parks and backyards, and
rivers flowing down roads were
the images of a very wet Sunday
The Ministry of Education says
some schools may be closed as a
result of flood damage.
The Fire Ser vice said it was
called to 321 properties in
Auckland yesterday, of which 225
were in west Auckland.
It had responded to 582
emergency calls from 6am.
At the peak of the deluge
across Auckland, Waikato and
into Rotorua the Fire Ser vice
was receiving a 111 call every 24
Homes were flooded in the
Auckland suburbs of Glen Eden,
Titirangi, Green Bay and New
Ten people were rescued from
flooded shops in New Lynn and
a Bunnings store was evacuated
after its floor was raised 300mm.
Further up the road in Kelston,
12 residents were evacuated
from a multi-dwelling residential
Dany Madawalaliyanage and
families in a New Lynn block of
flats were hit particularly hard,
Mr Madawalaliyanage said
metre-high water, mud and debris
gushed into his flat within 10 to
15 seconds making it impossible
to save his car or most of his
Auckland Council said response
teams had met with the residents
and provided emergency
accommodation overnight, while
the Bunnings had also been
deemed safe to open today.
Pictures from Sunday posted
on the New Lynn Community
Facebook page show one
resident walking in water up to
his armpits, others breaking out
kayaks and lakes where parks used
Across the country, where
downpours hit Coromandel, the
Bay of Plenty and Wellington,
the weather is also expected to
Wellington is expected to be
cloudy with occasional rain and a
high of 16degC. — N ZN
Aucklanders assess deluge damage
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Engineers assess the damage in New Lynn, Auckland, after yesterdays deluge of rain which caused
A mother has been found guilty of
killing her unrestrained two-year-old
daughter in a car crash while on P.
Valencia Skipper has appeared for a
brief trial in the Napier District Court,
after pleading not guilty to one charge of
driving a car while under the influence
of methamphetamine, and causing the
death of her daughter, Saphire Skipper-
Potential jurors were quickly sent home
earlier this morning, after Skipper’s
defence lawyer elected to have a judge-
alone trial instead.
An application to take photographs of
the 21-year-old in court was granted,
despite her lawyer William Hawkins
arguing photographs in the media
“may increase the stress” of her current
The summary of facts released by the
court says Skipper was driving a Nissan
Primera, heading towards Flaxmere
about 5pm, on January 13 this year.
She was a forbidden driver at the time,
as she did not have a driving licence. She
did not own the vehicle, but had driven
it on many previous occasions.
Skipper’s 11-year-old sister was in the
front seat, and Saphirewas in a child seat
in the back seat of the car behind the
The two-year-old was not wearing a
seatbelt or any restraints.
Skipper was driving south, when she
lost control of the car on a straight piece
of road, in a 100kph section of State
highway 50A, causing it to veer right
across the centre line towards oncoming
traffic in the north-bound lane.
Witnesses described the car as
suddenly veering or “ricocheting” right
across the road.
It continued to slide across the other
lane, before leaving the road and
sliding across a large grass area,
travelling over a concrete culvert and
colliding into a dirt bank on the other
side of the ditch.
The car rolled along the dirt bank
before coming to rest back on all four
The young child was flung from the
vehicle as it was rolling along the dirt
Skipper was taken to hospital with
only minor injuries. A blood sample
was taken for the purpose of determining
if alcohol or drugs were in her system.
The result of the blood analysis
confirmed there was no evidence of
any alcohol, but her blood sample did
contain the class A controlled drug,
During the 15-minute trial in front of
Judge Tony Adeane, William Hawkins
applied for the charge of causing a death
while under the influence of meth to be
amended and reduced to a lesser one, so
there would be a lesser penalty.
The application for a different charge
to be laid was declined by the judge.
Judge Adeane told the court that the
current charge has been proven beyond
At an earlier court appearance, Skipper
pleaded guilty to one charge of driving
while forbidden for being unlicensed at
the time of the crash.
Skipper has been remanded back on
bail, to be sentenced on both charges
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
Research aiming to learn more
about the health of New Zealand
military veterans is among a wide
range of University of Otago medical
research projects boosted by $2.6
million in Lottery Grants Board
Otago University was a big winner
in the latest round of Lottery health-
related funding, gaining the largest
single share of about $3.5 million
which was provided nationally,
through 49 overall grants.
This is believed to be the largest
Lottery health-related annual grant
total received by Otago University to
support studies aimed at improving
the health of New Zealanders.
The previous largest Otago grants
amounted to $2.2 million, in 2012, a
university spokesman said.
As well as providing research
grants, the overall Otago grants will
support buying research equipment,
and providing research scholarships.
Researchers from Otago’s three main
campuses, in Dunedin, Christchurch
and Wellington, received 35 grants
overall: 25 translational research
grants, five equipment grants,
one PhD scholarship and four
The research on the health of
veterans has been backed by
a $102,020 grant, and will be
undertaken by Associate Prof David
McBride, of the preventive and
social medicine department, at the
university’s Dunedin School of
Prof McBride said it was “very
difficult to get funding for veterans
health research” and the grant would
help “strengthen support for veterans
in the community”.
The research would focus on
identifying factors that promoted
good health and wellbeing and were
“risk factors for poor health”.
The researchers would be looking
at post traumatic stress injury and
a condition called multi-system
illness which had caused long-term
problems in Australian and US vets.
“ We don’t know here,” he said.
The Otago research grants aim to
improve health in a host of areas,
ranging from sustainable workforce
development for rural nurses, helping
meet the growing antibiotic crisis
through alternative therapeutic
targets, and investigating possible
clusters of cancer occurrence.
Otago Daily Times
Lotto grant for veterans’ research
Nearby boaties had to break into
a yacht that was taking on water
and sinking fast at its mooring at
Whangarei’s Town Basin Marina
The attempt to stop the yacht going
under is still under way, with the Fire
Ser vice now pumping water from
the vessel after nearby boat owners
initially worked frantically to prevent
Passers-by and neighbouring boat
owners noticed the boat was sitting
low in the water at about 5.30pm
today and even as they began a rescue
attempt, the yacht steadily sunk lower.
It took about 15 minutes for the first
helpers to break in to the locked yacht
and start bucketing out water which
was already high in the cabin.
A Whangarei Fire Brigade appliance
arrived and firefighters with pump
equipment were ferried in small
tenders to the stricken yacht.
A small crowd gathered on
Whangarei’s Canopy Bridge to watch
One passer-by said he heard the
helpers call out that the water was
coming in through the yacht ’s sink
and it could have been a long-term,
unseen problem. The man said he
estimated the boat to be worth about
$80,000 to $100,000.
— N Z ME-Northern Advocate
Boaties prevent sinking
PICTURE: Northern Advocate
Boaties attempt to stop a yacht sinking at its mooring at Whangarei’s Town
Basin Marina yesterday.
Police are searching for a man on a
bicycle who allegedly attempted to
kidnap a girl outside her school in
She’s been left with minor facial
injuries, but manage to safely run away
to the school about 8.30am today.
Police have declined to name the
school. — NZ N
Cyclist in kidnap bid
English talking tax cuts
Prime Minister Bill English is
talking tax cuts — saying something
will be covered’’ in the budget and
any changes would take effect from
April 1 next year.
“There will certainly be something
covered in (May ’s) budget. Look,
there’s not going to be some big
sugar shock with tax cuts. We have
a range of tools, we want to be able
to help and support low and middle
income families,’’ Mr English said
Adjusting tax brackets was “part
of the discussion’’ about how to give
tax relief, the Prime Minister said.
“The average wage is getting up
around the $60,000-plus, and the
top tax bracket is about $70,000.
(Adjusting tax brackets) is part of
Last week the Government
recorded a stronger operating
surplus than forecast, at $1145
million for the seven months to
January, compared with the $442
million surplus that had been
Mr English also indicated any tax
cuts would take effect from April 1
next year. He said the Government
infrastructure to help New Zealand
cope with a growing population.
Grant Robertson said Labour
would not raise taxes if it leads
the next Government, aside from
a policy, previously announced, to
extend the “ bright line’’ test from
he current two years to five years, to
target property speculators.
“ We believe with the large forecast
surpluses out there we can fund
what we have got and our promises.
The caveat on that is we haven’t
seen the budget yet, and the slow
strip-tease from Steven Joyce and
Bill English — sorry to give people
that image over their cornflakes —
on tax cuts means we have to make
sure we see what they do and factor
that in,’’ Mr Robertson told RNZ.
The Government shelved plans
for a small $1 billion tax cut
programme in last year’s budget and
instead put the money into health.
However, then Prime Minister
John Key signalled more significant
tax cuts were in the pipeline either
for 2017 Budget or as a National
Party policy in the 2017 campaign.
The last round of tax cuts were in
2010 when National reduced the
thresholds and lifted GST to 15%
to pay for it. It left the “average
earner’’ $15 a week better off.
400 dolphins caught as bycatch in 20 years
Almost 400 dolphins have been
caught and killed by commercial
fishing vessels in the last 20 years,
according to new statistics.
Since 1996, 310 common
dolphins, 21 dusky dolphins,
21 undefined dolphins, 16 pilot
whales, 12 Hector’s dolphins, nine
bottlenose dolphins, five orcas and
one Risso’s dolphin have died after
they were caught as bycatch.
The figures were released by the
Ministry for Primary Industries.
Trawling caught the most with
over 80% meeting their death this
Former skipper Gary Morris
said 20 years ago it was easy to see
thousands of common dolphins
in the Bay of Islands. Now people
were lucky to see two dozen.
“ You’d be travelling in one
direction and they ’d be coming past
you in the other direction. They ’d
take half an hour to get past you
there were that many of them.
“Those days have gone. ”
The worst year was 2014 where 54
dolphins were reportedly killed —
that is more than one a week.
Mr Morris said the amount of
dolphin bycatch in the fishing
industry kills is “staggering”. The
ex-skipper is involved in Fish
Forever, a group campaigning
for marine reser ves in the Bay of
“There must be bloody more.
“ Dolphins very conveniently don’t
float like fish, they sink straight to
the bottom when you kill them. ”
Champion freediver William
Trubridge penned a letter in
January to the fishing industry
calling for more protection for
New Zealand’s endangered dolphin
species. Mr Trubridge wrote that in
the Department of Conser vation’s
incident database, between 2000-
2006 less than 1% of dolphin
bycatch is reported by fishermen or
independent obser vers.
“So the dolphins aren’t fully
protected, bycatch is definitely
continuing, at a rate greater than
what is reported, and fishing will
eventually render the (Maui’s)
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Labour is yet to decide if it will take
a policy of raising taxes into this year’s
election but has committed to changing
negative gearing rules.
Party leader Andrew Little said his
team would have enough income to
pay for their election promises now the
government was expecting a $1 billion
surplus this year ahead of Treasury
He said as a result, his team was not
planning to raise taxes if elected, but had
not ruled it out.
“The Government has achieved more
tax revenue than they expected,” he said
on TV3’s The Nation programme.
“The commitments we’ve made . . .
means that we can fund those out of
existing tax revenue.”
But while ruling out introducing a
capital gains tax on housing and raising
the age of superannuation, Mr Little said
Labour would make drastic changes to
The current system allows people to
avoid paying taxes on a property when
the rental income they gain from it is less
than their repayment costs on the loan.
The owner may still make a profit over
the long term as a result of capital gains,
which are also largely untaxed.
“ We’re going after those negative
gearing rules, there is no need for them,”
Mr Little told TV3.
“ In principle we’re saying, ‘ Why should
investors who own these investment
properties have a tax advantage?’
So we’re going to look at that, and
that ’s part of dealing with the speculators
of the market.” — NZN
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