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Cyclist hits woman
A woman in her 60s suffered
serious head and spinal injuries after
a cyclist hit her in Christchurch
yesterday. Police said a man in his
20s was cycling west on Papanui
Road when he collided with the
woman about 5.30pm. “ The cyclist
stopped and is co-operating with
police. However, police are seeking
witnesses to what happened,” police
said in a statement. — NZ ME
A 28-year-old man has been
charged with the murder of Palmiro
MacDonald. The man made no plea
when he appeared in the Palmerston
North District Court yesterday
afternoon. He was granted name
suppression and remanded in custody
to April 5. Mr MacDonald was the
subject of a year-long investigation
after he went missing on March 23 last
year. His remains were found in the
Mangahao Dam area of the Tararua
Foothills on October 9. — NZ ME
Two armed youths who tried
unsuccessfully to get into a
Christchurch petrol station were later
found hiding nearby. Police say the
youths, carrying a hammer and knife,
went to the Z Energy Templeton
petrol station on Main South Road
about 2.30am yesterday. The premises
were locked and they left. Police
found the pair hiding in a residential
area nearby and the matter has been
referred to Youth Aid. — NZ N
Police station scare
A 44-year-man is in custody after a
suspicious item was found in the foyer
of Wellington Central Police Station.
The Defence Force explosive ordnance
disposal team rendered the item
safe with a series of small, controlled
explosions about 5pm. Investigations
were continuing. — NZ N
Death not suspicious
Police say the death of a man
whose body was found in central
Auckland during the weekend is
not suspicious. The man’s body
was discovered at a property on
Murdoch Road, Grey Lynn on
Sunday. A police spokeswoman said
last evening there were no suspicious
circumstances. — N ZM E
Search for man
Police have launched a search for
a 62-year-old man missing along
Ahipara Beach in Northland. He has
been missing since Saturday and was
last seen in the Shipwreck Bay area,
senior sergeant Cliff Metcalf said.
Search and rescue teams, along with
Coastguard and surf lifeguards are
looking for him. — NZN
Numbers in Keno draw No 13860:
63, 64, 66, 69, 71, 77, 78, 79. Draw No
13861: 2, 6, 13, 16, 20, 21, 26, 29, 31,
32, 37, 43, 44, 45, 47, 58, 62, 63, 77, 78.
Draw No 13862: 3, 8, 9, 11, 15, 26, 28,
29, 30, 31, 32, 37, 38, 42, 43, 44, 46, 57,
71, 78. Draw No 13863: 1, 3, 8, 14, 17,
24, 30, 32, 38, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 57, 61,
63, 72, 73, 77.
New Catton novel psychological thriller
An on-line shopper was shocked to
discover she had been charged more than
$4500 for a single pumpkin.
The error stemmed from a missing
decimal point, sending Emma Jelsma’s
credit card way into the red, Fairfax
Ms Jelsma ordered a 1.018kg half-
pumpkin on-line from Countdown.
But she was shocked to learn she had
mistakenly been charged $4570.82 for
1018kg of the tasty vegetable.
Countdown told her the payment had
already been processed but she assumed
it would bounce because her credit card
limit was not high enough to accept the
payment, Fairfax reported.
Ms Jelsma was furious when she later
learned the payment had gone through,
sending her card beyond its $1500 limit.
She was still waiting for a refund.
“ANZ can’t explain it — waiting for
a manager to call me back. They’re
scrabbling for answers, even tried to say
it was something to do with me having
a business account with them. It ’s a
personal card,” she said.
“ To add insult to injury, I’ve been
with them for many years, and after my
separation I tried to get an increase on
my $1500 credit card limit, they flat out
declined me — never been in debt, very
careful with money, but they said my
income wasn’t stable enough. So this is
Ms Jelsma now wants compensation
for the time she has spent trying to
resolve the issue, and for any bank fees
charged. — NZ ME
One person died and another was
critically injured after a serious crash
between a truck and two cyclists in the
Mackenzie Basin this morning.
Fairfax reported a cyclist died at the
Police say the 6.20am crash happened
on the Tekapo-Twizel Road near the
Mount Cook turn-off.
Fairfax said two paramedic crews
attended the scene and a rescue helicopter
flew the injured to hospital.
The accident happened on the Alps 2
Ocean leg of the national cycle trail.
The serious crash unit will be
investigating the crash. — N ZM E
Eleanor Catton’s new novel is a
thriller about “ultra-rich foreigners
building fortress-like homes and
stockpiling weapons in New
The new book from the Man
Booker Prize-winning author will
be called Birnam Wood, it was
The Book Seller reported it would
be a “psychological thriller” about
the ultra-rich preparing for a global
catastrophe down under.
“The novel follows the guerrilla
gardening outfit Birnam Wood, a
ragtag group of quarrelling leftists
who move about the country
cultivating other people’s land,” the
“Their chance encounter with an
American billionaire sparks a tragic
sequence of events which questions,
ultimately, how far each of us would
go to ensure our own sur vival — and
at what cost.”
The next book from the New
anticipated after her historical novel
The Luminaries, just her second
novel, won the Man Booker Prize in
It will be released at the end of
2017 and will be up to 100,000
words long. The Luminaries was
more than 265,000. — NZ ME
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Rocketwerkz chief executive Dean Hall with his new Tesla Model S P100D electric super car.
Cars that drive themselves used
to be pure fantasy. Those fantasies
have now come to fruition in
Dunedin-based game designer
Dean Hall has taken delivery
of the South Island’s first Tesla
Model S P100D electric super
car, which as of this month, holds
the world record for the fastest
acceleration of any production
vehicle in Motor Trend tests.
When put in Ludicrous Plus
mode, it is capable of accelerating
from zero to 100kph in 2.4
seconds, which means the five-
seat family sedan is quicker than
the significantly more expensive
La Ferrari, Bugatti Veyron and
Veyron Super Sport, Porsche 991
Turbo S, Lamborghini Huracan
or the McLaren P1.
“ I’ve driven Ferraris and
Lamborghinis because I usually
rent them when I visit Los
Angeles, and the acceleration in
the Tesla is nothing like them. ”
Mr Hall likened it to the
time he got to ride in a Royal
New Zealand Air Force A-4K
Skyhawk strike aircraft.
“ I did actually throw up quite
badly. It was that intense.
“ It’s more like a jet aircraft
because it ’s got that instant
torque. There’s no transmission,
no transmission fluid, no oil, no
friction, no nothing.
“Just two electric motors.
“My mum doesn’t like the
g-forces much. You’ve got to have
your head back on the headrest or
you’ll just about get whiplash.”
When you have $262,000 to
spend on a new car, most people
look at a Porsche, a Ferrari or a
Lamborghini. So why did Mr
Hall decide to buy the P100D?
“Honestly, the biggest thing that
attracted me to this car was the
“I didn’t come all this way and
do all the crazy things I’ve done,
only to die in a car accident. ”
The car scored a perfect 5.0
National Highway Traffic Safety
automobile safety rating.
But the greatest aspect of the
car was its technology, he said.
“This is a techie’s car. It’s a
computer on wheels. I’m really
into my computers, so it’s kind of
a natural fit.”
Many cars have cruise control
which you can set to a certain
speed, and the car will maintain
However, the Tesla has adaptive
cruise control which allows it
to speed up and slow down,
depending on the speed of the
vehicle in front.
In the next week or so, the
car will be calibrated enough
(gathered enough data about how
he drives and what the roads are
like) to steer itself as well.
In six months’ time, once the
car has fully calibrated itself,
autopilot will also become
Model S vehicles come
equipped with a camera mounted
at the top of the windshield,
a for ward looking radar, and
ultrasonic acoustic location
sensors in the front and rear
bumpers, providing a 360-degree
buffer zone around the car.
The equipment allows it to
detect road signs, lane markings,
obstacles, and other vehicles.
When combined with the
adaptive cruise control and lane
departure warning technology, the
car will effectively have an auto-
pilot which will allow limited
Already, Mr Hall can use his
cellphone to tell the car to drive
from its parking space to the
front door with the heating/air
“The car can also look at the
diary in my phone and bring itself
to meet me at the door, then take
me to my appointment.
“That ’s the future right there.
“ You read about when horses
and carts were replaced with
cars — this is also just such a
“It’s kind of weird. It’s taken a
lot to get used to, to be honest. ”
— Otago Daily Times
Electricity now spinning his wheels
Ashburton schoolgirl Kirsty Bentley who went missing on New Year’s Eve,
Work and Income double-killer
Russell John Tully has been linked to
the unsolved 1998 murder of Ashburton
schoolgirl Kirsty Bentley — one of New
Zealand’s most notorious cold case
This morning the murdered schoolgirl’s
mother Jill Peachey told Fairfax that
Tully as a possible suspect meant little to
her and she was doubtful the case would
“They say ‘never say never’ and it would
be great for Kirsty’s killer to be brought
to justice,” she said.
“ However, after all these years I’m not
holding my breath on it.”
Tully, who is ser ving life imprisonment
with a minimum non-parole period
of 27 years for the Winz slayings, is a
person of interest to police looking at
the Bentley case, it has been revealed.
Miss Bentley, 15, disappeared on
December 31, 1998, while walking the
family dog on the Ashburton riverbank.
The dog was found tied to a tree near
the river the next day, and Miss Bentley ’s
under wear was nearby.
Her badly-decomposed body was
discovered two weeks later in the Rakaia
gorge, more than 40km away, in a killing
that stunned the nation.
Several senior detectives have handled
the inquiry over the years, which to
this day, remains an open homicide
More than 300 persons of interest have
been looked at, including Kirsty’s father
Sid Bentley who denied any involvement
in her disappearance or murder until he
died of cancer in 2015, aged 64.
Now, Detective Inspector Greg
Murton who took charge of the cold
case in 2014, has confirmed that
51-year-old Tully — who escaped
along the Ashburton riverbank after the
shootings — has been named as one of
the “persons of interest ”.
“ He’d fall into that category,” Mr
Murton said today.
“There’s probably 20 or 30 reasons why
someone could be of interest to us in
relation to the case, either being there
or previous history, or connections, and
there are lots of people in that category.
“ Until they are eliminated — and
sometimes that ’s impossible — then
they remain a person of interest, without
being a suspect, so to speak.”
Tully was found guilty in March last
year of being the masked gunman who
stormed the Ashburton Winz centre at
9.51am on September 1, 2014, and shot
dead receptionist Peggy Noble, 67, from
point blank range and shot case manager
Susan Leigh Cleveland, 55, three times
as she pleaded for her life.
Justice Cameron Mander described the
shooting as “cold-blooded executions”
carried out by a “very dangerous person”
capable of extremely violent actions.
Tully has lodged an appeal against his
conviction and sentence.
Born in Ashburton in 1966, Tully was
well-known in the Mid Canterbury town.
He schooled there before completing his
diesel mechanic’s apprenticeship locally.
In his mid-late 20s, he worked in the
mines of Western Australia but came
Retired detective senior sergeant
Lance Corcoran, who led the original
Ashburton CIB investigation, knew
Tully as a member of the local
But he did not recall Tully being either
a suspect or person of interest in the
early days of the Bentley murder probe.
“I was aware of Mr Tully before he did
what he did. It’s possible that he came
up after my time,” Mr Corcoran, who
was forced to compulsorily retire from
the police at the age of 55 less than a
year after Miss Bentley ’s death, said.
“ We never had a list of suspects, as such.
Where it’s a whoddunnit investigation,
they are all persons of interest to me. You
try to eliminate them, although some
remain on that list to this day.”
A coroner last year ruled that Miss
Bentley died from a massive blow to her
head on the day she went missing.
DNA investigations were completed
early in the inquiry, Mr Murton said.
Information and names still trickle
in from the public, and any leads are
followed up by police.
“ It will remain open until it is
completed, one way or another,” he said.
Russell John Tully during his trial in the High Court at Christchurch last year.
Current processes for determining
what eggs are free-range are difficult,
according to Government and
The definition has come under the
spotlight after the Serious Fraud
Office launched an investigation into
an alleged fraud by Palace Poultry,
which is accused of selling caged eggs
Countdown pulled all Palace
Poultry eggs from its shelves on
Monday after reports the company
may have been including eggs from
caged hens in supplies of free-range
eggs from its Ararimu farm.
The allegations were first reported
by news website Newsroom, which
quoted Palace Poultry’s Aaron
Fletcher as saying the company
believe it was only buying free-range
The site claims it has seen invoices
labelling purchased eggs as caged.
Minister for Primary Industries
Nathan Guy yesterday said it was
currently “very difficult” to determine
what is free-range.
“Consumers want to know that
when they buy a product on the shelf
that it does say free-range that those
eggs are in fact from chooks that are
free range,” he said.
Labour leader Andrew Little also
struggled to describe free range eggs.
“I ’m not an egg specialist. I’m not a
food safety specialist,” he said.
“It has been a while since I’ve bought
some eggs. I don’t actually make a
habit of going around and inspecting
the eggs in the supermarket. I have to
confess I buy what look like healthy,
good-looking eggs that come from a
healthy origin. ”
He said it was important to ensure
consumers were not being misled by
There are several standards for what
can be regarded as free-range including
maximum stocking densities.
In order to receive a SPCA free-
range blue tick, the layer hens must
be kept in numbers of no more than
10 hens per square metre of covered
area, or 2000 hens per hectare.
The overarching layer hens code of
welfare says 2500 hens per hectare.
Meanwhile free-range egg brand
Woodland yesterday said it had cut
ties with Palace Poultry.
Poultry’s managing director Michael
Guthrie said the company had
supplemented its supply with small
numbers of Palace Poultry eggs, but
stopped immediately after becoming
aware of the SFO probe in February.
He said Woodland had gone to
great lengths to get assurances the
eggs it was buying from Palace
Poultry had been free-range and
feared Woodland’s brand would be
damaged by the alleged deceit.
Free range egg definition in spotlight
Over the past 45 years, 24 police dogs
have been killed on duty.
A wall of remembrance at the New
Zealand Police Dog Training Centre
at Trentham in Upper Hutt will ensure
they are not forgotten.
The wall was unveiled today by Deputy
Commissioner Viv Rickard and former
police dog handler and Associate Justice
Minister Mark Mitchell.
Individual plaques display each dog’s
name, the date they were killed and their
Ten of those handlers, seven of whom
have since retired from the police, will
attend the unveiling. — NZ N
A man who used forged documents to
get a job working as a psychiatrist for
the Waikato District Health Board has
pleaded guilty to four charges.
Mohamed Siddiqui was arrested in
July, 2015 after he resigned his position
at the board before attempting to leave
The 55-year-old admitted to using
a document to secure a pecuniary
advantage and obtaining a New Zealand
medical licence by deception in the
Hamilton District Court yesterday.
He also admitted he “used a title,
namely psychiatrist, implying that he is a
health practitioner of a particular kind”.
Siddiqui had been working at the board
for about six months when concerns were
raised about his professional abilities.
He was granted bail in the lead-up to
his trial, that was abandoned yesterday,
but was sent to prison when he attempted
to flee New Zealand to see his terminally
ill mother in India.
Judge Glen Marshall further remanded
Siddiqui in custody and will sentence
him on April 6. — NZN
Key, Cunliffe poised to leave Parliament
Former prime minister John
Key will make his last speech to
Parliament next week.
Former Labour leader David
Cunliffe is also leaving.
Mr Key has announced he will
make his valedictory speech to
the house next Wednesday, before
officially resigning from Parliament
on April 14.
“It has been an absolute honour to
ser ve in Parliament since 2002, as
MP for Helensville, National Party
leader, and prime minister,” Mr Key
“One of the great privileges of
my political career and my life was
to meet so many hard-working
and inspiring New Zealanders. I
remain as ambitious for them, and
New Zealand, as the day I entered
Mr Key resigned unexpectedly
as PM in December and has not
said what he plans to do after
New Lynn MP
Mr Cunliffe this morning
also announced that he would
be making a final speech on
April 11 before resigning later in
“It ’s an enormous privilege to
ser ve as a member of the New
Zealand Parliament and I have
loved nearly every minute of it,” he
“In my time as MP for Titirangi
from 1999 to 2002, as MP for
New Lynn since then; and as a
minister of the Crown, senior
Opposition spokesman and as
Leader of the Opposition, I have
never forgotten the reason I came
into politics and the reason that
I’m passionate about the Labour
Mr Cunliffe will join Auckland
Stakeholder Strategies after April
By-elections will not be held in
either Mr Key’s Helensville seat
nor Mr Cunliffe’s New Lynn seat,
because their resignations come less
than six months out from this year’s
election. — NZ N
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