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Man hit by car
A man has died after being struck
by a car in the south Auckland
suburb of Papatoetoe. Emergency
ser vices were called to George Street,
near Papatoetoe Central School,
at about 9am today, after reports
of a pedestrian being hit. The road
between Great South Road and
Kingswood Road was closed and
cordons were put in place.
Dancing with Bieber
Stepping out on the dance floor
comes naturally for young Erin
Stuck. Now the 11-year-old from
Auckland will get to dance on the
biggest stage of her life — having
been chosen to dance alongside
pop star Justin Bieber. Erin is one
of four New Zealand children who
have been hand-picked to appear
on stage with Bieber in his Purpose
world tour, which is currently in
New Zealand. Thousands of entries
were received from youngsters
hoping to make it big at Bieber’s
first New Zealand stadium concert.
“I ’ve been a Belieber since I was
three-years-old. The purpose of my
life is to dance — if I could dance
all day, every day, I would.” The
Year 7 student from Somer ville
Intermediate, in Howick, is stoked to
be among the select few. “Being able
to dance with Justin Bieber and his
crew would make all my hard work
worthwhile. ’’ The four dancers will
join the Canadian pop star on stage
at Mt Smart Stadium tomorrow.
A man has lost four hours of his
life down the gurgler after spending
them trapped in an Auckland
public toilet. He eventually called
the Fire Ser vice just after 11pm on
Wednesday, requesting help at the
toilets at Glenmall Place in Glen
Circus elephant dies
A former New Zealand circus
elephant has died at San Diego Zoo.
Forty-four-year-old African elephant
Mila, formerly known as Jumbo,
was rehomed in the United States
after fatally crushing handler Helen
Schofield at Franklin Zoo in 2012.
Mila spent nearly three decades
touring New Zealand with the
Whirling Circus Brothers, before
retiring to the south Auckland zoo.
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38, 39, 40, 55, 65, 68, 69, 71, 78, 79,
80. Draw number 13870: 2, 7, 8, 15,
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43, 48, 51, 69, 72, 78. Draw number
13869: 2, 3, 5, 9, 15, 17, 19, 26, 30,
34, 38, 41, 44, 47, 59, 72, 73, 77, 78,
80. Draw number 13868: 2, 8, 11, 15,
16, 25, 31, 33, 36, 39, 46, 48, 53, 56,
67, 69, 70, 73, 77, 78.
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A sex predator who broke into the
Christchurch home of a teenage girl
and raped her twice in three months
was yesterday been jailed for at least
Corey David Fowler, 35, who has
convictions for sex offences in the
1990s, broke into the 14-year-old
girl’s home when she was sleeping on
June 17, 2015.
He crept into her bedroom and
sexually attacked her, the High Court
in Christchurch heard.
Then, less than three months later,
on August 12, 2015 between 4am and
5am Fowler snuck through a bedroom
window and threatened the same girl
with a knife.
He told her, “this could be done the
easy way, or the hard way ” and then
sexually assaulted and raped her.
The girl told her mother and the
police were called in the morning.
Aware that police wanted to speak to
him, he told his current partner to tell
police that he had been at home with
her that night.
When spoken to by police, he denied
the offences and claimed he was with
his girlfriend all night.
His partner later retracted the false
Analysis of Fowler’s cellphone data
showed that between 2am and 5am,
his cellphone was located in the area
of the girl’s house, and not where he
said he’d been.
DNA testing also linked him to the
Fowler, a machine operator of the
Christchurch suburb of Phillipstown,
earlier admitted eight charges,
including two counts of rape, two
of sexual violation by unlawful
sexual connection, attempted sexual
violation, sexual conduct with a young
person, burglary with a weapon, and
attempting to per vert the course of
The girl, now 16, had a harrowing
victim impact statement read aloud in
She spoke of her anger at what had
happened, and how it had greatly
changed her life.
She had been a popular, above-
average student who enjoyed learning,
felt positive about her future and
“ believed I could do anything I
After the first sexual assault, she
went to school the next morning “as if
nothing had happened”.
“I guess I was too young to
understand,” she said.
The second attack left her “scared
Now, she does not believe that she
will ever get over it.
Her school work has suffered, she
has lost motivation and focus, and
failed her last exams.
She has started smoking, has
trouble sleeping, and suffers recurring
nightmares of the assault which
replays what happened “frame by
She does not leave home unless
she has to and is now scared and
untrusting of men.
“ I feel he has taken away my strength
Justice Rachel Dunningham praised
her for a great job in writing the
powerful victim impact statement.
Defence counsel Serina Bailey
pointed out Fowler had undergone
immense difficulties in his own life,
but admitted it was no excuse for what
he had done.
The judge accepted his upbringing
was as traumatic as she had ever seen
in reports before the courts.
The Crown suggested that preventive
detention was an appropriate sentence
for the court to consider.
Two health assessor reports put
Fowler at a high risk of reoffending of
Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier
said the second assault at knife point
was at the high end of serious sexual
The crime was aggravated by the
facts it involved a home invasion,
planning and premeditation, and
involved a vulnerable young victim.
While there had been 18 years
between previous sexual offending,
Fowler’s high risk of reoffending
appeared “ingrained in various aspects
of his personality” according to reports
by a psychologist and a psychiatrist.
Justice Dunningham noted that
Fowler has a limited level of empathy,
and therefore remorse, for the victim.
However, she did not believe that
his crimes met the level required for a
sentence of preventive detention.
She sentenced Fowler to 12 years,
nine months imprisonment with a
minimum non-parole period of six
years and six months. He has also been
placed on the sex offenders register.
— New Zealand Herald
Christchurch sex predator who raped girl, jailed
New Zealand folk legend Phil
Garland has died, aged 75.
“It is with our deepest regret
that we write to inform you that
Phil Garland the father of New
Zealand folk music has passed
away at the age of 75 on the 15th
of March,’’ the Garland family
said in a statement.
Awarded a Queen’s Service
Medal in 2014 for his services
to folk music, Garland recorded
18 albums, and won the New
Zealand Music Awards folk
album of the year three times.
“Born and raised in
Christchurch, Phil Garland is one
of New Zealand’s true musical
treasures, a respected folklorist
and a musical balladeer. His
mission for over 30 years has
been to gather and preser ve for
posterity the songs and stories of
“Phil will be missed by the many
people he impacted during his
rich life, not only for his music,
but his teaching, Running of folk
clubs and music nights, concerts
and so much more. He is sur vived
by his brother and five daughters.’’
His funeral will be held in
Christchurch on Friday, March
24, with details yet to be finalised.
NZ folk legend mourned
Almost all New Zealand children have
been given antibiotic medications by the
time they turn five, prompting worries
that unnecessary prescriptions could
lead to serious long-term consequences.
The findings by University of Auckland
researchers further highlighted concerns
that prescribing so many antibiotics for
young children could help encourage the
spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria,
an increasingly big problem facing the
research, published today,
dispensing for more than 5000 children
in the contemporary longitudinal study
of child development Growing Up in
New Zealand, during their first five
By five years of age almost all children,
97%, had received one or more antibiotic
courses with a median of eight courses
per child and an average rate of almost
two courses per child per year.
Study author and infectious disease
specialist Dr Mark Hobbs, said that
overall levels of antibiotic dispensing
in New Zealand were higher than in
the United States and many European
countries, with the highest levels being
for young children and the elderly.
“In this study, we found that Maori and
Pacific children received more antibiotic
courses than New Zealand European
children, as did children living in areas
of high socio-economic deprivation
compared with those in the least
deprived areas,’’ Hobbs said.
“More than one-third of the courses
were dispensed during the three winter
months and the majority of antibiotic
courses were for one antibiotic drug:
This suggested that many of these
courses were likely to have been for
seasonal respiratory tract infections
which are mostly caused by viruses.
“Antibiotic treatment is not effective in
these circumstances and is not supported
by New Zealand general practice
guidelines,’’ he said.
Antibiotic prescribing decisions
for children in general practice often
relate to doctors’ perceptions of parents’
expectations when seeking healthcare, as
well as parents’ beliefs about antibiotics.
A recent international sur vey by the
World Health Organisation revealed a
poor level of public understanding about
the situations where it was appropriate
to use antibiotics.
Recent research has also shown that the
first three years of life is a critical period
for establishing a healthy microbiome,
the healthy communities of bacteria that
live in our gut, on our skin and elsewhere.
It has been suggested that consumption
of antibiotics at a young age may interfere
with the developing microbiome and
lead to permanent changes in immunity
“There is increasing evidence linking
antibiotic use in young children to later
weight gain and the development of
chronic diseases, with asthma being one
example,’’ Hobbs said.
“O ur finding that more than nine
out of 10 children had been exposed
to antibiotics by three years of age is
concerning for this reason.’’
“The large, ethnically and socio-
economically diverse Growing Up in
New Zealand cohort gives us an ideal
opportunity to investigate this possibility
as the children develop.
“ We also intend to review general
practice medical records to get a better
understanding of the reasons for
investigations will provide evidence to
help manage the challenges of antibiotic
use in primary care including addressing
parents’ beliefs and expectations and
supporting practitioners in balancing
benefits versus harms in antibiotic
Royal New Zealand College of
General Practitioners medical director
Dr Richard Medlicott said the findings
were not surprised at the findings,
and that the college wanted to see the
number of prescriptions reduced over
“There is broad recognition within
general practice that antibiotics are often
prescribed in situation where it’s not
necessary,’’ Medlicott said.
“The college and other bodies like the
Best Practice Advisory Centre have put
out various statements and suggestions
of ways of trying to reduce usage, but
at the same time, being mindful that at
some times, they are very useful drugs
to use when there is infection that ’s
bacterial and won’t get better by itself.
“The difficult is trying to pick which
ones need treatment and which ones
don’t — and at the moment, this evidence
suggests that we are over-prescribing.’’
The study was published in the Journal
of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.
The results. —
97% of the cohort children had
been dispensed one or more courses of
antibiotics by the time they were five
years of age.
62% had been dispensed antibiotics
in the first year of life with 82%, 92% and
95% in the first two, three and four years,
Each child was dispensed a median
of eight antibiotic courses by age five
and the dispensing rate was lower for
children living in rural areas compared
with urban areas.
A higher proportion of Maori and
Pacific children than European children
were dispensed an antibiotic course
during each year of life.
The proportion of children who had
been dispensed a course of antibiotics
in each month of life increased steadily
during the first year, peaking in the
twelfth month at one in five children,
then declining with age. — NZ M E
Antibiotics being over-prescribed
die in Taupo
A baby and a woman died
in this morning’s house fire
southeast of Taupo.
Two people died and three
were taken to Waikato
Hospital by helicopter in the
early hours of the morning
after the fire broke out shortly
A man remains in a critical
Hospital and another has
been discharged. An injured
woman has been treated and
is expected to be discharged
manager Scott Osmond said
the house was part of a dairy
farm on State Highway 5 in
Rangitaiki, a tiny town on
the Napier-Taupo Rd, about
30km southeast of Taupo.
Two ambulances and two
helicopters were sent to the
A Fire Ser vice spokeswoman
said the house was well alight
when crews arrived.
It was under control and
crews were dampening down
the site by 5.30am, she said.
Rangitaiki Tavern owner
Marion Klaus said the small,
close-knit community was
devastated by the news.
She and her team had been
feeding and looking after dairy
farm workers and emergency
ser vices staff members since
The tavern opened at 5am
and Klaus heard the helicopter
early this morning.
“It’s tragic. It’s very tragic,”
“There’s a lot of young staff
who have probably never
experienced anything like this
before and the fact that it ’s
their mate from the farm... it
will take them a long time to
get over it.”
Klaus said she knew who
the woman and baby who had
died were, but did not want to
share that information as their
family had not yet been told.
A large group of staff lived in
the houses on the dairy farm
and she understood a house
near the cow shed caught fire.
The workers all knew each
other well and the rest of the
staff were devastated, Klaus
The community, including
the Civil Defence officer, were
supporting each other today.
“ My God, the community
here have all just come
together and it ’s amazing.”
Trewavas says the settlement
is quite a big producer of dairy.
It is made up of farming
families, and will be reeling at
the news, he said.
— New Zealand Herald
Resources had to be pooled
to resolve a woolly situation on
Dunedin’s Northern Motorway
involving a fleeced jumper with
pointed appendages and a jagged
attitude to boot.
The reckless ram was running
amok on State highway 1 early on
It was jumping on the road, showing
off his impressive horns and an
indifference to his and motorists’
Police officers, including the head
of road policing in Southern district,
and D unedin City Council animal
control officers had to come together
to muster the menacing ram.
Southern road policing manager
Inspector Tania Baron said she and
another officer corralled it into a gully
using their patrol cars.
about rams, hence why I used the
patrol car to muster him rather than
my legs,” she said.
Council animal control officer
Alister Wilden then used a crook to
control the animal.
“It’s horns are certainly impressive
but they were quite handy when I
dragged it out of the gully,” he said.
“They were like handlebars.”
The ram was taken to the council’s
stock pound were it was hoped it
would be reunited with its owner. If
not, the animal would go to auction,
Mr Wilden said.
Ms Baron said the truck driver who
reported the ram’s raid said it had
caused issues on Northern Motor way
on previous occasions.
It was also not the first time Mr
Wilden encountered the ram.
A fortnight ago he butted heads
with it (almost literally) in Pine Hill.
He suspected it came from a lifestyle
block in the Pine Hill Road or
Campbells Road area.
The teamwork displayed by
Ms Baron and Mr Wilden was
unsurprising as the pair went to Police
“ Twenty-one years ago we were on
the same plane together going to the
Police College, talking about how we
were going to make a difference and
solve all the world’s problems, and
21 years later here we are, we made
the big time,” Ms Baron said, with a
laugh. — Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: New Zealand Police
Inspector Tania Baron and Alister Wilden, of the DCC, hold the errant ram.
Police muster runaway
ram amid motorway
close in 2018
The D unedin Cadbury
factory operations will
shut down in early 2018,
owner Mondelez has
No alternative to closure
could be found following
four weeks of consulta-
tion, the company said in
“We could not find a
viable option that met
global benchmarks and
ensured the ongoing
sustainable operation of
the factory,” Mondelez
Australia, New Zealand
and Japan vice-president
Amanda Banfield said.
Hundreds have turned
out to protest since the
closure was proposed in
February, with politi-
cal leaders calling on its
multi-national owner to
listen to ideas to keep it
Workers’ union E
Tu says it ’s extremely
disappointed, though not
surprised, by the decision.
“This is a sad day for
those loyal, high-per-
forming workers who will
lose their jobs. It is also
bad news for the people
of Dunedin. These are
high-value jobs, and an
export business which is
disappearing,” the union’s
strategic director of food,
Neville Donaldson, said.
The factory has been
operating in the South
Island city for almost
150 years, and more than
300 jobs will be lost.
Mondelez was seeking
to make New Zealand
brands of Cadbury prod-
ucts, including Pineapple
Lumps, Jaffas, Chocolate
Fish and Buzz Bar, Mr
“Any jobs cre-
ated through this venture
would be offered first to
redundant Cadbury work-
ers with the necessary
skills.” - - NZME
Most of the dead shellfish that
washed ashore at Waihi Beach this
week have now been removed.
Residents were shocked when
they encountered “millions’’ of dead
shellfish washed ashore on the
northern end of Waihi Beach on
Jeanette McCallum believed they
were pipi and posted a video of the
finding online, sparking thousands of
views and hundreds of comments.
“It ’s amazing how the ocean
manages to clean itself,’’ she said.
The Ministry of Primary Industries
said it was in discussions with the
Bay of Plenty Regional Council
about the incident but the cause of
the mass death was unlikely to be
known before next week.
She said the council had collected
samples and couriered them to the
ministry for disease testing, which
was standard practice in mortality
events such as this.
“It is important to rule out any
disease cause,’’ the spokeswoman said.
The samples were expected to arrive
yesterday and the ministry planned
to run tests on them today and would
likely conduct testing on further
samples early next week, she said.
“At this stage it is considered that
flooding with freshwater is the most
likely cause of the event. This is not
uncommon with flood conditions.’’
The spokeswoman also confirmed
the affected shellfish were actually
tuatua, not pipi.
“In terms of eating the affected
shellfish, MPI recommends people
leave them alone. Standard health
safety advice regarding shellfish is
that you do not consume obviously
sick or dead animals.’’
In a statement released this
afternoon, the Bay of Plenty Regional
Council said staff from the council
and the University of Waikato would
be analysing the shellfish for toxins.- -
Dead shellfish to be analysed
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