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Two die in collision
Two occupants of a car have died
after a head-on collision with a truck
south-west of Dunedin. The crash
occurred on State highway 1 at 3am
today, near Riverside Road in East
Taieri-Allanton. Police initially said
it claimed the life of the female
passenger but later confirmed the
male driver had also died. The road
remained closed mid-morning with
diversions in place. — NZ N
Car driver killed
A driver of a car has died in South
Canterbury in a crash with a truck.
The crash occurred on State highway
1 at 3am today, about 2km south
of Makikihi, south of Timaru. The
truck driver was treated at the scene
but did not have serious injuries.
The road was still closed late this
morning. — NZ N
Head-on smash fatal
One person has died after a vehicle
rolled following a head-on collision
on State highway 1, about 4km south
of Putaruru, in south Waikato. Police
said two cars crashed head-on about
6pm yesterday, with one male driver
dying at the scene. The second driver,
also male, received moderate injuries
and was taken to hospital.
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
French tourists attacked
A French tourist was punched
unconscious and another punched
to the ground in Nelson. A local
man who went to the men’s aid was
also struck in the face. Police have
made two arrests in relation to the
incident in the Buxton Square car
park early yesterday. They say two
men approached the tourists and one
demanded money for being parked
there before the assault. Two men,
23 and 25, appeared in the Nelson
District Court and will reappear next
week. — NZN
Falling tree crushes man
A Bay of Plenty man is in a critical
condition in hospital after being
struck by a tree he was cutting
down. A rescue helicopter was sent
to the small settlement of Ruatoki
on Thursday after the 34-year-
old received chest injuries in the
incident. St John medics stabilised
the man before he was flown to
Tauranga Hospital. — NZ N
Man shot in leg
Christchurch suburb of Hornby,
police have confirmed. Police found
the man with serious injuries on a
residential road last evening and he
was taken to hospital. One report
said the shooting took place at
Dickson Crescent. — NZ N
Numbers in Keno draw No 13924:
43, 48, 55, 56, 63, 64, 67, 71. Draw No
13925: 8, 12, 13, 19, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30,
33, 36, 37, 40, 48, 51, 64, 70, 71, 73, 79.
Draw No 13926: 1, 2, 6, 12, 13, 17, 25,
26, 39, 45, 49, 50, 60, 62, 67, 69, 71, 73,
74, 80. Draw No 13927: 3, 6, 10, 13,
17, 19, 26, 35, 44, 51, 56, 57, 61, 65, 67,
73, 74, 76, 77, 80.
New children’s ministry set for launch
There has been a marked
increase in the number of student
loan defaulters contacting Inland
Revenue and paying up, ministers
Tertiary Education Minister
Paul Goldsmith says that since
December 2014 there had been
a 66% increase in the number
of overseas borrowers getting in
touch with IRD.
In the same period there had
been a 32% increase in the
number of defaulters who are
now making a dent in their
loans — repayments by those
who defaulted increased by
$24.5 million for the year ended
“ We know that repayment
times for overseas borrowers
are much longer than for those
residing in New Zealand, and
that they account for more than
90% of the roughly $1 billion
that is in default,” Mr Goldsmith
Collins said a recent data-match
arrangement with the Australian
Tax Office was paying off.
“ Inland Revenue has been
provided with contact details for
almost 57,000 borrowers, which
has already resulted in some large
payments to Inland Revenue,”
she said. “ Moving overseas is not
a way to hide from student loan
obligations.” — NZN
Loan defaulters paying up
A new ministry that has been
years in the making is about to be
launched, taking over responsibility
from Child, Youth and Family for
young people who need help.
It represents a complete overhaul
of the system, recommended by an
independent expert advisory panel
appointed by the government.
“The panel’s report made it very
clear that the system supposed to
protect our most vulnerable children
and young people was broken,” Mrs
Tolley said in an article written for
the Dominion Post.
“ We’ve had too many restructures,
knee-jerk changes and attempts at
tinkering around the edges. ”
Prime Minister Bill English
will launch the new ministry at
a ceremony in Wellington this
It is based on five core ser vices —
prevention, intensive inter vention,
care and support, youth justice and
support for people up to the age of
Children and young people will
have more of a say in what happens
to them, and they will have access to
an independent advocacy ser vice.
Mrs Tolley said changes would
be obvious from day one, because
all child ser vices are being brought
together in the new ministry rather
than being scattered around different
“Some children and families have
high and complex needs,” she told
“ We need a greater range of skilled
professionals and that will be a
feature of the new ministry — we
will have more child psychologists
and therapists — a different range of
people to support social work.”
Children’s Commissioner Judge
Andrew Becroft doubted the new
ministry was ready.
“ Procedures are still being put in
place, staff are still being finalised
at the top table, it looks like it will
take a year or so, or more,” he said
As she prepared for the launch, Mrs
Tolley was sure her new ministry
would be up and running.
“ We are more than ready. It is
time.” — NZN
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Almost 1000 Ford Kugas and Fiestas in
New Zealand have been recalled because
their engines are at risk of catching fire.
The recall affected approximately 911
2012-14 Ford Kugas and 69 2013-15
Ford Fiesta STs equipped with 1.6-litre
GTDI engines, spokesman Tom Clancy
“ No other Kugas, Fiestas or other
Fords are affected,” he said.
“ In the affected vehicles, a lack of
coolant circulation could cause an
engine to overheat, resulting in a crack
in the cylinder head.
“A cracked cylinder head can result
in a pressurised oil leak. Oil that comes
into contact with a hot engine surface
increases the risk of a fire in the engine
Globally, 464,800 Fords have been
affected by the issue.
In Auckland last December, a fire in a
2013 Kuga owned by Eden O’Connor
gained media attention.
Ms O’Connor was reported to have
been travelling with her children and
grandmother when she noticed an
emergency light on her dash and pulled
over, according to Consumer NZ.
She then saw flames coming from
under the bonnet and rushed to get her
children out of the car’s back seat.
Mr Clancy said Ford was “aware of
two reports of fire associated” with the
coolant systems in New Zealand, but no
injuries had occurred.
The New Zealand recall of cars will
take place in two stages.
During the first recall from April to
June, dealers will replace the cars’ coolant
bottle and cap and reroute the “turbo
coolant return line”.
The second recall will take place
between October and December with
dealers installing a sensor to measure
the coolant level and act to “reflash
the PCM and instrument cluster with
“Customers can continue to drive their
vehicles but should see their dealer if
their vehicle exhibits a coolant leak or
overheating or frequently needs coolant
added,” Mr Clancy said.
Ford will contact affected customers at
each stage of the recall. — NZ N
One of Dunedin’s longest-ser ving
podiatrists has finally decided to
put her feet up, after 46 years in the
Helen Rolfe will officially retire
today, having helped keep an
estimated 20,000 clients on their toes
during her career, which is no mean
The 68-year-old has treated the
feet of people from as far away as the
“I ’ve been doing this so long, a lot of
my clients have become friends.
“One of them comes over here (on
business) for a few months and then
disappears back to England again.
“The first thing he does when he gets
here is give me a call to get his feet
“It’s because he trusts me and we get
As her retirement date neared,
Mrs Rolfe said she had expected her
clientele numbers to “dwindle off ”.
“But this week has been one of the
busiest weeks I’ve had. ”
She had seen some “alarming” foot
injuries and conditions over the years.
One of the most gruesome was
caused by someone trying to fix their
ingrown toenail with a pair of Tullen
The toe was “an absolute mess”,
but he managed to avoid any serious
Surprisingly, he was a surgeon, she
“ It ’s so important to look after your
feet — especially for diabetics and the
“As you get older, you lose the ner ves
and sensation in your feet, and the
circulation is not as good.
“ I’ve had people burn their feet on
hot water bottles because they couldn’t
feel how hot it was.
“Someone actually got really bad
burns when they were cleaning their
feet. They put them in boiling water.”
Mrs Rolfe said the profession was
not a calling for her. Rather, she
got into it by taking calls for the
She began working for Scholl in
her teens as a receptionist, after her
mother visited a chiropodist there.
“ My mother went and had her feet
done, and a lady there said, ‘You’ve
got a teenage daughter — she should
come in and answer the phones for us
during the holidays. ’
“ I started out as the receptionist and
I worked my way up from there. That
was how you did it in those days.”
In retirement, Mrs Rolfe said she
planned to spend more time relaxing,
enjoying her friends and family, and
doing some more gardening.
“And I’m going to take some time
off my feet.” — Otago Daily Times
On her toes for 46 years quite some ‘feet’
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Dunedin podiatrist Helen Rolfe, who retires today, looks over the feet of
one of her last clients.
Troy Taylor, the de facto
stepfather of Christchurch infant
Ihaka Stokes, has been found
guilty of the boy ’s murder.
23, had denied
murdering the 14-month-old
boy during a two-week trial at
the High Court at Christchurch.
He claimed that his then-
partner and Ihaka’s mother,
Mikala Stokes, inflicted the boy ’s
59 injuries on July 3, 2015 while
he was out getting a tattoo.
But after four hours of
deliberations yesterday, a jury
of six women and six men were
unanimous in finding Taylor
guilty of murder.
They also found him guilty
of assaulting the child the day
before the murder. He will be
sentenced on June 9.
— NZ ME-Christchurch Star
Changes to Lotto
Lotto NZ is running a must-
win Strike draw this weekend to
mark the rollout of changes it is
making to the game.
Game changes include the
introduction of a new Lotto
division seven for matching
three Lotto numbers on one line,
bigger Powerball prizes across
all divisions, the ability to play
Strike on its own, and new dip
On Saturday Lotto will hold
a special Powerball and Strike
Must Be Won draw.
There is a total prize pool of
$9.3 million up for grabs this
weekend. The Powerball jackpot
is $8 million, the Strike jackpot is
$300,000, and both must be won
The Lotto prize is $1 million
for Saturday ’s draw. — NZ ME
Airbags prompt Toyota recall
Toyota is recalling almost 6000 cars in
New Zealand because of concerns over
how their airbags inflate.
The latest recall applies to 4313 Corolla
and 1490 Yaris manufactured in 2009
due to issues with the inflator for the
passenger side airbag, made by Japanese
Takata’s defective airbag inflators have
forced car makers to recall about 100
million vehicles globally.
In New Zealand, 41,066 new cars
have now been recalled because of the
passenger airbag, while 113,804 new and
used cars have been affected around the
The car maker said no-one had
been injured by an airbag going off
“ Toyota New Zealand is not aware
of any faulty deployments in Toyota or
Lexus vehicles associated with the global
airbag recall,” it said in a statement.
It also said it was working to secure
replacement parts for the Takata airbags
with the inflator to be replaced free of
charge and taking two and a half to five
hours to install.
The car maker is also investigating how
many second hand imported car might
be affected by the new recall. — NZ N
The principal of a Rotorua school is on
leave after allegations were made about
his professional conduct on a school trip
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Koutu
students touched down at Rotorua
Airport yesterday, without their principal,
Uenuku Fairhall, who is on leave while
the allegations are investigated. He is
understood to have travelled back to
New Zealand separately.
The trip, involving 21 students and
three teachers, was meant to last 12
weeks but was cut short by five weeks.
When approached at the airport, board
of trustees chairwoman Ruiha Ruwhiu
confirmed the group had returned
“earlier than expected”.
“At this time I ask that you allow our
tired students the courtesy and respect
to reunite with their whanau. As
protocol they will be formally received
then return home with their whanau.”
Ministry of Education deputy secretary
Katrina Casey confirmed in a written
statement the ministry had been advised
of allegations regarding the professional
conduct of Mr Fairhall during the trip.
“The principal has returned home on
the request of the board of trustees and
will remain on leave while the allegations
“ New Zealand School Trustees
Association is providing support to the
board. We are also available to assist the
kura as needed.”
Ms Casey said the ministry would not
comment further while the allegations
were being investigated.
Mr Fairhall said he would not
comment as it was an issue between
himself and his employer.
In a written statement last night, Ms
Ruwhiu said it was not appropriate to
give details about the allegations but
confirmed they had been made relating
to Mr Fairhall’s professional conduct.
She said the decision to bring the
students home from Mexico was made
after meeting with their parents and
caregivers at a whanau hui where the
board informed them a concern had
“They have been kept up to date. As
the students have now been welcomed
home and returned to their families, we
will be sending a panui (notice) to the
She said returning home was in the
interests of the whole group.
This was the fourth time the school
had embarked on a Mexico trip, which
it does every three years. This year’s trip
cost each student $12,000, but thanks to
three years’ fundraising the end cost was
brought down to $3500.
The trip, which sees students billeted
with Mexican families to ensure
immersion in the Spanish language, has
become a part of the school’s culture.
— NZ ME -Rotorua Daily Post
Principal on leave after school trip to Mexico returns early
of doctor’s claims
A Dunedin doctor who
recorded a breath-alcohol
reading more than four
times the limit says she
only drank two glasses of
wine at work and a couple
“ Was she talking about
two magnums of wine?”
Judge Kevin Phillips asked.
were drunk as drunk can
Jackson, 49, appeared in
the Dunedin District Court yesterday
having admitted the charge — her
second such conviction.
On December 9, a member of the public
watched the paediatrician “staggering”
to a bin to dispose of alcohol containers
in Portsmouth Drive.
They were so concerned, they followed
the woman to her Waverley home and
called police, who breathalysed her.
Jackson blew a reading of 1028mcg,
fractionally more than when she was
convicted in 2013.
The judge said he was confident from
the material before him that she had
been drinking while behind the wheel
and had stopped to dispose of the
evidence when she was spotted.
The court heard yesterday, the Medical
Council had imposed rigorous measures
so the defendant could continue
Counsel Werner van Harselaar said his
client had completed a 30-day residential
rehab programme and was regularly
attending Alcoholics Anonymous
Jackson also had a machine at home
which tested alcohol level and took a
photo of the user.
She used it three times a day during
the week and four times at weekends to
prove her sobriety, he said.
Medical Council sanctions would
continue for another two
years, the court heard.
“S he’s trying to do
everything she possibly
can,” Mr van Harselaar
Judge Phillips said the
drink driving was just “the
tip of the iceberg”.
“Before 2015 she had
been brought to task about
alcohol consumption in her
practice,” he said.
The judge believed it
Jackson was still allowed to work as a
While it was submitted the defendant
was truly sorry for her actions, Judge
Phillips did not agree. “S he’s remorseful
about the predicament she’s in,” he said.
“ I note you use all the right adjectives
to describe your behaviour but I go back
to say, you don’t appear to be honest
Jackson said she had two wines after
work on December 9 followed by two
pre-mixed vodkas after arriving home.
The judge said that would barely put
her over the limit and dismissed the
explanation as “patently untrue”.
“S he was in danger of having a cardiac
arrest at those levels and she was driving
a motor vehicle and staggering as she got
out of the car.”
In sentencing, Judge Phillips said he
had to treat her like any other drink-
driver who came before the court but he
was shocked someone with her medical
credentials could end up in such a
Jackson was sentenced to nine months’
super vision, four months’ community
detention on a weekend curfew, 250
hours’ community work and disqualified
from driving indefinitely. The ban can be
lifted only with the permission of the
director of NZ Transport Agency.
— Otago Daily Times
A large Caterpillar excavator has been
returned to its Manawatu owners as part
of a police haul found following a spate
of rural burglaries in the area.
However, a treasure trove of stolen
vehicles, including a boat, mower and go
kart, still remains missing.
Police say they have arrested five people
on charges of theft, burglary, firearms
and drug related offences after searching
three homes over the last week.
They also recovered a stolen Subaru,
five firearms, two trailers and a large
excavator in the process.
Senior sergeant Greg Hogan said while
it was an “excellent result ” a number
of big-ticket items were still missing
following a series of rural burglaries in
They include an inflatable boat, a
go kart, a ride-on mower, a Toyota
Landcruiser and a Honda dirt bike.
Stolen digger recovered
US rules NZ man terrorist
New Zealander Mark Taylor
has been on a United States
terrorism list, with the State
Department saying he has been
encouraging terrorist attacks here
and in Australia.
Taylor, from Hamilton, is
among five people named by the
department overnight who now
have sanctions imposed on them
because they are believed to have
committed terrorist acts or may
The sanctions mean Americans
from dealing with them. Any
property under US jurisdiction is
“Mark John Taylor is a New
Zealand national who has been
fighting in Syria with ISIS since
the fall of 2014,” the department
“ Taylor has used social media,
including appearing in a 2015
ISIS propaganda video, to
encourage terrorist attacks in
Australia and New Zealand.”
Taylor is also known as
Mohammad Daniel, Muhammad
Daniel, Abu Abdul Rahman and
Mark John al-Rahman.
He has also been dubbed
the “ bumbling jihadi” after a
bragging tweet inadvertently
revealed his location in Syria in
2014. — NZN
Stolen vehicle ruins concrete
A stolen Work Safe New
Zealand utility vehicle struck two
other vehicles and drove through
wet concrete in Hastings before
it was stopped, police say.
Road workers spotted the
vehicle, which had been taken
from an address overnight, on
Middle Road just before midday
yesterday and notified police.
The driver failed to stop for
officers and went on to crash
into the back of a stationary
vehicle stopped at traffic lights,
senior sergeant Mike Stevenson
It then went over a large amount
of wet concrete at road works,
causing significant damage.
After cutting a corner at the
intersection of Chatham Road
and Walton Way, it crashed
head-on into a car.
The collision was at low speed
and no one was injured, Mr
The vehicle was later seen
driving along Flaxmere Road and
a police unit stopped it with road
The alleged offender ran from
the scene and was arrested a
short time later.
A 20-year-old man is due in
Hastings District Court today
facing a number of charges.
Tattoo clue to abduction attempt
Police are seeking information
about a man with a distinctive
dragon tattoo after a report of a
boy being grabbed on the way to
school in Auckland.
Detective senior sergeant James
Bothamley says the 14-year-old
was walking along Lancaster
Road in Beachhaven about 8am
The boy described being
approached by a man in his 60s,
being grabbed and put into a car,
but managing to fight him off
and run away.
The man’s tattoo was described
as having the dragon’s mouth
over the man’s mouth, while the
dragon’s body went from his left
ear, across his cheek to his mouth.
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