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A one-year-old has drowned in
the Northland town of Kaikohe.
Emergency ser vices were called to a
house just before midday yesterday.
The toddler was found unresponsive
in a pond on the property. — NZN
A cyclist has been killed in a
collision with a truck and trailer in
Hamilton. The accident happened
on Te Rapa Road about 11.30am
yesterday, police said. The victim died
at the scene. — NZN
Rape case remand
A 22-year-old man has been
remanded in custody after being
charged with raping a 15-year-old girl
in Christchurch last month. Elijah
James Coker, a concrete worker from
Christchurch, was arrested yesterday
morning. He appeared in the
Christchurch District Court today
charged with raping the girl in the
Linwood area of the city on March 5.
A community magistrate remanded
Coker in custody until April 20 for an
appearance from prison via audio-
visual link. — NZ ME
A homicide investigation has
been launched after a woman died
in Pakuranga Heights, police say.
Chozyn Koroheke, 22, was treated
at a residential address in Pakuranga
Road but later died. Emergency
ser vices were called to the scene just
after 5pm on Tuesday. Police believe
it was a domestic incident, and are
speaking to a person of interest.
Tyre slasher jailed
The Wellington man who was so
fed up with airport users parking on
nearby streets he slashed hundreds
of tyres, has been sentenced to 22
months in prison. David Johns, 53,
was sentenced in the Wellington
District Court yesterday for using
a sharpened screwdriver to slash
car tyres in the suburb of Miramar.
Police estimate at least 300 car
tyres were slashed in the four
months between October last year
and January. Judge Tim Black said
vigilante action would be met with a
stern response from the court.
Two share Lotto
Two tickets, sold in Nelson
and Papamoa, won their holders
$500,000 each in Lotto draw No
1635 last night. Successful numbers
were 1, 2, 9, 11, 26, 36; bonus 21.
Strike numbers were 2, 26, 36, 11.
There was no Strike Four winner.
Powerball number 10. There was no
division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 13948: 3,
8, 12, 13, 26, 27, 31, 40, 45, 51, 52, 53,
57, 59, 60, 63, 68, 70, 77, 80. Draw No
13949: 3, 15, 18, 27, 30, 39, 46, 51, 56,
59, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 70, 71, 72, 74, 77.
Draw No 13950: 5, 8, 10, 13, 16, 22,
27, 28, 34, 36, 44, 45, 47, 60, 62, 64, 67,
70, 76, 79. Draw No 13951: 1, 4, 12,
13, 15, 27, 32, 33, 35, 39, 44, 47, 58, 59,
63, 69, 70, 74, 75, 77.
The number of New Zealanders living
with dementia will increase by close to
300% to 170,000 by 2050, a new report
The Economic Impact of Dementia
report, carried out by Deloitte and
commissioned by Alzheimers New
Zealand, was launched at Parliament
last night by Seniors Minister Maggie
Alzheimers NZ chief executive
Catherine Hall said new models of care
were urgently needed as dementia cases
triple over the next 30 years.
“The blueprint for these models of
care already exists in the Government ’s
framework for dementia care that was
written four years ago,” Ms Hall said.
“ Implementing these models of care
would have significant human and
financial advantages and could achieve
cost benefit ratios of 6.6 times the level
of investment needed.”
The report looked at how much
money could be saved if policies
successfully delayed the entry of people
with dementia into residential care, by
keeping them fitter for longer.
The framework referred to by Hall
included objectives such as ensuring
enough funding so care is not delayed,
identifying gaps in dementia care, and
supporting workforce training.
The Alzheimers NZ report estimated
there had been a 29% jump in the
number of people with dementia over
the past five years, from 50,000 in
2011 to 60,000 last year — 1.3% of the
Costs have increased from $1 billion
to $1.7 billion over the same period, and
are forecast to hit $2 billion about 2020,
and top $4.6 billion by 2050.
Those estimates include direct health
care and indirect productivity costs, as
well as burden of disease costs. Aged
care costs currently account for just over
half of dementia-related costs.
Dementia refers to a group of diseases
that cause progressive damage to brain
cells. Symptoms depend on parts of the
brain that are affected, but the most
common include changes in memory,
thinking, behaviour, personality and
Dementia is progressive, meaning
symptoms get worse over time. Forms of
dementia include Alzheimer’s disease,
vascular dementia, and Lewy body
Age is the greatest risk factor, and
others include a lack of physical activity,
smoking, excessive alcohol consumption,
poor diet and head injuries. While it
cannot be cured there is more research
into how dementia can be prevented and
potentially slowed. — NZ ME
Dementia cases set to soar, report shows
Privacy Commissioner John
Edwards says the Ministry of
Social Development ’s policy
which requires social ser vice
providers to disclose client
information goes too far.
Under the policy, providers
will have to give the client
information to the ministry
when they apply for funding.
Mr Edwards said in a report
released today the requirement
was “excessive and inconsistent
with privacy principles”.
“There is a real risk that the
new arrangement will deter
some people who are most in
need from seeking support or
assistance,” he said.
Social Development Minister
Anne Tolley said the information
“ We know that many people are
getting ser vices from a number of
NGOs, and we also know there
are vulnerable families out there
who are getting no ser vices from
NGOs,” she told RNZ.
“In order to make sure we
have coverage, that there is no
duplication and no gaps, we need
to know who those NGOs are
working with so we can make
sure all vulnerable families are
getting access to the ser vices the
Government provides. ”
Labour and the Greens have
opposed the policy from the start,
and they back Mr Edwards.
“The report confirms Labour’s
belief that those who are most
in need of social ser vices, such as
Women’s Refuge, Rape Crisis and
Mental Health Ser vices, may be
deterred from seeking support,”
Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni said.
The Greens’ Jan Logie said
the Government must drop the
A Government IT system was
shut down on Tuesday night over
concerns it could breach client
privacy, Mrs Tolley said.
She said her ministry told her
about “a technical issue” with
a portal where NGOs upload
c lient data.
The MSD system uses a
Department of Internal Affairs
platform, and the portal is shared.
“ No private information on
c lients was available,” Mrs Tolley
said in a statement.
“ However, a provider was able
to view another provider’s folder.
“The system was shut down as
a result. I ’ve asked officials for
advice on the next steps which
will involve using a different IT
platform that will be robustly
tested. ” — NZN
Little says the $100,000 he
offered hoteliers Earl and Lani
Hagaman to settle a defamation
suit was a stretch and required re-
mortgaging his home.
The Scenic Hotel owners are
suing Mr Little for $2.3 million
in a trial before judge and jury in
the High Court at Wellington.
They claim Mr Little implied
Mr Hagaman was involved in
corrupt dealings in comments
he made in a press release and
subsequent radio and television
statements last April about a
$100,000 donation made by Mr
Hagaman to the National Party.
The donation was made a
month before Mr Hagaman’s
company was awarded a contract
to operate Niue’s Matavai luxury
The resort is heavily funded by
the New Zealand Government
and is owned by a trust on behalf
of Niue’s Government.
Mr Little took to the stand in
his defence yesterday, claiming he
had done what he could to settle
the matter but his attempts were
“I doubt now in hindsight,
whether they were prepared to
accept anything,” he said.
He claimed no offer seemed to
be acceptable, including one in
December and two in March and
was disappointed it proceeded to
An open settlement offer in
early March included an offer of
an apology and $26,000 to cover
costs, while a second later that
month included an apology and
an offer of $100,000.
Mr Little said that was the
most he could afford.
“Mr and Mrs Hagaman are very
wealthy people, they can afford
that sort of money,” he said.
“I made a proposal that
stretched me, that I took
personal responsibility for and
thought was a genuine attempt
He revealed he had to re-
mortgage his family’s home to
come up with the funds, but
the offers were refused by the
Hagamans who claim their
legal expenses already exceed
Mr Little said that amount
seemed excessive and included
the cost of a public relations firm,
which he would not pay for.
But during cross-examination
the Hagamans’ lawyer, Richard
Fowler, QC, rejected the
proposition that they had not
spelled out exactly what they
wanted, presenting a letter
outlining their demands.
Mr Little admitted they had
done that to a degree, but said
there was no traditional offer,
counter-offer negotiation that
He also told the court his
comments had been directed at
Mr Little claimed it had a track
record of failing to “respect the
basic principles of the matters of
conflict of interest ”.
“Then this story broke. It was
enough to pique my interest.”
Mr Little said he referred the
matter to the Auditor-General
before releasing his media
statement or taking part in any
“ I wanted an assurance that this
wasn’t yet another example of the
Government bending the rules,
not acting on conflicts of interest
appropriately,” he said.
Mr Little also addressed the
comments he made in radio
and television inter views, telling
the court that some of those
quotes were selected from longer
Both parties have finished
presenting witnesses but will
make legal argument and closing
statements today, before the jury
deliberates. — NZ N
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School apologises for razor blunder
A year after two students had their
necks slashed by a cut-throat razor
during a school play, Auckland’s
Saint Kentigern College has publicly
apologised for the potentially deadly
It must also pay reparation to the
In April last year, two 16-year-old
boys — performing in the production
of Stephen Sondheim’s blood-soaked
1979 Broadway musical — were taken
to hospital after they were injured by the
razor blade, which had been covered in
foam and duct tape.
At the time, the school’s head,
Stephen Cole, told media the prop had
been checked over many times, did not
have a sharp edge and he was confident
the health and safety situation was
But last evening, the school’s trust
board issued a statement apologising for
the accident and for the harm caused to
it should have done more to
acknowledge the seriousness
what happened immediately after
the accident,” deputy chairman John
“The injuries were not minor. The
injuries were significant and life-
Work Safe New Zealand has not
prosecuted the school but instead, for
the first time, has used an “enforceable
It was deemed the appropriate action
considering it was serious but an isolated
incident, and Work Safe had taken into
account the wishes of the victims and
their families, the agency ’s Brett Murray
responsibility for the blunder, undertake
a restorative justice process with the
families and take steps to prevent any
sort of repeat.
Set in Victorian London, Sweeney
Todd contains scenes where the
characters sitting in a barber’s chair have
their throats slit with a cut-throat razor.
They are then dispatched through
a trapdoor to be cut up into filling for
Audience members on opening night
reported not seeing anything untoward
happen on stage.
The incident happened just two days
after the introduction of tough new
rules came into force over workplace
health and safety. — NZ N
Tables turned on drunk driver
Of the dozens of drink-drivers appearing in
New Zealand courts yesterday, it is a safe bet
only one related to a motorised picnic table.
Mosgiel joiner Wade Bryce Bovey, 21, left
the Dunedin District Court yesterday with
a common conviction to his name but the
circumstances were anything but.
“One night me and a mate decided we’d
take it to the pub,” he said.
Prosecutor sergeant Chris George helpfully
explained what exactly “it ” was to the court.
“The picnic table is a wooden table with
seats on both sides, a driver seat and controls
that is on wheels, which is motorised by a
398cc engine,” he said.
Photos revealed drink holders had also been
“It ’s quite the work of art,” Mr George
said, handing pictures of the vehicle to Judge
“Indeed,” the judge said, after perusing the
On January 27, Bovey and his friend were
spotted by a passing police car pushing the
quirky machine, which he had “acquired” from
a man in Christchurch, up Queen Street to
“It didn’t have enough power to get up the
hill,” he explained.
Bovey hoped the officers were going to lend
a hand but instead he was breathalysed.
A summary of facts said the defendant
showed signs of recent alcohol intake but the
21-year-old said it required little detective
work on the police’s part.
“There was a box of p— sitting on it,” Bovey
He blew a level of 678mg and was yesterday
fined $750 and banned from driving — any
vehicle including motorised tables — for six
Counsel Elliot Higbee said his client had
been off the grog since the incident and was
working hard to stay out of trouble.
“ He instructs he has ceased associating
with the type of people involved in operating
motorised picnic tables while under the
influence of alcohol,” he said.
The submission drew a raised eyebrow from
“ You have a very poor attitude and that
needs to change,” he told Bovey.
When discussing the case outside court, his
new-found infamy was apparent as a couple
“ Picnic at yours?” they asked.
But Bovey had to decline, since he had sold
the bespoke buggy.
“ It was a bad idea getting it in the first
place,” he said. “I had my fun, got in trouble,
sold it. ”
Bovey would only call the fee “an
undisclosed amount ” but said it was much
more than what it was worth.
Where will it turn up next? “I sold it to a
bunch of p—heads in Gore,” he said.
— Otago Daily Times
Wade Bovey was convicted of drink-driving while in control of a motorised picnic table
but has since sold the unique machine.
Police are completing an
exhaustive forensic examination
of Leo Lipp-Neighbours’ car as
they attempt to solve the seven-
year mystery of how it came to
be in the water beneath a Nelson
wharf, Fairfax reports.
The focus now is on how the car
went into the sea without anyone
The orange Toyota Corolla
station wagon was removed from
a shed by crane, flipped on to its
wheels and placed on the wharf
in Wakefield Quay yesterday
The car had been washed since
Tuesday night when it was
pulled from the water covered in
seaweed and brown slime.
Mr Lipp-Neighbours was last
seen leaving his Nelson flat in
the station wagon about 4am on
January 24, 2010.
Nelson Bays area commander
Inspector Mat Arnold-Kelly
said yesterday that police
had found “what are believed
to be skeletal remains” in the
It would take some time to
identify the remains, he said.
Other “items of interest ” have
also been found, but Mr Arnold-
Kelly has not said what they are,
Mr Arnold-Kelly said this
morning it was an active
investigation and police were
looking into everything that
might help them to understand
what happened to Mr Lipp-
Neighbours and how his vehicle
ended up in the water.
“The discovery of the car
and the bones is a milestone
in the investigation and the
investigation’s going to be
continuing and it gives us a lot
more to go on.”
Police are liaising with Mr
Focus on how
ended in sea
Craig in new defamation case
Former Conser vative Party
leader Colin Craig is involved
in another defamation case.
This time he is suing a former
employee for $240,000.
His claim alleges a defamatory
publication was posted by
Jacqueline Stiekema on a
Facebook page and that
she made other defamatory
publications to a third person.
It will be heard in the District
Court rather than the High
Court, according to a recent decision by High
Court Associate Judge Roger Bell.
In September last year a jury
awarded Taxpayers’ Union founder
Jordan Williams $1.27 million in
damages after he sued Mr Craig
over comments made at a news
In December, a copyright lawsuit
Mr Craig brought against Whale
Oil blogger Cameron Slater and Mr
Williams over the publication of a
poem by Mr Craig was thrown out
as “ vexatious”.
In February this year a defamation
claim by Mr Craig against former
party board member John Stringer was settled
out of court. — NZN
Two people found guilty
of causing the 2014 death of
Ashburton man Arran “A J”
Gairns by manslaughter have
each been jailed for three years
and seven months.
Olivia Toby Frances Lucas,
29, and Verdun Ashley Perry,
26, both of Ashburton, were
convicted of assaulting 34-year-
old Gairns with intent to rob him
on May 31, 2014, in Ashburton.
A jury of six men and six
women subsequently found their
actions resulted in his death.
Yesterday, at the High Court
in Christchurch Justice Gerald
Nation sentenced both Lucas
and Perry to three years’ and
seven months’ imprisonment.
judge’s sentencing remarks, and
victim impact statements were all
Two other people were also
charged with the same offences
as Lucas and Perry.
One man who pleaded guilty
had earlier been jailed for four
years and eight months.
The trial of the fourth accused
is due to take place later in the
year and until a verdict is reached,
strict suppression orders prevent
the publication of any evidence
presented during Lucas and
Perry’s trial. — NZME
Two jailed for manslaughter
Former judges to oversee spooks
Two former senior judges have been appointed
Commissioners of Intelligence Warrants.
Prime Minister Bill English announced the
appointment of former Court of Appeal Judge
Sir Bruce Robertson and former High Court
Judge War wick Gendall.
Under the new laws covering the agencies,
sur veillance warrants are issued under a “triple
They must be approved by the Attorney-
General and a commissioner of intelligence
warrants, and reviewed by the Inspector-
General of Intelligence and Security.
Mr English said the commissioners would
provide “critical oversight ” of the work of New
Zealand’s intelligence agencies.
The appointments were made
consultation with Labour leader Andrew Little.
as storm lingers
The Bay of Plenty town of
Edgecumbe is being completely
evacuated after the Rangitaiki
River breached its banks.
Whakatane District Council
says the entire township of about
2000 was being cleared late
this morning, after the river’s
stopbanks burst near College
Mayor Tony Bonne described
the situation as “serious” and the
council appealed to anyone still
in the area to leave immediately.
Welfare centres have been
set up at the Firmin Lodge in
Kawerau and at the Whakatane
War Memorial Hall, and buses
were running from the town’s fire
Police and fire crews have been
going from house to house and
anyone unable to leave on their
own was urged to call emergency
Boats were also being used to
rescue some residents in areas
that couldn’t be reached by trucks
and “large number” of homes
had already been flooded, a Fire
Ser vice spokesman said.
Mr Bonne told RNZ the
flooding was a one-in-500-year
event and residents should not
expect to return home for at least
The evacuation comes as the
Metser vice lifted all heavy rain
warnings for the North Island.
The remnants of Tropical
Cyclone Debbie have been
lashing the north and causing
flooding since Tuesday night,
and is expected to hit the Banks
Peninsula with 50mm to 80mm
of rain today, the Metser vice says.
Along with Kaikoura, the
peninsula could also be hit by
winds of up to 130kph.
About 200 residents evacuated
in Whanganui following floods
have been allowed to return
home and a state of emergency
was lifted at 11am
Fears the Whanganui River
would overflow in a repeat of
floods in 2015 prompted early
evacuations in the area yesterday,
but water levels subsided
Police say they had received
no more information following
reports a person had gone
missing in the Waikato River and
say no one was reported missing
In Wellington, 50 people were
forced to leave their homes
after fears the O whiro Stream,
just south of Brooklyn, flooded
Flights in and out of the capital’s
airport resumed on Thursday
morning, after a few dozen
travellers were left stranded by
Eleven people trapped in their
cars by flood waters while trying
to evacuate from Taneatua in the
Bay of Plenty overnight were
now safe and were not in danger,
the Fire Ser vice says.
In the South Island, Kaikoura
was cut off again after both State
Highway 1 (earthquake damage)
and the Inland Road (weather-
affected) were closed.
The Inland Road reopened
mid-morning. — NZ N
Man dies suddenly
The unexplained death of a man
at a house in Te Awamutu has
sparked an investigation, police
An ambulance was called to a
home on Hazelmere Crescent
about 6.30am today.
A 45-year-old man died at the
scene, and police are speaking
with those who were in the house
at the time. — NZN
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