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One dead, 2 hurt in crash
One person is dead and two others
seriously hurt in a collision between
two cars in Waikato today. Emergency
services were called to the crash in
Mangateparu, north of Morrinsville,
about 6am. The intersection at Cross
Road and Cameron Road was closed
and diversions in place as police
investigate. — N Z N
Truck driver killed
A 63-year-old Rotorua driver
died after his truck and trailer
unit crashed over a bank south of
Tauranga. The crash happened about
1.30pm on Monday on Tauranga
Direct Road, part of State highway
36, between Pyes Pa Road and Te
Matai Road. Because the truck was
carrying hazardous substances, a
250m exclusion zone was set up
around the crash site. — NZ N
Motorcycle smash fatal
A person was killed yesterday
in a collision between a car and a
motorcycle in Northland, police say.
The crash happened about 3.30pm
on Kapiro Road in Kerikeri, a police
spokeswoman said. St John attended
the crash and Kapiro Road was
closed for several hours between
Equestrian Drive and Redcliffs Road.
— NZ M E -Northern Advocate
Man dies in bridge crash
A man was discovered dead in
his vehicle following a crash on
a bridge alongside Lake Ohau in
the Mackenzie Basin. The crash
was discovered on Freehold Creek
Bridge, between Lake Ohau Village
and the Lake Ohau Lodge, yesterday
morning. The man was the only
person in the vehicle. — N ZN
A Hawke’s Bay hunter reported
overdue has been rescued from the
Kuripapango area of the Kaweka
Ranges. A search for the 62-year-old
man began at first light yesterday
after police were alerted at 9.30pm
on Monday. The man was found
about midday by the Ngaruroro
River. Police said the man was tired
and had a minor leg injury, but was
other wise unharmed. — NZ N
Dead man named
The man who died in Glen Eden on
Saturday has been named as Dennis
Mau’u, 39. Emergency ser vices were
called to the house on Pisces Road at
3.44pm. The inquiry into Mr Mau’s
death is continuing, but police did
not believe there were any suspicious
circumstances. A woman who was
in the same room as Mr Mau’u is in
hospital in a serious condition. It is
believed the pair became unwell after
taking drugs. — N Z N
Numbers in Keno draw No 14028:
2, 9, 10, 14, 17, 18, 22, 26, 31, 37, 42,
44, 46, 48, 49, 54, 61, 75, 78, 80. Draw
37, 38, 39, 42, 44, 45, 51, 56, 61, 75, 78.
Draw No 14030: 5, 6, 10, 12, 16, 20,
21, 22, 27, 34, 36, 40, 43, 53, 57, 63, 64,
75, 78, 79. Draw No 14031: 10, 11, 16,
21, 29, 33, 36, 39, 41, 46, 48, 49, 52, 54,
58, 60, 62, 63, 66, 75.
Uber driver braves cyclone for US couple
A body has been found by a hunter in
bush near Thames.
Police were notified just after 1pm
yesterday. A scene guard remained in
place overnight at the spot close to Te
Recovery of the body is expected to
take place today.
A police spokeswoman says no further
details would be available until the body
had been formally identified and next of
kin have been advised. — NZ N
Body found in bush
Steer clear of Great Wall Motors’ Steed
utility vehicle if you value safety, the AA
Australasian New Car Assessment
Programme, shows the two-wheel-drive
petrol dual-cab model failed to meet
basic standards during its crash test and
achieved only a two-star safety rating.
Those looking to buy a utility vehicle
are better off buying a second-hand one
with a better safety rating if price is a
concern, AA Motoring Ser vices general
manager Stella Stocks said.
“In new cars today we expect to
see a very high standard of occupant
protection during a crash test. However,
(this model) doesn’t come close to
meeting that expectation. ”
Lower and upper leg injuries were
likely in a crash, as well as knee injury for
the driver while dash components could
cause injury to both driver and passenger.
“Honda and Hyundai are among the
brands we expect to produce safe cars
and, like many other manufacturers,
continue to lift the bar with new models
ultimately improving safety outcomes
for all of us,” Ms Stocks said. — NZN
Despite facing a $1033 bill, an
American businesswoman has
called her Auckland Uber driver a
“ hero” for driving her to Wellington
through battering rains and floods
when no one else would.
The drama started for Lisa
Kottke, who sells dental and
medical software, and her husband
when they landed in Auckland on
March 29 on their way to a critical
business meeting that could not be
rescheduled, NZME reports.
The pair discovered on arrival that
ex-Cyclone Debbie had brought
rain and fog that grounded flights all
flights to Wellington.
They checked other airports, buses
and taxis but could not find a way to
the capital. Then, about midnight,
they tried Uber.
Despite having planned to take just
one more ride for the night before
signing off, driver Harpal Kang
accepted the Kottke’s ride and set off
with them on the epic road trip.
Battling the conditions, he
delivered Mrs Kottke to Wellington
about 650km away — with 30
minutes to spare for her meeting.
“I don’t even know if I can have
words for how grateful I was. It
really speaks to this young man and
his character,” she told NZME.
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A poppy is flying on the payload
of the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration’s super-
pressure balloon, which has
launched from Wanaka Airport
on its eighth attempt.
The balloon, which will inflate
to the size of a football stadium,
left the ground at 10.50am
The previous attempts, the last
of which was on Saturday, were
called off because of unfavourable
The balloon is designed to run
for 100 or more days, floating
more than 33km above the
Southern Hemisphere’s mid-
Nasa balloon programme office
chief Debbie Fairbrother said
validating the super pressure
balloon technology was the
flight’s main objective.
She said key lessons had been
learned from the 2015 and
2016 flights that launched from
It was also a mission of
opportunity for the international
extreme universe space
obser vatory on a super pressure
balloon (EUSO-SPB) payload.
EUSO-SPB’s objective from a
high-altitude vantage point is to
detect ultra-high energy cosmic
rays from beyond the galaxy
as they penetrate the Earth’s
As the high-energy particles
enter the atmosphere, they
interact with nitrogen molecules
in the air and create a UV
The project ’s principal
investigator, Chicago University
professor Angela Olinto, says
EUSO-SPB is searching for the
most energetic cosmic particles so
far obser ved.
“The origin of these particles is a
great mystery that our pioneering
mission will help to solve,” she
“ Do they come from massive
black holes at the centre of
galaxies? Tiny, fast- spinning
pulsars? Or somewhere else?”
The balloon’s progress can be
tracked from the website: https://
wanaka.htm — NZN
Up, up and away to the cosmic rays
Nasa’s super pressure balloon full of helium and ready to take flight from the dedicated balloon launch
pad at Wanaka Airport yesterday morning.
A college deputy principal has been
struck off the teachers’ register after
using a mentoring programme to seduce
a Year 13 girl.
Wayne Allan Frewen, kept up a sexual
relationship with the girl after she left
the college, then dumped her when he
started a relationship with a new partner
with whom he now has a 14-month-old
The girl told the Teachers’ Disciplinary
Tribunal that she was “now on anti-
depressants to help with my suicidal
“ I was depressed and so confused
and always knew the friendship was
inappropriate but I trusted Mr Frewen,
as he was supposed to be my mentor,”
she said in a written submission.
“The way I was tossed aside and
stripped of my innocence and respect
has resulted in so much pain and serious
mental issues for me that I can only hope
to grow from. ”
The name of the college has been
suppressed to protect the girl, but
the tribunal refused Frewen’s request
to suppress his name because “it was
important for members of the public to
be aware of the respondent ’s conduct in
the future and in his new occupation”.
Frewen was aged 39 to 40 at the time
of the affair and was married with a
daughter. He resigned after the girl’s
mother discovered the affair. He is
now an on-site property manager for a
holiday accommodation business in a
The tribunal said Frewen “oversaw
the student government processes at
the school and was part of the formal
mentoring programme that was in place
for Year 13 students”.
“ During the student ’s final year
of school, the relationship became
inappropriate,” it said.
“Although the respondent was not the
student ’s official mentor, he regularly
met with her during the school holidays
and outside school hours.
“The respondent confided in Student
A in relation to personal matters and
encouraged an emotional bond to
develop between them.”
Frewen “invited the student to his
private home on a number of occasions,
outside of school hours while the
respondent ’s wife was in the house”.
“ He would meet Student A during
school hours for coffee,” the tribunal
“ During school holidays, he took
Student A for drives.
“ During the school holidays in early
(year suppressed) he invited Student A
into his office to listen to music.”
After the girl left the college, the
deputy principal took her on a trip to
Rotorua, sent her cards and Valentine’s
Day flowers, visited her several times in
the city where she was then studying,
and told her he loved her.
In a letter he sent her detailing
special moments they had shared, he
remembered one Friday night when they
coined the term “fhug”.
Other points itemised in his letter
“ Parent/teacher evenings, basically
an excuse to be silly with (you). ”
“ Tournament week, got emotional
saying goodbye. Wanted to fhug you.”
“Mentoring moments. Mostly in
N6. You opened up to me. Showed me
your trust. Made me realise that some
of our life experiences were similar. I
couldn’t stop thinking about you all
“ Fhug spots. Holding you and
staring into your eyes.”
“ First kiss . . . I ’ll never forget!”
“That Saturday night . . . woah, did I
just take my boxers off ? You know me!”
“ Every f——— second with you is
gold — mother f——-!!”
The relationship was uncovered
when the girl’s mother discovered
ripped-up cards Frewen had sent the
girl. She complained to the college.
Frewen resigned and signed a voluntary
undertaking not to teach again.
The girl told the college she lost her
virginity to Frewen and when she found
out that he had started a new relationship
with another woman she felt he was
“abusing his position of trust ”.
The tribunal found that Frewen was
guilty of “serious misconduct ” and
cancelled his registration as a teacher.
He was ordered to pay 40% of the costs
of the case, likely to be about $4800,
towards total costs of about $12,000.
The acting principal of the college said
the college “ensured that the matter was
given absolute priority and was dealt
with promptly and in strict accordance
with the Education Council legal
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
A high-risk sex offender, who
has continuously breached release
conditions, has been sentenced to just
over a year behind bars.
Today, Darren Albert Jolly, 51,
pleaded guilty in the Christchurch
District Court to yet another charge
of breaching his strict super vision
Judge Paul Kellar said Jolly has now
breached his extended super vision
order (ESO) 19 times since 2011.
For the latest charge of associating
with a person under the age of 16
years, as well as his prior breaches,
Jolly was sentenced to one year and
one month in jail.
His criminal history spans three
decades and includes 110 convictions
for sex with underage girls, indecent
sex acts, fraud, theft, assault and
As a result, in April 2012 Jolly was
placed under a 10-year ESO.
The conditions ban him from going
near schools, playgrounds and parks
as well as associating with anyone
under the age of 16.
Last year, after his staggering
history was highlighted, there were
calls for an urgent review of the legal
The Sensible Sentencing Trust
criticised the Department
Corrections’ management of him and
questioned why Jolly was not subject
to a public protection order (PPO).
In December last year, he cut off his
electronic monitoring tag and went
on the run.
He was found on State highway 1
near Pegasus township, 25km north
Today, he appeared from custody at
the Christchurch District Court for
Defence lawyer Rupert Ward told
the court Jolly was of borderline
intellectual cognitive functioning,
has extreme anxiety, and can become
“ Mr Jolly has offended in the past;
he is doing everything inside his own
limited capacity to not offend any
further,’’ Mr Ward said.
Jolly concealed his face from
cameras with his hand as Judge Paul
Kellar summed up. The judge noted a
Corrections report that said Jolly was
“considered a high-risk of re-offending’’
although he had not been convicted for
a sexual offence since 2004.
He said he had poor ability to
manage risk situations and has the
mental age of an eight-year-old.
super vision needed to be more
intensive upon Jolly’s eventual release.
Sex offender jailed over supervision breach
Policeman shooting suspect
A police officer is alleged to have shot
his partner and her lover in the Anzac
Day double shooting in Invercargill.
It occurred just after 8pm on Otepuni
Avenue last night.
A source has said the shooter was an
off-duty policeman. A spokesman for
police said he could not confirm the
alleged shooter was an officer.
The woman died after the incident. The
man was seriously wounded.
Several sources have confirmed the
suspected shooter was an off-duty
policeman, whose partner was having a
relationship with the shot man.
The shooting happened in an industrial
area in the suburb of Newfield, east of
the city centre.
It is understood the policeman was off
duty at the time.
Police said they had a person in custody
and were not looking for anyone else.
Police said they were still investigating
the facts around the shooting and
declined to comment further.
A witness said he saw a man pull up
on a bicycle, put on a balaclava and pull
something out from his jacket shortly
before the incident. — NZ ME
No plea to
A bus driver facing numerous charges
over a deadly bus crash on Christmas
Eve did not plead when he appeared
in the Manukau District Court this
Talakai Aholelei, 65, faces three charges
of careless driving causing death and 27
of careless driving causing injury.
Aholelei was remanded without plea
and is due to appear again next month.
Charges were laid last week.
The bus was carrying 54 people when
it plunged down a 100m bank south of
Gisborne on State Highway 2.
Sione Taumalolo, 11, and Talita
Moimoi, 33, died at the scene.
Leotisia Malakai, 55, died eight days
They were part of a Tongan school
brass band in New Zealand as part of a
fundraising trip. — NZ ME
Minister curbs Immigration NZ powers
Immigration Minister Michael
Woodhouse has suspended his
department ’s ability to make
decisions on his behalf after it was
revealed a migrant was allowed to
stay in the country despite two sex
the suspension following a New
Zealand Herald article about Sultan
Abdul Ali Akbari, who arrived in
the country from Afghanistan in
2012 on a resident ’s visa.
He was convicted of indecently
assaulting a woman in 2013 and
then jailed for two years in 2015
for indecently assaulting two young
girls and an 18-year-old.
Despite concerns about his
New Zealand official granted
the 58-year-old a “deportation
liability suspension”, which meant
he could not be deported back
to Afghanistan for five years, the
paper reported on Monday.
Late on Monday afternoon, Mr
Woodhouse responded to the
article by suspending Immigration
NZ’s decision-making authority
involving criminal offences.
“I have made my expectations very
clear when it comes to deportation
decisions involving offending of
this nature and those expectations
are not being met.
“I am temporarily suspending
Immigration NZ ’s decision making
authority until I have confidence
that the decisions being made are
consistent with my expectations.”
Mr Woodhouse said he expected
the suspension to last about a
fortnight, provided he could
be assured the new decision-
making process aligned with his
expectations. — N Z N
$165,000 for fatal crash
Kenneth Michael Wolnak, 63,
who admitted causing a crash
which killed two people and injured
four others, has been ordered to pay
$165,000 to the victims, and in two
cases the victim’s families.
A dream holiday turned into a
nightmare when the American
heart surgeon made a fatal decision
that changed many lives forever.
On February 27, he and his wife
set out to explore the Abel Tasman
They left their accommodation
in Westdale Road, near Rabbit
Island, about 10.25am, turning left
on to State highway 60 towards
They had driven 2km before he
realised he had been driving the
Wolnak then made the fatal
decision to do a u-turn on the busy
The decision sparked a series of
events that killed two men and
injured four other people.
Steve Jayes, 41, was driving
an Isuzu truck carrying about
six tonnes of scaffolding when
Wolnak’s rented Toyota SUV
pulled out about 50m ahead of him.
Mr Jayes attempted to swer ve but
collided with the passenger side
of the Toyota, causing it to spin
around, blocking the northbound
The truck crossed the centreline
into the path of southbound traffic.
Whitburn, 69, will never get to
enjoy his retirement with wife Janet.
Their Toyota Prado, which was
pulling a caravan, crashed head-on
into the Isuzu truck at about 90kph.
The truck spun clockwise and
scaffolding lay strewn across the
road. Mr Jayes and Mr Whitburn
both died at the scene from blunt
Four others, including Mr
Wolnak’s wife, Mr Whitman’s wife
and two passengers in Mr Jayes’
truck were injured.
On Monday, in the Nelson
District Court, Judge Richard
Russell sentenced Wolnak to a raft
of emotional harm payments.
Steve Jayes’ partner, Monique
Hardiman, along with her two sons,
aged five and seven, will receive
Janet Whitburn will receive
$50,000 for her injuries and the
death of her husband.
The 19-year-old passenger in Mr
Jaye’s truck, who suffered bleeding
around his right kidney, a broken
nose, fractured eye socket, gouging
to forearms, cuts to his calves,
bruising to his thigh and a sore
back will receive $25,000.
The second passenger of Mr Jayes’
truck, a 28-year-old man, suffered a
fractured leg and cuts to his leg and
elbow and will receive $10,000.
An RNZAF Orion has found a Tongan
fisherman who had been missing since
the weekend sunburned and adrift in a
The man was waving his oars when
the crew spotted him mid-afternoon
yesterday about 13km south-east of Eua
Air Commodore Darryn Webb said
the man was not in the 4.8m boat from
which he had made the mobile call
three days ago that sparked the rescue
“He was clearly in distress,” Mr Webb
said. “ He appeared well, but sunburned.”
The Orion crew passed the information
on to the Tongan Navy, which dispatched
a patrol boat.
The aircraft circled overhead until the
patrol boat reached the liferaft.
The fisherman had phoned his family
at 6pm on Saturday to say the engine on
his boat had broken down while he was
returning to Ohonua, on Eua Island.
Tongan police requested help from
the Rescue Co-ordination Centre New
Zealand. — NZ N
Aust changes ‘disappointing’
Prime Minister Bill English has
taken aim at Australia’s “disappointing”
proposed citizenship changes, flagging
concerns the crackdown could affect
New Zealanders living abroad.
Mr English said there had been no
formal contact between the Turnbull
government and himself or his ministers
before Australia unveiled its immigration
crackdown last week.
“The officials are going through a
process of understanding exactly what
the decision is — it was one that appeared
on pretty short notice with very rapid
application so we want to make sure that
all the implications are understood,” he
told reporters on Monday.
“ But on the face of it, it’s disappointing
that New Zealanders would have to wait
The changes require New Zealanders
and others aspiring for Australian
citizenship to be permanent residents
for four years before being eligible, up
from one year. — NZ N
Dead riders named
Police have named the two motorcyclists
killed in a road crash involving a tanker
on State highway 1 north of Tokoroa.
They were Steven Charles Ward, 59, of
Hastings, and Ian Michael Emerson, 41,
Police say the serious crash unit
is continuing to investigate the
circumstances surrounding the crash on
Friday. — NZ N
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