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Smash kills two
Two men died after a south-bound
stationwagon and a north-bound
utility vehicle towing a trailer
collided on State highway 1, near Pa
Road, south of Woodend, north of
Christchurch. The dead men from
Canterbury and in their 30s were
in the stationwagon. The two men
in the utility vehicle were flown
to Christchurch Hospital with
moderate injuries. The accident
happened at 3.45pm yesterday. Police
said the stationwagon had crossed
the centre line. It was the second
double fatal crash near the city in
less than a week. — NZN
Woman found dead
A woman has been found dead at
a house in the Auckland suburb of
Mount Roskill. Police were called
to Aurora Avenue about 11.50am
yesterday. They are treating the death
as unexplained and inquiries were
continuing. — NZ N
Sailor swept away
Samoan police believe a Royal New
Zealand Navy sailor who has been
missing in Samoa for more than a
week may have fallen into the sea
and been swept away. Kilino Joseph
Lemafo’e Tua, 24, who grew up in
Auckland, was visiting two of his
uncles, who live near Apia on Upolu
Island, when he disappeared last
Saturday. Police are continuing to
investigate and are doing their best
to recover his body,. — NZ ME
School fire suspicious
A small fire at Waipa Primary
School in Ngaruawahia is being
treated as suspicious. The school
caretaker had the fire, which burned
the deck of a classroom yesterday
morning, under control by the time
fire crews arrived. A fire investigator
was looking into the cause. — N Z N
Hammer in hold-up
Two men, one wielding a hammer,
have robbed a store in Tauranga.
Police are investigating the robbery
at the Carlisle Street Convenience
Store in Greerton at 2pm yesterday.
The men threatened a staff member
and fled on foot with cash and
cigarettes. The staff member was not
injured. — N ZN
Two share Lotto
Two tickets, sold in Carterton
and Albany (Auckland) shared the
division one prize in Lotto draw
No 1644 on Saturday, each winning
$500,000. Successful numbers
were 4, 5, 11, 23, 26, 34; bonus 32.
Strike numbers were 26, 5, 23, 34.
There was no Strike Four winner.
Powerball number 2. There was no
division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 14076:
7, 9, 13, 26, 33, 44, 47, 48, 49, 50, 52,
55, 61, 62, 63, 64, 70, 71, 74, 75. Draw
No 14077: 2, 4, 7, 8, 17, 21, 24, 34, 35,
37, 39, 44, 45, 49, 52, 63, 68, 69, 70, 71.
Draw No 14078: 22, 26, 27, 30, 33, 35,
36, 38, 44, 51, 56, 57, 58, 60, 61, 64, 69,
74, 76, 79. Draw No 14079: 3, 4, 15,
19, 23, 28, 31, 33, 36, 38, 46, 47, 48, 54,
56, 58, 59, 64, 72, 75.
Spark denies reports of massive job cuts
An Air New Zealand plane to Apia
was turned around mid-flight after an
issue with its air conditioning system.
Air New Zealand flight NZ992 left
Auckland airport at 4.12pm and was
turned around just past the tip of the
An Air New Zealand spokeswoman
said the plane returned to Auckland
due to an issue with its air conditioning
system and touched down about 7.50pm.
Flight turns back
A man has died in hospital after he
was injured in a crash near Carterton last
The man was being treated at
Wellington Hospital after the crash in
Clareville, Wairarapa last Thursday.
Police said the man has since died,
while the Serious Crash Unit continues
to investigate the incident.
On Thursday the Wairarapa Times-
Age reported an elderly man was
critically injured in a head-on crash,
which closed a section of State highway
2 for about three hours.
The man had been trapped in his car
after a collision with another vehicle
on State highway 2, near Masterton at
Police sergeant Quentin Hoera said
one vehicle had been travelling south and
the other north when the crash occurred
at the top end of the northbound passing
The two vehicles involved each had one
“Scene examination by the serious
crash unit will confirm this later in the
investigation, but initial witness accounts
suggest the southbound vehicle has
crossed the centreline,’’ he said.
The man, in his 70s, was taken to
Wairarapa Hospital by Wellington Free
Ambulance, and the other driver was
treated at the scene for less severe injuries.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Staff at Spark New Zealand fear
mass job cuts are in the works but
the company said that was not the
It was understood staff expect
telecommunications company with
an announcement expected today.
A Spark spokesman said that was
not the case, but the company was
always undergoing change.
“At a company of our size operating
in such a fast-changing industry,
there’s always change going (on)
within some areas of Spark.”
He said the company ’s policy was
that it did not comment on business
decisions that affected its staffing
“ We disclose our staff numbers
on a bi-annual basis as part of our
financial reporting and we don’t tend
to comment beyond this.”
Spark’s staff numbers have risen in
the last year. In December 2016 it
had 5943 full time workers, up from
5324 in December 2015.
Spark reported earnings before
interest, tax, depreciation and
amortisation of $471 million in the
six months to December 31, up from
$455m in same prior period.
The spokesman said the technology
world in which Spark operated was
changing faster than ever before.
“As a consequence, our business has
changed enormously in recent years
and the one thing we can say for sure
is that it will continue to do so.
“O ur customers expect us to be
offering the best deals at ever better
prices, improving their ser vice
experiences and making it easier and
simpler for them to use our products
and ser vices and to get help from us.
“That means as a business we must
do even more to tightly manage our
operating costs and radically simplify
our products, tools and processes,
taking advantage of the latest and
best digital technologies.” —NZME
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DECLINERS: 15 TRADED: 97
Aluminium High Grade
tell of being
A protester who was run
over by a car driven by
Whanganui MP Chester
Borrows denies she and
others were swarming
around or trying to block
Tracey Treadwell and
taken to hospital following
Partnership protest outside
a motel in Whanganui in March last
Mr Borrows, a former policeman and
minister for the courts, was driving
the car as it left the premises and is
defending a charge of careless use of a
motor vehicle causing injury.
In Whanganui District Court on
Monday, Judge Stephanie Edwards was
told how some protesters were yelling
obscenities and one was waving a dildo
Ms Treadwell denied they were part of
the rowdy group or they were trying to
block the car.
“ We chose to stand there with our
placards. It wasn’t any intention to
blockade,” she said.
Her foot was run over and the car
swiped her left leg.
Mr Burrows’s lawyer,
Nathan Bourke, said it was
nonsense to suggest the
MP sped up approaching
the protesters, and he was
“going no more than 1kph”.
One policeman said he
believed that Ms Treadwell
stepped back into the car,
and she had been in shock
and could not properly
Ms Lockett, who said
the swelling in her leg only went down
after a year, told the court Mr Borrows
initially slowed down about 20m from
“ It seemed to happen very quickly.
He didn’t slow down again, he just kept
coming. In my perception he sped up a
“Already my leg was trapped under
the car. I thought, ‘Oh my God, you are
going under girl’.”
She said she folded under the bonnet
before she felt a policeman grab her and
pull her away.
Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett
was expected to be called as a witness
as she was a passenger in the car at the
The hearing is expected to last two
days. — NZN
More than 60 years ago a train
full of passengers plunged into
the flooded Whangaehu River at
Tangiwai but family members of
the locomotive’s driver have only
just found closure.
On Christmas Eve in 1953, the
rim of Mount Ruapehu’s crater
lake gave way and unleashed
a lahar, taking out part of the
All but three carriages of
the Wellington to Auckland
train were hurled into the river
moments later, killing 151 people.
Yesterday a memorial was
unveiled to remember the
lifesaving actions of two men who
had not previously been singled
They were locomotive driver
Charles Parker, who initiated
emergency braking, and
locomotive fireman Lance
Redman, who sanded the tracks
to help the train brake faster.
Parker’s granddaughter Denise
Stanney said her family finally
had closure after the ser vice
She said for a long time people
questioned Parker’s actions that
night. “ Today both of them were
acknowledged for their bravery
and it brings pride and it brings
relief and quite a lot of emotion
but also, a lot of closure.”
Ms Stanney said the trauma of
the tragedy had had a significant
impact on her family.
“They were so deeply affected
that it was easier not to talk about
She said Christmas was a
sombre time growing up.
“Christmas Eve my dad was
always very withdrawn.
“He got quite grumpy in the
lead-up to that Christmas week
and preferred to work rather than
be at home where he would be
alone with his thoughts.”
Ms Stanney travelled by steam
train to the commemoration
“I found it quite emotional this
morning once I could see the
smoke going past the windows,
it was almost like I was travelling
Chairman of the Tangiwai
Memorial Committee Bob
Norling said Messrs Parker and
Redman deser ved to be honoured.
“If it (hadn’t) been for these two
men and what they did — the
heroes of the night — for sure the
whole train would’ve gone into
the Whangaehu River,” he said.
He said the pair’s actions
stopped the last three carriages
from going into the river.
“One hundred and thirty-four
people sur vived that night, out of
286 that were on the train — so
their contribution was fantastic.”
Sur vivors of the disaster were
also at yesterday ’s ser vice to
remember the two men’s actions.
One of them, John Mahy, was
15 when he boarded the train
to return to his family home in
Whakatane after spending time
Less than an hour from the
train reaching the bridge at
Tangiwai, Mahy and his older
sister were moved to the back
carriages because a conductor
noticed they were sitting in the
“ If you see a picture of the
second carriage you’ ll realise just
how much damage there was.
“There was just absolutely
nothing left of it and I probably
wouldn’t be here today”, he said.
Mr Mahy said the ser vice was
“ It does affect you to a certain
degree, every Christmas Eve you
kind of look at yourself in the
mirror and think, ‘You’re a lucky
boy to be here today ’.” — NZME
Tangiwai loco crew recognised 64 years on
PICTURE: Wanganui Chronicle
The Charlie Parker and Lancelot Redman memorial now stands alongside the memorial to all those
who died at Tangiwai.
An RSA president has been
convicted of wearing medals he
never earned, bringing fresh calls
to upgrade the law used to punish
It is only the second such
prosecution in New Zealand history.
Bill Kerr was president of the
Hakaru RSA for six years, having
produced a certificate of ser vice on
arriving in Mangawhai and wearing
five medals to veterans’ parades.
The medals he wore included the
Vietnam Medal, which was awarded
from 1968 onwards to those who
ser ved in the controversial conflict.
But it led to suspicion about Kerr’s
ser vice because he had ser ved in the
Royal New Zealand Navy — and was
not one of the 15 people from the
navy who had ser ved in Vietnam.
Kerr, in his 70s, was convicted in
the North Shore District Court on
Thursday of wearing medals which
he was not entitled to wear and fined
Later he said, “I’ve got no comment
Northland RSA president Ian
McDougall, who joined the navy
in 1964, said he became suspicious
while at an event and talking to Kerr
about his ser vice background.
What he was told did not ring true,
“ I did a bit of research and found
out he wasn’t the war hero he claimed
to be. I ’ll make sure no other RSA in
Northland will touch him.”
Kerr ’s Vietnam medal was the
clincher, he said. It had been awarded
to a limited number of navy medics
who ser ved in the conflict.
He said there needed to be stronger
penalties than those set out in the
current law, last upgraded in 1974.
Mr McDougall pointed to a private
member’s bill put for ward by National
Party MP Todd Barclay, which would
make the maximum penalty $5000 or
a maximum of six months in prison.
“ With these guys coming back
from Afghanistan, there’s bound to
be some wannabes who weren’t there
but want to be recognised as heroes. ”
The new Hakaru president Graeme
Hitchcock said Kerr had medals
signalling ser vice in Vietnam and two
others to which he was not entitled.
“It’s disgraceful and disrespectful to
those who have actually earned their
“It really degrades those who
have done their thing properly. It ’s
Sergeant Geoff Medland said the
prosecution established Kerr was
wearing medals that were not his.
“It’s important it ’s brought to the
public’s attention. There is a national
feeling of disgust around people
purporting to be war heroes.”
Kerr’s conviction follows the
pretence of Kaukapakapa’s Rob
Clark, who turned up at an Anzac
Day ser vice wearing a host of medals
he never earned, portraying himself
as a member of the SAS.
He admitted he had only ser ved for
a few years in the New Zealand Army
in the early 1990s and was entitled
to only one of the 15 medals he was
photographed wearing. — NZ ME
Military pretender fined
Pharmac budget boosted
The Government ’s drug-buying
agency has proposed funding a
treatment for asbestos-linked lung
cancer and earlier access to drugs
for HIV patients as it gets a boost
in this year’s budget.
But the opposition says the
government is just playing catch-
up with funding and using DHB
Health Minister Dr Jonathan
Coleman yesterday announced the
Government would be putting an
extra $20 million into Pharmac ’s
budget this year, taking it to a total
$870m — up $220m since 2008.
The agency will also get $11m
extra from DHB budgets for the
year, along with a total $60m top-
up over four years.
The announcement came as
Pharmac unveiled a list of 38
proposals for funding changes,
including five new treatments.
They include: Melatonin, tablets for
children with neurodevelopmental
disorders who have insomnia;
Pemetrexed, a treatment for
aggressive lung cancer caused
primarily by asbestos; and Sildenafil,
a treatment for hypertension in
children, among others.
It is also proposed a long list
of changes to existing treatment
funding, including earlier access to
four HIV anti-retrovirals — affecting
about 3000 people a year — a giving
45 more people access to a potentially
curative treatment for hepatitis C.
Overall the changes are expected to
affect about 33,000 people.
to make better use of existing
treatments — changes that are
often suggested by prescribers to
remove administrative hurdles for
treating their patients,” Pharmac
chief Steffan Crausaz said.
The proposed changes take effect
on July 1.
Labour health spokesman David
Clark said the funding was well
overdue, and said Pharmac’s budget
had been virtually frozen from
2013 to 2016.
“ Today ’s announcement is the
start of catch up for its neglect,” he
said. “ The Government is expecting
already cash-strapped DHBs to
further reduce ser vices in order
to part-fund this election year
announcement.” — NZN
Police reassured small business owners
they are safe as more of them were
robbed this weekend.
A week after several hundred people
marched in south Auckland to highlight
the issue of violent crime against small
business owners more of it happened.
Yesterday two men, one wielding a
hammer, robbed the Carlisle Street
Convenience Store in Greerton,
They fled on foot with cash and
cigarettes and the store keeper was not
In Onehunga in Auckland a shop
keeper has minor injuries after two men
armed with a screwdriver tried to rob
his Trafalgar Street dairy on Sunday
In a speech to the Indian Association
of NZ and Crime Prevention Group
on Sunday New Zealand First leader
Winston Peters said “you’re rightly fed
up, and scared”.
“ Police say they are catching the
culprits — they ’re not.
“And those youth they do catch know
they ’ll get the cotton wool treatment
through the Youth Court.” He said the
National-led government had raised the
age for the Youth Court to 18 supported
by every other party in Parliament except
“That ’s how out of touch Parliament
Police have been reassuring small
Superintendent Sue Schwalger said
police met this weekend with a number
of local small business owners and the
Indian Association to discuss keeping
The meeting was arranged in an
effort to answer questions and provide
reassurance to the Manawatu small
business community after some raised
concerns about becoming victims of
Central District police were working
hard every day to ensure everyone in the
community could live, work and play in
a safe environment, he said.
“ We want small business owners to
know that we will do everything we
can to prevent crime from happening,
and make sure offenders are held
Palmerston North police had been
visiting dairies, liquor stores and small
ser vices stations across the region to
provide prevention advice and listen to
their concerns. — NZ N
A car has burst into flames after hitting
a barrier on Auckland’s north-western
Emergency ser vices were called to the
crash between the Rosebank Road on-
ramp and Great North Road off-ramp
at about 7.45am yesterday, a police
spokeswoman said. The Fire Ser vice
described the car as being “well ablaze”.
The driver of the car was not believed
to have been seriously hurt. — NZ N
Fiery crash on motorway
A paraglider was injured soon after
takeoff from Treble Cone yesterday
and flown by Otago Regional Rescue
Helicopter to D unedin Hospital.
Police say the accident happened at
about 2.40pm and the injured paraglider
suffered a shoulder injury.
Friends of the injured paraglider said
he was an Irishman on a working holiday
who lives in Q ueenstown.
A friend who declined to be named
said a group of eight travelled across
from Queenstown for the day to go
paragliding at Treble Cone.
He said the conditions for flying were
John Levy, of Wanaka, who was also
paragliding at the time, said he saw the
man on the ground about 20m below
him as he flew over and asked if he was
“He said ‘no’, so I rang 111 and three
of my paragliding friends landed beside
him and stayed with him until the rescue
helicopter arrived to transport him to
Dunedin,’’ Mr Levy said.
— Otago Daily Times
A $10 million funding boost to repair
and revitalise marae across the country
will help strengthen Maori communities,
the Government says.
The four-year funding injection — part
of this year’s budget — will support the
restoration of whare, repair facilities,
insulate meeting houses and provide
for reo and tikanga education, Maori
Development Minister Te Ururoa
Flavell said today.
“Marae are places of refuge for our
people and provide facilities to enable us
to continue with our own way of life,” he
The funding is part of a wider $27
million government package aimed at
getting whanau into healthy homes, with
$8m also being directed to the Maori
Housing Network — Kainga Ora.
“Since it was launched in October
2015 the Maori Housing Network has
supported 140 housing proposals worth
$37.5 million covering a wide spectrum
of housing needs,” Mr Flavell said.
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