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Man caught in hay baler
A farm worker is in hospital with
serious leg injuries after becoming
trapped in a hay baler near Omakau
in Central Otago. Emergencies
ser vices were alerted about 1.30pm
yesterday and the man, a 21-year-
old from Omakau, was cut free by
firefighters. He was flown by rescue
helicopter to Dunedin Hospital,
where his condition is not believed
to be life-threatening. — N Z N
Cars crush man
A man suffered moderate injuries
after being crushed between two
cars in Takapuna on Auckland’s
North Shore. Police were called to
the Promenade between Hurstmere
Road and Killarney Street at 10.16am
yesterday. “A 34-year old man has
parked his vehicle and it rolled back
towards a vehicle parked directly
behind it,” senior constable Andrew
Keith said. “ The man has attempted
to get his car to stop it hitting the
other vehicle and has become trapped
between both vehicles.” — NZME
A man was flown to Wellington
Hospital after being stabbed in
what is believed to be a gang-related
incident in Masterton yesterday.
Police believed the man was stabbed
between 1am and 1.30am. He turned
up at Wairarapa Hospital and was
flown to Wellington Hospital for
surgery. — NZN
Truck blocks tunnel
An oversized truck trying to enter
Wellington’s Terrace Tunnel blocked
morning commuter traffic before it
was removed by police. The over-
height vehicle stopped before the
northern entrance to the tunnel
on State highway 1 about 6.45am
today. Police said they had to close
both lanes to turn it around. It took
25 minutes before both lanes were
reopened. — N Z N
Three escape blaze
Three people escaped a large house
fire in central Auckland early today.
Emergency ser vices were called to
Yeats Way, Mount Roskill, just after
2am to find a two-storey home
engulfed by fire. A Fire Ser vice
spokesman said those inside were able
to escape to a neighbour’s house. The
home was badly damaged. — N ZM E
Gas leak evacuation
A gas leak forced the evacuation of
a Hastings school and nearby houses
yesterday. Camberley School was
evacuated just after 10am as were
some homes on Orchard Road and
Kiwi Street. A gas main ruptured in
Orchard Road, but contractors had
capped it by midday. — NZ N
Numbers in Keno draw No 14112:
31, 48, 62, 67, 75, 76, 78, 79. Draw No
14113: 4, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 27, 29,
35, 36, 37, 42, 43, 54, 63, 67, 68, 70, 78.
Draw No 14114: 1, 2, 3, 13, 20, 23, 24,
25, 35, 44, 52, 53, 55, 61, 64, 65, 67, 69,
70, 74. Draw No 14115: 1, 5, 6, 11, 12,
14, 16, 22, 24, 25, 31, 34, 35, 39, 42, 43,
47, 49, 61, 67.
Housing plan falls short: Opposition
A man accused of killing a woman on
Auckland’s North Shore has denied the
Kevin Everett entered a plea of not
guilty to manslaughter when he appeared
in the High Court at Auckland today.
The 65-year-old was arrested after
police were called to a home in Redvale
over reports of an assault in February.
The 53-year-old woman died in
hospital from serious head injuries the
following day, police said at the time.
A trial date has been set down for
February next year and Everett will
return to court in July. — NZ N
A man has been charged with being
an accessory after the fact of murder in
relation to the death of a motorcyclist in
the eastern Bay of Plenty in November.
In the days after the death of Don
Henry Turei Junior on November
26, police launched a murder inquiry,
suspecting he may have been the victim
of gang-related violence.
The 38-year-old was hit by a Honda
Odyssey while riding his motorbike with
his brother to a wedding reception on
State highway 35 near Te Kaha.
The Odyssey then sped off and was
found burnt out near the banks of the
Raukokore River, a short distance away.
Detective Inspector Lew Warner said
at the time witness accounts and forensic
examinations demonstrate the collision
was a deliberate act.
On Monday afternoon a 33-year-old
Wairoa man was arrested and was to
appear in the Gisborne District Court
Mr Warner says police are making
good progress into the murder enquiry.
A rival gang had been having a function
nearby on the day of Mr Turei’s death.
Facebook posts indicated he was a
Tribesman gang member. — NZ N
The Government will spend
$2.2 billion on phase one of what it
says is the biggest social and affordable
housing build in the country in six
Social Housing Minister Amy
34,000 homes would be built on
Government-owned land over the
next decade, including 13,500 new
social houses for low income earners
and 20,600 released to the market at
Little labelled the programme an
“embarrassment ” compared with his
party’s 100,000 new home policy
which included 50,000 in Auckland
over the same period.
Overall the Government ’s plan
would create 25,900 homes, with
8300 existing social houses being
demolished to make way for new
Some are already under construction,
with 150 expected to be completed
this financial year.
Phase one would be built over four
years and include 4700 social houses
and 2300 affordable homes, requiring
the demolition of 3000 existing
“These houses will be for our most
vulnerable families, for first-home
buyers and for the wider market,” Ms
It was anticipated affordable one
and two-bedroom homes would cost
up to $650,000.
Stage one would cost $2.2b over
four years — $1.1b from loans and
the remainder from Housing New
House sales and rental returns
would fund phase two.
Ms Adams has been forced to
defend the policy against comparisons
to Labour’s Kiwi Build.
She claimed there was not enough
Crown land in Auckland to build the
number of houses Labour promised.
Mr Little has also defended his
policy against the comparisons.
“ I really wish they ’d just stolen our
policy and then called it theirs. That
would be more flattering.
“This is an embarrassment actually.”
Mr Little claimed the Government
was desperate to look like it was
doing something about housing four
months out from the election after
denying the existence of a housing
crisis for nine years.
As well as using Crown land Mr
Little said Labour would look to
private and iwi land owners to deliver
Green Party co-leader James Shaw
said the 26,000 home increase was
not enough to fix the problem, with
Auckland already short 40,000 homes
and needing an extra 15,000 a year to
keep up with population growth.
New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters’s response to the announcement
“Auckland needs at least 140,000
homes within the next 10 years so
demolishing 8300 houses, only 40
years old, and building 34,000 over 10
years is simply not taking the demand
for housing in Auckland seriously,” he
said. — NZN
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A fire crew has spent the
morning wrestling a giant
inflatable clown off a major road
south of Auckland.
The Fire Ser vice was alerted
to the 8m tall circus advertising
balloon lying across Mill Road,
near Pukekohe, by a passing
driver early today.
“ When we got there we
obviously found the clown and
then had to go around figuring
out how to deflate it,” Pukekohe
station officer Darcy Hart said.
“In 17 years as a volunteer
firefighter in Pukekohe, it was the
first time I, or really the whole
crew, have been to an inflatable
Once the crew managed to find
the balloon’s power source, they
deflated it before wrestling it
across the fence over which it had
The owners had not been woken
up, but would probably figure out
what had happened from media
reports, he said.
“It’s a good job to go to
compared to a lot of the ones the
Fire Ser vice gets called out to.”
Giant clown blocks major road
A giant inflatable advertising clown blocked Mill Road after wild winds sent it airborne over a fence.
US benefit from
The United States would
not need to rejoin the
if the “toxic” rules it insisted
affordable medicines, are
kept according to a New
Zealand law professor.
Trade Minister Todd
McClay is currently in
Japan with Prime Minister
Bill English where the
future of the TPP is
expected to feature heavily
during meetings today.
The US withdrawal from the original
agreement has left Japan as the largest
Trade ministers from the remaining
11 original partner nations are
reportedly expected to meet in Vietnam
this weekend to adopt a statement
committing them to implementing the
TPP by the end of the year.
Auckland University Professor Jane
Kelsey understood the intention was
to adopt the agreement in its existing
“ Unbelievably they plan to retain the
existing text, with all the toxic rules
the US insisted on that
medicines, grant foreign
investors special rights to
enforce offshore, prohibit
requirements for data to be
held onshore, and more,”
the US would rejoin the
agreement, as Mr English
has indicated it is hoped
they would, if they benefit
from the rules without
paying for them.
Mr McClay said in its present form
whether the US is a partner to the
agreement or not it would find some
benefit from changes around Pharmac
“So any country-specific changes
around pharmaceuticals they wouldn’t
(benefit from) unless they were part
of TPP, but if TPP was to go ahead
in its current form they and other
countries who aren’t part of TPP as it
was originally written would find some
benefit,” he told RNZ.
Mr McClay said it was not unusual for
non-partner nations to get some benefit
from trade deals. — NZ N
Two people were taken to hospital
after a truck and car collided near
Emergency ser vices were called to
the collision at the intersection of
State highway 88 and Finch Street at
Burkes about 3.15pm.
Two ambulances and several fire
appliances attended the scene, along
A person was trapped in the car
following the crash, police said.
The two people were taken to
Dunedin Hospital, one with moderate
injuries and the other with minor
injuries, a St John spokesman said.
Details of the pair were unavailable,
emergency ser vices said.
Diversions remained in place for
some time after the crash and the
truck was leaking diesel, a police
— Otago Daily Times
Two hur t as car, truck collide
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Emergency ser vices assess the damage to a truck and car which collided at
Burkes on State highway 88 yesterday.
Dairy product prices have risen at
Fonterra’s Global Dairy Trade auction,
increasing for the fifth consecutive time
amid solid demand for fat products.
The GDT price index gained 3.2%
from the previous auction two weeks
ago and the average price was up to
$US3313 ($4809) per tonne.
Some 21,236 tonnes of product was
sold, down from 22,633 tonnes at the
Whole milk powder rose 1.3% to
$3312 ($4810) a tonne.
Butter jumped 11.2% to $5479 a tonne,
while anhydrous milk fat rallied 8.2% to
$6631 a tonne.
“The milk-fat products were the star
performers,” Agri HQ dairy analyst
Susan Kilsby said in a note.
“ Butter and anhydrous milk fat prices
have generally been trending up all
season and show no signs of slowing
“Strong demand for milk fat is
attributed to many consumers in
developed nations eating more natural
foods rather than artificial or processed
foods,” she said.
Butter milk powder climbed 7% to
$1980 a tonne.
“The world remains very short of milk
fat products and New Zealand is the
largest supplier of globally traded butter
and anhydrous milk fat,” Miss Kilsby
“As we head towards the end of our
milk production season the volume of
product that is available for sale falls
away which is supportive of prices.”
Lactose added 2% to $967 a tonne,
skim milk powder gained 1% to $1998
($2902) a tonne, while cheddar rose
0.6% to $3726 a tonne.
Meanwhile, rennet casein fell 3.7% to
$6259 a tonne. — NZ N
Yellow-eyed penguins ‘facing extinction’
The rare yellow-eyed penguin
could disappear from Otago
Peninsula within the next half-
century unless there is urgent
action, a new study has warned.
Researchers’ prediction models
have concluded that the penguins’
breeding success will continue to
decline to extinction by 2060, with
rising ocean temperatures being a
The study, published in the
journal Peer J, also points to where
conser vation efforts could be most
effective in building the penguins’
resilience against climate change.
Lead author Dr Thomas Mattern,
from Otago University, says his
team’s predictions are conser vative
They do not include additional
adult die-off events, such as in 2013
when more than 60 penguins died.
If the recent poor breeding years
from 2013 onwards are included in
the simulation, Dr Mattern says,
things get progressively worse and
the birds could be locally extinct in
the next 25 years.
He says the yellow-eyed penguin
features on the $5 note and on
welcome billboards at New Zealand
“ Yet despite being celebrated in
this way, the species has been slowly
slipping towards local extinction,”
temperatures in part explain the
negative trend in penguin numbers.
However, Dr Mattern said there
was a lack of data to examine the
extent of human impacts, including
fisheries interaction, introduced
predators and human disturbance.
“Considering that climate change
explains only around a third of
the variation in penguin numbers,
clearly those other factors play a
significant role,” he said.
“Unlike climate change, these
factors could be managed on a
regional scale. ” — NZN
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
University of Otago researcher Thomas Mattern says a study of yellow-eyed penguins at Boulder Beach on
Otago Peninsula shows the future is bleak for the birds. Inset: A group of yellow-eyed penguins at an Otago
IT review outcome disappoints Tolley
The Ministry for
Development did not properly
consider privacy and security risks
in rolling out a client-level data
system before a breach that could
have exposed personal client details,
a review has found.
Last month a fault in the MSD
c lient-level data system caused
a breach that allowed ser vice
providers to access folders where
the private information of clients
would have been stored. But no
personal information was breached
because a large number of providers
whose folders became accessible
had not yet started using the system.
Social Development Minister
Anne Tolley immediately ordered
a review of the portal project, and
was “extremely disappointed” by the
findings released yesterday.
“ While this occurred at a time
when the ministry was going
change, the report highlights that
the project lacked the appropriate
governance, project management
processes and dedicated project
resource,” she said.
security risks were not properly
identified and mitigated in a timely
manner.” Mrs Tolley said she
expected the lessons highlighted in
the report to be taken on board.
Nearly a week after a 69-year-old
man was the victim of a hit-and-run,
Auckland police have issued an appeal
The man was badly hurt after being
hit by a silver stationwagon as he stood
by his own car on Te Atatu Road on
Wednesday afternoon last week.
The stationwagon stopped briefly a
few metres past Brennan Road before
probably driving off toward the Te Atatu
shops, detective senior sergeant Roger
“It may be that the driver has not
realised that they have hit someone but
we need to speak with them to clear this
“It would be appalling to think that
someone would hit a pedestrian and
then not come back to check if they were
okay,” Mr Small said.
Police are searching the wider area for
CCTV footage and want anyone who
has CCTV cameras at their home or
business to get in touch.
The 69-year-old remains in hospital in
a stable but serious condition. — NZ N
A top Canterbury police officer has
been stood down after allegations he
harassed a woman.
The woman, a non-sworn police
employee, is the daughter of another
higher-ranking officer in the district.
Canterbury acting district commander
Superintendent Lane Todd confirmed
“Police can confirm an employment
investigation is under way into a
Christchurch officer,” Mr Todd said.
“As employment matters are private and
confidential between the employer and
the employee, we are unable to comment
further at this time. ” — NZME
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