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Shots fired in hold-up
Staff were threatened, customers
made to lie on the floor and shots
fired during an armed robbery at
an Auckland bar, police say. Three
offenders wearing disguises, two
of whom had firearms, entered the
Headin’ Home Bar on Ti Rakau
Drive in Pakuranga about 12.30pm
yesterday. There were about 12
customers inside at the time. The
offenders took cash before fleeing in
a white car waiting outside. — NZ N
Dead driver named
The name of the man killed
while working on repairs to one of
Northland’s busiest trucking routes has
been released. He was Selwyn Patrick
Rewa, 51, of Whangarei. He was
driving a tractor fitted with a sweeper
near the intersection of Otaika Valley
and Cemetery Roads when it and a
truck collided on Friday afternoon.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
Hawke’s Bay police have arrested
three youths over the aggravated
robbery of a Havelock North liquor
store. The Big Barrel Liquor Store
was robbed on Sunday and the arrests
were made yesterday. The three are
to appear in court in Hastings next
Wednesday. Police want to identify
another youth and locate the driver
of a silver Honda Jazz or Honda Fit
getaway car. — NZN
Armed hold-up arrest
A man has been arrested following
the armed robbery of a takeaway
shop in Te Puke. A knife-wielding
man robbed the Te Puke Noodle
and Fish store on Jellicoe Street for a
small amount of cash before fleeing
on foot on May 12. Police yesterday
said they had charged a 22-year-old
man. He is to appear in the Tauranga
District Court today. — NZ N
Four safe after boat flips
Surfers and off-duty lifeguards
plucked four people from the
outgoing tide and sea swells
after their boat flipped crossing
the Mangawhai Bar on Sunday
afternoon. None of the four people
on the 8m boat, including a girl
about 10, were wearing lifejackets,
and the skipper was flown to
Whangarei Hospital after taking in a
significant amount of water.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
There was no division one winner
in Lotto draw No 1651 last night.
Successful numbers were 1, 2, 5, 9,
12, 36; bonus 22. Strike numbers
were 2, 36, 9, 1. There was no Strike
Four winner. Powerball number 6.
There was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 14172:
59, 61, 63, 65, 74, 77, 79, 80. Draw No
14173: 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 16, 17, 32, 33,
39, 48, 49, 53, 54, 59, 63, 65, 70, 79.
Draw No 14174: 1, 6, 12, 18, 21, 25,
27, 28, 41, 43, 46, 48, 51, 52, 58, 61, 65,
67, 74, 75. Draw No 14175: 9, 15, 16,
18, 28, 31, 32, 40, 41, 42, 53, 55, 61, 62,
64, 72, 73, 74, 76, 77.
Vandals sabotage fire engine’s brakes
A major blaze at an Auckland refuse
centre is out after an operation involving
about 70 firefighters.
Some crews remained at the Waitakere
refuse transfer station in Henderson
last night to damp down hot spots and
ensure the area is safe, a Fire Ser vice
Emergency ser vices were alerted about
4pm and firefighters arrived at the scene
to find that an external recycling shed
covering about 1500 square metres was
“ well involved”.
They faced the hazard of high-tension
overhead power lines. The fire was put out
about 6.15pm, with no other buildings in
danger. — NZ N
Refuse station fire
A parasite that can be fatal for flat
oysters has been detected in two Stewart
Island oyster farms.
Bonamia ostreae has been in the
Marlborough Sounds and Nelson for at
least the last two years.
But the Ministry for Primary Industries
said this was the first time it has been
found in another area of New Zealand.
MPI biosecurity sur veillance and
incursion manager Brendan Gould said
there was no food safety issue from
eating oysters with the parasite.
He said fresh, good quality New
Zealand oysters continue to be safe to
“Bonamia ostreae is a naturally
occurring parasite and is difficult to
contain and eradicate as it spreads easily
through ocean currents and on vessels,”
“This particular strain of Bonamia has
been in New Zealand since at least 2015.
However strains have been here since
the 1960s and are present in the marine
Mr Gould said MPI’s priority was
determining the extent of the issue and
limiting further spread.
Extensive sampling to date had not
found Bonamia ostreae in Bluff oysters
in Foveaux Strait.
He said MPI had reissued a “controlled
area notice” legally restricting movements
of some shellfish species, including their
spat, into and out of Nelson, Marlborough
Sounds and Stewart Island.
The notice also legally restricted
movements of farm equipment and
vessels out of Stewart Island to limit
further spread. — NZ N
A vandal’s attack on a Northland
fire engine could have cost lives, the
district ’s top police officer says.
Senior sergeant Brian Swann, of
Mid North police, said someone had
cut the brake cables and wiring on
a Kaikohe fire engine while it was
parked outside due to earthquake
strengthening work at the fire
station. No other vehicles in the area
were tampered with.
“ It ’s very, very disappointing. If
there had a been a callout to a fire
or a crash the brigade wouldn’t have
been able to respond.
“ Whoever did it put people’s lives
at risk. ”
Kaikohe fire chief Bill Hutchinson
said firefighters discovered the truck
had no brakes on the morning of
May 22 when they went to move it
out of the car yard where it had been
parked overnight. Other wise they
would not have found out until the
next callout — a fire at 3.30am the
The people who could have suffered
most were those who needed the
brigade in an emergency.
If one of Kaikohe’s fire engines was
out of action another brigade would
have to respond from further afield,
delaying the volunteers’ arrival by
half an hour.
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
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Three hur t as car rolls into house
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
Police are investigating a crash
in which a car “flipped” before
rolling down a bank and into a
house in Kaikorai Valley Road.
A police spokeswoman said the
incident happened about 4pm
yesterday near the intersection
with Greenock Street.
A woman in her 50s had
moderate injuries and a boy and
girl in their early teens received
minor injuries. All three were
taken to Dunedin Hospital.
Police, the Fire Service and
St John attended the incident.
The house had a small hole
in the side but the owner, who
declined to be named, said there
was significant damage inside
due to the impact.
— Otago Daily Times
The Government might be trumpeting
recent numbers that show an increase
in doctors and nurses heading to work
in rural areas, but the New Zealand
Rural General Practice Network paints
a grimmer picture.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman
said on Tuesday that figures showing
39 graduate doctors and 19 trainee
GPs registered for the Government ’s
voluntary bonding scheme that will
put them in communities that struggle
to attract doctors was “making a real
Those on the scheme receive three
annual payments after a bonded period
of three years, to help pay their student
loan or to top up their income.
A total of 364 health professionals
have singed up for the 2017 scheme and
4228 since it began in 2009.
“This means more New Zealanders
will get the treatment they need, closer
to home,” Dr Coleman said.
Rob Olsen said while the scheme was
contributing to a chronic shortage of
doctors in rural and remote areas, the
demand to recruit was still intense.
The VBS was a piece in the puzzle
but was not a panacea to the workforce
issues of rural general practice, he said.
Factors such as isolation, regular
work out of hours and schooling and
employment for families continue to be
barriers, he said.
“ Its scope and uptake has improved
over the years, with nursing being added
to the list of specialties in 2014, (but)
perhaps the Government has to look
more closely at the incentives offered to
make it more attractive to graduates.
“The numbers the Government is
quoting in its latest figures probably
paint too rosy a picture of the workforce
woes of rural general practice (and) there
needs to be a distinction between rural
hospital and general practice.
“ Remember also that grads can’t
immediately go out and work
unsuper vised in general practice.”
Mr Olsen said proposals from Otago,
Auckland and Waikato universities to
have medical and rural health training
schools was welcomed.
The West Coast, Hawke’s Bay, North
Canterbury and Kaikoura were areas
rural GPs were badly needed, he said.
Workforce data from 2015 showed
44% of GPs nationally are set to retire
within the next decade, he said, adding
extra pressure to the rural GP issue.
A tourist levy could be used to save
some of New Zealand’s threatened
according to a parliamentary report
that looks at the “desperate situation”
of the county’s birdlife.
Despite extensive conser vation
efforts, most of New Zealand’s native
birds are in trouble, the country’s
Parliamentary Commissioner for the
Environment Jan Wright said when
presenting her report “Taonga of an
island nation: Saving New Zealand’s
birds” in Wellington yesterday.
Of 168 native bird species, 20%
are considered to be “doing okay”,
according to the report, while 48% are
in “some trouble” and the remainder
are “in a desperate situation”.
“A third are in danger of becoming
extinct and this includes the kea —
the only alpine parrot in the world,”
Dr Wright says.
“Others are the wrybill — the only
bird in the world with a beak that
cur ves to the side — and the whio,
a duck that paddles through rough
water like a white water kayaker.”
Dr Wright said the Government ’s
aim of eradicating all dangers to
native birds, like rats and stoats, by
2050, is worthy but more money and
an urgent plan of action is needed.
More sustained predator control
and controlling a burgeoning feral cat
population must occur, she said.
“A third are in danger of becoming
extinct. This includes the kea, the only
alpine parrot in the world,” she said.
Of the 168 native bird species, 93
were not found in any other country,
Dr Wright added.
The greatest threat to their sur vival
is introduced predators such as
possums, stoats, rats and feral cats.
The report suggests a “ biodiversity
border levy ” payable by tourists
to finance increased conser vation
“ Tourists do not come to New
Zealand to shop; they come because
they have seen photographs of
stunningly beautiful national parks,”
Dr Wright said in her report.
Government to consider additional
ways of charging tourists for the
provision of infrastructure and
ser vices on conser vation land.
Currently, entry to national parks in
New Zealand is free.
The Department of Conser vation
charges fees only for accommodation
in huts and camping grounds in the
Conser vation Minister Maggie
Barry faced questions from the
Greens in Parliament, and said the
report’s findings were broadly in line
with DOC’s assessment released two
“The Government is under no
illusions whatsoever about the danger
our native birds are in,” she said,
listing the action DOC was taking.
Greens’ co-leader Metiria Turei
asked her why the Government had
cut DOC’s funding “in real terms” by
$422 million since 2009.
Ms Barry said Ms Turei did not
understand much about the budget
process. “ The increase in spending in
DOC is $107m this year, it has been
20% since 2008,” she said. — NZ N
Govt ponders tourist levy to save birds
Mental health care
Some mentally ill people are being
discharged from hospital before they
are ready to make way for “more unwell”
people because of a high demand
for inpatient beds, a report from the
Auditor-General’s office has revealed.
Deputy Controller and Auditor-
General Greg Schollum’s scathing
report found some patients were being
discharged at short notice and before
community support could be put in
“ High occupancy rates in inpatient
units mean some people have to be
discharged on a ‘least unwell’ basis to
create a space for a ‘more unwell’ person,”
“ People are sometimes discharged
on short notice, and some without the
knowledge of community mental health
teams or the person’s family.”
The review looked at more than 20,000
people who were admitted for acute
mental health treatment between mid-
2011 and mid-2015.
They were among 375,000 people to
receive specialist mental health ser vices
during that period.
Mr Schollum’s report, tabled in
Parliament yesterday, revealed that in
the last three years no DHB had met
its own target to follow up with 90% of
patients within seven days of discharge.
On that, Health Minister Jonathan
Coleman said DHBs “need to lift their
game” but on other aspects of the report
said work was being done to address
“(Data from) that report is from 14
months ago. The Ministry of Health
has been working ever since with DHBs
in light of the findings that have been
communicated by the OAG so there’ve
been measures taken,” he said.
“The Health Quality and Safety
Commission has launched an initiative
around discharge planning so it’s
important that the findings in the audit
are addressed. ”
Labour leader Andrew Little said far
too many people were having disastrous
experiences in the area and could not
rule out that people may have died as a
“ We have a mental health ser vice at
the acute end that is poorly resourced,
struggling to keep up and the people
paying the price for that are mental
health patients and their families,” he
The ser vice is stretched to breaking
point, he said, adding that he had made
mental health a personal priority.
Mr Schollum found while some
patients may voluntarily choose not to
follow up with ser vice providers, waiting
lists, funding and eligibility were also
barriers to stopping people from getting
support after being discharged.
Difficulty finding accommodation was
also a concern, he said.
Dr Coleman said he expected DHBs
to provide “appropriate placement in the
communities” to meet patient needs.
Works closure confirmed
Silver Fern Farms confirmed the
closure of the company ’s sheepmeat
plant near Ashburton yesterday, putting
370 people out of work.
Workers at the Fairton plant were told
last month there would be a two-week
consultation period before the closure
Silver Ferns’ chief executive Dean
Hamilton said the large decline in
the sheep population due to land use
changes in the past decade had led to the
decision to close the plant.
“ We will be paying redundancy to all
affected staff,” he said. “ In addition, we
have 230 roles available at our other
sites, should they wish to take them up.”
Mr Hamilton said Silver Fern Farms
would continue to operate its pelt house
operation from the site, which ser vices
its three other sheepmeat plants in the
He said no other decisions had been
made with respect to the rest of the site,
but “ we have absolutely no intention of
bottling water as has been speculated on
without basis by some parties”. — N Z N
A relation of a woman alleged to have
shot a man in Hamilton said she used a
makeshift firearm involving a steel pipe
and a shotgun shell when it accidentally
discharged, killing her best mate.
The 23-year-old appeared in the
Hamilton District Court yesterday
over the man’s death which occurred at
a house in Frankton about 8.15pm on
The woman, who was granted interim
name suppression, was supported in
court by family and friends.
unsuccessfully sought bail.
The accused was dressed in a blue boiler
suit and appeared relaxed in the dock.
She was remanded in custody without
plea to appear next month.
Her relative said she used a makeshift
weapon involving a steel pipe and a
shotgun shell when it accidentally fired,
killing her best mate.
Neighbours are in shock, but the
alleged shooter’s cousin — who lives
opposite the house — said she told him
she had accidentally shot her friend by
putting a shotgun shell in a steel pipe
and then hitting it with a hammer.
“S he told me that she stuck a shotgun
shell into a piece of steel pipe and hit it
with a hammer, that ’s what happened.
Nothing about a firearm or anything. I
don’t know what she was up to.”
The pair had been drinking all day and
the shooting happened in a bedroom, he
said. — NZ ME
The man killed in a crash in
Christchurch on Friday was Bjorn Jabez
James Mokoraka Waiti.
The 26-year-old Christchurch man
died in the crash in Kellys Road,
Mairehau, Christchurch, last Friday.
A police spokesman said the
investigation into the crash was
continuing. — NZ ME
Crash victim named
Search for man focuses on houses
Two Christchurch properties and
two vehicles have become the focus
of a police search for a man who has
been missing for over a week.
Michael Craig McGrath’s
disappearance has been described
as completely out of character,
and Detective Inspector Darryl
Sweeney said there were serious
concerns about his well-being.
Mr Sweeney said a number of
search warrants were executed
yesterday and forensic specialists
would examine two Halswell
properties and two vehicles in the
Mr McGrath, 49, was last seen
at his home in Checketts Avenue
in Halswell on May 21 and police
are seeking any sightings of him in
Police are also seeking any
sightings of his blue 1994 Subaru
station wagon in Christchurch
from May 21 to 23.
They want to hear from anyone
for whom Mr McGrath completed
contract building work over that
period. — NZN
Police probe two cash van robberies
information following two recent
brazen daylight robberies outside
The Warehouse in Royal Oak and
the ASB Bank in Mount Roskill.
On April 20, at 4.40pm, two
men threatened ASB staff who
were moving money to a cash-in-
transit van outside the branch on
The men were using a stolen silver
Mitsubishi, licence plate HQH403,
which was left at the scene as they
took off on foot.
It is believed they were picked up
at the rear of the shops and headed
towards Jasper Avenue or Mount
The second incident occurred
at 3.40pm on May 9 outside The
Warehouse on Pah Road in Royal
Three men, one with armed with a
firearm, accosted the van guards as
they left the store, threatened them
and took off with cash.
The offenders left in a stolen
white Fiat Punto car, licence plate
This was located shortly after, not
far from the scene.
Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe
said both robberies happened in
broad daylight, with plenty of
people around. — NZ N
Myrtle rust cases up to 29
The total number of Myrtle
rust infections found across the
country has grown to 29, while
scientists say evidence is mounting
that the disease blew over from
The Ministry for Primary
Industries yesterday said it had
identified a total of 24 infections of
the fungal plant disease in Taranaki
three more than on Tuesday
three in Northland and two in
They were at a mix of plant
nurseries, private gardens, retailers/
distributors and an orchard.
“ While most of the infections
are on seedlings, one of the most
recent detections was an extensive
outbreak in a very established
pohutukawa hedge belt in
Taranaki,” the ministry said in a
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