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Police have confirmed the body
recovered from a vehicle found
submerged in a Waikato lake is that
of missing woman Kim Richmond.
Foul play has not been ruled out
but the cause of her death is yet to
be determined. The vehicle, which
belonged to Ms Richmond, was pulled
out of Lake Arapuni on Thursday.
Ms Richmond suddenly disappeared
from her home on July 31 last year.
Her identity was confirmed on Friday
night. Police have not said what led
them to search the lake. — N ZN
A 52-year-old man died suddenly
at a home in the Auckland suburb
of Freemans Bay. His death at the
property in Beresford Street is being
treated as suspicious. Emergency
ser vices were called to the scene about
10.40am on Saturday, but no further
information was available. — N ZN
Car roof rider injured
A man is in hospital with serious
injuries after falling from the roof of
a car then being run over. Police say
the man was riding on the roof of a
white stationwagon in Gold View
Road, Kerikeri, at 7.15pm on June
4 when he fell, landing head-first.
The white car ran over him and left
the scene before police arrived. He
suffered serious injuries and remains
in Auckland Hospital in a stable
condition. Police are seeking to
identify the vehicle. — NZ ME
Man found safe
Christchurch police say a man
reported missing after not being seen
for nearly a week has been found
safe and well. Richard Taliu, 24, was
last seen at the local rugby club in
Linwood after playing last weekend
and when he had not turned up
by Friday, his family reported him
missing. Yesterday, police said he had
been located. — N ZN
House fire suspicious
Police are investigating the cause
of a house fire in Otara they believe
to be suspicious. Emergency services
were called to the unoccupied house
about 10.45pm on Saturday. No one
was injured, but police are asking for
anyone who may have seen suspicious
activity in the Tyrone Street area to
come for ward. — NZ N
$1m Lotto winner
A ticket sold in Cambridge won
$1 million in division one of
Lotto draw No 1656 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 3, 5, 6, 7,
33, 37; bonus 20. Strike numbers
were 37, 5, 3, 7. There was no Strike
Four winner. Powerball number 9.
There was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 14244: 7,
12, 13, 14, 17, 24, 28, 32, 45, 48, 49, 50,
54, 58, 59, 66, 70, 72, 73, 76. Draw No
14245: 6, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 29, 31, 33,
37, 45, 57, 59, 60, 62, 64, 65, 70, 72, 74.
Draw No 14246: 4, 6, 13, 19, 24, 25,
31, 34, 38, 40, 41, 44, 47, 49, 54, 57, 68,
72, 73, 80. Draw No 14247: 5, 6, 7, 9,
19, 23, 25, 27, 29, 36, 38, 52, 59, 60, 62,
64, 73, 74, 76, 77.
Weekend crashes claim 8
A pedestrian has been left with life-
threatening injuries after being hit by a
car in Blenheim.
Emergency ser vices were called to the
crash at the intersection of Colemans
Road and Orchard Lane about 6am
today. Drivers were asked to avoid the
area while police investigated. — NZ N
One person has been arrested after
a vehicle struck pedestrians in North
London, leaving a number of casualties.
Police say there have been “a number
of casualties” in Seven Sisters Road near
London’s Finsbury Park Station.
Police earlier said they were dealing
with a major incident at Seven Sisters
Police said they were called just after
12.20am (11.20am NZT) to reports of
a collision on Seven Sisters Road, which
runs through the Finsbury Park area of
the city. The Sun news paper said a van
hit a crowd of people near Finsbury Park
LBC radio said there were reports a
van had driven into a crowd of people in
“There are a number of casualties
being worked on at the scene,” London
police said. “ There has been one person
A witness saw at least one person being
loaded into an ambulance. — AAP
French tourists are thought to be
among the dead in a horrific crash
that killed four people in heavy fog on
Saturday night in the Waikato.
The victims were among eight
people who died in road crashes in
just 24 hours at the weekend.
Witnesses to the aftermath of the
Waikato smash have told of screams
for help from two passengers trapped
in a wrecked car.
Two others were transported to
Waikato Hospital. One is now in a
critical condition in intensive care
and the other is serious and in a high-
dependency unit. A Waikato District
Health Board spokeswoman said they
are in their 30s.
The two-car crash happened on
State highway 2 near Netherton, on
the Hauraki Plains, about 7.40pm.
Those on the scene, including a
man who rushed to help two people
trapped in one of the cars, said they
encountered a “giant orange fireball”
and heard screams coming from one
of the cars.
Marcia Audain and her partner
Roger Farley were heading back to
Waiuku when they came across the
foggy crash site where a car was on
Ms Audain said a truck driver yelled
to them, “I need help, I need help”.
The next moment the burning car
“ just exploded”.
“It was the worst thing I have
experienced,” she said.
“The force of the explosion sent the
truck driver flying down the bank. ”
Mr Farley and Ms Audain then
realised there was another car down
the bank. Mr Farley ran down the
bank to the other vehicle and saw
there were two people moving.
He forced the doors open and
called out for a knife to cut the
“My first thought was get the door
open and get them out. I called out
for a knife to get the two guys I could
see alive out,” Mr Farley said.
“They were in a bad way but one
said, ‘No English’ and I asked where
he was from and he said France. ”
“I just wanted to keep them talking.
I was trying to get the one who was
more awake to talk to his mate who
wasn’t; his eyes were rolling back.”
Mr Farley said the time until
emergency ser vices arrived was a blur.
“There was four or five of us helping
to get them out, some up to their
knees in mud.”
Mr Farley said he did not know first
aid so just worked at keeping the men
Hamish Anderson, who was
travelling home to Auckland with
his wife, was behind one of the cars
involved in the crash.
He said heavy fog meant visibility
was reduced to about 20m.
“ I’m pretty shaken up,” he said.
“The thought that me and my wife
were three or four cars back and
another 500m it could have been us.
And then seeing people like that . . .”
Mr Anderson arrived on the scene
seconds after the crash.
“There were screams — not from
the car that was in flames — they
must have already been dead — but
from the car that was in the ditch,”
“A few of us tried to get close but
the other car was still exploding —
literally explosions coming from the
Four people died in three other
On Friday night, a Gisborne woman
died after she was struck by a car on
Cobden Street, in the city, just after
A woman died in a crash on State
highway 10 at Kaingaroa, north of
Kaitaia, about 12.30pm on Saturday.
One other woman and two children
in the same car were taken to hospital.
Two young men were killed in a
crash north of Auckland early on
Ricky Barker, 18, and Andre
Ahman, 20, died on Saturday when
their vehicle collided with another
car in a semi-rural area on Dairy Flat
Highway just after 1am.
A man in his 20s who was travelling
in the second vehicle was also
seriously injured in the crash and
flownd to Auckland City Hospital,
where his condition had stabilised, a
hospital spokeswoman said.
Road policing manager Inspector
Trevor Beggs called the accident a
“ very difficult scene”.
He said one vehicle had crossed into
the path of the other in the high-
“This is very sad, and a tragic and
unnecessary loss of life.
“ Two families from our community
are now devastated at the loss of these
two young men.” — NZME-NZN
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Dunedin resident Ashley Boorer
is considering buying a helmet
after months living in the shadow
of a crumbling cliff.
The 57-year-old, who has
lived in his Cranley Street,
Musselburgh home for 25 years,
has been watching and waiting as
cracks grow in the cliff above his
In April, he was woken shortly
after midnight when a large
boulder calved off the cliff, 20m
above his home, and rumbled
down into his back yard.
The boulder hit a ledge on
the way down and split into
fragments, sending an estimated
tonne or more of rock raining
It was at least the fourth time a
rock had come loose from the cliff
in recent years, including a giant
boulder which ripped through the
unoccupied bedroom of a family
home in nearby Ravelston Street
The latest rock to let go missed
Mr Boorer’s house but “flattened”
the run of his dog kennel, sending
the terrified animal scampering
for his door.
More than two months later, the
rubble remained in Mr Boorer’s
back yard, and he was still waiting
for the threat to be addressed.
He had contacted the D unedin
City Council, but had been told
the cliff was private property and
not the council’s problem. He had
also contacted the Earthquake
Commission, which, following
an inspection, was arranging for a
contractor to make the cliff above
his home safer.
The work would involve
contractors abseiling down to
clear loose rocks, and drilling in
bolts to secure others.
But, in the meantime, he has
been keeping a ner vous eye on the
cliff face, watching to see where
the next rock could come from.
“There’s another piece further
along. There’s a piece of rock and
the gap above the rock is getting
bigger and bigger.
“I’ve got a bird aviary on the
other side, right under the cliff
as well, so I’m always wary of
He was not sure if land
instability, wet weather or water
seepage was to blame for the
recent instability in the area, but
it seemed “a bit of a coincidence”
to have numerous incidents close
Last week DCC contractors
were called in to stabilise a cliff
face on Shore Street — above a
council footpath and road — after
cracks were spotted.
Elsewhere, motorists faced
temporary speed restrictions
after a series of rockfalls on to
State highway 88, linking the
city to Port Chalmers, earlier this
Mr Boorer said he remained
happy to live in his home, even if
the rockfall suggested he was “not
“I might have to buy a hard hat
or something. ”
— Otago Daily Times
Resident frets over crumbling cliff
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Dunedin resident Ashley Boorer is keeping a ner vous eye on the cliff above his home, after a boulder
estimated to weigh more than a tonne crashed down, destroying his dog kennel run.
Oysters for landfill
Thousands of tonnes of Stewart Island
oysters are destined for a landfill after
a “huge” decontamination operation
The operation aimed to prevent the
Bonamia ostreae parasite spreading
from oyster farms at Stewart Island’s Big
Glory Bay to Bluff ’s wild oyster beds.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is
also planning more community meetings
this week, in Stewart Island and Bluff,
to address lingering public concern over
the threat posed by the oyster-killing
The initiatives came weeks after the
parasite was detected in oysters at Big
Glory Bay, prompting fears it could
spread across Foveaux Strait and into
Bluff ’s wild beds.
MPI responded by confirming all
Stewart Island oysters would have to be
removed, meaning at least 4000 to 6000
tonnes of the tasty molluscs would be
MPI readiness and response director
Geoff Gwyn outlined the details of the
oyster removal operation in a statement
The oysters would be lifted by crane
and transported by boat and truck to a
landfill in Bluff, where they would be
The oysters would be disinfected
and wrapped before being moved,
to prevent contamination of surfaces
during transport, as would the vessels
themselves, to ensure there was no
infected material on the side of the
Vessels transporting oysters would also
take “an indirect route” from Stewart
Island, to avoid passing near Bluff oyster
beds in Foveaux Strait and sites of
significance to local iwi.
There would be further cleaning of
vessels and trucks at Bluff, before the
oysters were moved to the landfill.
Once there, the oysters would be
“quickly buried under lime and dirt to
provide protection from vermin and
ensure rapid decomposition”, he said.
Trucks will be cleaned again before
leaving the landfill.
Mr Gwyn said the Ministry
acknowledged the “strong feeling” about
the parasite threat, and the measures
aimed to minimise the risk of its spread.
Community meetings scheduled for
Stewart Island on Tuesday, and Bluff
the following day, were a chance to learn
more about the removal operation and
the parasite, he said.
“ We’re continuing to work with
affected local farmers, but we’re also
very conscious of the concerns of the
wider community in Stewart Island
and Southland about the impact of the
disease and the removal of the farms.
“ We’re keen to work with the
communities to address these concerns. ”
MPI officials said last week the “ best-
case scenario” was the removal operation
would take two weeks to complete, but
possibly longer, depending on weather.
— Otago Daily Times
Mental health care and support
workers are launching a bid to get
the pay recognition of their aged and
disability care support counterparts.
The PSA and E tu unions today
lodged an equal pay claim with the
Employment Relations Authority.
From July, 55,000 aged care workers
will start receiving significant wage
rises over the next five years, costing
the Government $2 billion, after
decades of low pay The unions want
that extended to the mental health
The PSA says workers are leaving in
“ We’re calling on Government
to fund a settlement that shows
they truly value the workers who
support our most vulnerable New
Zealanders,” PSA national secretary
Erin Polaczuk said.
“They’re working on increasingly
thin resources despite massive
increases in demand, and fair pay is
crucial for the integrity of the whole
sector going for ward.”
This pay claim is potentially worth
up to $40 million.
Concerns have been raised mental
health support workers are already
leaving for the aged, disability and
home care support sectors, which
recently clinched a funding boost for
wages that comes into effect on July
In mid-April, the Government
announced the historic $2 billion
pay rise for 55,000 care and support
workers, which will be paid for from
a $1.8 billion boost in Vote Health
funding and from an extra $192
million in Accident Compensation
Corporation funding, phased in over
The PSA and E tu announced today
they had lodged an equal pay claim
on behalf of mental health support
E tu assistant national secretary
John Ryall said when contacted the
pay claim covered between 4000 and
5000 mental health support workers
and estimated it could in total cost
$30m to $40m.
Mr Ryall said the government
needed to support the claim and
move swiftly “to avert the impending
“ We’re seeking urgency from the
(Employment Relations) Authority
in hearing this claim, because
the July 1 pay increases for other
support workers will cause a crisis
for the community mental health
workforce,” he said.
E tu member and claimant Vicki
Harmon said from July 1 mental
health support workers would be
working alongside people who will
be paid more, which was “causing
“ People are leaving mental health
ser vices in droves, and who wouldn’t?”
Ms Harmon said.
“ We’ve had so many people leave
our organisation for other disability
providers. We’re exhausted doing the
“It’s a struggle to fill the rosters and
everyone is knackered,” she said in a
PSA claimant and mental health
committee member Pollyanna Alo
said the mental health support
workers are not included in the aged
and disability care wage deal “and will
“It’s completely unfair that mental
health support workers receive
unequal pay and are under valued just
because we work in a traditionally
female-dominated industry,” she said.
Ms Polaczuk was calling on the
Government to fund a settlement
which showed it truly valued the
mental health workers who supported
the most vulnerable New Zealanders.
— NZ N-Otago Daily Times
Mental health workers seek pay equity
A driver is dead after their car struck a
tree in the central North Island.
The person was reported trapped
following the crash at Kinloch, on the
northern end of Lake Taupo, at 7.30am
today, but died shortly after, police said.
Investigators were trying to identify the
person killed and asked drivers to avoid
the area on Mapara Road. — NZN
The SPCA says it will have the resources
to do more for animals after delegates
voted to form one national organisation
from its current 45 independent centres.
The vote was held at the Royal New
Zealand Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals annual general
meeting on Saturday.
“As one SPCA we can achieve more
for our country’s most vulnerable
animals than we could as a fragmented
organisation,” acting chief executive
Andrea Midgen said.
The decision to move to one SPCA was
made after two years of discussions and
Ms Midgen said the move was not
about creating a centrally-controlled
organisation, or closing any SPCA
“It is a genuine effort to bring a
national organisation together to work
as a team and get the right outcome for
every animal in New Zealand,” she said.
“The focus of every SPCA across
the country won’t change; we want to
help animals in need and support our
Local support for the animals was as
important as ever, she said. — NZ N
Two men used a replica pistol to
threaten a person in their Lower Hutt
home, police say.
Police arrested the men, aged 31 and
32, a short distance from the L ower
Hutt home after being called just after
midnight, detective senior sergeant
Martin Todd said. During the arrest, the
officers found a replica pistol, he said.
The two Lower Hutt men are to appear
in the Hutt Valley District Court charged
with aggravated robbery. The 31-year-old
is also charged with possession of a meth
pipe and an offensive weapon. — N Z N
Replica pistol in threat
NZ optimistic of US trade deal
The United States has indicated
it is open to a free trade agreement
with New Zealand, Trade Minister
Todd McClay says.
Mr McClay visited Washington
for high-level trade talks with the
administration of US President
Donald Trump this week, meeting
with Commerce Secretary Wilbur
Ross, newly appointed US Trade
Representative Robert Lighthizer
and other advisers to the president.
“I ’ve welcomed their interest
in a free trade agreement as a
demonstration of the good shape
our trading relationship is in,” Mr
McClay said in a statement.
Mr McClay said his Government
to cover 90% of goods exported
by 2030, up from just over half
currently, and the US will be an
important part of achieving that.
Two-way trade between the
two countries reached $16 billion
in 2016, making the US New
Zealand’s third-largest individual
trading partner, according to the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
New Zealand’s $180b economy
depends on exports, and the
Government had lobbied hard
in favour of the Trans-Pacific
Partnership trade deal.
Alongside Japan and Australia,
New Zealand is trying to negotiate
a deal with the 11 remaining
countries of the TPP after the US
Mr Trump dumped membership
of the TPP as one of his first acts in
an “America First ” policy aiming at
bringing manufacturing jobs back
to the US.
He said he would seek one-on -
one trade deals with countries that
would allow the US to quickly
terminate them in 30 days “if
Mr McClay said he had a
constructive meeting with Mr
Lighthizer and said Mr Ross
indicated he saw no major
impediments to a trade deal with
his country. — NZN
Minister draws flak
over ‘heartless’ tweet
Disability Issues Minister Nicky
Wagner has drawn a heated reaction
after tweeting that she would “rather be
out on the harbour” when she was busy
with disability meetings in Auckland.
Special Educational Needs NZ
responded on Facebook to the
Minister’s tweet from June 14, saying it ’s
“thoughtless and heartless”.
“ I’m quite sure people living with
disabilities wish they could walk away
from what they face every day, but
they can’t, and it ’s the minister’s job to
Broadcaster Duncan Garner also
tweeted his disgust.
“ You could always resign if you don’t
like your job! I know a bloke who does
good harbour tours to the whales and
Another Twitter user, Mandy Hager,
suggested Ms Wagner should resign.
“Give your position to someone with
integrity and compassion. Shame on
The minister tweeted that the meeting
“ Had a fantastic day with Murray
Halberg Trust, the Equal Employment
Opportunities Commissioner and the
NZ Artificial Limb Ser vice. ”
Yesterday morning she tweeted: “It
was a gorgeous day and we all would
have rather had the meetings out on the
Ms Wagner then apologised. “I
apologise for any offence I have caused
to the disability community. That was
not my intention.” — NZN
Internet Party leader based in Russia
The Internet Party has named a citizen’s
journalist currently seeking asylum in
Russia as its leader ahead of the general
election in September.
Suzie Dawson saidthe party’s founder
Kim Dotcom resigned from the
executive committee in February and
has not been a member of either the
policy or campaign committees.
In a statement on Saturday the party
said Ms Dawson was instrumental
in major activism campaigns in New
Zealand and the 2014 Internet Party
campaign, during which she was inspired
by former leader Laila Harre.
Ms Dawson currently lives in Moscow
where she has applied for temporary
The story of her exile from New
Zealand is told in her 2016 documentary
Diary of a Person of Interest. She is also
the host of a new web television series
Kiwi in Moscow.
“The Internet Party has the courage
to challenge the powers that be and the
innovative thinking needed to update
democracy in New Zealand. That is why
I am proud to represent it in the 2017
general election,” she said.
The Internet Party and Mana contested
the 2014 general election as a single
entity and after failing to win a seat the
relationship dissolved. — N ZN
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