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Dairy robber y foiled
A third youth has been arrested
after two members of the public
earlier thwarted an attempted robbery
of a Nelson dairy. The three youths
allegedly entered the dairy on Roto
Street in Tahunanui armed with
knives about 3pm yesterday, police say.
The bystanders inter vened and with
the dairy owner helped overpower one
of them. The other two ran off. Police
caught one soon after while a third
youth was later arrested. All three
15-year-old males will appear in the
Nelson Youth Court today. — NZ N
Woman badly injured
A seriously injured woman has been
found under the Mohaka Bridge on
the Napier-Taupo Road. On Saturday
police said they were seeking
sightings of a silver Toyota Corolla
hatchback in the area of the Napier-
Taupo Road. They found the car at
the bridge about 11am yesterday. The
woman was found a short time later.
She was flown to the Hawke’s Bay
Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital
by rescue helicopter. — NZ N
Robbers raid mini-mart
A mini-mart in Hamilton was
robbed yesterday. Police were called
to the Palmerston Mini Mart, on
the corner of Palmerston Street and
Pembroke Street, just after midday.
The offenders demanded money
and fled with cash. A woman staff
member was hit on the arm. — NZ N
House fire suspicious
Fire crews fought a suspicious fire
in Tauranga last night. Northern
fire communications shift manager
Scott Osmond said the blaze was at a
single-storey house on Waikite Road
in Welcome Bay. The first of three
fire crews arrived at 10.30pm. “ They
think it might be suspicious. There’s
a fire investigator having a look,” he
said. — NZM E -Bay of Plenty Times
Clutha candidates sought
Nominations are opening to be
National’s new candidate for the
Clutha-Southland electorate in
the wake of the Todd Barclay saga.
Nominations open at midday today
and close at midday on July 18. The
seat was held by Prime Minister
Bill English for 18 years before Mr
Barclay took over. — NZN
Four tickets, sold in Hamilton,
Auckland (two) and Whangarei won
$250,000 each in division one of
Lotto draw No 1660 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 4, 8, 10, 12,
21, 35; bonus 1. Strike numbers were
21, 35, 12, 10. There was no Strike
Four winner. Powerball number 5.
There was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 14300:
2, 11, 23, 25, 31, 33, 39, 46, 49, 53, 54,
59, 60, 61, 62, 64, 66, 70, 75, 80. Draw
No 14301: 3, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 21, 23,
24, 28, 34, 40, 47, 51, 54, 65, 69, 75, 78.
Draw No 14302: 1, 7, 8, 10, 14, 20, 34,
36, 39, 43, 51, 56, 62, 64, 66, 68, 71, 73,
75, 76. Draw No 14303: 3, 5, 6, 7, 11,
16, 18, 19, 38, 40, 47, 49, 55, 64, 65, 70,
72, 73, 76, 80.
School possum hunt inhumane — activist
New Zealand soldiers got high on
prescription drugs while on an active
mission overseas and then tried to cover
it up, a media report alleges.
The four soldiers bought the drugs over
the counter from a pharmacy in Suva,
Fiji, and took them on board HMNZS
Canterbury during clean-up operation
after Cyclone Winston in 2016, Fairfax
The details are contained in documents
released under the Official Information
A New Zealand Defence Force
investigation seized more than 100
pills, including Valium, tramadol,
amitriptyline and Viagra.
It found the drugs had been bought
without a prescription and that two of
the soldiers hid them in a bible case,
stashed inside a cyclone-damaged house.
Four of the soldiers have since been
discharged. A fifth was found not guilty
at a summary trial last year. — N ZN
Soldiers high on
PICTURE: Getty Images
Ashleigh Smith receives a Queen’s
Young Leader award from the Queen
at a ceremony at Buckingham House.
A south Auckland school says it
has learned a lesson after the SPCA
told it the alleged drowning of young
possums during a fundraising event
was not humane.
The school’s parent-run organisation,
Friends of Drury School, ran the
annual possum hunt fundraiser this
activist Lynley Tulloch attended
the fundraiser and claimed young
possums were taken from their
mother’s pouches and drowned.
She has started an on-line petition
calling for school possum hunts to
be banned. It had more than 6000
signatories by yesterday afternoon.
Drury School’s board of trustees
responded by posting a statement in
which it said the SPCA had advised
it “the method used in putting down
joeys is not considered humane”.
“The school has learned from this
and we will be working with the
SPCA to ensure that all animal
welfare requirements are met in
future so that the focus is returned
to the commendable intent of the
fundraising itself,” the statement said.
Drury School said it was proud of its
rural heritage with the annual possum
hunt raising money through the sale
of dead animals to a fur buyer.
While the hunters are required to
remove and humanely dispose of any
joeys, the animal’s pouches also need
to be checked again at weigh in, it
“Any joeys found dead or alive were
removed from the carcase as the fur
buyer doesn’t take any joeys,” the
“They were then put down in a
manner that was believed to be
Ms Tulloch intends to present her
petition to Education Minister Nikki
demonstrate an absolute lack of
conscience,” she wrote.
“This is made more disturbing as it
involves young children who are still
in the process of developing their
“ In an educational context, this is
completely inappropriate,” she wrote.
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A large truck became wedged
under a rail overbridge on State
highway 1 near Marton this
Police said the vehicle is blocked
the highway and heavy haulage
equipment would be needed to
clear it from the road.
The NZ Transport Agency has
tweeted the highway was closed
by the intersection of the highway
and Calico Line near Marton due
to a crash.
Calico Line is one of two main
roads off the highway leading to
the Rangitikei township.
Police said the accident
happened about 4.15am.
No one was injured.
The bridge, which crosses over
a dip in the road, would need
assessing for structural defects,
said a spokeswoman.
Contractors were on the scene
working out how to remove the
truck from the underpass.
Tr a ffi c was being diverted
around the crash.
— N Z ME-Wanganui Chronicle
Truck wedged under rail bridge
PICTURE: Wanganui Chronicle
The damaged truck on its side under a rail overbridge near Marton.
United States private equity giant
TPG Capital has reportedly pulled out
of the multi-billion dollar race to buy
TPG wrote to Fairfax chairman
Nick Falloon yesterday to tell him
of its decision to walk away from the
$A1.20($1.26)-a-share offer it flagged
in May, the Australian Financial Review
Meanwhile, rival bidder Hellman and
Friedman has also written to Fairfax
indicating it is still interested in making
an offer but has yet to submit a binding
bid, according to the Fairfax-owned
TPG and Ontario Teachers’ Pension
Plan Board had offered $A2.76 billion
for Fairfax, whose newspaper titles
include the Sydney Morning Herald and
The Age, as well as the on-line real estate
San Francisco-based Hellman and
Friedman quickly followed and placed a
marginally higher value on the company
of between $A2.82b and $A2.87b.
Both had been carrying out due
diligence on Fairfax for much of the past
month and were given until last Friday
to submit formal offers.
But TPG decided to pull out amid
concerns about the future valuations of
Domain, The Australian reported.
“ Fairfax had planned to spin off the
assets but a serious professional investor
in TPG has made clear the future of the
business is not as bullish as the company
has indicated,” it said.
Fairfax is a substantial owner of New
Zealand media assets. In May the
New Zealand Commerce Commission
declined to grant the authorisation to
the proposed merger of Fairfax New
Zealand Ltd and NZME Ltd. That
decision is being appealed.
The AFR said Fairfax was expected
to announce late today it would
push ahead with plans to spin off the
lucrative property classifieds business
Domain from its other media assets,
a move backed key investor Thorney
Thorney chairman Alex Waislitz wrote
in an update to shareholders last week
that the takeover approaches from TPG
and Hellman and Friedman under valued
Fairfax. — A AP
Southern drivers were among those
caught up in a weekend of carnage
on New Zealand roads, from Bluff to
A spate of accidents saw three
people killed and 19 injured — three
seriously — in at least nine crashes
during the weekend.
Six of the crashes occurred in the
South Island, four of those from
Oamaru south, as emergency ser vices
were kept busy.
The fatalities included one on
Friday evening in North Canterbury,
another in Northland on Saturday
night and a third before dawn in the
Hutt Valley yesterday.
In the Far North at 10.15pm
on Saturday, a lone driver died at
the scene of a single-car crash on
Kaitaia-Awaroa Road, which was
being investigated by police.
Another person died and five
others were injured after a car and
utility vehicle collided on the Hutt
Valley motor way, slightly north
of Silverstream, just before 4am
Of those injured, one was flown to
hospital in a critical condition. Two
others also in the car were injured
seriously, while the other had
The two travelling in the ute
suffered moderate to minor injuries.
Earlier in North Canterbury, a man,
the sole occupant of a bus, died after
his vehicle careened off Rotherham
Road into water about 7.45pm on
Friday. He was Scott William Mieras,
60, of Takaka. Police are investigating
the circumstances of the crash.
Following a single vehicle crash
on Cranleigh Road, near Gore,
about 3am on Saturday, two people
with moderate injuries were flown
to Dunedin Hospital, a police
Three people were in the vehicle
when it crashed, and two were thrown
from the vehicle, while the third was
initially reported trapped.
Two helicopters transport the two
most seriously injured patients to
Dunedin Hospital, while the third
was treated at the Clutha Health
centre in Balclutha.
Earlier, a driver was taken to
Southland Hospital with moderate
injuries after a car collided with a
power pole on Marine Parade, in
Bluff, about 8.30pm on Friday.
In Oamaru, two people received
moderate injuries after their car rolled
on Solway Street near Wansbeck
Street just before 1am on Saturday.
Seven more people in two
southbound cars escaped injury after
colliding on State highway 1, near
Moeraki, when one vehicle braked
to turn into a driveway shortly before
11am on Saturday, police said.
Power was cut to about 300 homes
in the Moeraki area, and restored
about four hours later.
Two people were hurt — one had
moderate injuries and the other
minor injuries — after a crash in New
Plymouth at 8.40pm on Friday. The
pair were taken to Taranaki Hospital.
Another three were injured in
a smash in Lucas Heights, on
Auckland’s North Shore, about
10.25pm on Friday.
St John took the patients to North
Shore and Auckland hospitals. One
person was in a serious condition and
the other two had moderate injuries.
Just before 12.30am on Saturday,
four people were involved in a crash
at Claremont, near Timaru. All had
moderate injuries and were taken to
— NZ ME-Otago Daily Times
Carnage on roads over weekend
Pora compo ‘less
than minimum wage’
Teina Pora’s $2.52million compensation
for wrongful imprisonment works out
to less than New Zealand’s minimum
wage, the High Court in Wellington has
Mr Pora, 41, was awarded the
compensation in a decision last year by
Minister of Justice Amy Adams after he
spent 21 years in prison for the rape and
murder of Susan Burdett.
Today, Gerard McCoy, an equity law
specialist, told Justice Rebecca Ellis at
a judicial law review that the decision
not to add inflation to the judgment was
worth an extra $54,000 a year from 1994.
“The refusal of cabinet to compensate
for the effects of inflation is the worst
case of injustice in New Zealand’s legal
history, measured by the time Mr Pora
spent in custody.
“ It is not just ungenerous, but in
public law terms it is unlawful and
Mr McCoy said the QC who reviewed
Mr Pora’s case for compensation, Rodney
Hansen, found consideration should be
made for inflation, but that was rejected.
When taking into account the
minimum wage, Mr McCoy said
Mr Pora had received compensation
amounting to $273.97 per day, or $11.14
per hour, much less than the country’s
“The difference between the real value
from 1994 to 2016 of his compensation
without inflation corrodes it away like
rust corrodes iron. We feel inflation
adds $500,000 (to the original
judgment) — he has been massively
Mr McCoy said New Zealand courts
“ inflation-proof ” but that had blatantly
not occurred in this instance.
While Mr McCoy will argue the
unlawfulness, Mr Pora’s lawyer Jonathan
Krebs will argue the unreasonableness
of the compensation amount, likely on
Mr Pora’s was the last New Zealand
case to go to the Privy Council.
Mr Pora was not present at the High
Court today. — NZN
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
Firefighters battle to control a house fire in North Road, Dunedin, yesterday.
Man saved from blazing home
An elderly Dunedin man was
rescued by firefighters from his
burning home yesterday following
failed attempts by a group of
men who tried to save him while
explosions erupted from the house.
The sole occupant of the house
on North Road in Dunedin,
appeared shocked to be out of the
inferno as he was helped by the
public, ash still on his face, to an
A New Zealand Fire Ser vice
spokesman said fire crew were
called to the fire about 1pm.
Upon arrival firefighters
discovered the fire was more
significant than originally thought,
the spokesman said.
Five fire appliances and a
turntable ladder were deployed.
Telii Tekie of D unedin, said he
was visiting a friend on North
Road when he heard screaming.
“I heard people screaming and
yelling for help and I saw a bunch
of men trying to break into the
house through the windows.”
It was believed the occupant of
the house was at the window, but
the smoke and heat of the fire
stopped about six men from being
able to get to him, Mr Tekie said.
Garry Thomas feared his
neighbour was dead.
“There was an explosion and
immediately flames were coming
out of the window, we knew we
couldn’t get in, but our main
concern was to get to him, to try to
“ We didn’t know whether he
had been knocked unconscious or
whether the fumes had got him.”
Mr Thomas was shocked to see
“a ball of flames” bursting from the
The occupant had lived there for
about 20 years, he said.
Neighbours of the victim, who
did not want to be named, said
the man had a large collection of
old televisions and motorcycles
on his property which could have
accelerated the fire.
The cause of the fire was not yet
known. — Otago Daily Times
The elderly occupant of the
house that caught fire is helped to
an ambulance after being rescued
from the fire.
Cyclist killed by truck
A cyclist has died after being struck by
a truck north of Whangarei.
The death happened on State highway
1 at Towai this morning, police say.
The truck driver believed he may have
hit something and later returned to the
scene to discover the 21-year-old man,
Inspector Wayne Ewers said.
The cyclist died at the scene, which has
since been blessed by a kaumatua.
Death ruled not suspicious
The unexplained death of a man at a
house in Te Awamutu has been deemed
Chic Whakaruru, 45, died in at a house
Hazelmere Crescent on April 6, but
after an investigation police on Monday
said it was not suspicious.
The case has now been referred to the
coroner. — NZ N
An Otago teen’s work helping school
students combat bullying has been
personally recognised by the Q ueen at
Shaking the monarch’s hand on Friday
night (NZT), Ashleigh Smith accepted
a young leaders’ award in recognition of
her efforts founding anti-bullying group
Sticks ‘n’ Stones in 2013.
The group has more than 300 volunteers
and works with Central Otago and
Miss Smith told TVNZ she cried
during the ceremony.
“ It was so over whelming, every single
young person that is back home that has
fought for the same things that I have for
so long, I’m so proud of them,” she said.
“ I just hope they know that award is
for them as well. Just reflecting on what
we’ve been through to get here, it ’s so
The 19-year-old nursing student was
one of 60 young people awarded a medal
as part of the Q ueen’s Young Leaders
programme, which honours exceptional
young people from the Commonwealth.
As part of the award, she has spent two
weeks in the United Kingdom attending
workshops, meeting government officials
at 10 Downing Street and visiting groups
such as the BBC, Google and Facebook.
The Government is helping fund a two-
year project to investigate the feasibility
of remediating treated timber.
It is contributing $163,000 to the
project carried out by Scion, a Crown
research institute that specialises
in research, science and technology
The grant, provided through the Waste
Minimisation Fund, was announced by
Associate Environment Minister Scott
Timber treated with chromated copper
arsenate becomes a hazardous waste
material when sent to landfill because it
can leach arsenic into the ground.
“ To date, there have been no practical
remediation options available to this
problem, so I am delighted that Scion
believes they may have one and that I
am able to support them in testing its
feasibility,” Mr Simpson said.
This study could provide New Zealand
with an opportunity to divert CCA-
treated timber from landfills, he said.
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