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Body on tracks
Trains through south Auckland ’s
Papatoetoe Station were stopped after
a driver saw a body on the tracks.
Police were called to the station about
7.30am today. Trains on the line were
stopped while emergency ser vices
attended, police said. No further
information was available. — N ZN
A man was taken to Dunstan
Hospital with moderate to serious
neck injuries following a six-car crash
on State highway 6 near Roaring
Meg yesterday. Police said the crash,
between Cromwell and Queenstown,
happened about 7.15am after a truck
reached the end of a slow vehicle bay
and a van stopped to let it out. Those
two vehicles continued on, but six
following vehicles collided nose to
tail. The injured man was in the last
vehicle. — Otago Daily Times
Search scaled back
Police have scaled back the search
for Canterbury woman Melissa
Jane Dalgety. The 34-year-old
disappeared last Thursday morning,
while her car was found in the car
park at Waikuku Beach in North
Canterbury that day. Inspector
Peter Cooper was confident areas of
interest in the adjacent forest had
been covered and the focus would be
on the beach area. — NZ N
Fourth robber y arrest
A fourth man has been arrested
over a Nelson dairy robbery on July
16. The 21-year-old was arrested at a
property in the suburb of Atawhai on
Tuesday night. He will appear in the
Nelson District Court today. The three
others arrested, aged 20 to 22, have
appeared in court and were remanded
in custody to August 7. — NZN
Dairy robber y arrests
Two teenagers have been charged
with aggravated robbery and
aggravated injury after the robbery
of a Levin dairy, during which a staff
member was stabbed in the hand.
The dairy was robbed about 9am
on Monday. One alleged offender,
aged 14, was caught shortly after
the robbery, and a 15-year-old was
apprehended a few hours later. The
15-year-old is due in the Levin
Youth Court today, while the other
will appear in the Palmerston North
Youth Court. — NZ N
Arrest over burglar y bid
A man has been arrested after a
series of attempted burglaries in
north Dunedin. The 31-year-old
is accused of entering a home on
Grange Street on July 20, police
say. He will appear in the Dunedin
District Court on Friday. — NZ N
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45, 46, 48, 57, 62, 72, 73, 78. Draw No
14393: 1, 10, 14, 16, 32, 33, 35, 37, 38,
51, 55, 59, 60, 61, 63, 65, 69, 73, 76, 80.
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13, 15, 19, 24, 27, 28, 32, 38, 59, 61, 64,
66, 77. Draw No 14395: 2, 4, 8, 11, 16,
19, 20, 26, 29, 30, 39, 42, 43, 50, 56, 59,
68, 69, 76, 79.
Councils want cat control powers
A new trial has been ordered for a man
charged with stupefying and raping a
15-year-old girl in southern Hawke’s
Bay more than 10 years ago.
The trial was ordered after a first
prosecution was declared a mistrial on
its second day in the Napier District
Court yesterday. A charge against the
complainant ’s mother of being party
to rape was dismissed by Judge Tony
Adeane after an application by defence
lawyer Eric Forster.
Both have interim name suppression.
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
Rape case mistrial
Two people have reportedly been shot
near Whangarei, police say.
The armed offenders squad was at the
scene of the shooting near Whangarei
Heads late this morning.
“Initial reports suggest two people have
been shot,” senior sergeant John Fagan
said in a statement.
About eight armed offenders squad
members were at a cordon at the
intersection with Whareora and Mount
Tiger Roads. Mount Tiger Road was
also blocked at Owhiwa Road.
A Northern Advocate reporter at
the Whareora Road cordon said a red-
coloured Suzuki vehicle drove towards
police and stopped. It appeared there
was a bullet hole through the front
A police negotiation team has also been
called to the cordon. Police advised the
public to avoid the area.
No further information was available.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
A Dunedin proposal that could lead
to compulsory microchipping and
some form of registration for cats has
clawed its way over the line to become
official policy for Local Government
New Zealand (LGNZ).
The proposal put for ward by the
Dunedin City Council yesterday
passed with 51% of a vote at an annual
meeting of the body that represents
The move has been supported by the
SPCA in Otago, which says it could
help increase the minimal numbers of
cats reunited with owners after they
turn up at its facilities.
The council put for ward the remit
at the Auckland meeting of LGNZ,
asking it to lobby the Government
to implement the national cat
The remit said councils had limited
powers to enact bylaws, and needed
regulatory powers for cat control,
including cat identification, cat de-
sexing and responsible cat ownership.
The strategy recommends desexing
initiatives, restrictions on the number
of cats allowed on a property and
It also discusses the importance of
“cat containment ”, especially in areas
of high conser vation value.
The proposal came after a series of
submissions to the Dunedin City
Now it is the official policy of
LGNZ, the organisation will
lobby the Government to develop
legislation to allow them to control
cats, in a similar way the Dog Control
Act allows them to control dogs.
SPCA Otago animal welfare
director Helen Beattie has been
involved in developing the national
cat management strategy, something
she said had taken close to three years.
Dr Beattie said yesterday the sort of
outcomes she expected would result
if the strategy was taken up by the
Government was microchipping and
registration on a national database ,
which would be “mandatory in some
That would allow organisations like
the SPCA to identify if a cat was
owned, and who owned it, so the cat
could be returned.
“Only 2% to 3% of cats that end up
in shelter organisations are actually
“ It ’s incredibly low.”
Dr Beattie said there were
significant numbers of animals that
came to the SPCA that were owned,
“They have had an owner, and we
don’t hear from them, and we don’t
know where to send the cat.”
For those who opposed rules
regarding cat ownership, she said
the strategy and remit were “about
cultural change of how we engage
and have cats in our lives and our
“Over a period of time we need
to think about changing people’s
perspectives around that, and having
a higher degree of accountability and
responsibility around having a cat,
owning a cat, and what that means.”
That would not happen overnight,
Dr Beattie said. —Otago Daily Times
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Feline management claws its way to policy
National has committed to electorate
deals with Act and United Future at this
year’s election, but Prime Minister Bill
English does not think the Maori Party
needs its help.
The party announced today it would
continue to work with existing partners
to secure “stable government ” at the
That includes continuing electorate
deals in Epsom and Ohariu with Act
leader David Seymour and United
Future leader Peter Dunne respectively.
National will also seek to work with the
Maori Party as a partner.
Mr English said the Maori Party
needed electorate votes to ensure they
could remain in Parliament but was
confident enough in its candidates’
abilities not to want to pursue similar
electorate deals. — N Z N
University of Otago researchers
are gaining fresh insights into the
life of early European settlers in
Otago through the exhumed of
skeletons from unmarked graves
in a burial ground near Milton.
Prof Hallie Buckley is
co-leading the research project
with Dr Peter Petchey and Prof
The university team was
working with local community
group Tokomairiro Project 60
(TP60) and the Anglican Church,
Archaeological and forensic
analysis of the cemetery and those
buried there was being carried out
by the research team.
The research involves analysing
DNA, bones, hair and teeth as
well as using strontium isotopes
to help pinpoint where in the UK
the settlers came from.
The biological information
would be integrated with
historical research gathered by
TP60 and death certificates to
identify more people.
Detailed mapping and
geophysical sur veying of the
burial ground and careful
archaeological excavation of
selected areas was carried out at
the end of last year.
Sixteen graves were found
outside the boundaries of the
present cemetery, confirming the
“common suspicion” the cemetery
was larger than its physical
TP60 had located records of 68
burials at the cemetery at Tokoiti.
A public meeting will be held
on August 15 at the Milton
Coronation Hall to unveil the
initial findings of the study.
The researchers are seeking
further information from living
descendants on some of the
people identified so far, including
Robert Rowley Thomson, F lora
Clementine Weber (nee MacKay)
and her husband, Gustavus
They were also interested in
information on descendants of
Recent research revealed the
first known burial was in 1857,
predating the previous belief the
first burial was in 1860.
Identified living descendants of
people buried there will be asked
to provide a DNA sample to
determine which remains could
be those of their ancestors.
— Otago Daily Times
Skeletons yield clues in study
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Archaeology students Teina Tutaki, left, and Alana Kelly hold up Henry Pim’s headstone after it was
found broken and buried at the St John’s burial ground at Tokoiti.
Cattle disease found
on Canterbury farm
The Ministry for Primary Industries is
working with a South Canterbury dairy
farmer to contain a cattle disease which
has been detected for the first time in
Mycoplasma bovis, which
commonly found in cattle globally,
including Australia, did not infect
humans and presented no food safety
There was no concern about consuming
milk and milk products, the ministry’s
director of response, Geoff Gwyn, said
in a statement.
However, the bacterial disease could
have serious effects on cattle including
udder infection (mastitis), abortion,
pneumonia and arthritis.
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said the
disease was detected on a Glenavy farm
and it was not only disappointing but
also concerning for other farmers in the
region who were “just getting back on
their feet ’’ after last week’s floods.
Mr Gwyn said MPI were working with
the farmer to contain the disease and
treat those animals showing symptoms.
Legal restrictions were in place to
stop any movement of stock from the
property while the scale of infection was
determined. MPI was very appreciative
of the farmer’s support.
The ministry was advised of sick
cattle at the property last Monday
and the disease was confirmed by the
ministry’s animal health laboratory late
Fourteen cows tested positive and
about 150 cows had clinical signs that
indicated they might be affected.
MPI was now tracing movements
of animals on and off the property to
ascertain if other properties were at risk.
It did not know at this stage when or
how the disease entered New Zealand.
Farmers were advised to contact their
vet if stock showed unusual levels of
mastitis or abortions, or presented with
arthritis or pneumonia. The disease only
affected cattle and had no effect on other
When contacted, Federated Farmers
dairy industry group chairman Chris
Lewis said he hoped the outbreak
could be contained on the property and
From Federated Farmers’ perspective,
the number one priority was the animal
and human welfare around the issue.
The second priority was working with
the likes of MPI, vets, dairy companies
and Dairy NZ to take a team approach
to find answers to the “ lots of questions’’
around the outbreak, Mr Lewis said.
— Otago Daily Times
Dotcom ditches Auckland
Embattled internet entrepreneur Kim
Dotcom is to quit Auckland and head
south to raise his children surrounded by
“ beautiful lakes and mountains instead
Mr Dotcom last night tweeted he was
now looking to move to Q ueenstown
after money and possessions previously
frozen in Hong Kong by the United
States government had been released.
The thankful tech mogul said it meant
his family of five children and partner
of 18 months, Elizabeth Donnelly,
could enjoy life surrounded by idyllic
mountains and lakes rather than spies.
Mr Dotcom shifted to a penthouse
waterfront apartment on the fashionable
Princes Wharf in downtown Auckland
at the end of 2015 after a lease agreement
on the Dotcom mansion ended. The
sprawling Coatesville property is now
owned by rich-list siblings Anna, Mat
and Nick Mowbray, founders of global
toy company Zuru.
Mr Dotcom, who is fighting extradition
to the US, tweeted a Hong Kong judge
had released some of his fortune and
four container loads of property.
This morning Dotcom’s lawyer Ira
Rothken said out of respect for the
Hong Kong judicial process there would
be no further comment until the court
issued a written judgment or order.
The entrepreneur has fought for the
past five years to have assets worth
$US42.57m ($57.4m) released after
they were seized under the instruction of
the US government.
The Hong Kong court has previously
allowed a fraction of the money to be
used for living and legal expenses.
Mr Dotcom is flagging new court
action against the New Zealand
Government after a High Court
judgment revealed he was under GSCB
sur veillance far longer than spies had
previously admitted. — N ZM E
Rifle sling blamed
for hunter’s death
A hunter in Central Otago was
killed when the sling from his gun case
caught in his rifle’s trigger guard, causing
the loaded firearm to go off and shoot
him in the stomach, an inquest has
Garry John Tall, 61, died following a
hunting trip with friend Jamie Cook in
the Nevis Valley in March last year.
According to coroner
Windley ’s findings, Mr Tall reached
their utility vehicle first when Mr Cook,
about 150m behind and carrying a deer,
heard a shot go off.
He found Mr Tall lying on the ground
with a gunshot wound to his abdomen.
He later died from blood loss.
Police found Mr Tall’s hunting rifle in
a foam-lined rigid plastic case on the
A police armourer could not find any
fault with the rifle but surmised Mr Tall
either attempted to clear the rifle and
inadvertently loaded another round in it,
or he did not clear the rifle and loaded it
in the case.
When closing the lid, the sling caught
under the trigger guard, which fired the
While Mr Tall’s death was accidental,
Ms Windley said reiterating the firearms
safety rules was important — especially
those concerning pointing guns in a
safe direction, and storing firearms and
ammunition safely. — NZ N
Labour mulls tourist entry fee
The Labour Party is set to announce
a policy in the coming weeks around
implementing an entry fee into New
Zealand for tourists.
Leader Andrew Little said yesterday
councils are struggling to keep up with
providing and maintaining amenities for
tourists, and that shouldn’t fall on rate
“ I think the Government does have a
duty to find a way to assist those councils
so that those amenities are there and we
will have an announcement about that
soon,” he said.
“ We have a massive growth in
tourism numbers, that ’s a good thing,
but we want to make sure that when
they ’re here, they’re well catered for
and that their being here isn’t going to
compromise local integrity. So councils
need assistance, and we’re working hard
to find a way to do that.”
A Newshub poll suggests 64% of
National voters believe a $50 border fee
would assist, and Mr Little says that was
one avenue Labour would explore.
“ I think that reflects what many New
Zealanders think, with rapid growth and
tourist numbers we want to make sure
that it ’s a good experience for them and
for the rest of the country.” — NZN
Turei wants benefit fraud amnesty
Greens’ co-leader Metiria Turei
says there should be an amnesty for
people committing benefit fraud to
help them ensure they are receiving
their full benefits.
Ms Turei last week revealed she
was a benefit cheat when she was
a young solo mother in the 1990s.
Since then she says she has heard
from constituents in the same
position as she was then — lying
to Work and Income about their
living situation or having cash jobs
in order to receive more benefits
than they are entitled to in order to
Ms Turei said if Winz was
committed to helping people they
must make sure people can talk to
them about their actual situation
“ But nobody will until they
are certain they will not suffer,
particularly the financial sanctions
which in some cases leave a person
without 100% of their benefit,” she
told RNZ today.
Amnesties have happened in the
past, including in 1993 when Ms
Turei was receiving the benefit.
She said she was not aware of the
amnesty at the time, or whether it
applied to the period when she was
lying to Winz.
“I wasn’t aware of that at the time.
We’d need to make sure if we had
another amnesty now . . . that every
single beneficiary is aware of it,” she
Ms Turei has contacted the agency
and hopes to go over her paper work
to identify when, for how long she
was lying and how much money she
received beyond her entitlement.
She has committed to paying it
back if asked.
Ms Turei said those who criticise
her for lying to Winz rather than
finding a job are entitled to their
opinion. — NZ N
Weedkiller, f ly spray in home-brew dope
The life-threatening reactions
to synthetic cannabis are being
blamed on some of the drugs being
home-made, with toxic chemicals
including weedkiller and fly spray
used in the recipe.
Seven people have died in the
last month from using the drug,
following a surge in its use.
Avondale police area prevention
manager Acting Inspector Marcia
Murray said many users did not
realise the toxic chemical cocktail
they were smoking.
She said there had been a
“concerning” rise in synthetic
“All of these appear to be
manufactured privately by people.
“That ’s the troubling thing, it is
an illegal drug, and it is extremely
dangerous, because we just don’t
know what ’s going into this
“Any drugs that we seize, we get
them tested. What comes back are
the technical aspects, which show
things like fly spray and weedkiller.”
Ms Murray said the Avondale
police had some good results with
synthetic cannabis busts in April
and June, leading to 12 arrests.
But she said police needed the
community’s help to crack down
“The most concerning thing is I
wonder whether people realise what
they ’re putting into their bodies,
and the fact that it is extremely
“They ’re putting their lives at risk.
“ We need to know who is actually
dealing these, so we can shut them
down. And the community needs
to know how dangerous they are,
and not to purchase or use them.
“ People need to tell us, even
anonymously, who is supplying
these drugs so we can get them out
of our communities and keep them
Wellington emergency medicine
specialist Dr Paul Quigley said
Hutt Valley Hospital was regularly
having to treat users of synthetic
He said a single smoke of synthetic
was equivalent to 15 normal joints.
“This is why the effect is so very
different and so very dangerous.
“Synthetic cannabis is one of
the more dangerous products
around and is responsible for some
immediate health harms.”
He said the drugs could cause
epileptic seizures, heart palpitations,
anxiety, insomnia, and worsen
mental health conditions until they
reached the level of psychosis.
gorge road likely
A new permanent road for Manawatu
Gorge is the most likely scenario to
resolving recurring slip issues on the
existing road, Transport Minister Simon
The gorge has been closed since April
and seems unlikely to re-open after
another major slip over the weekend.
Mr Bridges said yesterday that the land
is moving in some places as much as
60mm over 18 months in one spot, and
movement is speeding up.
“My view, based on the advice I’m
getting, is the more likely, possibly much
more likely, scenario is an alternative,
permanent, better and much more
resilient route for the Manawatu,” he
He is giving it until the end of the year,
at which time tenders for an alternative
route should have come back.
In the meantime work is progressing
on the saddle road.
Mr Bridges is expected to meet with
locals and business owners again this
week to discuss economic support
packages, though he remains unlikely to
offer anything. — N Z N
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