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Alexandra crash fatal
A young man from a car which
crashed, killing his friend, was able to
call for help from a nearby property.
Southern fire communications shift
manager Andrew Norris said three
young men were in a car which
crashed on Coates Road, an access
road to Alexandra Airport, just after
midnight. Two men were trapped in
the car and were cut out by Alexandra
volunteer firefighters. The third man
raised the alarm. The injured man was
in serious condition. — N ZME
Collision costs life
A man died in a crash between
an army truck and a car near
Palmerston North. Police were called
to the intersection of Ashhurst and
Watershed Roads in Bunnythorpe
about 10.30am yesterday and found
a man critically hurt. “ Unfortunately
this man died at the scene,” police
said. — NZN
A car that knocked over a cyclist
in Porirua will have suffered damage
to a front headlight and possibly
the bumper, police say. The incident
occurred just after 6am yesterday at the
Calliope Crescent and Castor Crescent
intersection in Cannons Creek. The
rider suffered serious injuries. — NZ N
Baby abduction remands
Two women have been charged
with kidnapping an 11-day-old baby
from an Auckland home. The women,
18 and 21, were granted interim
name suppression and were also
charged with breaking and entering
when they appeared in the Auckland
District Court yesterday. They did
not enter pleas and are both due to
reappear on August 31. The 18-year-
old was granted bail. — NZ N
Second kidnap arrest
Police have made a second arrest
following the kidnapping and serious
assault of a taxi driver in the wider
Ngauranga area on Wednesday
morning. A 23-year-old Auckland
man was arrested in Titahi Bay
yesterday afternoon. Earlier in the
day, a 24-year-old man, also from
Auckland, was arrested. They are due
in the Wellington District Court today.
The victim is in hospital. — NZN
Five robber y arrests
Five teenage males have been
arrested after a robbery at a shop in
Auckland during which the owner
was kicked in the face. The hold-up
happened at a superette in Henderson
just after 7.15am yesterday. An
18-y ear-old, three 17-year-olds
and a 14-year-old appeared in court
yesterday afternoon, with police
opposing bail. — N ZN
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54, 55, 56, 62, 63, 66, 71, 75. Draw No
14457: 2, 7, 10, 14, 15, 20, 21, 25, 34,
35, 36, 38, 39, 47, 52, 59, 61, 62, 72, 79.
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26, 29, 34, 38, 42, 45, 61, 63, 70, 74, 76,
79, 80. Draw No 14459: 1, 4, 5, 6, 16,
25, 32, 35, 36, 40, 41, 43, 44, 55, 57, 58,
61, 62, 71, 79.
Lundy claims innocence in prison letters
Two electricity companies have been
hit with more than $50,000 in fines
after a power line accident left a trainee
worker with serious burns.
Wellington Electricity and Northpower
were handed fines of $26,000 and
$30,000 respectively at the Wellington
District Court yesterday over the accident
in 2014, Work Safe New Zealand said.
It said the two Northpower workers,
contracted by Wellington Electricity,
were working in Karori when a bracket
fell on to live contacts, causing a short
and a fire.
“The victim sustained serious burns
that required specialist treatment from
the burns unit,” Work Safe said.
The companies had failed to give
workers proper instructions about risks
and had not shut down the power before
doing the work, it said.
The businesses were charged under the
Electricity Act for allowing dangerous
work to proceed.
They had already paid $20,000 to the
victim and were ordered to pay another
$10,000 between them yesterday, in
addition to the fine. — NZ N
Firms fined after
An investigation by police that began
in June with the interception by Customs
of a drugs shipment has resulted in an
arrest and the seizure of firearms and
more than 10kg of synthetic cannabis.
Police’s Operation Tiger culminated
in raids on nine addresses in Auckland,
Palmerston North and Christchurch
Ten kilograms of synthetic cannabis and
four firearms were seized. A 48-year-old
man will be appearing in the Waitakere
District Court on charges relating to
possession of a firearm and ammunition
as well as possession of a class A drug.
Last week, 2kg of AMB-Fubinaca —
the psychoactive substances used in the
manufacture of synthetic cannabis —
was seized during raids in Rodney, north
of Auckland, while yesterday another
1kg was taken off the street.
The 3kg of AMB-Fubinaca would
be sufficient to manufacture 150kg of
synthetic cannabis, with a street value of
The investigation began in June with
the Customs seizure and this is just
the tipping point, Acting Detective
Inspector Roger Small said.
“ We are confident that further arrests
will come as we continue to investigate
this serious issue,” he said.
Customs intelligence manager Wei-Jiat
Tan said interceptions at the border were
a good indication of new and emerging
drugs, and Customs shared this with
police to disrupt production and supply
in the regions.
“Chemical properties of psychoactive
drugs are ever-evolving and potentially
lethal, especially if amateurs are
producing them,” he said.
“These drugs can be life threatening for
users, who have no way of knowing what
they ’re really taking.” — NZN
Mark Lundy has released a series
of handwritten letters from jail
proclaiming his innocence ahead of
Lundy was in 2015 convicted for
the second time and sentenced to
life imprisonment for the murders
of wife Christine and seven-year-old
daughter Amber in 2000 after his
original conviction was quashed by
the Privy Council.
He is due to appear in the Court
of Appeal in October to argue his
Now a series of notes from Lundy
has been released on website Factual
Trust, an acronym for For Amber
and Christine: Truth Uncovered
Dated July and early August, the
handwritten letters lay out a series
of complaints about the prosecution
case against Lundy, including what
he called “ambiguous” information
given to his defence team by the
Each letter is signed “Yours in
Innocence, Mark Lundy” and
addressed “to all”.
In the earliest letter, dated July 19,
Lundy said he respected the jury’s
“opinion” by disagreed with their
verdict and argues he “could not
commit such a heinous crime”.
“ It is wrong and as a believer in
the truth I will always fight against
it. Any innocent man must,” he said.
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About 350 people packed
into the Glenroy Auditorium,
Dunedin, last night for a Supper
Club Dunedin event that raised
$137,000 for Ronald McDonald
Club co-ordinator and
McDonald’s Dunedin office
manager Annemarie Jorissen
was “absolutely delighted” the
amount raised almost matched
the $138,000 made last year.
The money was raised through
a “mystery dining experience”
held at restaurants and other
venues throughout the city last
night, as well as two associated
At the Glenroy, Dunedin
resident Sheryl Cawte praised
Ronald McDonald House for its
strong support for her daughter
Mavis (16 months), when she
needed open heart surgery at
Starship Hospital, Auckland, last
December, after being born with
a heart defect.
Mrs Cawte was uncertain how
she would have coped with the
“financial and emotional stress”
if she suddenly had to find
somewhere to live in Auckland.
Ronald McDonald House
provided free accommodation,
“thanks to generous families,
businesses and individuals,
strangers” from around the
country and their donations of
“time, food, money to change
other people’s lives”, she said.
— Otago Daily Times
Supper boosts Ronald McDonald House coffers
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Sheryl Cawte praises Ronald McDonald House for its support for her daughter Mavis and husband
Amid Jacindamania and Labour’s
stunning 33% poll result, it is worth
remembering that when David Shearer
was dumped in 2013 the party’s rating
was about 34%.
Shearer went because the caucus felt
that poll ratings in the mid-30s were
unacceptable, and Shearer was a failure.
Its MPs wanted the party back in the
40-plus range where it could put up a
credible challenge to National.
So while Jacinda Ardern has achieved
a remarkable success by lifting her party
nine points in two weeks, she still has
some way to go before Labour becomes
a real threat in its own right.
What the Newshub poll showed was
that Labour supporters who deserted
the party during Andrew Little’s reign
are coming home.
They had gone to the Greens and
New Zealand First, which both suffered
serious losses in the poll.
The Greens dropped 4.7 points to
8.3% and NZ First dropped 3.8 points
There was no reason, other than Ms
Ardern, for NZ First to lose ground.
Leader Winston Peters has been
working furiously hard to win votes, he
has already held more than 50 public
meetings around the country and the
party has been free from scandals or any
other negative publicity.
That indicates the fall in support for
the Greens probably has more to do with
Labour’s resurgence under Ms Ardern
than Metiria Turei’s spectacular benefit
fraud admission and the subsequent
furore it generated.
The Opposition parties are now
roughly back where they were before
Labour started its slide into the red zone.
The Greens are down a bit, NZ First
is up a bit, and Labour has recovered to
around the mid-30s.
The big picture has not changed.
The Opposition parties are swapping
supporters but Labour and the Greens
are still well short of a majority in
NZ First still holds the balance of
Through all this, National has been
relatively steady, with ratings ranging
from the mid-40s to the 47% it won in
the last election.
In Wednesday ’s Newshub poll, it was
It is not doing as well as it needs to,
something Bill English is well aware of.
“ We haven’t got the support level we
need to form the sort of government
we want for New Zealand,” he said this
National has work to do, and so does
She has shown she can draw back
Labour’s supporters from the minor
parties, but what she really needs to do is
start cutting into National’s vote.
The Greens and NZ First are not
likely to lose any more support, and
surely the Greens can only go up from
James Shaw, now its only leader, says
he expects it to recover to about 10% or
11% which is its usual territory.
Ms Ardern is well placed to begin the
next phase of her mission.
Even more surprising than Labour’s
nine point surge was her rating as
preferred prime minister — 26.3%
compared with English’s 27.7%.
The polls in the next two weeks will
tell the tale. If Ms Ardern can pass
Mr English, Labour will gain huge
momentum going into the campaign. —
The Government ’s fiercely contested
Pay Equity Bill has passed its first
reading in Parliament amid strident
protest from Opposition MPs.
The bill sets the rules around future
pay equity claims, and follows on
from the historic $2 billion care
worker settlement that came into
force on July 1.
The Government says it will
ensure workers in female-dominated
occupations are treated fairly in
future, but opponents say the
legislation is designed to shut down
“ It will make a vital contribution
to closing the gender pay gap,”
Workplace Relations Minister
Michael Woodhouse said when he
opened the first reading debate.
“ When it is passed it will ensure
that female-dominated occupations
that have historically been subjected
to gender pay discrimination are in
future paid fairly.”
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern said
the care worker settlement would not
have happened under the bill.
“I absolutely understand this bill —
he has removed the flexibility that
led to the success of that case,” she
“The bar that has been set makes
it absolutely untenable for women,
especially those outside a union
workplace, to establish a case.”
The Public Ser vice Association,
which is leading a campaign against
the bill, says it is “a wolf in sheep’s
“ It is a completely deliberate and
calculated move by the government
to clamp down on future claims,” the
PSA said in a statement.
“ It is being incorrectly presented to
the New Zealand public as a pathway
to equal pay. In fact, it will make it
significantly more difficult. ”
The bill passed its first reading on
Thursday by 60 votes to 59. Most of
the debate took place on Tuesday.
National, ACT and United Future
supported the bill.
Labour, the Greens, New Zealand
First and the Maori Party opposed it.
The bill has been sent to a select
committee for public submissions.
It will not be back before the
election. — NZ N
Pay equity bill passes first reading
Ardern picking up
Labour’s new leader, Jacinda Ardern,
is picking up womens’ votes, the latest
opinion poll shows.
The Newshub poll released on
Wednesday showed Labour gaining
nine points and soaring to 33% in the
two weeks since Ms Ardern took over
the leadership from Andrew Little.
Yesterday Newshub reported of those
supporting Labour, 63% were women.
When Mr Little was leader, 55% of
Labour supporters were women.
Winning women’s votes was one
of former prime minister John Key’s
strengths, and Ms Ardern’s ability to do
that could have an important impact as
she tries to cut into National’s support
It could also help her as she challenges
Bill English in the polls as preferred
The poll showed she was only just
behind him with 26.3% against Mr
Asked about the poll, Mr English said
he believed the election would be fought
on policies not gender. — NZ N
Century-old fruit cake found in hut on ice
preser ved” fruit cake has been found
in an Antarctic hut by conser vators
Antarctic Heritage Trust.
The cake, made by Huntly and
Palmers, was located at Cape Adare,
still wrapped in paper and encased
in the remains of a tin-plated iron
The item is believed to have been
left by the northern party of British
explorer Captain Robert Falcon
Scott ’s Terra Nova expedition,
which was based at the cape in
1911 and 1912.
manager Lizzie Meek that,
although the tin was in a poor
state, the cake itself was in excellent
condition and looked and smelt
edible, or almost.
“ With just two weeks to go on
the conser vation of the Cape Adare
artefacts, finding such a perfectly
preser ved fruitcake in amongst the
last handful of unidentified and
severely corroded tins was quite a
surprise,” Ms Meek said.
“ It ’s an ideal high-energy food for
Antarctic conditions, and is still a
favourite item on modern trips to
the Ice. ” Since May 2016, a team of
four conser vators has been working
in the Canterbury Museum
laboratory on the conser vation of
almost 1500 artefacts from Cape
The trust is now planning to begin
conser vation work on the huts.
The buildings were the first in
Antarctica and were constructed
by members of Nor wegian Carsten
Borchgrevink’s expedition in 1899.
The permit the trust was granted
to collect the artefacts stipulates
that all items must be returned to
the site after conser vation.
It plans to do this after the huts
have been restored. — NZ N
Paedophile still priest
The Catholic Church is defending
its decision not to defrock a
paedophile priest who abused boys
It was confirmed this week
Magnus (Max) Murray, now 90,
is still alive and in the care of a
Catholic-owned rest-home in
Despite admitting 10 charges of
sexual offending against boys in
Dunedin, dating back to the 1950s,
Fr Murray has retained his status as
a priest following his conviction in
2003, the church has confirmed.
It was a discovery that outraged
Murray Heasley, the head of a group
of former pupils campaigning for
Kavanagh College to adequately
acknowledge its links to Fr Murray’s
He was a teacher at St Paul’s
High School, which later became
Kavanagh College, at the time of
A picture of him was on the
college’s honours wall until earlier
this year, when a complaint from
Dr Heasley and 12 other former
pupils prompted its removal.
Dr Heasley said the church’s
handling of Fr Murray was another
insult to victims.
He was at Mercy Parklands, a
hospital-level facility owned by the
Catholic order, Sisters of Mercy,
where he was receiving dementia
facility offered a mix of Catholic
non-religious ser vices,
including a chapel, but catered for
the general public.
Although in retirement, the priest
still used the title of “Father’’ at the
home, including on the sign on his
bedroom door, it was confirmed.
“This is not justice,’’ Dr Heasley
“The man is living the life of Riley
and his victims are still suffering.
“ Why is he still a priest? What
does it take to lose your priestly
Bill Kilgallon, the director of
the Catholic Church’s National
Office for Professional Standards
in New Zealand, which investigates
complaints against clergy, said the
situation would not be “normal
If a member of the clergy was
convicted of child abuse now,
a request to defrock them — a
process know as laicisation, or
returning them to the status of a
lay person — would be sent to the
Man dies as car hits tree
A man was killed after his car
crashed into a tree in Penrose last
The crash happened at 8.45pm
on Great South Road, Penrose
between Church Street East and
Police this morning confirmed
the male driver, the sole occupant,
died at the scene. “ The vehicle
blocked the southbound lanes for
some time, while serious crash
unit attended,” a spokesman said.
“Police are still investigating and no
further information will be released
until next of kin have been advised. ”
Shaw calls for calm,
Green Party leader James Shaw is
advising his MPs to keep level heads as
passions run high following the sudden
resignation of Metiria Turei.
Ms Turei quit as co-leader this week,
citing the intense scrutiny on her family
and the damage she was doing to the
Greens’ election chances after saying
she committed benefit fraud in the early
The party was in crisis talks for most
of yesterday as they reassessed their
campaign including everything from
billboards to slogans to road trip routes.
Mr Shaw said it had been a tough week
for the Green Party caucus.
“ Passions are running high. I think
people need to breathe through their
noses and steady the ship and just get on
with the campaign.”
Some supporters have lashed out at
media on-line, accusing reporters of
hounding Ms Turei out of Parliament.
However, Mr Shaw said he had
“absolutely no hard feelings” for the
“ In my view, the media have just been
doing their job. Some of the inter views
have been really tough, but they should
have been tough.
“ People should just calm down and
realise everyone’s just doing their job.”
Earlier in the week, MP Julie-Anne
Genter criticised media coverage of the
story as a “distraction”.
The party’s executive is also weighing
the future of MP Kennedy Graham.
Earlier this week Dr Graham and
fellow MP David Clendon pulled their
support for Ms Turei.
Mr Clendon said some colleagues were
still bitter. “Certainly it ’s painful at the
moment. There is a lot of unease and
some fairly raw feelings.
“ We could equally be angry about
some of what ’s been thrown at us in the
last few days.”
A derelict Wellington apartment
building has been saved from demolition
by a successful appeal to the Environment
Wellington City Council last year
voted to delist the Gordon Wilson Flats,
completed in 1959, as a heritage building
and rezone the land it was on as part
of Victoria University, allowing for its
But the Environment Court has this
week upheld an appeal by Architectural
Centre, which argued the building was
an important example of modernist
architecture and had significant heritage
The building was a rare example of
post-war, high-rise maisonettes social
housing, the group said.
While its condition was “poor”, it could
be saved and used again, Architectural
Gordon Flats was cleared out in
2012 due to its earthquake risk, and
the university argued it was no longer
suitable for students or academics.
The court upheld the appeal, with
two out of three commissioners saying
they accepted the building could not
be delisted due to its heritage value. —
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