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Police have launched a homicide
investigation following the discovery
of a body in the Waimakariri River.
Police say a man was found dead in
the riverbed by Harrs Road in North
Canterbury about 10pm yesterday. The
man had yet to be identified, Detective
Inspector Corrie Parnell said. Police
are appealing for information from
anyone around Harrs Road and South
Eyre Road last night. — NZN
Home invasion probe
Police are investigating a home
invasion in Templeton, near
Christchurch, which left the occupants
shaken. The incident occurred about
7pm on Sunday. Allegedly possessing
a pistol, he demanded cash and other
items from the two occupants. Acting
detective senior sergeant Joel Syme
said a stolen car was found nearby,
which was probably connected to the
incident. — NZ N
Two caught after chase
A man and a woman were arrested
after crashing their car in Palmerston
North then fleeing from police on
foot. Police say the pair was in a car
with another man when it hit a fence
in Mahoe Street about 12.50pm
yesterday, while being pursued by
officers. The woman stayed with the
car and was arrested, but the men
took off. One was later arrested,
while a firearm and ammunition
were recovered from the car. The
other man remains at large. — NZ N
Bar held up
Two knife-carrying men locked
a female Huntly bar worker in a
storeroom after taking money from
the safe, police say. The robbery
at the McGinty’s Turf Bar about
9pm on Saturday was a harrowing
experience for the victim. Police have
released security camera footage of
the two men believed to be involved.
They took the victim’s car, which was
found on Ralph Road about 8.30am
on Sunday. — NZ N
Dinghy puzzle solved
The owner of an inflatable dinghy
found in a Banks Peninsula bay with
fish on board has come for ward. Police
say the owner contacted them after
an appeal for information. The dinghy
was found at Damons Bay, near
Akaroa Head, last Tuesday. — NZ N
Police are searching for a man
missing since leaving a Q ueenstown
bar. Dunedin man Fabian Dobson, 27,
was last seen after leaving Cowboys
Bar on Searle Lane about 2am
yesterday. He did not return to his
lodgings and family and friends say he
has not been in touch. — N ZN
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43, 47, 48, 56, 62, 65, 71, 78. Draw No
14557: 4, 6, 9, 11, 14, 15, 23, 30, 31,
37, 40, 41, 45, 48, 51, 52, 58, 60, 61, 69.
Draw No 14558: 9, 16, 20, 23, 27, 29,
33, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 48, 49, 53, 55, 59,
64, 65, 79. Draw No 14559: 4, 8, 10,
12, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 37, 45, 49,
52, 55, 60, 63, 68, 79.
Criticism of Labour budget ‘pure fiction’
A train crashed into a car in Wairarapa
The crash happened on a level crossing
in Carterton just before 11am. No one
was injured, but it blocked the rail line.
A police spokesman says a tow truck
removed the stationwagon involved.
Metlink said buses were replacing trains
between Masterton and Wellington until
this afternoon. — NZ ME-Kapiti News
A coroner has ruled an Ashburton
mother and her three children died from
carbon monoxide poisoning after leaving
a car running in the garage.
Coroner Marcus Elliott ’s findings on
the tragic deaths of Cindy Tangipurunga
George, 31, her daughter Pio Scarlet
Jetekura Raukete, five, and her sons
Teuruaa Junior George, three, and
Telyzshaun Gordon Ricardo Neider
Kruz George, two, on July 2, 2015, was
Ms George was looking after the home
for people on holiday in Thomson Street,
Tinwald, and when she and her children
were discovered, they had been dead for
some time, the coroner’s findings said.
It said that Ms George collected the
mail and ran the car at the home so the
battery would not go flat.
They were last seen on June 27, 2015,
but were not discovered until the home
owners returned on July 2.
The coroner ruled that Ms George left
the door connecting the garage and the
house ajar, leaving no ventilation and
allowing carbon monoxide — which
is deadly but odourless — to enter the
He ruled that she probably forgot and,
starting to feel the effects of the carbon
monoxide, had been heading to the
garage to turn the car off when she fell,
leaving her with a bloody face.
The children were in the lounge, where
they had been preparing to sleep the
night, with cushions and blankets around
The coroner noted police found no
evidence of suspicious circumstances.
The independent accountant who
audited Labour’s fiscal plan says
National was wrong to claim there is
a $11.7 billion hole in it.
“That ’s pure fiction,”
executive director Ganesh Nana said
“The central claim is incorrect, it ’s
National’s finance spokesman
Steven Joyce said yesterday he had
analysed the document and found
Correcting those errors, he said,
would increase spending by $11.7b
over four years.
The MP who drafted the plan,
Grant Robertson, accused Mr Joyce
of deliberately misinterpreting it in a
cynical attempt to discredit Labour’s
The argument is over the way the
document accounts for the operating
allowance to pay for spending in
Dr Nana acknowledged it was
set out in a different way to the
government ’s books.
“The way the Labour Party
has presented these accounts is
consistent with showing where you
want to spend the dollars,” he told
“ It ’s a disagreement over definitions
nerds like me love it but I don’t
expect voters to be at all interested
in what an operating allowance is. ”
Mr Joyce said yesterday the
biggest issues were failing to include
operating allowances for additional
expenditure into each subsequent
year and making no provision for
increases to paid parental leave.
Correcting the figures would
increase spending by $11.7b over
four years, Mr Joyce said.
Mr Robertson said it had been
independently audited by BERL
and Dr Nana stood by it.
“This is a desperate, cynical attempt
by Steven Joyce to create a diversion
— these numbers have been checked
and they are robust,” he said.
“The money for paid parental
leave is in there — what Mr Joyce
has failed to do is completely read
through the document.”
Mr Robertson said if there was
confusion it might be around the
term operating balance, but he
believed Mr Joyce had deliberately
misinterpreted it. “I think he is doing
it deliberately, it’s a stunt. ”
Mr Joyce said the fiscal plan is
a three-page spreadsheet and all
anyone needs to check it out is a
“These are not hard things, they ’re
quite elementary. ”
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern also
said the party is standing behind its
numbers and there was no hole in
National’s leader, Bill English, says
the accuracy of the independent
audit depends on what figures
Labour gave BERL.
“ Nine years in opposition is plenty
of time to study how the books work
if they want to have fiscal credibility,”
Dr Nana later issued a statement
saying BERL stood by its audit.
“ We examined and checked
costings, we confirmed that the
numbers add up,” he said.
“ We feel obliged to state that
BERL is a proudly independent
NZ-owned research consultancy —
operating successfully and profitably
for 60 years. ” — NZN
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The jury trial of a man facing three
sexual related charges, following a
party in Hokitika last year, began
in the Greymouth District Court
Ian McCrae D uncan, 46, pleaded
not guilty to two charges of unlawful
sexual connection with a female over
16, and one of indecent assault of a
female over 16 on November 30, last
year in Hokitika.
The hearing, before Judge Craig
Thompson and a jury of six men and
six women, is expected to run for two
The judge told the jury it was very
important they did not make their
own inquiries about anyone involved
in the trial.
In opening the case for the Crown,
prosecutor Nicola Pointer said
the complainant was at a party in
Hokitika. The defendant was there
with his son.
She said Duncan and his son
swapped beer with the people at the
property, in return for a bed for the
Ms Pointer said the complainant
was in the bathroom with the light
on and the door shut.
She was washing a mark off her arm,
singing to herself. All of a sudden the
door opened and shut and the light
went off, Ms Pointer said.
The person who entered put their
hand up the complainant ’s dress and
grabbed her breast.
“At first the complainant thought it
was a friend. She asked who it was,
there was no reply.”
She alleges she was then sexually
happened very quickly.
She said the complainant put her
hand on the person’s face and felt
“S he froze and instantly told the
person to let her go, and she ran out
of the bathroom.”
Ms Pointer said the complainant
was 17 at the time and was very upset.
The complainant went home to her
mother and when other people at the
party found out what went on, they
became angry and told the defendant
Ms Pointer said the police were
called and they spoke with the
defendant the following day.
“ He said he went to the toilet and
the complainant began to perform
oral sex on him and started to go nuts
when it wasn’t who she thought it
Ms Pointer said the court would
hear evidence from 12 witnesses,
including two police officers, friends
of the complainant who were at the
party, the defendant ’s son as well as
an ESR scientist.
The defendant ’s lawyer Val Nisbet
told the jury they needed to keep an
open mind, saying the case was not
as clear cut as the Crown suggested.
“Mr Duncan is not saying he did not
have contact with the complainant.
What he’s saying is he did not touch
her in the way he’s been accused.”
Sexual assault at Hokitika party alleged
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Logs spilled from a logging truck after a collision between the truck and train near Invercargill
The occupants of a logging truck
and train south of Invercargill
had a lucky escape after the two
collided yesterday morning.
Emergency ser vices were
alerted to the incident in Lake
Street about 11.10am, a police
It was unclear how the truck
and train had collided, but all
involved had escaped with only
“One of the (train) crew has a
truck driver got a cut finger. ”
The impact of the collision was
enough to separate the logging
truck from its trailer unit.
A log truck driver at the scene,
who did not want to be named,
said an accident had been likely at
the crossing for some time.
“ Every day you could have as
many as 100 log trucks crossing a
day, plus stock trucks.
“This was likely to happen; all
the (truck) drivers say the same
thing,” he said.
The cause was under
investigation, the police
— Otago Daily Times
Logging truck in rail crossing collision
Zealand political party
leader would rule out
appointing New Zealand
First head Winston Peters
as deputy prime minister
as poll averages showed a
neck-and-neck race for the
September 23 election.
Labour’s Jacinda Ardern
and Prime Minister and
National Party leader Bill
English faced off in a fiery
televised election debate
last night, the same day
tightening poll averages suggested each
would still need NZ First to form a
The leaders traded jabs as Ms Ardern
accused the National Party of ignoring a
housing crisis in its nine years in power,
while Mr English criticised his 37-year-
old opponent of putting ideals over
“ You can’t replace a plan with a vision,”
Mr English told Ms Ardern.
Labour argued the country’s economic
growth rate, among the fastest in the
developed world, on the National Party’s
watch, has masked growing inequality
and strains on infrastructure.
Labour also says people are not seeing
the benefits of growth, with wages still
lagging behind living costs. “ People . . .
feel like they are going backwards. And
that ’s because they are. An economy
should be about people,” Ms Ardern
Both party leaders said they would
not make Mr Peters, who would like
to slash immigration and increase the
Reser ve Bank’s ability to inter vene in
the currency, finance minister in their
Labour’s soaring support since
charismatic Ms Ardern took over as
leader on August 1 may put it in a
position to form a government without
having to rely on the controversial party
if its momentum is sustained.
National, however, looks as if it would
likely still be heavily reliant on NZ First,
whose support is also waning.
Although both major
parties are open to forming
a coalition with the
populist party, Mr Peters
has not said which one he
would throw his lot in with.
Labour’s average level of
support in opinion polls
rose to 39.8%, and the
Greens’ average was 6.2%,
figures released by media
yesterday showed, putting
the two parties, which
share a working agreement,
National’s 41.6% .
A party, or combination of parties,
needs 61 of Parliament ’s 120 members
in order to form a government.
The averages suggest Labour and the
Green Party would garner 57 seats,
compared with National’s 51.
“ If National happens to drop a bit
further, they won’t have any chance of
forming a government because they
don’t have as many coalition options
as Labour,” Bryce Edwards, a political
analyst at Victoria University in
Only weeks ago, outspoken Mr Peters
was expected to be the kingmaker in the
formation of government after the vote.
overpayment of superannuation to Mr
Peters has hurt his support, while voters
have also been drawn to the newly-
invigorated Labour Party.
Although the average of polls shows
NZ First remains decisive in the
formation of the next government,
the situation could change if its loss of
momentum continues, analysts say.
Its average fell to 8%, down from 9.1%
“Certainly NZ First, if they are
somewhere in the 5% to 7% range, there
will be a good chance of them no longer
being a kingmaker after the election,” Dr
Support for the party fell to 6.6% in a
poll released on Sunday, following a drop
to 8% in another poll last week. Both
polls were used to calculate Monday’s
average. — Reuters
Ardern vows to match
National on child poverty
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says if
her party wins power she will match the
pledge given by National’s Bill English
to lift 100,000 children out of poverty
within three years.
Mr English set the target during last
night’s televised leaders’ debate.
He said the government ’s Family
Support Package, which comes into
effect on April 1 next year, would take
50,000 children out of poverty, and
if National won a fourth term there
would be another package with the same
outcome for another 50,000.
Ms Ardern said on Tuesday Labour
could be just as ambitious, and her
party’s alternative Family Support
Package would also lift 50,000 children
out of poverty.
She said a further target would be set
“Are you committing this morning to
lifting 100,000 children out of poverty
by 2020?” RNZ asked her.
“On 50% of the median income, yes,”
Labour uses 50% of median income as
the poverty threshold.
Bill English has committed National to
taking 100,000 children out of poverty
in three years if the Government wins a
fourth term on September 23.
His pledge was made during a feisty
leaders’ debate last night, the second
television confrontation between the
Prime Minister and Labour leader
The Newshub debate hosted by
political editor Patrick Gower was a
quick-fire 90 minutes covering nearly all
policy areas in which there was no time
for in-depth discussion.
Ms Ardern was again trapped by
not being able to say precisely what
tax changes a Labour government
would make, and Mr English was not
convincing on the way National had
Neither leader wanted house prices
to fall, and both would strive to build
The two leaders clashed on tax, with
Mr English throwing out a challenge:
“ Why don’t you just say Labour wants a
capital gains tax?”
He was told he was scaremongering.
“Just like you’ve been doing all
campaign,” Ms Ardern said.
Mr English said he would not retaliate
against Australia over measures that
disadvantaged New Zealanders.
Ms Ardern would: “If they lock us out
of tertiary education, we lock them out
Ms Ardern said the situation was
particularly pertinent because Labour
intends phasing in three years’ free
tertiary education. — NZ N
Video casts doubt on Smith claim
Video has emerged of protesters
touching Environment Minister
Nick Smith’s jacket as they yell at
The minister claimed that
protesters rubbed rat poison in his
face and clothes and shoved him at
a market in Nelson on Saturday.
The Nelson MP said a man and
a woman had attacked him over
a drop of poison bait that was to
happen at the Brook Waimarama
Sanctuary on Saturday.
“The situation became quite
frightening when it escalated from
verbal abuse and throwing rat
poison at myself and volunteers to
physical shoving and rubbing rat
poison over my face and clothes,”
Dr Smith said.
He said the pair left once
police were called but continued
threatening to poison him and his
Video shows a man saying the bait
is being dropped in his backyard,
before wiping his hands on Dr
Smith’s jacket. A woman, holding
a small blue block, can be seen
in the background scribbling the
block on Dr Smith’s table, and in
the door way of his caravan, before
wiping it on his jacket shoulder.
Dr Smith flinches and tells the
pair he will call police, prompting
them to say, “Oh you don’t want it,
but you’re fine to do it in our back
The woman puts the block down
on the table, but continues her
verbal barrage, and Dr Smith tells
a National volunteer to “call 111”.
Dr Smith tells the pair he is
“more than happy to have a civil
conversation”, adding the issue has
already been resolved in court.
The video then shows the man
saying, “ Who runs the courts? You
and your National w—ers. ”
Dr Smith can be heard chuckling
in the background and smiles as the
pair walk off. As they walk away, the
National volunteer tells the man:
“ You always have bad language.
Why can’t you just speak nicely and
He says: “ We’ve tried nice and
polite. (They) bulldozed over us
and then dropped 26 tonnes of rat
poison in our back yard.”
Dr Smith told RNZ yesterday
that he did not recall meeting the
pair before. He said rat bait was
thrown at his caravan. That is not
shown in the full 90-second video,
which was shot by a bystander who
came running after he heard people
A spokeswoman for Dr Smith said
yesterday he had laid a complaint
“Police are following up and
making inquiries. We intend to
give an update when that position
changes,” a spokeswoman said.
The number of net migrants
coming into the country since 2001
has been underestimated by nearly
60,000, Statistics New Zealand says.
The Government ’s
department has confirmed a new
measure to more closely check
patterns of migration has revealed a
problem in the older method.
Last year a measure was brought
in to track actual travel histories,
whereas previous stats were based
on what people said they would do
on their arrival cards.
While the card-based system
showed 300,000 extra people had
moved to New Zealand since 2001,
the real figure was probably about
59,000 — or nearly 20% — higher,
Statistics NZ has confirmed.
Of that figure, 45,000 occurred in
2001 and 2002.
New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters, whose party has promised
to slash immigration, said the
Government had explaining to do.
Michael Woodhouse should have
been asking questions when New
Zealand First kept pointing out the
country is being over whelmed by
migrants,” he said.
“Statistics NZ have been nothing
but amateur sleuths using an
outdated method that relies on
people sticking to plans, and their
Net migration rose to a new
record for the year to July, according
to Statistics New Zealand, reaching
72,400. — NZ N
Immigration statistics underestimated
The fire which destroyed the derelict
New Commercial Hotel in Kaikoura is
being treated as suspicious.
Police confirmed fire investigators
would be examining the scene today.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand
southern shift manager Andrew Norris
said fire engulfed the New Commercial
Hotel on Brighton St just after 11pm.
Firefighters spent more than four hours
fighting the fire as it ripped through the
condemned two-storey building.
Mr Norris said firefighters battled the
blaze from the perimeter after the roof
and first floor collapsed.
The building was red-stickered in
November’s earthquakes and was due to
be demolished. — N Z ME
Greens push timber
The Greens say they would set up a
regional research institute to work on
developing high-value wood products
if the party forms part of the next
“From my office window I can see
unprocessed logs waiting on Wellington’s
whar ves to be exported,” party leader
James Shaw told the Institute of
Forestry’s annual conference in Rotorua
“That ’s a lost opportunity. We should
be turning the timber we grow into
something of higher value before we
export it.” — NZN
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