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Sea lion shot dead
A male sea lion found dead on
an Otago beach had been shot, a
necropsy has confirmed. Department
of Conser vation ranger Ros Cole said
the animal, which was reported dead
on Tautuku Beach on September 10,
had appeared to be otherwise healthy
and in good condition. Injuring or
killing sea lions can result in a jail
term of up to five years. — NZN
Thieves take tequila
The robbery of a Christchurch
store has seen alleged thieves take
off with tequila. Police were called
to Marshland Road at 1.10am
yesterday. It is believed thieves
gained entry after ramming the front
of the store with a car, and fled the
scene with the vehicle, heading north
on Marshland Road. — NZ N
Till taken in hold-up
A superette in the Auckland suburb
of Mount Roskill was held up about
8.30pm on Monday. Four armed
people entered the Crown Superette
on Melrose Road and took the till,
cigarettes, lighters and chocolate.
They are believed to have fled in a
waiting vehicle. — NZ N
Drug case remands
A Napier man has appeared in
court charged with importing
methamphetamine and MDMA,
known as Ecstasy, in Auckland. David
Wayne Wratt, 45, appeared in the
Hastings District Court yesterday on
four counts of importing meth and five
of importing MDMA in Auckland,
and one of possessing meth in Napier.
He was arrested on Monday along
with Reece Joseph Puha, 31, who was
jointly charged with the single count
of possessing meth in Napier. Wratt
was remanded in custody without plea
and Puha was remanded on bail to the
Napier District Court on October 11.
— NZM E -Hawke’s Bay Today
$30m prize not claimed
Someone has a Lotto Powerball
ticket worth $30 million but has
not yet come for ward. The prize was
won on Saturday by a ticket sold at
Richmond Superette in Taupo. Store
manager Jessica Lin said yesterday
nobody had claimed the prize.
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
Two men missing
Canterbury police are seeking
sightings of two men who have not
been seen for nearly a week. Dean
Woolley, 23, and Kane Hazelton,
27, were last seen at an address in
Woolston on September 13. Police
have concerns for the well-being
of the duo, who are thought to be
travelling together. They have links
across the South Island. — NZ N
Numbers in Keno draw No 14616: 6,
10, 13, 17, 22, 28, 37, 40, 53, 56, 60, 61,
64, 65, 68, 69, 72, 73, 74, 76. Draw No
14617: 1, 6, 11, 14, 16, 24, 38, 41, 49,
51, 54, 55, 62, 67, 68, 69, 71, 72, 76, 80.
Draw No 14618: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16,
23, 26, 27, 37, 45, 47, 58, 59, 62, 64, 66,
69, 76. Draw No 14619: 6, 9, 10, 12,
24, 26, 28, 44, 47, 48, 49, 55, 56, 57, 61,
66, 68, 69, 75, 76.
Turnout crucial for main parties
Forget the opinion polls, a group of
Auckland penguins have predicted who
will win New Zealand’s general election.
It will be a tight contest, according to
the Gentoo penguins at Kelly Tarlton’s
Sea Life Aquarium.
The birds were put to the task of
forecasting whether National or Labour
will be in power after Saturday.
They were given the choice between
blue National pebbles and red Labour
pebbles to place in their nest.
Labour started strongly as the red
pebbles proved the early favourite.
But National came back and got there
in the end — by a solitary pebble —
suggesting Bill English will edge past
Jacinda Ardern and lead his party into a
fourth term of government. — NZ N
Two men charged with the murder and
robbery of Maramarua publican Chris
Bush 30 years ago have appeared in the
The 57 and 58-year-olds are due to face
trial in August next year and have already
pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Justice Graham Lang in the High
Court at Auckland today remanded the
pair in custody.
Mr Bush was shot dead just before
midnight on Saturday, October 24, 1987,
at the Red Fox Tavern in Maramarua.
Having closed up the tavern, Mr Bush
was having a drink with three staff
members when two heavily-disguised
people burst in yelling, “ This is a hold-
up” before shooting the publican, police
said in a statement in August.
Both accused men have name
suppression, which will be reviewed at a
hearing in October. — NZ N
National 41.9%, Labour 41.6% . That
is RNZ’s latest poll of polls, and it
shows how vital voter turnout is going
to be on Saturday.
Complacency would be fatal for
National, as would a poor showing by
young voters for Labour.
National has the edge because older
voters have always turned out in
greater numbers than the young ones.
The party has suffered from
complacency in the past, something it
cannot afford this time.
In 2014 the Kim Dotcom fiasco
energised National’s supporters.
Dotcom’s attacks on the government
and his “moment of truth” threats
— which turned out to be nothing —
motivated National’s voters and got
them to the ballot boxes.
After the election, the party figured
Dotcom had been worth between 1%
Compared with that, the campaign
that is now in its final days has been
The farmer protests against Labour’s
proposed water tax is the closest thing
to voter anger that has been seen, and
the publicity around it could help
The rural vote mostly goes to
National anyway but the folks in
the provinces are likely to be more
determined to make their views
count than they would otherwise
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern
has not done herself any favours by
putting out a water policy that lacks
detail, and National is doing its best
to inflame uncertainty.
“Only four days out from the
election and Labour’s leader still has
no idea how much her planned water
tax would cost,” finance spokesman
Steven Joyce said yesterday.
It is not correct that she has “no
idea” because she has said it could be
1c or 2c per 1000 litres but that, as has
been pointed out, is a 100% variance.
Labour says it needs time in
government to nail down issues such
as the water tax, which National does
“These people want to be running
the country next week, it’s simply not
good enough,” Mr Joyce said.
Lack of policy detail has plagued
Ms Ardern throughout the campaign,
but it has not affected her remarkable
ability to get people on her side —
particularly the younger ones.
She has been party leader for just a
few weeks and she has transformed
Labour’s political future from hopeless
to neck-and-neck with National.
She appears to have achieved it
largely by managing to generate
political interest among younger
Evidence of a potential “youthquake”
was in the latest 1 News Colmar
Brunton poll, in which 67% of 18
to 34-year-old respondents said they
National does better than Labour
when the age range gets up into the
50-plus, and much better when it
Because they have been around
a long time, nearly all of the older
voters are registered.
That is not the case with the younger
ones, and up to a couple of days ago
less than 70% of the eligible 18 to
24-year-olds had enrolled.
When it comes to the crunch, older
voters historically make an effort to
get out and vote.
Labour’s chances of changing the
government depend on the younger
ones doing the same. — NZ N
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A man killed after a car plunged
into water near Auckland’s
Harbour Bridge has been
identified, police say.
Witnesses saw the car crash into
the Waitemata Harbour near the
Curran Street on-ramp to the
bridge late last evening.
Police today said the sole
occupant of the vehicle, a man,
had since been identified and his
His death has been referred to
Emergency ser vices had arrived
at the scene in minutes, with fire
crews stripping off and jumping
in the water to get to the car.
Despite their efforts, the man
could not be saved.
The car and the body were
pulled from the water at about
10.30pm. — NZ N
Man killed in harbour plunge identified
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
The car was pulled from the water about 10.30pm.
Car hits five students
The car that ploughed into pedestrians
in Auckland’s North Shore hit five high
school students, police have confirmed.
Emergency ser vices rushed to the crash
outside Westlake Girls’ High School on
Wairau Road about 8.30am today.
Those hit were from Westlake Girls’
and Westlake Boys’ schools with one
girl critically hurt and another seriously
injured, police say.
Four of the injured students were taken
to Auckland City Hospital, while the
fifth was treated at the scene.
Police said they were talking to the
driver, who had remained at the scene
following the crash.
Photographs from the site show a blue
Nissan having struck a metal fence at
the school and NZME reports witnesses
earlier seeing a girl lying hurt on the
road and the sound of wailing.
A section of the major road at the
intersection of Forrest Hill Road was
closed and cordons remained in place
this afternoon, police said. — N ZN
Airlines in Auckland will continue
operating with limited fuel supplies as
rationing is expected to continue through
until next week.
The companies have been operating with
only 30% of their normal supplies since a
pipeline carrying jet fuel to the airport from a
refinery in Marsden Point in Northland was
damaged last Thursday.
This rationing was proving effective and
the fuel industry did not as yet foresee a
need to further tighten supplies, a Mobil Oil
spokesman said on behalf of the industry.
“The decision has been made to retain that
30% allocation until next Thursday,” he said.
However, he said the industry would
monitor and adjust supplies as needed.
It comes as rationed supplies continue to
disrupt airline ser vices, but are yet to have
a major impact on Auckland’s supply of car
Having cancelled 30 domestic and trans-
Tasman flights since Sunday, Air New
Zealand said 3000 more travellers would
be affected by cancellations today and 6000
more by schedule changes.
These include five Australian ser vices, two
Fiji ser vices and a return ser vice to Vietnam.
Jetstar has also cancelled a handful of
The damage to the pipeline from the
Marsden Point refinery is believed to have
been caused by a digger.
The line has been shut down temporarily,
with Refining NZ saying repairs are on track
and deliveries expected to resume to its Wiri
storage depot between Sunday and Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Auckland Council says it is
looking at taking steps to give tankers easier
routes through traffic with controlled traffic
lights and bus lanes if needed.
Mayor Phil Goff says he has been given
assurances the city will not run out of car
fuel with Mobil Oil NZ manager Andrew
McNaught, speaking for the fuel industry,
saying supplies are healthy.
He said there was no shortage of petrol
or diesel in and around the city, despite
some stations yesterday reporting being out
of premium fuel as they prioritised 91 and
Energy and Resources Minister Judith
Collins told TV3’s The AM Show she expects
the government to review the incident once
the pipeline is repaired.
She also accepted successive governments
had been warned in 2005 and 2012 reports
that there could be major consequences if the
pipeline was damaged.
While Auckland Airport acted following
the 2012 report to double the amount of jet
fuel it stored, Ms Collins wants more to be
“Clearly with our economy growing so well
and tourism growing we need more storage,”
Meanwhile, the refinery is continuing
to produce fuel and two dedicated coastal
shipping vessels are continuing to load at the
refinery for distribution around the country’s
ports. — NZN
Airlines face fuel rationing until next week
Visitors at a popular Whangarei
tourist attraction were treated to free
entertainment by French daredevils
walking and slipping off a tightrope
70m above ground.
Three friends from France are
prepping for three-month’s filming
of highlining to start in December
at locations throughout the country,
including Whangarei Falls.
Led by mechanical engineer Louis
Schwartz, the group arrived at
Whangarei Falls on Sunday and left
yesterday to scour suitable locations.
The three took turns walking across
a rope 85m long and about 70m high,
much to the delight of visitors at the
Mr Schwartz, who took up
highlining and slacklining six years
ago, said he had been thinking for
two years about doing a project in a
“I wanted to go to an English-
speaking country where there are a lot
of wild and adventurous places like
lakes, waterfalls, c liffs, volcanoes and
beaches,” he said.
They arrived in Auckland 10 days
ago and began inquiring with locals
about places where they could do
Mr Schwartz said the group wanted
to promote highlining in New
Zealand because it was not well-
“It ’s very famous in Europe and
in the United States but few people
know about it here and that ’s why
we are doing it to show people how
it ’s done and also want them to try
His colleague Julien Schilling spoke
highly about Whangarei Falls. “ The
waterfall is a perfect panoramic view
in a beautiful place to do something
like this. People have been asking a lot
of questions and some even want to
The group is sponsored by Slack
Maree Emett, who was visiting
Whangarei Falls from Sydney
yesterday, said it was the first time she
had seen highlining at the spot.
“(I was) wondering where his pole is
because normally they have a big pole
to balance themselves,” she said.
Slacklining is the act of walking or
balancing along a suspended length of
flat webbing that is tensioned between
Highlining is slacklining at elevation
above the ground or water.
— N ZM E-Northern Advocate
French friends walk the wire at falls
PICTURE: Northern Advocate
Frenchman Julien Schilling on a tight rope at Whangarei Falls.
Search teams, volunteers and dogs are
continuing the search for a D unedin
man missing since leaving work nearly a
Police say Stephen Lowe left from
Portsmouth Drive on Friday morning
and has not been heard or seen from
Yesterday, his black BMW was found
at the Catlins Conser vation Park by
a member of the public and his family
now have serious concerns for his safety,
senior sergeant Cynthia Fairley said.
Land search and rescue teams with
dogs were out looking for Mr Lowe in
the area until sundown yesterday and
were searching again today, she said.
Police are appealing for witnesses and
say they would like to hear from anyone
who was travelling through or hunting
in the Owaka or Tautuku areas over the
weekend. — NZN
Search for man
Home can be key
in obesity fight
Hamilton Zoo has welcomed two whio
ducklings, the first to hatch at the zoo in
The eggs were laid in the zoo’s free
flight aviary and hatched in incubators
in August, and are believed to be a male
and a female.
“ We are rapt our new breeding pair has
got the recipe for success right, whereas
previous pairs have not,” team leader
of native and exotic fauna Cheridan
Conditions for whio to thrive are
hard to replicate as the species relies on
high-quality, stable rivers and stream
catchments, and prefer to nest in ground
level rock crevices near steep stream banks.
“Although this hatching says great
things about the environment we’ve
created at Hamilton Zoo, sadly these
conditions are not as easy to find in the
wild as they used to be,” Ms Mathers
said. — NZN
hatch at zoo
Establishing family rules
and routines around food and
limiting screen time can be
effective in fighting adolescent
obesity, an Otago University
study has found.
The approaches were shown
to be working for participants
considered at high-risk of the
condition — those living in
low socio-economic, Pacific
Researchers concluded that
positive messages empowering
families worked better than those
that stigmatised people with the
Lead researcher Dr Tasileta
Teevale says paediatric obesity
is a health priority for New
Zealand, which has one of the
world’s highest rates.
The study, published in the
Australian and New Zealand
Journal of Public Health,
looked at what families were
doing well to keep themselves
and assessed 68 parents and
adolescents from 30 families.
They looked at how two
households — one with an obese
adolescent, the other with a
healthy-weight one — differed
in food and physical activity
practices at home.
They found that parents
with healthy-weight children
regularly ate breakfast and
lunch, rather than skipping
those meals, and their children
matched their habits; had strict
household food rules, such as
no fizzy drinks; and limited
children’s screen time, such as
watching television and playing
Dr Teevale said these “resiliency
factors” could be applied to
obesity prevention and treatment
that solutions lay within the
They might be particularly
effective for Pacific people and
other ethnic minority groups,
who valued role modelling
from families with similar
circumstances and backgrounds.
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern’s
grandmother has died.
She died in hospital yesterday morning,
just two days after Ms Ardern visited her
grandparents while on the campaign trail
The funeral is expected to be held in Te
Aroha on Friday morning.
Ms Ardern’s grandfather has also
suffered health problems in recent weeks,
spending time in Waikato Hospital.
Christchurch police are
warning of delays after a woman
was struck by a car in the city.
Police say she was taken to
hospital in a serious condition
following the crash at the
intersection of Moorhouse
Avenue and Madras Street about
The road was closed for a time
while police spoke to the driver
and witnesses. The road has since
reopened. — N Z N
Woman hit by car
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