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Bus hits pedestrian
A person is in a critical condition
after being struck by a bus on a
central Wellington street. The
accident occurred about 2.20pm
yesterday at the intersection of
Manners and Willis Streets.
Manners Street was closed for a time
between Willis and Victoria Streets.
There was no further information.
Fatal smash charges
A man has been charged in
connection with a car accident in
Auckland in which two people died
while fleeing police. The incident
occurred at 1am on October 23 on
St Lukes Road. The car, carrying
five people, crashed into a tree while
overtaking. Police confirmed the
22-year-old driver from Panmure
will appear in the Auckland District
Court next Thursday facing two
charges of reckless driving causing
death and two charges of reckless
driving causing injury. — N Z N
Shellfish ban widens
The entire Manukau Harbour
through to Huia is now off limits
for shellfish gathering after a spike
in toxin levels. Paralytic shellfish
poisoning toxins have risen
significantly in the area, and eating
the shellfish is now considered
dangerous. Cooking does not get rid
of the toxin. — NZ ME
A man arrested after a police search
in Otago has appeared in court
on a number of counts, including
a firearms charge. The 19-year-
old from Mosgiel was found on a
property in Cromwell just before
8am yesterday and police say he
was arrested without incident. He
appeared in the Q ueenstown District
Court on a number of charges
relating to an incident in Dunedin
and on a firearms charge involving
events in Cromwell this week. He is
due in the D unedin District Court
today. — NZ N
Police car stolen
A police officer arresting a person
yesterday turned around to find
their car had been nicked. The police
car was stolen in Spotswood, New
Plymouth, about 4.30pm, a police
spokeswoman said. “ The incident
happened while an officer was in the
process of arresting a person. While
the officer was occupied a different
person has stolen the police car,”
the spokeswoman said. The car was
recovered within 10 minutes thanks
to help from a member of the public.
The person who stole the car has not
been found but police are making
inquiries, she said. — NZ ME
Numbers in Keno draw No 14820: 4,
14, 18, 28, 32, 36, 43, 47, 48, 49, 51, 53,
58, 60, 65, 66, 67, 72, 74, 80. Draw No
14821: 6, 9, 10, 13, 17, 18, 30, 31, 39,
52, 57, 58, 60, 64, 68, 69, 74, 75, 76, 78.
Draw No 14822: 5, 15, 20, 32, 34, 37,
38, 39, 40, 43, 47, 51, 52, 53, 56, 58, 67,
68, 71, 75. Draw No 14823: 1, 2, 10,
15, 18, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, 31, 45, 48, 52,
56, 61, 64, 66, 73, 80.
Conf licting reports over TPP agreement
A coroner has ruled the death
of Heather Bills, who died under
suspicious circumstances in an
Auckland hospital from a massive
insulin overdose, was no accident.
Chief Coroner Judge Deborah
Marshall released her findings
into the 64-year-old’s death today,
following a lengthy inquest in
She found the cause of death was a
“non-accidental overdose of insulin”.
Mrs Bills died at Middlemore
Hospital on January 2, 2013, six
weeks after she was badly burned in
a fire at her Orakei home.
It was later discovered that she
suffered a suspicious and massive
injury. Her death was due to an
overdose of insulin being “introduced
to her body from the outside”.
Police suspected three medical
workers of administering the fatal
dose to Mrs Bills on the night of
December 26-27, 2012.
Mrs Bills was not diabetic and had
not been prescribed insulin at the
time of her death. To date, no one
has been charged in relation to her
Detective senior sergeant Ross
Ellwood, the officer in charge of
the case, said today he could not
comment specifically on the findings.
“ Police will be reviewing the
coroner’s findings and our own
investigation in relation to this
matter,” he said.
“This is expected to take some
time,” he said.”We are not in a
position to say anything further at
However, during the inquest Mr
Ellwood expressed his views on the
case and said Mrs Bills’s death was
the first and only one of its kind in
“ I have my own view as to whether
(Mrs Bills) was injected or not, but
my view is not important, it ’s what I
can prove in court,” he said.
“ I think she was injected. We’re
looking at someone working in a
hospital, potentially causing the
death of a patient, and we can’t have
Judge Marshall ruled that Mrs Bills
had limited mobility, supporting
a view that “the insulin must
have either been handed to her or
administered to her”.
“S he could not get out of bed to
source insulin herself,” she said.
“ It appears from the evidence that
opening a vial and preparing an
injection would have been beyond
her abilities but she may have been
able to inject insulin if it was given
“It is not possible from the
evidence to say whether the insulin
was administered by injection or
Judge Marshall reiterated that it
was not her role “to establish civil,
criminal or disciplinary liability”.
“I am satisfied however that Mrs
Bills was administered an overdose .
. . a nd that the overdose must have
been administered by someone who
had access to insulin and the secure
National Burns Centre.
“The cause of death was a non-
accidental overdose of insulin.”
Mrs Bills had been pulled from
the house fire during the evening
of November 22, 2012, when
neighbours braved the inferno to
rescue her from an upstairs room of
The fire was deliberately lit and
she suffered burns to 35% of her
While in hospital, Mrs Bills
displayed suicidal thoughts and
offered nurses cash to help her die,
the inquest heard.
She was then treated at the burns
centre and intensive care as her
condition improved at Middlemore.
However, Mrs Bills’s health
rapidly deteriorated on the night of
December 26-27, confusing doctors
who were “inattentionally blind” to
the insulin killing her.
Michelle Maher, Mrs Bills’s
daughter, said at the inquest that
her mother had suffered a long and
difficult mental illness, and wanted
answers about her death. — N Z ME
Woman’s death in hospital ‘no accident ’
A review of police pursuits shows
officers are chasing drivers that refuse to
stop about 300 times a month.
The Independent Police Conduct
Authority and New Zealand Police are
jointly carrying out a review of police
pursuits that have taken place in 2017.
“All cases covered by the review are
being analysed to identify common
themes and issues and identify areas of
good practice,” IPCA chairman Judge
Colin Doherty said today.
“A joint working group is meeting
fortnightly to consider the results of that
The review began in July.
Most events being reviewed were those
that resulted in death or serious harm,
the IPCA said.
To bring the numbers into perspective,
however, police say fleeing drivers make
up about 0.1% of vehicle stops each year.
A police statement said the review
would identify areas of good practice for
“Drivers who choose to undertake
high-risk driving behaviour when failing
to stop for police increase the risk to
themselves and the public, including the
risk of serious injury or fatality.
“A review of all pursuits will enable
both organisations (police and IPCA)
to develop a better understanding of
pursuits and the management of events.”
A report on the findings is likely to be
made public in late 2018. — NZ N
drivers a month
Da Nang (Vietnam)
Ministers from the remaining 11
TPP nations have agreed “in principle”
on a new deal, Japanese Economy
Minister Toshimitsu Motegi says.
But Canada’s trade minister seems
to think other wise.
Ministers and negotiators met into
last night to discuss controversial
aspects of the TPP-11 agreement,
including New Zealand’s efforts
to scrap investor-State dispute
After wards, Mr Motegi said they
had agreed “in principle”, including on
“a list of suspensions” — controversial
clauses that would be dropped from
the deal, according to Reuters.
Mexico’s Secretary of Economy
Ildefonso Guajardo also said a deal
had been reached.
of International Trade Francois-
Philippe Champagne sent out a very
“Despite reports, there is no
agreement in principle on TPP,” he
Canada, whose economy is the
second biggest among the TPP-11
after Japan, said on Wednesday it
would not be rushed into a revived
After touching down in Da Nang,
Vietnam just after midnight (NZT)
for the Apec summit, Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern met briefly with
Trade Minister David Parker, who
is representing New Zealand at the
“ It’s fair to say these negotiations
are down to the wire and it’s still not
clear what the outcome will be,” Ms
Discussions around ISDS clauses
had been tough going and continue
to be but New Zealand is persisting,
“ It ’s definitely coming to a head.
There are a number of countries that
do want to see a conclusion. It’s hard
to know whether or not you’d be able
to maintain your ongoing negotiating
position the longer it drags on,” Ms
Leaders hoped to be in a position to
finalise the TPP-11 agreement when
they meet tonight.
If a deal has been reached, it is not
clear yet which clauses ministers have
agreed to scrap.
Ms Ardern also has four bilateral
meetings scheduled with partner
nations, including with Japanese
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Japanese officials had earlier claimed
attempts at late stage changes could
cause the whole deal to collapse.
Ms Ardern will also meet with
leaders of Vietnam, Malaysia and
Singapore before the TPP leaders’
meeting. — N ZN
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ANZ Banking Gr
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Auckland Intl Airpt
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407 +1 329.9
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1322 –4 52.59
710 +3 65.82
Fonterra Share Fund
630 +2 24.69
771 –1 5.34
Goodman Prop Tr
194 –1 36.01
321 +1.5 87.39
137 –2 4.80
Kiwi Property Gr
2493 +13 1.80
337 –3 6.10
283 –1.5 56 .83
Metro Perf Glass
Port of Tauranga
463 +1 4.49
129 +0.5 58 .88
Prop for Industry
920 –1 26.20
795 –2 1.00
Sky Network TV
258 –2 109.1
367 –2 614.0
Stride Prop & Inv
163 –1 29.30
Summerset Gr Hldgs
680 –4 95.32
Trade Me Gr
582 –5 3.08
Vital Hlth Prop Tr
221 –0.5 8 .25
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Trading to 10:30am,
Friday, November 10, 2017
DECLINERS: 30 TRADED: 90
Aluminium High Grade
A mind-boggling asking price
for a Glenorchy property is
believed to be a New Zealand
record for residential real estate.
The address, at the exclusive
Wyuna Preser ve rural-residential
subdivision, is listed at
The property comprises a large
mountain lodge-style holiday
home, along with the section it
is on and a neighbouring parcel
which together total more than
Forty minutes’ drive from
Queenstown, it overlooks
Lake Wakatipu and also has
outstanding mountain views.
It was put on the market last
week by Arrowtown-based
Luxury Real Estate New Zealand.
The firm’s co-director, Terry
Spice, is understood to have
brokered the sale of a Closeburn
Station home to billionaire
Graeme Hart, early this year, for
a Q ueenstown-record price of
Mr Spice would not reveal his
Wyuna Preser ve clients or say
where they are from, beyond
confirming they live overseas.
He said they were selling “due
to lack of use”.
“They’re building a large home
in their country of residence and
they just won’t be coming over as
“They still have an affinity with
Queenstown and will retain
Mr Spice said there was no
suggestion they were trying to
beat the Government ’s imminent
ban on foreigners buying New
“It’s coincidence that that
has come about. I’ve been in
discussions with the owners for
The property is believed to be
a New Zealand record “listing”,
although Mark Hotchin’s
Auckland home sold for $39m in
Internet mogul Kim Dotcom
also sold his mansion near
Auckland last year for $32.5m.
Completed in 2013, the
Glenorchy property is an
1100 square metre, two-level
house built over 22 months by
Queenstown-based Triple Star
Management and designed by
Dunedin’s Mason and Wales
The upper level comprises
four luxury suites with walk-in
wardrobes and en suites, a home
office and generous living and
The lower level, below ground,
includes a five-bay garage, bar and
games room, home theatre, wine
cellar and sauna and massage
room, with natural light filtering
from a suspended stair lantern.
Adding value is the use of
materials such as schist stone
excavated from the site, solid oak
and cedar internal wall linings
and hardwood timber posts and
“ It ’s some of the highest square-
metre price per build I’ve seen,”
Mr Spice said.
A significant amount of
costly technology has also been
employed, while the house is
equipped to remain off-grid if
Wyuna Preser ve is one of three
gated enclaves — the others are
Closeburn Station and The Peak,
on the top of Queenstown Hill —
commanding ever-higher prices.
They offer privacy, outstanding
views and also, in the case
of the first two, recreational
opportunities in the surrounding
Wyuna Preser ve owners also
own a share of a communal
Mr Spice, whose firm yesterday
listed a Closeburn Station
property for $12.5m, said
Queenstown also appealed as a
safe haven in an ever-changing
world. — Otago Daily Times
Winning Lotto still below asking price
The Wyuna Preserve property was put on the market last week.
told to quit
The Opportunities Party
leader Gareth Morgan has
told one of his top election
because she is “a pain in the
Jenny Condie, who was
Top’s tax spokeswoman,
posted the offensive e-mail
herself and said it was in
response to her asking
questions about the party’s
future direction following
its failure to get any MPs
Top got just 2.4% of the
Ms Condie e-mailed Mr Morgan
about her concerns and received a reply
that said: “Hi Jenny — please just resign
from the party — you’re a pain in the
a—. Ka kite ano, Gareth.”
Ms Condie said she and a number of
other volunteers had been concerned
about Mr Morgan’s behaviour and did
not like his reaction when
the Prime Minister’s cat
Paddles was run over.
He caused a stir after
asking why it had been
allowed to wander outside.
Mr Morgan asked on
Twitter if a free-roaming
cat reflected the value Ms
Ardern put on wildlife.
Soon after that Mr
Morgan cancelled Ms
Numerous other posts
denounced Mr Morgan for
sending the e-mail, but it is
not clear whether they were from party
She said one other former candidate
had resigned because of the e-mail and
two others who supported her had also
been strongly encouraged by the party
founder to leave.
Gareth Morgan did not respond to
questions from RNZ. — NZ N
‘You’re a pain in the a—’ says Morgan
It takes more than hops, malt, water
and yeast to run a successful beer
From small beginnings at the far end
of Forsyth Barr Stadium to selling all
6200 tickets two months in advance, the
Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival
has gone from strength the strength
since the inaugural event in 2013.
Tomorrow, more than 85 stallholders
will offer more than 400 different
varieties of beer, cider wine and spirits,
as well as a large array of food.
Dave Dobbyn will headline the
entertainment line-up which includes
alternative pop-punk bad Goodshirt.
Event manager Jason Schroeder
put the festival’s success down to a
combination of a roofed stadium and
a well refined atmosphere, as well as
“I think the point of difference
between us and other beer festivals
around the country is the atmosphere.”
“ We’re lucky we can have it in an
all-weather stadium with a roof, which
obviously helps, but I also think it’s
the balance of showcasing the really
diverse range of beers but in a really
Everything from the entertainment
to food choices and the furniture used
were all specifically chosen to cater to
the wide range people who attended
the event, Mr Schroeder said.
Preparations were well under way,
with 62 volunteers collecting and
distributing all of the furniture and
signs for the festival and receiving all
of the kegs shipped by the more than
80 breweries, he said.
“O ur team have spent the last six
months planning and preparing for
the festival and we just can’t wait to
share what we know is going to be an
unforgettable day with the city.”
— Otago Daily Times
Craft brew, top food and a good crew
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Celebrating the sold-out Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival ahead
of the event on Saturday are New New New brewery owner Ian McKinlay,
left, festival event manger Jason Schroeder and festival marketing manag er
Katrina McLennan at the New New New brewery.
Fuel company Z Energy has joined the
likes of Countdown and New World in
vowing to get rid of plastic bans.
The company announced the decision
this weeks and says the ban will remove
2.5 million single-use plastic bags it
gives out each year.
“ We may be a fuel company, but we’re
determined to be at the heart of the
sustainability solution,” Z ’s sustainability
manager Gerri Ward said.
“ Doing something simple like no
longer having plastic bags available
seems like another small but meaningful
step towards a better future.”
He said New Zealand’s waste volume
per capita was the second highest in the
world and more than double the average.
Both Countdown and New World
have this year agreed to go plastic-bag-
free by the end of 2018. — NZN
Fuel company joining
plastic bag ban
The driver of a truck and trailer unit
that plunged 10m down a gorge has
walked away uninjured.
The crash took place early today on
State highway 2 between Paeroa and
Firefighters responded to the incident
at 5am and helped the truck driver up
the steep bank, Fire and Emergency
northern shift communications manager
Jaron Philips said.
Police said they were making inquiries.
Rapist, murderer denied parole
Rapist and murderer Hayden
Taylor has been refused parole
Taylor has been in prison for
more than 20 years, ser ving dual
sentences of life imprisonment
and preventive detention after
murdering pregnant teenager
Nicola Rankin in September 1996.
When he killed Rankin, 18, he
was on bail for raping former street
worker Amanda Watt.
Taylor appeared before the Parole
Board on Tuesday.
“The New Zealand Parole Board
has reser ved its decision following
a hearing yesterday for Hayden
Taylor,’’ a spokesman said yesterday.
“A full written outcome will be
available in the next two-three
weeks, once Mr Taylor and his
registered victims have received a
However it has been learned
Taylor was refused parole.
The outcome of the hearing was
posted on Facebook by a registered
He will not be able to appear
before the board again until 2019.
In 2010 it was revealed that Taylor
allegedly raped and abducted a
14-year-old girl in a previously
unreported case before going on to
The allegations against Taylor,
then 34, only came to light at a
Parole Board hearing.
The alleged attack took place four
months before Taylor sadistically
But police at the time said they
were powerless to prosecute Taylor
because the woman did not want to
Taylor forced 18-year-old Rankin
to walk into the remote Riverhead
Forest, 35km north-west of
Auckland, and bludgeoned her to
death with a spade.
Her body was found in a shallow
grave with her hands bound behind
her back and her under wear had
Taylor had just been released on
bail for a strikingly similar attack
on Watt months earlier.
At his parole hearing in September
2016 the board said Taylor refused
to acknowledge the sexual elements
of his offending.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A 21-year-old babysitter is now
awaiting her fate, with the jury in
her murder trial retiring to begin
Shayal Upashna Sami is standing trial
at the High Court at Christchurch over
the death of toddler Aaliyah Ashlyn
Chand, who received fatal head injuries
on January 6, 2015.
Sami, 18 at the time, was babysitting
Aaliyah when the child suffered two
skull fractures and bruising to her face.
Sami’s defence said she had put Aaliyah
down on the couch to sleep, and was in
the kitchen cooking dinner when the
toddler woke up and fell to the ground.
However, the Crown argued a fall
from the couch would not have caused
Aaliyah’s fatal injuries, and that Sami
had hurt the toddler in a moment of
The trial began on October 30. — NZ N
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