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Collision claims life
One person has died and another
is critically injured after two cars
crashed at Whitford in Auckland.
The accident happened on Whitford
Road at Shamrock Park at 5.40pm
yesterday, police said. Another person
was seriously injured. Whitford
Road was closed between Point
View Drive and Whitford Park
Road for several hours. — NZ N
Woman dies on flight
A female passenger has died after
a medical event on a Jetstar flight
from Rarotonga to Auckland. There
was a medical incident on board
flight JQ130 yesterday, an airline
spokesman said. “Our flight crew
called in medical ser vices and the
police who met our aircraft on
arrival in Auckland,” he said. Police
said they attended a sudden death
at Auckland Airport yesterday
morning, where a woman had
suffered a medical event. — N Z N
Tauranga city councillor Gail
McIntosh has died. Ms McIntosh
passed away on Thursday night,
the council said in a statement.
“As a member of parliament and
then councillor, Cr McIntosh has
dedicated her life to public ser vice
both on a national and local level,”
the council said. “O ur thoughts
are with her family and friends.”
Ms McIntosh represented the
Christchurch electorate of Lyttelton
in Parliament from 1990 to 1993
for the National Party. She had
taken leave as a councillor for cancer
treatment in 2015. — NZ N
Tourist found safe
A 23-year-old British tourist
who was missing in Northland has
been found. Police had appealed for
sightings of Samuel Angove, who
was last seen at the backpackers on
Hone Heke Road, Kerikeri. They
later reported he had been found
safe. — NZN
Dead rider named
Police have released the name
of a 43-year-old man who died in
a collision in Masterton on New
Year’s Day. Isaac James Epps,
from Tinui, lost his life after his
motorcycle crashed with a utility
vehicle on McKinstry Avenue, at
the intersection with Masterton
Castlepoint Road. Mr Epps died
at the scene, while another person
was taken to hospital with moderate
injuries. — NZN
Smash victim named
Police have named the young man
killed in a crash between a utility
vehicle and car on the Appleby
Highway in Tasman District on New
Year’s Eve. He was Matthew Peter
Dow, 23, from Canterbury. Fairfax
has reported it was a horrendous
crash scene with debris, including
children’s gear, covering 100m. Five
people, including two children,
were treated for minor to moderate
injuries. — NZN
Police name dead man
A 31-year-old man who died
after being hit by a car following
a crash in Christchurch has been
named as Jeremy Michael Gardiner.
Mr Gardiner died after being hit
by a vehicle on Leeston Road,
Springston, only moments after
sur viving a car crash into a roadside
ditch about 11.30pm on Wednesday.
Mr Gardiner, from Christchurch,
and another person sur vived the
initial crash and were able to get out
of the car, but he was then struck by
a vehicle travelling along the same
road. He died at the scene. — NZ N
Dead snorkeller named
The man who died while
snorkelling at Wakapatu Beach,in
Southland, on December 30 was
Richard Hepi Tautari, 68, of
Invercargill. — NZ N
Numbers in Keno draw No 15048:
61, 62, 67, 69, 72, 73, 75, 80. Draw No
15049: 4, 7, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 20, 21,
31, 32, 33, 39, 40, 44, 61, 67, 68, 76, 80.
Draw No 15050: 1, 7, 11, 15, 18, 20,
24, 33, 36, 44, 45, 46, 53, 54, 58, 60, 63,
67, 73, 79. Draw No 15051: 2, 3, 6, 10,
11, 18, 23, 28, 29, 30, 36, 38, 44, 47, 54,
55, 59, 62, 63, 79.
Storm still packs punch
A young Auckland couple
has escaped unscathed after the
utility vehicle they were in was
hit by lightning during the severe
storm that swept the country.
Just minutes after Emily
Pouwhare’s parents told her and
her husband Stefan to drive
carefully through the gales
and rain as they left the Orewa
property to return to their home
about 9pm on Thursday, their
white Mitsubishi Terrano was
struck while travelling along
their street, Vipond Road in
“It seemed like someone had
shot a firework less than a metre
away. It was the loudest bang,”
Ms Pouwhare said of the “freaky”
moment the lightning struck
a metal post at the back of the
vehicle’s tray, before bouncing off.
“ We both actually got tingles
— when you get an electric shock
from a trampoline or a car door,
kind of like that.”
The 26-year-old said the
lightning “came out of nowhere”.
“It was so bizarre. It happened
so fast, our adrenalin was just
pumping. ” The vehicle was not
damaged by the lightning strike,
Immediately after arriving
home Ms Pouwhare called her
parents to tell them what had
Yesterday, she was feeling
“pretty lucky” that she and Stefan,
29, were okay. “I should go and
buy a Lotto ticket,” she said.
She went to nearby Stanmore
Bay beach to sur vey the damage
during a break in the rain
yesterday afternoon and said
at least 2m of the bank had
Ms Pouwhare said a local
resident posted on the community
Facebook page last night that a
transformer had blown up close
to where the vehicle was hit by
The lightning strike was one of
many weather-related incidents
in the North Auckland area in
the past 24 hours.
About 4.30pm yesterday, a
major slip in Birkenhead on the
North Shore worsened after a
footpath gave way.
The original slip, in October
last year, left a 50m wide crevasse
near Rawene Road Reser ve and
took out a car park.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Couple survive lightning
strike on vehicle
Forecasters are warning there could
still be coastal flooding from the summer
storm which claimed the life of a Rotorua
woman when a tree fell on her car.
The storm hit the North Island yesterday,
bringing down trees and power lines,
combining with big tides to flood low-lying
Fire and Emergency New Zealand said
there were no life-threatening or unsafe
situations reported to it last night, apart
from trees and power lines being brought
State highway 25 north of Thames on the
Coromandel Peninsula remained closed by
slips this morning.
There were still a number of areas around
Auckland, Tauranga and the Coromandel,
along with spots in Taranaki, Whanganui
and Marton without power, according to
local lines companies.
The Metser vice says the storm should
move off the country slowly today.
It was still expected to bring its heaviest
rain to around Tongariro National Park and
the Kaikoura coast and ranges.
“Severe gales are expected for the lower
North Island and Marlborough through to
this afternoon,” the forecaster said.
The combination of strong winds and high
tides may cause inundation in western and
southern areas, especially along Wellington’s
south coast and harbour, it warned.
On Friday the storm caused damage
and disruption in Auckland, the Firth of
Thames, the Coromandel Peninsula and
other parts of the North Island.
A woman died when a tree fell on her car in
Rotorua, a man was rescued from Manukau
Harbour and there were numerous road
accidents in the poor conditions.
There was no play in the ASB Classic
tennis in Auckland and the Bryan Adams
concert at Mt Maunganui was postponed
Adams praised fans who turned out in wet
conditions to his concert in New Plymouth
on a wet Thursday night.
“ It rained the entire time and they were
there until the end. Magic!” he said in an
In Auckland, the Half Moon Bay ferry
terminal was closed due to storm damage
and a man was rescued from Manukau
Harbour after falling from a dinghy.
Waves pounded coastal areas in many
parts of Auckland, especially in the east,
disrupting traffic and power was out in
The Foreshore Restaurant at Maraetai was
inundated with water.
Further round the coast, at least 500
people have been affected by flood waters
at Kaiaua, the coast town in the Firth of
Further round again, the New Zealand
Red Cross tweeted its disaster welfare and
support teams have been activated and will
be deployed to Thames on the Coromandel
About 60 people were at Te Puru
Community Hall, where those forced from
flooded homes and stranded motorists had
In Wellington heavy rain yesterday
afternoon flooded low-lying areas in the
More than 40mm of rain had fallen on
Auckland since Thursday morning, which
is more than the city received in November
and December combined, forecaster Niwa
Ferry ser vices to Waiheke Island have
resumed in the afternoon after being
cancelled for most of the morning.
More than 200mm has fallen on parts
of the Gisborne region, 130mm on
Coromandel Peninsula, 111mm in Rotorua,
84mm in Kerikeri and 36mm in Blenheim,
the Metser vice said.
The Pauanui water treatment plant was
closed and residents and visitors are being
asked to conser ve water.
In the South Island, minor surface flooding
hit Christchurch, while surface flooding and
minor rockfalls led to the closure of State
highway 1 near Kaikoura, less than a month
after the newly rebuilt coastal highway
reopened. — N Z N
Ph 768 0250
Lowe (Ross). —
Christine, Hayley and
Phil, Kimberley and
families, would like to
express their heartfelt
'thank you' to everyone
for the kind expressions
of love, prayer support,
cards, flowers, food,
phone calls, and all who
travelled. To Christ-
church Public Hospital,
Ward 28 and ICU for
your care, kindness, and
support, also to the
doctors for their ongoing
support that was given
to Ross. A special thank
you to Marge and Robin
and the music team for
the wonderful service
that you organised for
Ross. A big thank you
to the ladies of Holy
Trinity for the afternoon
tea they prepared for
after Ross' funeral.
Special thank you to
David Neame and his
colleagues at Westland
Funeral Services Ltd
for your compassion,
kindness, and thought-
fulness. Please accept
this as our personal
acknowledgment of our
heartfelt thanks to
Stock killed apparently for ‘target practice’
Five farmers are livid after nine
sheep, two cattle beasts, a cow and a
bull were shot on their properties for
what appears to be nothing more than
Taieri farmer James Adam said he
went to check his stock in Otokia-
Kuri Bush Road yesterday morning
and found two of his beef cows dead,
shot near their eyes.
Another farmer’s cow was shot and
killed on a nearby property in Akatore
Road, south of Taieri Mouth.
The night before, a third farmer
found five of his sheep shot dead
nearby on Takitakitoa Road.
A fourth farmer on the same road
found one of his sheep shot and
wounded on Thursday morning, and
yesterday reported another three were
shot and killed on the same property.
A fifth farmer reported a bull had
been shot and killed on Thursday
night at a Rongahere Road property in
Mr Adam said the carcases were left
to rot in the paddocks where they were
“No meat was gathered from them.
“ You could almost understand if they
had taken them for meat if they were
hungry, but they ’ve just left them.”
He believed the culprits might be
“ boys in a four-wheel-drive”.
“There’s a lot of people go shooting
around those back roads at night.
“They probably didn’t see any
possums or rabbits to shoot, so they
decided to have a go at my livestock.
“These cows, they’ve been sitting
down sleeping, so they ’ve been easy
Mr Adam was angry at the actions
of the shooter or shooters, saying they
“This is my livelihood they ’re playing
with and now I’ve got two calves
running around without their mums,”
“ Just pull your head in. If you’re
hungry, take a bit of meat off them.
Don’t leave them to waste. ”
He said their actions were also
“It’s a public road and I might be out
there in the paddock and a stray bullet
. . . it’s dangerous.”
Senior sergeant Jared Kirk,
of D unedin, said police were
investigating the shootings.
“ Police are taking these incidents,
which we believe are linked, very
seriously and are making a number of
inquiries to locate who is responsible.
“This is distressing for the people
involved and members of the public
in these communities, so we want to
assure people these animal deaths are
being investigated thoroughly.”
Mr Kirk said it was possible there
were other incidents of stock being
killed over the past few days which
had not yet been reported to police.
“ We are keen to hear from anyone
else in Otago who may have been
affected, and anyone who may have
information which could assist us with
“Someone out there will know who is
responsible and we encourage them to
come for ward.” — Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Taieri farmer James Adam with two of the cattle beasts shot on his Otokia-
Kuri Bush Road property on Thursday night.
Record drugs seizures
methamphetamine and cocaine
imported into New Zealand kept
the Customs Ser vice busy in 2016
In mid-2016, 176kg of
methamphetamine concealed in
the doors of shipping containers
was uncovered after a 16-month
investigation, while late last year
Customs was an integral part
in 46kg of cocaine — worth an
estimated $20 million- - being
seized in Tauranga.
According to Customs’ 2016-17
report, drugs worth $329m were
intercepted at the New Zealand
border in those two years, which
could have potentially caused $1.15
billion in social and economic costs
to the country.
methamphetamine was seized
up from the 294kg taken by
Customs in 2015-16 — along with
725kg of drugs or chemicals used to
make the methamphetamine.
The countries methamphetamine
is originating from is changing, too.
“ In 2016-17 we have seen a
change from China, Hong Kong,
and Taiwan as the predominant
source countries due to a rise in
North American smuggling routes
(Canada, the United States, and
Mexico),” the report says.
Criminal syndicates bringing in
ecstasy is also on the rise, along
with smaller amounts coming in
through the mail stream after being
bought over the dark web.
“This resulted in us intercepting
32.3kg in crystal form and over
5000 tablets in 2016-17, compared
to 6.6kg and nearly 6000 tablets in
The report also says 44,520
individual counterfeit goods items
In terms of travellers, 13.3 million
people were processed arriving and
departing our shores, a record for
Customs and more than 9% more
than in 2015-16.
About 5.8 million of those used
the Smart Gate system, installed in
A record $13.3b in revenue was
collected by Customs in 2016-17,
in duty and taxes, making up about
18% of the Crown’s annual tax
revenue. — NZN
The storm that hit much of
the North Island delivered a
mighty blow, dumping water, silt,
displaced possessions and in one
case a jellyfish in people’s front
Kaiaua local Barbara Campbell
had an unexpected visitor
when she returned home from
volunteering through the worst
of the flooding — a jellyfish had
found a new home on the steps
leading up to her deck.
Ms Campbell said she was
caught off guard by how quickly
floodwater inundated her Puriri
Avenue home a which was a
decent distance back from the
beach. Upon receiving a call from
a fellow St John staffer about
9.30am she told her colleague
everything was fine.
“’Nothing is wrong here,’ I said.
But then I went down to the
beach and there were huge waves
coming down on to the road.
“So I came back home, made
some phone calls . . . and then
within half an hour I looked
outside and it was just covered
Ms Campbell was informed of
her slimy new friend by a friend
who had visited her house when
she was out.
She had not seen anything
like it on the beach before, but I
thought it was “ beautiful”.
The 71-year-old said she had
a fair amount of cleaning up to
do — the flooding had almost
destroyed her garden — but the
township was all pitching in to
help one another.
“ It ’s a good crew down there,”
she said. “ The mayor has just
arrived, people are bringing food
over, others are offering to do
barbecues for us.
“ People are wonderful, they ’ve
all pulled together.”
Not all in town had unexpected
items turn up a for one antiques
collector it was a case of items
being taken by the floods.
Another Kaiaua resident and
antique collector was shell-
shocked upon realising he had
lost the bulk of his antique
collection, stored in the front
room of his waterfront home.
Dan Cooper had been out of
his house when the flooding
started and described the
scene he came back to as
“ Hundreds of thousands of
dollars’ worth of items, gone.
Everything we own.”
Mr Cooper sai d the town had
been hit with a similar level of
flooding back in the 1990s. “ It’s
a disaster waiting to happen,” he
“The council hasn’t done
anything about an awful lot of
flood protection, because we’re
coastal I guess.”
Damaged properties would be
assessed for safety by council
building inspectors over the
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Jellyfish washed up 200m from shore
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Barbara Campbell with the jellyfish she found on her front steps 200m from the foreshore.
Two women have serious injuries
after the vehicle they were in
crashed while trying to flee police.
Police tried to pull over the
vehicle just after midday yesterday
after it was driving dangerously
near Papakura town centre.
The vehicle failed to stop for
police and a short pursuit was
initiated but quickly abandoned
due to the vehicle’s reckless driving,
Inspector Dave Glossop said.
The vehicle crashed a short time
later on Elliot Street.
Two female passengers in the
vehicle suffered serious injuries
and were taken to Middlemore
The driver tried to flee the scene
on foot but was caught by police
and charges are expected to be laid.
Police found firearms in the vehicle
and are still investigating. — N ZN
Two badly hurt as fleeing car crashes
Cool impact sought
New Zealand academics
have come up with
original technology to
heat exchangers, which
could have a big impact
in design and efficiency.
The two University of
are using 3D-printing
technology which allows
the cooling process to
happen faster in small
devices like electronics.
The academics behind
the technology, Professor
Conan Fee and
Dr Tim Huber, say it will
offer new possibilities
for motorsport, air
conditioning and laptop
processors where cooling
can take place faster in
radical new shapes which
will also see reductions in
The saving of space
and weight will allow
for smaller electronic
devices, faster and more
smaller footprints for
home heating or cooling,
and prevent laptops from
overheating while placed
on your lap.
“This will facilitate the
development of some
that is expected to
improve the efficiency
of devices meant for
heating or cooling,” Prof
The academic pair
recently won one of five
prizes in the university’s
annual tech jumpstart
competition. — NZ N
Emily Pouwhare, 26, and husband Stefan, 29, were travelling in
their utility vehicle when it was hit by lightning during the storm.
Tv news bulletin delayed
The start of the 1 News
bulletin at 6pm yesterday was
delayed for half an hour after
a fire alarm caused the TVNZ
headquarters in Auckland to be
A gardening programme
screened on the channel until the
bulletin started at 6.30pm.
The channel advised of the
delay in a message on screen and
also explained the delay at the
opening of the bulletin.
Police said Victoria Street
West in central Auckland was
c losed between Hobson Street
and Nelson Street as emergency
ser vices respond to reports of
smoke coming from a building in
Emergency ser vices were called
to the incident about 5.15pm.
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