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Fears for firebug
A suspected arsonist has set fire to
a car — and possibly themselves —
in Hamilton, with police appealing
for help to find them. The fire was
started at a Kilarney Road business
early on Monday, detective sergeant
Andre Kavanagh said. The person
doused the vehicle with an accelerant
and set it alight, then ran towards
the Hamilton Lake. Police feared
the person burned themselves and
needed medical help. — N Z N
Woman dies in pool
An elderly woman has been found
dead in a pool in the Coromandel. She
was found unresponsive in the pool on
a property in Pauanui about 3.30pm
yesterday, police say. Emergency
ser vices attempted to revive her but
were unsuccessful. — NZN
Car crashes into ditch
A person is fighting for life and
a second is in a serious condition
after a crash near Waitomo
Glowworm Caves. Police said the
crash happened about 10.45am on
Waitomo Valley Road when the
car ran off the road and landed
in a ditch. St John said a rescue
helicopter flew the victims Waikato
Hospital. No other vehicles were
involved, police said. — N ZM E
Truck crash blocks road
A truck and trailer unit has flipped
in South Canterbury, blocking State
highway 1 this morning. Fire and
Emergency New Zealand spokesman
Andrew Norris said the crash
happened about 4.40am. Police said
the crash happened at Tinwald in
Ashburton, near the intersection of
Hendersons Road.No one was hurt
and the driver was already out of the
cab by the time fire crews arrived.
Dead diver named
The diver who died at Flat Point
Beach in Masterton has been named
as Leroy Smith, 31. His body was
recovered by members of his family
on December 18, after he went
missing off the coast of Wairarapa a
day earlier. The Manawatu man was
diving with two others at Flat Point
Beach when he got into difficulty. At
the time police incorrectly reported
he was found by a member of the
public. — NZ ME
A ticket sold in Christchurch won
its holder $1 million in division one
of Lotto draw No 1715 last night.
Successful numbers were 1, 2, 4, 8,
16, 26; bonus 39. Strike numbers
were 8, 1, 16, 2. There was no Strike
Four winner. Powerball number 10.
There was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 15068:
55, 62, 64, 65, 70, 71, 75, 80. Draw No
15069: 3, 4, 8, 10, 12, 17, 19, 21, 28,
29, 30, 31, 45, 47, 48, 51, 62, 64, 67, 77.
Draw No 15070: 6, 7, 8, 12, 17, 25, 29,
32, 35, 36, 37, 44, 52, 55, 56, 57, 65, 70,
71, 75. Draw No 15071: 2, 6, 9, 10, 15,
22, 25, 29, 38, 47, 48, 50, 52, 55, 56, 64,
66, 71, 75, 80.
Teens arrested over ‘appalling crime’
The body of a woman who drowned in
Hawke’s Bay while reportedly going to
the aid of two young children is that of
35-year-old Amy Jenny Brown, police
The Taupo resident and two children
got into trouble while swimming at the
Haumoana River Mouth about 5pm
on Tuesday. While the children were
rescued, Ms Brown went missing.
An initial search operation failed to find
Ms Brown and her body was recovered at
Haumoana Beach yesterday morning.
Her family say they cannot “understand
how such a tragic event could happen
from a beautiful family day at the beach”.
“This is a terrible tragedy that we are
struggling to come to terms with. We
are however a strong family and with the
support of so many, we will get through,”
they said in a statement.
The family thanked police, hospital and
emergency staff who came to their aid.
“ We are eternally grateful to the two
women who dived into the sea to rescue
our precious little ones and we would like
to acknowledge their bravery.” — NZN
A Lower Hutt man will face court after
he allegedly assaulted a woman and then
used his car to run over a passer-by who
came to her aid, police say.
recovering from head injuries after trying
to inter vene in a family violence incident
in Kelson on Monday morning.
Police say the good Samaritan stepped
in after seeing the other man assaulting a
woman outside a shopping area at Major
He tried to stop the attacker from
leaving but the offender allegedly got
into a car and sped up directly towards
“He was knocked off his feet and
dragged a short distance up the road,”
detective sergeant Lee Underhill said
A 30-year-old Kelson man will now
appear in the Lower Hutt District Court
today facing a series of charges in relation
to the incident, police said.
Mr Underhill said while it was
admirable the passer-by had tried to help
showing the public would not stand
by and watch violence — it was advised
people call police in the first instance. —
Two teens have been arrested after
an 88-year-old Auckland woman
had her couch set on fire and a
window smashed in what police
allege was an attack by a group of
Police said a 14-year-old girl
and an 18-year-old man had been
arrested on Wednesday afternoon.
The former has been charged with
burglary, arson and wilful damage
while the older of the pair faces
charges of burglary and arson.
They are both expected to make an
appearance in the Waitakere Youth
Court today, while police continue
to look for anyone else allegedly
Police earlier said four teens —
three girls and a boy — first knocked
on the woman’s door about 10pm on
Sunday asking for a drink of water.
She gave them a drink, but when
they came back shortly after, she
asked them to leave.
Two of the girls then allegedly
smashed her window, police said.
The elderly woman called a
neighbour and placed a couch
against the window to block it up
overnight before going to bed.
But she was later woken by her
smoke alarm to find the sofa was on
Detective senior sergeant Roger
Small described the incident as “an
absolutely appalling crime” but the
woman told NZME she was turning
the other cheek and praying for the
“I ’m praying for them. I’ve asked
my church and everyone I know to
pray that the police will catch these
children and they will get the care
that they deser ve,” she said.
“ I’m not long for this world but
these kids desperately need help.”
Mr Small reminded elderly folk to
call police any time they feel unsafe.
“Often our elderly community feel
like they may be wasting police time
or being a bother by ringing us, but
we are here for them when they need
us and we encourage them not to
hesitate to call us,” he said. — NZN
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An organic farm near Christchurch
could be liable to pay $20,000 to workers
after claiming they were “volunteers” on
the farm while travelling.
The Employment Relations Authority
(ERA) has found Robinwood Farms
breached the rights of workers it
claimed were volunteers, following an
Some “volunteers” worked up to 40
hours a week on the farm in Tai Tapu,
which included gardening and cutting
firewood, and were given $120 a week,
along with board and accommodation.
A witness statement provided to the
ERA from a worker claims the living
conditions were “inhumane”, where they
slept in a small storage room under the
stairs without proper ventilation or a
The inspectorate was also told food
was routinely collected from waste bins
at supermarkets before being fed to
workers at Robinwood Farms along with
While no records were kept on site,
sole director Julia Osselton says she had
over 1000 people travel through her
business every year.
“ Rather than enjoying a genuine
volunteer experience, these people were
exploited as free labour for the profit
of Ms Osselton’s businesses,” labour
inspectorate national manager Stu
“ While Ms Osselton claimed that
these workers were ‘ WWOOFers’
(World Wide Opportunities on Organic
Farms) engaged in a cultural and skill
based exchange, and not employees, our
investigation showed this was clearly not
“ It is not acceptable for businesses to
attempt to evade their obligations by
calling their workers volunteers and
simply rewarding them with a bed and
The ERA already ruled against one of
Ms Osselton’s businesses for her use of
volunteers, with more than $20,000 paid
to a Spanish man employed by Karamea
Penalties to be paid by Robinwood
Farms for the breaches are still being
discussed. — NZ N
The man killed in yesterday’s
fatal tandem sky diving accident
near Queenstown has been
identified by police as a foreigner.
A search has been under way
for a man who plunged into Lake
Wakatipu during a tandem jump
Police today said the family
of the dead man was being
contacted and they were working
through the consulate.
Police said they would need to
use sonar equipment to look in
water as deep as 250m for the
man, now presumed drowned.
Given the nature of the incident
and the time passed since the
parachutists hit the water nearly
24 hours ago the police were now
focused on a recovery operation
rather than a rescue.
The tandem master who
sur vived the jump has been
discharged from hospital
and spoke to police yesterday
He spent 20 minutes in the lake
before he was rescued.
Police are praising locals
including a private vessel and
helicopter in the area at the time
who raced to help rescue the
jump master from the lake.
“The timely response in
recovering the jump master
was critical to ensuring his
sur vival,” Otago Lakes central
area commander Inspector Olaf
An official investigation into
how the parachutists ended up in
the water started today with two
Transport Accident Investigation
Commission officials at the lake
Police say they will reassess the
search for the missing skydiver
this morning after more than 20
rescue vessels and aircraft scoured
the Queenstown lake yesterday
The tandem skydive took
a tragic turn after a possible
parachute malfunction left two
skydivers stranded in the cold
and windswept waters of New
Zealand’s third largest lake.
The skydivers were jumping
with Queenstown company
The skydive instructor was
rescued and taken to hospital
but the passenger is still missing
after a massive search and rescue
operation failed to find him
Emergency ser vices were told
at 1.42pm that two skydivers
had landed in the lake near Jack’s
Eleven boats, a number of jet
skis and planes, the coastguard,
water taxis, helicopters and other
emergency ser vices battled windy
conditions in a bid to find the
skydiver, but rescue attempts were
suspended at 6.30pm.
TAIC said it had been told a
possible parachute malfunction
resulted in a passenger and a
“tandem master” landing in Lake
Wakatipu during a commercial
It was unable to confirm further
details while the search and
rescue operation continued.
TAIC said its inquiry would
try to explain the circumstances
and causes of the accident, with
a view to helping prevent similar
accidents in the future.
Work Safe New Zealand and
the Civil Aviation Authority
had also been notified.A CAA
spokeswoman said it was yet to
decide if it would investigate.
NZONE Skydive said skydiving
operations had been suspended
while the search was continuing.
“The highly experienced
instructor, who has completed
thousands of jumps, was
completing a tandem jump with a
male customer when they landed
in a body of water,” it said.
“One male is being treated
at the Lakes District Hospital
for minor injuries and is in a
stable condition, and the search
continues for the other person.”
The company also made
headlines in January last year
after two of its instructors were
seriously injured during a tandem
Sasa Jojic and Sasa Ljaskevic,
originally from Serbia, were
admitted to hospital after
performing a “dangerous”
The pair hit the ground at Drift
Bay, south of Jack’s Point, at high
speed and suffered serious injuries
from the impact of their landing.
The CAA and Work Safe also
investigated that accident.
It is not known if either of the
men were involved in yesterday ’s
In 2015 a cameraman employed
by the company was badly injured
in a heavy landing caused by a
parachute malfunction. —N Z ME
Missing skydiver a foreigner
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
An aircraft and boats search for a missing skydiver in Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu.
What was first thought to be an oil
spill was in fact the deposits of the
biggest deep-ocean eruption in the
past century — and it was right on
New Zealand’s doorstep, scientists
The Havre volcano is about 1000km
north-east of the North Island. In
2012 a gigantic pumice raft was first
spotted in the ocean, indicating there
had been an eruption under water.
Artist Maggie de Grauw saw the
pumice raft as she was flying back
to New Zealand from Samoa and in
2013 told the Waikato Times that
she had thought it was an algal bloom
or oil spill.
Researchers from the University of
Tasmania have been leading a study
of the eruption for the last two years.
“ We knew it was a large scale
eruption, approximately equivalent
to the biggest eruption we’ve seen on
land in the 20th century,” lead author
and vulcanologist Rebecca Carey said.
She described the event as a
“scientific goldmine” as scientists
could see the role of the ocean in
moulding the eruption dynamics.
The theory with deep volcanoes
is that they should erupt passively,
forming lava flows.
But Dr Carey says the Havre
eruption was far more complex,
involving 14 aligned vents that caused
a massive rupture of the volcano
edifice (the cone-shaped structure).
The findings will be vital to
scientists understanding of volcanism
with 80% of all volcanoes located on
the sea floor.
The study was published today in
the journal Science Advances.
Biggest eruption in a century near NZ
Remains of extinct bat found in Otago
The fossilised remains of a giant
burrowing bat have been found in
Teeth and bones of the extinct bat
were recovered from 19 to 16 million-
year-old sediments near St Bathans.
The discovery was made by a
University of New South Wales-
led international team of scientists,
including from New Zealand.
The researchers, whose study
has been published in the journal
Scientific Reports, say burrowing bats
are now found only in New Zealand.
With an estimated weight of about
40g, the fossil animal is the biggest
burrowing bat yet known.
It also represents the first new
bat genus to be added to New
Zealand’s fauna in more than 150
years It has been named Vulcanops
jennyworthyae, after team member
Jenny Worthy who found the fossils,
and Vulcan, the Roman god of fire
The latter reference is to New
Zealand’s tectonic nature, but also
to the historic Vulcan Hotel in St
Study co-author Professor Paul
Scofield, from Canterbury Museum,
said these bats, along with land turtles
and crocodiles, show that major
groups of animals have been lost from
Global climate change after the
middle Miocene period, which
brought colder and drier conditions
to New Zealand, was likely to have
driven overall loss in bat diversity.
Just two bat species today comprise
the entire native land mammal fauna.
All other modern land mammals in
the country were introduced by people
within the past 800 years. — N Z N
Artist ’s impression of a New Zealand burrowing bat, Mystacina robusta,
that went extinct in the 1960s. The new fossil find is an ancient relative.
Lux Style caution
On-line shoppers need to be wary
when browsing for products on Lux
Style due to its sales method, the
Commerce Commission says.
Lux Style, a Danish-based company,
operates the luxstyle.co.nz website, but
also reaches consumers through social
media ads which direct consumers to
on-line portals using a “deliver now, pay
The commission says shoppers are sent
goods without being required to pay for
them on-line first, which may mislead
consumers in circumstances where they
do not intend to buy.
The commission said it had received
more than 50 complaints about Lux
Style since May 2016, with many
shoppers unaware that they would be
sent the goods before paying.
Lux Style has also been the subject
of warnings from other international
agencies, such as the Australian
The Danish Consumer Ombudsman is
investigating complaints, including from
New Zealanders, the commission said.
Shoppers normally add items to their
on-line shopping cart and do not have
to commit to making the purchase, with
the option to withdraw the order at any
But Lux Style portals do not work that
way, the commission’s general manager
for competition, Antonia Horrocks, said.
When contacted by the commission,
Lux Style denied it breached consumer
laws. — NZN
In life, they shared young love and
happiness. In death, they were together
still, and will remain so always.
Tyrone Maaka, 19, and Santana
Sarsfield, 20, were farewelled yesterday
in a joint funeral after they were killed
in a horrific crash in Waimauku, west
Auckland, last Thursday.
Emergency crews were called to an area
between Restall and Kiwitahi Roads,
near Woodhill School, just before 5pm.
Police said the couple’s northbound
Nissan lost control and clipped a van in
the southbound lane, before colliding
with another vehicle. The car caught fire
and the couple died at the scene.
Three people in the second vehicle
suffered serious injuries and were taken
to Auckland City Hospital.
Investigations into the crash are
continuing. — NZ ME
Christchurch fire crews have been
battling a blaze at a single-storey
building in Sockburn.
Emergency ser vices received calls about
a fire on at Blacks Fasteners on Blenheim
Road, near Cable Street, about 6.20am.
Four trucks and 16 firefighters were at
the scene this morning to contain the fire
threatening to engulf the 100m by 40m
Fire and Emergency New Zealand
spokesman Mau Barbara said the fire
was not being treated as suspicious.
An investigator had been called to
examine the scene. — NZ N
Sallies help with tablets for schoolchildren
Low-income families considering
turning to high-rate lenders to
afford tablets and devices for their
children returning to school may
have another option this year.
Parents struggling to find the
money for electronic devices so
their children are not disadvantaged
at the start of the school year can
apply to the Salvation Army for
financial help and a no-interest
The Salvation Army, which teams
up with Warehouse Stationery
every year to help parents with
back-to-school supplies, is now
running a programme to give no-
interest loans to people buying
devices for their children.
Eligible families will be given
vouchers toward the cost, and the
loan will cover the rest.
“ We keep the loan as minimal
as possible,” the Salvation Army ’s
territorial social ser vices secretary,
Major Pam Waugh, said.
“The families are assessed, so it ’s
not just random, ‘Here, take a loan’.
They ’re assessed by ‘can they afford
it?’ and ‘are we doing the best thing
by offering them a loan?’
“ We’re not in the business of
putting people in debt.”
Some parents resorted to using
high-end lenders to get the money
for a tablet, which more often than
not would keep them “crippled in
debt ”, and it was important to keep
that from happening if possible.
“ We don’t want to see families
struggling with a lot more debt. ”
Ms Waugh said the initiative was
“taking the pressure and stress off
families at this time of year, making
sure that kids get a good start back
“The most important thing is that
these children get back to school
ready to start the year and they ’re
not disadvantaged. They ’re not
going to go without, they ’re up with
their class peers.”
It was the first year they were
offering assistance in getting
devices, though about 200 families
had asked about it last year.
Ms Waugh hoped the Salvation
Army would be able to assist about
500 families to get devices this year.
“ Let ’s see what happens.”
The vouchers they provide
are made possible by in-store
They and the Salvation Army help
about 17,000 families each year get
back-to-school stationery for kids.
Ms Waugh said they were
“grateful to the community and
“ Without them we couldn’t do it. ”
To be eligible for one of the loans,
applicants must have a community
services card. — NZME
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