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Teen missing in river
A teenage boy is missing in the
Rangitikei River, near Bulls in the
Manawatu. He was last seen on
Sunday around a bridge crossing
the river near State highway 1. His
family, police, a local jetboater and
helicopter all helped in the search
yesterday. The search resumed at first
light. — NZ N
Drowning at beach
One person has drowned at
Waimarama Beach in Hawke’s
Bay. Police were called to the beach
shortly before 7pm yesterday after
being told three people were in
trouble in the water. One person
died before they were recovered from
the water, while the two others were
taken to Hawke’s Bay Fallen Soldiers’
Memorial Hospital in a moderate
condition, police say. — N Z N
Motorcycle crash fatal
One person is dead after a
motorcycle accident on State
highway 22, in Pukekawa in Waikato.
Emergency ser vices were called
to the scene just before 9.30am
yesterday. A police spokeswoman
says part of the road was closed for
several hours. No further details were
available. — NZN
Collision kills driver
The driver of a car has died after
a crash with a logging truck on
State highway 1, south of Sanson.
Emergency ser vices were called to
the crash involving two cars and the
truck about 10km south of Sanson
about 4.45pm yesterday, police said.
The deceased person was the sole
occupant of one of the cars and the
occupants of the other car were not
injured, police said. The truck driver
was taken to hospital with serious
injuries. — NZN
Dead truck driver named
Police have named the truck driver
who died in a crash on Wainui Road,
near Kinleith, on Friday. He was
Edward Tumaru Pahuru, 57, from
Mangakino. Police are investigating
the possibility Mr Pahuru suffered a
medical event prior to the crash. The
crash happened on a forestry road and
emergency services were contacted at
1.27pm on Friday. — N ZN
$1m Lotto winner
A ticket sold in Auckland won its
holder $1 million in division one of
Lotto draw No 1716 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 11, 18, 29,
33, 37, 39; bonus 2. Strike numbers
were 37, 33, 11, 39. There was one
Strike Four winner, from Auckland,
picking up $200,000. Powerball
number 10. There was no division
Numbers in Keno draw No 15084:
38, 47, 51, 67, 68, 71, 79, 80. Draw No
15085: 2, 5, 8, 10, 13, 23, 27, 29, 31,
32, 36, 42, 46, 49, 50, 53, 57, 63, 65, 74.
Draw No 15086: 7, 13, 22, 23, 26, 29,
35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 47, 48, 49, 57, 58, 62,
70, 73, 77. Draw No 15087: 2, 3, 4, 8,
9, 14, 16, 18, 24, 26, 37, 42, 49, 60, 69,
70, 71, 72, 74, 76.
Refreshed Ardern says Govt agenda on track
A photographer has been taken to
hospital with critical injuries after being
hit by a stock car at Waikaraka Park
Speedway in Auckland.
The incident occurred on Saturday at
the New Zealand Super Stocks event
just before 8pm, with St John ambulance
staff treating the man at the scene before
taking him to Auckland City Hospital.
Two women suffered injuries after two
separate accidents involving horses.
A 43-year-old woman from Kerephi,
south of Thames, was rushed to Waikato
Hospital on Saturday afternoon after
falling off her horse at a showjumping
The woman had been attempting a
jump when she fell.
She was flown to Waikato Hospital by a
Waikato Westpac rescue helicopter after
being attended to by St John paramedics
at the scene.
She was admitted to hospital in a
moderate condition with suspected head
and spinal injuries.
Further south, a woman in her 40s was
flown to Palmerston North Hospital
following an accident involving a horse
The Palmerston North Rescue
Helicopter was sent to Pongaro, in the
Tararua District, about 8.30pm on
The woman was treated by paramedics
prior to the rescue helicopter arriving at
the scene. — NZ ME
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has
returned from the Christmas break
saying she is refreshed and optimistic
her Government is on track to achieve
its ambitious goals in housing, health
Her coalition team set “a pretty
big agenda” to achieve within its
initial 100 days in power and in
her first media appearance of the
year Ms Ardern denied she would
be backtracking anytime soon
or claiming her plans were too
“ You cannot in your first year (in
Government) be defeatist and lack
that kind of ambition,” she told TV3’s
The AM Show this morning.
Instead, she said her team had made
important starts on these “ long-run
To ensure they made continual
identified smaller goals along the
way, she said.
In the case of boosting Auckland
and the country’s housing supply,
she said an early sign Government
policies were working would be
evidence homelessness had reduced.
“ I’m realistic that eradicating
homelessness in one term would be
very difficult, but I’m not going to
sit back and say it’s impossible,” she
The Government ’s bill to allow
people with a terminal illness or
debilitating condition to access
medicinal cannabis was another sign
of a start being made on an important
issue, she said.
Ms Ardern also rebuked United
State President Donald Trump for
using “offensive language” to dismiss
an immigration bill, when he said why
should America take in more people
from Haiti and “sh—hole countries”
She asked how people would feel
if New Zealand was described that
“There’s no other way to describe
a response to that (comment) other
than just it’s hugely offensive,” she
But while Mr Trump cannot go
anywhere without creating a headline,
Ms Ardern says she can still pop
down to her local dairy to pick up
milk without attracting too much
“I can, I just get a few stares —
Pak’nSave, particularly I get the
stares,” she joked. — NZ N
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A “brave son of Alexandra” has
been laid to rest in the Alexandra
cemetery, almost 24 years after his
death and decades after he went
into battle on foreign shores.
Wing Commander Arthur
(Artie) Ashworth was the first
man from Alexandra to volunteer
for the air force in 1939 and he
became one of New Zealand’s
most decorated airmen, ser ving
29 years in the Royal Air Force
(RAF) and receiving several
decorations for bravery in
World War Two, including the
Distinguished Ser vice Order
and twice being awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross.
He trained in England, flying
more than 60 operations over
Germany with the No 75 (New
Zealand) squadron and then
doing a stint in Malta and the
Middle East. He was then
appointed to the elite Pathfinder
force; they were the pilots who
led the way before a bombing
operation, marking the target
Mr Ashworth retired from the
RAF due to ill-health in 1967
and he lived in England until
his death in 1994, but his wish
was for his ashes to be returned
to Alexandra, his brother, Vince
Ashworth, of Morrinsville, said.
After Mr Ashworth’s wife, Kay,
died last year, plans were finally
made to bring his ashes to New
Zealand and honour his wishes,
Vince Ashworth said.
About 80 people, including
RSA representatives and
various extended family
members — including Mr
Ashworth’s daughter-in-law from
Bournemouth, England, Maria
Ashworth — attended a graveside
ser vice conducted by Andrew
Howley, of the Alexandra-Clyde-
Lauder Union Parish. Mr Howley
said the ser vice was for a “ brave
son of Alexandra”.
Secretary of the 75 Squadron
New Zealand Association Glen
Turner read from the citations
for some of Mr Ashworth
valour awards. They praised his
“outstanding skill, courage and
infinite care” in the face of intense
The citations said Mr
Ashworth was known for his
“ utter fearlessness”, “magnificent
determination” and “total
strength”, and for being “an
excellent example to others”.
Mrs Ashworth said it was an
honour to bring her father-in-law
home after all these years.
Alexandra-Clyde RSA president
Kevin Harding said the RSA
had been proud to organise the
“It’s not often you get an
occasion like this to celebrate, and
we gave it all our effort.”
The ser vice included a two-gun
salute from the RSA’s 25-Pounder
field gun. — Otago Daily Times
War hero comes home
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Piper Alex Joyce, of Alexandra, leads in the group to inter the ashes of Wing Commander Arthur
(Artie) Ashworth, Royal Air Force, in the Alexandra cemetery on Saturday. The officer’s brother, Vince
Ashworth, is carrying the ashes.
The tourism boom is extending
to the regions with Nelson Airport
handling a record number of passengers
in December and predicting further
growth in coming months.
There were with 99,464 passengers
through the airport in December, the
highest number to date, and up 6% on
December 2016, chief executive Rob
Passenger growth from Auckland was
up 8.5%, from Wellington up 2.8% and
from Christchurch up 5.9%.
Mr Evans said March was usually the
airport ’s busiest month so the airport
should reach 100,000 passengers a
month in the next few months.
Air New Zealand had a record month
in Nelson in December, achieving 5%
growth from the previous year.
Nelson is also Jetstar’s busiest regional
connectivity and the strengthening
global backdrop remain key drivers in
New Zealand’s tourism boom, ASB said
after visitor figures for November were
released in December.
Short-term visitor arrivals surged a
further 2.5% month-on -month on a
seasonally-adjusted basis in November,
which followed the 2.1% rise in
Annual short-term visitor arrivals hit
another new record high of 3.73 million
“The allure of New Zealand as a
tourism destination remains high, but
a lower NZ dollar would help to boost
tourism receipts and encourage more
domestic tourism,” ASB said.
Auckland Airport has said December
and January are the busiest months of
the year with international passenger
numbers expected to be about 6% higher
than last summer.
It expected about 37,500 passengers to
use its international terminal on each of
the 10 busiest days the summer. — N ZN
The pilot of a gyrocopter has
walked away from a crash at
Taieri Aerodrome near Mosgiel,
south of D unedin.
Shortly after 5.30pm yesterday,
police were notified that someone
had seen a rotor come off a
gyrocopter as it was coming into
Police said the pilot was
uninjured and a gust of wind had
caught the gyrocopter as it was
St John said it treated one
patient with minor injuries who
was transported to a medical
facility. — N Z N
Wind gust causes gyrocopter crash
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Emergency services inspect the scene of a gyrocopter crash at the Taieri airfield, in Mosgiel, yesterday
$5000 compo order
for crash victim’s mum
A German student has been ordered
to pay an emotional harm reparation of
$5000 after his girlfriend died following
a car accident on the Coromandel
Peninsula last year.
Felix Eisele, 19, appeared in the
Thames District Court today after
earlier admitting one charge of careless
driving causing death.
He was driving a rented Nissan
when he pulled out in front of a
truck at the intersection of State
highway 25 and Hauraki Road on
His passenger and girlfriend Melanie
Dangel, 19, later died from her injuries
in Waikato Hospital.
The pair had left Hamilton that
morning, heading for Hot Water Beach,
when the crash occurred just before
Eisele had only recently got his licence
and had limited driving experience.
His lawyer Simon Lance today said his
c lient took the full brunt on the impact
from the truck, which knocked him out
and could not recall anything about the
“ Felix is deeply remorseful and
traumatised by what happening,
describing it as the worst day of his life,”
Mr Lance said.
“ He wishes he could change places
with Melanie and it’s something he will
regret for the rest of his life.”
In passing sentence, Judge Glen
Marshall described Mr Eisele’s decision
as a lapse in concentration which lead to
“ I accept that your going to live with
this for the rest of your life as this
accident had a ripple effect on a number
of people. ”
He disqualified the German national
from driving or holding a driver’s licence
in New Zealand for 18 months, in
addition to the $5000 in emotional harm
reparation he must pay to the victim’s
mother. — NZ N
32.3degC in Invercargill
The predicted scorcher of a day in the
deep south has happened with a new
record set in Invercargill, prompting a
fire ban to be put in place.
“About 5.30pm, the official temperature
reading at Invercargill airport reached
32.3degC — likely a new record
high temperature for that location,”
Metser vice tweeted yesterday.
The city’s previous hottest day was
32.2degC in 1921.
Haddon said similar conditions are
Since 1905, Invercargill temperatures
have reached or exceeded 30degC only
14 times in January, Niwa said.
A total fire ban has been imposed
across Southland from midnight.
“There is an extreme fire risk for the
next two days, with the forecast for even
higher temperatures as well as wind,”
principal rural fire officer Elton Smith
“ Today we have had five vegetation
fires across the region, and we’re on
stand-by for more over the next couple
“The total fire ban means no outdoor
fires are allowed, and any existing
permits for fires are cancelled.”
The only exception is for gas barbecues
and they must only be used well away
from anything that can catch fire.
A low approaching from the Tasman
Sea is set to spread rain and strong
northerly winds over most of New
Zealand from the middle of the week.
A rain band associated with the low
should move on to western parts of New
Zealand late on Tuesday, then move
slowly across the rest of the country on
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Strong winds are also expected,
especially around the top of the North
Island late on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Oil spill on highway
Police are warning motorists to take
extra care on the Kaimai Ranges after an
accident left oil on the road.
The accident occurred just after 10am
today on State highway 29 over the
ranges in the Bay of Plenty, just down
from the summit on the Matamata side.
The route is down to one lane after the
oil spill spread up to 300m.
There have been three other minor
crashes since the crash but no injuries
reported, a police spokesman said.
Police divers join search
The police dive squad is setting
up sonar equipment in Lake
Wakatipu in the search for
American tourist Tyler Nii, and
are asking the public to stay away
from the search area.
The 27-year-old Californian
plunged into the Q ueenstown
lake with his tandem skydiving
instructor last Wednesday. The
jumpmaster sur vived and Mr Nii is
presumed to have drowned.
The Wellington-based police
divers travelled to Queenstown
yesterday and started their search
Police have said the divers would
assess conditions and the viability
of using sonar equipment to help
locate Mr Nii’s body.
“The set up phase is likely to take
most (of today) and a decision will
be made whether the sonar can be
deployed,” Inspector Olaf Jensen
This will also be dependent on
weather conditions, he said.
The search will be operating off a
barge at the Jack’s Point area of the
lake, around 1km offshore.
“ We ask that other lake users
please stay away from the search
area,” Mr Jensen said.
His mother Nancy Nii told the
New Zealand Herald it was a tough
time for the family.
“We are hoping to go to the
lake and praying that we will be
able to bring Tyler back home
with us, so we can start our healing
“We have no idea what to do
other than that,” she said.
Mr Nii worked as a tennis coach
for children in the San Francisco
A police spokeswoman has said
the lake may be from 250m to
400m deep and divers could not
reach such depths.
Marty Black has said the water was
very cold and the body may not
“The approximate area where he is
could be 300m deep,” he said.
Mr Nii was on holiday alone in
New Zealand before the skydive
with NZONE, the Otago Daily
The company has since resumed
operations. — NZ N
crashes hurt 2
The pillion passenger of a motorcycle
is seriously injured after a crash north of
Auckland, and a motorcyclist has been
found injured in a drain in Manawatu.
The pillion passenger was injured in a
crash between a motorcycle and car on
State highway 1 near Kaipara Flats Road,
in the Dome Forest region yesterday
afternoon, police said.
Shortly before midday yesterday, a
motorcyclist in his 50s was found in a
roadside drain near Apiti by a passer-by,
according to Palmerston North rescue
The man had come off the road, ending
up in the drain.
He was flown to Palmerston North
Hospital for treatment. — NZ N
A police patrol car crashed in the
Auckland suburb of Otahuhu.
The police car was on the way to a job
when the crash happened at 11.50am
yesterday, a police spokeswoman said.
The police car and an oncoming car
collided, and the police car then hit the
back of a second car.
The driver of the second car sustained
whiplash injuries and was taken to
Middlemore Hospital as a precaution.
The police car was on Great South
Road, near Fairburn Road, when the
crash occurred, the New Zealand Herald
reported, citing an unnamed witness.
A person was critically injured during
a party that turned violent in Northland
on Friday night.
Police confirmed they attended an
address at Tikipunga, Whangarei, after
receiving reports of disorder and fighting
St John tweeted a person had been
assaulted and was in a critical condition.
A St John spokesman declined to
comment on whether the patient was
male or female and which hospital the
person was taken to.
A police spokeswoman said inquiries
were under way but had no further
information about the condition of the
victim. — N Z ME-Northern Advocate
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