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Foreign Affairs Minister Winston
Peters flew to Canada last night for an
international meeting on North Korea.
Mr Peters said the meeting, involving
21 nations, would involve discussions to
find diplomatic solutions.
It was also an “opportunity for the
international community to demonstrate
solidarity in opposition to the North
Korean nuclear tests and missile
launches”, Mr Peters said.
The meeting in Vancouver, which
will take place today and tomorrow, is
co-chaired by Canada and the United
want North Korea
understand the importance which the
international community places on it
returning to a meaningful dialogue on
denuclearisation,” Mr Peters said.
Last week New Zealand joined 17
countries in a joint statement pledging
to enforce United Nations sanctions on
China and Russia would not be
attending although Mr Peters said they
would have “almost certainly” been
He said China in particular has to play
a key role in pressuring North Korea.
“China’s involvement is very important
in this matter, so all this is going to be
part of the discussion in Vancouver. ”
Fears over North Korea’s nuclear
ambitions have been growing, worsened
by an exchange this month between
leader Kim Jong Un and US President
Donald Trump over the size of their
respective nuclear buttons.
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Canterbury crash fatal
One person is dead after a crash
involving a car and a motorcycle near
Christchurch. The accident on Purau
Port Levy Road on Banks Peninsula
happened about 5.30pm yesterday.
Police said the road was closed while
the serious crash unit investigated. No
further details were available. — N ZN
Body in river
Police divers looking for a 16-year-
old swimmer in the Rangitikei River
near Bulls have recovered a body.
Formal identification is yet to be
carried out, but police say the body
is believed to be that of the teenage
boy, who was last seen about 5pm on
Sunday. It was recovered from the
river about 3pm yesterday near where
he had been swimming. — NZ N
Baby girl critical
A baby girl was critically injured
after falling at a North Canterbury
playground at the weekend. The
11-month-old was taken by
ambulance from Amberley Medical
Centre to Christchurch Hospital
on Sunday afternoon, a St John
spokesman confirmed. The baby
fell off some play equipment at
the Glenmark Playcentre about
lunchtime. She was later transferred
to Starship Children’s Hospital in
Auckland. — NZ ME
Truck driver dies
A truck driver has died after
his truck and trailer unit rolled at
Beaumont, in the Clutha district.
Police, two fire engines and an
ambulance were called to the truck
and trailer crash on Rongahere Road,
Beaumont, at 6.22am. The driver
was trapped in the cab, and was
pronounced dead at the scene, police
said. — Otago Daily Times
Drowned man named
Police have named the man who
died after being swept out to sea
at a Hawke’s Bay beach. He was
Hemin Vinubhai Limbachiya, 26,
of Napier. He and a woman were
in chest-deep water at Waimarama
Beach on Sunday evening when they
got into difficulties. Members of the
public raised the alarm and went
into the water with a surfboard. The
man could not be revived and was
pronounced dead at the scene, while
the woman, who was conscious, was
flown to hospital. — NZ N
Police probe shooting
Police are investigating after a man
was shot in the Lower Hutt suburb
of Melling. The victim was taken to
hospital on Monday afternoon with
a gunshot wound after being shot on
Pharazyn Street. It is not believed his
injury is life-threatening. — NZ N
Numbers in Keno draw No 15088:
31, 32, 45, 56, 62, 73, 76, 77. Draw No
15089: 4, 6, 7, 12, 16, 17, 19, 24, 28,
29, 40, 42, 44, 52, 63, 67, 68, 70, 74, 75.
Draw No 15090: 4, 6, 11, 12, 17, 18,
19, 20, 21, 35, 42, 43, 48, 49, 53, 60, 62,
71, 73, 75. Draw No 15091: 2, 4, 13,
14, 23, 24, 30, 31, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40,
44, 46, 54, 55, 75, 77.
Food prices ease
A man has been left with life-
threatening injuries after being pinned
under a digger in Auckland’s Helensville.
Emergency ser vices were called to the
work site about 9.30am today.
A Fire and Emergency New Zealand
spokesman said a worker had been found
trapped under a digger and since freed.
He was flown to a hospital in a critical
condition. Work Safe New Zealand has
been notified. — N Z N
The lower South Island roasted
yesterday with temperatures of up
to 35degC and record-breaking
temperatures in Invercargill.
Metser vice says a heatwave across the
lower part of the country saw highs
exceeding 35degC through some valleys.
Milton was already experiencing
35degC temperatures by 1pm and the
peak temperature may still be to come.
The country’s southern-most city
had its hottest day on record hitting
32.3degC degrees on Sunday afternoon,
according to Metser vice.
It was not quite a record-breaker by
Niwa’s measurements, which recorded a
maximum temperature of 31.8degC in
The hot weather is a far cry from
the torrential downpours that caused
flooding in Greymouth last week.
Niwa’s climate for 2017 showed a year
of wet and turbulent weather followed
by drought conditions.
If January is anything to go by, there
might be another year of extreme highs
and lows in this year. — N ZN
South swelters in 35degC
Drop in the cost of butter leads to slight fall in price
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Food prices fell in December as
fresh produce came into season, with
butter, chocolate bars and bread all
The food price index fell 0.2% on
a seasonally adjusted basis versus the
prior month, Statistics New Zealand
Fruit and vegetables cost 1.6%
less than they did in November and
grocery foods fell 0.8%, with the
largest fall in confectionary, nuts and
Butter was the most noted to fall,
dropping 4.9% in December to an
average of $5.46 for the cheapest
available 500g block.
A 700g loaf of grain bread had an
average price of $3.10 in December
2017, meanwhile, compared with
$3.75 in January 2013.
“Specials on grocery items drove
food prices down this month, but
the higher prices for dairy, fruit,
and vegetables throughout the year
meant consumers were still facing
2.3% higher food prices than last
December,” Statistics New Zealand
prices manager Matthew Haigh
Higher vegetable prices, up 4.3%,
were influenced by increases in
pumpkin, kumara, and potato prices.
Pumpkin prices continued to
increase, up 231% versus the same
month a year earlier, to its highest
Meat, poultry, and fish prices
increased 0.9% in the year to
December 2017, with a 17% lift in
lamb prices partly offset by cheaper
beef and veal, which were down 1.8% .
Food prices account for about 19%
of the consumer price index, which
is the Reser ve Bank’s mandated
inflation target when setting interest
The higher annual food prices and
a recovery in oil prices has led to
some signs of inflationary pressure,
although housing-related costs are
still the dominant contributor to
higher consumer prices. — NZ N
Sonar gear has been switched
on at Lake Wakatipu as divers
continue their search for the body
of American tourist Tyler Nii.
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.
Police today deployed sonar
equipment set up earlier in the
week, while the police divers took
to the water again about 6am.
The search is operating off a
barge at the Jack’s Point area of
the lake, about 1km offshore.
Marty Black, said the water was
very cold and the body may not
“The approximate area where he
is could be 300m deep,” he said.
Police have been asking the
public to stay away from the
Mr Nii was on holiday alone in
New Zealand before the skydive
with NZONE, according to
The company started up
operations again in Q ueenstown
on Sunday after consultation with
the Civil Aviation Authority.
Sonar search star ts for skydiver
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
A barge and small boat were used to set up specialised sonar equipment yesterday in the hope of
recovering the body of missing skydiver Tyler Nii.
Mining a wealth of untapped health
data could reveal new insights into
how we age — and help tackle one
of the biggest killers of older New
A new study, led by medical
specialist and Otago University
researcher Dr Hamish Jamieson, will
trawl through a sprawling national
health database to look for clues to
combating heart failure.
Heart failure was the most common
cause of hospital admission in older
Half of those who suffered it died
within five years.
“Studies have shown that outcomes
for patients with heart failure are
difficult to predict — particularly
older people who frequently have
multiple co-morbidities. ”
Dr Jamieson will turn to Inter Rai, a
universal assessment of elderly living
in the community who need home
ser vices or are being considered for
entry into care.
The Ministry of Health-led
programme involved a one and a
half-hour assessment covering all
aspects of an older person’s life,
canvassing their ethnicity, living
circumstances, social support, and
physical, psychological and cognitive
Records were collected on some
100,000 people each year.
“This is a well-organised, well-
structured database that can be used
to better understand health in New
Zealand — and very few countries
have it,” Dr Jamieson said.
His four-year project, recently
granted a $500,000 grant by the
Health Research Council, will pull
different Inter Rai datasets together
to create a new statistical model to
predict outcomes for older people
with heart failure.
“This research will be novel as it
will link large datasets related to
ageing that have not been linked
Dr Jamieson expected the new
model would be used by clinicians in
patient care, as well as by researchers
“ It will give us a bird’s-eye picture
of trajectories of ageing to predict
outcomes and to answer many
The new study comes after Dr
Jamieson and colleagues recently
used Inter Rai data to investigate
loneliness in 72,000 older people.
They found more than 15,000 frail
elderly identified as being lonely —
equating to one in five older people
with Asians being the most
affected ethnic group.
With New Zealand’s ageing
population, better understanding the
health challenges facing older people
was crucial, Dr Jamieson said.
The number of older people was
expected to rise significantly over
the next decade, and, by 2039, the
number of superannuitants was
projected to balloon from 730,000
today to 1.3 million. — NZ M E
Data mining could help combat heart failure
Peters for talks on Korea
Speeding boaties caught out
Marlborough boaties have been caught
out as maritime officers trial water speed
guns in the region.
The trial caught out 10 recreational
boaties in just two hours last week, much
to the disappointment of Marlborough
harbourmaster Luke Grogan.
“Compliance with speed rules was not
great,” he said.
A five-knot rule is in place within
200m of shore and divers and within
50m of swimmers and other boats.
Maritime New Zealand acting
director Nigel Clifford says maritime
officers and harbourmaster staff would
be back in action with the speed guns
Those caught breaking the speed limit
would receive a fine of $200.
Mr Clifford said he was pleased with
how the trial was going.
“The speed guns have good range and
good accuracy, and other councils are
keen to see the results we are getting. ”
The trial with the Marlborough
harbourmaster is being funded by
Maritime NZ as an example to other
councils of how they can also use speed
guns. — NZN
Canada buys Canterbury farm
A company owned by the
bought a $17 million dairy farm in
The sale to Ramsay Dairy Farm
Limited was approved by the
Overseas Investment Office (OIO)
in November last year.
The company invests on behalf of
the Canadian public sector pension
The sale included more than
335ha of land at 803 Ardlui
Road, and about 72ha of land at
Morgans Road in Hororata.
It includes a medium-sized
dairy farm and a neighbouring
dairy support block which will be
connected to create a larger dairy
convert some of the dairy support
land to create a larger milking
platform to cater for an additional
In its decision, the OIO said
some of the benefits to New
Zealand included job creation by
increasing the size of the farm, an
increased volume of milk being
processed here, and increased
It also stated there is capital
investment to convert dairy support
land to dairying.
The decision noted that the
company has previously invested in
In November 2015, the OIO
approved an $18m sale of two
farms on Domain Road in O xford,
Canterbury, which were combined
to create a larger dairy farm.
Woman, 88, saved from iTunes scam
something was wrong when an
88-year-old woman came in asking
for a $1200 iTunes gift card.
Staff at Havelock North New
World asked the woman about the
unusual request, quickly discovered
it was a scam and called police,
The woman received a call from
an Auckland number telling her
she had $6000 in unclaimed
pension but that she had to provide
her bank account details and an
iTunes card with $1200 on it to
Senior sergeant Kevin Stewart
said the woman’s bank accounts
were frozen and her cards cancelled
as a precaution.
“The iTunes cards seem to be a
pretty common currency for the
scammers. Fortunately we became
aware of this case before any funds
were lost. The potential for loss was
huge,” he said.
He said there had been a report
of similar scams in Gisborne, and
other parts of the country.
Anyone targeted by a scam should
report it immediately by contacting
police or visiting Consumer
Protection’s Scamwatch website, he
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
Faulty pet microchips replaced
Pet owners who had microchips
fitted for their pets between 2009
and 2012 may be eligible for a free
replacement after one company
found their chips were faulty.
Virbac BioTec have discovered a
number of their chips failed to scan
and as a precaution are replacing
all the microchips of the estimated
15,000 pets affected.
Virbac product manager Simon
Clark says he is confident that all
chips fitted post-2012 function
properly as the company changed
their manufacturer and type of
chip about September 2012, when
the original chips were initially
He said the company had very few
complaints with the new bioglass
chips and believed “in every way it
was a superior product ”.
Mr Clark advised pet owners to
wait for contact from their vet to
find out if they are affected.
However, advice from the
Hamilton City Council, who claim
the city has the highest rate of
microchipping in the country, is
for pet owners to check their pet ’s
Hamilton City Council Animal
Control manager Susan Stanford
says the council is doing what they
can to let the approximately 850
affected pet-owners know.
“Some of the chips could be
working now but may stop working
later. The risk of the chips being
faulty is very low but it’s always
better to be safe than sorry as you
never know when it could be the
only thing helping us know who
the owner is.” — NZN
Three people have been charged more
than a year after a kidnapping incident
which left a man with serious injuries
from a car fire in Wainuiomata.
Officers were called to the fire in a car
park on Coast Road early in the morning
on October 11, 2016, where they found a
man with serious head injuries and burns
near a black Holden Cruze, which was
Fifteen months later, the police
investigation into the incident has lead
to three people being charged.
A 31-year-old man from Masterton,
36-year-old women from Palmerston
North, and a 25-year-old man from
Wainuiomata have all been charged
with kidnapping, aggravated robbery,
wounding with intent to cause grievous
bodily harm, and arson.
All three have been remanded on bail
to appear in the Wellington District
Court on January 30. — NZ ME
Bar held up
A man who allegedly robbed a
Christchurch bar with a firearm is
wanted by police.
The aggravated robbery took place at
Trevino’s tavern early on Sunday.
Police are continuing to make inquiries
about the robbery and are asking for the
help of the public in the investigation.
Shortly after midnight the man walked
into the bar with a firearm, allegedly
threatened an employee and took off
with stolen cash.
“P lease don’t hesitate to contact us,
your small bit of information might help
with the investigation,” detective senior
sergeant Mark Worner said. — NZ ME
A petrol tanker rolled over a bank on
State highway 2 in the Tararua district
and spilled fuel over the road.
Fire crews were called to the scene
about 6.40pm upon receiving reports the
vehicle had struck a bank and rolled.
Police also rushed to the scene near
Anzac Park, about 3km north of
Norsewood, about 7pm. A spokeswoman
said the driver had not suffered any major
injuries. Fire crews worked into the
evening to clean up the spill. — NZ ME
SOURCE: Metser vice
Thousands of high school students
across the country will be waking to find
their school results on-line.
Almost 168,000 students were given
access to their preliminary NCEA
results this morning, putting them one
step closer to finding out if they have got
into their chosen university.
The New Zealand Qualifications
made the results available about 7am.
It refrained from giving a heads up this
week after too many people logging in
caused problems on the website last year.
Meanwhile, students heading off to
university this year will be eligible for
one full-time year of free study under a
policy introduced by the Government
They are being reminded to check their
eligibility quickly. “People will need to act
soon to ensure their fees-free eligibility is
processed in time to complete enrolment
for many qualifications and courses
starting in 2018,” Tertiary Education
Commission chief executive Tim Fowler
said. -- NZN
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