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Crash kills motorcyclist
A motorcyclist has died in a
crash with a car near Lake Taupo.
The rider collided with a car on
Whangamata Road in Kinloch on
Saturday afternoon and was taken to
hospital in a critical condition, police
said. He later died in hospital from
his injuries. — NZ N
Pole smash injures two
One person is critically hurt and
another has serious injuries after
a car crashed into a power pole in
Wairarapa. The car hit the pole about
1km north of the intersection with
Masterton Stronvar Road just before
8.20pm yesterday. The two people
were rushed to hospital. — N Z N
Train clips child
A child is in a serious condition
after being clipped by a train in
Auckland. Emergency crews were
called to Meadowbank Station just
after 5pm yesterday, and the child was
taken to Starship Hospital. Police are
working to obtain CCTV footage to
help determine the circumstances of
the incident. — NZ N
Body found on beach
A body has washed ashore at a
Napier beach but police cannot yet
say if it is that of a French tourist
who went missing in the area more
than a week ago. A member of the
public reported finding the body at
Awatoto on Friday evening, police
said. The body has yet to be formally
identified. Police have recently been
appealing for information on missing
French tourist Pierre Paludet.
The 32-year-old was last seen at
Haumoana Reser ve, a few kilometres
to the south, on January 12. — NZN
Police cat run over
A well-known feline member of
the Whangaparaoa police force has
died after being hit by a car. Snickers
found internet fame in 2016 when a
picture of it as a kitten sleeping in a
police hat did the rounds. It was the
offspring of a police staff member’s
cat litter and had been living at the
Whangaparaoa station. An Instagram
page was set up to showcase its
adventures and almost two years on,
it had over 3000 followers. It was on
this page the news of its passing was
shared. — NZ ME
Two share Lotto
Two tickets, sold in Auckland and
Waiheke Island, shared the division
one prize in Lotto draw No 1718,
each winning $500,000. Successful
numbers were 1, 12, 17, 20, 26, 39;
bonus 7. Strike numbers were 20,
17, 26, 1. There was no Strike Four
winner. Powerball number 1. There
was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 15112: 3,
5, 15, 17, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 37, 43, 53,
64, 65, 67, 69, 70, 72, 73, 76. Draw No
15113: 2, 3, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 24,
25, 26, 31, 41, 44, 47, 51, 61, 63, 70, 80.
Draw No 15114: 1, 2, 5, 8, 14, 15, 18,
20, 30, 37, 46, 47, 51, 60, 66, 68, 70, 72,
73, 76. Draw No 15115: 4, 5, 7, 9, 20,
27, 30, 37, 44, 50, 52, 58, 59, 61, 66, 70,
71, 73, 79, 80.
Two die in Dunedin fire
The search for a missing 84-year-old
Hamilton man is now expanding to
include the Waikato River.
Raymond Stirling, who is frail and
has mild dementia, was last seen in
the northern suburb of Flagstaff last
Searchers have combed the suburb
over the past four days and the search
involving about 40 staff, some from
Auckland, Tauranga and Rotorua — will
widen to surrounding suburbs, constable
Sean Keeley said. — N Z N
Two iwi have banked $370 million in
extra payments, on top of their original
Treaty of Waitangi settlements.
Waikato-Tainui and the South Island’s
Ngai Tahu received the $190m and
$180m top-ups in December.
The two iwi were the first to settle with
the Crown — Waikato-Tainui in 1995
and Ngai Tahu 1998 — and secured a
clause allowing them a share of all later
settlements, once collective payouts with
other iwi reached $1 billion. That threshold
was crossed in 2012 when Hawke’s Bay
and Bay of Plenty’s Tuhoe settled its claim.
The Crown has since gone on to
spend more than $2b on settlements,
leading Waikato-Tainui and Ngai Tahu
to pocket a total of $260m and $248m,
respectively, on top of their original
$170m settlements, Stuff reports.
Ngai Tahu chairwoman Lisa Tumahai
told the media outlet the clause ensured
her iwi was not disadvantaged by settling
early because its payments would
continue “to remain relative with all
future claims settled by other iwi”.
The payments are also not likely to end
soon. There are still 47 treaty negotiations
under way in New Zealand, including
Northland’s Ngaphui, which is making
one of the country’s biggest claims.
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew
Little said the Government had to
honour its contractual obligations to the
iwis. “ We’re stuck with what we’ve got.
That ’s the reality,” he said. — NZ N
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PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Emergency services at the scene this morning.
A south Dunedin woman has
spoken of helping a man to safety
in a house fire which claimed two
lives this morning.
Emergency ser vices were alerted
to the blaze in Wesley Street about
5.15am and arrived soon after to
find the property well alight.
Neighbour Mel Ryall, who lives
directly behind the single-storey
wooden house, said she noticed the
blaze when she came back from
dropping her husband at work
“ I saw smoke coming out, so
I parked the truck and got my
stepson who was home at the time
to ring the fire brigade.’’
She then remembered a man who
needed assistance walking lived in
the front flat of the burning property.
“So I ran down the driveway. He
was yelling, ‘Fire, help’, and needed
help getting out because he didn’t
have his walking frame with him.’’
Ms Ryall put her arms around the
man and got him to safety.
“ I was concerned the fire was
getting close to the neighbour’s
window because it was at the side
of the house.
“ I went to knock on the next door
neighbour ’s door to wake them up.
They had fire damage too. ’’
After the ordeal they were all
soaking wet from the rain, she said.
Ms Ryall said she felt for the
family who had lost lives.
“ I hate to think if we were all still
sleeping and my husband hadn’t
have gone to work, what could have
“The houses are so close together.
I’m just glad I could alarm some
people and there weren’t some more
There was considerable fire
damage at the side of the building
and there was also a hole in the roof.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand
communications spokesman Rewai
Grace said the first firefighters
arrived at the scene about three
minutes after they were alerted to
“On the way there, we noticed
there was unfortunately a good
glow in the morning sky, so we
called in another engine.”
The house was well ablaze upon
their arrival, Mr Grace said.
Crews remained at the scene
where they were working to get
the fire under control and would be
there for most of the day.
Fire investigators would begin
work when the property was safe to
enter. — Otago Daily Times
Neighbour rescues disabled man
‘ Without doubt’ road
toll linked to police cuts
Nearly 100 dedicated road police
positions have been cut in the past
five years, while the road toll rose
50%, from 253 to 379, in the same
There are still more than 100
road policing vacancies despite
a targeted multi-million-dollar
payment in April to boost numbers,
official figures show.
Crashes on New Zealand roads
killed 253 people in 2013 — the
lowest on record since 1950 — but
five years later it had risen by 49.8%
to 379 in 2017.
During that same period the
number of dedicated road police
fell from 1063 to 976.
Police Association president
Chris Cahill said it was impossible
to say the two facts were unrelated.
“ Without a doubt, there has to
be some correlation . . . The limited
or lesser amount of road policing
enforcement being done will be
having an effect on the road toll,”
Mr Cahill said.
Road policing was one victim of
a resourcing shortfall which saw
staffing capacity stretched, he said.
Road policing was restructured
at Counties-Manukau, Waitemata,
headquarters, Tasman, Canterbury
and Southern districts. All but
Waitemata district had cut staff.
The toll had fallen dramatically
during the previous National
Government ’s first term — from
366 in 2008 — but National Party
police spokesman Chris Bishop
said it was not just about money or
“ Lots of factors go into the road
toll: The quality of cars, the culture
of driving, speed obviously . . .
so you’ve got to look at things in
“ Resources are a part of it, but
there are lots of other factors as
Mr Bishop said road deaths per
capita and per car-on -the-road
were actually trending down.
However, Transport Agency
figures showed that was not the
case. Deaths per 100,000 people
rose from 5.7 in 2013 to 7.8 in
2017. Deaths per 10,000 cars also
rose from 0.8 in 2013 to 0.9 a year
later, and remained steady through
2015 and 2016.
Dave Cliff was New Zealand’s
assistant police commissioner in
charge of road policing between
2012 and 2015. He now works with
the Global Road Safety Partnership
He said there was no doubt
having fewer police on the roads
had an impact on the road toll.
“ Road policing is a critical part of
the ‘safe system’ approach to road
safety. If road policing is declining,
that is a serious concern,” he said.
“ We know that the deterrence
value of a police officer, the
deterrence value of speed cameras,
is major. I don’t think any country
would want to see a decline in
terms of its road policing numbers. ”
Other countries were way ahead
of New Zealand in reducing their
road toll, Mr Cliff said.
“In terms of the deaths per
100,000 population, which is the
international barometer at the
moment, (the leader) is Switzerland
. . . which is down to two deaths per
100,000. The United Kingdom has
traditionally been very good, as has
In late 2016, police cut 111 road
policing positions after a funding
dispute with the Transport Agency.
Bennett made an urgent appeal for
funding, prompting $10 million
boost to bring the numbers back
up, but only 10 new officers have
There are still 101 road policing
Police declined to be inter viewed,
but in a statement said maintaining
order on the roads was a job for the
entire force, not just road police.
Mr Bishop maintained National
should be proud of its policing
record, but agreed road policing
would be a concern for new
minister Stuart Nash.
“ Yes, I think road police would be,
and should be, a priority for him.”
Mr Nash said that based on the
figures, the equation was simple.
“ We have an increasing road toll.
We have had a decrease in the
number of road police staff out
there, and again that is no good for
anyone,” he said.
“ We need to have more police on
Mr Nash said he was not able
to command police to hire more
dedicated road officers, but people
would see more police on the roads
as part of Labour and New Zealand
First ’s campaign pledge to bring in
an extra 1800 police by July 2021.
Teen rallies after infection takes eye
The Australian teenager who
lost the sight in one eye after
contracting a freak sinus infection
while on a cruise to New Zealand is
on the road to some sort of recovery,
his father says.
Riley Adams, 15, and his family
had just left Brisbane on a 10-day
cruise of New Zealand when he
contracted a severe case of sinusitis
that caused his left eye to swell to
the size of a golf ball.
He is now in Dunedin Hospital
with his parents, Jason and Jodi, by
Although he was treated with
antibiotics on the ship, the rapid
swelling put too much pressure
on his optical ner ve and caused
Since being rushed to hospital
when the ship docked in Port
Chalmers last Sunday, the 15-year-
old had undergone three surgeries
to relieve the pressure on his eye.
Speaking yesterday, Mr Adams
said after a difficult week it seemed
Riley ’s condition was improving.
“ It ’s been a bloody devastating
week, to be honest, but today it ’s
been probably his best day for the
week and he’s on a very strong
antibiotic now which, hopefully,
has the infection under control.”
There had been fears the infection
could spread to Riley’s brain but he
had been given the all-clear by a
specialist, Mr Adams said.
All going well, the family should
be able to travel back to Australia
sometime this week.
“All his vital signs have been
checked and everything is looking
good and possibly later in the week,
Wednesday or Thursday, as long as
everything tracks, we can take him
During their time in hospital, Mr
Adams said the staff treating Riley
had been “first class”.
— Otago Daily Times
Brisbane teenager Riley Adams, 15, is now blind in one eye after a
sinus infection on a cruise to New Zealand last week.
A test rocket launch has marked a
milestone for the New Zealand space
Rocket Lab had a successful launch
of its second rocket off the Mahia
Peninsula yesterday, carrying small
Earth-imaging satellites for United
States companies Planet Labs and
Minister for Economic
Development David Parker welcomed
the launch, saying it was great to see
the rocket make orbit and successfully
deploy the payloads on the second test
“This launch and Rocket Lab’s
presence in Auckland and on the
east coast demonstrates what New
Zealand can offer for those involved
in the space industry here and
internationally,” Mr Parker said.
“O ur natural advantage of clear skies
and seas, and relatively low levels of air
traffic make us an attractive location
for space activity.
“ Ten years ago, under the last
Labour Government, Rocket
Lab received its first research and
development grant — they are a great
example of what can be achieved. ”
Rocket Lab first attempted the
launch on Saturday, but it was called
off due to rogue vessels in the launch
vicinity, and later on it was affected by
weather. — NZ N
Space industry marks milestone
PICTURE: Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket Still Testing lifts off from its Mahia Peninsula
launch site yesterday.
The richest 1% of New Zealanders
have bagged 28% — $42 billion — of
the wealth created in a single year.
Meanwhile, the poorest 1.4 million
people (30% of the population), got
barely 1% — $1.5b — of all the wealth
created in 2017.
Credit Suisse data showed wealth grew
by $148b in New Zealand in 2017 to a
total $1.597 trillion from $1.449 trillion
These figures were released by Oxfam
today, ahead of the report Reward Work,
The report will discuss how the global
economy enables a wealthy elite to keep
accumulating vast wealth by avoiding
taxes, driving down workers’ wages and
prices paid to producers, and investing
less in their businesses.
The research also showed a mere 10%
of New Zealanders own more than half
the nation’s wealth and the inequality
gap had widened significantly in the
The wealthy elite have continued to
accumulate their assets while hundreds
of millions of people struggle to sur vive
on poverty pay, Oxfam NZ executive
director Rachael Le Mesurier said.
“This gap is extreme. It’s not reducing,
so that ’s a real concern. Inequality is
really bad for democracy.
“People of the poorest population tend
not to vote.
“Extreme inequality also fractures our
society creating ‘us and them’, the haves
and the have nots. This is not okay.
“Fundamentally it’s trapping millions
of people in poverty globally.”
Last year, Oxfam’s research revealed
two New Zealanders had more wealth
than the poorest 30% of the adult
population; this statistic remains the
Ms Le Mesurier said trickle-down
economics — a theory that benefits for
the wealthy such as tax cuts trickle down
to everyone else — was not working.
“Governments can tackle extreme
inequality here and globally by ensuring
the wealthy and multinationals pay their
fair share of tax by cracking down on
tax avoidance, then using that money
to make our country and the global
economy a fairer place.
“ To end the global inequality crisis,
we must build an economy for ordinary
working people, not the very few rich
Ms Le Mesurier believed New Zealand
needed to have a national conversation
about tax to examine the fairness of the
Oxfam’s report includes a list of
recommendations, backed up by experts,
for both governments and multi-
nationals to decrease the wealth gap.
A 21-year-old man has been charged
with manslaughter after a fatal fight in
Police say Christopher Vujcich, 58,
was involved in an altercation with the
younger man in the Northland town of
Kaikohe about 9.30pm on Friday.
Mr Vujcich died in the Bay of Islands
Hospital on Saturday morning.
The 21-year-old was originally facing a
grievous bodily harm charge, but further
police investigations have seen police
now charge him with manslaughter, .
The man will appear in the Kaikohe
District Court on January 30. — NZN
Fight leads to manslaughter charge
A man is in Christchurch hospital
with serious head injuries after being
assaulted, police say.
The alleged attack occurred about
11pm on Saturday in Sewell Street in the
suburb of Linwood.
Police are yet to release further details,
saying they were speaking to witnesses as
well as family of the man, in his early 20s.
They have called for anyone with
information to contact them. — N Z N
Fears held for
Waikato police have “serious concerns”
for the safety of a Hamilton teenager
who has not been seen for four days.
Noelle Martin, who turned 18 on
Christmas Day, was last seen about 5pm
on Thursday at a Fairfield property.
Police say she has not contacted family
or friends since and it was “very out of
character for her”.
It was not known what she was last
wearing. — NZME
Man still missing
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