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Baby’s injuries deliberate
Police say a baby boy seriously hurt
last month was deliberately injured.
The three-week-old was involved
in an incident at Welcome Bay in
Tauranga on December 30. He
remains on life support at Starship
Hospital in Auckland. Police said the
boy’s injuries were non-accidental
and have shocked officers on the case.
A team of 13 investigators is working
to find who was responsible. — RNZ
Bottle used in stabbing
A man is in hospital after being
stabbed by a glass bottle in central
Auckland yesterday. Police were
called to an altercation between
two groups of people on Federal
Street shortly after 4pm. A man
received minor injuries from a glass
bottle and was taken to hospital by
ambulance. — RNZ
Children saved from sea
Two children in difficulty were
rescued from the water at Rothesay
Bay on Auckland’s North Shore
yesterday. Police said they received
a report of two children in difficulty
in the water at Rothesay Bay about
3pm. Before police arrived, the two
children had been brought back to
shore on a boat by a member of the
public. St John saidofficers treated
two people. The condition of both
was described as minor. — NZC
House bus destroyed
A house bus was destroyed after
erupting into flames in the Lindis
Pass yesterday. Christchurch
motorist Chris Sexton was travelling
on State highway 8 in the Lindis
Pass when he saw smoke from
several kilometers away. By the time
he arrived at the scene the house
bus was well involved. Fire and
Emergency New Zealand responded
to a call for help about 3.30pm.
Four crews extinguished the fire and
one person was checked for smoke
inhalation. — N ZC
The land search for a teenage boy
missing off Whatipu Beach since
Saturday was called off indefinitely
yesterday. The police Eagle helicopter
will continue to carry out aerial
searches. Avondale College student
Leka Pasiaka, 16, has not been seen
since he was swept out to sea on
December 29. — NZ C
Dead teen named
A pedestrian killed after being hit
by vehicle near Gore has been named
as Jamie Charles Shearing, 17. The
teenager, from Conical Hill, died in a
collision on the Waimea Highway, in
Gore, about 12.30am on Tuesday.
— Otago Daily Times
Numbers in Keno draw No 16500:
52, 53, 57, 62, 65, 70, 71, 78. Draw No
16501: 3, 4, 10, 11, 15, 16, 21, 26, 30,
34, 37, 46, 47, 48, 59, 63, 67, 74, 78, 80.
Draw No: 2, 4, 14, 15, 16, 19, 21, 28,
29, 40, 42, 48, 50, 52, 58, 63, 64, 66, 76,
77. Draw No 16503: 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15,
19, 34, 36, 39, 44, 45, 48, 51, 56, 63, 67,
72, 73, 74.
Mental health patient found in locked shed
The wheels are slowly starting to
turn for an ambitious mountain-
bike trail project in the Hawea
Conser vation Park.
The idea of a multimillion-dollar
120km adventure cycle route
through the park, to be named the
Maungatika Circuit, is the brainchild
of the six avid Wanaka cyclists who
form the Maungatika Trust.
All bring a different form of
expertise to the table, from track
design to tourism to knowledge of
the environment, and are focused on
following their collective dream.
Trust member Scott Rainsford
said it was “one of the biggest trail
projects since the Milford Track”
and he believed there was no doubt
it would be popular.
As a bike shop owner, he often had
visitors asking where the trails were,
but there were none to be found.
“There isn’t anything like this
around here. People come here
expecting it but it just isn’t here.”
Fellow trust member Chris
Arbuckle said that the trail, which
would traverse an alpine environment
higher than Roys Peak, “won’t be for
“ It ’s marketed at fit, adventurous
mountain bikers of which we know
there is a growing number. It’ll be a
challenging biking trail. ”
However, the project was still very
much an “initial concept that needs
to be tested with a feasibility study”,
trust member James Helmore, of
Lake Wanaka Tourism, said.
That study was expected to cost
about $100,000 and had no timeline
at this point.
The track itself will not be cheap.
The trust believes it could cost
upwards of $12 million, and for that
reason, construction may not start
until at least 2020, and the finished
product is unlikely to be ready before
However, the trust says it will be
money well spent.
“If we can create this track to the
vision that we have it’s going to be
considered one of the best if not
the best back-country rides in New
Zealand and will be heavily sought
after by international guiders,” Mr
The track could join the Heaphy
Track and Old Ghost Road “at
the top of the pyramid as a biking
experience”, Mr Arbuckle said.
— Otago Daily Times
Wheels are turning for cycle trail project
The Civil Aviation Authority is
stepping in to investigate two drone
incidents in Auckland on New Year’s
The police helicopter had to suspend
operations when a drone came within
10m of the aircraft, and an aerial filming
specialist says he came across three
drones within 30m of his helicopter.
Acting director of Civil Aviation John
Kay said people who fly drones and
ignore the rules created unacceptable
He said the authority were investigating
and would take appropriate action.
“The rules around drones are there to
keep people safe, whether they ’re in the
air or on the ground,” he said.
“ Drones are fun devices if operated
safely. They are also aircraft — not simply
toys or cool gadgets.
“Anyone intending to fly a drone must
know the Civil Aviation Rules and then
fly it safely.”
The Civil Aviation Authority advised
that there are five thing any person flying
a drone needs to do. —
Keep the drone in sight and fly it
lower than 120m or 400ft.
Fly it over people or property only
Stay at least 4km away from airports
Stay away from other aircraft.
Be considerate of others.
A Ministry of Transport spokesman
has confirmed work is under way to look
at potential changes to drone regulations,
but said no further details were available
at this stage. — RNZ
The Canterbury District Health
Board is investigating how a mental
health patient ended up spending
two nights locked in a maintenance
The patient at the troubled
Hillmorton Hospital was reported
missing just before Christmas and
was found two days later in the shed.
A source said the patient was
physically fine when he was found.
He had managed to keep himself
warm and happened to have some
sugar sachets on him which were his
only source of sustenance during the
The shed is used to store gardening
implements, including a tractor.
It is understood the man has a
reasonably serious mental health
condition and it was fortunate he did
not end up harming himself while
being locked in the shed.
In a short statement the DHB’s
chief of psychiatry, Peri Renison,
confirmed the man went missing and
was later located in the maintenance
shed which was on the grounds of the
“ We are investigating the event to
understand how this occurred so we
can put measures in place to minimise
the chance of a recurrence,” Dr
The statement noted the patient was
from an open unit within the hospital,
meaning they were free to come and
No further comment would be made
while the investigation took place.
Just before this patient went
missing, the head of the DHB,
David Meates, met with staff at
Hillmorton to hear their fears
somebody might be killed by a
patient following a string of assaults
These have intensified in the past
year and include a nurse being
admitted to hospital for burns after
having boiling hot water thrown on
Staff who spoke anonymously said
overcrowding at the facility, which
had been running at above full
capacity, had contributed to tensions
along with a lack of experienced
In response, the DHB had boosted
the number of security officers
working there to five.
A new acute inpatient unit with
eight beds is opening in March,
which was expected to ease some of
Mr Meates had previously
commented on mental health ser vices
in Canterbury catering for twice
as many people than before the
earthquakes and the lack of facilities
available to cater for them. — RNZ
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A Dunedin pig farmer is
warning potential home buyers of
the sex and stink that come with
Recently Pieter Bloem, who
lives on the Otago Peninsula,
noticed the property across from
his on Highcliff Road was for
On Boxing Day he decided
to place a sign on the road
reminding interested parties what
they were in for.
It reads: “Notice. This property
is a farm. Farms have animals.
Animals make funny sounds,
smell bad, and have sex outdoors.
Unless you can tolerate noise,
odours and outdoor sex, don’t buy
a property next to a farm.”
He was just informing home
buyers of “ what ’s around them”,
“At least there will be no
The family breed 3000 pigs
over two nearby sites on
Highcliff Road and Centre
“The worst times are when
there are very still nights and
the ventilators are going. You’d
definitely know there’s a pig farm
The sign “wasn’t exactly original”
as he had seen the concept on
internet farming pages.
He had good relationships with
most neighbours but a couple
were “more difficult ”, he said.
Mr Bloem was told by the
Otago Regional Council there
were 65 complaints about his
property within the last 10 years.
He imagined most related to
In 2010 he was fined $6900
for the odours emitted from
spreading effluent on grass.
“ We were maybe a bit naive
about what we could be doing.”
His was an ongoing battle
regarding the reverse sensitivity of
properties being built in formerly
It could get worse as under
new Dunedin City Council
2GP district plan as part of the
area would be re-zoned rural
residential 2 rather than rural.
This would mean about three
more neighbouring properties
could be built, he said.
“DCC have made a concession
that they won’t approve a building
more than 100m from our
boundary. It’s better than nothing,
but I’d be happier if it stayed
The owner of the property for
sale, Paul Doudle, lives in Temuka
but goes to the peninsula on
holidays. He laughed when he
was read the sign.
“ Yeah, I have no problem with
that if that ’s what he feels he had
to do. People need to do their
homework about what ’s around
them in my book.
“You get a bit of a smell
occasionally, but I’ve never had
any noise or anything like that. ”
One potential buyer, speaking
anonymously, said they found
the sign “more amusing than a
Neighbour Christine Scott said
she lived across the road from the
farm for 34 years and had “never
had a problem”.
“ When we came here we chose
to live along the road from a pig
She thought the sign was
“ hilarious” and it was a “really
good idea” to remind people
where they were potentially
moving. — Otago Daily Times
Rural realities . . .
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Pig farmer Pieter Bloem installs an educational sign outside his Otago Peninsula property.
It will be “many decades”
before New Zealand sees
a substantial change in
the road toll, Associate
Transport Minister Julie
Anne Genter says.
Her comments come
after the highest road toll
since 2009, with almost
400 deaths last year.
There were nine deaths
on the road over the
Christmas holiday period;
three fewer than over the
same period last year.
Last year, 12 people died
on the roads over the break,
but the holiday period was
The lowest recorded holiday road toll
was six, back in 2012-13.
Ms Genter said the holiday deaths
were yet another reminder of the need to
make substantial improvements to road
“ Many deaths and serious injuries on
our roads are preventable,” she said.
She said the Government was in the
process of implementing its road safety
strategy — a strategy she said would
The Government has committed $1.4
billion over three years to make urgent
safety improvements to high-risk roads.
They will include more median and
side barriers and rumble strips.
This year the Government will be
consulting on the new road safety
strategy and action plan, Ms Genter said.
That policy strategy will be in place in
2020, but Ms Genter said it would be a
process of “many decades to substantially
bring down deaths and serious injuries
on our roads”.
“ We’re talking about road deaths and
serious injury having increased over a
five-year period. It took time for that to
start happening, it’s going to take time
for it to turn around as well.”
In 2007, the road toll climbed to 421
people a that figure fell to 253 in 2013
before going back up to 382 last year.
In terms of how long it would take
to bring the road toll back down, Ms
Genter said the Government would be
working on setting those targets.
“The targets haven’t been set exactly,
but we’re making the improvements
to the roads and we’re
building up safer speeds. I
want to see this happen as
soon as possible but we live
in a democracy so there are
certain approaches we have
“But the quicker we
can roll out safer speeds,
the sooner we will see a
reduction in deaths and
Ms Genter said the
Government was moving
as fast as it could, but she
said it was important it got
people on board with its
“It would be great if
we didn’t have to have a debate about
whether speed is the appropriate way
to save lives because we know it is. It
reduces deaths and serious injuries
having more appropriate speeds.”
She said the Government has authority
over the State highway network and that
was what it was moving for ward on but
local government had responsibility over
She said some local bodies are already
taking action and moving for ward but
“ we need this to happen right across the
Mike Noon from the AA said road
safety messages were starting to seep
through to the general public.
But with people continuing to return
home from holiday over the next few
days, he was urging drivers to take care
on the roads.
“ Take it easy out there, keep a good,
safe speed, keep a good following
distance, don’t get on your cellphone,
make sure you have lots of breaks for
the kids - we want you to get home safe,
that ’s the goal,” Mr Noon said.
The government ’s emphasis on
improving road safety needed to
continue and even be ramped up, he said.
“Drivers make mistakes and the roads
and the protection offered by the cars
delivers the consequences of those
“So if you make a mistake on a road
that in unforgiving, has ditches, power
poles, trees, and is undivided, then the
consequences of that are very, very severe,
so we absolutely have to keep investing
and invest more. ” — RNZ -NZME
Julie Anne Genter
Driver critically injured
A driver was critically injured when
their car rolled after a collision with
a milk tanker near Oamaru last
Emergency ser vices were called to
the crash at the intersection of Gibson
and Seven Mile Roads, at Peebles
The driver of the car was rescued
after initially being trapped.
A St John spokeswoman said last
night staff attended to the driver
before he was transferred to Dunedin
Hospital by rescue helicopter.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand
crews also attended the crash.
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
An ambitious multimillion-dollar cycle trail through the Hawea Conser vation Park is the brainchild of six
Upper Clutha locals, including (from left) Scott Rainsford, James Helmore, Paul Gardner, Tim Dennis and
Eddie Spearing. Absent is Chris Arbuckle.
Police say a Hawke’s Bay man rescued
after getting into trouble in the water
while collecting mussels, had a lucky
Emergency ser vices were called to
the beach in Clive on Wednesday after
fishermen noticed the man getting into
One of the fishermen got a long piece
of rope from his car and a woman who
was passing by agreed to enter the water
to rescue the man.
Onlookers then pulled the man to
shore, police said.
He was initially unresponsive but was
able to be revived. — RNZ
Trio safe after
Three people have been rescued after a
boat capsized off the coast of Wairarapa
Police worked with surf lifesaving to
pull the people from the water.
The boat capsized off Cape Palliser just
before 10am today. — RN Z
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