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Fairlie man safe
A Canterbury man who went
missing on New Year’s Eve has been
found safe. Ross Butters, 35, was
last seen in Fairlie, near Timaru, on
December 31. Police said he was
found near the Opihi River, 12km
from Fairlie. — RN Z
Woman dies after fall
A woman who suffered serious
injuries after a fall at a Dunedin
beach this week has died. The woman
fell down a 4m high sea wall late
on Monday night at St Clair beach.
Senior sergeant Craig Dinnissen, of
Dunedin, said yesterday morning the
woman had died from her injuries in
hospital overnight. Police were not
treating her death as suspicious.
— Otago Daily Times
Smash claims life
A woman died following a crash
between a southbound truck-and-
trailer and a northbound van on
State highway 1 in Putaruru, south
Waikato. Police were called about
12.50pm. On arrival, the driver
and sole occupant of the van was
pronounced deceased, police said.
She was freed from the van with the
assistance of Fire and Emergency
New Zealand personnel. The truck
driver was uninjured. The road was
c losed for six hours. — NZC
Pool lifeguards save girl
A young girl is in a serious condition
following an incident at Stanmore
Bay Pool and Leisure Centre in
Whangaparaoa. Auckland Council
spokesman Garth Dawson said about
2.30pm yesterday the girl was noticed
unresponsive in the pool by lifeguards.
Pool staff pulled her out of the water
and resuscitated her, the leisure
operations manager said. She was
taken to hospital and was expected to
make a full recovery. — NZC
Teen surfer serious
A 17-year-old girl was seriously
injured after falling off her surfboard
at Orewa Beach last evening.
Emergency ser vices were called to
south of the Orewa Estuary just after
5pm when a member of the public
alerted lifeguards who were on scene
within five minutes. She had serious
head and neck injuries and was flown
to Middlemore Hospital. — NZC
$1m Lotto winner
A ticket sold in Te Puke won
$1 million in division one of Lotto
draw No 1819 last night. Successful
numbers were 4, 6, 11, 12, 23, 40;
bonus 10. Strike numbers were 4, 40,
11, 23. There was one Strike Four
winner, from Auckland, winning
$400,000. Powerball number 6. There
was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 16524: 5,
10, 11, 14, 22, 24, 38, 42, 45, 47, 53, 54,
57, 60, 63, 67, 69, 74, 76, 77. Draw No
16525: 5, 15, 19, 22, 26, 28, 30, 37, 51,
53, 54, 56, 61, 63, 64, 66, 72, 73, 79, 80.
Draw No 16526: 1, 14, 16, 19, 20, 22,
34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 43, 46, 51, 55, 62, 64,
67, 74, 75. Draw No 16527: 1, 4, 6, 8,
9, 12, 13, 16, 25, 29, 31, 46, 58, 60, 62,
63, 68, 71, 72, 78.
Mayors ‘happy with campers’
An Israeli man injured in a crash
in North Otago last week remains in
hospital in a critical condition.
His car rolled after a collision with a
milk tanker near Oamaru on Thursday
night. The 24-year-old sole occupant
suffered critical injuries and was airlifted
to Dunedin Hospital.
Sergeant Tony Woodbridge, of
Oamaru, said the driver of the milk
tanker was uninjured but “very shaken”
after the crash at 8.25pm.
— Otago Daily Times
Driver still critical
An elderly widow who lives alone has
been attacked in her rural Kawakawa
home, after two women came to her door
asking for fuel.
The women, described as Maori and
in their early to mid 20s approached the
rural home last night looking for fuel
before the 92-year-old was assaulted.
Her home was then searched and
property was taken.
The women then left the scene in a
vehicle which police said could be an
older style tan-coloured hatchback
or liftback with damage to the front
Detective Sergeant Greg Johnson said
the victim was recovering in hospital, and
was extremely shaken by the incident.
“This is an absolutely appalling incident
and we know the local community in
Kawakawa will be shocked and angered
at how a vulnerable member of the
community has been targeted.”
Police asked anyone who may have
seen the vehicle near Whangae Road in
Kawakawa between 6pm and 7.30pm
yesterday to come for ward. — RNZ
uVast majority of freedom campers playing by rules
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Aluminium High Grade
A treasured L-29 Delfin
advanced trainer jet is finding a
home in Alexandra, much to the
intrigue of the community.
Aviation enthusiast Peter
Meadows has taken the two-
seater aircraft to the Otago skies
frequently over the past few years
having relocated south from
Tauranga in 2013.
After a stint in the lakes district,
the 65-year-old relocated to
Central Otago in 2017 and
his prized Delfin resides at
Mr Meadows said the local
community is easily captivated.
“If I start the jet up and take off,
I see people leaving their homes
and getting into their cars.
“By the time I land there’s up to
20 cars waiting to kick the tyres
and chat (about the jet).
“They think it’s really neat. ”
One of the eastern bloc’s most
successful aircraft designs, the
Delfin was widely used in the
Soviet Union as the Warsaw
Pact ’s primary advanced trainer
for more than a decade, from the
early 1960s to the early 1970s.
Mr Meadows has been a pilot
for more than 30 years.
The long-time navigator bought
his Delfin from the United States
in 2012 and has previously owned
a T6 Texan, or Har vard, and a
Yak-52 Soviet trainer as part of
his aviation business Double X
Mr Meadows now resides at the
Alexandra Aerodrome alongside
half a-dozen other permanent
He had a 500 square metre
hangar for his aircraft built with
an adjoining three-bedroom
“ We’ve got a little community
growing up there (at the
“All the sections are gone
and people are starting to
build their own hangars with
Having launched into the skies
for the Warbirds over Wanaka
air show in previous years, Mr
Meadows’ jet has been a recent
highlight for onlookers at
Blossom Festival and Armistice
Travelling at 500kph can be
an intense experience for the
“ It ’s pretty quick.
“ It ’s not a relaxing thing to fly.
By the time you’ve looked at your
gauges and altitudes and worked
out what you’re doing, you’ve
covered 8km. ”
After running adventure
tourism and aviation businesses
over the years, Mr Meadows has
recently taken on a more “hands
on” challenge for a day-to-day
For nearly a year, he has been
the regional manager for Go Bus
“ It is the first time I’ve come
back to the workforce in 30
years. ” — Otago Daily Times
Military jet a hit with Alexandra locals
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Aviation enthusiast Peter Meadows, of Alexandra, is making himself right at home in his prized L-29
Delfin jet trainer.
The vast majority of freedom
campers are playing by the rules this
summer, according to councils in
South Island tourist hot spots.
That is despite hundreds of fines
being dished out across a number of
the big tourist hot spots.
Since December 21, almost 500 fines
have been issued by the Q ueenstown
Lakes District Council.
In D unedin, about 100 fines have
been issued while in Christchurch, 35
fines have been issued in Akaroa since
a crackdown on freedom camping in
In the Tasman region, about 45 fines
have been issued.
Last summer there were major
problems in Queenstown with waste
and rubbish, and the council promised
Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult
said the hubs which have been set
up where campers can shower, use
the toilet and do their washing
have been a success, with almost
7000 campervans using them so
“ We’ve done a lot of publicity
around what you should and shouldn’t
do, rather than what you can and can’t
do, and I think people are taking
notice of that.
“ We’ve distributed 20,000 leaflets
over the summer period giving
campers information and giving them
advice and that ’s paying dividends.”
There would always be a few freedom
campers who caused problems, but
the vast majority were following the
rules, Mr Boult said.
Tasman District Council regulatory
manager Adrian Humphries said
there was a perception that people
leave rubbish and toilet waste behind
but, in reality, it was unusual.
“ It’s not our experience, we have
some instances of that and, funnily
enough, one of our officers caught
somebody pooing in the bushes the
other day and promptly whacked
them with a $200 fine, but it’s really
unusual for us to find that.” — RNZ
Govt staff trained
to use fake
The Ministry of Business Innovation
and Employment (MBIE) is being
summoned to the Beehive for a ‘please
explain’ over a training course in
using fake on-line personas to gather
MBIE signed a contract with
Wellington based consultancy ZX
Security in December 2017 that has
been published on the ministry’s website
and outlines the details of the social
media training course.
“The ser vice provider will deliver an
advanced social media training course to
ministry using false personas on social
media for verification and investigation
purposes,” the contract says.
Ministry staff have received training
on how to spot a fake profile, maintain
several identities using “techniques for
creating a backstop (history) for your
on-line personas”, and send and receive
anonymous text messages and e-mails.
The contract also offered optional
training modules, including automated
har vesting, image metadata analysis, and
creating a dossier.
To date, no MBIE staff had done the
“ During this workshop the attendees
will use the skills gained during the
course to create a detailed dossier on a
group or individual,” the contract says.
It even includes training on how to
identify people based on their usage of
The deal with ZX Security expires
in 2021 and is worth $112,000 plus
GST. The full or advanced classes were
estimated at a cost of $6895 per 10
attendees, plus a fixed $840 fee for
training outside Wellington.
Last month, a report by the State
Ser vices Commission was critical of
government agencies’ use of a private
security firm and urged all government
departments to meet strict new standards
by the end of April.
The Government ’s duty minister, Iain
Lees-Galloway, said the ministry was
reviewing the course to make sure it met
the new rules.
He said department officials would
meet with ministers at the Beehive to
“ Before we pass judgment we need
to hear directly from MBIE exactly
what was going on and what were the
purpose(s) of the training... ”
“ What is important for us is that any of
these types of activities adhere to those
new guidelines - those new guidelines
have been set in place because this
government does have concerns with
prior practices,” he said.
Mr Lees-Galloway was not sure if
the ministry’s staff actually created fake
profiles after the training.
ZX Security said it wouldn’t be making
An MBIE spokesperson said it had
strict controls in place when it came
to the use of digital media for both
verification and investigation purposes,
and they were strictly adhered to.
They said in limited circumstances
MBIE may use digital media to
assist in verification and investigative
practices, using publically available
The contract with ZX Security was
still in operation and due to expire on
31 March 2021, and the ministry was
reviewing its current arrangements
to make sure it was meeting the
recommendations from the State
Ser vices Commission’s inquiry.
About 70 staff working in areas
including Immigration New Zealand,
Radio Spectrum Management and the
Immigration Advisers Authority had
completed the advanced social media
search training course. — RNZ
No human link
to seal pup
A post-mortem examination has ruled
out human involvement in the macabre
death of six fur seal pups found on the
Banks Peninsula last month.
The headless pups were discovered by
a tourism operator, floating in the tidal
wash at Scenery Nook on the south side
of the peninsula on December 19.
Initially, and due to the fact there were
no other visible bite marks or damage
and the pups being found together, the
Department of Conser vation suspected
people were involved in their deaths.
To determine the exact cause of death,
DOC sent three of the dead seals to
Massey University for a necropsy.
DOC Mahaanui operations manager
Andy Thompson said the necropsy ruled
out human-inflicted injuries.
“ We’re really pleased to have been
proven wrong and that people aren’t to
blame, but the mystery continues. We
still don’t know for certain what has
removed the heads and flippers of the six
seals.” — NZC
leaves one dead
A person is dead after a crash involving
a truck and a car in rural Canterbury
early this morning.
Emergency ser vices were called to the
scene on State highway 1 at Dunsandel
A Fire and Emergency New Zealand
spokesman said the driver, the sole
occupant of the car, had died.
The truck driver was assessed at the
scene but was not thought to have been
Police are investigating. — RNZ
The motorcyclist killed in a crash when
an elderly woman allegedly drove the
wrong way on a Wellington motor way
in the early hours of December 29 has
been named. He was Samuel Jackson-
Seligman-Lemaire, 25, also known by
friends as Evak. . — NZC
Dead rider named
Forest popular spot for bir ths
A sea lion pup wriggling around
an Otago Peninsula forest is just one
new arrival in a continually-rising
Mother Gail has been resting and
playing with its offspring surrounded
by pines since giving birth in mid-
A nearby property owner did not
want to reveal the location, so as to
not attract people, but said Gail was
found by a member of his family who
heard the loud noises it made while
The private forest had become a
popular breeding ground in recent
years, he said.
“ We didn’t quite expect it to be so
close to the house. ”
Department of Conser vation
biodiversity manager Jim Fyfe said
it was nice to see Gail raising a pup
in a discreet location after last year,
when it gave birth in the open at the
He knew of eight pups so far this
season on the eastern Otago coast and
expected at least 16 by the end of the
month. The rate gradually increased
from eight pup births five years ago
and up to 20 were expected next year.
It was “quite special” they were
recovering as the species could have
easily become extinct, he said.
“ We have also been seeing a few of
them coming from the Stewart Island
The animals developed preferred
times and locations to give birth.
“ It makes it easier when you can
anticipate where, who and when. ”
New Zealand Sea Lion Trust
volunteer Janet Ledingham said the
season was looking good so far.
“The mothers have been quite clever
at hiding themselves away from the
general public.” — Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
A three-week-old sea lion wakes up after a long nap next to its mother in an
Otago Peninsula forest.
Man stable after crash
A man critically injured in a head-on
crash on the Otago Peninsula this week
is in a stable condition in hospital after
The crash happened about 3.50pm
on Monday, when two utility vehicles
collided between Broad Bay and
Portobello, in Portobello Road, leaving
one person critically injured and the
second with moderate injuries.
— Otago Daily Times
Chinese workers homeless after dispute
A union representing a group of
Chinese workers is calling for the
government ’s help for the men who
now have no work and nowhere to
The men were trespassed on
Monday and a security guard is
now at the locked entrance to the
In December, the group aired
concerns about the man they
believe conned them out of tens of
thousands of dollars.
Workers said they paid tens of
thousands of dollars to a man named
Peter Li, and were given contracts
for a construction industry labour
company called National Personnel
About 30 workers say they arrived
in August — some claiming they
paid at least $40,000 to Mr Li for
They said they were promised
steady work, pay of up to $6000 per
month, and that they ’d eventually
be able to bring their families to
One worker, Fan Guohua, said
those promises were never fulfilled.
“ Peter met us at the airport and
took us to a small hotel in Tauranga.
“ He came back three days later
and asked us to wait. We waited
for a week and he asked us to wait
again. We waited and waited, week
after a week.”
He said some of the men were
asked to mow lawns or prune fruit
trees, despite the fact they had come
to work in construction.
Most of the men were moved
to a house in the south Auckland
suburb of Takanini.
Mr Fan said they were suddenly
kicked out and the property’s gate
locked this week.
The workers tried to enter the
property to get their belongings,
and police were called in a bid to
resolve the situation.
They stayed at a community hall
on Tuesday and the Unite Union’s
Another worker, Jin Jianming said
he and all of the other men wanted
to work honestly, pay tax, and
contribute to New Zealand.
“If there’s work for us here and
if we can be transferred to some
companies that need us, we’d like to
make some contributions to New
Zealand and continue to work.
“If they cannot do that, we’d like
to have our money back. ”
Unite Union said the nature of
their visas meant they could only
work for National Personnel Ltd.
Unite spokesman Joe Carolan
called for the Government to help
“ We can get them work, there’s
offers of work coming in already
and we want the Government to
assist in that matter so that these
guys can get back to work and
provide for themselves. ”
A spokesman for National
said the Takanini
house became overcrowded when
some workers refused to leave.
The company said it had offered
alternative accommodation. — R N Z
Tourist removed from airliner
An Australian tourist was
removed from a plane and arrested
for allegedly threatening staff on
board a flight from Q ueenstown
The 48-year-old man was heading
back to Australia on a Virgin flight
on Tuesday when he allegedly
became loud and abusive to flight
Sergeant Kate Pirovano, of
Queenstown, said the man
was “intoxicated and had to
be removed ” from the aircraft
about 4pm. He was charged
with speaking to flight staff in a
Ms Pirovano said he was likely to
appear in the Invercargill District
Court this week.
“It goes to show you have to
behave yourself on planes.”
— Otago Daily Times
Fresh charges have been laid
against a Ratana Church minister
accused of sexually assaulting a
In August the New Zealand
Herald reported Daniel Brass
Raharaha Nehemia was facing six
charges of sexually assaulting at
least one boy under the age of 12.
The 56-year-old has denied the
charges — four of indecent assault
on a boy under 12 and two counts of
unlawful sexual connection relating
to a boy under 12 — and will stand
trial in the Auckland District Court
He is set to appear in court on new
charges relating to the indecent
assault of a boy under 12.
After his initial appearance
in court last year, Nehemia was
granted interim name suppression.
However, that lapsed in August.
It is understood the new
charges came after the Herald
detailed the charge and alleged
Police could not comment on the
case as it was before the courts.
Nehemia was ordained as a
minister in the Ratana Church in
November 2015. He was stood
down two hours after his leaders
learned of his alleged offending.
Fresh charges against Ratana minister
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