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Otara homicide probe
Police have launched a homicide
investigation after a death in Otara.
They were called to Otara Road at
6.50pm yesterday and found the body
of a man. Officers were working to
understand the full circumstances
of his death. One person is assisting
with inquiries. — RNZ
One killed in crash
One person was killed in a serious
crash on State highway 3 near
Inglewood in Taranaki yesterday. The
NZ Transport Agency reported the
crash took place near the intersection
of the highway and D urhan Road.
Police divers have recovered a body
at the Whangarei Falls, where they
have been searching for a man since
Friday afternoon. The man went
under the water and failed to surface
at about 5pm while swimming with
friends. The scene has been blessed
and reopened to the public. The area
was closed on Friday and his body
was found on Saturday morning.
A friend of the man said he was
an international student from the
Philippines. — RNZ
Man critically injured
One man is in a critical condition
after an incident involving a car
and a bike in Ohope on Saturday.
St John was called to the scene at
12.22pm a spokeswoman confirmed.
She said two ambulances attended
the scene and transferred a man
to Whakatane Hospital in critical
condition. It is believed the incident
took place near West End Road in
Ohope. — RN Z
Serious injuries in crash
A motorist is fighting for their
life and another is badly hurt after
a serious crash north of Auckland.
Emergency ser vices were called to
the two vehicle head-on crash on
East Coast Road, Redvale, about
2.40pm. A Fire and Emergency
New Zealand spokesman said one
person had been trapped in each
vehicle and both had to be freed by
firefighters. — N ZC
Drowned boy named
Police have released the name
of the seven-year-old boy who
drowned at Wainui Beach in Raglan
on Thursday. He was Logan Recce
Tuson, from Hamilton. — NZ C
The top prizes were not struck in
Lotto draw No 1820 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 4, 6, 18, 19,
24, 40; bonus 7. Strike numbers were
24, 18, 4, 40. Powerball number 6.
Numbers in Keno draw No 16540:
42, 49, 52, 53, 66, 69, 75, 79. Draw No
16541: 1, 7, 14, 22, 26, 31, 39, 41, 42,
47, 52, 58, 63, 65, 66, 69, 70, 72, 75, 77.
Draw No 16542: 3, 4, 10, 11, 13, 22,
23, 25, 26, 28, 29, 36, 42, 52, 54, 57, 59,
60, 69, 76. Draw No 16543: 2, 3, 5, 13,
17, 25, 27, 28, 29, 38, 40, 44, 54, 56, 60,
62, 63, 65, 76, 80.
Teens die in fireball
Police are charging a 14-year-
old in relation to the armed
robbery of a dairy in Timaru.
Police said four people took
cash and cigarettes from the
Morgans Road store at about
8.30am on Friday morning, while
equipped with weapons.
The 14-year-old has been
charged with robbery and will
appear in the Christchurch
Youth Court tomorrow.
The police are continuing to
investigate to identify the other
three people involved.
Nobody was injured in the
robbery, they said. — RNZ
Youth on robbery charge
Police maintained a presence in
the Lower Hutt suburb of Stokes
Valley overnight following a
brawl which witnesses said
involved machetes, guns and
After the incident on George
Street, officers searched houses in
the area, however no arrests were
A local resident, who did not
want to be named, said she heard
loud bangs in Delaney Park and
about 15 Mongrel Mob members
yelling and being aggressive to
another group of people.
She said those involved had
come prepared for a fight.
“They were being really
aggressive on both sides and we
heard some bangs and then we
just saw that a few of them had
This is the latest gang-related
incident in the suburb in recent
In December a 39-year-old
man was shot and injured and in
October a 21-year-old man was
The woman said she moved
her young children to the
suburb about eight months ago
and would never have done so
if she knew this kind of thing
She said the incident was
happening in the middle of the
day on a Sunday, in a park where
everyone goes to play”.
The woman said the situation
with the gangs seemed to be
getting worse and she did not
think it was being addressed by
the police or government.
“ It ’s horrible to know that this
kind of thing actually happens
and to have it happen on our
Other witnesses on social
media described seeing armed
Black Power members. — RNZ
Residents scared after
gang fight involving
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A picture of the burned tree after the vehicle crashed into it.
A man claims to have seen someone
fleeing the crash that killed three people
in Christchurch last night.
Three teenage boys are dead after a
stolen car exploded in a “huge ball of
fire” following a high-speed collision.
A witness said police officers rushed to
help them, but it was too late.
It is understood the driver of the car
was 16, while the two passengers were 13.
Police said they began the pursuit after
a vehicle was seen speeding in the city
centre about 11.13pm.
They said it is believed the car
continued to drive at speed on Blenheim
Police said they were not in pursuit of
the vehicle at this stage but laid spikes in
an attempt to stop the vehicle.
The vehicle hit the spikes and crashed
into a tree, catching fire, they said.
Police said all three occupants died at
the scene. They were working to notify
and support their next of kin and the
However, a Christchurch resident said
he saw a man fleeing the scene last night.
Ralph Cullen, who lives nearby, said
he heard the crash and the sound of
“ Went and looked out the window,
there was a car on fire outside the
Warehouse Stationary. A police car
immediately pulled up, another one
came from the other direction.
“ I saw someone run from the vehicle
straightaway when there was only a
small fire, and the fire just got more and
more intense. ”
Mr Cullen said emergency ser vices
were there until the early hours of the
morning cleaning up.
“ Police officers immediately went
to help those in the vehicle, however
tragically all three occupants died at
the scene,” Canterbury police district
commander Superintendent John Price
“An outcome like this is the last thing
police want to see.
“ We now have families who have lost
their love ones and our thoughts are
with them during this difficult time.
“ We are currently working to notify
and support their next of kin, as well as
supporting our staff involved.”
These incidents were always extremely
testing for police, Price said.
“They are fast-moving, unpredictable
and high pressure situations that require
“ Ultimately, police are here to protect
our community. O ur staff must strike
a balance between the responsibility to
protect life and the duty to enforce the
A thorough police investigation had
commenced to establish the facts of what
occurred and determine further action,
including notifying the Independent
Police Conduct Authority.
A police investigation has begun
and the Independent Police Conduct
Authority has been notified, they said.
Sometimes all you need to catch a
whopper is a tiny hook and a bit of
Angler Lyall Nash had been casting
his line without success from his boat
off Carey’s Bay for a couple of hours
on Saturday morning.
He then felt a tug, but the fish did
not come to the surface like a regular
salmon. “ I thought it was another
When he was able to reel the fish
closer, he realised its size and eased up
slightly. Knowing how lightweight his
gear was, he instead let the monster
catch wear itself out.
Using a small hook, a light line and
an “Elio’s special” lure bought in south
Dunedin, he managed to tug it close
enough to net and take aboard.
The next step was to cut it up and
give fillets to neighbours and friends
while it was fresh.
At 8kg (18lb), it was at least 1.2kg
bigger then his best catch last year.
Mr Nash wanted to show anglers
there were still salmon in the harbour.
“There have not been many fish
caught, but there’s the odd big one.
I want to promote the salmon and
where you get them from and how
light a line you can use.”
— Otago Daily Times
Light line enough to land heavy fish
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Dunedin angler Lyall Nash displays an 8kg salmon caught near Port
Chalmers on Saturday.
Hundreds submit on
bill to protect
native freshwater fish
Hundreds of people have made
submissions on legislation intended to
give more protection to native freshwater
The Government said the Indigenous
Freshwater Fish Amendment Bill would
allow the responsible minister to address
threats such as damage to spawning sites
and drainage works or pump stations.
Many submissions came from the
white-baiting community on the West
Coast and said there needed to be more
consultation before the Bill was passed.
Opponents said one clause in the
amendment Bill would give the director-
general the ability to close the whitebait
season indefinitely without consultation.
They also said returning rivers to their
natural state, taking away culverts and
not draining swamps would help the
whitebait population flourish.
There was also a suggestion local
government should be able to make
regulations covering their area, rather
than having one rule for all areas.
One submission said the writer had
not seen a decline in the number of fish
they caught, despite fishing in the area
The North Shore Flyfishers group in
Auckland said it was greatly concerned
by a clause allowing the removal of trout
from rivers and lakes.
Trout had been in the country’s
water ways 150 years, and all freshwater
species co-existed during that time, it
said. — RNZ
Man ‘would still be
alive’ if car
The car involved in a crash with a bus
in Auckland on Saturday was speeding
and crossed the centre line, police say.
One person died and 10 people were
injured as a result of the crash.
Emergency ser vices were called to the
crash on Gowing Drive in Meadowbank
at 11.30am. St John sent four ambulances
to the crash.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s
Underdown confirmed one person in
the car died.
Another person was seriously injured
and 10 others with minor injuries were
treated at the scene.
Senior sergeant Matt Rogers said the
car was speeding and crossed the centre
“It’s clear that if the car had not been
speeding and had not crossed the centre
line then he would still be alive.”
A local man, who did not want to
be named, said he cycled on the quiet
suburban street and was “forever
He said the narrow street — combined
with heavy bus traffic — meant it was an
accident waiting to happen.
“Only a couple of weeks ago over on
the other side of the hill a lady rolled her
car, clipped another car and flipped it
over. So unfortunately it’s quite common
in this area.”
Another man said buses had been
Transport changed its bus timetables,
and motorists had to drive with more
“ With the narrowness of the streets
you’re probably better off at least having
yellow lines on one side, particularly
where there’s use for bus routes.
“ Where you’ve got cars parked on
both sides of the street it’s hard enough
for two vehicles to pass in opposite
directions, then what it is for a bus and
Neither man thought the bus route
should be eliminated but said safer
measures, like speed bumps, could be
“ I think it ’s smarter that they don’t go
into suburban areas and they stick to the
main routes, like St Johns Road just up
the hill,” the first man said.
“The patrols basically just have to walk
a couple of hundred yards and it would
probably make it safer for everybody.
“ Maybe they could put in some speed
bumps in just to slow them down
because there’s no way that an accident
that looks to be as chaotic as that should
Go Bus chief operating officer Nigel
Piper said the accident said his thoughts
were with the family of the deceased
“Go Bus will be supporting our
driver, who is obviously quite shaken
by the accident, and we will be working
with police as they complete their
investigation. ” — RNZ
A firefighter has collapsed from
exhaustion while battling a large scrub
An ambulance was sent to the site
near Taneatua in the Bay of Plenty
after reports a member of the fire crew
collapsed just after 2pm.
shift manager Colin Under wood
saidthe firefighter had collapsed from
exhaustion. He said crews had been
fighting the large scrub fire since about
11.30am. — NZ C
Boy badly hurt in cliff fall
A teenage boy was taken to hospital
in serious condition after falling down a
cliff at Bucklands Beach.
The boy was taken to Middlemore
Hospital by rescue helicopter after
suffering injuries from the fall yesterday
An Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust
spokesman said intensive care paramedic
Chris Deacon attended to the teenager
on the cliff edge.
The Westpac rescue helicopter crew
waited on the top of the cliff at Musick
Point waiting while Mr Deacon worked
on the boy. It then landed on the beach
to pick up the patient and flew to
Middlemore Hospital just before 5pm.
Police were first called to the incident
just before 3pm. — NZ C
Four survive after
Four boaties had a lucky escape
when two other vessels saw their
boat capsize in the Hauraki Gulf
Coastguard spokesman Mike
Buddle said the two other boats
rushed to help when they saw
the four in the water. Each boat
picked up two people, all believed
to be adults.
All four were wearing lifejackets
and Mr Buddle said he did not
believe they were in the water
He said one of the boats
involved in the rescue called
the Coastguard at 9.52am.
Coastguard North Shore and
Auckland Coastguard’s Lion
Foundation Rescue both arrived
within 20 minutes.
Mr Buddle said the boat which
capsized was a 5.5m aluminium
Surtees power boat.
The four were lucky the incident
happened in mid-summer at
a spot, about halfway between
Waiheke and Tiritiri Matangi,
where there are a lot of boats
around at this time of year.
Shot man serious
A man is in Auckland Hospital
after receiving gunshot wounds
to the lower back and buttocks
The incident occurred just
before 4.30am on Brigham
Creek Road, Whenuapai, on the
city’s north-west fringe.
The man was taken to Auckland
Hospital with serious injuries.
Auckland Transport confirmed
just after 6am Brigham Creek
Road had been closed off
between the roundabout at
State highway 16 and Joseph
A St John spokesman said the
ser vice was called about 4.27am,
and took one man to Auckland
Hospital in a moderate condition.
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