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Teenager run over
A 17-year-old boy who was lying
down on a Christchurch road was
killed when he was hit by a car early
today. e incident happened on
North Brook Road on the outskirts
of Rangiora, about 3.40am, Acting
Inspector John Robinson said. e
road is in a semi-rural area and it is
not known how well-lit it was. It is
also not known if the boy had been
drinking or was asleep at the time.
Fatal fire not suspicious
A house re that killed a woman
in Bay of Plenty was not suspicious,
police say. Rebecca Ripeka Allerby,
79, was found dead following the
re at Taneatua early on Tuesday.
She was the sole occupant of the
house. A combined re and police
investigation found there were no
suspicious circumstances. Inquiries
would continue into some electrical
items recovered from the scene.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Crash victim named
e name of a Kaiapoi man killed
when his car crashed north of
Christchurch on Saturday has been
released. He was Kyle Evan Tiweka,
40. Mr Tiweka was the sole occupant
of a Mitsubishi Pajero which rolled
on a bend about 5.10pm. --- APNZ
Controversial store okay
A controversial new Bunnings
store on Great North Road in
Grey Lynn, Auckland, has been
approved. Auckland Council hearing
commissioners have granted the
resource consent with conditions.
e consent application had been
considered at hearings in Auckland
in October. Commissioners said in
their decision the building's design
would be very di erent from that of
a "standard Bunnings warehouse",
and would be limited in the scale
of its activity. Consent conditions
would limit the days, hours and
number of goods vehicle deliveries
as well as the trading hours, restrict
vehicle entry and exits and impose
noise controls. --- APNZ
Pup saved from drain
A Mount Maunganui re ghter
turned "dog whisperer", climbing
down a stormwater drain to rescue a
small dog. e pup fell into the drain
in a park near Evensbel Place in
Papamoa on Tuesday night, leaving
the distressed owners no choice but
to dial 111. A female re ghter
climbed down the stormwater drain
and coaxed the stricken canine to
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Big Wednesday draw
ere was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 422 last
night. Successful numbers were 7, 18,
23, 25, 31, 39; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9576: 3,
5, 15, 24, 25, 27, 29, 30, 34, 37, 41, 42,
43, 56, 57, 58, 65, 70, 75, 80. Draw No
9577: 4, 6, 7, 15, 25, 26, 30, 31, 40, 42,
48, 50, 52, 53, 57, 64, 65, 77, 79, 80.
Medical student impersonator sought
e men charged over the death of
Auckland woman Rae Portman have
been found guilty of all charges.
e jury in the High Court at Auckland
returned its verdicts early this afternoon.
Paraire Te Awa, known as "Friday",
and Dean Michael Addison had both
pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Te Awa was charged with murder and
kidnap, and Addison faced a charge of
kidnapping. Addison also faced two
drugs o ences.
Ms Portman, 33, was four months'
pregnant when she went missing in June
last year. Her body was found dumped in
a pit and covered in rubbish bags on an
Ardmore farm three months later.
e Crown said the woman was
kidnapped and murdered by Paraire Te
Awa over a drugs deal worth $5000.
e trial lasted more than three weeks.
Police continue to hunt for an
ex-convict who attempted to
impersonate a medical student on
Wellington Hospital grounds.
Peta Edward, 26, was seen
disguised as a medical student on
hospital grounds, which has alarmed
sta and authorities.
Police today said they were still
searching for the former prisoner.
An alert was put out to all sta
about Edwards after a Corrections
o cer recognised him and spoke
Police spokesman Nick Bohm said
the o cer said Edwards was dressed
in a white lab coat with a stethoscope
around his neck.
he's (Edwards) said he was studying
or doing something like that.
"He (the o cer) thought that was
pretty unusual and was aware of his
recent release from prison and the
release conditions that he had."
e o cer then alerted police to
Edwards' presence, Mr Bohm said.
e hospital was now reviewing all
"We remain unsure as to
whether Mr Edwards was actually
impersonating a doctor, or was
probably more likely using that kind
of costume to gain access to areas
of the hospital he would not have
access to and perhaps undertaking
some sort of opportunistic crime."
Police were currently working to
trespass Edwards from the hospital,
Mr Bohm said.
While he is not believed to be a risk
to the public, people should remain
cautious if they see him. --- APNZ
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Ronnie Wood, left, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of e Rolling Stones perform live
on stage at Hyde Park, London, on July 6.
Rolling Stones returning to NZ
e Rolling Stones will be
heading back to New Zealand in
the New Year.
e band have been con rmed
to play in South Australia at the
opening of the new Adelaide
Oval on Saturday, March 22, with
a promise of an an announcement
of more shows on both sides of
the Tasman soon.
Representatives for Frontier
Touring in New Zealand said:
"One New Zealand show will
be announced in the next few
e Stones last played at
Auckland's Western Springs and
Wellington's Westpac Stadium in
It is likely a single show would
head to Auckland --- either
back at Western Springs where
they rst performed in 1973 or
possibly Mount Smart Stadium
where Frontier Touring has Bruce
Springsteen and the E Street
band playing two nights at the
beginning of March.
e band celebrated their 50th
anniversary in 2013 with shows
on either side of the Atlantic,
headlining Britain's Glastonbury
Festival and performing to a crowd
of 65,000 in London's Hyde Park.
Frontman Mick Jagger turned
70 this year and guitarist Keith
Richards is due to follow suit next
Richards was last in Auckland
for cranial surgery and treatment
after su ering a head injury
when he fell out of a tree while
on holiday in Fiji after the band's
2006 New Zealand shows.
Mick Taylor, who was a guitarist
in the band between 1969 and
1974 and performed with them at
Western Springs in 1973, is being
billed as a "special guest" for the
Adelaide concert having played
some of the 50th anniversary
shows earlier this year.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Internal A airs Minister
Chris Tremain wants to
know why a Northland
man was able to contest the
Far North mayoralty after
being convicted of serious
sex and violence crimes
against his family.
Prominent farmer and
anti-treaty activist Allan
Titford was yesterday
jailed for 24 years on a raft of charges
including rape and arson.
Titford was convicted almost two
months ago of 39 o ences but ran for
o ce in October's local body elections
while in jail awaiting sentencing, Radio
New Zealand reported today.
Convicted prisoners cannot register
on the electoral roll, let alone stand
for o ce, and Mr Tremain wants to
His concern is that the 414 people who
voted for Titford in mayoral elections
held on October 12 were supporting a
man whose candidacy could have been
In sentencing Titford in the Whangarei
District Court, Judge Duncan Harvey
said the 53-year-old had subjected his
wife and family to violent abuse in a
"reign of terror" that dated back to 1989.
Judge Har vey said Titford had
destroyed any chance they had of
happiness with his explosive temper
and repeated vicious assaults, including
raping his wife.
" e children lived in trepidation
and fear of you, knowing that even the
slightest perceived transgression would
result in you thrashing them. "
His name was suppressed to protect
the identity of his now ex-wife Susan
Cochrane, who was one of his victims.
Ms Cochrane voluntarily waived her
own name suppression and Titford's
name was made public yesterday.
Titford is well-known
for his 20-year campaign
against the Waitangi
Tribunal and the Treaty of
Waitangi after the Roroa
land claim led to the sale
of his farm to the Crown in
He rose to prominence
in the late 1980s and
early 1990s as he battled
the Crown over a farm he
owned at Maunganui Blu , on the coast
north of Dargaville.
e land was subject to a claim by
Maori and was eventually bought by
the Crown to give to the hapu. Titford
claimed that the hapu had torched his
home and caused plenty of other damage
to his farm during the dispute. But the
verdicts show that he made up many of
Titford was a "destructive" in uence on
Maori-Pakeha relations in Northland,
Labour MP Shane Jones said.
Mr Jones, a veteran Ngapuhi advocate
told Radio NZ Titford had taken a
"hostile approach" to the Maori claims
around the Waipoua forest, in the late
1980s, with Maori elders describing him
"I think that those of us who know
how destructive he was in the early years.
You know, there's an old saying, 'What
goes around comes around'."
Mr Jones said Titford was hostile
towards the kaupapa of Maori claims.
Titford must also have been "unhinged"
to believe he could stand to be the mayor
of the north from jail, Mr Jones said.
ere was also a potential legal
di culty that he stood for local govern-
ment, given criminals were not allowed
to be enrolled to vote, let alone stand for
o ce. "But given that he's doing so much
time I dare say in the bigger scheme of
things that will be conveniently forgotten
about," Mr Jones said. --- APNZ-NZN
24 years for 'reign of terror'
National cabinet minister Paula
Bennett has declared her intention
to stand for the new Upper Harbour
electorate, e ectively ruling out
an electoral accommodation with
Conser vative Party leader Colin
Craig leader in that seat.
Mrs Bennett's decision, with the
party's blessing, means that any deal
with Mr Craig is more likely to occur
in another electorate.
Other possibilities are in East
Coast Bays where Foreign Minister
Murray McCully could become a
list-only candidate, Rodney where
he unsuccessfully stood last election
against Mark Mitchell, or Epsom
which is held by Act leader John
Mrs Bennett's current electorate
of Waitakere disappears under draft
boundary changes announced today
by the Representation Commission
to account for population changes.
She issued a statement this morning
after consulting the party leadership
she would be seeking the nomination
in Upper Harbour, which takes in
part of her current electorate.
"I have lived in Upper Harbour and
have a real a nity for the area so it
feels like a great t."
Prime Minister John Key has
strongly hinted that National will
look to encourage its supporters to
back the Conservatives, as it has done
with Act in Epsom.
Several Conser vative MPs could
provide National with a new support
party and lifeline in Government
with its three current support parties,
Act, United Future and the Maori
Party, withering in support.
Winning an electorate seat would
enable to Conservatives to enter
Parliament even if they fall below the
e Conservatives polled 2.65%
last election and are polling at similar
numbers now. But with a strong
campaign, 4% of the party vote could
return the party ve MPs if it won an
Mr Craig stood last election in
nearby Rodney, which was won by
Only one extra electorate seat will
be created, although the boundaries
of many others will be rejigged.
Auckland Central Boundaries have
moved and will be safer for National's
Labour's Jacinda Ardern says
the boundary changes will make it
tougher but she remains committed
to standing in the seat which she now
"I'm not going anywhere," she said
in response to speculation she could
run in what is likely to be the safe
new seat of Kelston.
Waitakere disappears and Kelston
electorate is formed by changes
to the boundaries of several other
electorates. Former Labour MP
Carmel Sepuloni may seek selection
e total number of MPs in
Parliament remains at 120 (although
at present there is one-seat overhang
of 121) but the ratios will be lled by
71 electorate seats and 49 list MPs,
rather than 70 and 50.
e boundaries of Ohariu, the
electorate of United Future leader
Peter Dunne, have been changed and
appear to make it safer for him.
In all, the boundaries of 43 seats are
changed under the draft plan and 27
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Bennett to contest new seat
A woman accused of running over a
man before eeing the scene and driving
the vehicle into the Waikato River has
appeared in court.
e 44-year-old Hamilton woman,
who has name suppression, made a
brief appearance in the High Court at
Hamilton this morning to face a charge
of attempted murder.
She is yet to enter a plea.
e charge relates to an incident in
Hamilton on Sunday that left a man
with serious injuries.
e woman must undergo a psychiatric
assessment, and will reappear before the
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Important information regarding the
disappearance of a Tauranga woman
27 years ago was ignored by police, a
documentary maker claims.
Bryan Bruce, who made a 2011
programme about Luana Williams's
information he provided to police has
not been properly investigated.
His claims came after a $50,000 reward
was o ered by police yesterday for
information which could solve the cold
Ms Williams, known by family as
Laverne, was last seen on the evening
of June 5, 1986, at her home in Munro
Street and was reported missing by her
partner, Stephen Prole.
Mr Bruce today said he had told two
police o cers, as well as publicly talking
about the information several times, but
has been contacted only by journalists to
follow up the claims.
He told Radio New Zealand this
morning he had also helped Ms
Williams's mother lodge a complaint
with the Independent Police Conduct
Authority as well as lodging one himself.
"I was told in December 2011 that I
would be contacted by (police) for the
rst time to investigate the complaint
and that has never happened," he said.
"I have made several overtures to try
and get the police to listen to additional
information I had, because I tabled a
very serious complaint" about two of the
o cers who were assigned to Luana's
"Now that's an allegation that isn't for
a journalist to go and investigate, this is
an allegation that has to be investigated
While Mr Bruce said he believed police
"are looking at it", he had not been told
this directly by investigators.
"I believe that one of the o cers is now
dead and I believe they have now talked
to the other one," he said.
"But I don't know that for a fact, I only
know it because I heard it from somebody
else or whatever, no-one's talked to me."
He also told Radio NZ he had seen
police documents from three months
after Ms Williams disappeared which
stated the case should be treated as a
homicide, but the public were not to be
He said he was still willing to talk to
police to help solve the mystery.
Mass turnout to tyre fire
Acrid black smoke from an
accidental tyre re prompted a
mass turnout of re appliances
in a Dunedin industrial area on
e re started in an auto-
dismantling workshop at the
former Burnside freezing works
in Kaikorai Valley, when rubbish
left in a vehicle caught re, the
Fire Service said.
Jack Maqswodi, from JPNZ
Autoparts Ltd, said the four sta
in the workshop got out without
incident, after failing to put out
the re with extinguishers.
Dunedin senior station o cer
Bob Calder said the Fire Service
was called to the Eclipse Road
property at 9.45am. e blaze had
spread to a pile of several hundred
tyres. Of particular concern was
a large 1000-litre plastic tank of
drained fuel near the blaze.
e re prompted a turnout
of every available re appliance
in Dunedin, and dozens of
"It was a good save for us,
because it had the potential to
burn the whole bottom oor out.
"We were very lucky that guys
were able to cut it o and hold
it there until we were able to get
more men there and extinguish
Intense heat also built up inside
the building, which has a concrete
oor and roof, and re ghters
had to pump water a long way to
Fire ghters in breathing
apparatus could not see the
ames, and used a thermal
imaging camera when
approaching the source of the
"Because of the thick black
smoke in the building, you
couldn't see an inch in front of
your face," Mr Calder said.
While no-one sustained any
injuries, "there was a lot of dirty
re ghters" from the thick black
e building sustained heat and
electrical damage. Sta hoped
to be back at work within a few
days. --- Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Fire ghters at the scene of Tuesday's blaze in the former Burnside
An armed man watched over a three-
hour dental procedure in Auckland
yesterday in case the patient woke early
from its anaesthetic.
Ngala --- a 175kg, 11-year-old African
lion --- had a root canal operation at
Auckland Zoo to repair a crack in one
of its teeth.
Specialist veterinary dentist Dr Russell
Tucker, whose patients include tigers,
orang-utans, African wild dogs and
chimpanzees, said it was the largest
tooth he had worked on and completed
it using tools ve times the size of those
needed for great danes.
Dr Tucker said the $2500 procedure
involved drilling a 74mm hole into
Ngala's right mandibular canine tooth.
"We take out the nerve and the blood
vessel and just replace it with an inert,
root canal cement --- the same that is
done with humans," he said.
Untreated, the cracked tooth would
have developed an abscess and caused
other medical complications leading to
Auckland Zoo senior veterinarian
James Chatterton said it took 38 times
more anaesthetic to sedate the lion than
would be needed for a household cat.
It was also connected to gas throughout
the procedure to keep it sedated,
restrained with shackles on each leg and
watched closely in case it woke early.
"We dart him with an anaesthetic
and once he is sedated we go into the
enclosure and make sure that he is fully
asleep, then put a tube into his windpipe
and then we secure that in place and give
him oxygen and anaesthetic gas so he
e chance of Ngala waking was
remote, he said. It sometimes happened
years ago, before anaesthetic gas was
He said Ngala, which was rescued as
an orphan cub from the Kruger National
Park in South Africa and came to
Auckland Zoo in 2003, was recovering
well from the operation.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Big root canal
saves lion's life
A "sophisticated" card skimming
device has been discovered on an
Auckland ATM, but police do not
believe anyone's data was lost ---
e device was a combination of
a camera and card skimming device
and was more "high tech" than ones
police had seen recently.
Detective senior sergeant Aaron
Pascoe, of the Auckland nancial
crime unit, said it was important
the person who left the device, on
an ATM in the Mount Eden area,
"We believe the device was located
before anyone's data has ended up
on it, but it is important to nd this
person," he said.
e skimming device was found
by a bank employee on Tuesday
Mr Pascoe said he was concerned
the person would strike again at
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Advanced card skimmer on Auckland ATM
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