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Boy run over
A four-year-old boy has died after
being hit by a light truck in rural
south Auckland last night. A St
John spokeswoman said the boy
was taken to Starship Hospital in
a serious condition, with a police
sergeant driving the ambulance as
the paramedics worked on the boy.
However, he later died. Inspector
Ian Brooker said the incident did
not appear to be a hit-and-run, and
occurred just after 8pm in Union
Road, Pukekohe. e driver was
assisting with inquiries. --- APNZ
A 54-year-old man died in the sea
south of Auckland as he tried to swim
back to shore. Early on Saturday,
a small shing boat with several
occupants launched from Kawakawa
Bay in the south of Auckland heading
towards Ponui Island, police said. It
then headed back to shore due to
heavy seas but ran out of fuel about
70m from the ramp and one of the
men aboard jumped into the water to
swim ashore. Several people saw him
and swam out to bring him ashore.
However, he had been in the water
for up to 15 minutes and was dead.
Stabbing victim critical
A south Auckland resident is in a
critical condition with an apparent
stab wound to the neck following
an incident early today. Manurewa's
Alfriston Road was closed between
Claude Road and Scotts Road while
police conducted a scene examination.
e incident took place just after
1am. ree people are helping police
with inquiries. --- APNZ
Car hits tree
A Christchurch man was taken
to hospital after crashing his car
into a tree in Bromley, Christchurch
this morning. e crash occurred at
5.10am on Linwood Avenue. No
other cars were involved, a southern
police communications spokesman
said. e nature of the man's injuries
was unknown. --- APNZ
Lotto win shared
Four tickets, sold in Invercargill,
Christchurch, Te Aroha and central
Auckland, shared the division one
prize in Lotto draw No 1384 on
Saturday. Each winner receives
$250,000. Successful numbers
were 5, 15, 20, 32, 33, 39; bonus 17.
Strike numbers were 5, 15, 33, 32.
ere was one Strike Four winner,
from Christchurch, taking home
$181,323. Powerball number 10.
ere was no division one winner.
e Winning Wheel ticket was
sold in Feilding. e winner from
Auckland spun for $125,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9624: 7,
16, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 38, 47, 50, 51,
55, 59, 61, 63, 64, 65, 70, 75. Draw No
9625: 5, 6, 10, 11, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30,
32, 36, 39, 44, 45, 50, 53, 59, 64, 68, 76.
Draw No 9626: 5, 6, 7, 12, 14, 15, 19,
29, 34, 42, 44, 49, 51, 57, 59, 60, 68, 69,
77, 78. Draw No 9627: 5, 13, 18, 20,
28, 31, 36, 37, 38, 40, 42, 50, 52, 55, 60,
61, 65, 68, 71, 73.
Copter wreckage found near Milford Track
An Auckland man has su ered a broken
leg following a hit-and-run incident in
west Auckland yesterday.
About 2am the male pedestrian was
walking along McEntee Road towards
the Waitakere township, police said.
A passing vehicle travelling in the same
direction struck the pedestrian and then
e pedestrian sustained a broken leg
as a result and was taken to North Shore
Hospital by ambulance.
Police are looking for a vehicle with
some frontal damage which occurred
particularly in the last few hours.
A high-pro le Auckland lawyer
has appeared before the Lawyers' and
Conveyancers' Disciplinary Tribunal in
Auckland today facing numerous charges
of inaccurate legal aid invoicing.
Charl Hirschfeld is facing more than
10 charges brought by the Wellington
Mr Hirschfeld has numerously
featured in the top ve of the "legal
aid rich list" and earned $2.8 million in
the 18 months to December 31, 2007,
according to gures released under the
O cial Information Act.
More recently, he has appeared for
disgraced lawyer Davina Murray and
alleged victims of the 2007 Urewera
e charges against Mr Hirschfeld are
expected to be nalised this afternoon.
Wreckage from a helicopter crash,
described as unsurvivable, has been
found near the start of the Milford
Searchers yesterday located
the wreckage of a Hughes 500
helicopter with a sole occupant at
9.15pm in the Milford Area, in a
search co-ordinated by the Rescue
Co-ordination Centre New Zealand
e helicopter was travelling from
Greenstone Valley to Dumpling
Hutt on the Milford Track.
Contact was last made with the
pilot at 4.55pm and the helicopter
was due to arrive at its destination
e pilot was very experienced and
familiar with the area. When the
helicopter did not arrive as planned,
another one from the same company
began a search.
It was joined by two additional
helicopters from another company
tasked by RCCNZ, which searched
the route the pilot was thought to
have taken and the general area.
e helicopter's emergency
locator transmitter had not been
RCCNZ search and rescue mission
co-ordinator Keith Allen said the
helicopter was located with about 15
minutes of daylight left.
"At 9.15pm the rst helicopter
located the wreckage at Glade Burn,
near the start of the Milford Track.
" e wrecked helicopter was in
steep terrain, approximately 2750
feet above sea level.
" e crew of the helicopter who
located the wreckage were able to
lower a crewman to the ground,
but they were unable to locate the
" e information from the
searchers is that they do not believe
the impact was survivable.
"Our thoughts are with the family
of the pilot." --- APNZ
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ree new Avatar lms are to be shot in New Zealand.
films for NZ
e next three Avatar lms will be made
in New Zealand, the Prime Minister has
announced at a press conference with
the lm's director James Cameron.
Mr Key announced this morning
that the Government had signed a
memorandum of understanding with
the lm's makers to secure the multi-
He said that investment would
be "signi cant" --- a minimum of
$500 million for the three lms.
e announcement is good timing for
the Government, after calls from the
lm industry for further work after the
end of the Hobbit lms.
Producer John Landau and 20th
Century Fox's Paul Hanneman were also
at the announcement, where Mr Key
also set out further incentives for the
Mr Cameron said he was delighted
at the news, not least because he and
his family were about to become New
Zealand residents. He has recently
bought land in Wairarapa.
"For that reason it's a real pleasure to
know I'm going to have so much of my
work done here over the next few years."
He said work was already under way
with Weta on the movies.
"Its important for everyone to know
this (agreement) isn't just about the
Avatar lms directly, it's about trying to
lift up the New Zealand lm industry,
incubate new talent and develop new IP."
An undertaking of the scope of Avatar
required a signi cant collaboration
between the lm industry and
Government, Mr Hanneman said.
"New Zealand o ers unparalleled
support to lms of this scale."
Changes to the screen productive
incentives will mean Avatar is likely to
bene t from a 25% rebate.
Changes to the incentives for both
overseas and local lm makers include
raising the rebates from 15% to 20% ---
and those which provided extra bene ts
to New Zealand would get extra "points"
entitling them to an extra 5% on top of
Economic Development Minister
Steven Joyce said he expected the Avatar
lms to meet that top 25% rebate --- the
deal includes marketing of New Zealand
and substantial local employment.
e Avatar agreement includes
committing to a long-term relationship
with 20th Century Fox, spending at
least $500 million on production in
New Zealand, including most of the live
action shooting and visual e ects. It also
commits the lm's makers to ensuring at
least 90% of the live action crew are New
Zealanders and New Zealand will host
at least one of the three premieres.
Mr Cameron and Mr Landau have also
o ered to set up a new screen advisory
Mr Joyce said altering the incentives
would encourage more medium-scale
domestic productions, and would attract
more large-scale overseas productions
while New Zealand's industry developed
He said it would help the industry ride
out the peaks and troughs which had
Mr Cameron said he was expecting the
lms to be released in Christmas 2016,
2017 and 2018.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Auckland Mayor Len Brown has
apologised "unconditionally" to his
councillors after a report found he
failed declare $38,000 worth of hotel
rooms and calls to his mistress.
Mr Brown faced the Auckland
Council this morning to answer
questions arrising from the Ernst
and Young report commissioned
after revelations of Mr Brown's
extramarital a air in October.
While the report found the mayor
failed to declare thousands of texts
and calls to Bevan Chuang, and
omitted $38,000 worth of hotel stays
and upgrades, he did not use council
resources during his a air improperly.
In a statement released following
Monday's council meeting, Mr Brown
said he had a "full, frank and robust"
discussion with councillors and
had o ered them an unconditional
"I understand the frustration and
disappointment that councillors feel,"
"I realise that I have a good deal
of work to regain their trust and
rebuild our working relationships in
the interests of Auckland. is is my
focus, starting today."
Earlier, councillors said they wanted
an apology after a review found he
did not declare more than $38,000 in
free hotel rooms and upgrades.
e Ernst and Young review,
ordered by council chief executive
Doug McKay, cleared Mr Brown of
using council resources or providing
preferential treatment in connection
to his a air with Bevan Chuang. But
it did nd he received nine free hotel
rooms worth $6130 and 64 upgrades
Mr Brown met Auckland
councillors this morning to discuss
the review, ahead of a special vote
on ursday in which councillors are
expected to agree to censuring the
He showed little remorse on Friday
when his free hotel rooms and
upgrades were revealed.
Waitakere ward councillor Linda
Cooper said ursday's motion
to censure the Mayor showed
councillors were not happy.
"But I think what's really important
here, the councillors would really like
an apology," she told Newstalk ZB
" ey would really like him to front
up and really sincerely apologise for
what he's put Auckland through. And
it has a ected councillors --- we've
had to put up with being approached
and constantly having to talk about it
with our voters and our constituents.
"I think the biggest, the most
important thing here is that
Aucklanders want their voice heard
at the council table."
Ms Cooper said she did not think
councillors wanted to simply move
"People do want an apology, people
want an absolute assurance that this
isn't going to happen again."
Ms Cooper said had not received a
single email in favour of keeping Mr
Brown, but had received damning
emails asking for him to go.
It seemed like Mr Brown did not
not get it, she said.
"It's felt like, 'Oh well, it's done now,
let's move on'."
Mr Brown has said he supported
the review and agreed to the terms of
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Auckland mayor says 'sorry' after report
Love story may yet have happy ending
A lovestruck Wellington man
could get his Christmas wish
after a year-long search for a
mystery American girl, who has
told overseas media she is waiting
for him to get in touch.
Reese McKee, 25, met a young
woman he knew only as Katie last
New Year's Eve in Hong Kong.
At the end of the evening she
left with friends, but not before
asking him to nd her.
His quest to nd "Katie from
DC" through social media went
viral and last week he tracked her
down, but said he would wait for
the story to settle down before
getting in touch with her.
e Daily Mail has found
20-year-old Katie Capp studying
in a small French town near the
border with Italy.
She told the paper she was
single but was not sure how she
felt about Mr McKee.
"I haven't made up my mind yet
about whether I like him or not.
I'm still waiting for him to get in
Ms Capp was spending her
junior year abroad studying
French at the Sciences Po
University on the Cote d'Azur.
She said a date in the future
with Mr McKee was not out of
e story has captured the
imagination of romantics
worldwide with more than
100,000 views on the New
Zealand Herald website and
featuring on international media
sites including the Daily Mail,
Gawker and Slate.
Representatives from Facebook,
Good Morning America, TV
stations and radio stations
in Canada and Australia had
contacted Mr McKee with
interview requests but he had
turned them all down.
Mr McKee told APNZ last
week he was walking around
Hong Kong admiring the lights
when he found the mystery
woman crying on the side of the
After spending the night
drinking and dancing they parted,
with her last words to him: "Find
Mr McKee has since taken
down the Facebook page he
used to launch his appeal due
to an over whelming number of
"I'm just looking to settle it
pressure, after the second day it
sort of dawned on me that if I
was going through this much,
then there was going to be an
incredible wave of pressure
slammed into her," he said.
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Reese McKee with a photo of Katie Capp.
e Government has resolutely
vowed to push on with the sale
of shares in State-owned Genesis
Energy, even as a new survey reveals
angry voters are turning their backs
on the National Party and its asset
A Herald on Sunday-Key
Research poll shows Labour's vote
soaring from 31%, a year ago, to
40% this week.
at is Labour's best result
since 2007, and will be a welcome
Christmas present for new leader
David Cunli e.
Asked how the asset sales would
a ect their vote, 37% of the 500
respondents said they would be
much less likely to vote for National.
It will not keep Prime Minister
John Key awake at night; his party
is still polling at a very healthy
48%, and support for him as prime
minister (45%) is more than double
that of Mr Cunli e (18%).
Preliminary results of a citizens-
initiated referendum, published on
Friday, showed two out of three
voters opposed asset sales. But only
44% of the public voted, enabling
Mr Key to dismiss the referendum
as a "political stunt".
" ree in four New Zealanders
said no, we don't agree with Labour
and the Greens," Mr Key said
at Hobsonville air force base in
"I genuinely think Labour and the
Greens will be very disappointed. I
think it will be a dismal failure from
their point of view."
e Young Nats went one step
further, posting a photo of Mr Key
drinking a beer at a barbecue with
the caption: " e provisional results
for the asset sales referendum are
. . . who cares? It's Friday. Have a
good one." Deputy Prime Minister
Bill English said the poll con rmed
that, for most people, the share
sales programme would either not
change their voting intentions or
would reinforce their support for
He reiterated National's intention
to sell part of Genesis Energy early
"As we have said previously,
the Government plans to sell a
minority stake in Genesis in the
rst half of next year, subject to
Labour MP Clayton Cosgrove
accused him of disregarding
democracy and the 1.3 million
people who voted in the postal
"What I nd
outrageous is that National will
ignore this referendum completely.
ey are telling New Zealanders
that National doesn't care what
" is is more about John Key and
Bill English's political vanity and
When asked whether Labour
would buy back the assets if it
gained the Treasury benches, he
refused to answer directly, insisting
only that Labour "reserved the right
to act in the public interest".
Greens co-leader Russel Norman
said asset sales had become an
albatross around the neck of the
" ey can say what they like but
the fact is asset sales have always
been unpopular --- even with
National voters," he said. " is has
really dented voter con dence in
e poll's worst news is for the
Greens, whose vote share drops
from 13% to 8%, and for the smaller
parties, none of which break 1%.
However, with National and a
Labour-Greens coalition tied on
48%, this poll would nonetheless
put the future of the country in the
hands of small party power-brokers.
Peter Dunne is likely to return and
support National; Hone Harawira
is likely to return and support
Labour --- leaving the Maori Party
as the most likely broker.
Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell
would seek to persuade members
to stick with National for another
term --- but would likely demand
weighty government concessions
on issues such as oil drilling.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Labour gains as National
David Cunli e
accused of poisoning her
second husband for an
insurance payout will open
their defence in the High
Helen Milner, 50, is
accused of drugging and
killing her husband Phil
Nisbet, 47, in 2009.
e Crown has put about 70 witnesses
on the stand in the past two weeks. e
Crown claims Milner wanted to cash in
on her husband's $250,000 life insurance
She allegedly slipped the sedative
Phenergan into Mr Nisbet's evening meal
and while he was asleep possibly used a
pillow to su ocate him on May 4, 2009.
Milner, dubbed the "Black Widow" by
her workmates, was charged with murder
and two counts of attempted murder.
e trial has been told that she was
responsible for a suicide note purportedly
from Mr Nisbet, and also a text message
from his phone which said he could no
longer go on.
e Crown said the message and
note were used by Milner to frame Mr
After a coroner raised doubts over Mr
Nisbet's sudden death, police reviewed
the case, including leads which had
been overlooked and interviewing all
of Mr Nisbet's and Milner's workmates,
friends, family and neighbours.
During the Crown case,
which wrapped up on
Friday afternoon, several
included colleagues and
relatives of Milner --- told
the court she had discussed
having her husband killed.
Milner's son Greg Kearns
said during his evidence
his mum had tried to bribe
him with a slice of the life
insurance pay out to help get rid of Mr
Nisbet. "I shrugged it o . I didn't take it
seriously," he said.
According to the former partner of
Milner's other son Adam Kearns, She
made a similar o er to them.
"We were o ered money once his life
insurance would come through. But for
us to get that money we'd have to pay
a hitman ve grand to kill Phil," Kasey
Woodstock told the court.
Milner's former colleague, GSL
operations manager Gavin Mo at,
also told the court Milner had asked
co-workers a few month's before Mr
Nisbet's death whether rat poison could
kill a person. Milner is also accused of
plotting to kill her husband by using
fake names to buy drugs.
Today the defence will open its case
and call witnesses. Following the defence
case, both sides will sum up and Justice
David Gendall will give his directions to
the jury before they begin considering a
verdict, which could happen as early as
Wednesday. --- APNZ
Milner defence case opens
A domestic stabbing in Hamilton
this morning has led to warnings of the
volatile mix of alcohol and increased
Christmas nancial pressure.
Hamilton CIB acting detective
sergeant Andrew Mortimore said police
went to the Ross Crescent address about
1.40am following a call from ambulance
"O cers arrived to nd a woman had
su ered a serious stab wound to her back
and she was taken to Waikato Hospital
by ambulance and has subsequently been
"Police are working to con rm the
identity and location of a man believed
to have been at the address at the time of
A scene guard was in place at the
Fair eld address and a forensic
examination was scheduled to take place
later this morning.
Mr Mortimore said while much of
what occurred was still to be con rmed,
this morning's incident highlighted the
risks associated with domestic violence
and those who felt at risk in their homes
were urged to seek help. --- APNZ
Wild horse kicks
A motorcyclist was seriously injured
when he was kicked o his bike by a wild
horse on the Kaimanawa Range.
e 57-year-old was trailbike-riding
with companions when when he saw a
herd of about eight of the horses crossing
the trail in front of them, Greenlea rescue
helicopter pilot Nat Every said.
"At some point one of the horses,
possibly another originally unsighted
horse, knocked the man from his
motorbike and proceeded to kick him
several times, before moving o ."
e man su ered a fracture to his
His situation was made more
unpleasant by a passing electrical storm
that moved directly overhead, with
emergency service sta having to work
in torrential rain in the middle of a large
open eld while lightning struck the
surrounding hills, Mr Every said.
He was own by rescue helicopter to
Waikato Hospital. --- APNZ
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