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Crash claims life
A person was killed after the car
they were driving crashed in Bay of
Plenty on Saturday. Police said the
vehicle rolled on Troutbeck Road,
Galatea, south of Whakatane, shortly
after 6pm. e sole occupant su ered
serious injuries and was own from
the scene by rescue helicopter. ey
died on their way to hospital. No
other details were available.
Truck driver critical
A truck driver is su ering life
threatening injuries after a truck
and trailer unit rolled down a bank
in south Waikato on Saturday. e
crash happened on State highway
1, near Lake Karapiro just after
2.30pm. e driver was initially
trapped and was taken to hospital
with critical injuries, Inspector
Steve Kose of northern police
communications said. --- APNZ
Quad bike mishap
A girl has been injured after falling
o the back of a quad bike. A rescue
helicopter was sent to the incident
in the Marlborough Sounds early
yesterday afternoon. e girl had
been on the back of the quad bike
when she fell o and su ered head
injuries. e helicopter was able to
land nearby, and the girl was assessed
and treated by the paramedic on
board. She was then own to the
Wairau Hospital in Blenheim for
further treatment. --- APNZ
Indecency case put off
Historic indecency allegations
against 71-year-old Palmerston
man Leonard James Mulholland
have been adjourned to the Oamaru
District Court. Mulholland did
not appear in the Dunedin District
Court on Friday to face 10 charges
of indecently assaulting 10 boys
on various dates between May 10,
1980 and December 13, 2010. His
case was adjourned by a registrar
to January 29 in Oamaru. No
application was made for name
suppression. --- Otago Daily Times
ree tickets, sold in Tauranga,
Papatoetoe and Red Beach
(Auckland), have won their holders
$333,333 each in division one of
Lotto draw No 1385. Successful
numbers were 4, 7, 12, 19, 20, 25;
bonus 15. Strike numbers were 25,
12, 19, 7. ere were three Strike
Four winners, from Christchurch,
Masterton and Rotorua, each taking
home $72,393. Powerball number 3.
ere was no division one winner.
e Winning Wheel ticket was
sold in Cromwell. e winner from
Christchurch spun for $150,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9638: 6,
8, 10, 12, 21, 27, 34, 37, 40, 47, 51, 57,
58, 59, 62, 66, 68, 78, 79, 80. Draw No
9639: 2, 22, 27, 33, 35, 37, 38, 39, 41,
43, 51, 54, 55, 57, 61, 64, 68, 70, 71, 79.
Draw No 9640: 1, 3, 6, 10, 11, 13, 15,
16, 31, 32, 34, 37, 45, 51, 53, 54, 58, 71,
74, 79. Draw No 9641: 1, 2, 8, 12, 19,
21, 26, 34, 39, 40, 43, 45, 46, 49, 54, 55,
62, 65, 79, 80.
Broadband, phone too dear
British celebrity chef
Nigella Lawson faces a police
investigation into claims of
cocaine use which emerged
during her personal assistants'
fraud trial after a U-turn by
Scotland Yard, the Sunday
Italian sisters Elisabetta and
Francesca Grillo were cleared on
Friday of fraudulently spending
£685,000 ($1.362 million) on
a company credit card owned
by Lawson's then-husband, the
millionaire art collector Charles
e assistants claimed Lawson
had allowed them to spend
thousands of pounds on designer
handbags, rst-class ights and
other luxuries if they kept quiet
about her cocaine use.
Following the verdict, London's
Metropolitan Police said they
would not be investigating
allegations of drug use by the
But Commander Stephen
Watson told the Telegraph that
he did not think "the full colour
of the Metropolitan Police
Service's position was conveyed
in that statement".
"We will use specialist resources
from within the Metropolitan
Police Ser vice to examine all the
evidence which emerged as part
of a review into this matter," the
senior policeman explained.
"At some point once that
review is included, presumably
in conjunction with the Crown
Prosecution Ser vice, we will
determine a way forward.
" ere are implications in terms
of what has been said during the
course of that trial and all those
implications will be taken into
account," he added, according to
the pap er.
Lawson, a self-styled "domestic
goddess" who has made a fortune
with her television series and
cookbooks in Britain and the
United States, insisted she was
not addicted to drugs and had
used cocaine and cannabis only
occasionally in the past.
e glamorous tv chef
complained during the trial
that she was treated more like a
defendant than a witness, after
the assistants' lawyers repeatedly
grilled her about the drug
allegations. --- AFP
Fire ghters yesterday contained
a large bush re that came
dangerously close to destroying
the main power feed between the
North and South Islands.
outbuildings were destroyed in
the blaze at Port Under wood,
20km east of Picton, but re
crews managed to save a further
ve houses that were threatened
by the 6ha blaze.
Two re ghters also su ered
minor injuries, one from the
Koromiko Rural Fire Force
who was overcome by smoke
and a Fire Service member who
bruised his ribs and a kidney
when he slipped and fell.
e re started at 3pm yesterday
when a tree came down across
" ere was no call of re in the
initial stages but we dispatched
two helicopters anyway, given the
remoteness of the site and the
high probability that any downed
power line in 35-knot winds
would cause a re," Marlborough
Kaikoura Rural Fire Authority
principal rural re o cer Richard
"Unfortunately, when the rst
aircraft got there the rst house
had already been a ected by re
with smoke coming out from
under the eves so we stood no
chance of saving that one but by
getting aircraft in there quickly,
re crews managed to save ve
other houses that were under
Up to 10 residents were forced
to evacuate from the area while
re crews battled the out-of-
e isolated location combined
with strong winds and steep
terrain meant the operation was
very di cult.
e re came dangerously close
to the high voltage direct current
(HVDC) inter-island link, which
connects the North and South
Island's electricity networks.
" at would have been very
ugly," Mr McNamara said.
e re was fully contained
but crews remained at the scene
dampening down hot spots.
"We've worked very hard to
save those houses and we don't
want to lose them now."
Residents had last night been
told they could go back to their
Mr McNamara praised the
e orts of the re crews and
"Without them, we would have
lost at least ve houses and the
main DC link would have been
under threat. It was a fantastic
e ort in a very remote area.
Everyone did their best for the
residents out there."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
NZ power link
New Zealanders are paying almost
a third more for some phone and
internet bundles than the average
of the countries in the Organisation
for Economic Co-operation and
A report from the Commerce
Commission also found stand-alone
voice ser vices are among the most
costly in developed nations, Radio
New Zealand reported today.
e commission said most
customers are now buying broadband
and phone services together.
It says a bundle with 60 gigabytes
of data still costs 30% more than the
OECD average, even though the
price has dropped 14% over the past
Figures for internet and phone
packages with half this data show
New Zealand lagging behind
Denmark, Mexico and Ireland.
For voice-only ser vices, the cost
can be 43% above the average from
But the commission said prices
were more competitive for broadband
bought without phone services,
known as naked broadband.
e price for a broadband-only
service has dropped 41% in two years
and are 4% less than the OECD
average, the commission said. Still,
those prices were only available
to subscribers with an on-account
mobile, it said.
e report says the average broad-
band user in New Zealand is now
using 23 gigabytes of data a month.
Dr Stephen Gale said competition
from mobile and other services seems
to have at least stopped Telecom from
raising its standard charge, which has
remained at $50 a month since June
Dr Gale said bundled broadband
and phone prices are higher because it
is expensive for some internet service
providers to o er phone ser vices,
which some buy from Telecom and
sell it on, and because broadband
itself is not cost-based.
e commission is responsible
for monitoring and reporting on
telecommunications markets and the
performance and development of
those markets. --- NZN
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North Korean purge widens
More than 100 relatives of Jang Song
aek, who was executed by ring squad
on charges of plotting to overthrow the
North Korean State, have reportedly
been arrested and sent to prison camps.
Security o cials are said to have
descended on a suburb of Pyongyang,
the capital, to round up family members
of Jang, who was uncle by marriage to
Kim Jong Un, 30, the reclusive State's
Although it is common in North Korea
for family members of anyone found
guilty of a crime also to be punished,
the scale of the latest arrests underlines
the lengths to which the country's new
leader is going to eradicate his former
mentor from the nation's history.
"About 10 on the night of (December)
13, the day after Jang was executed,
armed men from the Ministry of State
Security arrived in the Pyongchon
area of Pyongyang, where a lot of his
relations lived," a source in the North
Korean capital told the Daily NK news
website, which is run by defectors based
in South Korea.
" ey took away a few hundred people.
It was not just his close relations, but
distant members of his family too,
like relations of his father. In these
circumstances, even his relations outside
Pyongyang are not safe." --- AP
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un,
right, anked by his uncle North
Korean politician Jang Song aek, in
Champagne corks have popped across
Spain as the annual El Gordo (Fat One)
Christmas lottery, which has the world's
biggest total payout, spread $3.73 billion
in prizes around the country, where one
in four is out of work.
Millions of people were glued to tv sets
as children from a Madrid school that
used to be a home for orphans picked
wooden balls bearing the winning
numbers and prizes out of two giant
golden tumblers and then sang them out
in a live draw lasting over three hours.
Unlike other big lotteries that generate
just a few big winners, Spain's Christmas
lottery aims for a share-the-wealth
system rather than a single jackpot, and
thousands of numbers yield at least some
kind of return.
Prizes range from the face value of a
$33 ticket --- in other words you get
your money back --- to the top prize of
$666,249 which this year went to the
A total of 1600 tickets with that
number were sold --- just over half of
them in Leganes, a working class suburb
south of Madrid that is home to around
Before Spain's property-led economic
boom collapsed in 2008, sending the
jobless rate soaring to 26%, winners
often talked of buying new cars or taking
a luxury holiday.
Now they mostly speak about paying
their mortgage and helping their
is year's lucky winners will, however,
get slimmed down prizes as a new law
sees a 20% tax slapped on all winnings
above $4163. --- AFP
$3.7b jackpot brings
A cargo train has derailed in a
sprawling Nairobi slum, injuring at
least six people as it crashed into
makeshift homes where people are
feared still trapped, rescuers and
Transport Minister Michael Kamau,
who was at the scene, told journalists
that six injured had so far been taken to
hospital after the crash.
"We have rescued six people, most of
them were crying out from the structures
that were crushed and they couldn't
move, but we managed to dig out and
rescue them," Johnson Maina of the re
ser vice said.
Local people suggested casualties may
be lower than initially feared as most
of those whose houses were destroyed
appear not to have been at home when
the accident happened, having either left
for church or gone back to their villages
for the Christmas holidays.
e Red Cross had earlier said that
"scores were feared trapped". --- AFP
Freight train derails in Nairobi slum
French police have stepped up their
search for a Chinese billionaire and two
others feared dead after their helicopter
crashed as he was surveying a newly
purchased vineyard in south-west
ere was little hope of nding alive
Lam Kok, a 46-year-old Chinese tea
and property tycoon, his interpreter
and adviser Peng Wang, or winemaker
James Gregoire after police on Saturday
recovered the body of Lam's 12-year-
old son from the back of the wrecked
helicopter lying in 7m of water in the
e four had boarded the helicopter
piloted by Gregoire on Friday to make
a celebratory tour of a Bordeaux chateau
and wine-growing estate that Lam had
just bought from the Frenchman.
e wreckage of the yellow and black
Robinson R44 helicopter was to be
lifted from the water today.--- AFP
France steps up search for tycoon
It took ve hours, 10 minutes and
four seconds for hang-gliding pilot
John Smith to set a New Zealand
record on ursday, ying from
Queenstown to Tekapo --- and
seven hours for him to return to
Queenstown by car.
Mr Smith, 43, who spends summers
in the resort and winters in Dunedin,
ew the record-breaking 172.4km,
during which he reached speeds of
up to 93.9kph, after taking o from
Coronet Peak at 1.15pm and landing
at Sebastapol, Red Tarns at 6.25pm.
e previous record was held
by Dave Newton, who ew from
Motueka to Murchison, a distance of
167km about ve years ago, while the
world record was set last year in Texas
by Dustin Martin and Jonny Durand,
Mr Smith said he had own the
route for the rst time only last
month, getting as far as Omarama.
"I could see the potential for going
e Extreme Air Hang-gliding and
Paragliding School instructor taught
on ursday morning, but realised
conditions would be ideal for his
"It was really nice conditions --- I
went through the back right to
Wanaka, it's the most beautiful
scenery through there.
" ere are no roads going through
there, so if you land it's going to be
quite an e ort getting out."
After crossing to Hawea Mr Smith
said he travelled through the Lindis
Pass and "got low a couple of times"
before encountering more strong
thermals through the McKenzie
Country, carrying him to his nal
" e sea breeze was pouring in over
the hills, but it held o .
"I was thrilled to be able to make it."
--- Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
John Smith, a part-time Queenstown resident, who set the New Zealand
record for the longest distance travelled in a hang-glider on ursday, ying
172.4km from Coronet Peak to Tekapo.
A senior Auckland lawyer has been
found guilty of ve charges including
misconduct and incompetence after
charging a couple embroiled in a leaky
home dispute more than $1 million.
e Lawyers' and Conveyancers'
Tribunal said Eion Castles' billing
practices were disgraceful, deplorable
and repugnant, Radio New Zealand
e couple, known as Mr and Mrs W,
had to borrow from friends and family
and sell their home to pay the bill.
Two senior lawyers who reviewed
Mr Castles' rates found he should have
charged about $460,000 for his services
but instead his bill came in at more than
e tribunal also found Mr Castles
breached client privilege when he told
a relative of the couple about their ill-
health. It said it was likely he did this to
encourage the relative to lend money to
the couple so he would have his bill paid.
e fate of the lawyer's 41-year career
will be decided at a disciplinary hearing
in February. --- NZN
Lawyer found guilty
of 'disgraceful' fees
e family of a worker
killed at the Port of
Lyttelton on Saturday
morning say he had only
just begun work and was
rebuilding his life after his
Warren Ritchie, 49, died
after being struck in the
chest by machinery while
in the hold of a vessel
berthed at the port.
His mother Helen
Dungey, 68, said the family
was struggling with the loss of a "caring
and gentle man".
"He had been hit very hard by the
break-up with his wife, it broke his
heart, and he had spent a year wallowing,
really," Ms Dungey said.
Unions have called for a review of
health and safety at the Port of Lyttelton
after Mr Ritchie's death and another
death last month of contractor Bill Frost.
Mr Ritchie's late father Barry was also
a waterfront worker, and he came from
a long line of hard workers from the
Lyttelton area, Ms Dungey said.
"After he'd decided to get back to work,
he went casual at the port for a while and
he'd just been full time for a few months.
He'd got himself a room
in Lyttelton and he was
just getting on with things
Ms Dungey said she
had heard only a little
of what had occurred in
the accident. She said
workmates were with him
and he hadn't su ered.
" ere'll be a big
investigation. I believe it's
case of being in the wrong
place at the wrong time.
I've been talking with the Maritime
Union, the port's people and the health
and safety ones. ey've been all very
good with the family."
Mr Ritchie was a seaman for some
years but gave up the ships to settle
with his wife and was a bakery worker
based in Christchurch for a long time
before recently returning to the Port of
Lyttelton, his mother said.
"He was a good lad, a wonderful son.
He has two sisters, Michelle and Donna.
He had no children but he adored his
four nieces and nephews. We really don't
know what we'll do now."
Mr Ritchie's funeral will be on Friday.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
hits family hard
Nuclear survival film to
be shot in Canterbury
A star-studded lm set in a
remote valley which survives a
nuclear holocaust will be shot in
New Zealand early next year.
Film New Zealand con rmed
yesterday that lming on Z for
Zachariah --- based on the 1974
science ction children's novel by
Robert O'Brien --- would begin
in Canterbury late next month.
e movie will be produced by
Hollywood star Tobey Maguire's
company and will star Chris
Pine, Amanda Seyfried and
2014 Golden Globe nominee
e lm-makers decided to use
New Zealand after scouting for
locations last month.
Director Craig Zobel said he
was immediately impressed by
the possibilities of lming here.
"New Zealand o ers a great
variety of options for this type
of lm; in particular, we needed
to match some of the more
beautiful parts of the United
States. New Zealand is epic and
picturesque, with the lush and
vibrant nature this story requires.
ere are so many di erent looks
close together that you can only
get in a place like this."
Shooting will take place in
locations on Banks Peninsula and
Film NZ chief executive
Gisella Carr said the decision
to shoot here was a testament
to the country's reputation for
"We are thrilled such a
prestigious project is coming to
New Zealand. To see a seminal
piece of children's literature
brought to the screen here with
a celebrated cast and production
team is tremendous.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Sachets of alcohol designed to be
slipped discreetly into purses and pockets
are being sold in liquor stores, alarming
police and alcohol-watch groups.
Branded as Cheeky and Sneaky, the
shots are easily concealed, palm-sized
alcopops promoted as drinks to carry
all the time. Already banned by some
retailers in Britain, they are the cheapest
single drink on sale, at just $2.
Each Cheeky plastic pouch contains
25ml of avoured liquor with a 20%
alcohol content and claims to pack
"more punch than your average RTD
A rival Sneaky shot contains 21%
alcohol and its dedicated Facebook page
shows pictures of apparent drunkenness.
e Cheeky website emphasises the
convenience of concealing the condom-
like sachets in wallets and pockets and
teases about hiding them in comfortable
A social media campaign also pushes
an "anytime, anywhere" message and
says the shot may come in handy "while
shing at sea or a night out on the town".
Cheeky part-owner Lewis Gyde said
the product was a new way to carry
portion-controlled shots of alcohol.
"It means, if you are going to the
beach or on a shing trip, rather than
carrying around a six-pack, you can take
one small can of Coke and a couple of
sachets to drink."
e sachets were intended to be diluted
with mixers, he said.
Police alcohol harm prevention
manager Inspector Ben O ner said
he was "dismayed, to be honest. We're
exploring our options on how we can
in uence their availability".
He said it was disturbing the product
was clearly directed at young people and
encouraging them to circumvent the law.
Last week, the Sale and Supply of
Alcohol Act 2012 brought sweeping
changes to curb New Zealand's drinking
culture, including early closing times
and nes for ser ving drunk people.
Police are now able to issue $250 spot
nes to people breaching alcohol bans.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Alarm at cheap
booze in sachets
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