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A mother of one killed in a
suspected domestic incident had
texted her sister saying someone
was "creeping around" her house,
but it was not read until it was too
late to help. It is understood a man
allegedly used a rock to assault
26-year-old Jasmine Cooper at a
Coronation Street house in Te Hana,
north of Warkworth. Police were
called just after 4am yesterday. Her
child was not there. Shortly after,
police arrested a 40-year-old man
known to her. He was at a house
in Warkworth, about 25km away.
A man is expected to appear in the
North Shore District Court today.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Man's body found
Searchers have found the body of
an 81-year-old man in the eastern
Bay of Plenty. Police and searchers
recovered the body of Whanarua Bay
man Reginald Brooking yesterday
afternoon in the Whanarua Bay area,
near Te Kaha. Mr Brooking's family
had reported him missing from his
home last ursday. --- APNZ
P lab fire suspected
A "suspicious re" at a house in
Pokeno, south of Auckland, yesterday
has police investigating a possible P
lab. Fire northern communications
shift commander Nicole Bernard said
re ghters were called to a house in a
rural area on Helenslee Road at 4pm.
e re was "well involved" when
crews arrived, she said. Police said
a clandestine laboratory team was
attended. It was not known if anyone
was home at the time.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A man has been charged with
arson over a re that destroyed a
house almost two years ago. e
house in Irvine Road at Purua, north
of Whangarei, was allegedly set
alight between February 22 and 23,
2012, while the owner was overseas.
A 51-year-old man will appear in
the Whangarei District Court today.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Crash victim named
e woman killed in a weekend
crash in Bay of Plenty has been
named by police. Holly Davis, 19, of
Galatea, was the only occupant in
the car which crashed on Troutbeck
Road, some 15km north-east of
Murupara about 6pm on Saturday.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Woman badly bashed
An attack has left a Whakatane
woman in Waikato Hospital with
serious facial injuries. A rescue
helicopter was called at 10pm on
Sunday to a Whakatane address,
where a 56-year-old woman had
been assaulted in her home. She was
accompanied on the ight by her
partner. Police are investigating.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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China's rst and only aircraft carrier has
successfully carried out a series of tests during
a training mission in the disputed South China
Sea, State media reported overnight.
is month's drills o the coast of Hainan
Island mark not only the rst time China has
sent a carrier into the South China Sea but
the rst time it has manoeuvred with the kind
of strike group of escort ships United States
carriers deploy, according to regional military
o cers and analysts.
e Liaoning has carried out more than 100
tests, including of its combat systems, and
training tasks since early December, the o cial
English-language China Daily said.
" e Liaoning successfully performed several
tests of the combat system today and organised
for the rst time comprehensive combat
training," the newspaper cited the navy saying
in a statement.
" rough this operation, we tested the carrier's
combat capability and tried the performance of
its propulsion and seaworthiness."
e mission has been characterised by "a large
number of tests, rigorous standards, complicated
circumstances as well as collaboration with
multiple military units", it added.
e carrier is being escorted by two destroyers
and two frigates.
" e South China Sea has deep waters, strong
wind and big waves, making it a suitable place
for the aircraft carrier to conduct tests and
training," the China Daily quoted the Liaoning's
captain, Zhang Zheng, as saying.
Zhang said drills included practising
defending against hostile aircraft, ships and
submarines in simulations.
e Liaoning --- a Soviet-era ship bought
from Ukraine in 1998 and re- tted in a Chinese
shipyard --- has long been a symbol of China's
After two decades of double-digit increases
in the military budget, China's admirals plan
to develop a full blue-water navy capable of
defending growing economic interests as well as
disputed territory in the South and East China
Carrier strike groups sit at the core of those
ambitions --- and successfully operating the
60,000-tonne Liaoning is the rst step in what
State media and some military experts believe
will be China's deployment of several locally-
built carriers by 2020.
e USS Cowpens narrowly avoided colliding
with a Chinese warship escorting the Liaoning
while operating in international waters on
December 5, the US Navy said earlier. US
Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on ursday
called the Chinese ship's actions "irresponsible".
China's o cial Xinhua news agency said the
Cowpens was "warned" by the carrier task force,
adding the US vessel was "intentionally" putting
the Liaoning under sur veillance. --- Reuters
Kiwibank has become the third bank in
a week to lift its mortgage rates.
Kiwibank said from today it would
increase its one-year home loan rate
from 5.25% to 5.45% while its two-year
rate would increase from 5.65% to 5.95%
for borrowers with at least 20% equity.
Borrowers with less than 20% equity
will have to pay 6.29% per annum for the
two-year xed rate.
Kiwibank said it had lifted rates
because of increased costs.
" e changes have been made as a
result of increased costs of wholesale
funding," the bank said in a statement.
Kiwibank's move follows that of ANZ
and Westpac which lifted mortgage rates
last week by between nine and 34 points.
Westpac increased its two-year rate to
6.29% for those with at least 20% equity
and 6.89% for those with less than 20%
ANZ boosted its two-year xed
rate from 5.95 to 6.29% for standard
borrowers and from 6.45 to 6.79 for low
Both ASB and BNZ have said their
rates are under constant review.
Earlier this month the Reser ve Bank
kept the o cial cash rate at 2.5% but
warned the rate would rise next year.
e mortgage rate changes are a blow
to borrowers but savers are nally seeing
some bene ts.
Kiwibank said it would also increase its
term deposit rates.
It has lifted its two-year rate by 25
points, three-year rate by 30 points and
four-year rate by 25 points. e rates on
its term deposits range between 4.65%
ANZ also increased its deposit rates
last week by between 10 and 25 points.
Its two-year term deposit rate is now at
4.75%. --- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Building engineers will inspect an
Auckland cinema, after a young girl was
treated for minor injuries this morning
after part of the ceiling collapsed.
About 16 square metres of ceiling
panels and air conditioning equipment
fell about 4m on to a seating area in the
foyer of Event Cinemas in Newmarket.
A young girl was treated by ambulance
sta for scratches to her hand, cinema
sta said, while an ambulance spokesman
said one person received minor injuries.
e venue has recently undergone
refurbishment work. However, no work
had been done on the ceiling, Event
Cinemas' area manager Ryan Novak said.
" e builders are coming in to assess
what's gone on, but other than that I
really don't know what's happened, to be
honest," he said.
Building engineers were also being
called in to inspect the ceiling, Mr
A cordon had been placed around the
area directly underneath the collapse,
where debris was lying and wires were
Children were milling around just
25 minutes after the collapse, with the
cinema continuing to trade throughout.
Customers were advised to stay away
from the area. --- APNZ
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Blue water navy plans take shape
Pope Francis, Benedict
Mikhail Kalashnikov, the
designer of the assault ri e that
has killed more people than
any other rearm in the world,
died overnight aged 94, Russian
o cials said.
Kalashnikov, who was in his 20s
when he created the AK-47 just
after World War Two, died in his
home city of Izhevsk near the
Ural Mountains, where his gun
is still made, a spokesman for the
Udmurtia province's president
said on State television.
e spokesman did not give the
cause of death. Kalashnikov was
tted with a electric heartbeat
stimulator at a Moscow hospital
in June and had been in hospital
in Izhevsk since November 17,
State media reported.
e AK-47, which rarely jams
even in adverse conditions,
went into ser vice in the Soviet
armed forces in 1949. Today,
Kalashnikov ri es are still a
mainstay of Russia's armed forces
e weapon of choice for
guerrillas, the gun and its imitations
have been used in con icts around
the world for decades.
At a lavish Kremlin ceremony
on Kalashnikov's 90th birthday,
Medvedev bestowed on him the
highest State honour --- the Hero
of Russia gold star medal --- and
lauded him for creating "the
national brand every Russian is
proud of ".
Kalashnikov, a son of Siberian
peasants who never nished
school, said pride in his famous
invention was mixed with the
pain of seeing it used by criminals
and child soldiers. --- Reuters
Pope Francis made a Christmas
visit to Pope Emeritus Benedict
overnight and said he found his
86-year-old predecessor looking
well, according to television
footage released by the Vatican.
Pope Francis, who was elected
in March, spent about 30 minutes
with his predecessor in an
ex-convent on the Vatican
grounds where the former pope
has been living in near isolation.
"It's a pleasure to see you
looking so well," Pope Francis
told Benedict, who in February
became the rst pope in 600
years to step down instead of
ruling for life.
Television footage released
by the Vatican --- only the
fourth time Benedict has been
lmed since his resignation ---
showed him looking alert and
in better health than on previous
He greeted Pope Francis, 77,
at the door of the residence,
standing with an ivory-handled
wooden cane. ey walked to
a chapel where they stood and
prayed before speaking privately
in another room.
When Pope Francis left
Benedict, he said,
Christmas, pray for me."
Benedict responded, "Always,
Benedict resigned on February
28, saying he no longer had the
physical and spiritual strength
to lead the 1.2 billion member
Roman Catholic Church.
AK-47 designer Mikhail
Kalashnikov dies at 94
Russian capital f light concern
Pet owners who dish up a plate
of Christmas dinner for their cats
and dogs could be inadvertently
poisoning them, according to
Almost a quarter of the 867
people who said they would
give their pets a festive treat
were unaware that many of the
traditional Christmas trimmings
are toxic to cats and dogs, a survey
by the animal charity found.
Last year more than a dozen
dogs were admitted to RSPCA
hospitals after being treated
to Christmas dinner by their
Foods which cause illness in
animals include grapes, raisins
and sultanas, which can cause
kidney failure, and chocolate,
which contains theobromine
and can cause ts, comas and
heart failure, the charity said.
Christmas treats toxic for pets
Russia has made no progress in
2013 in ensuring that legal and
property rights are respected or in
promoting long-term economic
growth, Deputy Prime Minister
Igor Shuvalov said in a televised
inter view overnight.
Shuvalov, an ally of Russian
president Vladimir Putin,
seemed to be echoing alarm
expressed by Putin earlier in
December about how capital
ight is damaging the economy,
which is growing at its slowest
pace in four years.
Putin conceded for the rst
time this month that the
problems were home-grown.
Kremlin crackdowns on political
opposition in recent years have
heightened investor concerns
about the rule of law, a slowing
economy and shoddy treatment
of minority shareholders, driving
an exit of capital that is deterring
investment and hurting the
economy. --- Reuters
An estimated 5kg of mercury
spilled in a residential Napier
property yesterday, triggering
a major hazardous chemicals
response by emergency services
which required road closures and
mobile shower units.
What began as a simple garage
clean out just after 1.30pm
ended in road closures and tra c
diversions as emergency ser vices
worked to clean up the chemical
A mercury spill can be
dangerous due to the risk of
ongoing exposure to its toxic
vapours, with mercury poisoning
often presenting as u-like
e occupant of the Kennedy
Road, Onekawa, house said he
had no idea the mercury was
there as up to 30 re ghters came
and went from the scene --- each
crew member who helped deal
with the spill going through
rigorous showers and scrub-
e man, who asked not to be
named, said he was carrying out
a pre-Christmas clean out of old
tools and other items stored in
Many of the items, including
the container of mercury, had
come from his grandfather who
had been a farmer.
e man said he had no idea
what the mercury would have
been used for.
"I've only been in the house for
about six months, but I've had the
tools for years, we were just going
to get rid of it."
e container had been placed
in a large fruit bin and he was
carrying it outside when it fell
out and broke. He and a friend
helping him recognised it as
mercury and carefully swept up as
much as they could with a brush
"I reckon we got about 95% of
it," he said, adding that the rest
had spilled down into cracks in
"We didn't know how to get
it out of the cracks so rang the
National Poisons Centre and they
told us to go down and see the
Realising his children and
others would be in the backyard
area on Christmas Day, the two
went quickly to the Napier re
station to raise the alarm and get
some advice about the spill.
"We just didn't want to take any
risks with young kids around."
Senior re ghter and scene
commander Mark Magill said he
had never come across a mercury
spill before in his long career; nor
had other o cers.
ey took no chances, calling
in specialist hazardous chemical
o cers and alerting the District
Health Board and the Hawke's
Bay Regional Council.
e two men were taken back
to the scene and went through
an extensive body wash and
a thorough check by St John
ambulance sta .
Mr Magill said the National
Poisons Centre had advised on
cleaning up, but it was the biggest
spill its sta had come across.
"It's normally a little bit out of a
thermometer, never had this kind
Six re appliances as well as the
Hazmat unit attended, along with
the mobile shower wash units.
By 3.15pm Mr Magill said
the spill was contained, but
the removal was di cult. After
advice from chemical experts it
was decided to use syringes and
pipettes to draw the mercury out
of the cracks.
While there was no major
danger from fumes, the occupants
of the house immediately next
door and downwind were advised
to close all doors and windows.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Big call-out to major mercury spill
PICTURE: Hawke's Bay Today
Fire ghters attend a mercury spill on Kennedy Road, in Napier.
A Hamilton business owner is ghting
for his life after he was hit in the head
with a super-sized glass jug while trying
to break up a bar ght between his
employees and another group.
e incident has shaken the bar owner
so much, he has vowed to stop selling
alcohol in the super jugs, which hold 1.8
litres of beer.
Trevor Cochrane, 55, was at end-
of-year drinks with about 10 guests
--- employees and family members --- at
the Still Working Bar in Chartwell on
A dispute started outside after one
of Mr Cochrane's Dinsdale Drywall
employees beat another patron in an
" e boy lost," a bar sta er said. "He
was trying to say he hadn't lost, that his
wrist was still upright."
e bar sta member said he had
watched CCTV footage of the 9pm
incident and was shocked.
"I saw (a patron) line the jug up and
throw it into the middle of the crowd."
It hit Mr Cochrane in the back of the
head. He collapsed unconscious, and a
brawl broke out between his employees
and another group.
e sta er said one of Mr Cochrane's
daughters and her partner were inside
when he was felled and rushed outside
Toby Elliottyson, general manager of
nearby restaurant Chophouse by Smith
and McKenzie, said his wife called police
when they saw up to 20 people involved
in the brawl.
"While she was on the phone to police
the ambulance pulled up and they
started ghting again so the ambulance
left. ey came back when police
Mr Cochrane, who sponsors V8 driver
Bronson Porter and supplies him with a
car for the Super Six Saloon Series, is a
regular at the bar for after-work drinks.
e sta er described him as a "nice
guy" and "hard worker".
Mr Cochrane had surgery on Saturday
morning to relieve pressure on his brain.
Last night, he remained in an induced
coma and in critical condition in
Detective senior sergeant Mark Greene
of the Waikato CIB said it appeared Mr
Cochrane was an innocent victim.
Police arrested and charged a man after
reviewing the CCTV footage of the
e 23-year-old, who is listed as a
Hamilton engineer on court documents,
appeared in the Hamilton District
Court yesterday charged with reckless
disregard for the safety of others causing
grievous bodily harm.
He is to reappear in court on January 28.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A Hawke's Bay couple are
recovering from a terrifying, violent
attack at their farm in South Africa,
where they had intended to spend
Piet and Jacoba van Wyk
emigrated from South Africa to
Takapau eight years ago.
ey bought a lifestyle block but
still regularly return to a farm Mr
van Wyk owns near the town of
Boshof in the heart of Free State
eir daughter, Rhodien van
Niekirk, who also lives in Takapau,
said that last Sunday morning Mr
van Wyk, 71, and Mrs van Wyk, 63,
went to check on their livestock
"When they returned to the
farmhouse at approximately 3pm,
they were fetching water for their
pigs when Jacoba screamed as she
saw three young men storming
towards them from both sides of
e three had rearms which they
had taken from Mr van Wyk's gun
safe inside the house. ey started
shooting at the couple, who had
quickly run into the house and
locked the front door behind them,
Mrs van Niekirk said.
e men had shot at them
through the glass and steel plate of
the front door, then had run around
the house to the back door.
Mr and Mrs van Wyk had also
rushed to the back door to try to
block it from the inside, but the
three men shot and hacked the
wooden back door to tatters and
gained access to the house.
" ey bashed Piet over the head
with the shovel and the butt of a
shotgun. e attack was so violent
that the butt of the shotgun broke.
" e men then overpowered Piet
and Jacoba and tied their hands and
feet together. ey continuously
punched and kicked them violently.
ey cut and ripped their shirts
o and boiled water to pour over
" ey were torturing Piet and
Jacoba, telling them, 'We are going
to kill you', while demanding
money and diamonds," Mrs van
At one point, one of the attackers,
who had a bottle of whisky, tried
to force Mrs van Wyk to drink it,
while telling her that he was going
to rape her. He violently stomped
and stood on the couple's legs.
"He then dragged Jacoba to the
bathroom, tied her hands behind
her back and shoved her into the
bathtub. He shoved a potato into
her mouth and secured it in place
by tying a sock around her head."
Mrs van Niekirk said the attackers
had borrowed, at the same time
taking the keys to a utility vehicle
that was there so they could not be
In touch with her parents by
phone following the incident, Mrs
van Niekirk said police found the
car in a town about 70km away but
the attackers were still at large.
After the attack, the pair went
to a doctor, and were recovering
although still shaken. ey were due
to return to Takapau on January 7.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Couple recovering from SA attack
A multi-million-dollar claim brought
by the Ministry of Education over leaky
schools has been settled.
e Government has hailed the result
as a crucial win for the schooling sector,
although details of the settlement with
James Hardie Industries have not been
e test case in the High Court
at Auckland against cladding
manufacturers relates to several thousand
leaky buildings at schools.
Late yesterday afternoon the ministry
announced it had settled with Australian
building products company James
Hardie's two New Zealand subsidiaries,
James Hardie NZ Ltd and Studorp Ltd.
Legal action against other defendants
in the case --- Carter Holt Har vey Ltd
and CSR Building Products (NZ) Ltd
--- is ongoing.
e decision to go after cladding
manufacturers, in addition to builders
and architects, had made the legal action
an important test case.
Associate Education Minister Nikki
Kaye said the settlement included
mutually bene cial terms to the supply
of certain James Hardie products.
e ministry was a signi cant client
of building supplies, she said, with the
school property portfolio including
more than 29,000 buildings.
" is agreement strengthens the
Government's ability to signi cantly
address weather-tightness issues in our
schools and support future investments
in school property --- without the need
for lengthy court action."
e Ministry and James Hardie both
agreed to keep details of the agreement
con dential. Ms Kaye said it represented
a "win-win" for both parties.
In a statement, James Hardie said the
settlement would "not have a material
adverse impact" on its business results.
e cost for full remediation of leaky
buildings across all schools has been put
at around $1.5 billion.
Earlier this year the ministry was
ghting more than 100 leaky building
legal cases in the court system.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Leaky schools settlement
Two people are in hospital with serious
injuries after a crash in Palmerston
Police said both had to be cut from
their vehicles after a van and a car
towing a trailer collided on No 1 Line,
on the outskirts of the city, about 4.40pm
Inspector Hector Douglas said that
two people were taken to Palmerston
North Hospital with serious injuries.
Two badly hurt in collision
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