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A Tauranga man is dead after
going into cardiac arrest while diving
o the coast of Motiti Island. He
has been named as Blair Kiddle,
42. e Coastguard and a rescue
helicopter were called to the boat
about one nautical mile o the south
coast of Motiti Island about 3pm on
Wednesday. Police said Mr Kiddle
lost consciousness when he surfaced
and sank to the sea oor. One of
his friends dived down and pulled
him to the surface and into the boat.
e death has been referred to the
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
A man found dead on a walking
track in the Coromandel has been
identi ed by relatives, police say.
e man, whose name has not been
released, was a 50-year-old from
Rotorua, Tairua police sergeant
Damien O'Kane said. e man's
body was found on Wednesday,
and his body was own to Waikato
Hospital on New Year's Day. Mr
O'Kane said relatives identi ed the
man at the hospital last night.
A west Auckland shop was gutted
by re on Wednesday night. e Fire
Service was called to the block of
shops in Glenmall Place, Glen Eden,
at 1.30am. Northern communications
centre shift manager Nicole Bernard
said the shop was well ablaze when
re ghters arrived. It was not yet
known how the re started but it was
being treated as suspicious, she said.
Vehicle blown o road
Strong winds blew a vehicle o the
road in central Otago last evening.
Police attended the non-injury
crash on State highway 6 between
Cromwell and Luggate. Police
warned there were strong winds in
the area and motorists should take
care. --- Otago Daily Times
Road closed after crash
South Head Road near Helensville,
north of Auckland, was closed while
emergency services retrieved a truck
which rolled just after 8am today.
No one was seriously injured in the
crash. --- APNZ
Big Wednesday draw
ere was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 428.
Successful numbers were 4, 18, 36,
38, 39, 42; coin toss, heads.
Numbers in Keno draw 9658: 2, 9,
14, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 33, 37, 38,
39, 45, 50, 58, 59, 69, 71, 77. Draw No
38, 42, 49, 50, 53, 68, 69, 71, 74. Draw
No 9660: 10, 26, 37, 38, 39, 44, 47, 48,
49, 50, 52, 58, 65, 66, 68, 72, 74, 75,
78, 80. Draw No 9661: 1, 15, 19, 23,
24, 29, 35, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 50, 55, 58,
65, 70, 73, 77, 78. Draw No 9662: 4,
12, 13, 17, 19, 22, 24, 40, 42, 46, 49, 50,
51, 54, 59, 61, 70, 72, 76, 79. Draw No
9663: 9, 28, 29, 34, 38, 40, 41, 43, 45,
46, 51, 52, 63, 65, 66, 67, 69, 72, 74, 79.
NZ woman shot in Libya
Prime Minister John Key and
son Max were this morning
playing golf with Barack Obama
near the US President's Hawaii
Mr Key, who also has a holiday
home in the island State, hit
the golf course on a sunny and
breezy morning on the island
of Oahu, Associated Press
ey were playing at a course on
a military base near Mr Obama's
rented holiday home.
Mr Obama's personal aide
completed the foursome, AP
Mr Obama is an avid golfer,
but rarely expands his playing
partners outside a small circle of
close friends and advisers.
Among those who have
received a rare invitation to play
with the president in the past are
former US President Bill Clinton
and Republican House Speaker
John Boehner. --- AP
Key, Obama play golf
Health and safety inspectors
will today look into the death of
a woman found at the bottom of
a Tauranga motel thermal pool.
e tragedy is the latest in
a series of similar deaths that
prompted a coroner to warn
people not to bathe alone in hot
e owners of the Cameron
ermal Motel discovered
41-year-old Catherine Michell
Hintz, of Palmerston North,
about 4.30pm on New Year's
Eve. Ms Hintz died despite
e orts from the owners and
paramedics to resuscitate her her
heart restarted at one point but
she could not cling to life.
Her death follows that of
75-year-old Australian GP
Kesho Sharma, whose body
was found in a Rotorua motel's
thermal pool last month.
After two similar deaths
in Rotorua in 2007 and
2008, Coroner Wallace Bain
recommended bathers avoid
bathing in thermal pools alone
and that before anyone entered
such water, it was stirred and
the levels of hydrogen sulphide
gas measured by the pool's
Rotorua District Council
bylaws require owners to test
their geothermal pools' hydrogen
sulphide levels every six months,
while pools in the Tauranga
City Council district must be
emptied and cleaned every day,
have speci ed amounts of water
" owing through" and have signs
warning bathers not to put their
heads under water.
A Work Safe NZ spokesman
said yesterday the Crown agency
had not yet been noti ed of Ms
Hintz's death, but would follow
Any investigation would assess
whether all council bylaws were
Cameron ermal Motel
owner Rein Van Staalduinen said
the business was compliant with
e motel remained open and
was fully booked, while Mr Van
Staalduinen said he was " ne"
and "coping all right" after the
"It's always something that's not
a good thing to have happened,
but we do cope."
It is not known how long Ms
Hintz, an identical twin, spent
Acting senior sergeant Cam
Anderson said ndings from
her post-mortem examination,
expected to be completed within
a week, would be passed to the
"We don't know what's caused
her to end up in the bottom of
the pool and until we get the
results, it's just out there."
Ms Hintz's family members in
Palmerston North did not wish
to comment, saying they wanted
to spend time with each other to
deal with what happened to their
relative, who was a "really hard
worker". --- APNZ
e Ministry of Foreign A airs
is looking into reports that a New
Zealand woman has been shot dead,
along with a British man, in western
e pair were both found with
gunshot wounds near the coastal area
of Mellitah, a security source told
Mellitah, 100km west of Tripoli, is
the site of a large oil and gas complex
co-owned by Italy's ENI.
e bodies, which were lying next
to each other, were found next to
their luggage. eir belongings were
not stolen and the motive for their
killing was unclear, a security source
While the pair reportedly worked at
the complex, another report said they
were teachers in Tripoli.
New Zealand's Foreign A airs
Ministry said it was aware of the
incident and was looking into it.
" e Ministry of Foreign A airs
and Trade is aware of reports that a
New Zealander may have been killed
in Libya. We are working with the
relevant authorities to con rm this,"
Mfat spokesman Adam Crichton
Britain's Foreign O ce was also
"We are aware of reports that the
bodies of two foreign nationals have
been found in Libya and urgently
seeking further information from the
authorities," a spokesman said.
A control room operator at Mellitah
Oil and Gas in Libya said the pair had
jobs at the company.
" ere is no exact information about
where they were working at. ey said
that they have some jobs at Mellitah,"
he told APNZ.
"I haven't seen an Englishman or a
New Zealand woman here before, but
they have told us that they have some
jobs at Mellitah."
e operator said he did not know
why the pair had been killed.
" e thing that we know is that both
of them died. We don't know also
the reason, (if ) anybody killed them
and why, I'm sorry, we don't have any
information about that.
"We are waiting also, we are waiting.
All of us, also foreign people, all are
afraid about that."
e operator said the pair were
found far from Mellitah near
Sabratah, about 74km west of
Mellitah Oil and Gas is co-owned
by Italian oil company ENI and
operates an o shore platform and a
gas pipeline to Italy.
Associated Press reported that the
pair were both teachers and worked
e incident comes less than a
month after an American teacher was
shot to death in the eastern city of
In a separate incident overnight,
two Americans were being held by
the Libyan army at its headquarters
in the eastern city of Benghazi,
several security and army sources told
Both were arrested on the campus of
Benghazi University, a security source
said. --- APNZ
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When Philip Duncan noticed
mysterious bright ashes outside his
Christchurch hotel window during the
early-morning 7.1 Dar eld earthquake
in September 2010, he did not know
what he was seeing.
Flashes of electricity were surging out
of the ground and into the sky, and from
his high-rise hotel room at 4.35am, he
at rst thought he was watching a power
station blowing up amid the quake.
" ere wasn't a main centre to it
. . . it was just a big glowing ash," the
Weatherwatch presenter said. "It really
just looked like it was lightning coming
out of the ground in the same way that
sheet lightning looks in the sky."
Now, scientists have been able to
pinpoint the process that sparks
phenomenon that could act as a warning
before large quakes.
A study published in the journal
Seismological Research Letters today,
says the lights are most likely to occur
on or near rift environments, where
subvertical faults allow stress-induced
electrical currents to ow rapidly to the
e lights take a variety of forms,
including spheres of light oating
through the air, and have been observed
in dozens of quakes around the world.
Seconds before the 2009 L'Aquila,
Italy earthquake struck, pedestrians saw
10cm-high ames of light ickering
above the stone-paved Francesco Crispi
Ave in the town's historical city centre.
On November 12, 1988, a bright
purple-pink globe of light moved
through the sky along the St Lawrence
River near the city of Quebec, 11 days
before a powerful quake.
In 1906, about 100km north-west of
San Francisco, a couple saw streams
of light running along the ground
two nights before that region's great
GNS Science seismologist Dr John
Ristau said scientists believed for a long
time that the phenomena did not exist
until an example was captured on lm.
"It's since been shown that they actually
occur, but the mechanism of how they
are produced has been unclear."
Continental rift environments now
appear to b e the common factor
associated with the lights. In a detailed
study of 65 documented cases since
1600AD, 85% appeared spatially on or
near rifts, and 97% appeared adjacent to
what are termed subvertical faults.
" e numbers are striking and
unexpected," study leader Robert
eriault, a geologist with the Ministere
des Ressources Naturelles in Quebec,
Two of the 65 events were linked to
subduction zones, but Mr eriault
suggested there may be an unknown
subvertical fault present.
Most lights were seen before or
during an earthquake but rarely after,
suggesting to the authors that the
processes responsible for light formation
are related to a rapid build-up of stress
prior to fault rupture and rapid local
stress changes during the seismic waves.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Mystery flashes linked to quakes
Cleaning up horse poo is one of the
best parts of Shania Hutton's week.
While it is not on the list of most
enjoyable jobs for most people, Shania
says she does not mind it.
"I lost my sense of smell in the
accident. It's de nitely an advantage in
Two years ago, Shania, 12, almost
died after she was struck by a car in
Riselaw Road, Calton Hill, just metres
from her home, while on her way to
the local shop.
She was left with serious head and
lung injuries, and doctors initially told
her family she was unlikely to survive.
But after six months in Dunedin
Hospital and the Wilson Centre
in Auckland, where she received
rehabilitation and physiotherapy, she
was able to return home.
Since then, she has returned to
school part-time and gone from
strength to strength.
Her mother, Jane, said Shania had
had "fantastic" teacher aides which
meant she had only been set back a
year academically, and she would be
going to Tahuna Intermediate this
"Fatigue is still a major concern for
"She goes to school four days a week,
two of which are only half-days.
"She is di erent, but we're stoked
with what we've got.
"Life could have been so di erent,"
Mrs Hutton said.
Shania is putting what extra energy
she has into her newest passion ---
She volunteers one morning a
week at the Dunedin Riding for the
Disabled in Fair eld, where she feeds,
grooms and cleans up after the horses.
"I love the work, because I get to be
with the horses."
She hopes one day to be able to ride
a horse and, ultimately, plans to buy
"It's a good thing she is learning to
look after horses," Mrs Hutton said.
--- Otago Daily Times
Horse work helps Shania
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Shania Hutton gets close to Honey, at Riding for the Disabled, where she is
e driver of a van that plunged 15m
down a sheer cli is believed to have
fallen asleep at the wheel.
Eight members of one family were
last night in hospital, some with life-
threatening injuries, from the crash
which happened as they were driving
from Auckland to Hawke's Bay.
e "pancaked" vehicle might not have
been discovered for hours had a man and
a six-month-old baby not been thrown
from it before the plunge.
A motorist later told police she stopped
when she saw the man and baby beside
"She said she took the baby o him
and he just collapsed," an o cer at the
Both were taken to hospital in a critical
Down the bank, other injured people
escaped the van.
"With the vehicle rolling and ejecting
people and luggage, and belongings, it
would be pretty chaotic," station o cer
Peter Draper of the Napier re brigade
Six other survivors were winched to
safety, and one re ghter who helped
rescue them was amazed that no one
ree rescue helicopters were sent to
e Lowe Corporation chopper
winched four passengers from the scene,
and took a woman and girl with spinal
injuries to hospital.
A helicopter spokeswoman said the
driver of the van had fallen asleep. Pilot
Jeremy Bruce said several cans of energy
drink were found lying around the
Five of the injured had arrived from
Melbourne and had been picked up
in Auckland by family members who
were taking them home when the
crash occurred about 6.45am yesterday
on State highway 5 about 80km from
Senior re ghter Shane Cunningham
was winched down the bank with a
colleague. Although he knew how many
patients needed help, it was still startling
to see the injured around the wreckage.
Mr Cunningham said they were all
able to talk.
" e father was asking about the
condition of the others. We spoke to
them to comfort them and keep them
He said it would have been impossible
for the man found on the roadside
to have climbed up with a baby, as
previously reported --- "it was almost
e crash could have gone unnoticed
for hours if the two had not been thrown
free. e van appeared to have gone
out of control rounding a bend and hit
a kerb, before veering across the road,
overturning and bouncing over the cli .
Skid marks and some glass and debris
left evidence on the road, but the
wreckage was in bushes and trees at the
bottom of the drop and could not be
seen from the highway.
All eight were admitted to Hawke's
e man, in his 30s, remained in a
critical condition today.
e baby's condition had improved
overnight to serious but stable.
A nine-year-old girl had also improved
and was in a serious but stable condition.
A man in his 40s remained stable, a
woman in her 30s had also improved
and was now in a serious but stable
condition, as was a man in his 30s.
A man in his 20s remained in a stable
condition and an eight-year-old girl was
in a serious but stable condition.
Meanwhile, police say "the same old
mistakes" are being made as the holiday
road toll increased to seven with the
death of a motorcyclist near Taihape
" e basic messages about slowing
down, not driving when you're tired,
no alcohol, making sure all the vehicle
occupants are safely restrained ---
all these things apply," Assistant
Commissioner Dave Cli said.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
A rescue helicopter winches up a rescuer with one of the eight people from a
van crash near Napier yesterday.
Crash driver 'asleep'
A father and son have been found safe
and well this morning after spending a
night at the base of a cli following a
kayaking trip that went wrong o the
e pair, aged 46 and 17, took their
kayak to Sumner, Christchurch to go
kayaking some time after 10.45am
yesterday and failed to return.
eir stationwagon was later found
still parked at the Sumner lifeboat park
and a search was launched.
e pair were found in a small cove
on rocks below a cli o Godley Head
about 5am today, search co-ordinator
detective Logan Penrose said.
" ey were in good condition. ey
were wearing wetsuits yesterday and had
lifejackets. ey were pretty hungry and a
little bit cold but otherwise well," he said.
e pair had left Sumner and paddled
to the Lyttelton Heads area where they
shed for a while before deciding to
paddle back. But the wind had changed
and they were unable to make headway
in heavier seas. ey capsized a couple of
times and lost a paddle.
" ey then decided the safest option
for them was to head over to the nearby
rocks and to make landfall there and
wait for the weather to change, which of
course it didn't," Mr Penrose said.
He said the pair had been equipped
for a shorter trip and the one they made
may have been beyond their tness levels
A communication device would also
have been useful. " ey have been well-
informed of that. ey also needed
to make better intentions with their
relatives," Mr Penrose said. --- APNZ
Kayakers rescued after cold night
Westenra weds in secret
Singing star Hayley Westenra has
married her French ance, Arnaud
Sabard, in a secret wedding.
About 90 guests were present
to witness the wedding in North
Canterbury on Sunday.
A source, speaking on the
condition of anonymity as
guests had been told to keep
the ceremony secret, said Ms
Westenra had four bridesmaids,
including younger sister Sophie,
one of Mr Sabard's sisters
and Paige, the daughter of
Christchurch singer Elizabeth
When contacted, Ms Westenra's
father, Gerald, was coy, in keeping
with the strict con dentiality
deals the glossy magazines
demand. But the marriage was
con rmed by Woman's Day editor
Sido Kitchin, who has signed the
couple to an exclusive deal.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Wind gusts of up to 140kph are
battering central New Zealand
today, damaging powerlines
and properties in Wellington,
disrupting ights and prompting
a warning to drivers.
e Metservice has issued
severe wind warnings as gale
north-westerlies of up to 140kph
hit Wellington, Wairarapa and
e gales are expected to
ease in Marlborough early this
afternoon, Wellington this
evening and Wairarapa tonight.
Rochelle Fleming said the
gusts had reached 110kph at
Wellington Airport this morning.
e gales were even stronger
about the hills, with gusts of
130kph on the Rimutaka Hill
and 140kph at Mount Kaukau.
ere was still more to come,
with the wind expected to pick
up further before easing later
Wellington Airport spokes-
woman Briarley Kirk said some
ights had been disrupted due to
"We ask that all travellers
check with their airline or on the
Wellington Airport website on
their ights status."
e website showed a number
of ights had been delayed,
diverted or cancelled.
A Fire Ser vice communications
spokesman said there had been
about 10 call-outs related to the
wind in Wellington and the Hutt
Valley this morning.
Heavy rain warnings remain
in place for the ranges of Buller,
north-west Nelson and the
Tararua Ranges. e Metservice
said up to 50mm more rain was
expected in the ranges of Buller
and north-west Nelson and up
to 80mm of rain was possible in
the Tararua Ranges. Heavy rain
in Westland and Fiordland has
eased and the Metservice has
lifted its warnings. --- APNZ
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