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Boatie still missing
A search has resumed for a man
missing in Wellington Harbour. e
man, in his 40s, and his companion
were in a small boat o the entrance
to the Hutt River just after 5pm
yesterday when he fell into the water
and was swept by the current into
the main harbour. It is believed he
was not wearing a lifejacket, police
said. It was understood the two
people on the boat were retrieving
nets at the time. --- APNZ
After three days of searching,
the body of 40-year-old Auckland
sherman Peato Ilalio was located
metres from Kauri Point wharf.
Sergeant Craig Madden said Mr
Ilalio's body oated to the surface
about 50m out from the jetty about
10.15am yesterday. Mr Ilalio got
into di culties after he jumped into
the sea to retrieve his shing rod
and tackle while shing with his
wife about 2pm on ursday. He
disappeared about 200m from shore
after a stingray pulled his rod into the
sea. --- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Old shell scare
A west Auckland police station
was evacuated on Saturday after a
man brought in a suspected bomb he
found buried in a garden. It turned
out it was actually a World War Two
training shell that was not explosive,
but the Henderson police station was
cordoned o for about an hour from
12.45pm before the all-clear was
given. e shell was taken away for
disposal. --- APNZ
15 brawl arrests
A brawl involving up to 40
teenagers near Kuirau Park,
Rotorua, saw 15 people arrested
at the weekend. Police said four
youths were charged with disorderly
behaviour and ghting related
o ences on Saturday. Police said a
large group of people, many under
15, was ghting near the intersection
of Ranolf and Pukuatua Streets. e
remaining 11 who were arrested, but
not charged, were taken back to their
parents or caregivers by police.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Two tickets, sold in Napier and
Mangere, shared the division one
prize in Lotto draw No 1387 on
Saturday. Each won $500,000.
Successful numbers were 12, 14, 16,
24, 26, 37; bonus 6. Strike numbers
were 24, 26, 37, 14. ere was no
Strike Four winner. Powerball
number 5. ere was no division one
winner. e Winning Wheel ticket
was sold in Lower Hutt. e winner
from Hastings spun for $100,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9666: 19,
23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 42, 44, 45, 52, 55,
57, 60, 62, 63, 65, 68, 76, 79, 80. Draw
No 9667: 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 21,
22, 24, 28, 29, 42, 47, 52, 57, 75, 76, 80.
Draw No 9668: 2, 3, 4, 11, 13, 16, 18,
22, 25, 28, 40, 49, 52, 55, 56, 59, 64, 67,
68, 70. Draw No 9669: 2, 6, 8, 11, 14,
15, 17, 18, 23, 24, 28, 30, 38, 40, 48, 57,
63, 72, 73, 76.
Victim's last post: 'Having a blast'
Bystanders smashed the windows of
a police car in Hamilton last night as it
searched for a woman who had allegedly
stolen petrol from a service station.
About 6.40pm the woman driver was
chased by police after they were told by
a member of the public that she had not
paid for the petrol.
After a short pursuit the woman drove
into Sefton Crescent, Chartwell, where
she dumped the car and ran o , police
As the police patrol car entered Sefton
Crescent it was pelted with bottles by
other people in the street.
e police o cer was not injured but
the police car had its windows smashed.
Police were still searching a number of
houses for the woman. --- APNZ
Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd is
pursuing the Japanese eet after nding
all ve of its vessels in the Southern
Ocean and evidence of whale kills.
e Sea Shepherd eet, comprising the
Steve Ir win, the Bob Barker and the Sam
Simon, is now trailing the Japanese ships
in a bid to disrupt or shut down their
e Steve Ir win's helicopter rst spotted
the Japanese vessel, Nisshin Maru, in
New Zealand's sovereign waters in the
Ross Dependency Antarctic region and
inside the internationally-recognised
Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
e Sea Shepherd group said it had
footage of three dead protected minke
whales on the deck of the Nisshin Maru,
taken when the factory ship was rst
A fourth whale, also believed to be a
minke, was being butchered on the deck.
e Sea Shepherd group said its eet
would do what it could to ensure no
more whales su er at the hands of the
"Sea Shepherd will remain relentless
in driving these fake, desperate and
subverting 'scientists' back to Tokyo," the
Steve Irwin's captain, Sid Chakravarty,
Last June, the New Zealand Govern-
ment joined the Australian Government's
challenge to the legality of Japan's whale
hunt in the Southern Ocean Whale
Sanctuary at the International Court of
Justice. A judgment in the case is yet to
be delivered. --- NZN
A New Zealand mother-of-two
murdered in Libya was excited about
travelling to the country where her
new partner worked, despite a spike
in criminal attacks in the area she was
In her last message to friends before
she died, Wellington trainee nurse
Lynn Howie said she had arrived
safely in Tripoli and was "having a
It is understood the 46-year-old
planned to carry on to the United
Kingdom to visit family but wanted
to spend time in Libya on the way
and see where her partner Mark De
Salis lived and worked. It was to be
the trip of a lifetime, and in the last
Facebook post she wrote before she
was killed, Ms Howie told friends
that being in Libya was "an amazing
She and Mr De Salis were having
a picnic on a beach near the city of
Sabratha, about 100km from Tripoli,
when they were gunned down in an
"execution style" killing.
e area is remote and local media
have reported that the only access
to the beach is by four-wheel-drive.
It has also been reported that there
have been several other murders
and attempted armed robberies on
beachgoers in the same area recently.
Sabratha, a World Heritage Site, was
a popular tourist attraction in more
stable times. But, like much of Libya,
it has su ered from political violence
since the revolution, including a series
of attacks on western targets.
e motive for the brutal crime is
yet to be established, but four people
have reportedly been arrested in
connection with the murders.
e Daily Mail on-line said the
couple were reported missing by
friends and that their bodies were
found by police on ursday. Police
sources also told the on-line site
it was possible the presence of an
unmarried couple in the area had
outraged extremist Muslims who
might have followed them to the
beach and that execution-style
killings are not unknown in such
Yesterday, New Zealand-based
relatives of Mr De Salis were not
ready to speak about his death.
His brother is Roger De Salis, a
well known gure in the IT and
telecommunications sector who now
lives in Blenheim. His wife, Gayle De
Salis, a nurse in the army, is a friend
of Ms Howie.
Ms Howie is survived by two sons,
understood to be living with her ex-
husband Peter Gray, a former army
major and engineer who spent time
in Somalia running a land mine
safety programme for the United
Nations Mine Action Service. He
also travelled to Kabul in Afghanistan
to study United States Army logistics
abilities and techniques.
Mr Gray declined to speak about
Ms Howie yesterday.
e Ministry of Trade and Foreign
A airs (Mfat) said an investigation by
the Libyan authorities into the deaths
was under way; however, no arrests
had yet been made.
e ministry was continuing to
provide consular support to Ms
Howie's family, a Mfat spokesman
"We welcome the e orts that are
being made to bring those responsible
for Ms Howie's death to justice."
Mr De Salis' British-based family
said he enjoyed his work in Tripoli
and liked the people of Libya.
"Mark had travelled extensively. He
was a decent and incredibly loyal man
and he was loved by many," they said
in a statement.
Colleague John Hamilton said
Mr De Salis was "part of the crowd
of British guys in Libya who new
people would gravitate to for
"He was a really decent guy. He was
one of those people who was prepared
to stick it out through the tough
times. It will have a terrible impact
for the oil sector."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Mark De Salis and Lynn Howie.
Three lucky to sur vive boat capsizing
A group of eight men attempt to right a boat swamped with water after it capsized o Otago Peninsula
yesterday with three people on board. e boat --- skippered and owned by John King, far right --- was
towed to Back Beach in Port Chalmers.
ree men rescued o Otago
Peninsula yesterday are lucky to
While searchers scoured the
wrong side of the Peninsula, a
passing vessel noticed them and
their capsized boat.
e trio were shing from a
5.5m aluminium pontoon boat
o Cape Saunders about 9.30am
in calm weather when two "freak"
waves swamped the boat with
water, causing it to tip over.
Search and rescue co-ordinator
senior sergeant Brian Benn said
the outcome could have been
much worse for the trio --- who
were wet, shaken, but other wise
all right --- had they not been
noticed by a passing boat.
" ey were in the water for
about 30 minutes. Now that's
getting to the stage where
hypothermia is going to start
"A couple of things saved their
lives. One, they were wearing
lifejackets and two, the passing
boat that picked them up."
One of the passengers, Markus
(who declined to give his
surname), who is from Austria,
but has been living in Dunedin
since 2008, said he was relieved
to be alive after earlier fearing the
"(I) just (feel) good to be alive to
be honest, because we obviously
thought for a while its not going
to work out."
One of the scariest moments
was when fellow passenger
Markus Hofer, who is visiting
from Austria, went missing under
"We couldn't nd him, and
luckily he started yelling out for
us and he was under the boat
Fortunately, Mr Hofer
managed to dive out from under
e skipper and owner of the
capsized boat John King said the
incident showed no matter how
prepared you were, things could
go wrong out on the water.
"No one is allowed on this boat
without a lifejacket. I am more
safety conscious than anyone else
I know and then this happens."
He wanted to thank those who
plucked the trio from the water,
the coastguard for towing his
boat back to Back Beach in Port
Chalmers and everyone who
helped right the boat once it had
been brought ashore.
"It's de nitely a freaky feeling
being out in the middle of the
ocean with an upside down boat.
We tried righting it when we
were out there, but we couldn't."
Mr King's wife, Anne-Marie
King, who greeted her husband
when he came ashore, said he
would be "grounded" from taking
the boat out.
"He is not allowed to be on the
boat for a long time.
"I am just so glad everybody is
all right, because it could have
been so much the other way," she
said. --- Otago Daily Times
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
e skipper and owner of a boat which capsized o Otago
Peninsula yesterday, John King, embraces his wife Anne-Marie after
being taken ashore by the coastguard.
A rogue employer in Christchurch has
been forcing Filipino workers to labour
for free on Saturdays amid exploitation
claims, a union says.
e First Union says a subcontractor
made 40 employees work for free on
Saturdays before the main contractor
"It's one of the terrible situations
where someone takes advantage," union
southern secretary Paul Watson told NZ
e 40 were employed by a reasonably
big company, but were managed by
another agency. at agency had since
been sacked, he said.
e union says another case involves
15 employees who say they have not
been paid for six to 11 weeks' work.
Filipinos make up the biggest single
group of migrant workers helping with
Christchurch rebuild following the 2011
e unions were hearing about
exploitation cases through the Filipino
community who were already living in
Mr Watson said some are not aware
of their rights under New Zealand
employment and health and safety laws.
ey were also scared of losing their
work visa if they complained and were
"It's not good for the Canterbury
workforce, and it's not good for New
Mr Watson said government o cials
were moving quickly when they became
aware of exploitation but migrant
workers needed to be made more aware
of their rights.
Immigration Minister Michael Wood-
house said the numbers involved were
small, but there is a risk they could grow.
e government was distributing
information about workers' rights
both here and in the Philippines and
also working on a law change to make
exploitation of migrant workers a
criminal o ence, he told Radio New
Zealand. --- NZN
Police appeal for safe driving as holidays end
Motorists are being warned to
take care as they make their way
home from holiday destinations
today after four fatal crashes in as
ree people were killed in
collisions over the weekend,
bringing the road toll for the new
year to four --- one fewer than for
the same period last year.
Tra c is expected to be heavy
today as holiday-makers continue
to return home. Assistant
Commissioner of road policing
Dave Cli urged drivers to be
patient and drive to the conditions.
He reminded drivers to turn
headlights on, keep speed down
and increase following distances,
particularly on wet roads.
"You're better to arrive safe and
uninjured than try and rush and
never get home at all," he said.
Drivers should also make sure
the road ahead was clear before
overtaking other tra c.
"Probably the most dangerous
thing people will be doing is
overtaking. Overtaking typically
involves driving on the wrong side
of the road at speed."
His comments came after a horror
weekend, which saw three people
killed and several injured.
Police said one person was killed
when a car crashed into a tree and
burst into ames in Bay of Plenty
yesterday morning. e fatality
came after two people died in
separate crashes on Saturday, and a
motorcyclist was killed on ursday.
Mr Cli , said one death was too
many and the new year's road toll
was "a terrible waste of human life".
Sunday's fatality was the second
over the weekend involving a car
crashing into a tree.
e driver, who was the only
person in the car, was dead when
emergency services arrived at the
scene on ornton Road, just north
of Whakatane, about 6am, police
A 49-year-old woman was
airlifted to hospital with neck
injuries after the SUV she was
a passenger in crashed upside
down in a ditch at Whakaki, near
Wairoa, around 11.30am yesterday,
the Lowe Corporation Rescue
Sunday afternoon also saw two
crashes north of Wellsford, in
Northland, which left three people
injured and slowed south-bound
Two people sustained serious
injuries and one su ered minor
injuries in a two-car collision on
the south side of Brynderwyn
Hill. State highway 1 was closed in
both directions with tra c being
diverted along the Coastal route via
Mangawhai and Waipu.
Shortly after clearing the scene,
police were again attending a minor
collision in the same vicinity.
On Saturday morning, Georgina
Rawinia Rikiti, 38, died in hospital
after the car she was driving crashed
into a tree on Astley Ave in New
Later that night, a man was killed
when his motorcycle collided with a
car on State highway 1 in Waikato.
Another motorcyclist was "very
lucky" to have survived a collision
with a bus on a railway overbridge
in Horowhenua on Saturday.
e rst fatality this year, on
ursday, added to the o cial
holiday road toll. Seven people,
including two children, died
between 4pm on Christmas Eve
and 6am on Friday. --- APNZ
PICTURE: Wairarapa Times-Age
A southbound car from Masterton after hitting a power pole in wet conditions
north of Clareville, shearing o the front of the car.
Crash tears car in two
A power pole collision that split a
car in two yesterday morning has left a
woman in a serious but stable condition
e southbound driver in her early 20s,
travelling alone, lost control of her car
in rainy conditions on State highway 2
north of Chester Road in Clareville.
e car slid into a powerpole with
such force it cleaved o the front wheels
and motor. Unable to reach the woman
through the wreckage, recrews from
Carterton and Masterton performed a
time-critical extrication by "stretching"
the car's body.
After dragging the car clear of the
leaning power pole, two re engines
used chains, with one as anchor point
and another pulling away, to unfold the
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
A re has broken out at a Manurewa
business with reports of people possibly
trapped inside. St John was called to the
re on Great South Road at 12.25pm
A spokesman said there were reports of
people possibly inside and ambulances
ey were waiting for more
A Fire Service spokesman said it was a
large re which was well involved across
both levels of a two-storey building, near
Hill Road and Newhook Lane.
e building has since been evacuated,
Five re appliances from across south
Auckland had sped to the scene and
were now working to bring it under
A worker at Manurewa Trust Health
Care said the re was across the road.
He could see plumes of black smoke,
several re engines, and groups of people
e Fire Ser vice tweeted that
re ghters were responding to a two-
storey blaze, with both oors on re.
Major fire call-out to
Twelve of a pod of pilot whales which
beached at the top of the South Island
yesterday have died and the remaining
27 will be euthanised today.
Department of Conservation's
Golden Bay conservation services
manager John Mason said the whales
were spotted just south of Farewell
Spit in Golden Bay around lunchtime
" ey were o shore, about 200m-300m
o Abel Head which is a point just to
the south of Farewell Spit.
"When we left them at dark last night,
they were still in water about two to
three metres deep."
By this morning, 39 whales were on the
beach, of which 12 were already dead, he
"We sent our two most experienced
sta out there to assess whether
re oating them was possible."
e position of the whales on the
beach, combined with progressively
lower peak water levels at high tide and
weather conditions meant re oating the
whales was unlikely to be successful, Mr
"We decided to euthanise them. ey
will remain out on the spit.
"We will move them o the beach
above the high tide mark and they'll
simply be left there." --- APNZ
Stranded whales put down
Five teenagers have been arrested
following a violent home invasion in
south Auckland early on Saturday.
Police said a residential Papakura
address was burgled about 1.30am by a
group armed with a rearm and knives.
ey allegedly assaulted some of the
house's occupants and threatened others
before leaving with electrical items.
One occupant required medical
treatment as a result of being assaulted.
Police already patrolling the area saw
their vehicle leaving the area and stop a
short distance away.
Stolen property was found in the car
while other property was found along
the route it travelled.
e rearm, described as a long
weapon, had not been recovered and may
have been thrown from the car as it left
Anyone who found it on the roadside
was urged to contact police.
e ve alleged o enders, aged
between 15 and 19, have been charged
with aggravated burglary to appear in
the Papakura District Court this week.
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