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Boy dies on quad bike
A six-year-old boy is dead after a
quad bike accident in Invercargill.
Police said emergency services were
called to the incident at a farm in
Lorneville at 6pm yesterday. Senior
sergeant Craig Brown said the quad
bike the boy was riding crashed into
a ditch of water. --- APNZ
Student dies at varsity
A student has died at a building in
the University of Auckland business
school. A university spokeswoman
con rmed the death yesterday
morning, and the Owen G Glenn
Building was closed to students for
the day. She said no further comment
would be made. Police said the death
was not suspicious. --- APNZ
Emergency services have freed a
driver trapped in a truck carrying
dangerous chemicals after a collision.
e driver is in serious condition and
was own to hospital. Two trucks
collided head-on just after 6am today
on State highway 27 near Matamata.
Initial indications were that the
southbound truck had swerved to
avoid colliding with a braking truck
in front of it and then collided with
another truck coming the other
way. e oncoming truck and trailer
was carrying 61 cylinders of various
hazardous gases. e other driver was
able to free himself. --- APNZ
Cow injures farmer
A farmer who was seriously injured
when a cow kicked him and sat on
him near Taupo is now in a stable
condition. e 57-year-old was own
to Waikato Hospital late yesterday
afternoon after the cow kicked and
sat on him on a Tihoi farm. At the
time, the cow was being loaded out
of the yard. --- APNZ
Rescued diver critical
A scuba diver is in a critical
condition after he was found oating
face-down in the water at Mount
Maunganui yesterday. Police and St
John ambulance o cers were called
at 1.20pm after the diver was found
in the water at Pilot Bay. CPR was
performed at the scene and the diver
was taken to Tauranga hospital in
a critical condition. Police said the
man, his mid-50s, was discovered by
a member of the public.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Fire not suspicious
A re at a Manurewa business
yesterday is not thought to be
suspicious. e Fire Service said
it was a large re on both levels of
a two-storey building, near Hill
Road and Newhook Lane. e re
appeared to have started at ground
level, either in an Indian restaurant
or massage studio, then spread
through the oor to the second level.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Meningitis linked to teen's death
e search for the body of a 49-year-
old Wellington boatie is focused on the
eastern coast of Wellington Harbour.
Hutt Valley senior sergeant Steve
Harwood, who is co-ordinating the
search, said the police launch would be
searching a large area from around the
mouth of the Hutt River south on the
eastern coast of the harbour.
" ere are some private searches being
done as well and we have some sta
doing shore searches," he said.
e man's name has not yet been
released. --- APNZ
A group of young girls whose brutal
attack on another girl was caught on
camera have been identi ed by police.
O cers are now trying to track the
down the four girls aged between 12
and 16 who assaulted the 14-year-old
girl outside a Christchurch school on
Footage of the attack was caught
on camera and posted by a concerned
schoolboy on his Facebook page, Only
Kiwis Will Get is.
e footage shows the girl dragged by
her hair and forced to take part in a ght.
She is surrounded and repeatedly
punched in the head as she tries to cover
her face. Others kick her on the body.
At the end of the 1min 7sec video, the
girl collapses by the roadside.
e Facebook posting comes with an
introduction which says, "Okay everyone
so over in Christchurch there has been
a 4 on 1 beating that has caused lots of
drama in Christchurch. Poor thing, she
didn't even want it she was dragged into
it! Like to support the poor girl."
It has received almost 8000 likes, and
has been shared 2300 times.
e page was set up by 14-year-old
He posted the video after seeing it
being shared with some of his on-line
"What I was trying to achieve for this
was to stand up for her and make sure
nothing else happens," he told 3 News
"What I want to do is get everybody in
a big group and help her really, because
everyone who gets bullied shouldn't be."
Police received a complaint and a copy
of the video.
"We have positive leads as to the
identi cation of the alleged o enders," a
police spokesman said today.
ere are four females aged between 12
and 16, he said.
"We are making inquiries to locate and
speak to them."
ey have not been been spoken to
and inquiries are continuing, the police
e 14-year-old victim is recovering at
home. --- APNZ
An Ashburton family is grieving
after the sudden loss of their
teenage daughter in Christchurch
Hospital last week from suspected
Courtenay Rushton, 16, died
suddenly on Friday following a swift
and severe illness.
Health o cials said the clinical
diagnosis was meningococcal disease.
Canterbury medical o cer of
health Dr Alistair Humphreys was
quick to point out that diagnosis
was not con rmed but evidence
suggested it was meningococcal
Dr Humphreys said family
members were treated with
antibiotics at the time the diagnosis
was suspected and were not at risk of
the disease, or to others.
"It's important people know,
the family do not present a risk to
anybody. ey have been treated and
they are safe."
e speed of the disease saw
the teenager rst arrive at Twizel
Medical Centre before being sent
through to Timaru Hospital.
She was transferred from Timaru
Hospital to Christchurch Public
Hospital on December 30, but by
the end of the week her condition
Miss Rushton's Facebook page has
been inundated with messages.
"It can be very quick and in this
case it was a great shock to the
family and the hospital sta treating
her," Dr Humphreys said.
e disease is a bacterial infection
that can strike anybody, at any time.
Dr Humphreys said it was
important that people got treatment
quickly if they had symptoms but not
all cases developed all the symptoms.
"It can be very hard to diagnose
with non-speci c symptoms .
sometimes the cluster of symptoms
are not together," he said.
One in 10 people had
meningococcal in their nasal
passage and were "perfectly ne" but
occasionally the bacterium moved
out and got into the bloodstream.
"It is terribly di cult to diagnose
but it is better to check it out (with
your GP) especially if you're worried
about it." He said vaccination
was important especially with
institutionalised people such as
university students who given their
living arrangements had a higher
rate of transmission if an outbreak
e treatment would give them
protection from several di erent
strains of the disease.
It is understood Miss Rushton was
vaccinated with meningococcal B
vaccine as a child so it was suspected
to be one of the other strains.
" is was a terrible tragedy but
it doesn't happen very often, it's an
Miss Rushton's funeral will be held
tomorrow at Holy Name Church in
--- APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
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Milner had been involved
in a relationship with a
man who would also go
on to murder, it has been
Milner, 50, had met
Christchurch truck driver
Keith Bonner on an on-
line dating site before she
met her second husband
Phil Nisbet who she fatally poisoned on
May 4, 2009.
Her High Court murder trial in
Christchurch last month was told that
on the morning she claimed to have
found Mr Nisbet dead, she asked o cers
to phone a man called Keith.
Several references to a "truck driver
called Keith" emerged during the high-
pro le trial.
Bonner, 54, was jailed for a minimum
non-parole period of 13 years in July
2012 for the brutal killing of a former
lover and "one of his greatest friends",
Papanui barmaid Tracey Morris, 46.
Ms Morris's bashed, naked body was
found in the back of an abandoned car
near Christchurch International Airport
on January 6, 2012.
A senior o cer involved in the Milner
homicide investigation --- launched
more than two years after police
originally ruled Mr Nisbet's death a
suicide --- told APNZ that there was no
link between to the two murders.
" ere is absolutely no connection
between the two cases," he said.
Mr Nisbet's sister, Lee-Anne Cartier,
who has been praised by police for
her sleuth work in bringing Milner to
justice, never knew that Milner had been
in a relationship with someone else who
would go on to kill.
"It just shows what sort of
person she is, and how she
was attracted to someone
else as evil as her," she said.
Ms Cartier said she had
often wondered who "Keith"
When it emerged that
o cers said Milner had
asked them to phone Keith
after she had phoned 111,
she just thought it was a
"I had no idea who Keith was. I
thought the o cers had written the
wrong name down and instead meant
Mr Hayton, who moved in with Milner
weeks after Mr Nisbet's death, said
during the trial that he is still Milner's
Under cross-examination, he told the
jury that he knew Milner's friend Keith,
and had met him previously.
Bonner had been in a sexual relationship
with Ms Morris which ended in 1995,
but they stayed friends.
On January 3, she went to his house for
He attacked her from behind, bashed
her head, before strangling her with her
Bonner then dragged his friend's body
through the lounge, out the back door
and into her car.
He dumped the car at Greys Road,
near the airport, with the victim semi-
naked and face-up. e vehicle and body
were found by a passing jogger three
He handed himself in at the Papanui
police station the day after reading about
the matter in the newspaper.
Milner will be sentenced on February
20. --- APNZ
ere were a few mutters of
"about time" from onlookers as an
excavator took a day yesterday to
demolish two historic Dunedin
buildings that had stood partially
collapsed in Rattray Street for
Consent to demolish the
buildings was given a few months
after the roof of the 138-year-old
Barrons Building collapsed in
January 2011, but demolition was
delayed until yesterday, although
the reason for the delay was
Barrons Building owner
Lincoln Darling has previously
declined to explain the delay, and
when asked last month about a
road closure notice in place for
yesterday, said the building was
coming down in February.
Starting the most visible part of
the demolition just after 10am, a
specialised high-reach demolition
tracked excavator had brought the
Barrons Building and its neighbour
the N and E S Patterson Building
to the ground before noon.
Lund South had originally been
involved in the demolition, but
it was a Christchurch company,
Southern Demolition, which
nally carried out what business
owner Alan Edge described as a
"very tricky" operation, given the
buildings' fragile states and their
proximity to other buildings.
e excavator was brought
from the Carisbrook site and
would return there for work on
demolishing the corporate stand,
Mr Edge said.
e Rattray Street site is to
become an extension of the car
park behind it.
--- Otago Daily Times
Historic buildings come down
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Demolition of the former Dragon Cafe in Rattray Street, Dunedin, yesterday.
A suspected World War Two sea
mine spotted by a jetskier at the
entrance to Lyttelton Harbour has
not been found after a search.
e jetskier claimed to have seen the
semi-submerged explosive oating
near Port Levy, Banks Peninsula,
last week. He phoned police on
December 31, who took the sighting
e local coastguard, along with
a New Zealand Defence Force
(NZDF) bomb disposal team,
launched a wide-scale area search the
Inspector Derek Erasmus said
the jetskier described the object as
being the size of a wrecking ball, and
thought it may have been a mine.
"Coastguard and NZDF spent
up to three hours on the water in
the area that afternoon, in similar
conditions to when the item was
originally sighted, and taking drift
modelling into account. Nothing was
located," Mr Erasmus said.
During World War Two, there were
fears that either Hitler's Germany or
the Imperial Japanese Army would
invade New Zealand.
Enemy submarines were allegedly
seen cruising up Lyttelton Harbour
in the early days of war.
Fort Jervois on the harbour's island
of Ripapa was garrisoned and the
Godley Head battery was set up to
counter enemy vessels attempting to
bombard the coast.
But ten 1000kg mines were
successfully laid undetected by the
enemy German minelayer Adjutant
in June 1941.
ey were not moored but lay on
the seabed and were designed to
detonate by the acoustic or magnetic
activity of ships passing overhead.
Adjutant's minelaying was not
successful. ousands of ships safely
passed over the mines during the war
--- none were sunk --- and it was not
until Germany surrendered in 1945
that the existence of the mine elds
e navy believes that over the years
the mines sank deep into the seabed.
In 2010, navy dive ship HMNZS
Manawanui searched the sea oor
of the harbour entrance after port
authorities revealed plans to dredge
a deeper channel. e search for the
mines came up empty-handed.
A spokesman for Coastguard
Canterbury today, however, doubted
that the object allegedly seen by the
jetskier was a World War Two relic.
"If it was a mine, it could have come
from anywhere. It could have come
all the way from Germany --- we're
talking a long time ago," the duty
o cer who was involved in the search
"Whatever they saw was covered
in a lot of marine growth. But who
would know what it was.
" ey (the jetskier) suspected it was,
the police took it seriously, we had a
pretty comprehensive search but
couldn't nd anything resembling it
remotely, so that's it."
e local Coastguard has not
previously come across any mines in
Police have now contacted
Maritime New Zealand and the
incident has been noted as a possible
"It is not possible to con rm
what the item may have been," Mr
Erasmus said. --- APNZ
Hunt for wartime mine draws blank
e resumption of so-called
"scienti c" whaling in the Southern
Ocean has been condemned by
Foreign A airs Minister Murray
Anti-whaling group Sea
Shepherd said it was pursuing the
Japanese eet after nding all ve
of its vessels in the Southern Ocean,
along with evidence of whale kills.
e Sea Shepherd eet,
comprising the Steve Irwin, the
Bob Barker and the Sam Simon,
was now trailing the Japanese ships
in a bid to disrupt or shut down
their whale-killing operations.
e Steve Irwin's helicopter rst
spotted the Japanese vessel, Nisshin
Maru, in what the organisation
said was 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 found.
A fourth whale, also believed to
be a minke, was being butchered on
Mr McCully said reports by Sea
Shepherd that whaling occurred
in New Zealand sovereign waters
were factually wrong.
"New Zealand has responsibility
for co-ordinating search and rescue
operations in a large area in the
Southern Ocean; however, these
are international waters and not
within New Zealand's maritime
However, information suggested
the Japanese eet had commenced
whaling for the season, he said.
" e practice of whaling in the
oceans south of New Zealand is
pointless and o ensive to a great
many New Zealanders.
" e New Zealand Government
has repeatedly called on Japan to
end its whaling programme. We
reiterate this message today," Mr
McCully said in a statement.
New Zealand formally lodged
an intervention before the
International Court of Justice in the
case brought by Australia against
Japanese whaling in the Southern
Ocean. A judgment in the case is
yet to be delivered.
e Sea Shepherd group said
its eet would do what it could to
ensure no more whales su ered at
the hands of the Japanese.
"Sea Shepherd will remain
relentless in driving these fake,
desperate and subverting 'scientists'
back to Tokyo," the Steve Irwin's
captain, Sid Chakravarty, said.
McCully condemns resumption
of 'scientific' whaling
Blood spattered against windows
and furniture was broken during a
rare punch-up between two prison
guards at Christchurch's Rolleston
Prison, according to a report.
A senior Corrections o cer
allegedly punched a junior o cer
on Friday after the junior o cer
gave inmates milk, a source said.
A ght broke out between the
two in the control room of the
prison's medium security Kowhai
Unit, and a female sta member
had to ee.
e junior o cer su ered minor
cuts and bruises and was seen with
a bandage on his head.
e two o cers had been stood
down on full pay pending an
investigation, Rolleston Prison
manager Mike Howson said.
president Bevan Hanlon said there
had only been two or three similar
incidents over the last decade.
Prison warders in punch-up
Divine intervention may be needed to
help resolve a dilemma that has been
brewing in Samoa --- exactly which day
is the Sabbath.
e Seventh Day Adventist (SDA)
Church in the island nation has been
arguing about its day of worship ever
since the country changed its dates
to coincide with New Zealand, in
Because the country skipped Friday,
many Seventh Day Adventist members
argue that Sunday had now become the
seventh day and therefore switched from
going to church on their usual day of
worship --- Saturday --- to Sunday.
e idea has e ectively split the
church and caused further grievances
after a recent decision by the Paci c
region's SDA leaders that members in
Samoa should now worship on the "new
Sabbath" --- Sunday.
Samoan community leader and
member of the church, Pa'u Fereti Puni,
said the issue had turned the church into
"It's just ridiculous, it's really making
a mockery of the church. e people
who now say that the seventh day is
Sunday --- in their eyes, it's the real
A paper written by Auckland Pastor
Neone Okesene was submitted to church
leaders last year. Mr Okesene wrote that
the decision went against everything the
church stood for.
"Could the (church leading body)
continue to call itself by the name
Seventh Day Adventist when it has
clearly taken an action that contradicts
the foundational teachings of the parent
e Seventh Day Adventist's day
of worship is based on the fourth
commandment; to observe the (seventh)
Sabbath day and to keep it holy.
Other church denominations in Samoa
also regard Saturday as the seventh day.
However, they worship on Sunday, the
rst day of the week in Samoa, in an
acknowledgment of the day Jesus Christ
rose from the dead.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Samoan time shift
creates Sabbath rift
A weed-spraying truck has crashed in
Waikato, dumping about 2000 litres of
weedkiller near a stream.
Waihi police acting sergeant Wayne
Harper said the small weed-spraying
truck veered o Waihi's Waitawheta
Road after the driver was hit blinded by
sunstrike about 7.30am.
" e driver's gone over the edge of a
bank towards a stream. It's lost about
2000 litres of pre-mixed Round Up into
the area and that's being handled by
e driver su ered minor injuries, Mr
Harper said. --- APNZ
Weedkiller spills in crash
Search for body
A large blaze extensively damaged
a Catholic church in New Plymouth
yesterday, devastating its large family
parish, the Parish Pastoral Council
e Fire Service received several calls
from the public just before 3pm and
crews arrived to nd the re had "taken
hold" of St Philomena's Church on
Parish chairman Collin Fromont
said he had not seen the inside of the
building, but its roof had been destroyed.
It was devastating for the community,
Nearby St Pius X school was also "very
much part of the church community".
"It's a great family parish we have at
Philomena so it's not just going to a ect
the older parishioners, it's going to a ect
the kids as well," Mr Fromont said.
e church was insured and Mr
Fromont said it was early days, but at the
moment he assumed it would be rebuilt.
Central re communications shift
manager Mike Wanoa said at the height
of the blaze about 35 re ghters, seven
appliances and supporting units battled
the re. --- APNZ
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