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Crash kills woman, 87
An 87-year-old woman was killed
in a two-car crash near Havelock
North yesterday. e smash occurred
about 3.10pm, just 100m from the
Napier Road junction with Romanes
Drive to the north of the town. e
other driver was a 20-year-old man.
He su ered moderate injuries and
was in a stable condition in Hawke's
Bay Hospital last night.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Body found in river
Grieving family watched as
police divers pulled the body of a
young Masterton man from the
Ruamahanga River yesterday. Jesse
Barber, 19, had failed to surface
while swimming in a deep, turbulent
pool with four friends about 5pm
on Monday. His friends attempted
to save Mr Barber before he became
trapped under water.
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Man burned in mud pool
A new Rotorua resident has
su ered burns to his legs after
falling into a hot mud pool when
the ground under him collapsed.
Rotorua District Council parks and
recreation manager Garry Page said
the accident happened on Sunday
evening near the Whakarewarewa
rugby grounds at Puarenga Park. Mr
Page said he understood the man
had strayed from the main track.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Security van held up
Two men are on the run after the
armed robbery of a security van in
Whangarei yesterday. One pointed
a gun at a guard outside a building
on Bank Street about 2.30pm,
police said. e man managed to
get a sum of cash and left in a black
1999 Subaru Forrester driven by the
second man. e vehicle, believed
to have been stolen, was found
abandoned on Raumanga Heights
Drive about an hour later. --- APNZ
Diver still critical
e man pulled from water and
saved by passers by at Pilot Bay
on Monday remains in a critical
condition at Tauranga Hospital. e
67-year-old had been snorkelling
when it is believed he su ered
a heart attack. He was found
oating in the water and was pulled
ashore where bystanders and later
paramedics performed CPR.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Scrub fire stops trains
A scrub re forced a halt to rail
tra c outside Hamilton yesterday.
Fire ghters tackled the blaze ---
about 200m by 10m --- in Rukuhia.
Rail tra c was stopped, and power
to some overhead electricity lines
was cut while the Fire Ser vice
doused the ames, re shift manager
Tania Matthews said. No homes
were threatened. --- APNZ
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50, 51, 57, 62, 68, 71, 72, 74. Draw No
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44, 45, 51, 54, 59, 64, 67, 70, 73, 76, 78.
While most people cannot wait to
knock o from work and head away
on holiday, many are hanging on
to annual leave days --- stockpiling
them for future trips, a survey has
Expedia's vacation deprivation
report showed New Zealanders,
on average, left a total of four days'
annual leave unused in 2013. is
was just below the global average of
e report found some did not
claim their full allotment of annual
leave because holidays were either
too expensive or too hard to organise.
More than half of New Zealanders
--- 52% --- admitted feeling holiday
Expedia travel consultant Kelly Cull
said it made sense geographically
for people to stockpile their annual
"If they're going to Europe or the
United States they can spend longer
when visiting those destinations."
e report also found that when
we nally did go on holiday, most
of us had trouble "unplugging" from
work --- with almost three-quarters
continuing to check work e-mail and
voicemail while away.
" ey're saying they're holiday
deprived, but they're not taking
their holiday when they have the
opportunity," she said. "It's important
we take that time to recharge and
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Hoarding leave an NZ habit
A ery crash involving a car
and two trucks in Manawatu
overnight was so bad that police
have yet to con rm how many
people were killed.
At least one person, whose
gender has yet to be determined,
was killed in the crash.
Emergency services were called
to the crash on State highway
1, south of Sanson, shortly after
Two large trucks --- a B-train
and a semi-trailer --- and a
Nissan vehicle were involved.
It was believed the Nissan
had become trapped between
the trucks, possibly during
overtaking. e crash also
resulted in all three vehicles
Police, who have been at the
crash scene for nearly 10 hours,
con rmed one person from the
Nissan vehicle died at the scene.
Police believed there was a
second person in the vehicle but
this had yet to be con rmed.
"Both truck drivers did not
sustain any injuries from the
crash but were taken to hospital
for assessment. ey are both
understandably very shaken
from the crash and we hope to
formally speak to them in the
next few days," senior sergeant
Nigel Allan said.
While police were still working
to establish what happened,
preliminary indications suggest
all three vehicles were travelling
southbound at the time of the
Early reports also indicated the
collision, which also damaged
to the road, may have occurred
while one of the vehicles was
attempting to overtake.
" e serious crash unit is
conducting a scene examination
and the vehicles will be removed
from the scene today for further
analysis," police said.
"I want to thank motorists for
their understanding as we work
to have the highway open as soon
as possible. In the meantime I
would ask that motorists take
alternative routes and exercise
caution on diversion routes," Mr
e owner of one of the trucks
involved involved in the collision,
Big Chill chief executive Michael
Roberts, said regardless of who
was at fault, fatal crashes were
always traumatic for the driver.
"It is pretty tough. I understand
he's physically ne, he's a good,
experienced driver of ours.
"He's on his way back to
Auckland now heading home
and he'll have a few days o and
then, all going well will be back
at the job (at a later date)."
e Big Chill driver was
travelling from Auckland to
Wellington with a load of chilled
and frozen food products when
the crash occurred, Mr Roberts
Information from on-board
GPS and footage from an on-
board camera gave a good idea
of how the crash occurred, Mr
"It's a pretty sad situation."
Police spokeswoman Sara
Stavropoulos said the diversions
in place until at least mid-
"All three vehicles have caught
re and the road surface has
been a ected. One person
has been con rmed dead. We
believe it is possible there was
a second person in the vehicle
but would need further analysis
to determine this. You can
only imagine what the truck
drivers and emergency services
"We cannot determine if the
deceased is a male or female."
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New Zealand lm-maker Jane
Campion, the only woman to win the
coveted Palme d'Or, will head the jury
at this year's Cannes Film Festival, the
organisers announced overnight.
"I am truly honoured to join with the
Cannes Film Festival as president of the
'in Competition' features for 2014," Ms
Campion said in a statement. "To tell
the truth I can't wait," Ms Campion,
who succeeds last year's jury head Steven
e 67th Cannes lm festival will run
from May 14-25 in the southern France
Ms Campion who won the Palme d'Or
for e Piano in 1993 also holds the
distinction as the only double winner,
her short Peel having picked up the top
prize in that category in 1986.
e Piano was also a big winner at
the 1993 Academy wards across the
Atlantic, with Campion winning an
Oscar for Best Screenplay while Holly
Hunter and Anna Paquin won best
actress and best supporting actress
"A major lm-maker and indefatigable
pioneer," was how the Cannes organisers
described Ms Campion.
She is not the rst woman to head the
Cannes festival jury.
Actresses Isabelle Huppert did so in
2009 and Isabelle Adjani in 1997, with
Ingmar Bergman's cinematic muse Liv
Ullmann also heading the jury in 2001
--- the Norwegian actress has herself
directed a handful of lms.
Cannes "is a mythical and exciting
festival where amazing things can
happen, actors are discovered, lms are
nanced careers are made. I know this
because that is what happened to me!"
Ms Campion said.
"It is this worldwide inclusiveness
and passion for lm at the heart of the
festival which makes the importance of
the Cannes Film Festival indisputable,"
she added in her statement posted on
the lm festival website.
Born into an artistic family, she studied
anthropology then painting before
turning her attention to cinema.
Last year she came to Cannes as head
of the short- lm jury.
She has recently won critical and
popular acclaim for writing the television
mini-series Top of the Lake which was
shot in New Zealand. --- AFP
Campion to head Cannes film festival jury
Cyclist dies under truck
PICTURE: Getty Images
A crumpled bike lies on the side of the road after a cyclist was
fatality injured at the bottom of Parnell Rise in Auckland.
A group of young men on their
way to the beach heard the dying
breaths of a cyclist who collided
with a truck at a major Auckland
Police said it appeared the
cyclist had been free-wheeling
down Parnell Rise and was
turning left into e Strand
when he collided with the truck
which was travelling straight on
Inspector Cornelius Klussein
said the truck driver did not
know the cyclist had gone under
his wheels until being alerted
by other motorists tooting their
Simione Maamaloa and four
of his family members were on
their way to the beach when their
car got a at tyre nearby on e
ey were walking down the
road to nd a mechanic when
they heard a loud bang and saw
the cyclist y o the bike and go
under the truck's wheels.
ey dashed over to try to help
but there was nothing they could
do. e cyclist was mumbling,
but Mr Maamaloa and his family
members could not understand
what was being said. e cyclist
died as they watched.
A woman tourist from a cruise
ship at the harbour nearby had
been standing at the tra c lights
directly in front of the crash.
Lindsay Hunt, who works at a
nearby bar, said the tourist had
come into the bar "absolutely
hysterical" and asked for a glass
"She was so hysterical I took
her into the lounge bar to get her
away from everything. She was
shaking and in tears and just in
complete shock so I took her to
Mr Klussein said the cyclist,
who had been riding alone, was
yet to be identi ed.
He said he could not speculate
as to whether the cyclist had run
a red light, "except that the truck
had the green light".
It appeared the cyclist had hit
the side of the truck and gone
under its wheels, he said.
A family pet is lucky to be alive after
being poisoned by ea treatment.
A Whakamarama family, who want
to remain anonymous, feared the
worst for their cat, Dexter, when he
had a bad reaction to a ea treatment
which was designed for dogs.
Shortly after being treated Dexter
su ered uncontrollable tremors and
was close to death. He was taken to
Te Puna Vets where it was treated by
vet Kate Heller, who last August saved
a cat by giving it a transfusion using
blood from a dog.
e latest incident has prompted
a warning from Ms Heller about
following warning labels and
instructions on ea treatment
packaging. She said eas were a
constant summer threat to animals,
but owners needed to ensure the
products they were using were suitable
for their pet's size and breed.
" e owners were trying to do the
right thing by treating their cat's eas,
but unfortunately they used an old
product that had been bought from
the supermarket to treat a large dog,"
Ms Heller said.
"Not all ea products are the same
and those made for dogs containing a
permethrin base are toxic to cats and
can cause severe muscle twitching and
eventually seizures and death."
Dexter, an 8kg tabby cross, started
going downhill about 18 hours after
he was given a single dose of the
treatment for dogs. As soon as his
family found it shaking uncontrollably
they took it for emergency treatment.
Ms Heller said Dexter was
experiencing classic signs of
permethrin poisoning --- facial
twitching, rigidity in its legs and a
" ere are no speci c antidotes for
this type of poisoning. All we can do
is treat the symptoms and provide
supportive care until the cat's body has
processed and got rid of the toxin,"
Dexter was heavily sedated for
about two days and given uids
intravenously to keep him hydrated.
"We had to monitor his temperature
closely and continue to top up his
sedation throughout the night as the
tremors were persistent."
Ms Heller said Dexter was lucky
he was a very large cat. "Had he been
smaller, the toxic overdose could have
She said during the heat of summer
ea numbers increased more than any
Dexter's owner said she wanted to
share her story with other pet owners
to help them avoid making the same
" ere's nothing worse than being
invaded by eas. You just want to
get rid of them and we innocently
thought any product would do. We
didn't realise using the wrong one
could have the e ect it had on Dexter.
We've learned a very valuable lesson."
She said the family did not expect
him to pull through and took him
home from the vet to say their
"It was quite heart-wrenching to
see him tting. We knew the vets had
done everything they could for him
so we took him home so we could all
be with him. But when he came in
through the door his head lifted and
he began perking up.
"For the sake of saving a few extra
dollars and not using the right ea
treatment, we almost lost him."
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Dexter sur vives wrong dose
PICTURE: APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Dexter on the mend after a dose of dog ea treatment.
A cat caused a stir after being stuck in
a central Auckland building shaft for
After being chased by another
moggie, Catrick the cat fell some 5m
down the narrow, dark shaft outside
her home on Symonds Street.
Her owner, Radio New Zealand
contributor Marty Duda, said he
had no idea where she was until he
heard mu ed meows from beneath
the oorboards of his apartment the
"I've been having these ghostly
conversations with her for the last four
days until nally we gured out where
He left food out for his beloved cat of
12 years but to no avail.
Eventually, the building manager
found the entrance to the building
shaft with Catrick stuck at the bottom.
e Fire Service was called yesterday
morning but just before they arrived,
Catrick climbed up a piece of fabric
that had been left for her and darted
Fire ghters joined the search for the
missing cat but yesterday afternoon it
remained at large on the busy city street.
"She's now free to go and eat
something at least, but she hasn't been
outside in the three years I've lived here
so she'll be very scared. e only other
times she's been out is when this other
cat chased her out the window," Mr
He was amused that TV3 was at the
scene before the Fire Ser vice, followed
shortly after wards by APNZ.
Cat still missing after
escape from shaft
A six-year-old boy, who died after an
accident near Invercargill on Monday
night was riding an adult-sized 420cc
quad bike when it rolled and crashed
into a ditch.
Emergency services were called to a
farm on the Lorneville-Wallacetown
Highway at 5.30pm, following reports
the boy --- named by police as Charlie
John Vercoe --- was seriously injured.
He later died as a result of his injuries
at Southland Hospital.
Charlie was riding quad bikes --- a
Honda 420cc --- with his 12-year-old
brother when the crash occurred on a
farm they were visiting, detective sergeant
Grant Johnstone of Invercargill said.
Police investigating the crash said
initial indications showed Charlie lost
control of the quad bike before it rolled
and landing in a ditch of water.
Police con rmed the Invercargill boy
was wearing a helmet.
Mr Johnstone said the incident was a
tragic reminder of the need for a high
level of safety in relation to farm vehicles.
e investigation is at an early stage
and would be completed on behalf of
e owner of the property declined
to comment. A picture of Charlie with
a miniature horse was posted on his
mother's Facebook page last night. e
family has requested privacy.
Federated Farmers' health and safety
spokeswoman Jeanette Maxwell said the
organisation advocated no under-16-
year-olds on an adult-sized quad bike.
"Adult bikes are huge, a little person
won't be capable of riding one as they
just aren't tall enough."
Children who did ride on bikes, such
as miniature bikes or on an older person's
lap, should always wear helmets, she said.
e federation, which is a member
of the Agricultural Health and Safety
Council, had been working to improve
New Zealand's on-farm safety record.
is safety record appeared to have
improved over the Christmas-New Year
holiday period, she said.
ere are an estimated 100,000 quad
bikes on farms throughout the country.
e federation advocated safety aids
to alert riders if their bike is in gear, an
emphasis on training, the use of age-
appropriate bikes, and helmet use was
having a positive safety bene t.
Late last year Coroner Brandt
Shortland, following several quad
bike deaths, suggested several
recommendations including children be
prevented from riding adult quad bikes.
In addition he advocated users to
always wear a helmet, and people choose
the right vehicle for the right job.
--- Otago Daily Times
Quad bike safety
call in wake of
Charlie Vercoe died from injuries after the quad bike he was riding crashed.
A tremendous response to the plight
of a stolen puppy resulted in it being
returned less than 48 hours after it was
Tabitha May took to the internet
on Sunday after her eight-week-old
rottweiller-huntaway cross puppy Misty
was stolen from outside an Auckland
e 24-year-old hospitality student
bought the puppy for Christmas and
said she popped into Countdown in
Grey Lynn "for all of two minutes" to
get some dog food and milk on Sunday
When she came out, Misty was gone.
"It was two young boys apparently," she
"Apparently they just took her o the
lead and walked her up Coleridge Street
towards Williamson Avenue."
Ms May contacted APNZ last night
to say that thanks to an article in the
New Zealand Herald and a successful
Facebook appeal, Misty was dropped o
at Grey Lynn Vet Care at 4pm yesterday.
"I couldn't be happier," Ms May
said. "I guess social media is good for
Stolen puppy returned
Police have arrested three youths
involved in what they believe was an
organised brawl in retaliation for a
brutal group assault on a teenage girl on
Police were called out to a ght
involving a group of 10 to 15 youths near
the Papanui Domain in Sawyers Arms
Road about 6.20pm on Monday.
Neighbours reported a "large ght"
involving weapons between youths in
the domain, but the group had dispersed
when police arrived.
Senior sergeant Mike McRandle said a
short time later police stopped a car with
smashed windows in Cranford Street
and found that the occupants had taken
part in the organised brawl.
Two youths aged 17 and 18 were arrested
and given pre-charge warnings; a third
youth, aged 17, was arrested for possessing
an o ensive weapon and has been referred
to a community justice panel.
Police also recovered a number of items
from the car including a steel bar, a chain,
knives, screwdrivers and a hammer.
Mr McRandle said police believed the
brawl was prompted by Facebook posts
calling for retaliation over the vicious
assault of a 14-year-old girl by several
young women on Saturday. at incident
was lmed and posted on social media.
Video showed the girl being dragged
by her hair and forced to take part in a
ght. She was surrounded and punched
repeatedly in the head as she tried to
cover her face. Other girls kicked her on
Footage of the attack was posted by a
concerned schoolboy on his Facebook
page, Only Kiwis Will Get is.
Mr McRandle said the arrested youths
were not believed to have any connection
with the assault or the people involved.
--- APNZ- e Star
Youths arrested after brawl
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