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Collision claims life
One person was killed and another
seriously injured in a head-on crash
at Karaka in Waikato yesterday.
Witnesses reported that three cars
were involved and at least two people
were trapped in the vehicles after the
crash just after 3pm, police said. First
responders con rmed one person died
and at least one other was seriously
injured in the crash on Karaka
Road (State highway 22) just east of
Whangapouri Road. ere were no
details of the victim. --- APNZ
Crash survivor critical
A man was own to hospital in
Wellington after being critically
injured when thrown up to 30m as
the car he was driving hit a pole on
the Te Awanga coast in Hawke's Bay.
e crash happened about 5.50pm
on Saturday on a Clifton Road bend,
and the man, in his 30s --- thought
to have been the only person in the
vehicle --- was unconscious when
the Haumoana volunteer re and
rst-response unit arrived. He was
taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital in
Hastings. e road was closed for
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Dead boatie named
A search of the bottom of the
Veronica Channel o Opua in the
Bay of Islands has failed to nd a
dinghy which sank after it collided
with a yacht, causing the death of
68-year-old Joseph Reti of Waikare.
Northland harbourmaster Jim Lyle
said two regional council vessels
spent close to three hours searching
the area where Mr Reti's dinghy
went down about 8.30am on Sunday.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Falling branch hits girl
An eight-year-old girl su ered a
head injury when she was hit by a
falling branch while tramping with
her family in the Rimutaka Forest
Park yesterday. e Palmerston
North rescue helicopter responded
to a call to the park about 10am and
ew the girl to Wellington Hospital.
e girl was part of a family party
tramping in the Goat Hut area of
the Orongorongo River when the
accident happened. --- APNZ
Tractor, cars in crash
A woman su ered moderate
injuries in a crash involving a tractor
and two cars in Te Teko yesterday.
Emergency services were called to
the incident on State highway 30
about 1.30pm. e woman, believed
to be in her 20s, was taken to
Whakatane Hospital with moderate
injuries. A witness said he arrived to
nd the tractor on one side of the
road, with the two damaged cars
on the other. He said it looked as
though the tractor involved had been
working on an orchard in the area.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
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Police raid houses for clues to missing student
e Government's decision to award
a $8 million ferry-building contract to
a Bangladesh company is another blow
to a New Zealand industry already in
survival mode, a local boatbuilder says.
Twelve shipyards from Australia,
Bangladesh, China, New Zealand,
Poland and Singapore submitted tenders
for the 43m vessel destined for the New
Zealand territory of Tokelau.
e ferry, a replacement, is capable of
carrying 60 passengers and 50 tonnes of
Bangladesh rm Western Marine
Shipyard was picked by the Ministry of
Foreign A airs and Trade to build the
e executive director of NZ Marine,
Peter Bus eld, said the Government's
new procurement rules ignored any
economic gain from having the vessel
built in New Zealand.
e new rules, which came into e ect
in October last year, were designed to
make it easier for smaller New Zealand
companies to tender for government
contracts and give better value for money
Mr Bus eld said that during 18
months of talks between NZ Marine and
Mfat, government o cials con rmed
the new regulation did not require the
Government to consider any economic
gain to New Zealand for buying locally-
"What really concerns us as taxpayers
and representing one of New Zealand's
largest manufacturing sectors, is that
the New Zealand Government is not
considering the total picture for the
procurement of the Tokelau ferry," he
Several New Zealand companies had
the capability the build the ferry, he said.
Nelson-based AIMEX Ltd believed
it could build the vessel in Nelson
for $14m to $15mn. at would have
generated an additional $9m in GDP
and the equivalent of 127 employees for
a year, Mr Bus eld said.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A missing cat worth $1000 has meant
a holiday cut short and heartbreak for a
family and a local cattery.
e Haglund-Turley family were a day
into their annual break when they were
told their 11-month-old bengal asian
leopard cat, Echo, had escaped from
the Ladymead Boarding Kennels and
Cattery north of Masterton.
e family have spent the past 10 days
traipsing across paddocks, searching
kilometres of bush, railway lines and the
roadside looking for him.
Ross Turley, his wife Sarah Haglund-
Turley and their four children, Sophia,
nine, Quinn, seven, Alexi, ve, and Reid,
four, are distraught but they hope the cat
will wander through the door any day
In the meantime, they will keep
searching and placing yers in shops.
Cattery owner Barbara O'Byrne said
Echo escaped after an oak tree branch
put a hole in the roof of the cattery
during a storm.
Mrs Haglund-Turley said they trusted
the animals were in experienced hands.
eir dog and another cat have stayed
"It's devastating to think you drop your
animal o to be taken care of and they
Mrs O'Byrne has o ered to reimburse
the family for the cost of yers and
advertising and to pay for the cat.
Mr Turley said: "I'm frustrated. ey
told us they have had this breed of cat
before and they would be safe. ey
guaranteed they would be safe."
Mrs O'Byrne said she was gutted the
cat had escaped.
"I'm absolutely devastated as I know
Ross and Sarah are. It's horrible. I
understand how they feel. I've had
sleepless nights with worry. Sorry is such
a pathetic word. It's a precious animal."
She was hopeful Echo will make his
own way home.
"I have faith because of the type of cat
it is. ey are good at surviving."
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Tip-o s from the public have led
to police raiding houses they hoped
might lead to clues in the case of
missing Nelson student Leo Leo
As the fourth anniversary of
the disappearance of Mr Lipp-
Neighbours approaches, police last
week executed two search warrants
on addresses in Marlborough.
A third Marlborough address was
searched by consent of the occupants
as a result of information received
from the public.
But while computers were seized
from the address for forensic
examination, investigation head
detective sergeant Mark Kaveney
said they did not unearth anything
to link the occupants to Mr Lipp-
Neighbours, last seen on January 24,
After an extensive review of
the investigation last year, police
concluded his disappearance was the
result of foul play.
But they are still in the dark as to
where Mr Lipp-Neighbours or his
distinctive orange Toyota station
wagon may be.
Mr Kaveney said that police were
not giving up hope of nding Mr
"We know that someone out there
knows something," he said.
"I just hope their conscience gets
the better of them sooner rather
than later and they come forward
with that information."
Anyone with information that may
be relevant to Mr Lipp-Neighbours'
disappearance should contact
Nelson Police on 03 546 3840 or
Crimestoppers, anonymously, on
0800 555 111.
A $50,000 Crimestoppers reward
remains active. --- APNZ
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Fonterra is caught up in another
contamination scare, and is recalling
fresh cream because of fears it could
contain the E.coli bacterium.
Fonterra Brands NZ yesterday issued
a voluntary recall for 300ml and 500ml
bottles of Anchor and Pams fresh cream
with a best-before date of January 21.
e recall involves 8700 bottles of
fresh cream distributed to shops and
food service outlets in the North Island
from Northland to Turangi, including
Fonterra Brands NZ managing director
Peter McClure said the recall was being
done because tests had shown E.coli
could be in some bottles of Anchor and
"We are sorry for the inconvenience
and concern this recall might cause,
but food safety and quality are our top
priorities," Mr McClure said.
People were advised not to use the
cream, but to return it to where they
bought it for a refund.
Mr McClure said signs of E-coli were
discovered during standard testing
e tests showed an unusually high
"spike" of coliform in fresh cream and
milk at Fonterra's Takanini plant in
ree samples were then sent for
independent testing, which con rmed
"All three samples they tested at an
independent lab showed positive results
for E.coli," Mr McClure said.
e results were "very, very unusual".
"In the last 20-odd years we've never
had an incident of E.coli in milk despite
periodic spiking in coliforms."
e cause of the contamination was
being investigated and answers were
expected "in a few days".
Mr McClure said the latest recall was
"totally di erent" to last year's botulism
scare, but the company, "didn't need this".
Most of the cream would probably still
be in cool stores, he said, but some might
be in people's homes.
"Some is probably in the hands of
consumers and that's why we're initiating
If people wanted further information
about the recall, they could contact the
Fonterra Brands customer service centre
on (0800) 256-257.
E.coli bacteria live in the intestines
of humans and animals, and can be
carried in faeces. Although most are
harmless, several produce toxins that can
cause diarrhoea, stomach cramps and
In August last year, Fonterra triggered
widespread alarm when it revealed it
suspected 38 tonnes of whey protein,
some of it used to make baby formula,
had been contaminated with a botulism-
It was later found to be a false alarm,
but not before Fonterra customers had
recalled a huge amount of baby formula
products worth millions of dollars
and New Zealand dairy imports were
banned or restricted by China and other
Green Party agriculture spokesman
Ste an Browning said because Fonterra
is linked to the clean, green New Zealand
brand "when they fail, we su er".
He urged the diary giant to "quickly
and comprehensively resolve" the latest
contamination scare to try to reduce the
damage done to New Zealand's image
"Dairy dominates our agriculture
sector, New Zealand needs Fonterra
to be reliable and maintain a spotless
reputation. Any mistake by them
impacts on all of us," he said.
"Another contamination scare is not
the start to the year that Fonterra or
New Zealand needs."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
An Auckland grandmother opened
her suitcase four years after her last
overseas trip to discover $50,000
worth of amphetamine stashed in a
Gillian Rodgers, 74, dug out her
old suitcase on Saturday for a trip to
Blenheim and found a tightly-packed
bag of white powder, about the size of
a packet of cigarettes.
"I was clearing it out and I saw this
packet of white stu and I thought,
'Wow, what's that?' I thought it was
something to keep the suitcase dry. It
was like a plastic packet, about three
inches by two inches, and it was solid,
like a cushion."
She had padlocked every pocket on
her bag except the one in which the
drugs were found, she said.
Not knowing what the package was
or where it came from, Ms Rodgers
took it to the Albany police station to
Police have praised Ms Rodgers and
started an investigation.
"I couldn't believe it when the
policewoman rung me back and said
it was (amphetamine). She said it was
"I didn't for one minute expect it to
be drugs even though we were joking
about it that it might have been."
Ms Rodgers last used the suitcase
four years ago when she made a
month-long cruise around Australia
with a friend before ying home to
Auckland from Sydney.
She suspects someone put the drugs
into her suitcase pocket and that she
was being used as mule to get the
package into the country.
"I'm ba ed. Of course I didn't see
anybody put it in there. e only
time I was not in my possession of
my luggage was when it was on the
carousel and when I put it on the
"I still can't believe it was drugs. I
wonder if they were going to try to
retrieve it. I'm sure they would have
wanted it back. I wonder if they
It was only luck she was not caught
with the drugs at Auckland Airport,
she said. But the discovery over the
weekend raised questions about the
screening process at the airports on
both sides of the Tasman.
"I could've been picked up at
the airport. Or if I'd gone through
somewhere like Bali or ailand with
that in my bag. Terrifying."
Customs spokeswoman Nicky
Elliott said the airport protocols were
" ere is no way to determine where
and when the drugs were placed in
the suitcase," she said.
" is could have happened anytime
since she last used the suitcase."
She said Customs processed
about 10 million travellers a year,
and all were screened through risk
assessment and pro ling.
"If there is no alert, the passenger is
not stopped unless as part of routine
"We are con dent this system
works well and that the border is fully
North Shore area commander
Inspector Shanan Gray said Ms
Rodgers did the right thing by
bringing in the "unusual" package.
e owner of the 55g of
amphetamine --- a Class A drug ---
could face a maximum life sentence,
if found and convicted, Mr Gray
"We are investigating. If we can
establish an owner of the item then
we'd look at prosecution. We may
look at Customs records, inquiries
with the cruise ship company
. . . there's lines of inquiries we can
exhaust before we put it to bed."
Flight Centre New Zealand's
general manager of retail, Sue
Matson, said travellers should remain
vigilant on holiday.
"Lock all zips and clearly label
your bags, don't carry items for
strangers, and, for extra safety, you
can always get your bag wrapped at
"If something doesn't feel right, it
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Gran finds drug stash in luggage
Mystery surrounds the
movements of a long-lost
wedding ring which recently
resurfaced in a Dunedin garage,
nearly 30 years after it went
missing during a rugby match
several kilometres away.
Ian and Pieternella Shore, who
split their time between Dunedin
and Wanaka, were stunned to
receive an e-mail from a stranger
at the weekend, asking if they
were the owners of a piece of
jewellery they had thought was
"I read it and I thought,
'Incredible, just incredible'," Mr
Shore, 66, said yesterday.
A former member of the Pirates
rugby club, Mr Shore recalls
taking his 18ct gold wedding band
o for a game of touch rugby at
Hancock Park between 25 and 30
years ago and leaving it with his
gear near one of the goal posts.
When he returned to the same
spot after the game, the ring was
He and Mrs Shore, 61, regularly
searched the grounds for about
a year --- even hiring a metal
detector to comb the eld ---
before giving up and buying a
"When you lose it on a rugby
ground it's going to slowly work
its way into the soil or grass,
never to be seen again," Mr Shore,
a nancial adviser, had always
However, just over a year ago,
Dunedin retail worker and
freelance photographer Simon
Higgs, 25, was cleaning out the
garage space under the house he
was renting --- and subsequently
bought --- in Lesney St, Maryhill,
when he spotted the ring among
some other scrap bits of metal
"Ialmostthrewitout. . .Ihad
it in the dustpan and realised
it was a di erent colour (to the
other metals)," Mr Higgs said.
"I'm not sure how it got there
but somebody found it and lost it
all over again."
Mr Higgs took the ring to the
Dunedin police, who "weren't
interested" since it had been
found in his own home and there
was no record of anybody missing
it.He made other unsuccessful
attempts to track down the
person known only as Pieternella
--- the name engraved inside the
ring, including contacting the
previous owners of his house who
knew nothing about it.
Since then, he had been wearing
the ring to keep it safe.
"I didn't want to lose it because
I knew it was important and I
thought, 'One day I'll nd them'."
While the ring mystery had
"popped up in conversation every
now and then", it was not until a
few nights ago when Mr Higgs's
atmate suggested another
on-line search for the name
Pieternella that they hit pay dirt.
is time, they found a website
the Shores had set up last year for
their Wanaka bed and breakfast
"I have located a wedding
band with the name 'Pieternella'
engraved inside it with a date, and
you are the only Pieternella that I
can nd on google in the Otago
region! Have you lost one??"
Mr Higgs wrote to the Shores,
through the website's contact
To add to the "coincidental"
string of events, Mrs Shore had
not been known as Pieternella
since the age of seven when
she emigrated to New Zealand
with her Dutch family and her
teachers gave her the easier-to-
pronounce name of Betty. She
only began using her Dutch name
again following her rst trip back
to Holland last year.
"If it wasn't for Betty reverting
back to her proper name and
us starting up the business and
setting up the website he'd (Mr
Higgs) still be wearing it on his
nger," Mr Shore said.
Mr Higgs was looking forward
to returning the ring to its
rightful owner in Dunedin next
"I dare say he's taken a bit of
stick for losing a wedding ring
over that time," he joked.
Mrs Shore has her own plans
for the rediscovered ring once it is
back in her husband's hands.
"I think we should get married
again, I think we should re-do our
vows." --- Otago Daily Times
Wedding band goes full circle
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
Simon Higgs holds the wedding band which was lost at Dunedin's Hancock Park more than 25 years
ago. Below: Pieternella and Ian Shore are looking for ward to being reunited with Mr Shore's long-lost
Walking access through the Dart
Valley is set to be reinstated by the
end of January after Department of
Conservation rangers nished their
survey of a new route around the large
lake and massive landslip which blocked
the track on January 4.
Senior conservation services ranger
Richard Kennett yesterday said an
alternative route for trampers had been
identi ed which would take them safely
past the a ected area.
A new track would now cut a route
above the newly formed lake on its
eastern, or true left, side, before leading
trampers to the usual track over Sandy
Blu . After this point the track would
then descend to the eastern bank of the
"More changes will be required there
when the landslide has forced the river
to erode the bank and undercut the
track," Mr Kennett said.
"As the realigned track will remain
on the true left of the Dart River,
the landslide debris will be avoided
altogether." While the department
would endeavour to clear the vegetation
it would be very rough and muddy
underfoot. It would not be passable in
wet weather as it crossed several streams
which would quickly ood during heavy
rain, becoming hazardous for trampers
Mr Kennett estimated the roughness
of the track would add 1-2 hours to the
standard walking time between Daleys
Flat Hut and Chinamans Blu , usually
three and a half to ve and a half hours.
Work for the track realignment would
start soon and was expected to take up
to two weeks to complete. Until the new
track was completed the Dart Valley
Track between Bedford Stream and
Daleys Flat Hut remained closed.
Work could be delayed by weather
or conditions on the ground and
DOC was expected to make a further
announcement when the new track was
to be opened.
Rangers would then monitor
conditions on the new route for the
remainder of the summer before seeking
to make improvements during the
e Dart Valley landslip had formed
within an existing zone of instability
located in the Te Koroka-Slip Stream
area. e zone had been depositing fresh
material into the valley for more than
a year however, heavy rainstorms led to
the much larger landslip on January 4.
Further rain would continue to deliver
more material into the valley. GNS
considered the landslip-related debris
ows and the resultant lake posed no
additional hazard on the lower Dart
River below the dam.
--- Otago Daily Times
Dart River tracks
open by month's end
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