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A diving incident near Wellington
has claimed the life of a man in his
early 30s. Emergency ser vices were
alerted to the incident at Makara
about 11.30am on Saturday. e man
was taken to Wellington Hospital
in a critical condition and a Capital
and Coast District Health Board
spokesman con rmed the man died
in the afternoon. --- APNZ
A community is in mourning after
the death of a teacher in Kerikeri
when he was in collision with a car.
Bill Bayliss, 54, taught at Westmount
School in Kerikeri, a private school,
and was head of mathematics for
the 15 campuses across the country.
Mr Bayliss, a keen squash player and
cyclist, was cycling on Kapiro Road
about 8.10am on Saturday when the
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
A 71-year-old woman has drowned
while swimming at a beach near
Nelson. Adelheid Wilma Stock, of
Nelson, had been swimming with
a friend at Rabbit Island yesterday
afternoon when she was pulled
unconscious from the water. Despite
the e orts of members of the public
and then paramedics, she could not
be revived. --- NZN
DOC charge conviction
Edward James Goldsmith, 41, the
partner of former Magic netball
coach Noeline Taurua, has been
found guilty of two Department of
Conservation charges relating to work
carried out at the couple's lakeside
Black House on the Point lodge.
Following a three-day hearing in the
Rotorua District Court last week,
Judge Christopher Harding convicted
Goldsmith of knowingly and without
authority interfering with the natural
features of, and erecting a deck
within, the Lake Okareka Marginal
Strip. He will be sentenced at a later
date. --- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
A lucky foreigner won $1 million
while visiting New Zealand. e
man, believed to be from Australia,
is the winner of Lotto's division
one prize in draw No 1389 at the
weekend. e winning ticket was
sold in Otahuhu. Successful numbers
were 14, 18, 23, 29, 35, 37; bonus
11. Strike numbers were 35, 37,
29, 14. ere was no Strike Four
winner. Powerball number 6. ere
was no division one winner and
the prize has jackpotted to $16m.
e Winning Wheel ticket was
sold in Auckland. e winner from
Whangarei spun for $200,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9694: 3,
4, 8, 16, 25, 26, 30, 32, 38, 41, 42, 45,
51, 58, 67, 69, 70, 71, 72, 79. Draw No
9695: 7, 17, 19, 24, 25, 26, 28, 31, 35,
36, 39, 53, 55, 57, 61, 65, 68, 72, 75, 80.
Draw No 9696: 1, 12, 15, 18, 26, 38,
39, 40, 43, 48, 51, 54, 59, 61, 62, 67, 69,
71, 72, 77. Draw No 9697: 6, 14, 18,
19, 20, 26, 27, 34, 35, 38, 39, 51, 60, 62,
66, 67, 70, 72, 74, 80.
Auckland mayor Len Brown has
brushed aside suggestions he will be
distracted from his job by a private
prosecution alleging corruption in his
dealings with Sky City.
Mr Brown says Aucklanders generally
"don't give much of a hoot" about his
battles over the last few months, in which
he was investigated for his spending
during an extra-marital a air and then
serial litigant Graham McCready led
court papers alleging corruption.
Mr Brown has made his rst public
appearances since he was censured by
his council over not declaring hotel
Today, he defended himself against
the accusation he should not be making
decisions involving Sky City.
" is person is taking a personal
prosecution and I'll leave that to the
court," he told TV3's Firstline.
He said he had spent a lot of time over
the holidays out in public with his wife
Shan and talking to Aucklanders.
" eir message is: ey by and large
don't give much of a hoot about what's
happened. ey want me to be focused
and our council to be focused on
delivering a great city.
"And that's what I am focused on. e
rest of it will take care of itself in time.
"Hard work, strong focus and the
determination to deliver out, that's why
I was elected in the last election and
what I'll be delivering on this year."
Today, Mr McCready had been
expected to le court papers alleging Mr
Brown's wife was an accessory to the hotel
upgrades, but he has backed o that.
Last week, papers were led alleging
Mr Brown did not declare a con ict
of interest when voting on decisions
involving Sky City after free hotel
upgrades from the company.
On Saturday, Mr Brown attended the
opening of the $17 million bus and train
interchange at Panmure, where he was
reportedly heckled by protesters.
Aucklanders 'don't give a hoot' ---Brown
When young pilot Adam Reid
saw the glider go into a spiral,
he knew disaster was imminent.
Seconds later, the 19-year-old
and his mate, Daniel Hunter,
were racing through paddocks to
the aircraft after it slammed into
e pilot was killed instantly in
the crash just after 4pm at Drury,
south of Auckland.
It was the second glider-related
death in four hours, after a light
towplane crashed in Canterbury,
killing the pilot.
e Auckland tragedy unfolded
after the glider was towed
aloft just after 2pm from the
Auckland Gliding Club's air eld
on Appleby Road, Drury.
Mr Reid was at a barbecue at
Mr Hunter's house, near the
club, when they saw the glider.
" e right wing came over the
left wing and it went into a spiral
descent," Mr Reid said.
"As soon as I saw the wing
go over I thought, ' at's not
supposed to happen'.
" It was ying pretty low. I saw
the glider spiral straight down to
Mr Reid, who has a private
pilot's licence and is working
towards his commercial licence,
said that when he rst saw the
glider it was ying normally, but
"within ve seconds" it was in
Neighbour Ian Pearson was
watching cricket on television.
"I heard an almighty bang, a big
bang, a hell of a bang," he said.
e teenagers, who were
swimming with their mates,
jumped out of the pool and
sprinted to the crash site.
"It was still, there was no
movement," Mr Reid said.
Mr Hunter said the glider's
wings were stripped o and stuck
in the tree. ey then spotted the
fuselage in a dry pond nearby.
see if he (the pilot) was breathing,
but there was nothing," Mr
Hunter said. "He was gone."
e teenagers said members of
the gliding club gathered at the
crash site. One said the victim
was a "reasonably experienced
Auckland Gliding Club
spokesman David Hirst said the
Civil Aviation Authority and
police were investigating the
crash, "and unfortunately I am
under strict instructions not to
reveal any further information".
Inspector Willie Taylor said
the pilot was a co-owner of the
He had died on impact as a
result of "signi cant trauma".
e crash shook Mr Reid.
"I'm meant to be ying (today),
but I might have to take a day
o ," he said.
e Canterbury accident
happened in Spring eld,
about 63km north-west of
Christchurch father Martin
He was the sole occupant of a
Piper PA-28-236 Dakota aircraft
which launched a glider with two
occupants just after midday.
Soon after, the plane crashed
and burst into ames.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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A Swiss-based non-pro t organisation
says the widening gap between rich and
poor is the biggest threat to the global
economy over the next decade.
e World Economic Forum holds its
annual meeting in the Swiss resort town
of Davos later this week, which will
draw more than 2500 political, business,
and academic leaders, including Finance
Minister Bill English, Radio New
Zealand reported today.
e gathering of the world's elite
at Davos does not set policy, but it is
in uential in getting decision-makers
together to nd common ground on the
big issues of the day.
Economist Neville Bennett said they
need to address rising inequality if they
were serious about discussing how the
world economy will be run in the future.
Mr English said creating jobs was the
Meanwhile, the Council of Trade
Unions said it was important that workers
get their fair share of the economic pie,
after missing out in recent years.
CTU economist Bill Rosenberg said
the expanding New Zealand economy
had not resulted in the bene ts have
being shared equally, and that needed to
" e fruits of the economy have gone
to relatively few, rather than being
spread around and the Government
has to think about how it will change
its policies to make sure that the
income from the economy actually
goes to people in the bottom half of the
economy." --- NZN
Wealth gap seen as economic threat
Toxic animal flea
remedies used on
children with nits
Desperate parents are using
animal ea treatments to rid
their kids of nits --- at the risk of
As children return to school in
coming weeks, and face exposure
to other children with head lice,
the Ministry of Health plans
to raise awareness with public
health units around the country.
e National Poisons Centre
receives at least one call
about poisoning from animal
treatments each month. In the
year to June 2013, the youngest
with an acute reaction was 23
months, the oldest 54 years.
Spokeswoman Lucy Shie el-
bien said the gures were likely
to be only the most serious cases.
Many more were probably dealt
with by parents at home or GPs.
Typical reactions were skin
rashes and burning sensations on
the scalp, though the centre had
also dealt with cases of product
getting into eyes and mouths.
Ms Shie elbien said animal
treatments were often tried after
parents found traditional lice
treatments ine ective.
"I don't think the general public
are aware of how highly toxic
these products are and probably
think that because it is approved
for use on your little kitty cat then
it must be safe to use on your
"We suggest that people do not
use these products."
A Tauranga mother of two said
she had used Spot On with her
children, aged seven and 10, after
she had tried standard treatments
and tea tree oil.
Spot On contains fenthion
which is about 140 times as toxic
as head lice treatments designed
She said it worked for a couple
"I would like to see them
develop something like this for
humans, something that won't
wash o ."
A Bay of Plenty cat almost
died earlier this month after it
was given a ea treatment dose
intended for a dog.
e National Poisons Centre
advises all suspected poisoning
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Mayor on front foot over planned prosecution
Last chance for beached whales
A Project Jonah volunteer helps to re oat a whale that beached at Farewell Spit at the
In what could be their last chance, an
attempt will be made this afternoon to re oat
49 whales which restranded overnight at
Department of Conservation conservation
services manager John Mason said 50 whales
which stranded at Triangle Flat, Farewell
Split, were re oated last night but had
stranded overnight about 1km south-west
Of those, one had died.
DOC sta and volunteers would have
another go at re oating the sur vivors at high
tide after midday, and Mr Mason called for
more volunteers to help.
But he warned that this could be the last
chance to save the whales, with ex-tropical
Cyclone June due to bring gale-force winds
" ese whales have to get out today if they
want to make it," he said.
e whales are thought to be from a pod of
about 70 which stranded at Farewell Spit at
Some have died and, despite the best e orts
of rescuers, the remainder keep restranding.
Last week eight whales were euthanised
after stranding themselves twice at Farewell
Spit. A ninth whale, which had not been seen
at the beach, also had to be put down after it
Last week 27 pilot whales had to be put
down after becoming beached at the spit.
A further 12 had already died from natural
causes after being stranded. --- APNZ
Boy dies after
collapses on him
Beachgoers tried frantically
to revive a seven-year-old boy
found lifeless on the beach where
he had been playing at a popular
Northland holiday spot.
e child was discovered about
1.30pm yesterday with his head
buried in a hole he had dug
at Frog Town beach in Pataua
South, near Whangarei.
e district operations manager
for St John, Tony Devanney,
said resuscitation attempts by
people at the scene, teamed
with paramedics who arrived by
ambulance and helicopter, were
"He was digging a hole and
went down head rst into the
hole to have a look," he said.
"It collapsed all around him and
pinned him in there.
"People there pulled him out
of the hole and started CPR
resuscitation. He was found
deceased or lifeless. We arrived
and continued the resuscitation
for quite a while, unsuccessfully.
"It's horrible, it just happened
while he was playing, as kids do,"
Paramedics were own to the
scene of the accident by the
Northland Emergency Services
Trust helicopter, he said.
Residents at the popular holiday
spot said it was understood the
child was a local boy who had
ties to an old homestead on iwi-
e accident occurred in
front of the homestead on the
Maori land, at the opposite
end of the beach frequented by
holidaymakers from a nearby
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Marauding dogs maul sheep
One Auckland resident made a regrettable
deposit on Saturday, when he drove his car
through the front of a Westpac bank building.
Police northern communications shift
Inspector Andy Brill said the car crashed
through the side of Westpac's Epsom branch on
the corner of Manukau Road and Queen Maru
Avenue just after 4pm on Saturday.
e driver was uninjured, Mr Brill said.
"He basically just put it into forward instead
Emergency services waited for an engineer to
assess the structural integrity of the building
before removing the car, he said.
e awed banking drive-through followed a
car reversing a shop in Albany earlier in the day.
No one was injured. --- APNZ
Unfortunate bank deposit
Dogs have been attacking sheep in Poraiti,
near Napier, in Hawke's Bay, with some so badly
mauled they had to be put down.
Resident Neville Rolls has lived in Poraiti for
65 years and said he has never seen anything
Mr Rolls' son was forced to put down one of
their sheep, worth $100, on Saturday night after
it was badly injured after an attack from a dog.
"We had been warned about it already but we
heard a dog barking about 10pm and could hear
the sheep running up and down.
" e dog took o when my son went outside
and he had to put the sheep down."
He said the only way to stop it is to nd the
dog responsible and its owner.
"We've heard of nine that have been killed
over on Boyd Road and another 20 down at the
e Rolls received a yer in the mail on
Saturday from a concerned resident, Ray Young,
who lives on nearby Boyd Road.
"We are hoping someone would or will come
forward with info on who or where the dogs
Mr Young said he and his wife have received
more than ve calls since distributing the yer
from neighbours who have also had issues with
the rogue dogs.
At 3am on Friday Mr Young heard dogs
barking and went outside to see what was going
He discovered three of his sheep mauled and
stayed up until 5am trying to locate the dogs
ree other sheep were found later in the day
hiding inside a shed.
"Six ewes were attacked.
" ey were pretty badly injured, they had
rumps torn, throats torn, ears ripped.
" e vet has been out to see them and at this
stage they're okay but there's always the risk of
ree weeks earlier, Mr Young saw two
dogs in his driveway and believes they may be
connected to the attacks.
He said he had been in contact with animal
control and was waiting for them to visit.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Driver hurt in stockcar crash
A stockcar driver has been transferred to
Waikato Hospital with suspected neck injuries
after the stockcar he was in crashed at Paradise
e man was taking part in a repechage event
in one of the earlier races on Saturday night
during the meet in Rotorua.
He crashed on the third corner of the track
and was cut from the vehicle as a precaution,
after the stockcar was removed from the track.
It is understood he was taken to Rotorua
Hospital on Saturday night.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Actor Sam Neill says his
winery's fourth vineyard
acquisition demonstrates "faith
and con dence" in Central
Otago and its pinot noir for the
Two Paddocks announced last
week it had become the only
Central Otago winery with a
foothold in all three Central
Otago wine-producing sub-
regions, owning vineyards in
Gibbston, the Alexandra basin
and now the Cromwell basin.
Mr Neill said a sum of money
which was "considerable, but
both vendors and purchasers
think it fair" had bought the
established 6ha Desert Heart
Vineyard, plus woolshed and
house, at the end of Felton
Road, Bannockburn, last week.
Mr Neill said at the site of
his new property yesterday
there were few areas in
Central Otago, or the world,
where pinot noir grapes could
be grown successfully and
Bannockburn was possibly the
epicentre of the Central Otago
Di erences between the three
sub-regions were becoming
apparent "and for that reason
I've been looking quietly
around Bannockburn to nd
the right established vineyard
for Two Paddocks".
Fruit from the new
acquisition would be evaluated
in about two months to become
a component in both entry
and agship brands of Two
Paddocks' "fairly restrained,
possibly classical pinots and we
don't want to stray too far from
that, but some lively addition to
the main palate may be just the
thing", Mr Neill said.
e top tier is the
vineyard pinot e Last
e new vineyard would be
renamed in memory of Mr
Neill's father, who was a wine
merchant and a soldier. e
name would be announced
after it was registered.
e vineyard would increase
Two Paddocks' output by a
third to about 7000 cases a year,
Mr Neill said.
"Our own brand is becoming
increasingly recognised around
the world and, quite frankly,
at this point we can't make
enough. Our distributors
are always asking for more
Desert Heart had been
tended with "immense
dedication and attention" by
Denny Downie and Jane Gill
since 1999, he said. ey would
retain the Desert Heart brand
and continue in wine retail
while staying in the area.
Asked about his interest in
vineyards, Mr Neill said his
family had been involved in the
wine business for 150 years in
"I can't think of anything
nicer than to grow things you
really like to eat or drink and
almost everything about it is so
much di erent from my other
job," he said.
"I've loved pinot since I rst
discovered it in 1979. I was in
a restaurant with James Mason
and his wife and he opened
a bottle of Burgundy. It was
like a moment on the road to
Damascus for me."
--- Otago Daily Times
Neill expands wine interests
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Two Paddocks founder and actor Sam Neill, of Queenstown,
toasts his winery's acquisition of a fourth vineyard in Central
Otago, the 6ha Desert Heart in Bannockburn, behind him.
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