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A 16-year-old motorcyclist died
last night after his machine collided
with a car in Palmerston North.
Inspector Chris Tate said the crash
occurred at the intersection of
Rangitikei and Featherston Streets
just after 10pm. " e 16-year-old
male rider of the motorcycle was
killed." Police were investigating.
Bouncy castle mishap
An eight-year-old boy su ered
serious head injuries when he
fell o a bouncy castle in Otago
yesterday. St John spokesman Ian
Henderson said emergency services
were alerted about 12.30pm and an
ambulance and rescue helicopter
from Queenstown rushed to the
scene at Pisa Moorings, just north of
Cromwell. Mr Henderson said there
had been strong wind blowing at the
time and the boy either fell or was
blown from the bouncy castle. He
was own to Dunedin Hospital.
--- Otago Daily Times
Young cyclist injured
A 13-year-old boy who su ered
head injuries when he was hit by a
car in Carterton yesterday remains
in a stable condition this morning in
Wellington Hospital. Police said the
local boy had been riding a bike on
Park Road without a helmet about
1pm, and su ered head injuries
and possibly broken bones in the
crash. He was own to Wellington
Hospital yesterday afternoon in a
stable condition. Capital and Coast
DHB senior communications adviser
Kim Whitaker said the teen was still
in a stable condition this morning.
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Boy hurt in bike fall
A nine-year-old boy riding without
a helmet on Auckland's One Tree
Hill fell into the crater, su ering
suspected head, back and neck
injuries. e boy was riding with a
friend when he fell awkwardly about
3pm yesterday. St John responded
and called in Fire Service support to
help carry the boy to the ambulance,
about 400m away. A St John
spokesman said the boy was taken
to Starship Hospital in a moderate
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
By this time next year, the rst
buildings could be going up in
Wanaka's single-biggest commercial
and residential development. After
more than 10 years of planning,
Willowridge managing director
Allan Dippie is set to crank up civil
construction work this year on his
112ha ree Parks development
south of the Wanaka Golf Course.
e central feature of the subdivision
will be 17ha of commercial land
available for retail outlets.
--- Otago Daily Times
Numbers in Keno draw No 9704: 1,
8, 12, 19, 23, 28, 35, 39, 40, 42, 46, 48,
51, 63, 64, 65, 67, 69, 70, 80. Draw No
9705: 3, 5, 7, 8, 11, 15, 22, 27, 30, 32,
33, 35, 36, 50, 51, 52, 53, 61, 62, 68.
Labour also has teacher reward plan
A Queensland fruit y.
e Labour Party says it, too, is
considering nancial incentives for
top-performing teachers, in response
to the Government's latest education
e Government is to create
four new roles; executive principal,
change principal, expert teacher
and lead teacher. ey will be paid
more and expected to lift student
achievement, work with other
schools, and mentor other teachers.
e policy would cost an extra
$359 million over four years.
Labour Party leader David
Cunli e said that his party will
also look at incentives for the best
teachers, Radio New Zealand
"But we have a package which goes
much beyond that and is part of a
whole package of measures around
helping opportunity in our society."
Mr Cunli e said he will give some
broad indications about Labour's
plan in Monday's state-of-the-
nation speech, and speci c details
will be released later.
e Green Party said until
children are well fed, clothed, and
ready to learn, there is no point
in paying some teachers more
to lift achievement. Co-leader
Metiria Turei said an approach
of "picking winners" is not going
to solve the underlying causes of
But Prime Minister John Key said
schemes like breakfast in schools are
helping address underlying causes of
He said education is the best way
by far to deal with social problems,
and his own education at high
performing schools "allowed me to
go to university and one day become
Prime Minister". --- NZN
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Clumsy people have fallen into gutters,
crashed into trees and collided with
other people while texting and walking.
Figures released by the Accident
Compensation Corporation showed 35
accidents last year resulting in injuries
involved people texting on cellphones ---
up from 22 in 2009.
But Stephanie Melville of ACC said
the numbers could be much higher
because the organisation relies on details
given by the injured person after the
e gures come as new research from
Australian scientists shows that texting
while walking slows down movement,
decreases spatial awareness and increases
the likelihood of being injured or hit by
Examples of ACC claims involving
walking while texting include, "Walked
into lamp-post while texting on phone
and injured my face" and "texting while
walking, walked into another person and
tripped over, hit face on concrete oor".
In one case, a person was injured
while running and texting, another was
"texting and walking, hit head and neck
on an open window edge".
e scientists from the University of
Queensland say texting --- and to a lesser
extent reading content such as e-mails ---
modi es movement while walking.
In comparison with normal walking,
when the study's participants texted,
they walked more slowly, deviated more
from a straight line and moved their
One of the study's authors, Dr Siobhan
Schabrun, said the research showed that
in a pedestrian environment the inability
of texters to maintain their balance or
walk in a straight path "may a ect the
safety of people who text and walk at the
e study in the scienti c journal
PLOS One said the dangers of texting
while driving had received considerable
interest but attention had only recently
shifted to safety risks associated with
texting while walking.
It showed that people who texted while
crossing the street in a virtual pedestrian
environment were more likely to be
distracted and experienced more hits by
It also found that using the e-mail
function on a cellphone, which employs
similar cognitive and manual demands
as texting, reduces gait velocity, stride
length and stance phase during walking.
" ese ndings, coupled with a sharp
increase in the number of pedestrians
injured while talking or texting on a
cellphone since 2006, have led to bans
on texting while walking in some towns
in the United States."
e researchers had 26 people walking
at a comfortable pace in a straight line
over a distance of approximately 8.5m
while doing one of three tasks: walking
without the use of a phone, reading
text on a cellphone, or typing text on a
e body's movement was evaluated
using a three-dimensional movement
NZTA spokesman Anthony Firth said
its statistics showed that ve pedestrians
who were killed between 2009 and 2013
were distracted by devices, that include
cellphones, at the time.
A further 34 others su ered serious
AA communications manager Mike
Noon said there was a red light-running
epidemic in New Zealand so the research
ndings were not unexpected.
"Headphones and music is also an
issue as it removes one of your senses ---
hearing --- that could alert you to danger
or a vehicle coming."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Climber Heather Rhodes has
no memory of the 300m fall
that almost took her life on the
Cameron Glacier in the Southern
Alps last November.
e 36-year-old avid
mountaineer and former outdoor
instructor recalls waking up
from an induced coma lying in
a hospital bed with serious head
injuries and two mangled legs.
She is eternally grateful to the
two climbing companions she
met for the rst time the day
before their ill-fated trip into the
Speaking yesterday for the rst
time since her discharge from
Burwood Hospital last week, Ms
Rhodes said she is determined
to overcome her injuries and
hopes eventually to return to the
mountains she loves.
"I hope so. I need to get that in
my head. I need to learn to walk
properly before I can get back to
the mountains and at the moment
my feet get really swollen.
"My boots were cut o (by
medical sta ), so I'll need a new
e three mountaineers were
descending from the glacier about
6.30pm on November 3 when
an ice anchor gave way while Ms
Rhodes was abseiling and she
hurtled past her fellow climbers,
taking the group's ropes with her.
She landed about 300m below
Mr Snowdon and Mr Bell, who
took about an hour to negotiate a
steep icy slope to reach her.
ey activated a personal locator
beacon, then set up a platform
and tent, using their own body
heat to keep Ms Rhodes warm.
"My companions undoubtedly
saved my life," she said. "I'm
Ms Rhodes met Mr Snowdon
and Mr Bell only the night before
they set o but both had visited
her regularly in hospital.
"I can recommend if you're
choosing a climbing partner, you
choose someone who can save
Wairarapa-born, Ms Rhodes
moved to Christchurch four years
ago and worked as an instructor
at the army's leadership centre at
Burnham Military Camp.
She resigned in June, looking for
a career change.
"I was wanting to work in alpine
climbing and I'd done a bit of ice
climbing in the winter."
Ms Rhodes said doctors had not
given her an estimate of how long
it might take her to recover, but
she realised she was facing a long
"I had a big head injury and that
takes however long it takes," she
" e doctors said even if I had
a job it would take six weeks after
being discharged from hospital
before going back to work.
"I sounds like it will take a few
months before I do get a job."
Ms Rhodes remembers nothing
of events before her fall.
"I have no memory from about
24 hours beforehand . . . nothing
until about ve weeks after wards,
which is what I can recommend if
you're going to get badly injured.
"Obviously it was Vaughan
and Simon two rescued me, but
there's a lot of other people who
were involved, from paramedics to
doctors and hospital sta .
"I don't know how to say thank
you to everybody."
Ms Rhodes said it was her
rst mishap in some 19 years of
"It would be good to know why
I've fallen. We'll probably never
know. Two people abseiled on my
anchor and they were ne.
"We don't know if I was hit by
something or if the anchor pulled
Burwood Hospital neuro
rehabilitation practitioner Dr
John Maasch said Ms Rhodes
was "a lucky lady" to survive the
fall and be able to walk out of
hospital three months later.
"If she'd been left alone on
the mountain for much longer,
hypothermia and frostbite could
have set in." --- APNZ- e Star
Mountaineer talks about fall, future
PICTURE: The Star
Heather Rhodes at home and on the road to recovery.
Vaughan Snowdon, left, Heather Rhodes and Simon Bell.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull
yesterday compared anti- uoride
campaigners to people who believe
they have been abducted by aliens.
Mr Cull made the comments as
the council considered a sta report
at yesterday's annual plan budget
meeting, which outlined three
options for o ering non- uoridated
e council opted to encourage
"point-of-use" lters --- which cost
between $100 and $400 --- for those
worried about the health e ects of
uoride, rather than other options,
which involved the council spending
up to $150,000 on public taps.
recommendation did not include
the potentially costly option of
subsidising the point-of-use lters.
When it came to subsidising the
taps Mr Cull was unequivocal, saying:
" e advice we have got so far is that
the amount of uoride we put in our
water is not harmful.
"I don't think that we are as a
council obliged to provide a service
for a very small minority of people.
"If someone came along here and
said they were being abducted by
aliens, would we put in protection
measures so that they weren't?"
Cr Mike Lord said he supported
people worried about uoride paying
for their own lters, saying anti-
uoride campaigners were a "very
organised lobby group", which did
not necessarily represent a large
proportion of the population.
Cr Richard ompson took issue
with the motion, saying it essentially
meant the council was doing
"I cannot see the point in voting for
a motion that is e ectively a motion
to do nothing," he said.
ose in the health sector needed
to to do a better job of educating
the public about the bene ts of
uoridating water, Cr ompson
Both he and Cr Jinty MacTavish,
while believing uoridated drinking
water was safe, supported sta
looking into the option of installing
basic taps, which ltered out uoride.
Cr MacTavish said it would likely
cost very little --- possibly a one-
o cost of $400, then $50 a year
--- to install a public tap at an already
monitored location such as the
council toilets in Municipal Lane.
"To me it doesn't seem like a large
amount to alleviate concerns of a
large number of residents."
Cr David Benson-Pope said he
disagreed the motion meant the
council was doing nothing.
" is gives a clear view of what the
council's position is," he said.
Council sta have been considering
the issue since last year's annual plan
meetings, when councillors voted to
ask sta to investigate options for
a non- uoridated drinking water
at move came after the council
received 34 public submissions on
uoride --- more than any other
subject --- most being against the
chemical being added to drinking
water for oral health bene ts.
--- Otago Daily Times
Fluoride talk spurs 'alien' quip from mayor
Journalist Patrick Gower's on-air "live
stream" will only "add to the legend", says
the man who brought him from print to
Mr Gower forgot his microphone was
on during a break yesterday at John Key's
state of the nation speech in Auckland.
During a break in reporting, Mr Gower
rushed to the toilet to relieve himself,
however the 3 News political editor
forgot one important step --- always turn
your microphone o .
He was undone by the live broadcast of
the speech which was streaming on-line
to those watching --- and listening --- on
the 3 News website.
3rd Degree and Radio Live host
Duncan Garner was responsible for
bringing Gower from the New Zealand
Herald to 3 News in 2008.
"I told him to be responsible for the
best leak in Parliament but I didn't want
it to go this far."
Mr Garner said this latest episode
would "only add to the legend" of Mr
Mr Gower apologised for any o ence
that "leakgate" may have caused.
"My boss has let me keep my job. He's
just said, 'Stop reporting from the toilet,
at least keep it to the gutter'."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A New Zealand missionary has been
found guilty of importing more than
9kg of methamphetamine and heroin
into Darwin at an Australian Supreme
Bernadine Terry Prince --- also known
as Pastor Bernie McCully --- grew up in
the Whakatane area, but lived in Sydney
for about 15 years until she left her
Australian husband to live in Cambodia
and marry Nigerian minister Joshua
Prince in 2012.
e 41-year-old mother of three was
charged with importing a commercial
quantity of a border-controlled
substance and was found guilty after
the jury deliberated for ve hours, ABC
She is due to be sentenced next week
and faces a maximum sentence of
three years' prison and a $A340,000
Prince was returning to Australia from
a ve-week trip in Kenya and Cambodia
last May year when her suitcases were
delayed in Singapore, the Australian
Associated Press reported.
Crown prosecutor Glen Rice told
a Supreme Court jury last week that
when the suitcases arrived in Darwin, a
Customs o cer detected traces of drugs
on seven vinyl backpacks which were
Upon inspection, the o cer
discovered packages sewn into
each backpack containing crystal
methamphetamine and heroin with a
combined weight of more than 9kg,
Mr Rice told the court.
e drugs had a street value of up to
Prince, an ordained minister and head
of the Oasis of Grace International
Church, has consistently claimed a
Kenyan woman called "Mummy Rose"
gave her the backpacks to sell in churches
She claimed the bags were made by
African women, AAP reported.
However, Mr Rice said her claim did
not stack up.
" e bags were commercially produced
bags that might be made anywhere. In
fact, they were tagged as having been
made in China," he said.
Also, the cardboard used to pack the
drugs was Cambodian, meaning the
backpacks were either not obtained
in Kenya at all, or were packed with
drugs during the four days she spent in
Cambodia on her return trip, Mr Rice
Prince consistently maintained she
did not know the drugs were concealed
inside the backpacks. --- APNZ
Like the bubonic plague,
Facebook will soon die out as users
become immune to its in uence, an
American study has predicted.
John Cannarella and Joshua
Spechler, from Princeton's
mechanical and aerospace
engineering department, predicted
that 80% of Facebook users would
abandon the site within the next
Having compared the growth
cur ves of epidemics such as the
bubonic plague to those of on-
line social networks, they forecast
that Facebook --- which turns 10
next month and has nearly 1.2
billion monthly active users ---
will fade in the same way that its
predecessors, My Space and Bebo,
ey predict that by 2017 the site
will have retained just one- fth of
its present on-line population.
Even New Zealand's most-
followed Facebook user, Jamie
Curry, whose Jamie's World page
has almost eight million followers,
said she was moving away from
"I'm hoping to be sort of o
Facebook within the next year.
I mostly use Twitter; I just post
videos there (on Facebook)."
Her Facebook page continues to
grow, she said.
e Twitter numbers for Jamie's
World were 215,000, but that could
cha=nge as more teenagers take up
tweeting, she said.
She was also moving increasingly
to You Tube, and had 740,000
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Facebook fading out --- study
e discovery of a male Queensland
fruit y in Whangarei has sparked a
major biosecurity alert.
Up to 50 Ministry for Primary
Industries (MPI) sta in the city
and another 50 in Wellington were
preparing yesterday to deal with the pest
threatening New Zealand's $4 billion
e y was found in the front yard
of a home near the Whangarei Town
Basin on Tuesday. It was collected from
an insect trap MPI had placed there as
part of its national fruit y sur veillance
programme involving 7400 traps around
MPI sta yesterday erected signs
banning people from taking whole fresh
fruit and vegetables out of a 200m zone
circling the place where the fruit y was
found. Bins have been provided for
residents to dump fruit and vegetables
rather than disposing of them with other
Today MPI o cials will begin putting
about 200 pheromone traps into fruit
trees in that zone and within a 1.5km
radius of the discovery site extending to
parts of the city centre, along Riverside
Drive and into Parihaka.
An MPI mobile laboratory arrived in
Whangarei yesterday for analysing fallen
fruit and vegetables to be gathered from
the two zones.
Queensland fruit y is one of the most
damaging fruit y pests as it infests more
than 100 species of fruit. Some countries
will not import fruit and vegetables from
sources where the y is known to exist.
Kerikeri Fruitgrowers' Association
chairman Rick Curtis said growers in his
area were "nervous as hell".
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
NZ pastor guilty of
importing drugs into Aust
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