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Fire claims life
A man died in a suspicious re
at a North Canterbury sleepout on
Saturday, police say. Emergency
services were called to the blaze
at the Kowai Street property in
Leith eld Beach just before 9.15am,
southern police communications
Inspector Murray Hurst said. e
sleepout was at the back of the garage
on the property. e man's name has
not been released. --- APNZ
A motorcyclist died near Wairoa
on Saturday and a 50-year-old
meatworks employee was critically
injured yesterday in Hawke's Bay.
Emergency services were called to
State highway 2 in Putorino at 10am
after a motorcyclist left the road on
a bend and crashed through a fence.
Medics fought to revive the man
but he was pronounced dead at the
scene. Police have not released his
name. A 50-year-old man received
serious head injuries and was in
a critical condition after a stock
loading race he was operating at the
Alliance meatworks in Dannevirke
fell on him yesterday. He then fell up
to 5m and landed head- rst on steel.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Man's leg crushed
A man su ered a serious leg injury
when a gum tree he was cutting up
for rewood crushed his lower leg.
Two rescue helicopters were called
about 11.30am to a property north
of Taupo where the 52-year-old
man was trapped by the tree. He
was pinned for more than two hours
before the tree was lifted o using
heavy machinery. He was own to
Waikato Hospital with a serious
injury to his lower left leg. --- APNZ
Blaze guts factory
A re in Ashburton gutted an
industrial building early on Saturday.
Southern re communications shift
manager Jill Higgison said two
engines responded to the Dobson
Street re at 6.40am. e re was
"well involved" when crews arrived.
e re occurred in the Bio Oils
building. Bio Oils director Daryl
Prebble said the building was "not
looking ash". --- APNZ bm
A ticket sold in Whanganui
has won its holder $1 million in
division one of Lotto draw No
1390. Successful numbers were 10,
26, 28, 37, 38, 39; bonus 13. Strike
numbers were 37, 38, 28, 26. ere
was no Strike Four winner. Powerball
number 1. ere was no division one
winner. e Winning Wheel ticket
was sold in Whangamata. e winner
from Cromwell spun for $150,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9708: 1,
2, 12, 16, 20, 21, 28, 30, 35, 43, 48, 50,
52, 59, 61, 62, 64, 69, 74, 79. Draw No
9709: 2, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 23, 26,
29, 39, 46, 47, 49, 58, 61, 72, 73, 76, 79.
Draw No 9710: 3, 15, 16, 21, 23, 25,
26, 29, 30, 32, 47, 50, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59,
74, 78, 80. Draw No 9711: 3, 7, 9, 10,
15, 20, 25, 26, 29, 34, 35, 37, 39, 41, 42,
46, 48, 72, 74, 76.
No Queensland fruit ies have
been found in any of the 173 traps
that have been checked for the
horticultural pest so far.
Hundreds of traps were set up
around Whangarei after a single
male fruit y was found in the
front yard of a home near the Town
Basin on Tuesday, sparking fears the
pest could threaten New Zealand's
$4 billion horticulture industry.
e Ministry for Primary
Industries (MPI) last evening said
no suspect ies had been detected in
any of the 83 traps in the controlled
zone nearest to the original discovery,
or in the 90 lure traps outside the
MPI compliance o cial Andrew
Coleman said it was a good early
result, but it was important not to
"We have still got a number of
days to go before we know for
sure whether there is a breeding
population or not."
Mr Coleman said the Whangarei
community had been hugely
supportive by disposing of 180kg of
restricted produce in bins within the
1.5km controlled zone.
Almost 300 bins have been put in
place to collect restricted produce,
which includes all fruit and some
"It is vital that material that could
contain the y is not taken out of the
zone, just in case there is a breeding
population present in the area,
which takes in Parihaka, Riverside
and parts of central Whangarei," Mr
e Queensland fruit y has been
detected three times before in New
Zealand --- in Whangarei in 1995
and in Auckland in 1996 and 2012.
In all cases, increased surveillance
found no further sign of the pest.
Restrictions would remain in place
for at least a couple of weeks.
No more fruitflies in Whangarei
A week after two Dunedin
children were shot dead, a
Waipori village resident is
concerned Dunedin police
did not respond to a 111 call
following dozens of .22-calibre
ri e shots in a residential area,
early yesterday morning.
Dunedin police have
defended the "balancing act"
and subsequent decision not to
respond, with no spare Dunedin
sta available, on what was a
busy morning, and unusually, no
Mosgiel police on roster.
Waipori resident of three years
Richard Mathias said he was
woken about 2.45am yesterday
to .22-calibre shots in Waipori
Falls Road, and later one shotgun
blast, the .22 shooting-out two
street lamps and a fence having
been peppered by the shotgun
Mr Mathias later collected
45 .22-calibre cases and
photographed the fence and
He said he called 111 about
2.45am, then 41 minutes later
was contacted by Dunedin police
and told his was the only 111 call,
that police were busy and did not
have a car to dispatch.
"Really, if this was Outram
(a larger township) it would
have have been an AOS
(armed o enders squad) call-
out, especially after events in
Dunedin recently," he said of
last week's killing of Ellen and
Bradley Livingstone by their
father Edward Livingstone in St
Leonards, with a rearm.
While understanding the
likelihood of Dunedin police
being busy at 2.45am on a Sunday
in the city, Mr Mathias believed
a rearm incident merited a
response, and contacted media
with his concerns yesterday.
Dunedin senior sergeant
Kalvin Lloyd, when contacted,
veri ed the call times, the 111
being made at 2.47am, saying the
duty sergeant had to decide on
the "balancing act", of whether
there were gains to be achieved
from attending the incident, and
"He (Mr Mathias) did a great
job advising on what he had seen
. . . reported four or ve shots,
but didn't have a description of
a vehicle or o ender," Mr Lloyd
It was "rare" Mosgiel did not
have an o cer and vehicle on
roster, which "would have been
sent immediately", while city
police "only have a nite amount
of sta and it was a busy night
"It's the judgment call of the
super visor at the time, especially
at that distance and (sta )
availability . . . or the ability to
apprehend an o ender," Mr
Mr Mathias said the shots went
on for about 10 minutes and
several ricocheted close to his
house, before "several people",
including a female, drove o , in
what may have been a Toyota
Hilux. He then went outside,
but was unable to get a car
"It was so surreal there was no
response; it was a very serious
incident," Mr Mathias said.
He said had people been out
walking, or there been families
camping, the bullets could have
gone astray in the darkness,
including into unseen, darkened
homes along the road.
"How do I get a response, when
I say they are now shooting
(directly) at my home?" Mr
He said a neighbour, without
a telephone, thought his vehicle
and house was being shot at.
--- Otago Daily Times
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New Zealand teenager Lorde is
expected to dominate the Grammy
Awards, with four wins including the
elite categories record of the year and
song of the year.
Bookmakers say the 17-year-old is
almost certain to win song of the year
for her worldwide hit Royals at today's
ceremony in Los Angeles.
e bookies have her at the short-
priced odds of 8-11 in the category, just
ahead of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
for Same Love.
Lorde's biggest threat for Record of
the Year is Daft Punk and Pharrell
Williams's Get Lucky while she is also
favourite for Best Pop Solo Performance
and Best Pop Vocal Album.
New Zealand-born, Australian-raised
Keith Urban, who is hoping for the fth
Grammy of his career, is nominated for
his Highway Don't Care collaboration
with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift
in the Best Country Duo/Group
ere will be plenty of Australians
competing for Grammys in Los Angeles,
with Australian Bluegrass group e
Greencards up for best folk album, Perth
psychedelic rock group Tame Impala
(best alternative music album) and
Melbourne soul band Hiatus Kaiyote
(best R and B performance).
Baz Luhrmann is nominated for
his e Great Gatsby compilation
e Australian Chamber Orchestra
will also have a role in four categories,
helping Maria Schneider's Winter
Morning Walks score nominations in
best contemporary classical composition
and best classical vocal solo and David
Frost who is nominated for producer of
the year and best engineered classical
Jay-Z has nine nominations.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Kendrick
Lamar, Pharrell Williams and Justin
Timberlake have seven nominations
while Lorde, Kacey Musgraves and
Taylor Swift have four. --- AAP
Bookies pick Lorde to reign at Grammies
A lovestruck Wellington man has
been spurned by a mystery American
girl after sparking a global campaign
to track her down.
Reese McKee, 25, met a young
woman he knew only as Katie in
Hong Kong on New Year's Eve in
He found her crying on the side of
the road and cheered her up. e pair
spent the rest of the night together
before parting ways at 6am.
Her last words, " nd me", before
slipping into the dawn of a New Year's
Although he never got a contact
number or e-mail address, Katie's nal
words stuck with Mr McKee.
He then started a Facebook
campaign in the hope of tracking her
e campaign went viral, attracting
the attention of international media,
and Katie was found.
Britain's Daily Mail tracked 20-year-
old Katie Capp down to a small
French town near the border of Italy
where she was studying.
However after Katie deleted all
of her social media pro les, Mr
McKee shied from the success of the
He took down the Facebook page he
used to launch his appeal and did not
respond to o ers to reunite the pair.
"I'm just looking to settle it down,"
he told APNZ.
"It was a hell of a lot of pressure.
After the second day it sort of dawned
on me that if I was going through this
much, then there was going to be an
incredible wave of pressure slammed
Mr McKee then mustered the
courage to get in touch with Katie,
sending her a heartfelt e-mail.
However the Daily Mail revealed
her eventual reply was "lukewarm".
"I just wanted to tell you that I'm
attered, but not interested in any
relationship or whatever," she said in
"It was a memorable night and I'd
just like to leave it at that."
Mr McKee said he accepted her
decision and just wanted to reconnect
and stay in touch, adding: "I don't
think I'll hear from her again."
No happy ending to love story
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Reese McKee in Wellington with a photo he took of Katie.
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Nico Reiner, left, and Paul Zeller, both 18 from Germany, say they are out
of pocket $1700 after a tree growing in a Queenstown Lakes District Council
park fell and crushed their car.
Tourists angry over crushed car
Two German visitors whose $1400
car was crushed by a tree which had
been growing on a Queenstown Lakes
District Council park say they have
been given $70 for parts, free towing,
and a free bungy jump each.
Paul Zeller, 18, and fellow traveller
Nico Reiner, 18, had third party
insurance for their 1994 Toyota but
it did not cover them for a 120-year-
old Lombardy poplar tree falling and
writing o their legally-parked vehicle
just over week ago.
e tree was growing in St
Omer Park but Mr Zeller said a
representative from the council told
him the council had no responsibility
and he should claim on his insurance.
e pair said they were $1700 out
of pocket after the incident, as their
insurance is now worthless and the car
had petrol in it.
"You just feel angry but you don't
know who you can be angry at," Mr
He said the council had paid for
towing of the car, organised a free
bungy jump and o ered $70 for parts
of the car which could be salvaged.
A council spokeswoman con rmed
the council had organised bungy
tickets but would not con rm any
other speci c details.
e spokeswoman said the council
had received a letter from the car's
owner and would be "responding
directly to the parties involved".
Mr Zeller's concerns in the letter
included a plea that the "proper
thing to do is for the council to pay
me that amount ($1400) and not
"Clearly the council have a
responsibility to maintain reser ves and
the plants that grow on them, a simple
'it's not our problem' is both incorrect
and somewhat arrogant," the letter
After staying an extra week in the
resort to sort out the car, the pair
were due to leave Queenstown at the
weekend --- after taking up the o er
of free bungy jumps.
No-one was harmed when the tree
fell but it also damaged another six
parked cars, a section of the Lakeside
Motel's roof and balcony, and stopped
tra c for more than two hours.
Mr Zeller said for two young
travellers every cent was watched and
the loss of the car, which they had
bought two and a half weeks before
the tree incident, meant they would
now have to nd employment again.
ey nished work in Blenheim
and had intended to travel for the
remainder of their time in New
An arborist has determined the
fallen tree was a ected by white rot
and has been assessing the remaining
22 poplar trees.
He is expected to present his results
to the council in a report this week.
--- Otago Daily Times
Pubs robbed at gunpoint
Armed robbers held-up two
Christchurch pubs at gunpoint
In just over an hour, the gun-
toting thieves targeted Coasters
Tavern in Redwood before e
Brewery in Woolston.
Police believe two men carrying
rearms entered Coasters about
9.45pm and made o with a sum
About 11pm, e Brewery then
su ered the same fate, detective
senior sergeant Darryl Sweeney
While police inquiries were
in the early stages, Mr Sweeney
says it is probable there are links
to robberies at licensed premises
in Riccarton and Merivale before
Detailed scene examinations
were being carried out at the
pubs today, with victims being
provided support. --- APNZ
A helicopter pilot has described the
race against darkness to rescue a New
Zealand man who lost part of his arm
in an accident aboard a foreign shing
Fisheries observer Martin Bowers, 47,
had his arm yanked from its socket and
his forearm mutilated when his lifejacket
became snagged on a conveyor belt on
a Korean shing vessel on Friday night.
Maritime New Zealand has launched
an investigation after the accident on the
vessel about 105km south-east of Blu .
e Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter
was called about 8.30pm after Mr
Bowers, a sheries observer with the
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI),
su ered the injury.
Mr Bowers' mother, Mary, said her son
had a "total, horrible accident" as he was
putting on his lifejacket.
"Part of it caught in a belt that was
moving, and it tore his shoulder out and
mutilated his arm a bit. He's had part of
his arm cut o . Horri c."
Mr Bowers' dislocated shoulder had to
be put back into place, while his forearm
had to be amputated below the elbow.
Helicopter pilot Graeme Gale has
described the race against darkness to
rescue Mr Bowers from the ship.
"It was late in the evening, so we were
always going to be ghting daylight," he
told Radio New Zealand today.
"It's not the type of place that you want
it's a dark, so it was pretty important to
get out there in a hurry."
Mr Gale said there was quite a big
swell and the ship was "heaving a rolling"
when the helicopter arrived.
"When I rst got there they had
the patient in midship, which was
impossible to winch o --- there was
that many tables and winch arms and
shing equipment that you would get
"If you got snagged in the middle of a
winch, it would literally pull you out of
the air, so he had to be repositioned up
to the bow of the ship."
e helicopter crew winched an
intensive care paramedic onto the ship,
who helped to move Mr Bowers to the
bow of the ship. He was conscious as he
and the paramedic were winched onto
Mr Gale said it was "right on the edge
of darkness" by the time the rescue was
complete, with night falling only 15
Mr Bowers' uncle, George Robertson,
said his nephew was expected to remain
in hospital for at least two weeks. But he
seemed in good spirits, joking with his
daughter and telling her he was now a
pirate with one hand.
Mrs Bowers said her son underwent
skin graft surgery yesterday and doctors
had decided they did not need to remove
any more of his arm.
She said her son's daughter and brother,
who both lived in Dunedin, were by his
side. His girlfriend, a nurse, had also
Mr Bowers, from Whitianga, was in
quite considerable pain but was grateful
to hospital sta , she said.
He enjoyed his job as a sheries
observer and had plenty of seagoing
experience. He used to do charter trips
in Whitianga and was a local game
shing club president.
It was the second disaster at sea for Mr
Bowers in 13 years.
In 2001, Mr Bowers and his father
Earle were on a shing trip in Fiji when
a rogue wave tipped their boat and threw
them on to a coral reef.
He dragged his injured father through
the water and over sharp coral, cutting
his feet, back to shore.
A Maritime NZ spokeswoman said
the investigation into Friday's incident
would begin today.
MPI director-general Martyn Dunne
had been in touch with the family and
said he was "deeply concerned" by the
" ere will be an investigation into this
incident, but right now our focus is on
supporting him and his family."
Pilot recounts race
to pluck injured
man from vessel
Divers saved from
Eight divers were rescued from
the sea in Hauraki Gulf when
their in atable boat began to take
on water on Saturday.
e group sent out a Mayday
call about 3pm after su ering
engine trouble and large waves
started ooding the vessel near
Little Barrier Island.
e distress call was picked up
by the Westpac rescue helicopter
and a nearby powerboat.
e boat was weighed down
by the men, dive tanks and
e powerboat started towing
the boat back to shore and was
met by the Coastguard which
towed the vessel the rest of
the way to Omaha, north of
Auckland. --- APNZ
Remote home razed
A remote house in the
Marlborough Sounds burned to
the ground yesterday after a re
sparked by a brazier.
Fire ghters were called to
Waterfall Bay, north-west of
Picton, after receiving calls about
e local re crew had to
be taken to the house by the
because there was no road
access, Fire Service southern
communications shift manager
Riwai Grace said.
" ey found one property
well involved when they arrived
and unfortunately the property
burned to the ground."
e house was "totalled" but
fortunately no one was injured,
Mr Grace said.
" e good news is that it did
have working smoke alarms, and
that did actually save their lives
--- so that's the only good thing
that's come out of this."
It was not known how many
people had been in the house.
Mr Grace said the re, sparked
by a brazier, was the result of an
A New Zealand-registered Boeing
737 freight plane su ered a landing
gear failure at Honiara airport in the
Solomon Islands yesterday.
e plane had just landed at Honiara
International Airport, formerly known
as Henderson Field, when part of the
landing gear collapsed.
"Shortly after landing, while the
aircraft was on rollout, the right hand
main landing gear collapsed causing the
aircraft to slide to a halt on the runway,"
a spokesman for aviation company
Airwork Group said.
None of the three crew members
aboard was injured, he said, speaking
from New Zealand.
e aircraft, operated by Air work
Flight Operations, was ying under
the livery of Australian-based freight
"All the required authorities have been
informed and a full investigation is in
process," the spokesman said.
It was not known where the plane had
travelled from or what it was carrying.
737 freight plane in
A three-year-old girl who su ered
critical injuries in a Bay of Plenty road
crash on Saturday has been transferred
to Starship Hospital.
Police said two adults, a teenage boy
and two girls, aged one and three, were
injured when a car left State highway 2
near the Opotiki bridge and crashed into
e girls, both from Hamilton, were
own in separate rescue helicopters
to Waikato Hospital. e one-year-
old was stable in a ward. e adults,
who were returning from a tangi, were
transferred from Whakatane to Waikato
Hospital last night. A 70-year-old
man and a 64-year-old woman, both
from Hamilton, were in serious but
stable conditions in the hospital's high
dependency unit. A 14-year-old was
treated at Whakatane Hospital and
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Injured girl transferred
A man found dead on a rural Taupo
road on Friday has been identi ed as
62-year-old Graham Orringe from
Mr Orringe was found lying on Maroa
Road by a member of the public about
His white Hyundai van was parked at
the intersection with State highway 1, a
few hundred metres away.
Police said a post-mortem examination
had been completed, and they were not
treating his death as suspicious.
e case had been referred to the
coroner, police said. --- APNZ
Police name dead man
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