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A paraglider su ered suspected
spinal injuries after crashing in
remote and rugged terrain near
Omarama yesterday afternoon.
Rescuers on foot, in four-wheel-
drive vehicles and from the air
scrambled to Buscot Hill, o the
Twizel-Omarama Road, just before
6pm, after the injured man was able
to ring emergency services. Southern
district command centre district
deployment co-ordinator senior
sergeant Craig Brown said it was
believed the man su ered back and
leg lacerations. e man was not
believed to live locally.
--- Otago Daily Times
e 19-year-old man killed when
he was hit by a car in Taranaki
yesterday has been named as
Wiremu Vincent ompson, of
Bell Block. Police are appealing
for information about the incident,
which resulted in a 37-year-old
woman being charged with drunk
driving causing death. Detective
Byron Reid, of Taranaki CIB, said
it was believed Mr ompson and a
friend were walking from Waitara to
Bell Block about 5am when he was
struck by a west-bound 1998 Holden
Commodore. --- APNZ
Armed robbery remand
A man who spent time in hospital
after the armed burglary of an
Oamaru supermarket last week has
been remanded in custody for two
weeks on several charges from the
incident on January 22. Terence Eric
Webb, 62, appeared before Judge
Kevin Phillips in the Dunedin
District Court on Friday.No plea was
entered to any of the charges and
public defender Campbell Savage
said Webb was not applying for bail.
--- Otago Daily Times
A shallow earthquake jolted
Southland residents from sleep
yesterday. e 4.5 magnitude tremor
hit 40km west of Tuatapere at
6.21am, GNS Science reported. e
quake, which was described as strong
by GNS, was 5km deep. --- APNZ
Two tickets, sold in Te Kuiti and
Wellsford, won their holders $500,000
each in division one of Lotto draw No
1391 on Saturday. Successful numbers
were 15, 20, 27, 30, 38, 39; bonus 14.
Strike numbers were 15, 38, 27, 20.
ere was no Strike Four winner.
Powerball number 10. ere was no
division one winner. e Winning
Wheel ticket was sold in St Heliers,
Auckland. e winner from Auckland
spun for $250,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9722: 8,
9, 11, 18, 21, 32, 38, 40, 41, 43, 45, 46,
48, 55, 62, 68, 69, 77, 78, 79. Draw No
9723: 4, 9, 11, 14, 18, 19, 20, 24, 26,
32, 33, 42, 46, 47, 57, 64, 70, 78, 79, 80.
Draw No 9724: 1, 3, 8, 13, 15, 24, 27,
31, 33, 41, 43, 45, 48, 51, 52, 53, 61, 65,
76, 78. Draw No 9725: 2, 6, 8, 10, 17,
23, 33, 35, 39, 44, 51, 52, 56, 59, 68, 70,
71, 74, 77, 78.
Xtra hacking opens door to fraud
A runaway calf was chased by police on
the Southern Motorway about 2pm on
Saturday, search and rescue co-ordinator
senior sergeant Brian Benn, of Dunedin,
Mr Benn said the calf had ''escaped''
from its Abbotsford paddock and was
running south on the motorway towards
Fair eld with two police cars in pursuit.
"It then jumped the lane and headed
north to Green Island and then back
e pursuit had increased to six patrol
cars as the calf continued to evade police.
e calf was apprehended at the back
of a block of ats in Abbotsford Road,
he said. "A couple of us cornered it and
jumped on it."
e calf was returned to its owner, he
said. --- Otago Daily Times
A Norsewood man had his leg broken
in an attack by a "disgruntled cow"
"A 23-year-old man was herding
some cows before it appears one turned
and knocked him o his motor bike,
breaking his femur," Palmerston North
rescue helicopter base manager Chris
He said the Norsewood volunteer re
brigade helped clear out a landing zone
on the farm about 1km north of the rural
town on State highway 2.
"He was in a stable condition. e
femur is the biggest bone in your body
and there is the risk of future arterial
damage, so it was quite a serious job."
Norsewood chief re o cer Terrance
Ahern said the 23-year-old was bringing
cattle into the cow shed at about 6.30am
when the herd forced him into a fence
and o the bike, causing his leg injury
and cuts to his body.
"Ambulance sta were already there
when we arrived, and he was conscious
and breathing," he said.
He said the man was a Norsewood
resident and works on the 600-cow dairy
farm. --- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
e e-mail accounts of tens of
thousands of Telecom Xtra customers
have been hacked again, and this time
there could be no end in sight to the
deluge of spam from pranksters and
Cyber hackers have attacked Yahoo,
Xtra's e-mail provider, resulting in
spam and spoof e-mails.
e hackers have stripped e-mail
contacts from the accounts by
obtaining usernames and passwords,
which Yahoo vice-president Jay
Rossiter said appeared to have been
taken from a third-party database.
Even if customers secure their
accounts by changing passwords --- as
recommended by Telecom, which is
locking customers out until they do so
--- their address book contacts could
continue to receive spoof e-mails in
the name of the Xtra account holder.
Changing to another e-mail
provider or closing the account will
not automatically end the problem.
e problem is particularly serious
for business owners who rely on their
e-mail address as a point of contact,
but all e-mail users have to be careful
about suspect-looking e-mails that
include random links, even if they
come from a trusted source.
Telecom spokeswoman Lucy
Fullarton said spoof e-mails were a
forgery of a captured account name,
which could be convincing enough to
trick the receiver into clicking on an
"So we are warning customers and
non-customers to be careful - if you
receive any mail you should look
carefully and if it looks suspicious,
delete it or check with the sender."
Clicking on the link could open the
receiver up to a variety of cyber crimes
including phishing --- a process
in which hackers try to harvest
information such as credit card or
bank account details.
Spam can also include malicious
internet trojans built to delete, block
and copy data.
Mrs Fullarton said resecured
accounts could not be used again by
hackers, but with a "forged" e-mail
address they could continue to send
the spoof e-mails from servers outside
of Yahoo, even if the account was
She said the late January attack
was the fourth time Yahoo Xtra
customers had been compromised
in the past 12 months, with varying
degrees of e ect.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Metiria opens doors to her 'castle'
Metiria Turei, according to her
political adversaries, lives in a
castle. She comes to Parliament
dressed in $2000 Adrienne
Winkelmann designer jackets.
en she wants to talk about
At the weekend, the Green
Party co-leader tentatively opened
her doors --- and revealed a
wardrobe lled with more blue
than green. "I quite like blue," she
So what is she doing with
the left-leaning Greens, this
with a three-storey, turreted
home looking out over Otago's
Blueskin Bay? is visit cleared
up a few things. e two-
bedroom "castle" is made from
stone and corrugated iron. Old
fridges ser ve as cupboards and
door ways; a large truck tyre has
been turned into a window frame
in the master bedroom. A new
pizza oven, made from mud,
straw and sand, rests on a stack
It would seem she is living the
slogan: reduce, re-use, recycle.
Turei and her husband, Worik
Stanton, bought the castle for
$137,000 last year --- a sum that
will not even buy a one-bedroom
studio apartment in central
She stood atop the turret, clad
in clothes from e Warehouse
and K and K, and sur veyed her
domain. "It's a castle but it's not a
mansion, and we love it," she said.
e castle had hosted many
community events including
children's birthday parties, pot
luck dinners and a funeral.
But there were some concessions
to that power-dressing political
lifestyle, she conceded. e master
bedroom was too small to store
her clothes so she kept them in
the spare room downstairs.
Leading the way in, she pulled
aside a purple curtain to reveal a
Senior Cabinet minister Anne
Tolley had labelled Turei "a list
MP who has no constituents,
lives in a castle and comes to the
House dressed in $2000 designer
Fellow minister Chris Finlayson
accused her of lecturing
National on social justice while
"resplendent in her Adrienne
A third minister, Judith Collins,
hammered in the nal nail, calling
Turei a "sanctimonious hypocrite"
in an "ugly" jacket.
"She could sell a jacket and feed
a child for a year," Collins said.
But Turei was unrepentant
yesterday as she showed o
Adrienne Winkelmann suit,
hanging from a hook in the castle.
"Being a slightly older and more
luscious shape, it can be very
di cult to nd really good quality
suits that t o the rack."
It should be noted that Ms
Collins, Education Minister
Hekia Parata and the Prime
Minister's wife, Bronagh Key,
have all been seen wearing
Turei was loyal, she said, to
and Dunedin designer Tanya
"As a bigger woman, they treat
me really well. ey are very kind
about my body --- they never
disparage my shape or my size."
Also hanging from the hooks
in Turei's make-do wardrobe
were clothing from Dunedin
thrift store Purple Rain and the
boutique Roadside Attraction in
Waikouaiti, 20km up the road.
Draped among the designer
clothing was the soft brown
jacket of her father, who died in
He had bought it in 1975 when
she was a ve-year-old, she said.
"It's perfect in every way --- I
wear that one a lot."
So, one question remains to
draw a line under this sorry
dispute: does she regret accusing
the National ministers of racism?
"I have absolutely no regrets for
naming that elitism and that
sexism and that racism," she
retorted. "I have no regrets for
calling them out.
"I don't care what they look like.
I don't care what they wear. I just
really wish they were genuinely
compassionate for the people who
--- Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Green co-leader Metiria Turei in her Waitati home.
New Zealand First would hold the
balance power if the results of the
rst major political poll of the year
were translated to an election result.
Under the 3 News Reid Research
poll out last night, the left bloc of
parties, Labour, the Greens, and
Mana, would have 56 seats and the
right bloc, National, Act, United
Future, the Conser vatives and the
Maori Party would have 61 seats.
New Zealand First with seven seats
would decide the Government.
Even if the Maori Party went with
Labour, New Zealand First would
New Zealand First makes it just
over the 5% threshold, at 5.7%, up
e party uctuates around the
threshold in various polls.
It polled 3.9% in the December
Herald-Digipoll sur vey.
Like most other major polls, the
results in the TV3 poll make some
assumptions about electorate seats
It assumes that that Act, United
Future and the Conservatives win
an electorate seat and that the
Maori Party wins two electorate
e poll shows National down by
about two points, and Labour, the
Greens and New Zealand First up.
Prime Minister John Key is
preferred Prime Minister by 39% of
respondents, down 1.9%.
Labour leader David Cunli e's
ratings are unchanged on 10.8%.
e poll results: National 44.5%
(down 1.9 points); Labour 33.5% (up
1.3); Greens 12.4 (up 2); NZ First
(5.7% (up 1.5); Conser vatives 2.1%
(down 0.7); Maori Party 1% (down
0.2); Mana 0.3% (down 1 ); Act 0
(down 0.8); United Future 0 (down
Translated to seats in the House,
the poll would see National with
55 MPs, the Conservatives with
three (assumes one electorate seat),
Maori Party two (assumes two
electorate seats), Act one (assumes
one electorate seat), United Future
one (assumes one electorate seat),
Labour 40 MPs, the Greens 15 and
An overhang of four seats would
be created under the poll scenario
by some parties winning more MPs
than their overall party vote across
the country, resulting in a 124-seat
Less than two weeks ago, Mr Key
said National would be prepared to
talk to New Zealand First leader
Winston Peters after the next
election, reversing the position it had
held for two previous elections.
Mr Peters is not expected to give
any indication before the election of
whether he would prefer National or
Labour in Government.
New Zealand First polled 6.5% last
election which gave it eight MPs,
although one, Brendan Horan, is now
an independent MP.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Peters kingmaker again: poll
Dangerous seas led to a suspected
drowning and a rescue drama at
Northland beaches at the weekend.
A 43-year-old Ruakaka woman was
pulled from the ocean unconscious about
11.30am yesterday after helping save
her children from big waves at Ruakaka
Beach near Marsden Point.
Whangarei police sergeant Craig
Burrows said when the children got into
trouble in the water the woman and a
friend had gone in to rescue them.
e friend and the children had
reached the shore, but the woman had
got out of her depth. A tourist, seeing
she was struggling, had entered the
water and dragged her on to the beach.
When St John paramedics arrived, the
woman was dead.
At Matapouri Beach, the swell was
1.8m high and a king tide was making
the sea dangerous when a man was
caught in a rip and taken out to sea on
Whangarei police o cer Shane Dunn
was rescued by two men on surfboards
who paddled through the waves to reach
Mr Dunn said he was swimming when
he felt himself being pulled out to sea
around 5pm. "I knew I was in a rip and
I've always told my mates, 'If you ever
get caught in it just let yourself drift', so
I took my own advice and thought I'd try
reaching the buoy."
He had clung to a buoy 200m o shore
for around half an hour, hoping someone
could see him. "I was prepared to hang
on for as long as it took for someone to
get to me," he said.
Tikipunga High School physical
education teacher Jason Woods was
coaching students in beach volleyball on
the shore when he heard someone was in
danger in the water.
He had kicked o his jandals, grabbed
his surfboard and --- struggling to see
over the huge waves --- had paddled
out to the buoy, where he was joined
by French tourist Anthony Guyot on a
longboard he had picked up from the
beach. "I'm young, I'm t, I just thought
I could help," Mr Guyot said.
Mr Woods said Mr Dunn was
distressed when the pair reached him,
and was su ering from cramp in his legs.
"He kept wanting to rest, but I just said
to him 'We've got to keep moving to get
through this rip'," Mr Woods said.
After around an hour of paddling
and kicking they had arrived back at
the beach relieved and exhausted to
applause from onlookers and tearful
Mr Dunn praised the men who had
"I just said, ' ank you, guys'. It could
have turned out very di erently," he said.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Woman dies after
saving her children
Lyttelton Port has received a highly
critical report into the way it stacks
shipping containers and other unsafe
practices that have endangered workers.
Following the deaths of two workers
and the serious injury of another
late last year, the South Island port
has has been issued with ve work
safe improvement notices from the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Site safety inspectors have found the
port has been allowing empty containers
to be stacked up to seven high, meaning
either strong winds or earthquakes could
cause a collapse, Radio New Zealand
A man was seriously injured late last
year when he was crushed by containers
that fell on to his machine.
ey also found containers were
hazardously stacked up against
neighbouring fences or were on uneven
ground and were misaligned, both
practices endangering passers-by.
e ministry said the port had also
failed to ensure the safety of workers by
not having any speed limit or directional
signage at the container terminal, and
said and operators were moving at
Lyttelton Port of Christchurch has
responded to all of the recommendations
and has undertaken to immediately
rectify all of the faults. It has also
recently employed a full time health and
safety manager. --- NZN
Lyttelton port criticised
over safety failures
e body of the 55-year-old man has
been found at Maruia Falls by the police
e man had been missing since he
and a friend were sucked down a chute
at the falls on Saturday.
e friend, also 55, was rescued and
own to Nelson Hospital, where he was
in a stable condition.
e falls, south of Murchison, were the
scene of another rescue last week, TV3
A Belgian tourist was pulled out of the
water by three kayakers. He was taken
to Nelson Hospital with head, neck and
spinal injuries, and later transferred to
Burwood spinal unit. --- APNZ
Man's body recovered at Maruia Falls
New Act leader Jamie Whyte says he
has had no shortage of advice --- it is
often con icting --- about what sort of
leader he should be.
"I'm getting a lot of advice and it's all
contradictory," he said last night.
Everybody thought they knew what
tactics would work but "they haven't got
a clue and I don't know either".
Dr Whyte was elected in a secret
ballot by the nine members of the Act
board yesterday, over party president
John Boscawen, and concedes the board
probably thought he was a greater risk
than the more experienced former MP.
David Seymour was selected as the
party's Epsom candidate.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says
one of its ships has been rammed by a
Japanese whaling vessel.
e Bob Barker was hit by the harpoon
vessel, the Yushin Maru 2, when it
crossed in front of its bow in sub-
Antarctic waters just before 9am (NZT)
yesterday, the group said.
e incident was a part of an attack
by the Japanese whaling eets' three
harpoon vessels, on the Sea Shepherd
ships, the Steve Irwin and the Bob
Barker, which began about about 2am,
Sea Shepherd said.
e alleged attack happened while
the group was celebrating a "disastrous"
Japanese whaling operation last month
as a direct result of actions taken by the
Sea Shepherd ships. --- APNZ
Fine dodgers could lose their
driver's licence under strict new
sanctions that come into e ect later
From February 17 "Driver
Licence Stop Orders" (DLSOs)
can be imposed on anyone who fails
to pay tra c-related nes imposed
on them by a court, police or a
local government authority, Courts
Minister Chester Borrows said.
e orders could also be imposed
for failing to pay a reparation order
imposed by a Court for a tra c-
related o ence.
DLSOs were a "powerful" new
sanction, which would initially be
targeted at repeat o enders who
had racked up big overdue debts,
Mr Borrows said.
" ere are about 136,000 people
who between them owe $48 million
in tra c related nes and are
making no attempt to pay.
"A lot of them have chosen to
ignore repeated reminders and if
they remain uncooperative they'll
pay for it with their driver licence,"
"We will focus initially on the
worst o enders, but anyone with
an overdue ne should seize this
opportunity to contact the Ministry
of Justice and make a payment
arrangement if they wish to hold
on to their licence." e Ministry of
Justice, which would hand out the
new sanction, would start by giving
people with large amounts owing
14 days' notice to either pay up or
set up a payment plan.
e motorist would get one more
reminder, and if they were not
compliant a baili would be sent
to seize their driver licence, Mr
eir licences would remain
suspended until the ne was paid in
full, or payment arrangements were
in place. If they were caught driving
while their licence was suspended
they could be prosecuted, and have
the vehicle they were driving seized
for 28 days.
" e aim is to get people who've
been ignoring the authority of law
to take things seriously, and to
pay their tra c-related nes," Mr
A media campaign would launch
today, letting people know about
DLSOs and other enforcement
powers, and encouraging those with
unpaid tra c nes or reparation to
arrange payment. --- APNZ
Crackdown on fine dodgers
A strong earthquake struck in the
ocean o the east coast last night. e
magnitude 6.4 tremor hit at 10.26pm,
GNS Science said. It was centred 730km
north-east of Whakatane and was 33km
deep. GNS described the quake as
"severe". --- APNZ
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