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A motorcyclist killed after
crashing at a bypass near Papamoa
on Saturday afternoon has been
identi ed by police. He was
Christopher Neil Solomann, 61, from
Gisborne. Police said the accident
occurred on the Tauranga-bound
bypass on State highway 2 about
1pm. It appeared Mr Solomann,
riding a Honda machine, failed to
negotiate a moderate bend. He struck
a kerb and crashed into a bank.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Woman hit by truck
A pedestrian struck by a reversing
truck at the Countdown supermarket
car park in Grey Lynn is in a serious
condition in Auckland Hospital.
Emergency services were called to
the crash on Richmond Road about
10.30am yesterday. e pedestrian,
a woman in her 30s, su ered serious
injuries which were not life-
threatening, Inspector Peter Raynes
of police northern communications
said. --- APNZ
Tramper hurt in fall
An elderly tramper was rescued
by helicopter after he fell in the
Tararua Ranges near Wellington on
Saturday. e Hutt Valley man, in
his 70s, su ered moderate injuries
when he fell near a stream on Mount
Holdsworth. A member of the public
raised the alarm with a Department
of Conservation ranger. e man was
taken to Wellington Hospital in a
moderate condition. --- APNZ
A man is in hospital with a broken
arm and facial injuries after he was
attacked by two men in central
Christchurch, police say. e assault
happened at a bus stop near the corner
of Lyndon and Clarence Streets about
6.30pm yesterday. e rst alleged
o ender was in his early to mid 20s,
was Maori or Polynesian with short
black hair, of stocky build and about
1.85m tall. He had small tattoos on his
arms. e second man was also in his
early to mid 20s, was Caucasian, about
1.8m tall and with blond or brown hair
of medium length. --- APNZ
Four share Lotto
Four tickets, sold in Dunedin,
Oxford, Lower Hutt and Takapuna
(Auckland) shared the division
one prize in Lotto draw No 1393
on Saturday. Each won $250,000.
Successful numbers were 8, 9, 17,
19, 24, 28; bonus 10. Strike numbers
were 24, 28, 19, 8. ere was no
Strike Four winner. Powerball
number 3. ere was no division one
winner. e Winning Wheel ticket
was sold in Riverton. e winner
from Auckland spun for $100,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9750: 1,
5, 9, 18, 21, 25, 27, 30, 35, 37, 43, 45,
47, 51, 68, 72, 73, 74, 75, 78. Draw No
9751: 7, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 29,
32, 37, 48, 62, 65, 67, 69, 70, 71, 74, 75.
21, 28, 42, 44, 52, 53, 62, 63, 66, 68, 70,
77. Draw No 9753: 3, 4, 14, 16, 17, 19,
21, 23, 28, 29, 30, 34, 38, 44, 49, 57, 64,
67, 69, 75.
Banks ordered to release statement
e daughter of slain south Auckland
man Raymond Mullins turns 42 today,
but she will not be celebrating.
Instead Leigh-Anne Mullins is
"p---d o " that one of the women who
murdered her father will walk free from
Daniella Bowman has been granted
an early release just three months after
misleading Parole Board members
about her job prospects, something Miss
Mullins cannot believe.
"What are they thinking? She's coming
out on my birthday and she hasn't even
got a job."
Last November Bowman told the board
she had a job lined up and her employer
had agreed to give her a month o work
when she was released. In reality, the
employer rebu ed the leave request and
"To put it frankly, she had lied,"
the board said in a report released to
However, in a majority decision,
ve board members decided Bowman
could be released today after being in
custody since 1999, the year of the brutal
killing her two-year-old son witnessed.
Bowman was 18 at the time.
Sisters Natalie Fenton, who was 15,
and Katrina Fenton, who was 19, were
also found guilty of murder.
Miss Mullins said she was "ropable"
over today's release, which her family
have opposed every year always making
oral submissions at Bowman's parole
hearings. --- APNZ
Anger as killer
Getting into a boat with a drunk
captain was a "dumb" thing to do, but it
would be di cult and costly to impose
drunk driving laws for boaties, Prime
Minister John Keys says.
His comments follow an incident in
which a speedboat smashed into a yacht
before ying through the air into a wharf
and injuring four people, one of them
e collision happened at Herald
Island in west Auckland about 11.30pm
Police are investigating if alcohol was a
factor in the crash.
e speedboat, occupied by a young
couple, appeared to be weaving between
moored yachts before the crash, according
to witnesses. e boat had tried to pass
between two yachts moored at the wharf
and collided with both vessels.
e speedboat then crashed on to the
oating dock then slid over it and sank.
Maritime police said the harbourmaster
would be salvaging the boat today.
Mr Key told TVNZ's Breakfast
programme today it was a "nice idea" to
impose drinking limits for boaties but, in
reality, it would be di cult to implement.
"If you get in a boat with someone that's
highly intoxicated, or you're driving a
boat and you're highly intoxicated, that
is a really dumb thing to do."
But it would be di cult to have the
equivalent of a "booze bus" on the high
seas, he said.
e Recreational Boating Forum
would be looking at the issue and making
recommendations to the government in
April, he said.
Mr Key also said it would be costly
to test boaties' blood alcohol levels
compared with the amount of alcohol-
related incidents that happen.
Fisherman Jayson Ho , who saw
Saturday night's crash said a family,
including two children, had been
sleeping on the yacht when the speedboat
smashed into it.
"We heard a woman screaming and
we broke through a gate to try to help,"
he said. " e people on the yacht were
already getting the man and the injured
woman out of the water.
" e woman on the speedboat had
her legs pretty smashed, had cuts and
couldn't move. ere also seemed to be
something wrong with her back."
He said the speedboat had no lights
on and was travelling fast just before the
Police, ambulance and coastguard
attended the scene and police said they
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
PM cool on
e Ombudsman has ordered the
release of MP John Banks' statement
to police over donations to his
Auckland mayoral campaign.
However, the former Act leader's
statement will not be released
publicly until after he has stood trial
for allegedly ling a false electoral
return for his failed 2010 campaign.
Police investigated alleged
irregularities in Mr Banks's
campaign donations but no charges
ey found that although he had
led a false election return, he had not
done so deliberately because he had
signed it without reading it.
A private prosecution was then
launched by retired Wellington
accountant Graham McCready, with
a trial set down for May.
Police in 2012 released some
documents from their inquiry
under the O cial Information Act,
including witness statements.
However, Mr Banks' statement
to police --- given in a three-hour
interview --- was withheld, with Mr
Banks refusing to agree to its release.
e Ombudsman's decision comes
after a complaint from New Zealand
Herald journalist David Fisher, who
requested the release of the full
e Labour Party also laid a
complaint with the Ombudsman.
In an opinion, released today,
Ombudsman Ron Paterson said the
decision to withhold Mr Banks's
statement in full was not justi ed,
citing public interest grounds.
"I recommend that the police release
a redacted statement to the requesters
once the related court proceedings
against Mr Banks have concluded."
Professor Paterson said the O cial
Information Act did not give good
reason to withhold the statement at
the time it was requested.
However, in light of the subsequent
private prosecution, he delayed the
statement's release release because
disclosure would likely prejudice Mr
Banks' right to a fair trial.
Prof Paterson said public interest in
the transparency and accountability
of local electoral donations required
access to the parts of Mr Banks's
statement relating to the solicitation
of campaign donations and contact
with potential donors.
"Given the public disquiet about
the integrity of the fundraising for
the 2010 Auckland mayoral election,
without direct access to Mr Banks'
statement, the public will not be
Mr Banks is alleged to to have
knowingly received political
donations from internet entrepreneur
Kim Dotcom and Sky City that were
recorded as anonymous.
e allegations relate to two
$25,000 donations from Dotcom and
a $15,000 donation from Sky City.
Police have previously released
a redacted copy of the executive
summary of their criminal assessment
report, as well as letters to and from
complainants, and statements from
witnesses who had authorised their
e documents shed light on the
way Mr Banks's campaign team raised
nearly $1 million during his 2010
Auckland mayoral bid, including
drawing up a list of 10 rich donors
who would be targeted for $25,000
each. --- APNZ
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A car which rolled down a
Lindis Pass bank "exploded" as
a following motorist stopped to
help, police said last night.
e sole occupant of the car was
thrown from the vehicle when
it left the road. He was killed. A
dog had also died.
Wanaka police sergeant Derek
Ealson said the car was travelling
north on State Highway 8 when it
rolled down a bank about 5.30pm.
e car exploded and burst into
ames as the following motorist
approached, he said.
A small scrub re then started,
but was quickly extinguished
by re ghters from Cromwell,
Luggate and Tarras as emergency
services personnel from Wanaka,
Cromwell and Alexandra tended
the victim. Mr Ealson said police
last night were still trying to
identify the man and notify his
next of kin. It was not known at
this stage what had caused the
An o cer from the serious crash
unit in Alexandra inspected the
scene last night, and Cromwell
police are asking for witnesses
driving through the area at the
time of the accident to contact
e road was closed for about
20 minutes at 9.30pm while
police removed the vehicle from
the scene. --- Otago Daily Times
Fiery crash fatal
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
e remains of a car which rolled down a bank and burst into ames.
Emergency ser vices personnel work to retrieve the body of a motorist killed in a crash in the Lindis Pass
e Green Party's promise to save
households $100 a year on power
bills by lending them money to buy
solar panels has been tentatively
backed by energy analysts, despite the
Government's claims that the policy is
a costly subsidy.
e party announced the second part of
its energy policy in Auckland yesterday.
Under the Solar Homes scheme, New
Zealanders would be able to borrow up
to $15,000 from the Government to
install photovoltaic panels and then pay
it back via their council rates over 15
e interest rate on the loan would be
the same as the Crown borrowing rate
--- at present 4.1%.
Labour leader David Cunli e said it
appeared to be a sensible policy that his
party would consider supporting once
it had done a thorough analysis of the
Greens co-leader Russel Norman said
it was a cost-neutral policy and required
no subsidy. at was disputed by the
Energy Minister Simon Bridges said if
the scheme required a lower interest rate,
it was a government subsidy. He said
solar was not a priority because of the
abundance of cheaper renewable energy
such as hydro, geothermal and wind.
e Greens and National have
previously collaborated on a highly
successful subsidised home insulation
But the Government said the Solar
Homes scheme was not comparable
because solar power was more expensive
than buying electricity o the grid. e
electricity savings were based on the
calculation that a typical 3KW solar-
powered system would cost $10,000 and
generate $1000 worth of electricity a
At the present borrowing rate,
households would pay o their loan at
$900 a year, saving $100 on bills overall.
is estimate is based on the present
borrowing rate, which could uctuate
over the 15-year loan period.
Energy analyst Molly Melhuish said
the Greens' estimates were accurate.
"It's not only a good policy, it's a
for ward-looking policy in that the whole
market all over the world is changing
and the very large power stations are
She added: "Solar is a better buy, as
cheap or cheaper in capital cost, (with)
no maintenance costs whatsoever, and
the only reason that people haven't
poured in to buy solar electricity is that
when they generate excess electricity
they've had no guarantee of a reasonable
price to sell that back."
e Greens said they would not follow
other countries' example by buying back
electricity at higher than the market
rate, but would o er a "fair price" for any
excess power generated.
e party's target is 30,000 installations
in the rst three years, which it predicted
would create 1000 jobs and make the
technology cheaper by growing the
market. --- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Greens' solar plan
ousands of job seekers are being
targeted by an alarming new identity
theft scam in which fake job ads are
placed on the Trade Me and Seek
It is the latest trick of the identity
scammers, who use the personal
details they collect from job applicants
to lure them into parting with their
bank account details and cash.
e scammers are posing as
posting the ads. Auckland-based
distributor Norrie Biotech is one of
the latest businesses to be targeted.
Company boss Helen Norrie
discovered this week that someone
in the United States had cloned her
website and posted the fake ads on
Trade Me and Seek in her company's
In the two hours the ad was live
on Trade Me, seven people applied.
More applied via Seek, but it did not
con rm numbers.
Several applicants contacted
Norrie after getting no response to
their applications. " ey were as
abbergasted, as I was," she said.
Netsafe digital project manager
Chris Hails said the scammers' rst
move was usually to ask applicants to
e-mail their CV, meaning they got a
person's name, address, education and
work history, and a list of referees.
" at gives them a pro le of the
person, and then they'll come back
to you asking for identity documents,
like a scan of your passport or driving
licence. at gives them a photo and
information they can used to apply
for a loan.
"If they have your passport details
they can apply for another passport.
at's the scary part of it." at
information was worth between $5
and $20 on the black market, he said.
If the scammer, or person who
bought that information on the
black market, believed the victim
was especially gullible, they would go
further, Mr Hails said.
"It's called a money mule. ey'll say
'this job's gone, but we'd like you to
become a claims handler or transfer
agent', and we want your bank details.
en they've got a full pro le of you."
Mr Hails was contacted by a
17-year-old Auckland man last week
who lost $6000 after becoming a
e man, who had responded to
a fake job ad, gave the scammer his
bank details and agreed to transfer
the $6000 deposited by the scammer
into an overseas bank account.
"He took the money out of his
account, walked down the road to
Western Union and transferred the
money. Later, he found out the $6000
payment from the scammer had
bounced, and he owed his bank the
"He was told he'd get $350
commission, and he thought, ' at's
ne, I can do this a couple of times
e man would not tell Mr Hails
his name because he was afraid he
had committed a crime.
Job seekers must use caution
when responding to ads. E-mailing
a curriculum vitae was ne, but
requests for copies of driver licences,
passports or bank details should raise
alarm bells, Mr Hails said.
It took only a few minutes to check.
"If you're suspicious, look for a New
Zealand phone number and call
to con rm. It's hard as a jobseeker,
especially if you're under nancial
pressure, but just think carefully."
Trade Me said it detected 91
attempts to fake post job ads in the
past year --- 17 made it on to the site
but were removed as soon as they
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Fake work ad scams lure unwary job seekers
A vintage aircraft that left the
runway yesterday at a south Auckland
airport su ered some damage, but
those on board were okay.
Emergency ser vices were called to
Ardmore Airport about 11am when a
Tiger Moth got into di culties.
It appeared the aircraft had a
mechanical failure as it attempted to
take o , said Inspector Tony Edwards
of northern police communications.
"It did get airborne for a short
period of time. Initial indications are
that the engine may have stopped."
Two people on board were checked
by ambulance sta at the scene and
were not injured.
Mr Edwards said he understood the
Tiger Moth was damaged, most likely
around the wheels or undercarriage.
e Civil Aviation Authority was
looking into the incident, he said.
PICTURE: APNZ-New Zealand Herald
e de Havilland Tiger Moth after the mishap.
Tiger Moth mishap
Pilot okay after plane flips
A trainee microlight pilot escaped
unhurt after the small Hawke's Bay
and East Coast Aero Club machine
he was in up-ended at the Hastings
Aerodrome at Bridge Pa.
e incident happened about 2.10pm
on Saturday as the man was practising
a forced landing on undulating ground
near a grass runway.
e Fire Ser vice and St John
attended, but the man was out of the
aircraft when they arrived.
He was checked by ambulance sta ,
and with no one trapped and no fuel
leaks, the Fire Service stood by while a
tractor was used to right the plane.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Romance may have wilted with
the roses after Valentine's Day
this year, as imported red roses
were already dying when passing
through lovers' hands this week.
About half of the estimated
600,000 roses sold in New Zealand
on February 13 and 14 were
imported from India. Customs
rules require them to dipped in
harsh chemicals to kill bugs before
leaving India. e owers can be
bought here one day and be dead
New Zealand Flower Growers'
Association chairman David
Blewden said the imported blooms
were harming the local industry as
customers could mistakenly think
they were buying locally-grown
e New Zealand Herald bought
six red Indian roses from e
Warehouse for $9.99 on ursday,
the day before Valentine's Day, and
a New Zealand-grown rose from
Roma Blooms in Auckland for $5
the same day. One of the imports
and the New Zealand rose were
placed in fresh water and left side
At the end of day one the
imported rose was starting to wilt,
while the New Zealand-grown
stem appeared unchanged.
Valentine's Day came and the
imported bloom hung its head
while the local ower stood upright.
By yesterday, the imported rose was
Mr Blewden was shocked the
imported bloom died so soon.
A Warehouse spokeswoman
defended the Indian roses, saying
New Zealand growers could not
meet customer demand.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Imports make special day
for lovers less rosy
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