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Car crash claims life
One person died last night after
a car crash just south of Tokoroa
on State highway 1. A Fire Service
spokesman said only one car
was involved in the crash, which
happened near Kinleith, about 10km
south of Tokoroa. Police diverted
northbound tra c to State highway
5 via Rotorua and southbound tra c
via State highway 32. No details of
the victim were available.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Cyclist dies in hit-run
e death of a cyclist in an
apparent hit-and-run north of
Auckland has prompted police
to appeal for witnesses to come
for ward. e 63-year-old man was
found by motorists just after 5pm
on Tuesday, lying on Weranui Road,
Wainui, near Upper Orewa Road.
Members of the public attempted
CPR but the man died at the scene.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Fall into river fatal
A man died after falling 9m
down a river bank while climbing a
swing rope near Palmerston North
last evening. e 33-year-old was
swimming with a group at Raumai
Reserve, near Pohangina Valley
East Road, just north of Palmerston
North. Inspector Mike Coleman said
the man was climbing a rope near a
bridge at the Reserve when he fell just
after 5.30pm. A St John spokesman
said the man died instantly. ---
APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Boy in robbery bid
A "young boy" who held up a
Mosgiel dairy with a knife later
handed himself in to a teacher. Jean
Zhou, of On the Spot Mosgiel Mini
Mart, said a shop assistant in her
mid-20s was behind the counter
when the boy presented a knife while
demanding money and cigarettes
yesterday morning. "He was a young
boy. e girl yelled and he ran away."
Police said the boy --- con rmed as
a 13-year-old --- removed his hoodie
to look at the security camera. e
matter would be referred to youth
aid. --- Otago Daily Times
Berries poison dogs
Karaka berries have been poisoning
some dogs in Wellington western
suburbs, the NZ Veterinary
Association says. Kelburn vet and
association spokesman Brendan
Bullen said he had treated one case
of berry poisoning. Two other cases,
one suspected and one con rmed,
were treated in nearby Karori. e
association advised dog owners to
take extreme care, as even older berry
kernels carried toxic risk. --- APNZ
Big Wednesday draw
ere was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 435 last
night. Successful numbers were 28,
29, 32, 33, 46, 49; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9758: 5,
9, 13, 16, 18, 23, 27, 33, 36, 50, 53, 54,
61, 64, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 77. Draw No
9759: 11, 13, 17, 22, 25, 26, 28, 30, 38,
44, 45, 47, 55, 57, 64, 67, 68, 71, 76, 80.
Lorde's Brit win 'priceless surprise'
e Government's " x-it" woman
Paula Rebstock was paid $208,907
to write a report on the leaking of
ministerial documents, the Government
Labour criticised the report, saying
it had omitted important advice and
compromised the careers of two senior
Ministry of Foreign A airs and Trade
(Mfat) o cials despite nding no one
guilty of the leak.
e report, published in December,
found that a former Labour Party
sta er working at the State Services
Commission and some Mfat sta
were probably responsible for the leaks
although it found no de nitive evidence.
e 18-month investigation cost
$513,434 in total.
Attorney-General Chris Finlayson,
speaking on behalf of the State Services
Minister, revealed Ms Rebstock's fee
under questioning from the Labour
Party in Parliament yesterday afternoon.
Labour State services spokeswoman
Maryan Street asked Government
whether it felt the report was robust.
She cited QC Bruce Corkill's legal
opinion on the report, which said that
it was unfair, misleading and contained
aws, basic errors of fact, and omissions.
Ms Street also asked why advice from
senior civil servant Sir Maarten Wevers
was disregarded by Ms Rebstock. " e
Government clearly has an agenda to
appoint only those people who will tell it
what it wants to hear," she said.
Mr Finlayson said he stood by the
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
report on leak
A 20-year-old Ashburton man has
been identi ed as just the second person
in the South Island to have contracted
the noti able disease, leprosy.
e man, has been a New Zealand
citizen for more than 10 years. He was
found to have the disease last month and
is undergoing treatment.
While the disease is infectious,
Canterbury Medical O cer of Health
Ramon Pink said the man does not
pose any risk to the community or to
the people with whom he had been
living. He is able to continue to normally
within the community while undergoing
"It is very treatable and once treatment
starts there is no opportunity for it to
spread. Any spread would have been
pretty limited to those in the same
household as the case," he said.
Most cases of leprosy are found in the
North Island. Records go back to 1997
and show Ashburton's as only the second
case in the South Island.
"It's usually found in people who were
living in countries where it is endemic.
Globally it is in decline but in some
areas it is still a signi cant problem, but
in New Zealand it is not an issue" Mr
Vigilant systems in place around
immigrant health were generally e ective
in identifying contagious or noti able
diseases, but the long incubation period
for leprosy, ranging from a few months to
20 years made it a more complex disease
to intercept. It is spread by droplet
transmission (normally nasal secretions).
Early identi cation of the case was due
to the vigilance of his GP and then his
specialist, he said.
Leprosy shows as a skin rash or
skin changes in its early stages and
is diagnosed by testing skin samples.
Untreated it can become dis guring and
lead to social isolation.
While people travelled in areas where
leprosy was still prevalent they would not
be in danger of infection because lengthy
exposure was required to the leprosy
bacilli, Mr Pink said.
--- APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
Lorde has been named best
international female solo artist at
the Brit Awards, and she called the
honour a "priceless surprise".
Lorde beat Janelle Monae, Katy
Perry, Lady Gaga and Pink to the
award, which was given to her during
the star-studded Brits ceremony at
the O2 in London.
e 17-year-old told the crowd:
"I'm still so new to getting awards
that my brain feels like it's exploding
every time it happens, so forgive me.
" ank you to the strong,
intelligent, inspiring women in this
category. is really was a priceless
Earlier, Lorde performed with
British electro group Disclosure.
Introduced by host James Corden
as "two of the biggest new acts to
come through this year", the chilled-
out performance was backed by a
giant outline of Lorde's face made of
lights. e 17-year-old was dressed
in a long, black sequined dress.
Halfway through the relaxed
electro reworking of Royals, the
song switched to Disclosure's White
Noise, with Aluna George taking
over the vocals.
Earlier this week, the British electro
duo admitted to the Daily Star they
had not actually met Lorde with just
days to go before the performance
Instead, band member Howard
Lawrence told the publication
they had been organising their
performance over the phone and via
Skype, and would have only a few
hours to rehearse in person.
"It's been tough getting things
ready as we've been on the road,"
"So we've been constantly on the
phone with Lorde, organising stu .
It was somebody else's idea to hook
up so we haven't even met her yet.
"We've only been able to
communicate remotely or through
Skype because we've been so far
e Brit appearance comes hot on
the heels of Lorde's double Grammy
win in Los Angeles last month,
when she won the Best Pop Solo
Performance and Song of the Year
gongs for her smash-hit Royals.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Convicted murderer Helen Milner,
dubbed the "black widow ", has been
jailed for a minimum of 17 years.
Milner, 50, was found guilty by a jury in
December of murdering her 47-year-old
second husband Philip James Nisbet in
2009 by poisoning him with the allergy
She was also found guilty of attempted
In the High Court at Christchurch
today, Justice David Gendall sentenced
Milner to life with a non-parole period
of 17 years.
He also sentenced her to six years jail
on the attempted murder charge to be
Justice Gendall said Milner's o ending
was committed "simply for nancial
gain" and to rid her of a husband she no
Mr Nisbet was "particularly innocent"
and there had been no reason for him to
Justice Gendall agreed with the
Crown's submission that Milner's
actions were "a carefully thought
through and calculated plan with
callous disregard for Mr Nisbet's family
Outside court Mr Nisbet's sister Lee-
Ann Cartier spoke while holding a small
white casket containing Mr Nisbet's
"We'd like to thank everyone for their
support through this, the police's hard
work and the wonderful jury who came
here every day and listened to it, and
came back with their verdict," she said.
Asked if she felt 17 years was enough,
Mrs Cartier said: "It doesn't matter.
She's got a life sentence. I'll attend every
Parole Board hearing and she will never
walk the streets of New Zealand again.
"He can nally now rest in peace
because it's over. Phil's got closure, we've
Mr Nisbet's younger brother Andrew
said: "We're nally pleased to have
justice for our brother, for Phil."
"It's great for mum and dad to have
e Crown proved Milner laced Mr
Nisbet's evening meal with drugs and,
while he was heavily sedated, nished
him o by smothering him with a pillow.
Milner then tried to cover up the crime
by forging several suicide notes and text
She might have got away with murder
had it not been for painstaking detective
work by Mrs Cartier, who raised
concerns with a coroner in late 2010,
leading police to reopen their botched
investigation. --- APNZ- e Star
17 years for
Helen Milner in the dock at her murder trial.
Craig loves his water wings
Dunedin pilot Craig Buist
always wears his lifejacket in the
Since buying an amphibious
light sport aircraft last June,
he has spent all his spare time
landing and launching it on
Otago Harbour, Lake Waihola
and near his favourite holiday
spot in the Ida Valley.
Mr Buist was shy about the
United States-designed aircraft's
cost, but said he had always loved
his toys and the Sea Rey was his
e 400kg breglass aircraft,
powered by a 73.5KW Rotax 912
engine, cruised about 80 knots in
the air and about 40 knots on the
"It will try to y at about 50
knots. You're not supposed to go
over 10,000 (ft), and I've own at
7000 on occasion," Mr Buist said.
With a wingspan of 9m, the
aircraft ew for about four hours
on a full 88-litre petrol tank.
It took some 35 minutes to y
from the Otago Aero Club on the
Taieri to Central Otago, where
Mr Buist often spent weekends
shing at his crib.
Space for a shing rod and bait
behind the pilot's seat meant the
aircraft also served as a boat.
e two-seater, built in 1999,
had been stored in a garage for
years when Mr Buist shipped
it from South Australia to New
"We disassembled it and put it
in a 40ft shipping container, then
I spent months repairing parts and
putting it back together," he said.
One of just three in the country,
the Sea Rey would be on display
this weekend as part of the Wings
and Wheels show at the Taieri
Mr Buist said his aircraft would
be available for close inspection
and he would be happy to take a
few people on ights during the
e show, from 10am to 5pm,
would also include joy rides and
scenic ights in other aircraft,
as well as displays of classic cars,
vintage machinery and military
Mr Buist said the event was
about introducing people,
especially children, to aviation
and helping them ful l their
dreams of ying.
He said his amphibious aircraft
helped to dispel notions about
light sport aircraft, also known as
microlights, being compared with
"lawnmowers and bed sheets".
" ey are now some of the
safest, fastest and sleekest aircraft
to be seen," he said.
--- Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Dunedin builder Craig Buist loves ying his amphibious aircraft in and around the city, and will display
it at Saturday's Wings and Wheels show at Taieri air eld.
A New Zealand woman might be
jailed for life if convicted of drugs
possession in Bali after her arrest on
the Indonesian island last week.
Leeza Tracey Ormsby, 37, is in
custody after police raided a villa in
the Denpasar suburb of Dalung.
She was allegedly found with
159.96g of methamphetamine,
known in Bali as "shabu" last
e head of Denpasar's drug squad,
Agus Tri Waluyo, alleged she also had
MDMA, or ecstasy, and marijuana in
Ormsby's arrest comes just days
after Australian drug smuggler
Schapelle Corby was released on
parole after spending nine years in
Bali's notorious Kerobokan Prison.
Corby, now 36, was convicted in
2005 of importing 4.2kg of marijuana
into Bali in a boogie board bag.
She was sentenced to 20 years but
had her time reduced.
Under Indonesian law, all of the
substances allegedly found on
Ormsby are classed as the equivalent
of New Zealand's class A drugs and
carry the sti est penalty.
Anyone convicted of possession
faces four to 12 years' imprisonment
and nes of up to $820,000. However,
for more than 1kg of "raw" drugs such
as marijuana or over 5g of "processed
drugs" including methamphetamine,
a maximum sentence of life
imprisonment can be imposed.
Tr a ckers face between ve and 15
years' jail and nes of more than $1
million. e death penalty may also
Australia's 9 News reported that
Ormsby's name and photo appeared
on arrest documents.
It is understood Ormsby is from
Wellington but has lived in New
South Wales for many years. She also
goes by the surname Morrison.
e Ministry of Foreign A airs and
Trade is aware of Ormsby's arrest.
" e consul from the New Zealand
Embassy in Jakarta is providing
consular support and has visited the
New Zealander," it said in a statement
" e embassy's role is to monitor
the New Zealander's welfare and
ensure that they have the same rights
as other detainees in Indonesia."
e statement said neither Ormsby
nor her family wanted to speak to the
media about the charges.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
NZ woman held in Bali had P, ecstasy, dope --- police
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
e derailment of nine wagons near Palmerston yesterday has prompted an
investigation by Kiwi Rail.
Derailment investigation launched
A derailment of wagons laden with
meat and by-products near Palmerston
yesterday morning led to the closure
of the main south railway line and has
sparked an investigation.
e southbound freight train was
hauling 20 wagons when it derailed
on straight tracks between Palmerston
and Bushey about 5am.
Nine wagons derailed, toppling on to
A Kiwi Rail spokeswoman
con rmed one container had burst.
e train had been carrying meat
product and a by product, bone meal,
at the time of the incident, she said.
e locomotive driver, the only
person on board, was uninjured.
"Derailments can be caused by
a number of factors and often a
combination of di ering factors," the
An o cial investigation was under
way, she said.
A witness said the engine and
undamaged wagons resumed their
journey south just before 10am.
A recovery operation was launched
yesterday afternoon, with a crane
attempting to right and re-rail the
No decision had been made on
where those wagons would be
repaired, she said.
--- Otago Daily Times
Lundy retrial delayed
e gathering of complex
scienti c evidence has delayed the
start of double murder accused
Mark Lundy's trial to February
Lundy appeared in the High
Court at Wellington yesterday for a
case review hearing.
He is facing a retrial for the
murders of his wife Christine and
their seven-year-old daughter
Amber, after Law Lords at
London's Privy Council quashed
his convictions last year. at trial
had been set to start in June but has
now been delayed.
From March 31 the court will
hear pre-trial arguments about
non-scienti c evidence and a
further hearing on March 20 will
concentrate on scienti c matters,
Justice Ronald Young said.
It is then intended arguments
about this evidence will be heard
Lundy arrived at the court just
before the start of yesterday's
hearing, and sat in the dock during
He was wearing light suit pants, a
white shirt and blue tie.
When he entered the court,
he seemed happy and smiled at
waiting media. After the hearing
nished he was comfortable with
reporters introducing themselves,
but refused to answer any
questions relating to his court
He left with his lawyer shortly
after the end of the hearing.
In 2002, Lundy was convicted of
murdering Christine and Amber
and was sentenced to a jail term of
at least 20 years.
He appealed to the Privy Council,
which unanimously ruled to quash
his convictions and a retrial was
Lundy was released on bail
last October to a location that is
suppressed. --- APNZ
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Mark Lundy waiting for his case review hearing to begin at the High
Court at Wellington. Lundy faces a retrial in February next year for the
murder of his wife and daughter.
e Government's mantra that
a competitive electricity industry
will drive down power bills is
false, Labour is claiming ahead
of a visit to Parliament by energy
e Electricity Authority and
Genesis Energy will appear before
a select committee today for their
2012-13 nancial review.
Labour energy spokesman David
Shearer said he would challenge the
authority on its belief that a highly
competitive market was leading to
lower power prices.
"My belief is that competition
hasn't been as e ective as
Government and the power
companies are claiming.
" e bottom line is that consumers
are continuing to face increasing
prices and there is nothing that I
can see that will be able to bring
those prices down as the market is
Labour and Greens are promising
to introduce a single electricity
buyer if elected, but Government
believed this model would sti e
competition and lead to higher
e Electricity Authority said last
week that strong competition in
the electricity market was forcing
retailers to absorb cost increases
rather than pass them on to
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Govt power industry mantra labelled false
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