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Smash kills man
One man is dead and another ed
from police following a fatal two car
in Flat Bush, south of Auckland this
morning. One of the two vehicles
ended up on its roof and both
sustained extensive damage in the
Chapel Road crash, police said. e
lone occupant of one of the vehicles
was killed and the driver of the second
vehicle ed. Police later located him
and took him to hospital. --- APNZ
Pile-up claims life
e cause of a fatal pile-up north of
Cambridge on Saturday is still to be
determined. One man died and four
other people su ered minor to serious
injuries following the crash, which
occured at the intersection of State
highway 1 and Hautapu Road about
4.20pm. Police said it appeared two
cars and a van heading south collided
with a northbound four-wheel-drive
vehicle towing a trailer. --- APNZ
A man who died while hunting
in a remote area of Hawke's Bay is
believed to have su ered a medical
condition, emergency services
say. Rescuers were alerted when a
personal locator beacon was activated
about 6.45pm on Saturday in the
Ruahine Range. Police said the man,
who is yet to be formally identi ed,
was with a hunting companion at the
time. He was believed to be in his
late 50s. --- APNZ
Two res which occurred in south
Auckland early yesterday are under
investigation. e rst occurred at an
unoccupied house in Geraldine Road
in Otara, the Fire Ser vice said. It was
alerted about 3.45am. e house was
badly damaged. e second re was
around the corner when a shed at a
Dawson Road property caught re
about 4.30am. Both were suspicious,
but it had yet to be determined
whether they were linked. --- APNZ
$26m Lotto win
One of the largest jackpots in Lotto
history has been won, with the winner
scooping $26.2 million. e winning
Powerball ticket was sold in central
Auckland. e total prize was made
up of $26,061,898 from Powerball rst
division and $200,000 from Lotto rst
division. Four others won a $200,000
share of Lotto rst division. ose
tickets were sold in Palmerston North,
Papamoa, Auckland and Orewa.
Successful numbers were 9, 22, 24,
27, 34, 40; bonus 23. Strike numbers
were 34, 27, 9, 24. Strike Four was won
by a Kaikohe ticketholder, scooping
$438,433. Powerball number 6. e
winning wheel couple from Reporoa
spun for $100,000.
Numbers in Keno draw 9764: 5, 10,
14, 17, 19, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 44, 48,
51, 53, 56, 57, 60, 66, 69, 70. Draw No
9765: 2, 6, 10, 19, 21, 23, 24, 34, 35,
50, 54, 57, 58, 59, 64, 65, 67, 71, 78, 79.
Draw No 9766: 10, 12, 13, 16, 20, 28,
34, 42, 48, 49, 58, 59, 64, 65, 66, 72, 73,
76, 78, 80. Draw No 9767: 7, 8, 12, 20,
29, 35, 36, 39, 40, 42, 51, 52, 53, 60, 61,
63, 68, 69, 71, 72.
Fatal crash mystery object analysis provides few clues
Two high school students were hit
by a car in Christchurch this morning,
Newstalk ZB reported.
e pedestrians, who are in Year 9, were
struck about 7.30am on Greers Road
outside Burnside High School.
Both were taken to Christchurch
Hospital, one su ering serious injuries
and the other moderate injuries, police
said. --- APNZ
e Green Party has suspended
low-ranking candidate David Hay for
attacking the party's leaders and releasing
e Greens launched an investigation
in November after Mr Hay challenged
for the leadership of the party.
A panel found that he had breached
the party's code of conduct and
recommended a "cooling down" period
of one year.
A report by the panel said Mr Hay
had admitted breaching party rules by
releasing internal documents which
related to the process of choosing
He had also attacked co-leaders Russel
Norman and Metiria Turei in press
Mr Hay was ranked 16th on the
Greens' list and ran as a candidate in the
2008 and 2011 elections.
After he failed to make it through a
vetting process to become a candidate in
this year's election, he made a challenge
for the leadership of the party.
e panel told him any member was
entitled to challenge for the leadership at
any time, but he had not considered the
e ect on the party in an election year.
e report said Mr Hay was upset
about allegations made about him within
the party, such as claims he went against
party strategy by seeking the electorate
vote in Epsom in 2011. He also felt his
formal complaints had been ignored.
--- APNZ-Zealand Herald
Analysis of a mystery object which
killed Rutger Hale when it crashed
through the windscreen of his car
last October has provided little new
information to advance the case.
e object, which has not been
located, struck and fatally injured
Mr Hale, 22, on October 24 as he
drove between Lake Hawea and
Material from the mystery object
obtained from Mr Hale's Subaru was
sent to both ESR and the University
of Otago for analysis.
e tests revealed that the unknown
object was made of or contained
fragments of stainless steel of a
common grade used in vehicle parts
and other everyday items such as
tools and cookware, police said.
e object also comprised common
minerals naturally occurring in soil
or dirt in the South Island.
Detective senior sergeant Malcolm
Inglis said the case remained open
and if any new information came
to hand it would be investigated
"Our thoughts are with the family
and friends of Rutger Hale as we are
at this stage unfortunately unable to
progress the case to any satisfactory
e investigation ndings will now
be referred to the coroner. --- APNZ
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e Financial Markets Authority has
dropped civil proceedings against four
Lombard directors as the failed nance
company's receivers have reached a
$10 million settlement with the men, their
insurers and an unnamed "third party".
e receivers had made civil claims
against the directors for alleged breach of
duties but announced today a settlement
had been reached.
e receivers said the FMA had
consented to the settlement, which
involved former directors --- Sir Douglas
Graham, Michael Reeves, William
Je ries and Lawrence Bryant --- as well
as the men's insurers and a "third party".
Lombard receiver, PWC partner John
Fisk, said he could not reveal who this
third party was, as it would breach the
terms of the settlement agreement.
As a condition of the agreement, the
FMA has dropped its civil proceedings
against the directors, which were led
in the High Court in 2010 but were on
"FMA is of the view that the PWC
settlement represents the best outcome
for Lombard investors, and that given it
had limited prospects of achieving any
better recovery through its own claim
it was in the public interest to consent
to the settlement and discontinue its
claim," the receivers said.
About 3900 secured debenture holders
were owed $111 million when Lombard
collapsed in April 2008.
Fisk said the settlement will mean a
further payout to these investors of 9c in
is brings the total payout so far to
22c in the dollar.
Receivers expect the nal payout to
secured investors to be 25c in the dollar
once two remaining properties are
dealt with. Mr Fisk said he hoped the
receivership to be wrapped up in around
Mr Fisk said 310 capital note holders
who had invested $10.4m in Lombard
and 230 subordinated note holders who
had invested $3.7m were unsecured and
were unlikely to receive any money back.
e FMA also brought criminal
proceedings against the four Lombard
directors for false statements in o er
documents and advertisements.
e four were found guilty on the
majority of these charges in the High
Court, and Graham and Bryant were
sentenced to 300 hours' community
ser vice and ordered to pay reparation
of $100,000. Je ries and Reeves were
each sentenced to 400 hours' community
ey appealed their convictions and
at the same time the FMA appealed
their sentences. While the directors
were unsuccessful, the Court of Appeal
believed the original sentences were
Je ries was given eight months' home
detention and 250 hours' community
work, Reeves nine months' home
detention and 250 hours' community
work, Graham six months' home
detention and 200 hours' community
work and Bryant six months' home
e directors appealed these new
sentences to the Supreme Court and
while it has been heard, a judgment has
not been released.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
e coastguard assists people back to Westhaven after the charter boat they were on started to sink in
the Waitemata Harbour.
e dolphin watching charter
boat which took on water with
nearly 40 people on board had a
hole in its hull, a crewman said
A number of children were
among passengers on board the
MV Dream Weaver when it
started taking on water in Tiri
Channel, near Whangaparaoa
yesterday afternoon, police said.
e Coastguard was noti ed
about 1.48pm and responded
with several vessels, including
the police launch Deodar, which
rescued 36 passengers.
Crewman Michael Clarke said
assessors were yet to examine the
"We were in heavy seas and the
vessel just started taking on water
and when we got it back on to
dry dock it was obvious there was
a breach in the skin of the vessel
and that is why water was being
e base was partitioned o at
certain sectors so it was isolated
to one area, Mr Clarke said.
"At this stage we're still waiting
for assessment to come back to
give us an idea of what actually
caused the accident --- it looks
like we may have hit something
rst or something like that, but
we're not too sure."
He would not comment further
until the assessors had been in
Nobody was injured during
yesterday's incident, but police
reported some passengers were
su ering from sea sickness.
Inspector Ian Booker, of police
yesterday said the vessel was an
18m catamaran with a capacity
of 60 people. However, the vessel
was "nowhere near capacity" at
the time of the incident.
Maritime New Zealand had
been advised of the incident.
Char ter boat's hull holed
PICTURES: New Zealand Herald
e Dream Weaver lists as rescue personnel try to pump water out of the vessel in the Tiri Channel.
Rough weather, lightning, and
reports of a tornado caused extensive
damage in North Canterbury last
Fire ser vice shift manager
Andrew Norris said a "cluster of
houses" in Amberley, 50km north
of Christchurch, had been badly
damaged about 6.30pm.
Southern re communications
shift manager Karl Patterson said
the strong winds lifted tiles o roofs
near the Burnham Military Camp
area and three houses in Amberley,
50km north of Christchurch, were
also a ected.
"One house completely lost its roof,
another house had extensive roof
damage (and) windows blown in."
e weather also caused power pole
res and trees to be knocked down,
Mr Patterson said.
"Apparently a tornado of some
description sort of went through just
near the coast --- it caused a little bit
of damage, but we did a check of all
the houses in the area and they were
"We had a couple of res started by
lightning, we had a re in Halswell
Quarry, out the south-west side of
"Also, in Little River we had a tree
catch on re in the middle of a tree
plantation of some description."
ere were no reports of injuries,
Mr Patterson said.
Amberley resident Donna Graham
told Radio New Zealand the worst of
the weather lasted less than a minute,
but it left it her and her husband
"Out of these big, hanging, drapey
like black clouds was a small twister.
I went outside to tell my husband,
'I think one's forming' and when
I came back in it was this massive
thing coming straight towards us and
then it spun along sideways and we
just saw the black stu icking up
"We were recording it on our camera
and taking photos and I was on the
phone to my friend until I realised
it was coming straight towards our
Ms Graham said she and her
husband then made a bolt for their
cupboard. My husband is a really
calm person but I could see that he
was the same way."
Massive hail balls had pelted the
house and when the noise subsided
they were greeted by a scene of debris
"It did really worry us that people
were hurt. I was between the washing
machine and the cupboard and I was
just thinking, what would we do if
the house (didn't hold up).
"But my friend on the phone was
saying, 'Don't go outside, that's
worse', then I had my ngers in my
ears and the phone went dead and
that was very hard on them at the
other end. ey didn't know what had
It was the worst weather she had
experienced in her 20 years living in
Amberley, Ms Graham said. "I just
hope that it never happens again."
Hail, twister leave homes damaged across Canterbury
Four giant timber viaducts
built in Southland nearly
a century ago have been
saved in a collaborative
e four viaducts were
built in the rugged Waitutu
Forest on the south coast
of the Fiordland National
Park in the early 1920s as
part of a timber tramline to
the Port Craig logging and
e sawmills were
dismantled after the Great
Depression and in the
1990s the viaducts became part of the
Hump Ridge Track.
e largest viaduct, the Percy Burn
--- the highest timber trestle bridge in
the Southern Hemisphere --- had to be
closed in May last year because of safety
concerns with the decay and corrosion of
the key structural elements.
e four viaducts have category 1
Historic Places Trust registration and
are listed as one of New Zealand's top
50 engineering structures.
ey will now be restored thanks to
an agreement between the Department
of Conservation (DOC), the Southland
District Council and the Port Craig
Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith
made the announcement yesterday.
"We need to restore
and protect these massive
viaducts as a tribute to
the incredible engineering
feats of our pioneering
ancestors," Dr Smith said.
" ey are a spectacular
feature of the Hump
Ridge Track along the
south coast of Fiordland
New Zealanders and
international visitors must
continue to be able to enjoy."
e cost of restoring
the viaducts has been put
at $480,000. DOC will
provide a $160,000 boost towards the
work over the next nancial year.
Funding problems were di cult to
resolve because no one organisation had
responsibility and parties could argue for
years over who should be funding what,
Dr Smith said.
"I admire the typical southern
pragmatism that has delivered this long-
term funding partnership where costs
will be shared one third each between the
Government, council and community.
" is agreement is particularly good for
the Tuatapere Hump Track Charitable
Trust and Southland tourism, as the
option of rerouting the track around the
viaducts would take away some of the
'wow' factor of the Hump Ridge Track
experience." --- APNZ
Deal saves decaying
A man has died in police custody
after being arrested and taken to a
police station to sober up.
e 20-year-old man was arrested
for breach of peace about 1am
yesterday, Counties Manukau
district commander Superintendent
John Tims said.
Police had been called to an
address in Manurewa by a member
of the public, where they found
family members trying to restrain
an intoxicated man who was violent
Mr Tims said the man was
arrested and taken to Manukau
police station for detoxi cation.
e man continued to behave in
a violent and aggressive manner
while in custody. He was placed in
a monitored cell and a police doctor
assessed his condition.
After 5am he was checked
again and found to be su ering
from laboured breathing. He was
placed in the recovery position and
police sta performed CPR until
ambulance sta arrived. Paramedics
continued CPR for more than 40
minutes. He was pronounced dead
" is is a sad and di cult time for
all involved," Mr Tims said. "Our
sta make every e ort to assure the
safety of intoxicated people while
in custody. We extend our deepest
sympathies to the family."
A post-mortem examination will
be held, and a criminal investigation
and policy and procedures
investigation are under way. e
incident has also been referred to
the IPCA and the Coroner.
Police said support was being
o ered to the family and police
sta involved had been referred to
welfare services. --- APNZ
Man dies in police cell
e New Zealand woman jailed
in Bali on drugs charges has told
her friends and family to stay away,
3 News reported.
Leeza Ormsby said she had asked
her family to stay away as she did
not want to draw more attention to
Ms Ormsby, who has been living
in Sydney, was arrested after police
allegedly found methamphetamine,
ecstasy and marijuana during a raid
on a luxury villa in the Denpasar
suburb of Dalung.
She told a eporter who visited her
in jail she feared publicity about her
case would work against her.
Ms Ormsby was reluctant to
talk about the charges against her,
and said she had told family and
friends to stay away. Bali police are
expected to hold a press conference
in the coming days. --- APNZ
Bali drugs woman tells family to stay away
St John pair,
Two St John paramedics and a police
o cer were allegedly assaulted by a
31-year-old man in Hastings last night,
as the medical crew treated his partner.
St John Heretaunga territory manager
Brendon Hutchinson said the pair of
paramedics, one male and one female,
arrived at the Tamatea Place house just
before 7.30pm, after the man's partner
experienced breathing complications.
"Once we turned up the man
became more and more aggressive
and increasingly threatening," Mr
Hutchinson said. "He followed the
o cers into the ambulance where the
situation became quite intense.
" e o cer was able to draw him out
of the ambulance before the man squared
up with him.
"A 10-10 call went out, which is the
call we use when sta are in imminent
danger of a physical assault and police
were called after he had taken a swing at
the male o cer.
"Luckily he didn't connect and
an associate of the man was able to
intervene and help calm down the man
before police arrived."
Senior sergeant Marc Clausen said
police arrived to nd ambulance sta
with a distraught female who was anxious
about the behaviour of her partner.
"As an o cer attended to the female
a male swung punches, attempting to
attack the ambulance o cer."
e 31-year-old man was arrested.
While being processed at Hastings
police station he also allegedly assaulted
a police o cer.
Mr Clausen said the man had been
placed in the care of the mental-health
service and inquiries would continue to
determine what charges may be laid.
Mr Hutchinson said St John had zero
tolerance for abuse and assault on sta and
would fully support the police if charges
were laid against the man. "Unfortunately
this sort of stu is becoming more
frequent, which is a real shame."
Neither the St John sta members nor
the police o cer received any injuries
during the incident.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
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