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Girl impaled on post
An 11-year-old girl avoided
serious internal injuries when she
was impaled on a fence post in a
small Waikato town yesterday. e
girl accidentally fell on the stake in
Mangakino about 12.15pm. However,
she escaped serious injury as the post
"didn't go in that far", the Taupo-
based Greenlea rescue helicopter said.
She su ered moderate injuries and
was own to Rotorua Hospital for
treatment. --- APNZ
A 62-year-old Otago man in
a position of responsibility has
admitted indecently assaulting a
teenage male on a tramping trip in
the Mount Aspiring area almost
40 years ago. e man, whose
name is suppressed, appeared in
the Dunedin District Court last
week. He admitted a charge of
indecently assaulting the boy, now a
52-year-old man and whose name
is also suppressed, at Wanaka on or
before May 18, 1975. e man was
remanded on bail to May 27 for
sentencing. --- Otago Daily Times
Baby hurt in fall
A month-old baby girl was own to
hospital early on Saturday after a fall
on her head at her Tasman district
home. e Nelson Marlborough
rescue helicopter was called to the
home between Collingwood and
Takaka about 1.20am, pilot Flint
Horn said. e baby was doing well,
after falling about a metre, he said.
He said the trip to hospital was
probably "precautionary". --- APNZ
Sea Shepherd ship docks
e anti-whaling ship Bob Barker
has docked in Wellington harbour
after its mission to thwart Japanese
whalers. e ship, part of the Sea
Shepherd eet, spent 95 days in the
area attempting to stop whalers.
e Bob Barker would be docked in
Wellington for the next 10 days in
which the ship would be open to the
public for tours. --- APNZ
Lotto, Powerball and Strike have
jackpotted last night, leaving a
total prize pool of $9.6 million up
for grabs next weekend. Powerball
division one will be an estimated
$7 million, Lotto division one will be
an estimated $2 million, and Strike
Four will be worth an estimated
$600,000 for next weekend's draw.
Lotto numbers were 12, 16, 18, 34,
35, 39; bonus 33. Strike numbers
were 12, 18, 34, 16. Powerball
number 3. is week's Winning
Wheel ticket was sold in Birkenhead,
Auckland. e winner from Havelock
North spun for $200,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9820: 1,
6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 23, 25, 29, 33, 37, 42,
53, 56, 59, 60, 65, 66, 69, 71. Draw No
9821: 3, 8, 11, 28, 31, 33, 37, 39, 47,
49, 51, 62, 63, 64, 69, 70, 77, 78, 79, 80.
Draw No 9822: 6, 7, 14, 17, 22, 24, 30,
32, 38, 41, 42, 43, 50, 55, 57, 60, 63, 67,
71, 76. Draw No 9823: 13, 21, 29, 30,
34, 35, 41, 42, 50, 52, 54, 56, 61, 62, 63,
65, 67, 71, 76, 80.
Dog on mend after cruel act
Witnesses are being sought following
the discovery of a man's body in the
Waikato River yesterday.
e body was found by water-skiers
south of the Horotiu Bridge shortly
after 9am, detective senior sergeant Ross
Patterson, of the Hamilton CIB, said.
" e water-skiers assisted in the
recovery of the man's body and police
would like to acknowledge their
assistance. Our investigations to date
have established the body is that of a
man who went missing in Hamilton
about March 19.
" ough the formal identi cation of
his body is not expected to be completed
until after a post-mortem examination in
Auckland today, police are satis ed the
body is not that of missing 70-year-old
Kawhia man Trevor Smith."
Mr Patterson said until police know
how the man died, his death will continue
to be treated as unexplained. --- APNZ
e Kohanga Reo National Trust
says it will fully co-operate with an
investigation being carried out by the
Serious Fraud O ce into allegations of
In a statement released today, the trust
also says it will co-operate with other
investigations being carried out by the
Department of Internal A airs, Radio
New Zealand reported.
Last week, Education Minister Hekia
Parata referred Te Pataka Ohanga, which
is the commercial arm of the trust, to the
Serious Fraud O ce over allegations of
e trust also says it will fast track work
it has already started to set the future
direction of the organisation, which
includes the make-up and membership
of the board.
Trust spokesman Derek Fox said earlier
the loans Te Pataka Ohanga made to
senior trust members were above board.
Mr Fox said the loans, totalling
$180,000, were the sort of transactions
any business would carry out. He said
they all required interest to be paid.
e loans are on top of allegations
credit cards were used by members of
the trust's commercial arm for personal
items including dresses, airfares and
hotels. --- NZN
SPCA sta in Wairarapa are
looking for the culprit responsible
for "horri c" injuries caused to a dog
found with a shock collar embedded
in its throat.
SPCA inspector Lloyd Warren said
calls from members of the public
concerned about the animal were
received on Monday and the dog
was found wandering a Carterton
e dog, about eight months old,
was found wearing a shock collar
used to train dogs not to bark. It was
deeply embedded in the animal's
throat, he said.
Two prongs on the collar used to
administer a shock when the animal
barked had broken the skin and
the esh and skin growing around
it had become infected. e signs
indicated the dog had been forced
to wear it for a signi cant period,
"I don't know if it was put on the
grown into the neck or it's just been
left on the dog too long. It's quite
"It has been in a lot of pain. e
batteries had gone at but you have
got to ask why someone has left it
on the dog to cause these sorts of
injuries. We'd like to know who is
responsible for this act of cruelty."
Taken for immediate treatment,
the dog, given the name of Lancaster,
has been on antibiotics since and is
slowly learning to trust people.
"He was quite timid at rst but
little by little with attention from
sta he's turned into a really nice
Lancaster is on the mend and
will be ready for rehoming within a
week or so unless its owner comes
Meanwhile, the centre is looking
for donations to help to pay for
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
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More foreign buyers are likely to make
bids for New Zealand assets this year
with China at the forefront, according to
a report by Chapman Tripp.
e law rm has released its view on
trends and insights into New Zealand
mergers and acquisitions and has picked
foreign investment as a major trend in
"With China's continued interest
and improving United States, United
Kingdom and Japanese economies,
we expect to see more foreign buyers
making competitive bids for quality
New Zealand assets," it said.
is month Beijing Capital Group
outbid local and other international
bidders to buy Waste Management for
$950 million from Australian-listed
Transpaci c Industries.
It was the biggest acquisition of a New
Zealand business since Haier bought
Fisher and Paykel Appliances for $927m
e report noted Chinese investors
continue to show strong interest in
assets, particularly in agribusiness and
Jarrod Murphy, a senior associate at
Chapman Tripp, said he expected to
see more activity in New Zealand from
"In recent years there have been a
number of investments down here that
have been the rst investments for
"Assuming they go well and pay o , I
would assume they will look to buy more
ey will want to have complimentary
Mr Murphy doubted there would
be many deals the size of the Waste
Management transaction and said most
merger and acquisition activity in New
Zealand was focused on the small to
mid-size part of the market. ose
companies could range from as small as
$10m up to $150m.
Recent deals included acquisitions by
NZX-listed e Warehouse, including
its purchase of No 1 Fitness, Shop HQ
and Torpedo 7.
"We expect the focus on growth
through acquisition to continue, which
could drive more small to mid-size deals
in the New Zealand market as businesses
buy out rivals or complementary
e company also sees a trend in
building-related deals linked to the
construction boom in Christchurch.
Australia's Cockram Construction had
been awarded the Burwood Hospital
redevelopment project in a joint venture
with local contractor Leighs and there
was talk of other major Australian
contractors looking to enter the market.
Arrow International and global
construction giant China State
Construction Engineering Corporation
had also signed a memorandum of
understanding to jointly bid for projects.
Construction would also be boosted by
large transport projects in Auckland and
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
e last contact with a small
plane that crashed in Hawke's
Bay yesterday, killing both men
on board, suggested nothing was
wrong --- but minutes later, an
emergency beacon went o when
it nosedived into a riverbed.
Members of the Hawke's Bay
and East Coast Aero Club took
the routine call just after 11am
while the Tomahawk plane was
just over halfway through an
expected 60-minute ight.
A visitor from Britain, who
was fully quali ed, was ying the
aircraft, and was on a training
exercise before having his pilot's
licence validation exam today.
He and his experienced
instructor from the club were
killed when the plane crashed
into the Ngaruroro River.
A routine call back to the club
was made a few minutes before
the emergency locator beacon
went o , aero club president
Bruce Govenlock said. ere
was no indication anything was
"I understand it was routine,
that he was advising they were
going to y lower," he said. "It
was not many minutes from the
last radio transfer that we noticed
the beacon. It doesn't appear there
was any chance for a distress call
and the last radio transmission
indicated there was nothing
After the emergency beacon
went o , another club plane
already in the air went to
e crash site was close to the
small settlement of Maraekakaho
and State highway 50 but was not
visible from the road and di cult
Mr Govenlock said it had been
a harrowing day for the small club
and its members, especially the
ones who heard the beacon go o
and realised the plane with their
friend on board had crashed.
" ey acted professionally and
did what they needed to do. It
would have been very hard as they
all know the pilot," he said.
Club members visited the
home of the local man after the
e plane reportedly appeared
to stall before it nosedived into
Alison Arthur was tending
to her horses on her farm in
Crownthorpe near Hastings when
she spotted the plane in the air.
"We see planes come up the
river all the time, but I rst
noticed these pop sounds before I
spotted the plane.
"I've never seen one that low
around here before, then it started
swerving from side to side before
it tilted heavily."
Mr Govenlock said the aircraft
was 30 years old and had been
Civil Aviation Authority
investigators would arrive at the
scene this morning.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
'Nothing wrong' before fatal crash
PICTURE: Hawke's Bay Today
e wreckage of the plane that crashed in Hawke's Bay yesterday, killing two people.
New Zealand's modest travel
sanctions over Russia's annexation
of Crimea from Ukraine are largely
symbolic, Foreign Minister Murray
Mr McCully said he did not expect
any retaliation from Russia "at this
He would not name the individuals
on the travel-ban list but it is
understood that Russian President
Vladimir Putin and Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov are not on
it, in keeping with other countries'
"We are looking to keep well clear
of provoking further anguish," he
Mr McCully said he wrote to
Immigration Minister Michael
Woodhouse on Friday to e ectively
trigger the process of listing the
New Zealand's move should be seen
as largely symbolic, he said.
"I don't think we should pretend
that there's a queue of Crimean and
Russian leaders looking to visit New
Zealand," he said from Singapore
"On the other hand, it would
not look good if, at a time when
others were putting in place
sanctions, particularly in Europe, to
demonstrate their concerns, New
Zealand was to not be in step, but it
is largely symbolic."
New Zealand's sanctions will take
the form of a travel ban against certain
individual Russians and Crimean
leaders, whereas the European Union
and the United States have frozen the
assets of individuals.
Mr McCully would not say how
many people were on the list but he
indicated they were comparable to
ones drawn up by Australia, the EU
and the US --- about 30 people.
He said it would most likely
change because it was an evolving
New Zealand was deliberately
following in the footsteps of others
"because there is a very delicate
process being worked through by
the key players, of whom we are not
" ese travel sanctions are a modest
and careful step designed to recognise
the signi cance of the situation but
leave room for further diplomatic
work to take place."
Because New Zealand does not
recognise Crimea, the o cial
statement says the sanctions will
apply to speci c Russian and
Ukrainian individuals, not Crimean
separatists, and it refers to the "crisis
Mr McCully was attending a
Commonwealth ministers meeting
and putting New Zealand's case for
a seat on the United Nations Security
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Sanctions against Russia symbolic, McCully admits
Rugby lads in fashion mode
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Otago rugby players Peter Breen, left, Michael Collins, Teihorangi Walden
and Fa'asiu Fuatai, with Dunedin modelling agent Aliana McDaniel, centre,
practise walking on the Dunedin Railway Station platform yesterday for
Dunedin Fashion Week which starts on Saturday.
Hips out and heads high, four Otago
rugby players experienced a di erent
style of training yesterday.
Peter Breen, Michael Collins, Fa'asiu
Fuatai and Teihorangi Walden were
taught how to walk like models for
the coming iD Dunedin Fashion
Show on April 4 and 5.
e four lads will be the rst rugby
players to model in the iD show, other
than Josh Kronfeld, who skateboarded
down the runway for streetwear label
Elusiv in 2007.
Dunedin modelling agent Aliana
McDaniel, of Ali McD Agency, took
the players through their routine step
by step along the Dunedin Railway
Station platform. She told them to
lead with their hips and demonstrated
the di erence between a male model's
strut and a female's sashaying style.
e Otago boys will model t-shirts
heralding the start of capsule
collections and will also feature in
Tamsin Cooper's latest collection
alongside three Royal New Zealand
Yesterday's model walk-through
was the rst opportunity for all 60
or so iD models to synchronise their
Event co-ordinator Victoria Muir
said it o ered organisers the chance to
perfect model timing and spacing for
the show, and identify any elements
which needed to be worked on.
e walk-through was also a
learning process for many of the
models who were new to iD, she said.
As well as local models, models from
Shanghai will feature in the shows
and are due to arrive in Dunedin next
week. --- Otago Daily Times
A young Canterbury family have
been inundated with help after
their home was destroyed in a re
which claimed all their wedding
gifts and birthday presents for their
Recently-married Simon, 26,
and Samantha Norton, 27, were
jolted out of their sleep at 6.30am
yesterday when a car crashed into
a power pole outside their home in
Winchester, between Temuka and
Geraldine. It started a re,which
quickly spread to their home.
e couple managed to grab
their two young children --- Lexie,
one, and Jack, two --- and escaped
without injury as the property was
quickly engulfed in ames.
"We were just lying in bed and
heard the crash outside and I got
up. . .andthentherewasabig
bang inside and I ran through to
see what it was and the hot water
cylinder cupboard was on re," Mr
"I told Sam to get the kids and get
out, and I did the same. We got out,
but the place went up, the lounge
was gone in about a minute or two,
and the whole house was gone in
the reality of the situation "hasn't
really sunk in yet".
e local community has rallied
around the pair, who were married
just three weeks ago, and were
due to celebrate little Lexie's rst
ey lost all the birthday presents
and their wedding gifts in the re.
However, Mr Norton was able to
rescue their computer with their
wedding photographs saved on it.
e Pay It Forward group in
Temuka had brought "a whole
trailer load of stu ", including
clothes and toys, and neighbours
had also brought items to help the
family, he said.
"I would just like to thank
everyone for either o ering to give
us stu or actually giving us stu .
ere's heaps, and it means a lot,"
Mr Norton said.
ey had even received birthday
presents for Lexie to replace those
lost in the re.
"We were supposed to have
a big party there (at the house
yesterday)," he said.
"A heap of people went out and
bought her presents, and even
wrapped them up. ere's a cake
e family are staying with Mr
Norton's parents in Geraldine
until they can sort out their home
and a new place to stay with their
insurance company. --- APNZ
Family left homeless after
car crash sparks blaze
Two people died and ve were
injured in a series of crashes across
the country yesterday.
A 66-year-old man was killed
when the car he was driving
crashed head-on with another car
on State highway 5 between Taupo
e smash, which took place
at 7.40am just north of Tutukau
Road, at Waimahana, trapped the
36-year-old male driver of the
second car inside his vehicle. He
was later taken to Waikato Hospital
by helicopter with serious injuries.
Barely two hours later, a man died
in a one-vehicle crash in Northland,
inland from Taipa, east of Kaitaia.
He died shortly after the crash,
which happened about 9am.
Elsewhere, three people were
injured when a car crashed into a
power pole at 6.30am, causing a re
which spread to a nearby home and
knocked o power to the road.
e car carrying three people
crashed on State highway 1 in
Winchester, between Temuka and
Geraldine, in Canterbury.
Meanwhile, a person was trapped
in a car following a collision with
a horse truck on State highway 5,
the Napier-Taupo Road, near the
intersection of Ellis Wallace Road,
No other injuries were reported,
police said. e Lowe Corporation
rescue helicopter was sent to the
scene. e highway was not closed,
but motorists faced delays.
Two dead in road smashes
A man dressed as a Buddhist monk who
was warned in Wellington for soliciting
donations had earlier been spotted doing
the same in Auckland.
Suspicions were raised about the
man's behaviour by members of the
public and the man was located on
Quay Street in central Auckland on
Dressed in orange robes, speaking
with extremely limited English, he was
attempting to solicit donations.
A notebook he carried featured a
picture of an unnamed temple, which he
pointed to as he asked for a "donation".
e notebook was a donation ledger,
featuring donors' names and money
given. ere were numerous donations
for $20 and $30, media witnessed.
e man would approach people on the
street, bow and ask for a donation.
He would then give donors a small
shiny gold card, named as a "kai guang
When spoken to, the man appeared
to speak very little English beyond the
words "donation" and "peace".
Auckland fraud police were not aware
of the man at the time. But he has
subsequently been warned by police in
Wellington for his behaviour, which had
"all the hallmarks" of a scam, a police
e supposed monk, a 47-year-old
Chinese national, had arrived in New
Zealand recently, the spokesman said.
New Zealand Buddhist Council
chairwoman Amala Wrightson said the
man's behaviour was not "usual" for a
monk. e man was not associated with
any temple she was aware of.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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