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Collision claims life
One person has died in a collision
between a car and a motorcycle
in the Bay of Plenty last evening.
Emergency services attended
the crash on State highway
33 at Paengaroa. e road was
closed between Allport Road and
Paengaroa. No further details were
available. --- APNZ
Census charges dropped
A Westport man had charges of
failing to supply statistics withdrawn
in the Westport District Court
yesterday after he completed his
Census form. John Laurie faced
charges of mutilating a statistics
document and not suppling stats.
Shannon Hollis, acting for the
Crown, said Statistics New Zealand
had now received Laurie's completed
Census form. Judge Chris Somer ville
withdrew the charges by leave.
--- Westport News
Man caught in har vester
A young potato har vester will
undergo surgery for a broken
arm after he was dragged into
a harvesting machine yesterday.
A Westpac rescue helicopter
spokesman said the 22-year-old Mid
Canterbury man was working with
potato harvesting machinery on a
Bebbingtons Road farm in Mitcham,
near Ashburton when he was caught
up in a drive shaft about 9am. e
man was able to free himself from
the machine. He was own to
Christchurch Hospital with a badly
--- APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
Tot's driveway death
Police are investigating what
happened to a toddler who was
found seriously injured in the
driveway of a West Auckland home
yesterday morning. Mila Tamihana,
18 months old, died in Waitakere
Hospital yesterday afternoon. She
was found by family members in
the driveway of a Massey house and
rushed to hospital. Inquiries were
under way to establish how Mila
received her injuries but at this stage
details about the driver or vehicle
involved were not yet known, police
said. --- APNZ
Ryder hearing put off
e man accused of assaulting
cricketer Jesse Ryder had a pre-
trial hearing unexpectedly delayed
yesterday. e 38-year old builder
is charged with injuring Ryder
with reckless disregard for his
safety, outside a Merivale bar in
Christchurch last year. He has
pleaded not guilty. All other details
have been suppressed, Newstalk ZB
reported. e man was expected to
appear in court at 10.30am for a
possible trial date to be set. However
his hearing was taken o the court
list for unspeci ed reasons. A new
date is yet to be set. --- APNZ
A woman who su ered an allergic
reaction to some food she had eaten
had to be own to hospital yesterday.
Taupo's Greenlea rescue helicopter
was called to Ruatahuna to y
the woman to Rotorua Hospital.
Helicopter sta said the woman, in
her 50s, was experiencing signi cant
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Numbers in Keno draw No 9832: 3,
6, 10, 15, 21, 22, 27, 32, 45, 50, 51, 53,
56, 57, 64, 68, 69, 70, 76, 80. Draw No
9833: 29, 33, 35, 37, 38, 41, 48, 49, 52,
54, 57, 60, 61, 62, 66, 67, 74, 76, 77, 80.
Tourist admits crash charge
A terminally ill Hastings
mother of two is raising funds
to be the rst New Zealander
to undergo a experimental form
of treatment, potentially saving
her from an aggressive form of
Kirsty Porcer, 42, was diagnosed
with breast cancer in July 2012.
Following a nine and a half-
hour operation and six rounds of
chemotherapy doctors told her
in January the stage four breast
cancer had metastasised to her
bones, including hips, legs, knees
and crucially her spine.
In a last hope to beat cancer,
the former Havelock North farm
girl decided to make her way to
Germany this year to begin full
body hypothermia treatment.
"For six months I was con ned
to my bed and threw up all day. It
was like the worst food poisoning
you've ever had. You don't want
to do it, your body doesn't either,
your whole body seizes up and
you become anxious," she said of
"You don't ever stop ghting
when you've got two small
After reading a book given
to her by a friend called Anti
Cancer a New Way of Life, she
discovered a way for ward and
new forms of treatment.
"I was given morphine by
the doctors and told there was
nothing else they could do, so I
had to try something."
treatments, Kirsty found diet
would be vital to her survival and
also began high levels of vitamin
C infusion treatments twice a
"I eliminated all sugars from my
diet, all re ned sugars, processed
foods. When it's a matter of life
or death, it was easy."
e vitamin C treatments,
also experimental, reduced pain,
provided clarity and enabled
her to walk more freely, after
previously being so weak she
needed to be carried to the clinic
by family and friends.
"Chemo completely lowers
your immunity and that makes
nutrition such a key," she said.
"Cancer cells feed on sugar, and
that's something they don't tell
you after treatment, but it's so
Sugar is nothing more than a
"hungry cancer monster" now
and her entire family has also
eliminated sugar from their diets.
"Anyone with my blood has
a predisposition to what I have.
ere are not too many 42-year-
olds who are terminally ill."
She said since changing her
treatment and lifestyle her
tumour markers, a test used
to evaluate cancer levels, have
dropped by 35%.
For her potentially life-saving
trip to Europe, just under
$10,000 has been raised via the
on-line charity givealittle, while
about an extra $32,000 is needed
for the hypothermia treatment
within the next two weeks for a
" ey put you into a feverous
state and the thinking is your
body is so hot the cancer cells
cannot sur vive and start to die.
en they give you an infusion of
vitamin C, helping to boost your
immune system which attacks the
cancer," she said of the therapy.
e cost for Kirsty will be about
$100,000 and she is selling her
house in an attempt to help pay
for the four-week treatment.
She said two people have
o ered to mortgage their houses
to raise funds.
"When you're the mum of
two children, you do anything if
there's hope. ose who believe
live the longest. I'm too young
to die and I think I should be
allowed to have a second chance,"
"It's not a nice story but it could
have a happy ending."
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Danish man on wrong side in Makarora collision
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Passed away one year
ago, March 30, 2013.
You were a wife, mother
and nana so very rare,
Contented at home and
You suffered with
And did not complain.
You tried to get well,
But all was in vain.
In our hearts your
Sweet, tender, fond and
There is not a day, dear
That we do not think of
--- All our love Les and
March 30, 2005.
Time cannot steal the
treasures that we carry
in our hearts.
Nor ever dim the shining
thoughts our cherished
For the memories of the
ones we loved still cast a
To grace our days and
light our paths wherever
we may go.
Loved and remembered
--- Barb Mac.
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A foreign tourist's instinctive reaction
to swerve to the right when faced with an
oncoming car resulted in serious injury to
his wife and the woman driving the other
vehicle, the Dunedin District Court heard
Danish national Kurt Joergensen and
his wife were eight days into a three-
week holiday in New Zealand when their
southbound Nissan rental car drifted across
the centre line on an easy right hand bend
on State highway 6 near Makarora.
About the same time, 6.30pm on Tuesday
last week, Haast woman Patricia Nolan was
rounding the same bend in a Nissan Ce ro,
travelling north. Joergensen suddenly
realised he needed to take evasive action.
e 57-year-old Dane had been living in
China for the past three years and his 40
years of driving had been on the right hand
side of the road so he instinctively swerved
to the right, prosecutor sergeant Chris
His car went completely into the
northbound lane, colliding with the left front
area of Ms Nolan's vehicle as she swer ved to
the left. Both cars were extensively damaged
and "written o ".
Both women were seriously injured in the
collision, Ms Nolan su ering immediate
deafness in her right ear, although that was
now subsiding. She had fractured bones
in both feet, fractured toes, fractured ribs
and moderate bruising to her shoulder and
stomach from the seat belt.
Joergensen's wife, Sin Kam Isabella Kong,
fractured both bones in her right forearm.
She also su ered a compression fracture to
her lower spine and a fractured breastbone
with signi cant displacement.
e defendant told police he realised he
was over the centreline as he came around
the bend. He thought the oncoming car was
also over the line. He swerved to the right to
avoid the other car but it swer ved to its left
and the collision occurred.
Joergensen admitted charges of causing
injury to Ms Kong and Ms Nolan by driving
carelessly on March 18.
Counsel Rochelle Crossman asked for
the matter to be dealt with by reparation
payment and the mandatory disquali cation.
e defendant hoped his insurance would
cover all the reparation. He had no money
available immediately but would be able to
have money transferred from overseas by
early next week.
He had lost more than $4000 in cash and
valuables from the crashed car before he was
able to gain access to it again.
Ms Nolan was claiming $7755 reparation
for the replacement and recovery of her car,
several weeks' lost wages, medical expenses
and her reading glasses.
Judge Kevin Phillips adjourned the case to
next Tuesday for Joergensen to organise the
reparation. --- Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Dunbar Sloane
e greenstone replica of the America's Cup which fetched almost $90,000 yesterday.
A greenstone replica of
America's Cup has sold for almost
$90,000 at an Auckland auction
Te Ha o Aotearoa, a 7/8th scale
replica of the cup made from solid
Kahurangi pounamu, was sold by
auction house Dunbar Sloane.
e artwork, which weighs
36kg, was commissioned in
1999 by Auckland company
Creativision, which had a licence
to produce greenstone America's
Cup products for that summer's
regatta, held in Auckland.
It was made by Hokitika's
Mountain Jade Company, with
principal carvers Ross Crump and
Bevan Climo and polisher Brant
Travis completing the bulk of the
After the competition the
ownership was passed to three
Creativision investors who
originally tried to sell it for
But after years of touring around
the country --- including as part
of an exhibition at Wellington's Te
Papa --- it was not sold.
Dunbar Sloane senior put a
lower estimation --- between
$50,000 and $70,000 --- on the
piece in a bid to attract buyers.
e piece was sold for $77,000
which was increased to $89,000
with the buyer's premium.
" ere were a few people keen
tobuyitfor$30,000. . .but
you've got to be a fairly rich
person to start bidding $89,000."
Mr Sloane said he was surprised
the bidding went so high.
"I thought it would be lucky
to get $50,000-$55,000. I was
It was currently unknown who
had purchased the piece.
Set on a wooden base of
native kauri timber, the original
pounamu boulder was excavated
from Big Bay, South Westland.
Delight at greenstone cup's price
A Buller man drove while disquali ed
last month to help out his employer
who had recently lost his wife in a train
Terry Robert Jones, 23, of Larrys
Creek, pleaded guilty in the Westport
District Court yesterday to a charge of
driving while disquali ed.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said
police stopped Jones driving on State
highway 69, Cronadun, Reefton on
Police inquiries revealed that he
had been disquali ed from driving
He admitted he was disquali ed but
said he had had to drive for work.
Defending, John Sandston said Jones
had not been driving for personal or
sel sh reasons. Rather his o ending had
been "public spirited".
Jones lived and worked on a dairy farm
and his employer also owned two other
His employer's wife had been killed in
a train crash.
Jones had had to help with herd
testing at one of the other farms since
his employer was on his own now so he
Mr Sandston said there had been no
bad driving or alcohol involved. Jones
had admitted he should not have been
driving and had pleaded guilty at the
He had not yet managed to get rid of
his inde nite disquali cation because
it would have cost him hundreds of
He understood he would now receive
a nite disquali cation alongside his
inde nite one.
Judge Chris Somerville said Jones
would need to get his licence back as
there were situations when he might
need it for work.
He told him to wait out this period
of disquali cation then apply for his
He did not ne Jones and gave him a
six-month driving disquali cation.
--- Westport News
̌ District Court
Disqualified man drove to help bereaved employer
Four people found guilty of the murder
of Featherston man Glen Jones face
sentences of life imprisonment.
A jury in the High Court at Wellington
trial of Tariana Jones, 33, Kristofer Jones,
23, Matthew McKinney 29, and Hayden
Ranson 28, returned their verdicts
yesterday afternoon, nding all guilty.
Tariana Jones and Kristofer Jones were
also found guilty of aggravated burglary
with a wooden bat and axe handle.
McKinney and Ranson had earlier
pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary
with a wooden bat and axe handle.
A co-accused, Toni Miller, 23, was
found guilty of aggravated burglary with
a wooden bat and axe handle.
Murder convictions come with a
mandatory life imprisonment sentence,
with the judge imposing a minimum
non-parole period at sentencing.
Mr Jones, 40, died in hospital from
serious head injuries after an attack at
his home in January last year.
e supermarket worker was fatally
bashed in a "vigilante attack" in
retaliation for an alleged rape, the court
was earlier told. He su ered massive
head injuries and died ve hours later in
e Crown said Mr Jones was attacked
by the four convicted for murder while
Miller waited on the street.
All ve were remanded for sentencing
on May 22.
ey have been on trial since March 3
and the jury retired to deliberate on their
verdicts on Wednesday.
e court was told Mr Jones had
some disabilities, including learning
di culties and epilepsy. He lived
independently at his small at and had
worked at a supermarket for 15 years.
Justice Alan MacKenzie thanked the
jury of six women and ve men for
their time after the verdicts had been
" is has been a distressing case,
and I thank you for your careful and
conscientious way you have performed
your duties." --- APNZ
Four found guilty of man's murder
murderer and rapist Teina
Pora has been declined
bail by the High Court.
e High Court, in
its decision released
said it did not have
jurisdiction to grant bail
to a prisoner pending
an appeal to the Privy
Pora, 38, has spent 21
years behind bars for the
1992 rape and murder
of Susan Burdett in
Earlier this month the
Court of Appeal ruled it
didn't have jurisdiction to
grant bail and referred the
matter back to the High
Lang said that after
considering case law in
New Zealand, England
and Australia, the High
Court concluded that
at present there was no
recognised jurisdiction to
grant bail to a sentenced
prisoner pending appeal
to the Privy Council,
although that was a
position that may need
to be reconsidered in the
future. --- APNZ
A rock fall which
smashed into a car, killing
an elderly passenger,
shunted the vehicle about
20m down the road, an
emergency worker said.
e 76-year-old woman
from New Plymouth
reunion in Waihi with
her sister when the
pair's hatchback car was
struck by falling rocks
on State highway 3, near
Piopio re station
o cer Tama Williams
said the pair were
travelling on a downhill
stretch of road at the
time, between Mahoenui
" e rock was quite
big, probably ve feet
e rock was among
several which fell from
a blu about 30m above
the road, Mr Williams
"Right at the base of the
blu , there's quite a steep
angle. e rocks hit the
bottom and bounced out
onto the road. It struck
the car on the side."
found the car had been
shunted about 20m down
the road, he said.
Car shunted 20m by rock
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