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A female cyclist died in a collision
with a truck on Christchurch's
Lincoln Road this morning. e
crash happened about 6.40am.
Police said initial inquiries indicated
the truck and the cyclist were both
travelling towards the city on Lincoln
Road when they collided near the
intersection with Domain Terrace.
e cyclist died at the scene. Lincoln
Road was closed in both directions
between Annex Road and Lyttelton
Street. No further details of the crash
or victim were available. --- APNZ
Cow kicks man
A man is in Hawke's Bay Hospital
after he was kicked in the back by a
cow in Otane yesterday. e 67-year-
old was own to hospital from a
farm on Elsthorpe Road, about 5km
east of Otane. He had been helping
separate cows from calves and
pregnancy testing the cows when a
cow walked behind him and kicked
him in the back. e man crawled
outside the yard to raise the alarm. A
hospital spokeswoman said the man
was in a stable condition.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
An inmate is being treated
in hospital after a ght with
another prisoner at Paremoremo.
Department of Corrections
con rmed an incident took place
today between two prisoners at the
Paremoremo Prison on Auckland's
North Shore yesterday. Medical sta
were called, and one prisoner was
taken to hospital to receive further
treatment. --- APNZ
Murder suspect arrested
A man arrested in connection with
the killing of a homeless Auckland
man is due to appear in the Rotorua
District Court today. Police arrested
28-year-old Justin Vance Turner in
Taupo yesterday. He was wanted for
the murder of 49-year-old Maqbool
Hussain in Balmoral just over two
weeks ago. Police said charges would
be con rmed today. Mr Hussain's
body was found in his Balmoral
sleepout on the March 24. Police
said he died a violent death.
--- APNZ-Newstalk ZB
Shot hunter serious
A 22-year-old remains in a serious
but stable condition in Rotorua
Hospital after he was shot while
hunting. e Hamilton man, his
brother and father had been hunting
in an area known as Toatoa, south-
east of Opotiki, on Monday morning
when one of the group red a ri e,
which struck him in the torso. e
father gave the man rst-aid while his
brother ran to get help, found a family
friend with a personal locator beacon
and activated it about 1.30pm. e
injured man and his father were own
by rescue helicopter to hospital.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Numbers in Keno draw No 9840: 7,
13, 15, 23, 25, 30, 39, 41, 42, 46, 49, 52,
54, 59, 60, 61, 71, 74, 75, 78. Draw No
9841: 1, 2, 3, 8, 18, 28, 32, 36, 38, 39,
46, 49, 53, 58, 59, 65, 70, 71, 72, 77.
Well-prepared tramper saves man in creek
Experts say a healthy diet should include
10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day,
double that of New Zealand's Five-plus
A Day campaign.
e advice comes after a 12-year
University College London study which
found that people w ho ate at least seven
portions of fruit and vegetables each
day were 42% less likely to die from any
cause over the course of the study.
Lead author Dr Oyinlola Oyebode
of UCL's department of epidemiology
and public health said: " e clear
message here is that the more fruit and
vegetables you eat, the less likely you
are to die at any age. My advice would
be, however much you are eating now,
Professor Simon Capewell, of the
department of public health at the
University of Liverpool, said the advice
should be 10 portions a day. "Humans
are designed to be omnivorous: a handful
of nuts, seeds, fruit and the occasional
antelope. We're not meant to be eating
Researchers examined the eating habits
of 6Five-plus,000 people in England
between 2001 and 2013.
e Five-plus+ A Day message
encourages people to eat ve or more
ser vings of fresh fruit and vegetables
every day to lower the risk of heart
disease, stroke, type-two diabetes and
Only 30% of people managed to eat
that amount, according to the study.
New Zealand's own Five-plus A Day
campaign was founded in 1994 by non-
pro t organisation United Fresh NZ.
General manager of Five-plus A Day
Paula Dudley said: "We are aware that
eating more than ve servings of fruit
and vegetables a day is best. is is
why we advocate Five-plus A Day, ve
ser vings being the starting point that
people need to build on. What this
study reinforces is the positive e ects
eating more fruit and vegetables has
on our health and wellbeing, the more
the merrier, especially when it come to
e study showed that people who ate
between ve and seven portions a day
had a 36% reduced risk of death, those
who ate three to ve portions had a 29%
decreased risk and those who ate one to
three helpings had a 14% reduced risk.
ose with the highest intakes were
also 2Five-plus% less likely to die from
cancer and 31% less likely to die from
heart disease during the course of the
e research also found that vegetables
were four times healthier than fruit and
that fruit juice was found to have no
signi cant bene t.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A man found lying face-up and
unresponsive in a stream in the
Waitakere Range was saved by a
well-prepared tramper, an intensive
care ight paramedic said.
e tramper came across the man
on Monday afternoon and activated
his person locator beacon to alert
A rescue helicopter crew arrived
and intensive care ight paramedic
Rob Gemmell was winched to the
He found the middle-aged man
lying face-up in a cold stream under
a walking bridge.
Initial indications were that he
was hypotensive and with a very
low temperature, was slipping into
Mr Gemmell said the tramper
saved the man's life by calling for
help so quickly.
"Not only did he show amazing
initiative, but he went into the bush
extremely well equipped and should
ser ve as a great example to others
how important it is to be prepared,"
Mr Gemmell said.
e man was taken to Auckland
Hospital in a critical condition.
Meanwhile, a hunter spent a
night cold and wet on a ledge in
Fiordland after becoming stuck
while on a hunting trip on Monday
e Taranaki man was hunting in
a deer block close to Whitewater
River, near George Sound, with
three other men.
About 7pm he found himself
unable to move up or down from
the ledge and activated his personal
A rescue helicopter arrived an hour
later but was unable to winch him
free because of an 80m overhang
e hunter bunked down for the
night with a survival blanket and
radio contact to keep him company.
He was rescued uninjured about
10.45am yesterday by the helicopter
crew and an alpine cli rescue team
from Queenstown. --- APNZ
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e lure of a y- shing river
ended with a pilot being the
one who got away.
A microlight pilot walked
away unscathed after crash
landing his P2202 Tecnam
light aircraft near McPhees
Creek in the Rock and Pillar
range, west of Middlemarch,
about 9.30am yesterday.
He had spotted a "decent y-
shing spot" but misjudged his
landing at a nearby grass strip,
Rescue Co-ordination Centre
New Zealand (RCCNZ)
spokesman Steve Rendle said.
" at didn't go well. He has
damaged the wings and the
e 54-year-old pilot
contacted the RCCNZ and
set o his beacon. e Otago
Regional Rescue Helicopter
was sent to the scene.
e man, who was uninjured,
was taken by helicopter back
to Taieri, where his ight
Senior sergeant Brian Benn,
of Dunedin, said police were
placed on standby but were not
required to attend the incident.
--- Otago Daily Times
Crash ends fishing trip
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter crew check the pilot of the
microlight that crash-landed near Middlemarch yesterday.
A $10 billion national seismic building
upgrade will save only seven lives during
almost a century yet destroy much of the
country's heritage, an economist says.
Ian Harrison of Wellington's Tailrisk
Economics will today release his 100-
page report Error Prone Bureaucracy,
telling how the new earthquake
strengthening policy could cost
$3 billion in Auckland alone but take
4000 years to save a single life.
Yet the new regime would negatively
a ect tens of thousands of people
and result in many older buildings
throughout cities' suburbs and towns
being demolished, all for very little gain.
" e policy can be expected to save just
seven lives over the next 75 years.
Compliance with the minimum
standard could cost over $3b in Auckland
but is expected to take 4000 years to save
a single life. ree to eight Aucklanders
are expected to die as a result of nancial
stress caused by the policy.
"If $10b were spent improving health
and road safety, thousands of lives could
be saved," Mr Harrison's paper says.
Around 15,000 to 25,000 New
Zealand buildings are earthquake-prone,
according to the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment.
Building and Construction Minister
Maurice Williamson defended the
upgrade, saying the Canterbury
Earthquakes Royal Commission and
a comprehensive Government review
identi ed problems with the current
system,including signi cant information
gaps and lack of consistency of practice
issues so there was a need for change.
" e royal commission's ndings and
the Government's review have shown
that New Zealanders believe the current
system for managing earthquake-prone
buildings is not achieving an acceptable
level of risk," Mr Williamson said.
"Half of all submitters agreed local
authorities should be required to assess
the seismic capacity of all buildings in
their areas and this information should
be entered into a national register." e
Government's review included advice
from international risk experts.
A sector reference group made up of
experts and practitioners in engineering,
construction, property ownership and
management, insurance, heritage and
local government also provided input
in the lead-up to the release of a public
Mr Harrison said no other country was
planning to introduce across-the-board
national earthquake strengthening
"Generally, it does not make sense."
e Government should go back to the
drawing board and develop new policies
based on evidence.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
e holiday home of one of
New Zealand's most famous beer
barons is up for sale.
e Speight family holiday
home in Dunedin's Broad Bay
dates back to 1918 and has
a council valuation of $1.04
million e almost 100-year-old
sprawling ve-bedroom home
formerly owned by Charles
Speight sits on 3086 square
metres of land and is considered
one of the oldest holiday homes
in New Zealand.
Bayleys Dunedin saleswoman
Bev Walker said Mr Speight, his
wife Jessie and their ve children
holidayed at the property as often
as possible and it was the site of
many happy memories.
" is is a magni cent property,
which combines an expansive
home and grounds in a stunning
location, with the historic legacy
of the Speights family --- one
of the most well-known and
fascinating families in the region,"
Ms Walker said.
Current owner Sue More and
her late husband bought the
home at 13 Waikana Street, in
1997 and renovated it with the
help of Timaru architect Barrie
Ms Walker said the work done
on the house integrates old and
" e property is beautifully
restored, with rimu features, high
ceilings, replica Edwardian doors
and architraves and wooden
windows. But it also has all
of the modern conveniences,
including under oor heating in
the main living areas, a tted
kitchen, and ensuite bathrooms,"
e house has become too big
for Mrs More, who is reluctantly
selling to move somewhere
Mrs More converted an old
garage on the property in to a
china shop. A long-time collector
of china, she sells china, antiques,
linen, silverware, glassware,
jewellery, cutlery and collectibles
in the three-room shop.
Beer baron's holiday home on market
e former Speight family holiday home at 13 Waikana Street in Broad Bay, Dunedin, is up for sale.
Prime Minister John Key acknowledges
the New Zealand Wars as an important
part of the country's history but says a
national holiday to commemorate them
Mr Key made the comments as
dignitaries including King Tuheitia,
Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae
and Ngati Tuwharetoa paramount chief
Sir Tumu Te Heuheu gathered yesterday
for the 150th anniversary of the battle
Scores of people were killed in the
ghting, mainly Maori.
Now a dairy farm about 15km south-
east of Te Awamutu, the land was in 1864
the site of a hastily-built pa site that held
British troops out for three days as their
campaign to quell the Kingitanga in the
Waikato was about to end.
On April 2, General Duncan Cameron
demanded the 300 men, women and
children, who were outnumbered nearly
four to one, surrender.
But their leader, Rewi Maniapoto,
de antly shouted back: "Ka whawhai
tonu matou, Ake! Ake! Ake! We will
ght on for ever and ever!"
He then vowed that the women would
die with the men.
Several hours later, his people ed
towards the Puniu River in a wedge
formation, breaking through a weak
point in the British cordon.
About 150 Maori were killed as they
ed the scene; the British lost 17 men.
Mr Key said the subsequent
con scation of tens of thousands of
hectares of land led to generations of
Maori being impoverished economically,
socially and culturally.
He said it was very important that
New Zealand re ected on its history,
but admitted most people probably had
little idea where Orakau was or what
But when asked if New Zealand
should commemorate the wars with a
public holiday, he was uncertain.
"It's something I have never had any
advice on and with all of these things
when you look a little bit deeper there
are always challenges with that," he said.
"It's not impossible but it's not
something that's on the agenda."
Earlier, King Tuheitia's spokesman
Tukoroirangi Morgan was among
several people who called on the
Government to commemorate the New
" ese battles were, in e ect, New
Zealand's own civil war and yet most
of our young people would know more
about Gallipoli than they would about
Orakau, or Gate Pa," he said.
Paraone Gloyne of Ngati Raukawa,
who led a haka party of about 200 men,
women and children to greet the o cial
entourage, wanted to raise critical
awareness of settler history that he says
is largely ignored in schools.
"When I was at school we didn't learn
about the land wars.
"I was lucky my father was into history
and he took me to those places.
"He was a Pakeha, so absolutely it is
about acknowledging our history."
e Waikato war, which began in July
1863, was the main campaign in a long
con ict which is known today as the
New Zealand Wars.
e battle at Orakau was the last battle
in Waikato before the British made their
push towards the Bay of Plenty.
By mid-1864, 400,000ha of Waikato
land had passed into Crown control.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Crucial battle in NZ Wars recalled
Building and Con-
struction Minister Maurice
Williamson said he would
not make any changes to a
Goverment scheme to help
repair leaky homes, despite
its low uptake.
Under the nancial
assistance package the
Government and councils
each pay 25% towards the
repair and the homeowner
pays the rest.
When it was announced
four years ago, the
Government predicted the scheme
would x 16,450 homes, but only 87
leaky homes have been xed, Radio New
Zealand reported today.
However, the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment has
approved repair plans for another 364
and a further 3000 have quali ed for
Mr Williamson told Morning Report
the scheme is another option for
homeowners and when it was unveiled,
the Government was unsure how many
would take up the scheme.
He said the low number did not mean
the scheme was a failure.
ose who deal with leaky home
owners say they are not surprised by the
low up-take of the scheme.
Auckland lawyer Sarah Wroe, from
Martelli McKegg, who represents
leaky home owners, said the nancial
assistance package was not a good
enough o er for many owners.
"We're nding that claimants don't
want to take up that o er when they
can recover a 100% of repair costs and
other consequential losses by persuing
the claim either through the tribunal
or in the courts. It's just not enough for
homeowner's who've got a good claim."
Home Owners' and Buyers'
Association president John
Gray said the numbers
taking up the package
have been disappointing,
that was not surprising
given few are aware of
the scheme's limitations,
which has reduced the
liability for councils and
"So what has happened
is that a very very large
number of those homes that
they were considering as
being potential candidates
for the FAP have fallen
o the 10-year cli . So they've fallen
outside the 10-year limitation and they
are therefore unable to le a claim under
the Weathertight Homes Resolution
Act and therefore not eligible for the
Information released under the
O cial Information Act also reveals the
ministry did not record repairs to leaky
homes, unless they were xed under the
Nor does it collect information on
repairs to homes, where the repairs have
Mr Gray said it demonstrates a failure
by o cials to get to grips with the
" eir level of awareness is very low in
that they have received, I know of three
claims, that have been led in recent
times where they have been subject to
a failure of a repair that was undertaken
under a previous WHRS claim. So
we're coming round to a secondary
failure and a second claim under the
e assistance package also has a time
limit which has not been advertised:
applications must be led within the
next two years if homeowners want
to make a claim under the nancial
assistance package. --- NZN
No change to leaky
Women have been warned that
widely-used morning-after pills
might not prevent pregnancy if
they weigh more than 70kg.
ousands of women in New
Zealand take the pill, but the
Ministry of Health has issued a
precautionary alert after overseas
research raised concerns over
the emergency contraception's
e ministry is reviewing the
research before deciding on any
ese could involve warnings on
information sheets or packaging.
e average weight of women
in New Zealand is over 72kg.
About 16,000 prescriptions were
given out last year for Postinor-1,
the sole State-funded emergency
contraceptive pills --- but it and
two other brands, Next Choice and
Next Choice Arrow, can also be
bought from pharmacists.
e ministry notes that
irrespective of a woman's weight,
the pill --- which is intended
to be taken within 72 hours of
unprotected sexual intercourse ---
may not always prevent pregnancy.
e sooner it is taken, the more
likely it is to work.
Family Planning says the
pregnancy rate after emergency
contraceptive pill (ECP) use among
women who are technically obese ---
those with a body mass index over
30 --- "is the same as for women
who don't take an ECP at all".
It says the research --- which
has prompted reviews in several
countries --- found a pregnancy
rate among obese women who
used levonorgestrel (the active
ingredient in Postinor-1) or
another emergency pill was three
times that of women whose BMI
was under 30.
"Women who come to a Family
Planning clinic needing emergency
contraception are given the option
of a post-coital IUD (the Multiload
copper intra-uterine device) instead
of the emergency contraceptive pill
because it is more e ective," the
organisation says in its newsletter.
Family Planning's medical
director, Dr Christine Roke, said:
"We've been encouraging women,
particularly the heavier ones, to
consider having the IUD, but most
feel more comfortable with taking
the pill." She said it was not known
why the emergency contraceptive
pill was less e ective in heavier
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Morning-after pill warning
e Government has agreed to try to
reach a settlement with care workers
over the lack of payment for the time
they spend travelling between clients.
e Public Service Association this
week welcomed the decision.
A sector-wide agreement was
preferable to the potentially lengthy
test case the union led on behalf
of a member with the Employment
Relations Authority, PSA national
secretary Richard Wagsta said.
"Some of our members in the home
care sector have to drive 600km per
week between jobs, but at the moment
they are not paid for this time.
"Workers being paid close to the
minimum wage have been e ectively
subsidising their employers in this
issue which has dogged the sector for
decades," Mr Wagsta said.
e PSA and other unions would
negotiate with the Ministry of Health,
district health boards, and providers, Mr
Health Minister Tony Ryall, in an
e-mailed statement yesterday, said the
talks would begin "shortly".
--- Otago Daily Times
Talks over carers' travel time
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