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Body on riverbank
A body discovered near the Waikato
River in Hamilton yesterday was that
of missing Kawhia man Trevor Smith,
his family says. e 70-year-old
was discovered by a member of the
public about 2.30pm near the river's
edge three weeks after he wandered
o while visiting a sick relative in
Waikato Hospital. His brother, Steve
Smith, said the body that was found
was that of his brother and that he
had fallen about 4m down a steep
bank. Police were in the process of
identifying the body. --- APNZ
Man shot in leg
A man who was found with
gunshot wounds in west Auckland
on Saturday evening is in custody
and under guard in Auckland
Hospital after allegedly shooting
himself in the leg. e 32-year-old
man received surgery to his leg
injuries on Saturday night. Police are
not seeking anyone else in relation to
the incident. e man was discovered
by a passing police patrol on the
Great North Road, Henderson,
about 6.30pm. --- APNZ
ree women were spared from
spending a night lost in the Kaimai
Ranges after being rescued overnight.
e trampers, all believed to be in
their 60s, set o on a two-hour hike
from the end of Whakamarama
Road on Saturday afternoon, but
became disoriented and lost, police
said. ey were able to raise the alarm
by cellphone. Searchers reached them
about midnight, senior sergeant
Chris Summerville of Tauranga said.
Big fire suspicious
Police are treating a re that
destroyed possessions stored in a
Wellington storage facility on Friday
as suspicious. e re, one of the
largest Wellington has seen for a
long time, burned out the entire top
oor of the Kiwi Self Storage unit
in Kilbirnie. Yesterday, detective
sergeant Peter Middlemiss of
Wellington police said the blaze was
being treated as suspicious. He could
not con rm if the re started inside
the building. --- APNZ
A ticket sold in Wellington won
its holder $1 million in division one
of Lotto draw No 1400 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 11, 13, 16,
20, 31, 33; bonus 26. Strike numbers
were 11, 16, 20, 31. ere was no
Strike Four winner. Powerball
number 3. ere was no division one
winner. e Winning Wheel ticket
was sold in Drury. e winner from
Amberley spun for $250,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9848: 6,
7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 20, 24, 25, 27, 38,
44, 48, 56, 59, 63, 66, 68, 80. Draw No
9849: 1, 5, 16, 19, 23, 25, 30, 31, 33,
38, 41, 47, 50, 56, 57, 59, 60, 61, 65, 66.
Draw No 9850: 2, 5, 9, 13, 16, 18, 23,
32, 39, 41, 47, 48, 52, 59, 61, 62, 71, 72,
74, 79. Draw No 9851: 4, 11, 15, 18,
23, 31, 32, 40, 46, 54, 55, 58, 59, 60, 61,
67, 70, 75, 77, 78
Fog fails to dampen royal spirits
New Zealand's most proli c serial
stalker will soon be freed from jail because
his sentence will end, and o cials have
no choice but to release him.
Glenn Green has been jailed 45 times
and su ers from erotomania --- believing
someone, usually a stranger or high-
pro le person, is in love with them.
He becomes xated on women he
sees on the street or in magazines, and
harasses them by writing "abusive"and
"frightening" letters and text messages,
calling them and sitting outside their
homes, and there are fears he will
Green, who uses several aliases, has 201
convictions spanning 26 years.
ey include criminal harassment,
perverting the course of justice,
breaching protection orders and misuse
of a telephone.
Green is to be released on June 7 after
completing a 30-month prison sentence
for criminal harassment.
He was earlier denied parole because
he was deemed a risk to the community.
He will meet the parole board this
month, and release conditions for up to
six months may be set.
A victim stalked since she was a teenager
said she feared Green's o ending would
e woman hoped he had bene ted
from psychological treatment while in
"You can say nothing to him for
months, for years; and he's conjured up
a marriage, two kids and a weekend in
Hawaii," she said.
"You can't say anything to him because
he's driven by his own imagination."
Forensic psychiatrist Dr David
Chaplow said those traits were the
hallmarks of a person su ering
"It's quite rare and what usually
happens is, a person begins to believe in a
delusional sense that somebody is in love
with them," he said.
"Usually these are prominent people
in their lives such as doctors or possibly
news reporters and policemen."
Private investigator Daniel ompson-
Toresen has worked for three of Green's
victims and fears for their safety.
"I think I would be very surprised if
he has been rehabilitated in that time,
and I would stress my concern for the
safety for the well-being of the victims,
particularly the ones I've had dealings
with." --- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A power company is o ering the
chance to pay all household costs in one
bill --- but consumer groups warn the
convenience may come at a cost.
Trustpower, which o ers energy and
telecommunications services, says its
plan will make it easier for customers to
pay everything --- telephone, electricity,
gas and internet --- in a single bill.
But experts warn that consumers
should beware of what that convenience
might cost them later.
Consumer NZ chief executive Sue
Chetwin said the idea was a good one,
as people were always looking for more
convenient ways to get things done. But
it would be up to customers to make sure
they were getting their money's worth.
"What they'll be selling to customers
is that it's easier," she said. "But make
sure the savings are there and that you're
not just paying for convenience."
Ms Chetwin said Trustpower was
one of the more expensive electricity
providers in the country, but might
have cheaper broadband or phone rates,
making it a better bet for customers.
Energy expert Molly Melhuish said
the service could lead to customers
getting stuck --- making it harder to for
them to leave the company.
"It makes you a sticky customer . . . so if
you do join up, look from time to time at
the gas portion of the bill, for example.
Make sure you compare all the time and
that there aren't any penalty clauses.
"It's good in principle, but be careful
Trustpower, based in Tauranga, has
been in business for almost a century
and has traditionally sold electricity.
Its gas service --- reticulated gas and
LPG --- started last year and phone and
broadband services have been available
for eight years.
e all-in-one bill is being promoted
to residents and businesses in Auckland
and Hamilton from this week, and will
later be o ered in Wellington.
Trustpower spokeswoman Carolyn
Scho eld said the move was the result of
"What we were hearing from our
customers was that they wanted
something where they would be able to
bundle all their bills into one.
"It's more convenient and it means that
there's only one company to deal with."
Budgeting expert Darryl Evans, who is
head of the Mangere Budgeting Services
Trust, said the only downside to having
one bill was that struggling families
could be left in the dark --- literally.
"Having all the bills together would
be quite a large bill and that can be
frightening. If you can't pay it all o ,
then everything would turn o ."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Downside to combined bill
e Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge have arrived in New
e Royal New Zealand Air Force
Boeing 757 carrying the royal couple
and baby Prince George touched
down at Wellington International
Airport at 12.04pm.
e plane taxied into position
outside the terminal, where William
and Kate stepped out of the plane
with baby George, and waved before
descending the stairs to the tarmac.
e royal couple looked happy and
relaxed, despite the fog and drizzle, as
they disembarked the plane and met
ey were met by the Governor-
General's aide-de-camp Commander
Richard Walker, Prime Minister John
Key and Wellington Mayor Celia
eir arrival was met with cheers
from hardy members of the public
who had gathered by the security
e couple spent less than two
minutes on the tarmac before being
guided to their limousine.
Kate was wearing a Catherine
Walker scarlet coat, a matching Gina
Foster hat, and a brooch in the shape
of a silver fern which was gifted to the
Queen on her 1952-53 tour of New
Crowds hoping to catch a glimpse
of the Prince William and his family
had gathered on Wellington's Oriental
Foul weather had not put o the
royal-watchers, many of whom were
waving Union Jack ags.
Wellington resident Alexandra
Allen had wrapped up in her raincoat
for the occasion.
"(I'm) putting I'm the e ort. It
doesn't happen every day,"she said.
Her friend, Hannah Harding had
brought her two young sons along for
"I"m interested in seeing how many
cars the (motorcade) has," she said.
Wellington's High Five Early
Education centre was set to give a
hearty welcome to the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge.
e preschool, situated on Evans
Bay Parade, is on the route the royal
motorcade will take from Wellington
Airport to Government House.
Teacher Cassandra Connolly said
the kids were very excited.
"Since last week, we've been
speaking to the children about it and
their connection with the royals."
Four-year-old Charley Cameron,
had a special connection with Prince
William and his wife Catherine, Mrs
Charley, who was born in the United
Kingdom, had brought her own
Union Jack ag and donned a special
Union Jack headband for the day.
"When Charley was younger, her
mum said they were actually under
the balcony when Will and Kate got
married, Mrs Connolly said.
Charley said she was planning to
wave her ag when they Royal family
e preschool had also painted its
windows with a Union Jack ag and
a welcome sign.
All six classes from Roseneath
School had adorned their most royal
attire and gathered on Oriental
Parade just before midday in the hope
of catching a glimpse of the passing
Year 1 teacher Jennifer waites said
the children had been preparing for
the royal visit by making Union Jack
collages and a sign which read 'Stop
and say hi to Roseneath School'.
"We had a bit of a competition
today to see who was the best dressed
e children were also planning on
making a video about what the royal
your meant to them, which would be
shown at the school's assembly, Ms
A small crowd of Royal-watchers
braved the rain outside Government
Kyla Hamilton, from Wellington,
said she was an avid Royal follower.
"It's a slight obsession with anything
royal. I travelled to see them in
England, I went to the wedding.
"I saw the Queen in Melbourne
when she last came out, and gave
Charles a kiss in Wellington.
"If I can give William a kiss then
that would be nice as well."
Sandra Smith and Dianne Timms
had travelled from Kapiti to catch
a glimpse of William, Kate and
" e weather doesn't put us o . It's
worth it," Ms Timms said.
"I'd love to see George. We got
here early for a good spot. Now we're
trying to decide which side of the car
the baby will be on."
Ms Smith said: " ey've just
rejuvenated the Royal Family. ey're
Chris O'Gorman, from Mount
Victoria, said he hoped to see the
family because he "found them
"I hope to see all them. Hopefully
I'll get a wave from Kate."
Paula Na Nagara stood outside the
gates with a Union Jack ag and her
corgi Annie, which was wearing a
"It'd be great if I saw William and
Kate but really I'm out here for a bit
"I can't truly, honestly say I'm a
royalist. It's an event. If it hadn't been
in Wellington I wouldn't have come.
"But it was just down the road. And
I had the out t, and the dog."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Prince George arrives in Wellington today.
Chinese miners' headstones unveiled
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Historian Les Wong right, of Dunedin, unveils a Chinese miner's headstone, watched by cemetery trust
chairman Je Sawers, of Alexandra, left, and Dr Jim Ng and Malcolm Wong, both of Dunedin. Dr Ng
and Malcolm Wong unveiled the other two headstones on previously unmarked graves.
e nal resting place of
Chinese gold miners buried in
the Ida Valley --- Moa Creek
cemetery --- more than a century
ago is now marked.
"Heaven calls" says the writing
on three white marble headstones
unveiled yesterday during a
dedication ceremony at the
cemetery, attended by about 30
e graves of Lai Yul, died June
6, 1904, Wong Goo (known as
"Pennyweight"), died March 4,
1904, and Soo Yi Tseung (known
asAhYeeandI. . .),whodied
on August 14, 1934, aged 87,
are near the base of the hilltop
cemetery, next to two other
e cemetery reopened in 2011
after being restored and trust
chairman Je Sawers said much
research had been done since then
to identify the people buried at
the site. e rst burial was 143
years ago but a re had destroyed
the cemetery register.
"Of course, Chinese miners
are a big part of the history of
this area, but there was no sign
of Chinese miners here (in the
cemetery) at all," Mr Sawers
Two miners' headstones were
traced a few years ago and
reinstated at the cemetery and
the three unveiled yesterday were
made in a similar manner. e
project cost about $2100 and was
funded by the cemetery trust,
the Central Lakes Trust and the
Otago Community Trust.
Historian Les Wong, of
Dunedin, carried out research
into the identity of the men
whose graves had been unmarked
"for almost a lifetime".
He said all the Chinese graves
in the cemetery were facing east.
" eir feet would be pointing in
an easterly direction and ideally,
if their families could a ord it,
they would be wearing new shoes.
ey like to look over the water
too and allow their spirits to roam
It was traditional at a Chinese
burial to place food parcels by
the grave and to toast the spirits
of all Chinese and that was done
Historian Dr Jim Ng, who has
researched Otago gold elds, said
it was a poignant day.
" e miners were here to save
money and then go back to
China but these ve never made
It was important to have the
names preserved and the locaâ€º
tion of the graves marked.
Soo Yi Tseung was the last
Chinese gold miner in the
district, he said.
"He lived on a 10-acre block in
this valley and grew fruit, which
he took around the district to
Malcolm Wong, who chairs
the Dunedin Chinese Gardens
Trust and the Dunedin Shanghai
Association, brought a message
from the Chinese consul-general
to Christchurch, Tan Xiutian. She
said the Chinese Government
thanked the group for its work in
marking the miners' graves.
--- Otago Daily Times
New Zealand First is
doing "far better" among
voters than recent polls
would suggest, leader
Winston Peters says.
Past elections support
the view that the party
would be more successful
on election night than polls
leading up to it usually
show, he said.
" e polls have been
overly kind for National
election after election, and against a real
night result they've been far too high.
For Labour they've been about right up
and down but about right," Mr Peters
told TV One's Q and A programme
"For the Greens, they've been
excessively favourable to the Greens,
always way above what they nd they
get. And we're always below what we
really get, so your so-called 7% polls are
nonsense. We're doing far better than
A One News Colmar Brunton poll
released last Sunday
showed a jump in support
for NZ First, up four points
to 7% and well clear of
the 5% per cent threshold
required to get seats in the
House without winning an
A TV3 Reid Research
poll released the same day
had NZ First 4.9%, down
Mr Peters would not be
drawn on which political
party he would support after the election,
but indicated what were important issues
for his own.
"We are making it very clear where
we stand in this election. People out
there don't want wi e wa e they want
"We want Auckland housing, New
Zealand housing, to be for New Zealand
people. We want New Zealand farms
for young farmers in New Zealand in
particular, not to be owned by everybody
around the world, and absentee-owned
at that." --- APNZ
NZ First doing 'far
better' than polls
A swarm of wasps nesting under a re
hydrant gave re ghters more than they
bargained for over the weekend.
e Turangi Volunteer Fire Brigade
was called to a vegetation re not far
from the Tongariro River, about noon on
e re sent plumes of thick smoke
into the air which could be seen from
the town centre.
Chief re o cer Tong Kingi said re
trucks were unable to gain direct access
to the re, so hoses had to be dragged
into the scrub to put it out.
As the crews worked, they made a
surprising discovery --- a huge wasp nest,
containing hundreds of the stinging
insects, under a re hydrant.
Mr Kingi, who is allergic to wasps, said
his rst reaction was to run for it.
"I just bolted, I just wanted to get out
of there," he said.
"It wasn't what we expected to nd
that's for sure."
People who had gathered on the street
to watch the re laughed at his reaction,
Carbon dioxide had to be sprayed
on the wasps so crews could access the
About an hour later, after the re was
safely put out and everyone was safe and
well, Mr Kingi and the crew had a few
moments to laugh at the unexpected
"Everyone was in hysterics. Here was
this re o cer who had been battling
this blazing inferno, running away from
a swarm of wasps.
"We certainly had a few laughs."
Mr Kingi said there had been a re
at the same location about three months
e cause of the re was being
investigated and was being treated as
No one was harmed, either by the re
or the wasps.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Wasps send fire
A cyclist, a young pedestrian and
a driver were killed and one person
was seriously injured on the roads
e woman killed when her bike
and a semi-trailer truck collided in
Palmerston North yesterday has
been named by police.
Local woman Jocelyn Goodwin,
51, and the truck were both
travelling up Summerhill Drive
when the accident happened just
Mrs Goodwin was an experienced
road cyclist and was known to
frequently take part in cycling
She died at the scene.
Police say they have spoken
to the truck driver and are still
One person was seriously injured
in a crash in Hamilton two hours
e vehicle crashed on Pembroke
Street shortly after 5am, police
No other details were available.
At 11pm on Saturday, 18-year-old
Danny Hendriks, of Rakaia, was
hit by a car on Acton Road in the
e rural road heads out of the
township towards the coast and has
Police said the driver stopped and
called emergency services but the
teenager died at the scene.
Ashburton sergeant Bryan
Ennis said a female driver had
been been subjected to a blood
alcohol test and police were
waiting on results.
He said it was too early to know
whether any charges may be laid.
On Saturday morning, a father
and his young son sur vived a crash
which killed the driver of a light
e Northern Rural Haulage
contractor driver and his son, who
were in a tipper truck, walked
away from the crash with cuts and
e light truck allegedly crossed
the centre line and drove into the
path of the 11-tonne vehicle on
State highway 1, about 30km south
of Whangarei. --- APNZ
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