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Tractor crash fatal
A man was killed when his tractor
tipped down a bank and landed
on rail lines north of Taumarunui
yesterday. e crash happened about
10am on Ongarue-Waimiha Road
near the outskirts of Ongarue village,
police said. e man, Justice Erni, 28,
was towing a haymaking implement
when the crash happened. He was
pronounced dead at the scene.
Police were investigating and the
railway line was closed until a scene
examination was completed.
Collision claims woman
A woman was thrown from her car
and killed in a collision with a truck
on State highway 30 in the Bay of
Plenty yesterday. Police said initial
inquiries suggested the car, which
was heading towards Whakatane,
crossed the centreline and collided
with a truck and trailer unit heading
towards Rotorua about 8.30am.
Jacqueline Beryl Coleman, 51, of
Whakatane, the sole occupant of the
car, was thrown from the vehicle.
Despite e orts to save her, she died
at the scene.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
A rolled truck and trailer unit has
been cleared from State highway 1
in South Waikato, police say. e
vehicle crashed just before 5am,
and resulted in both north and
southbound lanes on State
highway 1 in Lich eld being
blocked. A police spokesman said
two lanes were up and running, and
the third lane should be open to
tra c by mid-morning. --- APNZ
Driver seriously hurt
A driver has been own to hospital
after being seriously injured in
a car crash yesterday. e single
vehicle crash occurred on Kopuriki
Road, in an area known locally as
Galatea, near Murupara in Bay of
Plenty, about 7.35am. e person
was not trapped in the car, which
had come o the road, but was
seriously injured, northern re
communications shift manager Scott
Osmond said. --- APNZ
Girl hit by vehicle
A nine-year-old girl is in Dunedin
Hospital after being hit by a vehicle
as she crossed the road to the school
bus near Arrowntown yesterday. She
is in a moderate to serious condition
with facial and leg injuries.
--- Otago Daily Times
Rail link restored
A slip disrupting travel for
Wellington train commuters has
been cleared. Tranz Metro said
the slip, which cancelled all early
morning services this morning on
the Johnsonville line, had now been
cleared. Trains were operating again at
10.30am, Tranz Metro said. --- APNZ
Numbers in Keno draw No 9858: 4,
5, 6, 15, 19, 25, 29, 41, 47, 55, 56, 57,
59, 61, 62, 65, 67, 69, 74, 79. Draw No
9859: 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 16, 19, 22, 35, 39,
40, 43, 44, 52, 55, 71, 72, 76, 77, 78.
Royals head out to the water in City of Sails
More than 100 illegal drug imports and
$650,000 in undeclared cash have been
seized at New Zealand's border in the
past ve months.
Customs Minister Maurice
Williamson today said the organisation's
annual summer operation, run between
November and March, made 120 drug
nds, including three methamphetamine
seizures totalling 14kg at Auckland
"Detector dogs also found $650,000 of
undeclared cash," he said.
Over the ve-month period,
1.89 million arrivals and 1.85 million
departures were recorded across all
airports, an increase of 5% on last year.
"I'm pleased almost 96% of those
passengers were processed within the
target of 45 minutes," Mr Williamson
Operation Summer also extended to
cruise ships, with 113,000 arrivals and
110,000 departures across the country.
Over 100 drug
A 47-year-old man has been taken to
hospital following an incident at a rural
property in Central Otago involving
Police said they were alerted to the
incident in the Bannockburn area, near
Cromwell about 6.15am.
"As a result of the information, police
had concerns for a male resident's
wellbeing in that area," senior sergeant
Dave Scott said.
e area was cordoned o and the man
was located about 8 o'clock.
Ambulance o cers and the Fire
Service also attended.
"It involved decontamination of the
scene due to the presence of cyanide,"
Mr Scott said.
e man was being taken to Dunstan
Hospital for further assessment.
It is understood he was licensed to use
cyanide in his work, Mr Scott said.
His condition is not life-threatening.
e Dunedin Fire Service hazardous
chemicals unit would perform a full
decontamination of the address.
--- APNZ-Otago Daily Times
Man in hospital
Team NZ skipper Dean Barker
said Catherine would take the
helm when he helps her race Prince
William on Auckland's Waitemata
Harbour this afternoon.
Barker won the toss and chose to
take the Duchess of Cambridge
sailing after doing so with the prince
four years ago. At the time William
had said "Catherine would love it",
He said they hoped to get in three
races this afternoon.
"She will take the wheel," he said.
"We will just be hanging around to
make sure that we can catch them if
they do something silly."
Grant Dalton will sail with Prince
e clouds had not put o the
crowds, with hundreds of people
streaming into the area.
e couple touched down at
Whenuapai Air Force Base shortly
About 2000 people surrounded
the viaduct area where William and
Kate will walk past crowds and on to
the Team New Zealand boats.
A few spits of rain broke free from
looming dark clouds, but the weather
did not deter the crowds holding
cameras and Union Jack ags.
Children holding Union Jacks and
owers were among a crowd up to
six people deep who waited for hours
outside the Team New Zealand base.
e royal couple held a brief
Prince William smiled broadly as he
talked to a number of well-wishers.
Catherine made her way across
the crowd laughing while accepting
owers and other gifts.
People scrambled across the plaza
to get better views of the royal
Workers left their o ces to join
the thousands of Aucklanders lining
the route the royals will take through
Students, mums and children,
businessmen and women and retirees
are mixing and mingling sharing in
the excitement. --- APNZ
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New Zealand First
leader Winston Peters has
accused the Green Party of
attempting to destabilise
the Labour Party over its
approach to Labour for
a pre-election coalition
Labour leader David
Cunli e this week rejected
the Green proposal for the
two parties to campaign
as a "Labour-Greens
Government" in waiting,
preferring to stick with a "Labour-
led Government". But he has said
he expected to negotiate a coalition
agreement with the Greens after the
Mr Peters said Labour was right to
reject it and saw it for what it was.
"You have an attempt by one party to
destabilise another party by seeming to
o er friendship and collaboration in a
deal before the election campaign has
even started, knowing full well that the
other party has
not invited that and does not want
that. What do you call that? I call it
"I think the Labour Party saw it
for what it was and they are probably
"I am not surprised it was rejected."
Mr Peters said the Greens would have
known what Labour's response would be
and therefore putting up the proposal
and making it public was "an attempt to
torpedo the strategy of another party".
e stinging criticism is likely to cause
some nervousness in the Green camp.
Mr Peters has worked with the Greens
much better this term than his previous
term in Parliament, 2005 to 2008, when
he vetoed the Greens from Government.
He made it a condition
of his support for Labour
that it was with the
Labour Government only,
not a Labour-Greens
Government, on the
grounds of stability. Asked
yesterday if there was any
party New Zealand First
could not work with after
the September 20 election,
he said the Maori Party.
"We don't believe in race-
based politics," he said.
" ey will tear this
country apart in time if we carry on
down that path."
He did not consider Mana to be a race-
based party and did not cite it among
NZ First's exclusions.
Asked about the Greens he said it was
the view of the media and pollsters that
the Greens would be signi cant after the
"It is not our view so we are not going
to waste any of our time talking about it."
"We intend to be the third force in the
Parliament at the next election."
He reiterated NZ First's position of
not giving any preference to Labour or
National before the election.
" e voters will decide this election.
We've got months to go. We haven't
heard half the policies yet. We are not
going to make any decisions until we
National deputy leader Bill English
said Labour's public rebu of the Greens
was a bad sign for them.
"It's a bit of a problem when two
parties that are meant to be able to
provide cohesive government go through
a process where they fail to get an
agreement and then one of them leaks
it on the other. at's a pretty bad sign."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
It was the last o cial speech
from the last "Dambuster" pilot.
Squadron leader Les Munro is
tall, robust and authoritative, and
commands an attentive audience,
even at 95.
e former King Country
farmer, now living in Tauranga
with his long-time partner
Christine Ross, was coaxed to
Masterton as guest speaker for
the o cial launch of Wings over
Wairarapa 2015 at the Copthorne
Hotel and Resort Solway Park on
Mr Munro, who ew in the
Dambusters mission in World
War Two, said his speech in
support of Wings over Wairarapa
would be his swansong after years
of o cial engagements and public
speaking. As Ms Ross put it:
"He's 95 - how long do you want
him to go on for?"
But Mr Munro easily strode
to the stage and, armed with a
laser pointer and a Powerpoint
presentation, he reminded the
audience of about 100 people
that 617 squadron was notable
for more than just the 1943
Dambusters mission, which he
ew at age 25.
" e dam raid seems to have
captured the imagination of
authors around the world --- God
knows how many books have
been published," he said.
After his speech, Mr Munro
said he had been involved in
public speaking for many years,
and admitted the demands on
his time with engagements and
autograph hunters had become
Wings over Wairarapa air show
director Tom Williams asked him
out of "retirement" to lend his
name to the o cial launch.
"He's been very good, own me
to each of the air shows --- I felt
indebted to him," Mr Munro said.
He attended the 2013 Wings
over Wairarapa, which included
a guest seat in the cockpit of a
De Havilland Mosquito ghter-
bomber as it ew a demonstration
ight to Wellington.
In the Dambusters mission,
code-named Operation Chastise,
the RAF's No 617 squadron
attacked three dams in the
industrialised Ruhr Valley on the
night of May 16-17, 1943, using a
specially designed bouncing bomb
designed by inventor Barnes
Wallis. ree formations of 19
aircraft undertook the mission,
with Les Munro, then a ight
lieutenant, attached to formation
His aircraft, W for Willie, was
damaged by anti-aircraft re
over the Dutch coast and was
forced to return. Only 11 aircraft
returned from the mission.
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Dambuster bows out
PICTURE: Wairarapa Times-Age
Squadron leader (retired) John "Les" Munro, at left, the last sur viving pilot involved in the Dambusters
mission, carried out by No 617 squadron in 1943. He is chatting with John Bunny, middle, and David
Iwrin during the o cial launch in Masterton of the Wings over Wairarapa 2015 air show.
Impersonating a police detective
yesterday earned an Oamaru man
one month behind bars.
David Gerrad Collins, 58, appeared
in the Oamaru District Court
facing a charge of pretending to be
a Christchurch detective, leading
a person to believe he was a police
e o ence carries a maximum
penalty under the Police Act of
12 months in prison and a ne of
e wording of the charge was
disputed by Collins, whose lawyer
Helgi Henderson said no-one
would have believed he was a police
e court heard Collins approached
Gillian Bartrum and Timothy Nuttall,
the drivers of two vehicles involved
in a minor tra c accident at the
intersection of Itchen and ames
Streets about 8pm on October 3, 2013.
He addressed himself directly
to Miss Bartrum, claiming to
be "Detective Collins of the
Christchurch CID or CIB", Judge
Joanna Maze said.
Dressed in a tidy suit jacket, he
claimed to have seen the accident
happen, telling Miss Bartrum she
was at fault and could be arrested
if she did not supply him with her
insurance details on the spot.
By the formality of his language
and the way he had approached her,
Miss Bartrum told the court, initially,
she had no reason to doubt he was a
She did not know if the man had
the power to arrest her, but thought it
seemed "heavy handed".
Not knowing her insurance details,
she went to the Last Post Pub
and Restaurant nearby to ring her
bank. She rang the police from the
Collins then approached Mr Nuttall
and asked for his details and the keys
to his vehicle.
Mr Nuttall declined and told the
court Collins's behaviour was not
consistent "at all" with him being a
police o cer.
Collins then asked for a lift, before
o ering Mr Nuttall a can of beer,
which he had in his bag, in the liquor
ban area of Oamaru.
Judge Maze said while Miss
Bartrum later changed her mind
about Collins's legitimacy as a police
employee, that could not negate the
o ence that had occurred.
Collins told Judge Maze he was
"very remorseful" for what had
Judge Maze found Collins guilty
and sentenced him to one month's
imprisonment, with witness expenses
On a charge of obtaining motel
accommodation in Dunedin by
deception on November 10, 2013,
Collins was sentenced to one month's
imprisonment (concurrent), with
He was also re-sentenced on two
charges of driving while disquali ed,
to one month's imprisonment,
bringing the total sentence to two
Sergeant Craig Sew Hoy, of
Oamaru, said the public should
request or verify a person's identity
whenever there was uncertainty.
Even if dressed in plain clothes,
police employees should be carrying
a formal identity card, which the
public could request to see, Mr Sew
"If they have some concern or
uncertainty, contact police straight
away," he said. --- Otago Daily Times
Police impersonator gets month in jail
A Roxburgh woman was airlifted to
Dunedin Hospital yesterday morning
after her motorcycle crashed into a
road barrier near Butchers Dam.
e 54-year-old woman received
serious but not life-threatening
injuries, sergeant Matt Alley, of
Alexandra, said. She was still in the
hospital's emergency department last
night and no further details were
available about her condition.
Mr Alley said the woman was
travelling north on State
highway 8 towards Alexandra and the
crash happened near Alexandra, on
a bend of the road, just north of the
Conroys Road intersection.
e Otago regional rescue helicopter
landed in the nearby Flat Top Hill
conservation area and the woman
was transported by ambulance to the
e rst motorist on the scene
was senior sergeant John Fookes, of
Queenstown, who alerted emergency
Mr Alley said it was too early to
comment on the cause of the crash.
--- Otago Daily Times
Motorcyclist injured in crash
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
A motorcyclist injured near Butchers Dam is taken to the Otago regional
rescue helicopter before being own to Dunedin Hospital.
Government permission to to
build the world's longest monorail,
in Fiordland, has been delayed
e Department of Conser vation's
support for the 43km-long
Fiordland Link Experience
monorail was announced in October
and Minister of Conservation Nick
Smith said at the time he would
make his decision by Christmas.
He then decided to obtain more
information on the monorail's
nancial viability and said a
decision would be out by February.
A spokeswoman in Dr Smith's
o ce said yesterday the decision
would now be announced next
Dr Smith's concern was that if
the project failed, it could leave a
half-built structure on conser vation
e spokeswoman said a draft
report had been completed and
Dr Smith was awaiting further
information from the monorail
developer Riverstone Holdings
Riverstone's major sharholder,
Bob Roberston of Wanaka, said
he was not surprised at the length
of time it was taking to assess the
monorail's economic viability.
ere were a lot of issues to deal
with and it was his preference the
assessment, when it was nished,
A preliminary report showed
capital costs had increased but he
believed the "relatively conser vative"
capital cost gure of $244 million
being used could be reduced.
e cost included $200m for the
monorail itself and the rest for
such things as vehicles to transfer
tourists between the monorail and
Mr Robertson was quite con dent
the monorail was "hugely viable",
requiring 75,000 passengers each
year to break even.
He expected it to attract 330,000
passengers in its third year.
Asked about the continuing
delays, Mr Robertson said he was
busy working on several other major
projects including a 44-apartment
development overlooking Roys
Bay, Lake Wanaka, and a 1500-
lot commercial and residential
development in Christchurch.
Even if Government approval had
been obtained, the monorail would
not be getting his full attention at
present, he said.
e monorail proposal to link
Queenstown to Te Anau Downs
and subsequently Milford Sound
has been controversial with a
campaign opposing it headed by
former Southland District mayor
Frana Cardno, of Te Anau.
--- Otago Daily Times
Monorail decision put o again
A teenager who has been running from
police for more than three months will
not be going far after breaking both
ankles when he jumped from a window
trying to evade capture.
Levi Hemana, 19, is in a stable
condition in North Shore Hospital after
he jumped from a second-storey window
at e Warehouse in New Lynn on
He had been taken to the o ce by
security sta after he was allegedly
caught shoplifting. Police con rmed
that Hemana attempted to get away by
jumping out the window, but he was
seriously injured when he landed on the
Police have made numerous appeals
for information about Hemana since he
allegedly cut o his electronic monitoring
bracelet and escaped home detention on
A police source described Hemana's
leap for freedom as "unfortunate. He
won't be able to run from police for a
A week after Hemana absconded
from home detention and while he was
actively evading arrest, he and a 17-year-
old youth allegedly used weapons in an
unprovoked attack on a 39-year-old man.
Waitemata police spokeswoman Beth
Bates said Hemana was expected to
remain in hospital for several weeks.
"Upon his discharge from hospital,
he is expected to face a number of
outstanding charges in court, including
assault and wilful damage," she said. "It is
likely he will also be charged with theft."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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