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A dedicated cash dog is set to
sniff out money arriving undeclared
through SouthIsland airports.
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner
confirmed the cash detector dog team
would now number five following the
addition of Kane, which will work
at Christchurch, Queenstown and
Detector dogs have sniffed out more
than $2.5 million of undeclared or
concealed cash at the border since
starting work 10 months ago.
The largest find was at Auckland
Airport in October when a detector
dog led Customs officers to discover
$390,000 on two travellers.
Travellers carrying more than
$10,000 must declare it.
If people did not declare the money,
they might have to forfeit it and pay a
fine, depending on the circumstances,
Three cash detector dogs are based in
Auckland and one in Wellington. All
five dogs area also trained to detect
drugs. — Otago Daily Times
Sniffing out cash stashes
PICTURE: New Zealand Customs
Detector dog Kane and his handler senior customs officer Robert
The pilot is being used as a
scapegoat for the deaths of 11
people in the Carterton hot air
balloon tragedy, a crewman told an
The week-long inquest into the
deaths of the pilot and all the
passengers on board the flight,
which crashed on a clear morning
on January 7, 2012, finished its
fourth day yesterday.
Crewman Max Sedwell gave
emotional evidence and broke
down several times as he spoke
about the fiery crash.
He vehemently denied his “good
mate”, pilot Lance Hopping, would
have used marijuana before the
flight and said he smelled no smoke
on him that morning.
A previous crash report from the
Transport Accident Investigation
established errors made by Mr
Hopping ultimately led to the
Toxicology results also showed
he had cannabis in his system at
the time, and impairment from the
drug could not be ruled out as being
a factor in the mistakes he made.
As the flight was being set up,
everything was running smoothly
and the balloon was inflating nicely,
Mr Sedwell said. “ We had a grin
at each other,” he said, before being
overcome with emotion.
He described later watching “a
hell of a flash” as the balloon hit the
wires and caught fire.
There was a vehicle nearby holding
supporters of the passengers — and
he heard people screaming at the
sight, he said.
“ It was my friends Des and Ann’s
daughter and granddaughter; they
were crying and screaming.”
Mr Sedwell heard passengers on
board screaming and shouting,
“ Jump, jump, jump,” before the
basket and balloon were engulfed
He accused CAA officials
investigating the crash of using Mr
Hopping as a scapegoat.
There were about five anomalies
which contributed to the crash,
including the wear of the balloon
and Mr Hopping being unable to
gain enough height to get over the
lines, due to the heavy load and
type of gas used, Mr Sedwell said.
He said Mr Hopping also flew
over sprinklers, in which the cold
air could have mixed with the
hot air and could have caused the
balloon to travel sideways.
If Mr Hopping thought he was
going to hit the lines he would
not have tried to go over them, Mr
A report saying Mr Hopping had
cannabis in his system “gave the
public the wrong impression of
“This is all a plan to suggest Lance
is at fault to take some of the blame
in Mr Hopping’s system was
“ insignificant ”, he said.
Mr Hopping new exactly where
all the powerlines were, he added.
But Mr Sedwell conceded that
making an emergency landing,
risking injury only, would have been
a better option than trying to rise
Earlier yesterday, ground crew
chief Clive Peters described how
he heard Mr Hopping telling
passengers to “duck down” when it
became clear they were going to hit
Mr Peters also told the inquest
about the moment young couple
Alexis Still, 19, and Chrisjan
Jordaan, 21, jumped from the
basket to escape the fire.
“ I saw that she was tumbling when
she was falling to the ground,” he
“I then saw a male jump out of
the basket as well. He jumped feet
Throughout Mr Peters’s evidence,
several members of the public
gallery — which has been filled with
supporters and family members of
those involved in the crash — burst
The inquest, in front of Coroner
Peter Ryan continues. — APNZ
Drinks maker Ribena has again been
caught out, this time in the United
Kingdom, for making misleading claims
On-line ads for the drink were found
to make misleading claims about the
health benefits of vitamin A and C in
The British Advertising Standards
Authority (ASA) found the adverts
altered the meaning of four authorised
health claims about the vitamins.
Maker Glaxo-Smith-Kline said it
reworded the claims to make them more
understandable and consumer-friendly.
The claims were vitamin A “helps keep
your vision in tip-top condition”, and
“ is important for immunity”, and that
vitamin C “helps immunity” and “it’s an
The ASA said the claims were
exaggerated and did not convey the full
meaning of the authorised health claims
to consumers, and must not appear
In 2007, Glaxo-Smith-Kline was fined
more than $200,000 in New Zealand for
15 breaches of the Fair Trading Act in
relation to misleading advertisements
which overstated the drink’s vitamin C
The charges came about after two
Pakuranga College students tested the
Vitamin C levels and found it far lower
than advertisements had claimed.
The Ribena brand was sold to Suntory
Beverage and Food last year, after the
British on-line advertisements were
published. — APNZ
Ribena caught out again
An elderly man plunged 40m
down a bank on to rocks while
visiting a memorial to a relative
who died at the site falling down a
The Aucklander, in his 70s, was
walking down a steep path near
the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge,
a popular tourist spot for groups
kayaking the remote Whanganui
River Valley, with his 73-year-old
He went to pick up her glasses
when he fell shortly after noon.
The earthmoving contractor was
visiting a monument to a relative
who had died there 75 years ago,
Lodge owner Joe Adams, who
was guiding the siblings back down
the track, reportedly found the man
under water at the bottom of the
bank, but still conscious.
A Palmerston North rescue
helicopter spokesman said Mr
Adams used a jetboat to take the
injured man back to the lodge, from
where he was flown to Whanganui
Hospital. The lodge is isolated and
has no vehicle access.
“The rescue helicopter arrived
without delay at the lodge, landing
on the expansive lawns, and the
St John intensive care paramedic
stablised the patient before he was
flown to Whanganui Hospital in a
serious condition,” the spokesman
A hospital spokeswoman said the
man was in a stable condition.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Memorial site visitor falls 40m
Brewery deal may
Emerson’s Brewery is set to purchase
properties owned by the D unedin City
Council and councillor Doug Hall
and could spend about $6 million
developing a brewery there.
Emerson’s has signed conditional
purchase agreements with Mr Hall and
the council, covering the two adjoining
If the deals go through, the brewery
would shift a few hundred metres from
its current Wickliffe Street to the new
site in two years.
The DCC and Cr Hall have been
involved in a long-running access
dispute over the land, at the intersection
of Anzac Ave and Frederick Street, in
The wrangle has already cost the
council more than $570,000 and been
scheduled for an Environment Court
DCC general manager infrastructure
and networks Tony Avery and Emersons’
general manager Bob King yesterday
said an agreement to resolve the dispute
would hopefully be finalised during
the due diligence period over coming
Mr Avery said council and Mr
Hall had agreed to delay a scheduled
Environment Court hearing next week
until October, “ hoping we might resolve
Mr Hall could not be contacted
yesterday. Earlier in the week he declined
to comment, saying he was bound by a
confidentiality agreement over the deal.
The 22-year-old Emerson’s Brewery,
which was purchased by liquor giant
Lion for $8m in November 2012, is soon
to install four new tanks at its current
Wickliffe Street site. That work would
enable production to be boosted from
about a million litres of beer a year to 1.5
Brewery founder Richard Emerson
said he had looked at several D unedin
sites and was pleased to be staying in the
city — and expanding.
“This is our spiritual home. The
emphasis (of negotiations) has been
securing the site. I’m sick of moving
the brewery,” Mr Emerson said of what
would be the brewery’s fourth relocation.
With Lion’s North Island distribution
channels, demand had increased to an
“ insatiable appetite” for Emerson’s in
Auckland, prompting the company
last December to defer taking on new
The land area at its present leased site
was 1600 square metres, and the new site
would be about 14,000 square metres.
Mr Hall has been in dispute with the
council over the land for three years,
following realignment of State highway
88 during Forsyth Barr Stadium’s
construction. — Otago Daily times
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