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Man dies at bike park
A man died after suffering a heart
attack at Woodhill Mountain Bike
Park yesterday. St John ambulance
staff were called just after 10.30am
but were unable to revive the man,
a spokeswoman for the ser vice said.
The matter has been referred to the
coroner. — APNZ
A 19-year-old man is in a critical
condition after being hit by a car
near Gore on Saturday night. The
man suffered serious injuries when
struck by a vehicle on the Waimea
Highway, State highway 94, 6km
north of Gore about 8.40pm. Police
said the man was a pedestrian
who had left a vehicle shortly
before being hit. He was flown by
helicopter to Dunedin Hospital and
remains in a critical condition. Police
inquiries were continuing. — APNZ
Quad bike mishap
A woman received spinal, head and
chest injuries after a quad bike rolled
on her. The 62-year-old was taken to
hospital by rescue helicopter after the
incident at Upper Takaka yesterday.
St John team manager John Sneesby
said a rescue helicopter was called to
Uruwhenua Road at 12.53pm. The
bike went down a bank and flipped,
he said. The woman’s injuries were
moderate to serious but not life-
threatening. — APNZ
Nelson man sought
A Nelson man is being sought by
police investigating an Auckland
drugs ring. Terry Jones, 44, from
Richmond, in Nelson, is believed
to have information which would
help police Operation Genoa. More
than $3 million in assets, including a
Ferrari, Porsche and Maserati, were
seized during police searches across
the country earlier this month as
part of the operation — a lengthy
investigation into the manufacture
and supply of methamphetamine in
the Auckland region. Mr Jones is
described as European, 175cm tall
and with a distinctive birthmark on
his left cheek. — APNZ
Two tickets, sold in Whanganui
and Napier, won their holders
$500,000 each in division one of
Lotto draw No 1406 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 6, 19, 23,
26, 36, 40; bonus 31. Strike numbers
were 6, 40, 19, 36. There were two
Strike Four winners, from Auckland
and Orewa, each taking home
$93,623. Powerball number 10.
There was no division one winner.
The Winning Wheel ticket was sold
in Lower Hutt. The winner from
Mangawhai spun for $150,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9932: 1,
4, 13, 19, 20, 23, 27, 29, 30, 34, 36, 38,
46, 60, 61, 66, 70, 72, 79, 80. Draw No
9933: 2, 3, 5, 12, 13, 19, 22, 24, 41, 46,
50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 63, 73, 76, 78.
Draw No 9934: 20, 22, 30, 31, 34, 41,
48, 49, 50, 54, 58, 59, 60, 65, 67, 70, 71,
74, 77, 79. Draw No 9935: 7, 8, 12, 19,
20, 21, 22, 23, 40, 42, 56, 60, 61, 65, 66,
67, 71, 76, 77, 79.
Big cut signalled to
car relicensing cost
A baby is in critical condition after a
crash in Waitomo District this morning.
A car with four occupants, including
the baby, hit a bank about 8.30am on
State highway 4 near Kopaki, police said.
The baby was taken to hospital by
a passing motorist. The other three
occupants suffered moderate injuries.
The southbound lane of State highway
4 was closed while the police serious
crash unit investigated. — APNZ
Crash baby critical
A South Korean man is believed to
have drowned at the weekend after
diving in to a popular river attraction to
save his two children.
The tragedy happened about 3pm
yesterday at the bottom of the Rere Rock
slide on the Wharekopae River 50km
north-west from Gisborne.
The victim, his wife and their two
children, with another young relative,
were holidaying in Gisborne, search
co-ordinator sergeant Greg Lexmond
said. They had gone to the slide after
reading a brochure about the tourist
attraction which is one of the AA
Travelguides 101 Must-Dos for Kiwis.
The children had wanted to experience
it, he said.
Two of the children, under the age of
10, had gone down the slide when they
got into trouble in the deep pool at the
Their father, 43, jumped in and
managed to push them both back
to the safety of the bank, but then
he disappeared under the water, Mr
He disappeared immediately and went
straight under the water.
The man’s distraught wife gathered
up the children and went to a nearby
farmhouse to raise the alarm.
“S he was extremely traumatised, they
all were extremely upset as you can
The national police dive squad was
called in and arrived at midnight.
The body was found after 10 minutes
searching in about 8m to 9m of water.
— APNZ-Gisborne Herald
The cost of car relicensing could
fall about 40% by next July — a drop
the Automobile Association expects
will result in fewer cash-strapped
motorists flouting the law.
ACC Minister Judith Collins has
signalled levy cuts of $480 million
for the 2015-16 year.
The Government will make a final
decision after consulting the public.
It is anticipated the bulk of the
cuts would be for private motor
vehicle levies, meaning the cost of
relicensing a passenger car for 12
months could fall by $130.
But whether motorists enjoyed the
full reduction might still depend on
the safety rating of their vehicle, the
Automobile Association said.
AA spokesman Mark Stockdale
said the levy cuts would be welcome
news to car owners.
“At the moment, you’re paying
roughly $287 to relicense a petrol
car, so if all of that 40% reduction
came through, that ’s going to bring
it down to about $160. ”
For motorists with diesel private
adropfrom $430 to $300.
Mr Stockdale said the long-
expected cuts reflected the fact
that ACC’s motor vehicle account,
funded by alevy included in the price
of petrol and licensing fees, was now
ACC was permitted to collect only
as much money as it needed to cover
the cost of motor vehicle accidents,
but levies had been high because the
agency was also covering accidents
from previous years.
“Now that we’re no longer playing
catch-up, costs are covering only
those that occur in the year we pay
for the levies,” Mr Stockdale said.
The benefits of the cuts could still
vary according to a proposed safety
rating system, which would offer
cheaper levies to safer cars.
The AA has previously backed the
concept, which had proposed rating
private passenger vehicles in one of
four groups according to how well
they protected occupants from harm
in the event of a crash.
Mr Stockdale also expected the
cuts would lead to better compliance.
“A lot of people are struggling
to pay for their licences, and we
know that some people are actually
choosing not to relicense at all and
risking being fined by police.
“Anything to reduce the cost of
licensing a vehicle will make it
easier, and mean that less people are
inclined to take risks because they
can’t afford it. ”
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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John Banks’s trial on a charge of
filing a false electoral return got off to
a dirty start today when a man throw
a bucket of mud at him as he walked
into the High Court at Auckland.
Act ’s sole MP was walking toward
the courthouse entrance when an
elderly man stepped for ward and
threw a bucket load of mud at him,
spattering his face and suit.
Penny Bright, who was protesting
against Mr Banks outside the court,
witnessed the incident and said the
man just biffed it all over Mr Banks.
“ He just looked like thunder,” she
said of Mr Banks, who then composed
himself and walked inside.
Ms Bright said the man, who was
wearing a purple polar fleece top and
grey track pants, was angry about
something Mr Banks had said on
Radio Pacific in 1997.
Court security were dealing with the
Mr Banks is alleged to have
knowingly received political
donations from internet entrepreneur
Kim Dotcom and Sky City that
were recorded in official returns as
anonymous during his bid for the
Auckland mayoralty in 2010.
The allegations relate to two
$25,000 donations from Mr Dotcom
and a $15,000 donation from Sky
Mr Banks’s trial will be heard by
Justice Edwin Wylie, without a jury.
It was due to start at 10am but was
put back to 11.30am. — APNZ
Banks hit with mud as trial starts
John Banks is attacked with a bucket of mud, as he arrives at the High Court
in Auckland this morning.
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Police photographer senior constable Tracey Bransgrove and Clutha-Taieri area response manager
senior sergeant Alastair Dickie inspect the damage to a Honda Integra following the fatal crash on the
Southern Motorway near Green Island early yesterday.
Police in D unedin have named
two people killed in a crash on
the southern motor way just after
They were Danielle Ngametua
Kiriau, 17, and her brother,
Shannon James Kiriau, 22. Both
were from Mosgiel.
Three other people were
seriously injured and one is in a
Police were “gutted” by the
high-speed crash on the Southern
Motor way that occurred on the
same night as a comprehensive
police traffic operation.
Clutha-Taieri area response
manager senior sergeant Alastair
Dickie said the deaths could have
The police operation, focusing
on speed, alcohol, restraints and
dangerous driving, was held in
Dunedin on Saturday night, and
road checkpoints and pub visits
were mostly in rural areas.
“ Last night there was quite a
bit of police activity in the city as
well,” he said yesterday.
“They have, unfortunately,
managed to get through. We can’t
“It’s gutting really, because we’ve
had quite a bit of resources put
into it, and then we get this.”
The accident occurred when the
driver of a Honda Integra car,
with four passengers, lost control
of the vehicle as it was heading
south on the Southern Motor way
The car was travelling around a
right-hand bend at what police
estimate was 180kph (based on
skid mark evidence) near Green
Island, when it spun several times
before striking a light pole and a
Ms Kiriau, who was in the back
seat, and her front-seat passenger
brother were pronounced dead at
Mr Dickie said the other
occupants of the vehicle were
taken to D unedin Hospital.
One, a female teen, is in a
critical condition while the other
two occupants, the male driver in
his 20s and a 16-year-old female,
received moderate to serious
Dunedin police were
considering whether to lay
charges against the driver,
believed to be from Milton, once
investigations were complete, he
Mr Dickie said the fatal
accident was a culmination of
All five occupants had been
drinking alcohol, and none of
the three females in the back seat
was wearing a seat belt. All were
thrown from the car.
The car had not had a warrant of
fitness since early 2012 and had
been “green stickered”, ordered off
the road until appropriate repairs
had been made.
“ We feel for the families,” Mr
— Otago Daily Times
Police ‘gutted’ by siblings’ deaths
Pets need to be evacuated along
with their other family members
in emergencies, a University of
Canterbury researcher says.
university’s risk resilience and
renewal centre Steve Glassey said
it had taken hard lessons for the
emergency management sector to
take the issue of pets in disasters
Glassey was speaking at the
Australia and New Zealand
disaster management conference in
In the September 2010 Canterbury
earthquake more than 3000 animals
were killed, he said.
Meanwhile, following Hurricane
Katrina in 2006, more than 50,000
pets were left behind during the
evacuation of New Orleans and 80%
to 90% subsequently died.
Many of the best practices in
management stemmed from the
disaster, he said.
About 44% of the people who did
not evacuate for Hurricane Katrina
stayed, at least in part, because they
did not want to leave their pets
“Though there may be a legal
power to evacuate people without
their pets, from an evidence-
based approach to emergency
management, let alone a moral
obligation — pets need to be
evacuated along with their other
family members. ”
With most New Zealanders
owning pets, they needed to be
included in emergency management
arrangements, Mr Glassey said.
Simply put, saving pets equals
saving people. There is academic
consensus that pet owners are more
likely to refuse to evacuate if they are
required to leave their pets, placing
them and public safety personnel at
In a sur vey of New Zealand pet
owners, 58% of respondents indicated
they would likely return to rescue
their pets if left behind, despite advice
from public safety officials, he said.
“By forcing pet owners to leave their
pets in a disaster, pet owners are more
likely to be psychologically impacted.
“So we are actually harming our
communities by not evacuating pets
and putting their safety, along with
the safety of our front-line personnel
at risk.” — APNZ
Call for pets to be evacuated in emergencies
I thought it was catnip, officer . . .
We have all heard about cats bringing
home dead birds, mice and even odd
things such as socks and under wear.
But a Halfway Bush cat has taken it
one furry step further by presenting its
owner with a 5g bag of cannabis.
Sergeant Reece Munro, of Dunedin,
said police received a call from a woman
in Ashmore Street about 6pm yesterday,
concerned her cat had left “a bag of
drugs” on her front doorstep.
“ It was approximately 5g of cannabis,
which has a street value of between $100
The cat ’s owner was very pleased to have
the evidence removed and Mr Munro
declined to identify the cat or its owner.
“ You hear of cats bringing dead birds
and rats home but certainly in my career
I’ve never seen anything like this before.
“ I guess you never really know who’s
keeping you honest these days, do you?”
Sgt Munro said the origins of the the
cannabis remained a mystery.
“ We will continue our investigation
and look at having the plastic bag
He said there was perhaps potential to
add feline cunning to the police armoury
“ We certainly have police dogs
trained to detect drugs — this might be
something police could explore in the
future.” — Otago Daily Times
A man assaulted on Matakana Island
was flown to Tauranga Hospital with
serious injuries last night.
The 52-year-old man was picked up
by a rescue helicopter on its way back
from a 3.30pm call to help an 84-year-
old Whiritoa woman with a medical
condition needing urgent care.
St John ambulance staff treated the
man on the island before he was flown
for further assessment and treatment.
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
A 25-year-old man has died after
his car crossed the centreline, hit
a bridge barrier and landed in a
stream near Havelock North this
Police believe the man was on his
way to work about 4.15am, when
the accident happened near the
intersection of Longlands Road
and Te Aute Road.
Havelock North, he’s come by the
intersection, crossed the centreline
at Longlands and collided with the
bridge on the opposite side of the
road,” senior constable Corey Ubels
He was discovered by a family
member about 4.40am; emergency
ser vices were called but the sole
male occupant was already dead,
trapped in his car after it ended up
in the stream.
No other people or vehicles were
understood to have been involved,
The serious crash unit was
investigating. However, it was too
early to determine what had caused
“ Everything is up for consideration
at this stage. ”
The name of the dead man would
not be released until his family were
advised of the accident.
Further north there were major
rush hour traffic delays after a truck
and car crash blocked Puhinui
Road in Manukau, Auckland, in
both directions, police said.
A police closure of the Puhinui
Motor way interchange has now
It was understood a car and a
truck and trailer unit were involved,
and one person was trapped in the
Police, Fire Ser vice, ambulance
and airport crash/fire staff were
at the scene and the serious crash
unit would be investigating, police
— APNZ-Hawke’s Bay Today
Man dies on way to work
A young motorcyclist who fled from
police conducting an early morning
drink-drive stop was found by officers
minutes later pinned between between
his bike and a fence.
The 20-year-old man had come across
a police drink-driving checkpoint on
Welcome Bay Road, Tauranga about
1.50am yesterday but swer ved around
a police officer attempting to flag him
down, western Bay of Plenty senior
sergeant Ian Campion said.
The man then sped off down State
highway 29 toward Poike Road.
Police followed the direction the
motorcyclist took but lost sight of him.
The officers planned to turn around at
Poike Road roundabout and return to the
Welcome Bay checkpoint stop. But at
the roundabout they found a skid mark
leading to the trapped motorcyclist.
“They found the motorcyclist pinned
between the motorcycle and a fence
at the corner of the roundabout of
Poike Road and State highway 29,” Mr
Police called ambulance staff and the
man was taken to Tauranga Hospital
with injuries to his back, pelvis, arms
and legs but he was not believed to be
Mr Campion said police were waiting
on blood results to establish if the man
had alcohol in his system. It was not
c lear if the pursuing police had activated
their lights and sirens, he said.
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Fleeing rider pinned against fence
Two women have been found dead at a
home in Ranui.
Police were called at 10am today and
when they arrived they found the bodies
of two women at the west Auckland
Police are investigating to determine
what happened at the home. No further
details were available. — APNZ
Two found dead
A wide-eyed runaway ram which
sidestepped trucks on the Southern
Motor way met its match when it
attempted to charge a D unedin
Station officer Mark Townsend, of
Lookout Point, said a ram was running
south on the northbound lane of the
Southern Motor way, about 200m below
the station, on Saturday. The four station
crew were first on the scene and pursued
the woolly fugitive on foot. “On our first
attempt to grab it, it leaped over the
median barrier on to the southbound
The ram was narrowly missed bytwo
trucks as it ran towards the off-ramp to
“ It didn’t know which way it really
wanted to go.
“ It was zigzagging a bit. Potentially, it
could have been a bit horrific. ”
Mr Townsend said he managed to get
in front of the the ram and, with many
motorists stopped to watch the chase, he
prepared for a clean tackle to put an end
to the pursuit.
“ It came straight at me. I saw the
whites of its eyes.
“There were a few onlookers and I
thought I could look very foolish, but I
managed to hold on.”
The ram, which was wearing a collar,
was put in the nearest paddock.
“ We’re not completely convinced that
was his paddock, and it was full of ewes,
so he might be having the time of his life
The police and animal control were
called to investigate further, he said.
— Otago Daily Times
Fireman corrals runaway ram
The farm motorcycle believed to be
the last vehicle a missing man was using
before he disappeared in the Rangitikei
district has been located by police.
Stephen Walker, 25, has been missing
since Wednesday night. He was last
seen at his home near Bulls at 8.30pm
that day. Police said they are concerned
for his welfare and are appealing to the
public for information about him.
Mr Walker is Caucasian, of medium
build, 1.83m and has short brown
hair. He was last seen wearing a green
Swandri, a green hoody, track pants and
A blue Suzuki TF125 farm motorcycle
he was believed to be riding was located
on Makoura Road, near the intersection of
Pohangina Road in the Apiti area, police
said. Anyone who saw a person riding a
bike matching this description between
Bulls and Makoura Road, possibly
without a helmet, between 8.30pm on
Wednesday and 7.30am on Thursday has
been asked to contact police. — APNZ
An elderly south Auckland man
suffering from dementia has been found.
Tohu Edmonds, 75, was missing from
his Hillcrest Road, Papatoetoe, home
since the early hours of Saturday, police
Police said he was found yesterday
afternoon safe and well and was home
with his family.
Police thanked the public for their
assistance. — APNZ
Man found safe
Missing man’s motorcycle found
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