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Crash claims driver
Police have named a Hawea man
who died when his vehicle flipped
several times yesterday morning.
Police said initial investigations
suggested the Toyota Landcruiser
driven by Hayden Lloyd Mapp,
34, driving flipped several times
on Cemetery Road, Hawea Flat
between 1am and 2.30am yesterday
after he overcorrected when he hit
gravel. Police said no other vehicles
were involved and the driver was the
only person in the car. — APNZ
Young boy run over
A four year-old Manurewa
boy who was struck by a passing
vehicle on Saturday later died in
Middlemore Hospital. Kingi
Te Ao Reneti was playing with
friends outside his home when he
was hit by a car about 12.50pm,
police said. Police are investigating
the crash and said the driver of the
vehicle had been co-operating with
their investigation. — APNZ
Man’s injuries fatal
A 19-year-old who suffered critical
injuries after being hit by a car near
Gore last Saturday night has died.
Brodie Carroll, from Gore, has died
in D unedin Hospital after being hit
by a car on the Waimea Highway,
State highway 94, last Saturday
night. He was flown by helicopter
to D unedin Hospital following the
crash. Police said the investigation
in to the crash is continuing, and it
was too early to say whether charges
would be laid. — APNZ
Concerns are held for the safety
of a Q ueenstown woman who has
been missing for a few days. The
police search for Renee Lisa Barrett,
42, has extended from the Kelvin
Heights area of Queenstown to now
include a search of the edge of Lake
Wakatipu. Ms Barrett ’s vehicle was
found in Kelvin Heights, but she
has not been seen since before the
weekend. Police, Q ueenstown and
Wanaka search volunteers and the
Queenstown Harbourmaster are
involved. Ms Barrett has medical
conditions. — APNZ
There was no division one winner
in Lotto draw No 1407 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 10, 14, 16,
22, 24, 35; bonus 6. Strike numbers
were 22, 35, 10, 24. There was one
Strike Four winner, from Auckland,
taking home $196,843. Powerball
number 8. There was no division
one winner. The Winning Wheel
ticket was sold in Mangere. The
winner from Auckland spun for
Numbers in Keno draw No 9946: 17,
19, 26, 28, 35, 42, 44, 45, 50, 51, 52,
55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 66, 70, 74, 78. Draw
No 9947: 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 18, 21, 30, 32,
35, 37, 39, 41, 48, 52, 57, 58, 67, 71, 79.
Draw No 9948: 2, 4, 6, 7, 12, 22, 26,
30, 32, 34, 37, 41, 51, 56, 57, 58, 62, 63,
66, 71. Draw No 9949: 1, 12, 15, 17,
19, 20, 25, 30, 42, 44, 45, 49, 51, 57, 59,
60, 61, 66, 68, 74.
TV3 gets earful over Banks footage
A Hastings council tractor driver has
pleaded guilty to dangerous driving
causing the death a four-year-old boy in
a horrific mowing accident last year.
The 72-year-old man, who has interim
name suppression until his sentencing,
appeared in the Napier District Court
this morning and entered a guilty plea
to driving a motor vehicle dangerously
causing the death of Uetaha Dahtanian
Crown prosecutor Clayton Walker
opposed the elderly man’s name
suppression and said: “On behalf of the
family, they do feel the name of their
young child has been unfairly published
while (the accused) has not had his
The tragedy occurred at Kirkpatrick
Park in Hastings on October 8 last year.
Witnesses said Uetaha was killed when
he was run over by the tractor-mower.
Police also said at the time of the incident
the toddler was believed to have been at
the Camberley park with older cousins
before he was struck by the machine.
The 72-year-old driver, who worked for
the Hastings District Council, will next
appear for sentencing in July. He had
been with the council for 13 years and
was a senior driver.
The Hastings District Council is also
being prosecuted over the death by the
Government ’s workplace safety agency,
Work Safe New Zealand.
— APNZ-Hawke’s Bay Today
Lashings of snow and wind gusts
up to 180kph have sent temperatures
plummeting in some areas, and a little of
that chill will blow its way into Auckland
A woman was almost crushed by a
toppled shipping container as wind gusts
of up to 120kph wrought havoc in the
The high winds returned last night,
along with hail and snow showers, and
conditions were expected to get colder
with severe frosts predicted, including
-1 3degC in Queenstown tonight.
On Saturday, Ploni White was
helping take items out of her family’s
container when a gust ripped through
Ravensbourne, D unedin, with such force
a nearby container began to fall towards
“It missed me by inches,” she said.
She crawled from behind the wreckage
to discover her granddaughter sitting in
her pram — unscathed — nearby.
“It it had fallen any other way, we both
could have been squashed.”
The storm brought strong winds and
heavy rain to Dunedin, and temperatures
plummeted 10degC within minutes,
from a high of 17degC.
Emergency ser vices were inundated
with calls as strong winds brought down
power lines and damaged poles, while
power authorities scrambled to restore
electricity to 1790 Dunedin consumers.
Last night, snow showers fell in
Dunedin’s hill suburbs with Metser vice
issuing a warning for snow and strong
winds down to 500m in Otago and
Southland, especially for the inland hills
and the Catlins, to early this morning.
In Q ueenstown, steady rain fell
yesterday, causing some surface flooding.
Snow fell on ski fields.
Further south, gusts caused bricks to
collapse from the facade of the Work
and Income building in Tay Street,
Invercargill and the Bluff Oyster and
Food Festival was cancelled because of
Power was cut to thousands of Wairarapa
homes as the region was battered by gale-
force winds and heavy rain.
Winds of 160kph hit Castlepoint
and at the summit on the Rimutaka
Hill gusts reached 140kph. More than
100mm of rainfall had washed through
the Tararua Ranges by Saturday night.
While the extreme gusts will disappear,
severe frosts may plague horticulture
and viticulture industries tomorrow and
Wednesday. A south-westerly blast
today would be the start of a noticeably
cool change for Auckland.
Several schools in Dunedin have closed
and many others delayed opening until
10am. The Dunedin City Council said
bus ser vices had been suspended on all
hill and southern routes.
— Otago Daily Times-APNZ
TV3 news bosses have been
summoned to the High Court at
Auckland this afternoon to explain
why the network aired footage
of John Banks appearing to eat
something he picked out of his ear
during his trial on a charge of filing a
false electoral return.
After the fourth day of the Act
MP’s trial on Thursday last week
TV3 news aired the footage, which
was shot when the court was played
an audio tape of Banks being
inter viewed by police in June 2012.
The footage had since been posted
on You Tube.
The trial resumed late this
morning after discussions between
lawyers in Justice Edwin Wylie’s
Back in the courtroom the judge
told TV3’s reporter in court, Simon
Shepherd, he wanted to see the
network’s “editor in chief ” after the
lunch break at 2.15pm.
“I ’m considering either suspending
or revoking TV3’s right to film these
proceedings,” Justice Wylie said.
“I want to know three things.
Firstly, when was the footage shot?
Secondly, has it been released by
TV3 to any other entity which could
put it on social media? Thirdly, TV3’s
views on whether or not it represents
fair and balanced reporting of
Justice Wylie said TV3 was entitled
to legal representation during the
Before the judge, with no jury,
Banks is defending a charge of
filing a false electoral return in 2010
for that year ’s Auckland mayoralty
where he allegedly knowingly
received political donations from
Kim Dotcom and Sky City that were
recorded as anonymous. — APNZ
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John Banks will not give
evidence at his trial on
a charge of filing a false
electoral return over his
failed 2010 bid for the
Auckland mayoralty, but
his wife will be called to
the witness stand today.
In the High Court
at Auckland today, the
Crown case against Banks
has wrapped up and the
defence case is now under way.
Defence lawyer David Jones, QC, said
Banks, the Act Party’s sole MP, would
not be giving evidence as he had already
made a lengthy statement to police in
2012. The audio of that was played to the
court last week.
Banks’s wife Amanda will tell the court
about Banks’s meeting with internet
entrepreneur Kim Dotcom at his
Coatesville mansion in June 2010.
Mrs Banks was present and would say
campaign donations were not discussed
in her presence and at the end of a lunch
she and Mona Dotcom, Mr Dotcom’s
former wife, left the room, the court was
That would contrast with what Mrs
Dotcom said last week, when she
recalled hearing talk of donations.
Banks is defending a charge of filing a
false electoral return where he allegedly
knowingly received political donations
from Mr Dotcom and Sky City that
were recorded as anonymous.
The allegations against Banks relate to
two $25,000 donations from Megastuff
Ltd on Mr Dotcom’s behalf in June 2010
and $15,000 from Sky City in May that
“The essence of the defence case is quite
simple. Mr Banks did not do anything
wrong. He did not know of any falsity
in any return. He relied on his trusted
campaign treasurer (Lance) Hutchison,
a man himself of immense integrity,” Mr
“ Before (Banks signed the return) he
asked Mr Hutchison, ‘Can I sign this in
good faith? Is it accurate? Is it true?’ He
gets the affirmative and he signs. ”
Mr Banks told police in 2012 he could
not recall being handed the envelope
containing Sky City’s donation but it
was now accepted he had received it.
“The evidence is clear that the decision
as to how the Sky City donation would
be recorded in the return was Mr
Hutchison’s. There was no
influence or any suggestion
from Mr Banks as to how
it should be entered,” Mr
“ In that respect it ’s the
defence position that Mr
Banks could not have had
any knowledge of any
supposed falsity of the
donor not being recorded
in the return.”
Mr Jones said the
recording of the Megastuff donations
was correct and prosecution witnesses,
including Mr Dotcom, had given
“orchestrated, false” evidence about
Mr Dotcom told the court he offered
to donate to the campaign and was told
by Banks to split the money into two
$25,000 cheques so it could be kept
However, Mr Jones said evidence
supporting that was an “absolute litany
The defence will also call a number of
character witnesses, Banks’s campaign
worker Scott Campbell and Rodney MP
Mr Jones said Mr Mitchell would
talk about a conversation he had with
Mr Dotcom, where Mr Dotcom said
he would “destroy ” Banks and Prime
Minister John Key and bring down the
Earlier in the day the final prosecution
witness, Sky City chief executive Nigel
Morrison, said he had a short meeting
with Banks in early May 2010 to give
him a $15,000 donation, which was in
Sky City had decided to donate money
to the campaigns of both Banks and his
main rival for the city mayoralty, Len
Brown, after Mr Brown approached the
company asking for a donation.
“We had no desire for it to be
anonymous,” Mr Morrison said of the
When questioned by Mr Jones, Mr
Morrison agreed it was “probably true”
that no directions had been given to Sky
City staff about that, rather the matter
was not discussed.
Earlier in the trial Banks’s campaign
treasurer Mr Hutchison said after
receiving the cheque from Sky City, he
phoned somebody there and was asked if
the donation could stay anonymous.
The trial continues. — APNZ
Grave fears held for missing woman
Police inspect the scene where personal items belonging to missing Auckland mother Blesilda
Gotingco, inset, were found.
As the search for missing North
Shore woman Blesilda (Blessie)
Gotingco enters its second day,
friends are rallying around her
children and doing all they can to
A Facebook page has been
set up by the daughter of Mrs
Gotingco’s best friend in a bid to
draw information from the public
about what might have happened
“ Hopefully someone mentions
something on the page that can
be of help to police,” Meghan
Shah, whose mother works with
Mrs Gotingco at Tower Insurance
and is also her best friend, said.
“ P lease help find Blessie. Share
this post, raise awareness. Help
please,” Ms Shah wrote on the
page Help Find Blessie.
Police are continuing to speak to
people who was Mrs Gotingco in
the hours before she disappeared
and were appealing to the
public for any information that
could help them establish what
happened to the 56-year-old.
A press conference will
be held at the North Shore
policing centre later today,
where detective senior sergeant
Stan Brown is expected to have
more information about Mrs
Gotingco’s last movements before
Police were also continuing
to work through information
and sightings gathered during
yesterday ’s scene examination,
search of the area, and the
information gathered from
numerous people over the course
of yesterday ’s work. Inquiries with
Birkenhead Transport, the bus
company that runs the route Mrs
Gotingco would have used if she
caught the bus are continuing, as
investigators look to confirm her
movements on Saturday night.
Police are still appealing for
anyone who caught the bus on
Saturday night from Auckland
City to Birkdale, on a number
973 or 974 bus, especially those
passengers who were on the buses
departing at 7.05pm or 7.45pm.
Mrs Gotingco had planned to
get a ride home with her best
friend when she finished work on
Saturday, but declined the offer
after volunteering to work late.
At 6.30pm, the 56-year-old
phoned her son to say she would
be catching a bus from central
Auckland shortly after 7pm. She
failed to make it home.
Screams were heard near her
home in Salisbury Road, Birkdale,
and belongings, including her
phone and shoes, were found near
the closest bus stop, just 630m
from the house.
Police say they have “serious
concerns” for her safety and
are appealing to anyone with
information to come for ward.
Police found other items
belonging to Mrs Gotingco,
including Tupper ware containers
she took food to work in. Last
night, it was understood that the
bag she carried her belongings in
had not yet been found.
Mrs Shah rushed to be with
Mrs Gotingco’s daughter, Bea,
and her brothers after hearing her
friend was missing.
“ I had a missed call from her,
the daughter, in the morning and
then I got a message, ‘My mum is
The siblings were not up to
speaking about their mother’s
disappearance. They were being
supported by police and Victim
Their father, Antonio Gotingco,
was last night trying to make his
way home from the Philippines.
Mrs Gotingco was last seen
wearing a white top and light
trousers. She is of slim to medium
build, about 160cm tall, and has
dark shoulder-length hair.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A lawyer took to wearing a flea collar
on her ankle at one of the country’s
biggest courts while others reported
maggots falling from the ceiling, an
inquiry into working conditions has
At a meeting this year, general
manager of district courts Tony
Fisher was told of the flea infestation
and other hygiene issues at the
Waitakere District Court, while
staff talked of being over worked in
Since the meeting those working in
the court speak of some improvement
but say the only real answer is to build
a new courthouse — a solution which
is still years away.
Barrister Bridie Murphy, who works
regularly at the court, said she knew
the lawyer who had taken to wearing
a flea collar.
“One of the lawyers did do that.
There’s been an infestation of fleas
with people getting their ankles
bitten. They did sweep through and
do pest treatment but it probably
has to happen more often than it
She said there had been some
changes but those working in the
court area were still under pressure
from a building which was struggling
to meet requirements.
Ms Murphy said toilets at the court
had been a constant issue with some
out of commission for weeks.
She also confirmed reports from
colleagues of an incident in which
maggots fell from the ceiling.
Ms Murphy said people appearing
before the court, or coming as
support people, often came in with
a cluster of children “who need to
be fed and watered — there’s a lot
of food lying around because they ’re
there all day ”.
She praised court staff and managers
for keeping the court functioning.
“ We don’t have enough judges, we
don’t have enough space, we don’t
have enough registrars. I’m always
amazed it just seems to tootle
Staff spoken to said other issues
raised at the meeting this year
included conditions in the cells, which
had limited facilities for lawyers to
inter view clients, and the safety of
judges in one of the courtrooms that
had a corridor shared by remand
prisoners and judges.
“There’s always a chance (a remand
prisoner) might come across a judge,”
Ms Murphy said.
One person working in the courts
said an extra four court staff had been
hired, but added that the Ministry
of Justice made room by removing
the desks staff had been using and
replacing them with smaller desks.
Mr Fisher said there were plans to
refurbish the Waitakere court but
replacing it was a long-term strategy.
The court is one of the few to have
an increase in criminal cases, up 1%
in 2013, against a 10% decrease for all
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Lawyer wears flea collar to dirty court
Cows put down after truck accident
About eight cows had to be put
down after an accident involving
a stock truck near Alexandra
yesterday, police say.
A crate from a fully-loaded stock
truck travelling north towards the
Hawea area, containing about 27
cows, fell off the vehicle on a bend
at Gorge Creek, south of Alexandra,
Constable Tamah Carson, of
Alexandra, said police called a vet
to the scene to check the stock.
With the help of a local farmer
and a passing truck driver, the
remaining stock were placed in a
The driver, who was not injured,
was “probably a bit shaken up” but
was more concerned about the
cows, Mr Carson said.
Waikaka Transport manager
Greg Kirk confirmed the truck
was owned by the company but did
not want to comment until further
details became clear.
However, police, firefighters,
the salvage crew and the farmer
involved all did a fantastic job and
the livestock were dealt with in a
humane manner, he said.
He had been in contact with the
cattle’s owners and sharemilkers,
and “had everything at that end
Mr Carson said when the accident
occurred, about 7.30am, it was not
yet full daylight and it had been
raining “on and off ” all morning.
Police and firefighters attending
the accident closed the road. It was
temporarily reopened to traffic at
8.30am, before being closed again
while the crate was removed and
the scene cleared about 10.30am.
The cause of the accident had not
yet been determined and police
inquiries were continuing.
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Emergency services staff attend the scene of an incident where a stock
crate fell off a trailer at Gorge Creek yesterday.
John Key’s National Party
is enjoying a budget lift in
two new polls and appears
to have moved on from the
Judith Collins and Maurice
The 3 News-Reid
Research poll conducted
in the week immediately
following Bill English’s
family-focused Budget this month has
National up 4.4 points to 50.3%.
The One News-Colmar Brunton poll
over a similar period also has the ruling
party up four points, to 51.
The news was bad, however, for Labour.
Its support dipped 1.7 points to 29.5%
in the 3 News poll, and one point to 30%
in the One News survey.
Mr Key told 3 News that with just four
months to the election, “Labour will be
Labour Party leader David Cunliffe
said it was “still fairly early days” and
“this is going to bounce right back
“The only poll that counts
is the one on election day,”
There was a small measure
of good news for Mr
Cunliffe, with a 2% lift in the
preferred Prime Minister
stakes to 10%, according to
One News, and a 0.8% rise
in the 3 News poll, taking
him to 9.8% .
Mr Key remains far
ahead, at 43% in both polls.
Among the other parties, the Greens
were largely steady, unchanged at 11%
according to One News but down one
point at 10.2% according to 3 News.
NZ First was up 0.7 points to above
the 5% mark in the 3News poll but down
two points to just below that threshold
according to One News.
Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party was at
1% in the One News poll and at 0.6%
in the 3 News poll which is well within
both polls’ 3.1% margin of error, the same
territory as the Maori Party, Mana, the
Conser vatives, Act and United Future.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Budget boosts National
A woman was assaulted when
two men allegedly armed with a
knife and a shotgun entered an
Auckland house in the early hours
of yesterday, and a shot was fired.
Police said two men entered
a house in Cortina Place,
Pakuranga, allegedly armed with
A woman at the house was
assaulted, police said, and the
A male from the house chased
the offenders, who fired a firearm,
believed to be a shotgun.
Police said no one was hurt when
the shotgun went off.
Police are seeking anyone with
information that could help identify
the offenders. — APNZ
Shot fired during home invasion
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