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Vehicle misuse charges
A 24-year-old Christchurch woman
is facing criminal charges in relation
to the misuse of vehicles belonging to
the Earthquake Commission. Police
said the woman, who was arrested on
Sunday, was facing two fraud charges
and a charge of unlawful conversion
of a motor vehicle. The charges
were laid in relation to the reported
unauthorised use of three Earthquake
Commission (EQC) vehicles for
several weeks by an EQC staff
member. The 24-year-old woman
would appear in the Christchurch
District Court on Friday.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Truck crash blocks road
A truck carrying a load of squash
has crashed on State highway 2
near Gisborne. Police said the truck
and trailer unit was the only vehicle
involved in the crash. The crash
between Te Karaka and Matawai
happened about 3.45am. A crane was
required to move the truck. There
were no diversions and the road was
closed for several hours. — APNZ
A 63-year-old microlight pilot
has walked away with only minor
injuries after he crash-landed near
Motueka Airport in Nelson. Police
said the crash happened at 12.39pm
yesterday. Senior sergeant Stu
Koefoed said the pilot was the sole
occupant. The microlight had engine
problems as it tried to return to
Motueka Airport. It landed short of
the runway in an orchard. The crash
has been reported to Civil Aviation
Authority. — APNZ
Motocross rider hurt
A man in his 30s was taken to
hospital by the Palmerston North
rescue helicopter after a motocross
accident on Sunday afternoon. The
rider sustained leg injuries after
coming off his bike at the motocross
meet north of Marton. He was
stabilised by St John paramedics and
flown to Whanganui Hospital.
— APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
A ticket sold in Papakura won its
holder $2 million in division one of
Lotto draw No 1408 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 7, 26, 27,
32, 34, 35; bonus 19. Strike numbers
were 7, 26, 35, 27. There was no
Strike Four winner. Powerball
number 7. There was no division one
winner. The Winning Wheel ticket
was sold in Carterton. The winner
from Porirua spun for $150,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9960: 13,
20, 24, 26, 29, 31, 33, 38, 43, 47, 48, 49,
51, 56, 57, 68, 73, 75, 77, 80. Draw No
9961: 3, 9, 14, 20, 26, 31, 35, 36, 38,
39, 40, 43, 49, 51, 58, 60, 61, 67, 68, 79.
Draw No 9962: 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 24,
28, 29, 31, 38, 39, 46, 47, 54, 61, 70, 71,
75, 77, 79. Draw No 9963: 1, 13, 28,
29, 31, 32, 36, 40, 41, 45, 49, 50, 54, 56,
64, 68, 71, 73, 76, 78. Draw No 9964:
11, 16, 18, 19, 22, 28, 39, 40, 42, 44, 49,
58, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 75, 76, 80. Draw
No 9965: 1, 2, 4, 15, 17, 21, 34, 41, 47,
48, 50, 51, 52, 63, 68, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79.
Tourist in court over fatal smash
Carry on, said
dead boy’s dad
New Zealanders are being urged
to think twice before clicking on a
Facebook friend’s new video, as fraudsters
increasingly target victims over social
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has
issued advice on on-line scams as part
of Fraud Awareness Week. It says there
has been a rise in scams on social media
such as Facebook, with many succeeding
after people trust updates from on-line
This year New Zealanders have
reported losing close to $3 million to
an array of scams. Sean Lyons, Netsafe’s
chief technology officer, said social media
scammers worked on the assumption
people were more trusting of content
delivered through a friend’s profile.
“The art of the scammer (is) about
convincing people of the validity of
what ’s being offered. What they are now
doing is using what feels like, to the
target, a more genuine recommendation. ”
A wide array target Facebook users,
including the increasingly common
problem of “clickjacking”. This is a
technique to trick users into clicking on
links or buttons that are hidden from
view — a security weakness in web
browsers can allow pages to be layered
As a result, people can think they are
clicking on the play button on a video
posted by a friend, but they are really
clicking on a hidden link.
They are then often redirected to
other pages which ask for personal
information, sometimes in the form of
a “competition”. The scam can expose
victims to malicious software and use
their profile to spread the scam.
According to Netsafe, Facebook users
should beware of suspect or “goofy”
posts from anyone. If a video looks like
something someone would not normally
post, people should not click on it. A
suspicious post could be a sign their
Facebook account has been hijacked.
Another way to minimise risk is to stay
current on browser updates.
Another threat is versions of phishing
scams, where criminals steal personal
information or trick people into giving
it. On Facebook, phishers can use status
postings and Facebook messages from
friends’ accounts (which they have
hacked). —APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Research to focus on foreign drivers
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A Dutch tourist has been remanded
on bail after an appearance in the
Christchurch District Court this
morning over the deaths of three
people in a car smash at the weekend.
Johannes Jacobus Appelman, 52, did
not enter a plea on three counts of
careless use of a vehicle causing death
and one charge of careless use of a
vehicle causing injury.
Appelman, who has been discharged
from hospital after suffering minor
injuries in the crash, was alleged
to have run a stop sign at the
Thompsons Track and Somerton
Road intersection near Rakaia, his car
colliding with a Volvo carrying four
people from Christchurch on their
way to visiting family friends at Lake
Christchurch woman Sally Vanessa
Summerfield, 49, her daughter
Ella Yasmin Summerfield, 12, and
Ella’s friend Abi Hone, 12, were
killed instantly in the crash. Ms
Summerfield’s 48-year-old husband
Shane, who was driving, suffered
Appelman, who was represented
by Christchurch lawyer Phil Shamy,
appeared before a registrar and was
remanded to reappear on July 10.
He made no comment as he left
The family of a young girl killed in
the crash say Appelman is as much a
victim as those who died.
Yesterday, Abi Hone’s family offered
an olive branch to the man.
“They certainly feel for him and
what he’s going through,” Hone
family spokesman Darren Wright
said of Abi’s parents Lucy and Trevor.
“At the end of the day we’ve all had
lapses of judgment. Unfortunately
this one had tragic consequences.”
The Hones thought the tourist
was “just as much a victim” in what
happened in an area where the roads
were narrow and the cross-road
The Summerfield family, from
Sumner in Christchurch, were taking
Abi with them to the Ohau ski area
for the long weekend.
Ella’s older brother Sam, along with
Abi’s two older brothers, were said to
be devastated at losing their “beautiful
little sisters”, Mr Wright said.
Mr Summerfield is in a serious
but stable condition in Christchurch
It is understood he is conscious and
aware of what had happened.
The crash, and another fatality
involving a tourist this Queen’s
Birthday long weekend, has ignited
debate on whether foreigners should
be better educated before they are
allowed on New Zealand roads.
Prime Minister John Key, also the
Tourism Minister, said yesterday
he did not believe changes were
needed to current laws or testing
“ If you look at the accident rate of
tourists who come and drive in New
Zealand versus New Zealanders
themselves, it ’s pretty consistent.
They’re about the same accident rate
per capita. So I don’t think that ’s a big
Dog and Lemon car review editor
Clive Matthew-Wilson, a road safety
campaigner, said the Government
needed to make it much harder to get
behind the wheel of a rental car and
he called for a ban on travellers from
renting cars until they had passed an
on-line driving test.
Police Assistant Commissioner of
road policing Dave Cliff pointed to a
number of initiatives in place to make
sure tourists were educated about
New Zealand road rules.
“There’s an awful lot of information
for people. You can lead a horse to
water but you can’t make it drink.”
Mr Cliff said the Q ueenstown
Lakes District was looking at ways of
mitigating the risk of overseas drivers.
“ We’ve got a group who are working
in Queenstown Lakes which has a
high percentage of overseas drivers
involved in serious crashes looking at
what else we can do,” he said.
Technology to monitor how a car
is being driven through cellphones
could be an option, he said.
“A way of alerting drivers or the
rental car company if the vehicle isn’t
being driven safely could exist in the
On Sunday Mr Cliff said fewer than
2% of fatal crashes involved overseas
drivers but in some popular tourist
areas such as Queenstown, that figure
rose to around 25%.
He said police were “hugely
disappointed” at this year’s holiday-
weekend road toll, particularly after
a high profile “make it to Monday ”
Mr Cliff said police were out in force
on traffic hot spots as people returned
from their breaks.
The official holiday period, which
began at 4pm on Friday, ended at 6am
today, with the toll at five.
Last year there were no deaths
during the same holdiay period.
On Friday night South Auckland
woman Robyn Derrick, 52, was killed
in a collision with a camper van driven
by a German tourist and said by police
to have crossed the centre line on
State highway 25 on the Coromandel
On Saturday Adrian James Ihaka,
36, died when he crashed into a power
pole just 600m from a social function
at the Eketahuna Rugby Club, which
he left after an apparent fight with his
He was given first aid after the crash
but he died at the scene.
Breakfast host Rawdon Christie was
a friend of the Hone family and had
spoken to Abi’s parents Trevor and
He said Mr Hone had told him
two families had been devastated
by the crash, his family and the
Summerfields, but he feels no anger
toward the Dutch driver.
“He’s not angry at the driver, he
doesn’t blame the driver, he says that
doesn’t help anyone.
“ He doesn’t want a third family
ruined to the same extent. ”
— APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
Police are investigating why a
vehicle involved in a high-speed
police chase on the Strath Taieri
yesterday had licence plates
attached that did not belong to it.
The 16-year-old unlicensed
driver is in Dunedin Hospital
with a serious head injury after
the Toyota Rav 4 crashed and
rolled three times while fleeing
police at Clarks Junction.
The crash happened on a bend
on State highway 87 about
Southern district command
centre deployment co-ordinator
senior sergeant Matt Scoles said
the D unedin teen was the sole
occupant of the Rav 4, which was
A police car pursued it after
clocking it travelling towards
Middlemarch “ well in excess of
the 100kph speed limit”.
Mr Scoles said the officer
attempted unsuccessfully to stop
Police gave chase for about four
minutes, and the vehicle reached
speeds of up to 140kph, before
failing to take a corner and rolling
The driver was found
unconscious and was flown to
Dunedin Hospital by rescue
helicopter with a serious head
Mr Scoles said, apart from its
speed, the driver’s manner of
driving was good, as were road
conditions and traffic was light.
“Initial indications are that
the pursuit was conducted in
accordance with police policy. ”
Police serious crash investigators
attended the scene yesterday to
conduct a full investigation of the
circumstances of the crash.
Mr Scoles said the youth
remained in a serious condition
last night, but his injuries were
Farmer Jim McDonald, the
owner of nearby Mount Gowrie
Station, went to the scene of
the crash when he heard the
helicopter fly in.
He had attended several bad
crashes at the 70kph corner over
the years, mainly involving drivers
who did not know the road.
Conditions were perfect for
driving yesterday, but the corner
could not possibly be driven
at more than 100kph, even by
experienced drivers familiar with
the unusual camber. “ This was just
inexperience and speed.”
He said the crash could
potentially have been worse, as he
had been moving a flock of sheep
up the same stretch of road only
10 minutes before.
— Otago Daily Times
Inquiry into crash car’s false plates
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Emergency services at the scene of a car crash yesterday near Clarks Junction on State highway 87. The
sole occupant received a serious head injury.
carbon tax plan
The Green Party says even
dairy farms would still be
profitable under its carbon
The party plans to
campaign for the election
on scrapping the emissions
instead taxing industrial
polluters $25 a tonne on
their carbon emissions.
Dairy farms would also
be charged, but at half the
rate, while sheep and beef
farms would initially be
Critics of the policy said
the tax could put many
dairy farms out of business,
but Green Party co-leader
Russel Norman told Radio
New Zealand’s Morning
economic analysis showed
that would not happen.
“ We modelled what it
looks like. The bottom 10% of dairy
farms, the worst performing dairy farms,
they’re still profitable.”
Announcing the party’s climate
protection plan at the weekend, Dr
Norman said dairy farmers would pay
$12.50 per tonne in emission charges.
That would equate to 8c per kilo of milk
solids, or a levy of $29.95 per cow.
Sheep and beef farmers would not
initially be included because, unlike dairy
farmers, he said, they could not afford it.
Figures show dairying generates 42.9%
of agriculture’s emissions, while the
sheep and beef industries combined
account for 48.6% .
Dr Norman also rejected criticism the
plan did nothing to change consumer
behaviour, while putting vulnerable parts
of the economy at risk.
“O ver time, every economic report
is very clear about this is that prices
do affect behaviour and
making sure there is a price
on carbon is the cheapest
way to do it.”
Climate Change Minister
Tim Groser has said the
proposal would slash New
Zealanders’ standards of
living and attack those
who contributed to the
economy, including dairy
farmers. But Dr Norman
said revenue raised from
the tax would go back to to
households in the form of
a tax cut and to businesses
in the form of a company
A network of more than
50 environment groups
said the Greens’ climate
economically sound and
would protect the country’s
most vulnerable farmers.
Environment and Con-
ser vation Organisations
Cath Wallace said the policy would
provide clear incentives for de-carbonising
“The lack of an effective price on carbon
greenhouse gas emissions — means
that the emissions trading system which
was set up to send that price signal just
hasn’t been operating. It’s had so many
She said the absence of a charge for
beef and sheep farm emissions was a
huge concession to farmers who had not
converted to dairying despite the much
Forest and Bird spokesman Kevin
Hackwell said the party was correct to
be campaigning for an end to subsidies
for major greenhouse gas polluters.
He said the best way to reduce
pollution was a clear and simple system
requiring those who pollute to pay.
A veteran radio broadcaster, a
children’s author, sportsmen and
members of the judiciary are among
those recognised in this year’s Queen’s
The list of 180 people includes three
new dames, four knights and one
appointment to the prestigious Order
of New Zealand.
Retired engineer and businessman
Sir Ron Carter said he was “totally
blown away ” by his appointment
to the Order of New Zealand for
ser vices to his country.
It is New Zealand’s top honour and
is limited to a maximum of 20 living
people at a time.
Geoff Robinson, the voice of Radio
New Zealand’s Morning Report for
30 years, has been made an officer of
the New Zealand Order of Merit for
ser vices to public broadcasting.
He described the appointment as
“nice recognition” for his long career.
Children’s author Betty Gilderdale,
famous for The Little Yellow Digger
series, has been made a member of
the New Zealand Order of Merit for
ser vices to children’s literature.
Basketballer Dillon Boucher and
softball player Eddie Kohlhase were
also made members of the New
Zealand Order of Merit for their
ser vices to their sports and All Blacks
manager Darren Shand was made an
officer of the New Zealand Order of
Merit for ser vices to rugby.
Sir Graeme Avery has been made
a knight for his ser vices to business
and sport, mixing his passion for
those two subjects over decades
of involvement in New Zealand
athletics, the wine industry and the
medical publishing field.
Former Auckland University vice-
chancellor John Hood has also been
knighted for his ser vices to tertiary
Helicopter pilot Richard Hayes, was
knighted for his ser vices to Search
and Rescue and the community, and
entrepreneur Robert Stewart was
made a knight for his ser vices to
manufacturing and the community.
Patsy Reddy, chairwoman of the
New Zealand Film Commission
and deputy chairwoman of the New
Zealand Transport Agency, has been
made a dame for her ser vices to the
arts and business.
Two members of the judiciary,
Lowell Goddard, QC, and Susan
Glazebrook, QC, have also been
Dame Lowell, recognised for her
ser vices to the law, is believed to be
the first person of Maori descent to
be appointed a judge of the High
Court, and in 1988, she became the
first woman in New Zealand to be
appointed a Queen’s Counsel.
Dame Susan was appointed as a
Supreme Court judge two years ago,
and has held numerous leadership roles
in national and regional organisations
in the Pacific. She has been recognised
for services to the judiciary.
Former Police Commissioner Peter
Marshall has been made a companion
of the New Zealand Order of
Merit for ser vices to the police and
Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor
Catton’s publisher Fergus Barrowman
has been appointed a member of the
New Zealand Order of Merit for
ser vices to publishing after 30 years
with the Victoria University Press.
Four knights, three dames in Queen’s Birthday honours
Ashburton residents living near where
a man’s body was found on Sunday are
shocked and saddened by the discovery.
“O ur kids play over there every
day,” one mother said as four children
crowded around her at her front door on
“ I think this area is usually very safe,
but when I hear this I don’t think they
will be venturing over. It makes you feel
a bit uneasy.”
A reser ve on Digby Place has a stream
running through it, with a small bridge
providing pedestrian access near where
the man’s partially submerged body was
Another neighbour, who only wanted to
be known as Kristine, said Digby Place was
a quiet cul de sac, and her grandchildren
also played in the reser ve area.
She felt for the man’s family.
“The sad thing about it is, you don’t
expect things like that to happen in your
own backyard. Regardless of how or why
it happened, you still feel for the families
involved,” she said.
Security guards were patrolling the
fringes of the site yesterday afternoon,
stopping people from entering the area.
Police forensic staff were scouring the
Emergency ser vices converged on the
industrial area behind a group of shops
on Sunday after the body was discovered.
A post-mortem examination was due
to be carried out yesterday and police
said they were treating the death as
unexplained until the results were
known. — APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
Body find shocks
Air New Zealand is replacing its
Airbus international aircraft with
new models valued at $1.6 billion
as it refreshes its fleet.
In a deal announced yesterday, the
airline said it will buy 13 Airbus
A320neo (new engine option)
international planes and another
A320 to join its domestic fleet.
Among the international planes
are at least three A321neos which
are part of the A320 family but have
a stretched fuselage that can hold
more passengers and fly further.
The aircraft will be used on
Tasman and Pacific Island routes.
The announcement comes as the
airline prepares for the arrival of
the first of 10 widebody Boeing
787-9 Dreamliner planes for use on
The A320neo aircraft will replace
Air New Zealand’s current fleet
of 13 A320s which operate the
majority of the airline’s short-haul
international ser vices.
Equipped with new generation
engines and fuel efficient swept up
sharklet wing tips they are expected
to deliver fuel savings of up to 15%
on the airline’s existing A320s
which first joined the fleet in 2003.
Air New Zealand chief executive
Christopher Luxon signed the
agreement with Airbus chief
operating officer, customers, John
Leahy at the International Air
Transport Association’s annual
general meeting in Doha, Qatar,
While the list price totals about
$1.6b, the airline has received
undisclosed discounts for the order.
Shareholder approval is not
required as the value of the
transaction is below the “relevant
thresholds”, the airline said.
Air New Zealand has two separate
fleets of A320s, one with a 168-seat
international configuration and one
in domestic with 171 seats.
The domestic A320s are being
phased in to replace ageing Boeing
The airline said A321neos have 38
more seats than the A320s which
fly to Australia and the Pacific
The first A321neo is due in
late 2017 with the remainder of
the aircraft delivered at inter vals
through until 2019.
The additional A320 for the
domestic fleet will be delivered
early next year.
Mr Luxon said the purchase was
part of the aim of simplifying its
fleet. “Operating one narrow body
aircraft type will bring important
efficiencies in training, maintenance
and operating costs,” he said.
Airbus said the A320neo family
of aircraft is the world’s best-selling
single aisle aircraft.
The company already has 2700
orders for A320neo models from
50 customers around the globe.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Air NZ unveils Airbus deal
The father of a Tauranga teen killed
during a motocross race urged organisers
to carry on with the event after his son’s
death, telling them it is “what he would
Tauranga Boys’ College student Trent
Haywood, 14, died while competing in
the Michael Godfrey MX Memorial
in Omihi, near Waipara in north
Canterbury on Sunday morning.
Police said the teen suffered head
injuries when he came off his bike on a
30m jump about 11am.
Officers were unable to say what
caused the crash and a health and safety
investigation is ongoing
Motorcycle New Zealand president Jim
Tuckerman said organisers shut the event
down after the teen’s death, despite Trent ’s
father Derek telling them to carry on.
“ Trent loved this sport with all his
heart, so much so that his father asked
organisers of the event to carry on after
his death. He told them that ’s what he
(Trent) would have wanted but they
decided they had gone through enough
races so they stopped.”
Mr Tuckerman said he wished he could
“shut down social media” after comments
calling motocross dangerous following
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
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