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Quad bike accident
A 21-year-old farm worker was
badly hurt in a quad bike accident
in the Rangitikei district. The
Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter
was called to a rural property in
Rangiwaea, near Taihape about 5pm
yesterday. The quad bike and trailer
appeared to have rolled, resulting in
upper body injuries to the worker. He
was flown to Whanganui Hospital in
a serious but stable condition.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Fire destroys factor y
A furniture factory in Christchurch
was destroyed by fire last night.
Southern fire communications shift
manager Rachel Butler said many
111 calls came in about 11.30pm
yesterday. The factory on Masons
Road, Bromley, was well alight when
fire crews arrived. “ The building
collapsed so firefighters were not
able to make entry,” she said. Eight
crews battled the blaze from outside
the building and from above with
a helicopter. Ms Butler said the fire
was monitored overnight and a fire
crew was at the scene this morning.
She said the fire was not suspicious.
Dead driver named
The 55-year-old driver involved in
a serious crash on the Kaimai Ranges
which claimed the life of eight-
year-old Jasnoor Kaur on Thursday
has died while another two victims
from the smash remain in hospital.
The driver has been named as Roy
Clifford Baxter, 55, from Mount
Maunganui. Mr Baxter had been
driving a Nissan van when it crossed
the centre line of State highway 29
about 4pm and collided with the
Kaur family travelling in a Honda.
Mr Baxter died on Monday night.
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Tramper hurt in fall
A tramping trip through
Whanganui National Park ended
abruptly for one Auckland woman
on Monday when she slipped and
fell down a bank. The accident
happened near the Bridge to
Nowhere, about 25km north-west of
Pipiriki. The 55-year-old woman did
not fall far but sustained fractures
and had to be flown to Taranaki Base
Hospital where she was in a stable
— APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Child hit by car
A child hit by a car in Mount
Maunganui yesterday was taken
to Tauranga Hospital. Emergency
ser vices were called about 3.20pm
to Maranui Road. Police northern
communications centre Inspector
Ian Brooker confirmed a seven-year-
old child had been hit by a car but
was not seriously injured. It was not
clear if the incident happened in a
driveway or on the road.
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
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49, 54, 55, 59, 69, 71, 73, 75. Draw No
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31, 34, 45, 55, 59, 60, 68, 72, 73, 77.
Chch link to drone target
The trial of a Dunedin man charged
with murder has been tentatively set for
Stephen Anthony Fernyhough, 25,
demolition worker, of D unedin, is
accused of murdering Ryan John Court
at Dunedin on April 27 this year.
Mr Court, 35, died after being found
unconscious in the toilet area of an inner
city bar early that day.
Fernyhough was arrested the next day
and appeared in the Dunedin District
Court, initially on a charge of assaulting
Mr Court but he was later charged with
He made a brief appearance before
Justice Gendall in the High Court at
Dunedin today and was remanded for a
case review hearing in August.
Crown counsel Robin Bates confirmed
April 15 next year was the suggested date
Mr Bates also said initial disclosure of
police evidence had taken place. He said
the post-mortem examination report had
not yet been received and he understood
it would be another two to three weeks
before it would be available once
toxicology results had been completed.
Justice Gendall remanded Fernyhough
in custody to August 5 for the case review
hearing. — Otago Daily Times
A New Zealand man has been killed in
a hit-and-run in L ondon.
Karl Robert Jones, 33, was hit by a car
on Fulham Palace Road about 2.25am
on June 1.
London’s Evening Standard said Mr
Jones was treated by paramedics at the
scene but suffered serious head injuries
and died shortly after wards.
No arrests have been made and
enquiries were ongoing. The Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was
aware of the accident and was providing
support to Mr Jones’ family.
A death notice described Mr Jones as a
treasured son, brother and uncle.
“Loyal friend to so many mates, an
independent and proud spirit now free
to roam. ” — APNZ
NZ man dies
An Australian man who died in a
United States drone strike alongside
a New Zealander was introduced
to radical Islam at a Christchurch
Christopher Havard was killed
when a car he was travelling in was
hit by a missile fired from a US drone
New Zealander Daryl Jones, who
was with Havard, was also killed in
Australia’s Freedom of Information
laws by the 7.30 programme show
Havard and Jones had been on an
Australian Federal Police (AFP)
watch list because of their links to
the banned al Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula (AQAP) terror group.
The pair had reportedly met at a
mosque in Christchurch.
Havard’s mother and stepfather,
Neill and Bronwyn Dowrick, who
live in Townsville, told the ABC
he became a Muslim in 2008 after
becoming interested in the religion at
Havard then moved to Christchurch,
where he joined a local mosque.
He told his parents it was during his
time at the Christchurch mosque that
he first encountered radical Islam.
“ When he moved into the mosque
he realised what they were trying to
convert people to. That ’s when he left
and went to Dunedin. He didn’t agree
with what they were teaching,” they
told the ABC.
Christchurch Mosque’s former
imam Hisham el Zeiny said Havard
was a very nice guy.
“Always soft-spoken, never raised
his voice. And yeah, he was a good
Muslim,” he told the ABC.
Mr el Zeiny told Radio New
Zealand today there were no radical
Muslims at Chrichurch Mosque.
“The problem with those converts,
they go to the internet . . . and that ’s
where they can stray easily. ”
“ We don’t have a system for them
even if we had a system, the
earthquake and everything has been
disturbed so most of them go to the
internet and that ’s now they can stray
He said he and Christopher Havard
were staying in the mosque because
of earthquake damage elsewhere in
Christchurch, but has had no contact
with Daryl Jones.
The documents also reveal that
Havard was a suspect in the December
2012 al Qaeda kidnapping of three
westerners in Yemen.
The Australian broadcaster said the
documents revealed some confusion
within the Australian government
about whether the men were involved
In a submission sent to Foreign
Minister Julie Bishop’s office before
the drone strike, they say Jones was
only “probably” associated with al
Qaeda, and Mr Havard was only
“ involved” with the group.
But in another document sent to
Ms Bishop a fortnight after their
deaths, the documents refer to the
pair simply as “AQAP members”.
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Air strike victim’s family told extreme Islam in NZ
People illegally digging at an
ancient moa bone site at Awamoa
Creek, south of Oamaru, could
find it very costly.
The coastal site, believed to date
to the mid-1300s, was used by
Maori to butcher and cook the
It is now being threatened by
coastal erosion and has been
excavated twice since October to
retrieve material, including moa
bones, before they are being lost.
Department of Conser vation
technical adviser Shar Briden said
yesterday a person or persons had
dug pits at the site looking for
“Local people are now keeping
a very close watch on it to catch
whoever is doing it,’’ she said.
Ms Briden pointed out the site
was to prepare and cook moa,
so it was unlikely to contain
artefacts such as adzes or
It was illegal under the 2014
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere
Taonga Act to modify, disturb or
destroy any historic site or one
dating before 1900.
The act provides for fines of up
to $150,000 for destroying a site
and $60,000 for modifying one.
A sign had also been put
up warning people against
digging, which would aid any
The site was first identified and
dug in 1852.
— Otago Daily Times
Illegal digging at moa site
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Department of Conser vation technical adviser Shar Briden, of Dunedin, with a moa bone.
A mother who cut her baby’s throat
was reunited just months later with the
child inside the psychiatric facility where
she was being treated.
After treatment for the “ land mine”
psychosis which caused the attack, the
mother was allowed back into the family
home — on condition she is never alone
with the child.
The woman was found not guilty
of attempted murder because the
attack happened during an episode of
temporary insanity, diagnosed later as
postpartum psychosis. The baby’s name
was suppressed in the court case.
TV3’s 3rd Degree tonight screens
footage showing the woman meeting
her baby inside a Southland psychiatric
A camera records the mother cradling
her tiny daughter just months after using
a vegetable knife to cut her throat.
The father, David, told 3rd Degree his
concerns for his wife started the night
before the attack when she passed out
The mother spent the Saturday night
at Southland Hospital on a drip and was
diagnosed with post-natal depression.
She was discharged the following
morning and advised to visit her GP on
But she shifted far from reality over
the next 24 hours. The couple rose at
5am with their daughter after a restless
night and the mother took the baby to
the living room to feed. David found her
trying to take their baby’s life — and her
“S he was hearing things and seeing
things that didn’t exist and was saving
the baby by killing it. The baby’s throat
was cut and (she) was cutting her (own)
wrists,” he said.
Evidence to the court later revealed
the mother had suffered abuse as a child
at the hands of an older relative who
then became a prominent figure in her
Their daughter was flown to Starship
hospital in Auckland for life-saving
surgery. Her trachea was severed, an
artery cut and a nerve on one side of the
voice box also cut. The mother was kept
at Southland Hospital’s mental health
She had no recollection of the attack
David had to break the news to her
in bits, first with a picture of the tube
in their daughter’s throat and then
explaining how it got there.
“S he will never forgive herself,” he said.
David spoke of struggles with Child
Youth and Family over custody, claiming
the agency at one stage told him he
would have to choose between living
with his wife or daughter.
“It’s a choice no one in this world
should have to make,” he said.
In the end, the family were permitted
to return home together — captured
by 3rd Degree cameras — on condition
the mother was not left alone with her
An inquiry into Southern District
Health Board’s handling of the case —
including admission before the incident
cleared staff. It called it a “ land
mine” event which could not have been
Before finding the mother not guilty of
attempted murder in late March, Justice
Graham Panckhurst told her “your
baby was cherished and well-loved”.
He imposed a court order requiring her
to undergo community-based mental
Court reports from psychiatrists were
in conflict over whether she knew the
severity of her attack.
Otago University associate professor
Phillip Brinded, a forensic psychiatrist,
told the court in a February report “her
psychotic mental state would . . . have
rendered her unable of knowing that the
act was morally wrong”.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Mum who cut
reunited with child
An application has been lodged to
leave a large chunk of the Rena on
Astrolabe Reef, something which
Tauranga’s mayor says will create a
bigger mess for the city.
owners’ and insurers’
spokesman Hugo Shanahan said the
position of the wreck had moved and
the removal of the remainder of the
ship’s accommodation block would
not be pursued.
He said the remaining section
would form part of the resource
consent application proposal which
was lodged with Bay of Plenty
Regional Council on Friday.
After tropical cyclone Lusi in
March, it was thought the wreck
had moved and removal work stalled
while an under water sonar sur vey was
“The remaining section now lies
in deeper water, between 24m and
53m, and will therefore form part
of the resource consent application
proposal,” he said.
Roger King, of TMC Marine
Consultants, said the aft section of
the wrecked vessel had rotated on the
“So it is now lying further to
starboard and has been significantly
weakened, presenting an even
greater safety risk and technical
challenge for ongoing salvage
However, he said the movements
had helped expose container and
cargo debris which were previously
difficult to access within holds four
and five of the wreck.
Salvage and Fire is reconfiguring its
large RMG 1000 barge to resume
operations to further reduce the
debris field, which covers the area
of seabed between the bow and aft
sections, and alongside the wreck to
a depth of about 30m.”
After debris can no longer be
recovered sufficiently by a hydraulic
grab and crane, divers will reassess
the state of the debris field to identify
specific areas which require further
work, he said.
Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby
said he was not surprised by the
proposal to leave the accommodation
block on the reef and saw it as a way
for the insurers of Rena to cut their
“ Rena is going to continue to break
up despite expert opinion we were
“ Twenty-four hours after we had
a salvor expert tell us at council it
wouldn’t, it did move.
“So the Rena is going to continue
to break up and create a wider debris
field and a bigger mess.
“ We now have to go through the
process of the resource consent which
will be the biggest consent in New
Zealand in regards of a wreck being
Mr Crosby said he wanted to
encourage everybody in the Bay of
Plenty to understand what was going
on with the Rena as “it ’s definitely
going to be a shambles well into the
“The insurers just want to walk
away from it.”
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Mayor unhappy over new bid to leave Rena
A Wellington woman will appear
in the Timaru District Court
today charged with assaulting a
man who was later found dead in
an Ashburton industrial area on
The 26-year-old woman was
arrested overnight and charged
with assaulting Arran James Gairns
with intent to rob, on Saturday.
Mr Gairns’s body was found on
Sunday in a water run-off area
behind commercial premises.
Detective senior sergeant Marion
Neill said police would continue to
focus on the events leading up to
Mr Gairns’s death today.
“This will include locating other
persons who may have been
involved in these events.”
Police said yesterday there
was no evidence of suspicious
circumstances in the death
information which may help stop
rumours circulating in Ashburton.
Ms Neill said police were aware
of speculation over Mr Gairns’s
death, and some 12 police staff were
working on the investigation.
“The investigation team is focused
on establishing Mr Gairns’s
movements and how he came to
be in the area where he was found,”
Ms Neill said.
As part of their inquiries police
were speaking to friends and
associates of the deceased, and
wanted to hear from any witnesses
who may have been in the area
during the early hours of Saturday
Meanwhile, police are hoping Mr
Gairns’s cellphone, which specialist
search staff found in the drainage
run-off area, would provide some
“They have located his cellphone,
which we expect will be helpful in
providing further information on
the events leading up to his death,”
Ms Neill said.
“At this stage we are satisfied that
drowning is the cause of death, and
there is no evidence of suspicious
circumstances. However we are
continuing our investigation of
behalf of the coroner. We have
released the scene.”
Mr Gairns’s body has been
released to his family, and police
and Victim Support were providing
assistance to bereaved members.
It is understood his body was
found before 5pm on Sunday by a
group of residents walking through
the industrial area accessway. Mr
Gairns had gone missing about
3am on Saturday, after popping out
to see a friend, but did not make it
there and did not return home.
Mr Gairns is a former Ashburton
College student who qualified as a
welder. One of his former school
mates said he had been “a nice
joker” who liked to party hard and
play hard, and would be very much
missed. “Everyone knows him for
his big smile, his cheeky smile, and
just being cheeky, but in a good way.
He could have no money, no job,
but still smiling and see the positive
about everything. ”
Mr Gairns’s funeral will be held
on Friday at 1.30pm.
— APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
Assault charge over man found drowned
A formal opening is being planned
for a Rangitikei bridge — 110 years
after it was built.
The Mangaweka bridge off State
highway 1 just outside Mangaweka,
dates to 1904.
Mangaweka said the bridge, which
spans a picturesque bend in the
Rangitikei River, was supposed to
be opened in September 1904 by
the then-Premier, Richard Seddon.
“ But there had been some unusual
weather that week and the party
from Wellington couldn’t get
Extensive research by Heritage
Mangaweka found no record of a
“ It was my idea to have an opening
for it now — better late than never. ”
It was planned to hold the
opening in September, on the same
date it was supposed to be opened
in 1904, but that was scrapped
because it would clash with the
general election on September 20.
A date has not yet been finalised,
but it is likely to be next summer.
Mr Eames said the cantilever
bridge had been an engineering feat
for the early 1900s.
“ It ’s a unique design, and very
popular with engineers.”
— APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Bridge opening — 110 years late
A man’s body has been discovered in a
central Whangarei stream this morning.
Police have set up a cordon around the
scene on a walkway running alongside
the Waiarohia Stream. Tarpaulins cover
part of the stream, which runs alongside
Emergency ser vices were called to the
area just after 9.20am after a member of
the public found the body in the stream.
A Northpower worker was called in to
remove a powerline to allow access for a
Fire Ser vice appliance, with police using
the ladder from the vehicle to sur vey the
scene from above.
— APNZ-Northern Advocate
A child was injured when a car crashed
into a shop window in Paraparaumu on
the Kapiti Coast yesterday.
Emergency ser vices were called to the
scene on Amohia Street about 12.20pm,
Inspector Dave Rose of central police
It was not known how many people
were in the vehicle but a child was
treated for a sore neck, he said.
It was also not known exactly how the
car ended up through the window, Mr
Rose said. — APNZ
Child hurt in
A prisoner who escaped from Otago
Corrections Facility yesterday is still on
Police said Stephen Uriah Maddren,
who has been missing from the facility
since 4.15pm yesterday, had not been
found yesterday and the search will
He was described as 25 years old,
171cm tall with mullet-type brown or
black shoulder length hair and no teeth.
He was last seen wearing green track
pants and a green top.
Police said Maddren should not be
approached. Anyone who sees him
should phone police on 111.
Maddren, a remand prisoner, was
arriving at the facility from court in
Dunedin when he escaped from his
escort just inside the prison grounds,
Department of Corrections regional
commissioner for the southern region
Ian Bourke said.
Yesterday Otago Correction Facilities
staff scoured ditches, police checked car
boots and a helicopter hovered metres
above the ground searching shelter belts
A helicopter with night-vision
capabilities was used to search for him
last night. — Otago Daily Times
Escaper eludes police
The identity of a 35-year-old New
Plymouth man responsible for the sexual
abduction of a 21-year-old woman in
Mount Maunganui last month can now
Name suppression has lapsed for
Neihana Jeremy Rangitonga, who
admitted charges of abducting a woman
for sexual purposes and threatens to
kill in the Tauranga District Court
The offences were committed after
Rangitonga offered the victim a ride in
the early hours of May 10 this year.
Rangitonga, who was arrested at a local
motel following a widespread police
appeal, has been further remanded in
custody for sentencing on June 23.
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Man admits abduction
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