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A 92-year-old woman has died
after she was knocked over by a
van in central Dunedin yesterday
morning. Senior sergeant Dave Scott
said the woman was hit by a Toyota
van in Moray Place at 11.25am. She
was taken to D unedin Hospital by
ambulance, but later died. Her name
would not be released until relatives
were informed. — Otago Daily Times
Police are concerned for the safety
of a 27-year-old Taranaki man, who
has been missing since Monday.
Police are asking the public for help
in their search for Aaron Roigard,
from Opunake, who was last seen
about 1pm after he left a Waiteika
Road address on foot, following a
disagreement with a family member.
He took a cellphone with him, but not
his wallet or car keys. Police said the
family was very concerned. — APNZ
Bystander foils attack
A bystander saved a teenager
being assaulted in a bus station from
further injury when he inter vened
to pull off the attacker. Police called
for more witnesses of the assault,
which took place in Hamilton on
Wednesday, to come for ward. The
18-year-old was assaulted by three
youths as he waited for a bus at
Hamilton Transport Centre on
Anglesea Street about 3.35pm. The
attackers punched him to the ground
and continued assaulting him before
a man inter vened and pulled off one
of the attackers, police said. The trio
then fled and the teen was taken to
Waikato Hospital suffering fractures
to his jaw. — APNZ
Chased car crashes
A car crashed, injuring three
people, during a police pursuit
through Palmerston North yesterday.
Police said officers began pursuing a
Subaru after seeing it being driven
dangerously just before 1.30pm.
The car hit a Mazda as it overtook
a bus then caught on fire. The two
occupants of the Subaru were able
to get out but the three people in
the Mazda had to be rescued by
firefighters. They were all taken to
hospital. The driver of the Subaru
was arrested and taken into custody
while the passenger was questioned
and released, police said. — APNZ
German tourist safe
A missing German tourist has
been found safe and well, police
say. Anja Schulze, 31, was reported
missing by friends in Switzerland
after not being heard from since
February 2. Ms Schulze was found in
Central Otago yesterday afternoon,
police said. “S he was unaware there
were concerns for her safety and
that police were looking for her,”
detective sergeant Fran Moore said.
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Calls grow for Banks to go
A teenage girl was taken to hospital
after being hit by a car in Masterton last
The 15-year-old was struck at the
intersection of Colombo Road and
Worksop Road about 5.45pm, police
senior sergeant Marc Clausen said.
The teen sustained minor to moderate
injuries, and was taken to Masterton
Hospital for treatment.
The circumstances of the crash were
not yet clear, Mr Clausen said.
— APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Girl struck by car
Chewing gum in the Alexandra
District Court dock earned a defendant
an hour in the cells yesterday.
Teahu Leyton Tamanui, 28, shearer,
of Alexandra, was chewing gum as
he entered the dock and Judge Kevin
Phillips promptly ordered him to be
stood down in custody.
When Tamanui was recalled to the
dock about an hour later, Judge Phillips
asked the defendant: “Is there anything
you want to say?”
The defendant then apologised for
chewing gum in court.
Tamanui admitted a charge of
drink-driving with a level of 937mg
at Alexandra on March 9. He was
convicted and remanded to August 12
for sentencing. — Otago Daily Times
Gum brings spell in cell
Found guilty of a campaign finance
rort, Act ’s last man standing in
Parliament John Banks gets to stay there
until it rises for the election, avoiding
the ignominy of being one of the only
MPs to lose their place in the House
over a serious criminal conviction.
But Opposition leader David Cunliffe
says Justice Edwin Wylie’s decision to
leave the issue of a conviction that would
force Banks out of Parliament until after
it rises, leaves Prime Minister John Key ’s
Government propped up by a “rotting
Following a torturous two-year saga
which ended up in a High Court hearing
last month, Justice Wylie yesterday
found Banks guilty of knowingly filing
a false electoral return during his 2010
Auckland mayoralty bid, an offence
severe enough to see him automatically
ejected from Parliament.
However, he must be convicted to
trigger his removal.
In his decision Justice Wylie did not
enter a conviction and Banks’s lawyer,
David Jones, QC, said there would be an
application for Banks to be discharged
without conviction at his sentencing on
Brownlee pointed out Parliament is
scheduled to rise the day before on July
31 for the election in September.
Any questions about Banks’s status
in Parliament until then needed to be
directed to Speaker of the House David
“But as I understand it he is not
convicted therefore can remain in
Parliament and exercise his vote.”
A spokesman for Mr Carter said that
until the August 1 hearing, “there is no
change to Mr Banks status as a member
of Parliament ”.
Whether Banks had been immediately
convicted and ejected from Parliament
or not makes little difference to the
stability of the Government which
would retain a majority anyway with
United Future and the Maori Party.
Speaking to reporters in Niue yesterday
Mr Key refused to comment on Justice
Wylie’s decision to park the issue of a
“That ’s a matter for the judge. All I can
do is note that he’s done that.”
Despite Opposition calls for Banks to
resign his seat immediately, Mr Key said
he still stood by the former Act leader.
“ In the end, Mr Banks may appeal,
I don’t know the details of that but in
my experience of dealing with him
over the period of time that he’s been
both the leader of the Act Party and in
Parliament and, in my previous dealings
with him, I’ve always found him to be
Mr Cunliffe said Justice Wylie’s
decision to leave sentencing and the
issue of conviction until after Parliament
rose was “unusual”.
“One might be saying that perhaps
they are taking a cautious approach in
light of uncertainties on the impact on
the Parliamentary process and maybe
they ’ve been helped to that conclusion
by representations from counsel.”
But for the next five weeks, New
Zealanders who saw Banks in
Parliament were going to see “a
person who is guilty of electoral fraud
and they are going to know that this
Government is being propped up by a
rotting political carcase who has lost all
moral legitimacy ”.
New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters said Mr Key ’s decision to hold
an early election in September this year
“ was all about the John Banks court case
— John Key was scared of the verdict ”.
“ John Key hoodwinked New Zealand
into believing he had sound reasons for
calling an early election, but in reality he
was manipulating democracy.
“He was highly suspicious of the
outcome of the Banks trial and that Mr
Banks would have to step down if found
Mr Peters said Mr Key refused to read
a police report last year which while
finding some initial indications an
offence may have been committed said
police could not pursue court action for
“This decision has found the Prime
Minister out,” he said.
Act leader Jamie Whyte said yesterday ’s
verdict was “very disappointing” but he
still believed Banks was an honourable
He did not believe the affair had
damaged Act ’s brand.
don’t believe Act politicians
are notably corrupt people. People
understand that these events took place
when John wasn’t a member of Act. ”
But Mr Cunliffe said Dr Whyte’s
comment would indicate he was in
“fantasy land except for the fact that
Jamie Whyte proposed making life
safe for incestuous couples as a policy
priority, so you wonder how much more
they could possibly mutilate their brand
as it is, but I think Act is finished.”
Surrounded by media outside court
yesterday, Banks said: “ There’s a
wonderful 1930s song ‘On to every life
some rain must fall’, and for me the rain’s
“ We were hoping that it would become
a very sunny day. We are disappointed
with the verdict. We are surprised with
the result and now we will come back
here on August 1 and I’ve talked to
my legal team, David Jones, QC, about
options that I have going for ward.
“In the meantime, thank you very
much for your interest. ”
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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John Banks speaks to the media outside the Auckland High Court after his guilty verdict yesterday in
Auckland. Banks could face two years in prison or a $10,000 fine.
Trapped in her vehicle after it
tumbled down a bank and into a pond,
Helen Kay found strength she never
knew she had to smash a window and
swim to safety with her cat.
Ms Kay, 54, had picked up 14-year-
old Wibby from the vet and was
driving to her north Otago home in
Ngapara, along the Weston-Ngapara
Road, when she hit black ice about
500m east of Bobbing Creek Road, at
6.15pm on Wednesday.
“ Just before I hit the corner, I took
my foot off the accelerator and it just
went,” she said.
In tears recalling the accident, Ms
Kay said she screamed as her Subaru
Impreza plummeted down the bank
and into the pond.
“ I had no control. I just missed the
bridge, flipped twice in the air —
everything was crashing in around me
— a nd landed in the pond,” she said.
The vehicle was sinking bonnet-first
as she unfastened her seat belt and got
the cat out of his cage.
“ I couldn’t believe how fast it went
down,” she said.
“The water was coming in and I
knew I had to get out of there. I didn’t
know how deep the water was and I
certainly didn’t think it was that deep.”
As the car became submerged, she
clambered into the back and “kicked
the hell out of ” a window.
“The adrenalin rush made me put
everything I could into it.”
When the window eventually
gave way, she thrust the cat out into
the water. Unable to breathe as the
water rushed in, Ms Kay said, at that
moment, she thought she was going
Weighed down by the heavy woollen
coat she was wearing and being
sucked under by the car, she struggled
to the surface where she saw Wibby
heading towards the bank.
“It’s amazing; I didn’t think cats
could swim,” she said.
Disoriented and in shock, she
followed her cat and scrambled up
the steep bank, struggling to grip the
frozen grass. Catching her breath,
she lay on the frozen ground for
about 10 minutes before finding her
way to the road to get help. Soaking
wet and covered in grass, she began
jumping up and down, and watched
in disbelief as six cars drove past. The
driver of the seventh vehicle took her
to a neighbour’s house, where she rang
police. She was soon taken to Oamaru
Hospital for obser vation. The cat was
found at the crash site by neighbours
Yesterday, Ms Kay was still
struggling to believe she had sur vived.
She had bruises and cuts and was
having difficulty breathing, but said
she felt “extremely lucky”.
“I could’ve been down there and no
one would ever know — I would’ve
disappeared off the face of the earth,”
“There were no tracks; no one
would’ve ever thought to have looked
for me in that pond.”
— Otago Daily Times
Do-or-die effort saves woman, cat
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Helen Kay and cat Wibby.
A 14-month-old learning to walk
burned herself after falling against a
woodburner at her home in Coromandel
“S he was learning to walk and stumbled
and fell against the fireplace. She then
pushed against it with her hands and face
and suffered burns,” Auckland rescue
helicopter paramedic Russell Clarke said.
The toddler was flown by rescue
helicopter to Starship Hospital in a
moderate condition, Mr Clarke said.
A 14-year-old boy was taken to
hospital in a critical condition after being
knocked off his bicycle in Hastings.
Police said the boy collided with a
moving car while riding his bicycle on
Avenue Road, Hastings, on Wednesday
The boy suffered severe head injuries.
Police and emergency ser vices attended
and the teenager was taken to Hawke’s
Bay hospital’s intensive care unit in a
Police inquiries were ongoing and the
serious crash unit had been advised.
A spokesman for Hawke’s Bay
Regional Hospital said the boy remained
in a critical but stable condition.
Police believed the cyclist was not
wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Sergeant Kevin Stewart said it was
imperative that cycle helmets were worn
“This is a dreadful reminder that safety
on our roads is everyone’s responsibility.”
— APNZ-Hawke’s Bay Today
A man accused of murdering his
partner in Kaitaia last August will stand
trial on the charge in September.
The case against Viliami One
Fungavaka, 46, was raised in the High
Court at Whangarei yesterday via audio
visual link with Justice Paul Heath.
Fungavaka was remanded in custody
with the trial set to start on September 15.
Fungavaka handed himself in to
police in Whangarei early on August
21, last year, little more than 12 hours
after he allegedly drove a vehicle over
his 28-year-old partner, mother of two
Georgina Manuel, in Pukepoto Road.
Ms Manuel was flown to Whangarei
Hospital, where she later died.
— APNZ-Northern Advocate
Murder trial set
One person has suffered serious injuries
in a car crash in south Auckland this
Police said the crash occurred at the
intersection of Mullins and Airfield
two vehicles. There was no further
information on the injuries. — APNZ
Crash injuries serious
Cyclist critical after collision
Labour is asking why the
is carrying out pest control on
a private island owned by two
wealthy individuals during a crucial
year for defending biodiversity.
DOC is beginning a pest
eradication programme later this
month on Great Mercury Island
as part of a $1.5 million project
which is subsidised by the island’s
owners Sir Michael Fay and David
spokeswoman Ruth Dyson asked
Conser vation Minister Nick Smith
whether DOC’s resources were
being diverted to accommodate the
department ’s donors.
Ms Dyson said a privately-owned
island should not be a priority
when pest control was a “stretched
resource”. S he questioned how
protecting the isolated island
fitted with the department ’s larger
conser vation goals.
DOC is preparing for the worst
possum, mice and rat infestation in
20 years as a result of a record beech
Great Mercury Island, off the
north-east tip of the Coromandel,
was home to native geckos, weta,
tuatara, kaka, kakariki and other
birds which were threatened by rats
and feral cat populations.
The 1872ha island is open to the
Conser vation Minister Nick
Smith defended the use of public
money on private land.
“ I don’t think our native species
care too much as to whether it is
public land or private land.
“ If there is an opportunity to make
islands like Mercury pest-free and
that the landowner is prepared to
make the bulk of the contribution,
I am quite comfortable about the
Government making a contribution
too to achieve that conser vation
He added: “ Whether it be iwi,
or whether it be Sir Michael
Fay, what we’re interested in
these partnerships is maximising
conser vation gain. ”
The minister pointed to other
programme on the Antipodes
He said DOC’s advocacy role
was not affected by its partnerships
DOC is about to begin a massive
pest-control project known as
Battle for the Birds.
A significant increase in 1080
poison drops is planned to cope
with the mast year, in which beech
trees produce more seeds than usual,
leading to larger mice, possum and
The select committee heard the
massive pest control programme
was being funded by savings made
from DOC staff redundancies.
spokeswoman Eugenie Sage said
this was a highly insecure source
of funding for protecting New
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
DOC pest control on private island
A restorative justice conference
between the family of a woman
killed in a crash and the tourist who
caused it will be emotionally taxing,
a community magistrate says.
But Magistrate Sue Hovell told
the Hamilton District Court
today that, while the conference
between the family of Auckland
woman Robyn Eileen Derrick and
American tourist Cody Dickey
would be hard because it was so
soon after the Coromandel crash
last Friday, it was necessary.
“I think there’s a need to
understand that because it’s all
happened so quickly it ’s going to be
very difficult for both parties.”
Ms Hovell said moving for ward
was not just a matter of Dickey ’s
sentencing, which was set for June
“The court is very aware of the
compassion that needs to be
considered because no matter what
the outcome of this sentencing is,
it will never ever change what ’s
happened, for either family.”
Dickey, 23, of Newark, California,
yesterday pleaded guilty to a charge
of careless driving causing the
death of Mrs Derrick and another
of careless driving causing injury to
her husband, Phillip.
The court was told Dickey
was driving a camper van in wet
conditions around a bend on State
highway 25 near Whenuakite on
the Coromandel Peninsula when
he crossed the centreline and hit he
Derricks’ four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Dickey told his lawyer Mike
McIvor he thought he saw two sets
of headlights coming toward him as
he went around the bend, causing
him to swer ve on to the wrong side
of the road.
Today Mr McIvor thanked the
court for organising the restorative
justice conference so quickly, as
Dickey, who was travelling around
New Zealand with his wife Lia at
the time of the crash, was supposed
to leave the day after on June 1.
Ms Hovell said the family of
Mrs Derrick “definitely want to go
ahead” with the conference.
The funeral for Mrs Derrick will
be held in Papakura today .
Dickey was remanded at large
again to reappear on June 16.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Restorative justice talks for tourist
A third person has been arrested
over a robbery of an Ashburton
man who was later found dead,
A 26-year-old Ashburton man
was arrested yesterday and will
appear in the Timaru District Court
today charged with assaulting
Arran Gairns with intent to rob.
Police believe Mr Gairns was the
victim of an attempted robbery,
thought to have taken place before
4am on Saturday, May 31.
His body was found in a drainage
run-off area behind commercial
premises on West Street on Sunday
His death is being treated as
Inquiries into his death are
continuing, police said, with focus
on locating and speaking to a
number of people deemed to be of
interest in relation to events leading
up to Mr Gairns’s death.
Further forensic examination was
carried out today around the wider
area near where Mr Gairns’s body
was found, police said.
A 24-year-old man was yesterday
charged with assaulting Mr Gairns
with intent to rob, while a 26-year-
old Wellington woman appeared
in the Timaru District Court
on Wednesday facing the same
She entered no plea and was
remanded on bail until her next
appearance in the Ashburton
District Court on June 23.
Third arrest over robbery
Pair sought over rest home thefts
Police are hunting a pair of
men over at least seven “brazen”
burglaries from rest homes in
Otago and Southland.
Detective sergeant Stu Har vey,
of Invercargill, said the thefts and
burglaries took place between May
15 and this week, with the pair
starting in Cromwell, moving on to
Oamaru, then D unedin and most
The pair posed as visitors and
targeted cash and electronic items,
including iPads and laptops, after
earlier “scoping” the homes. The
total value of cash and items
stolen was believed to be about
Mr Har vey described the
offending as “ brazen” and said it
was concerning they were stealing
from organisations which helped
“They are targeting organisations
which care for vulnerable people. ”
One of the men — described
as being Maori, about 20, with a
clean and tidy appearance — used
crutches and wore a “moon boot ”
on his left leg, but it was unknown
if he had a genuine injury.
“There doesn’t seem to be too
many problems with mobility.”
The other man was described as
being Maori, about 18, with short
Rest homes targeted were
Osborne House and Fulton
Home in Dunedin, Iona Home
in Oamaru, D unstan Hospital in
Clyde, Ripponburn Hospital and
Home in Cromwell and Cargill
Rest Home and Rowena Jackson
Rest Home in Invercargill.
It was possible other burglaries
had gone unreported.
“These are the ones that know.”
One of the incidents involved a
theft from a resident, but the rest
involved rest home property.
Police previously said the pair
took $823 in cash, two iPads and a
laptop computer from Ripponburn
Hospital and Home in Cromwell.
Police had contacted rest homes
in the region and warned them to
be vigilant, but the focus was now
on finding out who the pair were.
— Otago Daily Times
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