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Woman run over
A woman who died yesterday after
being hit by a light truck has been
named. Jennifer Frances Harding,
74, of Levin, was struck by a truck
in Levin. Police, assisted by the
serious crash unit, are investigating.
“Inquiries are ongoing and it is
too early to determine whether
any potential charges will be laid,”
senior sergeant Sarn Paroli, of Levin,
said. No further information was
available. — APNZ
Body found in harbour
A body discovered in Wellington
Harbour yesterday could have
come from an inter-island ferry,
police say. The body of the man was
discovered with a ferry ticket in his
clothing, Inspector Mike Coleman
from central police communications
said. People on board a fishing
vessel spotted the body just after
midday, south of the harbour heads
at Pencarrow. They contacted
emergency ser vices, and the police
launch Lady Liz retrieved the body.
The man’s body was believed to have
been identified and police would be
speaking with his next of kin soon,
Mr Coleman said. — APNZ
Body in vehicle
A body has been found in a vehicle
at Katikati. Police were called to
the scene at Beach Road yesterday.
Senior sergeant Glenn Saunders said
police were dealing with a sudden
death at Katikati but the incident
was a coronial matter and there
would be no further details released
because of this. Mr Saunders
confirmed the dead person had been
found in a vehicle.
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Crash sur vivor critical
A man suffered critical head and
neck injuries after a van he was
travelling in rolled in Tuai, Wairoa
district, yesterday. Two other
men injured suffered serious and
moderate injuries in the crash on
Putanamu Road about 11.15am.
Lowe Corporation rescue helicopter
spokeswoman Louise Har vey said
two men in their 30s, one in a critical
condition and one with serious
injuries, were flown to Hawke’s
Bay Hospital with head and neck
injuries. Another man was taken to
Wairoa Hospital by ambulance, a St
John spokesman said. — APNZ
Log victim named
A man who died after being
crushed by a log while working
on a church property near Nelson
has been named. Robert Charles
Cave and a colleague were doing
maintenance work on a church
property in Wakefield, 25km south-
west of Nelson on Saturday, when
Mr Cave was crushed by a log. The
26-year-old Brightwater man was
taken to Nelson Hospital but died
from his injuries. — NZ N
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Arrest over NZ man’s death in London
Fonterra said it had appointed Robert
Spur way as its managing director of
global operations — a new role.
Chief executive Theo Spierings said
Mr Spur way — who is currently acting
director New Zealand operations in
NZ Milk Products — was “ uniquely
qualified” for the position.
“In his new role, Robert will lead the
integration of our global milk production
capacity,” Mr Spierings said.
Mr Spur way has more than 20
years’ experience in the food and
dairy industries. After managing the
Northland Dairy Company ’s Dargaville
site, he moved to Australia in 1999
where he held various roles in Goodman
From 2008-2011 he led two food
companies, before returning to New
Zealand to become Fonterra’s South
Island regional operations manager.
Finding escaped prisoner Stephen
Maddren is now like finding a needle in
a haystack, police concede.
Police scaled back the search for
Maddren, 25, and were now only
responding to sightings, detective
sergeant Stan Leishman, of Balclutha,
Fears for Maddren’s safety remain after
he remained at large for the seventh
night in conditions forecast to be wet
“ We would be concerned if he’s been
out in this weather for that period of
time,” Mr Leishman said.
Last Tuesday, Maddren became the
first person to escape Otago Corrections
Despite several reported sightings
of Maddren since the escape, police
had nothing to substantiate the claims
and were unsure of his location, Mr
Sightings from as far afield as Clinton
have been reported.
Police would look at “conducting a
very thorough search” of the forestry
block near the prison to “rule out that
something had happened to him”.
Mr Leishman could not confirm when
such a search would take place, but was
confident the area around the prison
had been “thoroughly searched” and no
“ identifiable evidence” of Maddren had
He “implored” Maddren to hand
himself in and said: “It ’s not too late”.
“ We’d like to put a message out to
Stephen to ask him to hand himself in
and end this,” he said.
— Otago Daily Times
A man has been arrested in relation
to the death of New Zealander Karl
Jones in London, local newspapers
The 34-year-old, who had been
living in the English capital for seven
years, died following the incident in
the early hours of Sunday, June 1.
He was hit by a black Volkswagen
Golf, and died at the scene.
A post-mortem examination stated
the cause of death as a chest injury.
Mr Jones, a civil engineer originally
from Te Awamutu, had earlier been
involved in an altercation in the
Southern Belle pub on Fulham
A 38-year-old man from Chiswick
has been arrested over the fatal
Chiswick W4 reports.
It is believed police traced the
suspect car to an address, and
arrested the man on suspicion of
causing death by dangerous driving.
He was bailed pending further
enquiries until a date in early July,
Chiswick W4 said.
A woman, 33, was also arrested but
has since been released without charge.
Officers from the serious collision
investigation unit, based at Hampton
traffic garage, are investigating Mr
established Mr Jones was involved in
two separate incidents — one in the
Southern Belle pub and one where
he was involved in a collision with a
black VW Golf,” detective sergeant
Jeff Edwards said.
He called on witnesses to either
incident to come for ward. — APNZ
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A man is dead after he was stabbed in
the neck during an attempted robbery of
a dairy in Auckland this morning.
Police were called to the dairy in Great
North Road, Henderson, at 7.29am,
following reports of a robbery.
When they arrived on the scene,
officers found a man who was seriously
Ambulance staff attempted to help the
man, who was working in the dairy, but
he died at the scene.
Police say the man was stabbed in the
neck, though inquiries are still at an
The offender has fled and is still being
hunted by police.
A homicide investigation has been
A large number of police are at the
scene and they are speaking to several
witnesses who were in the area at the
Police have cordoned off he scene and
a large blue tarpaulin covers the area
surrounding the dairy.
Nearby shop owners said the owner of
the dairy was stabbed in this mornings
They described him as a “really nice
guy ” who was well known among the
other shop owners in that section of the
Great North Road was reopened to
traffic later in the morning.
Lawyer Bernie Allen, from a nearby
law firm, said he always bought his
supplies from the dairy, and staff were
shocked by news of the stabbing.
“They were the most beautiful couple
you could ever meet,” he said of the
“ We’re feeling deeply for his wife. It’s
too early to understand it all but we feel
like our precinct, our people have been
He described the incident as
“ I’m deeply saddened by it.”
The area had some youth problems, Mr
Allen said, but “not like this, this is not
He described the dairy owner as “the
quiet one”, and his wife as a “ bubbly
They were well known in the area,
he said, a busy section of shops and
“They ser ved us wonderfully and it will
not be the same with him gone.”
neighbouring business Dippy’s Mobile,
said he was shocked to hear the news
when he arrived to open the store this
“ It ’s pretty shocking,” he said.
“(I thought) that could happen to us,
because yesterday when I was working
some people were hanging around here
about 6pm. But (the dairy) was closed.
“ I was thinking something was going
to happen, today or tomorrow. ”
The man who was killed worked at the
shop only two or three days a week, he
He believed the owners had a son.
Other shop owners on the street were
also shocked at the news, and said the
dairy owner was well-liked.
It was a safe area, and nothing like
this morning’s violent incident had
happened for five or six years, one man
said. — APNZ
Elderly dementia patients
have been evacuated from their
Canterbury rest home after it was
flooded overnight in a torrential
rain storm that shows little sign
Emergency ser vices were first
called to Bainlea House rest home
in Wiltshire Court, Rangiora,
30km north of Christchurch,
about 10.30pm yesterday.
Two patients had to be moved
after flooding threatened to come
into their rooms.
But the creek at neighbouring
Janelle Place became more of
a river overnight and early this
morning burst its banks.
Residents say they have
complained to the Waimakariri
District Council for the 20 years
to get it cleaned out.
It has been high this year,
which residents admit has been
“extraordinary”, but they have not
previously seen it this high.
One resident said his driveway
became “ like a waterfall” about
Shortly after wards, the decision
was made to evacuate all 23 of the
rest home residents.
The local volunteer fire brigade
has been trying to stem the flow.
Patients have been ferried to a
welfare centre at the Rangiora
Baptist Church on East Belt in
“It’s such a shame. While they
have dementia and may not know
what is going on, it must be very
upsetting. Especially for their
families,” one resident said.
Rangiora Volunteer Fire
Brigade deputy chief fire officer
Kerry Ealam said that all 23
patients had been successfully
“Unfortunately, the water has
got right through the rest home,
and sewage is running through it
The fire crew, on duty since
10pm yesterday, is waiting to
be relieved by Christchurch
They will then return to their
day jobs before going back on
“This is the third time this year
it’s been like this,” Mr Ealam said.
Rangiora appears to have been
hit hardest by the flooding this
Rangiora High School decided
to close about 8am.
The old Ashley Bridge
was closed at Cones Road
about midnight, while police
have issued a warning about
significant flooding on Tram
Road and State highway 1 near
the Ashley River.
Surface flooding is causing
chaos on several town streets.
Local contractors are out trying
to pump it clear and clear gutters.
Motorists have been warned to
drive slowly and with caution.
The old Waimakariri Bridge
Police urged caution late last
night to all drivers on State
highway 1, both north and south
of Kaikoura to use caution as
there had been several rock falls.
Metser vice meteorologist John
Law said severe weather warnings
for heavy rain have been issued
for Northland, Auckland and the
Coromandel Peninsula well as
the top of the South Island, with
parts of Marlborough and Nelson
expected to get a soaking.
“The heaviest rain will fall away
from Christchurch,” Mr Law said.
Auckland would be feeling the
brunt of a north-easterly weather
system, which has not occurred in
a long time, Metser vice Auckland
forecaster Georgina Griffiths said.
“ We’re in for an extremely wet
The Christchurch City Council
has installed flood mitigation
pump operations in the Flockton
and D udley Creek areas.
Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the
pumps would reduce the flood
risk to the residents in vulnerable
parts of Christchurch.
“ Even if the expected forecast
doesn’t arrive, this will be a good
test of the task force’s flood
mitigation deployment plans”, she
said. — APNZ
Flooding returns to Canterbury
Emergency services work to evacuate Bainlea House rest home residents in Rangiora after it was
flooded early today.
A man hung out the bedroom
window of his first storey flat on
Ulster Street in Hamilton crying for
help as an electrical fire threatened to
engulf his home.
The man, known by neighbours
as Ace and in his 30s, attempted to
climb out his bedroom window on to
a drainpipe and had his head hanging
out the window gasping for air as
neighbours ran around trying to find
a ladder to help him down. He had
smashed the window in an attempt to
escape the fire.
Taljit Singh, who lives on the first
storey of the apartment block beside
Ace, said he was woken at about
1.30am by screaming. He said the
man was yelling, “Indian bro help
Mr Singh and his flatmate ran out
his ranchslider to the shared balcony
and saw his neighbour ’s lounge
engulfed in flames so ran around the
back where the man was hanging
out the window. He then started
yelling for other neighbours to help
as they all desperately searched for
something to assist the trapped man.
Shanice Taniora, who lived in the
flat below, called 111 said the man
was struggling to breathe as smoke
bellowed from his flat.
“He wanted to jump out,” she said.
“At first I think he was trying to
climb down because we were rushing
around trying to find something to
help him down. There was no way he
could get out the front.”
About 10 tenants gathered on the
driveway of the block of flats while
two police officers went around to
the back of the building and coaxed
the man into jumping into their
Police acting senior sergeant Dale
Smith said the officers were the first
to arrive at the scene and praised
their heroic efforts.
“The two officers raced to the back
of the building and persuaded the
man to jump and they caught him,
just as firefighters arrived.”
The police offiers had been on
night shift and were unavailable this
The Fire Ser vice arrived shortly
after and put out the fire in the
lounge to stop it spreading to the rest
of the flat.
Blackened broken glass was
scattered all over the balcony and
lounge and a burned electrical plug
was the telltale sign of the cause of
the fire, which had also engulfed a
David Uren, who lives in a house
in front of the block of flats, said the
man’s scream could be heard for a
He said the man had moved in only
a month earlier and was an artist.
The man had suffered from smoke
inhalation but discharged himself
from Waikato Hospital a short
time later and returned to the flat
briefly to ask Mr Singh to watch his
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Police pair catch man escaping flames
Four bus passengers were injured
when two buses collided in central
Wellington last evening.
The incident between a Go
Wellington bus and a Newlands’ bus
happened on Lambton Quay about
5.20pm, Inspector Mike Coleman of
central police communications said.
Four people were treated at the scene
for minor injuries, he said.
The Go Wellington bus suffered
a smashed windscreen and the
Newlands’ bus had a large dent in its
Police would be investigating the
incident, Mr Coleman said.
Rain was falling at the time of the
Metlink Wellington said the
incident caused delays with buses in
the area. — APNZ
Four hur t as buses collide
One of the buses involved in a collision last evening.
A man’s leg has been crushed in a
forestry accident on Matakana Island.
The 60-year-old man was flown to
Tauranga Hospital by the Trustpower
TECT rescue helicopter, after it was
called to the island at 8.15am.
The forestry worker was crushed by a
falling tree, suffering a severe lower leg
Poor weather conditions meant the
helicopter landed on the beach and the
paramedics were driven to the scene by
four-wheel-drive, where he was treated
at the scene before being taken to
hospital. — APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Man’s leg crushed in forestry mishap
Hirepool — New Zealand’s
largest equipment rental business
has confirmed its plans to list
on the sharemarket and says a
prospectus for the offer will be
lodged this month.
The company said the issue price
of its shares would be set after
a bookbuild process that would
follow the prospectus registration
“on or about ” June 16.
Deutsche Bank gave the company
an equity value in the range
$260 million to $320 million in
pre-marketing research released
The Hirepool listing could be
the second biggest initial public
offering New Zealand will see
this year after the float of Genesis
Energy in April.
“All shares offered by Hirepool
will be at the issue price and will be
fully paid ordinary shares which will
rank equally with each other and all
existing shares,” the company said.
Hirepool’s sales declined by 7.6%
in the 2014 financial year despite
a firming New Zealand economy,
according to the Deutsche Bank
But investments being made
by the company, coupled with an
increase in construction projects,
are expected to bolster the business
in the next financial year.
The Deutsche Bank report says the
company — which rents equipment
such as vehicles, portable toilets
and catering gear — expects to post
revenue of $156.5m for the 2015
financial year, a “ level near which
Hirepool has achieved previously”.
Fund managers have been told
that Hirepool will post a $25.6m
profit in the 2015 financial year,
according to the Australian
The company, which acquired
New Zealand rival Hirequip last
year, is majority owned by former
Hirepool chief executive Tenby
Powell and his wife, Sharon
Hunter, who was one of the
principal partners in computer
company PC Direct. Australian
private equity firm Next Capital
also holds a stake.
Deutsche Craigs, UBS and
Macquarie Securities are managing
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Hirepool to list on sharemarket
About 500 planning staff at Auckland
Council face an uncertain future in a
major restructuring exercise, announced
Chief planning officer Dr Roger
Blakeley said the council planning office
had undergone significant change since
the chief planning office was designed by
the agency that set up the super city in
“O ur world is very different today. We
have moved from the development of
major plans to their implementation.
There is still much planning to be done
such as the completion of the unitary
plan, structure plans and area plans.
“Nevertheless, we need to prepare
ourselves for the next three years to be fit
for purpose,” Dr Blakeley said.
Formal consultation on the draft
proposal began today and a final structure
will be delivered in July.
A council statement did not say how
many of the 500 planning staff could lose
With a head count of 10,616 part-time
and full-time staff in the last annual
report and a wages bill of $702 million,
the council is under pressure to control
staff numbers and costs.
Planning is also under way to slash
$2.8 billion of new spending in next
year’s review of the 10-year budget.
The council is also
restructuring its communications and
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Police are asking for information
following an aggravated robbery in
Te Kuiti early yesterday.
Sergeant Craig Lindstrom of Te
Kuiti police said a man walked into
the Mobil ser vice station on Rora
Street about 6.30am with a large
knife. He asked the attendant on
duty for cigarettes and told him to
open the till.
The offender fled on foot after
snatching the cigarettes and cash.
Mr Lindstrom said the offender is
a male Caucasian who was wearing
a dark hooded sweatshirt, a scarf
and dark sunglasses over his face.
Police are inter viewing the man
who was alone on duty at the time
and would like to hear from anyone
who saw suspicious activity near the
store between 6.15am and 6.45am
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Service station held up at knifepoint
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