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Man caught in hay feeder
A man suffered serious injuries
when his hands were caught in a hay
feeder in rural Southland yesterday.
Firefighters from Waikaia and
Lumsden were called to the Hurley
Road property about 9am. Lumsden
firefighter Rob Scott said St John
paramedics were “doing a good job
when we arrived keeping the man
calm and sedated”. The man was
conscious throughout his ordeal. He
was freed and flown to D unedin
Hospital with serious hand injuries.
— Otago Daily Times
A Northland man had to be flown
to hospital after accidentally stabbing
himself while butchering a cow. The
man was cutting up meat at Rawhiti,
east of Russell, when he slipped and
drove the knife into the top of his
thigh about noon on Tuesday. The
blade struck an artery causing a life-
threatening bleed. He was driven to
the medical centre in Russell where
St John staff applied a tourniquet
and he was flown to Whangarei
Hospital in serious condition.
— APNZ-Northern Advocate
Dog saves the day
A plucky dog named The Fonz
has saved its owner from an angry
bull on a farm near Taihape. The
worker in his 30s had been charged
by the bull while mustering on a
horse yesterday. Horse and rider were
thrown to the ground and the horse
bolted, leaving the man scrambling
to avoid the cattle beast. “Luckily
the faithful dog came to the rescue
and stood his ground, protecting his
fallen master from further injury,”
helicopter pilot Chris Moody said.
Other workers then came to the
man’s aid. The horse was located
some distance away. — APNZ
The man charged over a huge fire
that destroyed part of a Wellington
storage facility has been granted
continued name suppression. The
Kiwi Self Storage building in Lyall
Bay went up in flames on April 4
this year, destroying and damaging
items in about 200 storage units. The
man charged with starting the fire
appeared in the Wellington District
Court yesterday. He was remanded
in custody to July 24. — APNZ
Burglars hit motel
Brazen burglars took bedding,
televisions and a microwave from two
Dunedin motel units. Rear windows
were removed to gain entry into two
units at Adrian Motel, St Kilda, on
Tuesday night. “ They were very cheeky
because there was an occupied room
in between the two rooms burgled,”
owner-operator Janice McDowall
said. She estimated the items were
worth about $3000. Police believe the
burglars may have gained access over a
rear fence. — Otago Daily Times
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59, 60, 64, 65, 69, 74, 77, 80. Draw No
9999: 1, 3, 4, 8, 11, 13, 14, 16, 21, 27,
36, 46, 48, 49, 51, 60, 61, 65, 71, 75.
Ferry in troubled waters again
Drivers who get a blood test
at a roadside police check will
have to pay for the cost of the
procedure even if they are under
the criminal limit, MPs say.
Parliament is considering a
law change which will introduce
a lower maximum blood-
alcohol limit for motorists, with
infringement notices of $200 for
people who are found driving
between the new limit and the
old limit. A driver whose breath
test showed between 251mg and
400mg of alcohol per litre of
breath would get an infringement
notice, while a person whose
result was above 400mg would
still face a criminal charge.
Courts can already order
convicted drink-drivers to cover
the cost of a blood test, but this
power would not extend to people
threshold was expected to lead
to an additional 3000 to 4000
roadside blood tests a year, and
Government was looking at ways
to cover the costs of the police’s
A select committee has made
several amendments to the bill to
help with cost recovery. If a driver
refused to take a breath test and
was then found to be over the
infringement limit they would
be fined $700. A driver who
elected a blood test would have
to cover the cost of the procedure
even if the blood test found
that they only exceeded the
infringement limit. This cost was
estimated to be around $300, or
an additional $100 on top of the
new infringement fee.
Committee chairman David
Bennett said the number of
innocent drivers who would have
to cough up for the cost of a
blood test was likely to be small.
Only someone whose breath test
result was “in the criminal range”
could elect a blood test and
would be liable for recovery costs.
Mr Bennett said police would
have discretion to waive the costs
in some cases.
Labour transport spokeswoman
Darien Fenton said the proposal
caused “quite a lot of debate”.
“ My prediction is that there
will be all sorts of litigation and
problems with that provision.
And we made those views clear. ”
Her party agreed to the
provision because Labour wanted
stricter drink-driving limits to be
in place as soon as possible.
“ We want to see the damn
thing done. This issue goes right
back to a private member’s bill
(in 2010) and the Government
has just dragged their heels on
Amendment Bill was unlikely to
be passed before the House rose
for the election campaign.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Drivers to wear
blood test cost
A body has been found at
a property in Massey, west
Auckland, after a fire took hold
earlier this morning.
Police and the Fire Ser vice
were at the Makora Road address
where a body is believed to have
been found inside a burning
Police spokeswoman Beth
Bates said they received a report
a woman had been assaulted by a
man at the property, just before
Upon arrival officers found an
injured woman at a neighbouring
She has been taken by
ambulance to Auckland Hospital
with serious injuries.
Police would not release further
details at this stage.
This morning’s death follows
four other deaths in west
Auckland in the past month.
Mother and daughter Farhat
Rana Malik and Sidra Noor
Malik were stabbed to death
at their home in Pooks Road,
Ranui, on Monday May 19.
Two days later Josh Roach, 23,
was killed in a shooting in nearby
Luanda Drive, and another man
was taken to hospital with serious
Last week Henderson dairy
owner Arun Kumar was stabbed
in the neck in front of his wife
during what is believed to have
been an attempted robbery.
Body found at fire scene
The beleaguered Aratere inter-
island ferry is slowly returning to
Wellington after being worked on in
Interislander general manager
Thomas Davis said Kiwi Rail
expected the ship to arrive in the first
few days of July and the company
was now planning for her restart on
the Cook Strait run.
He acknowledged the vessel’s
return was later than anticipated.
“Given the seriousness of last
November’s shaft failure, we have
adopted a very vigorous approach
of reviewing all systems on the ferry,
both in terms of repairs and the
maintenance programme that was
“ We are taking the approach
that the Aratere will only return
to ser vice once we are confident
that all tests have been passed to
the satisfaction of Kiwi Rail and
regulatory authorities,” he said.
Passenger ser vices would not be
affected as it was the low season
and all bookings could be fully
accommodated on the Kaitaki and
Arahura, Mr Davis said.
Problems have continued to dog
the ferry however, with one engine
out of action due to mechanical
The engine had not “blown up”;
rather it was the sort of fault that
occurred from time to time in any
vessel, Mr Davis said.
Once back in New Zealand and
before she could resume ser vice, a
range of tests must be undertaken
and re-equipping carried out.
This was expected to take about a
week to complete, he said.
Maritime New Zealand would
undertake an audit before re-issuing
the ship with a safety management
The Aratere has been in dry dock
in Singapore following a propeller
shaft failure in November.
Apart from the repair work needed
as a result of that event, the vessel
has also undergone her full two-year
maintenance programme while she
was laid up, Mr Davis said.
The work undertaken has included
the manufacture and installation,
replacement or overhaul of a wide
range of equipment including
propellers, propeller shafts, steering
gear, rudders, gearboxes, motors,
bearings and stabilisers. — APNZ
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A new opinion poll showing National
losing support will take some of the heat
off Labour leader David Cunliffe.
It is not good news — Labour is down
as well — but it is nowhere near the
horror story in the Stuff.co.nz/Ipsos poll
yesterday which put the party on 23.2%
and National soaring to 56.5%.
The poll coincided with the strife Mr
Cunliffe is in over his inter vention in
Donghua Liu’s residence application,
and he had a torrid 24 hours.
The just-released Roy Morgan poll
has National falling three points in a
fortnight to 49.5%, and Labour down
one point to 28%.
The Greens are up three points to 12%
and New Zealand First is down half a
point to 4%.
Mr Cunliffe has had a tough time at
the hands of government ministers and
MPs since it was revealed on Wednesday
he wrote to the Immigration Ser vice on
Liu’s behalf, asking when his application
would be processed.
The previous day Mr Cunliffe had told
reporters he did not know Liu and had
never advocated on his behalf.
For the last two months, Labour had
been attacking the government over
its contacts with the wealthy Chinese
businessman who has in the past given
generous donations to the National
It has been reported he also bought a
book signed by former Labour prime
minister Helen Clark for $15,000, but
the party says it cannot find a record of
Prime Minister John Key has hinted
Mr Liu gave Labour a lot more than
Mr Cunliffe has accused the
government of running a smear
campaign against him, which Acting
Prime Minister Bill English has denied.
Mr Key, in Washington, has also
denied allegations of a smear campaign
against the Labour leader.
Mr Key hinted that more information
was yet to come on donations made to
the Labour Party by Mr Liu.
“ I’m very confident about that (that
there’s more). I hear lots of rumours and
lots of gossip around the place. Let ’s wait
and see. ”
Asked where the rumours had come
from he said, “It ’s a highly rumoured
Parliament, isn’t it?”
Earlier, Mr Cunliffe said Immigration
NZ had not told him about the letter
or that it was going to release it until
half an hour before it was released on
Wednesday. “ That would have been a
Mr Cunliffe fronted for media
yesterday afternoon alongside MP
Grant Robertson in an apparent bid to
stem talk of disunity or any challenge on
Asked why Mr Robertson was
alongside him, Mr Cunliffe said it
was because he was a “highly regarded
member of my senior team”.
“ We are here to answer your questions. ”
Mr Cunliffe said he had not sought a
loyalty affirmation from all his MPs, or
from Mr Robertson individually. “I don’t
Mr Robertson chipped in at that point:
“ I am loyal to David Cunliffe.”
Asked if he still had ambitions to lead
the Labour Party, Mr Robertson replied
that although he had contested it last
year, Mr Cunliffe was the leader and “he
won it fair and square”.
“After David’s had three or four terms
as Prime Minister, it could be my turn. ”
Mr Cunliffe said there were several
reasons his staff had not found the 2003
letter when they first checked his records.
They had done a manual search of hard
copies, but only kept them for about
three years. One computer hard drive
from his office had been stolen, another
was disabled in a power spike, and the
letter was mis-filed under Lui rather
than Liu in a retired staff member’s files.
— APNZ-NZN-New Zealand Herald
An Invercargill man who murdered
his sometime girlfriend has been jailed
for life with a minimum non-parole
period of 121⁄2 years.
David Jackson Mahia, 31, was
charged after Invercargill mother-
of-two Nicola Jean Fleming, 38,
was so severely beaten she had a
fractured face, pelvis and sternum,
seven fractured ribs, and abrasions and
bruising to almost every part of her
In the High Court at Invercargill
yesterday, Mahia was also sentenced
to a concurrent term of eight years
in prison for sexually violating Ms
Fleming during what Justice Cameron
Mander said was a prolonged beating
fuelled by Mahia’s “vengeful rage”.
Mahia, who originally denied the
charges, changed his pleas to guilty
last month, a week before his trial was
“Brutal, cruel, depraved and callous”
were all apt descriptions of the attack
on a small-framed woman, who was
isolated and alone and unable to call
for help, Justice Mander said.
But he said he accepted submissions
from both the Crown and the defence
that Mahia did not set out to kill Ms
Mahia and Ms Fleming had been
in an intermittent relationship, Justice
Mander said, and on February 8 last
year spent some hours together with a
female mutual friend.
Early the next day, Mahia went to
the mutual friend’s house and they
had sex. The friend told him Ms
Fleming was in another relationship.
He became angry and went to the
central Invercargill hostel where she
lived to “give her a hiding for her
The attack occurred in the car park
outside the hostel and in the Otepuni
Gardens across the road. It included
Mahia throwing her in the Otepuni
Creek, then ripping her clothes off.
Justice Mander said when Mahia
went to leave Ms Fleming at the
gardens, she told him she could not
walk and Mahia helped her back to
her room, where he put a blanket over
her and left.
Later in the day, he returned to the
hostel and found Ms Fleming dead in
He then went to see members of his
family and visited his father ’s grave
before turning himself in to police.
Mahia stood impassively in the dock
as three members of Ms Fleming’s
family read victim impact reports.
For Mahia, Robert Lithgow,
QC, of Wellington, said while the
Fleming family had been “struck by
the tsunami of grief a violent death
brings”, his client was also well aware
of the pain and despair his actions had
“The only useful thing he can do (in
prison) is to learn to become a decent
person and live a decent life, and he is
determined to do that. ”
— Otago Daily Times
Murderer gets 12 years
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
David Jackson Mahia in the High Court at Invercargill yesterday.
New Zealand criminals are taking
inspiration from the hit television series
Breaking Bad by using camper vans to
cook crystal methamphetamine.
Top drug police have confirmed gangs
are going increasingly mobile to prevent
their illegal drug-making operations
from being detected.
During a recent bust in Auckland,
as part of the major crime crackdown,
Operation Genoa, detectives found a
custom-made mobile speed lab that
looked like an “ordinary builder’s trailer ”,
complete with a surf-ski attached to its
Police have also confirmed that crooks
are using motorhomes and caravans to
cook well away from cities and towns.
“ It allows them the freedom and ability
to pack their kit up, disappear to a remote
location, get on with their business, pack
up and return to wherever they live
and carry on,” detective senior sergeant
Lloyd Schmid of the Organised and
Financial Crime Agency New Zealand
(OFCANZ) said in Auckland.
Operation Genoa uncovered a
sophisticated nationwide drug ring, with
police seizing more than $3 million of
assets, including $2 million cash, luxury
cars including a Ferrari, Porsche and a
Maserati, a 9m launch, five properties
and gold bars.
Another recent OFCANZ raid as part
of Operation Enzone found a pop-top
caravan being used as a clan lab.
“The mobility aspect is fairly prevalent
out there,” Mr Schmid said.
In the award-winning six-season show,
Breaking Bad characters Walter White
a chemistry teacher — and Jesse
Pinkman use a motorhome as a mobile
lab to drive into desert and cook crystal
meth, also known as speed, P, or ice.
Last year, police in Geelong, Victoria
said they were battling “the Breaking
Bad syndrome”, with a spike in home-
“Most ice is still imported, but we are
also seeing people with the Breaking
Bad syndrome, where every idiot thinks
they’re a chemist and can cook up their
own drugs with no regard for how
incredibly dangerous it is,” detective
senior sergeant Dave McTaggart told
the Geelong Advertiser.
South Island police are also aware of
camper vans and caravans being used as
labs on wheels.
“Criminals are always trying to stay
ahead of our policing strategies, and they
like to be mobile,” Detective Inspector
Virginia Le Bas, of Christchurch, said.
In 2003, police found a sophisticated
mobile lab inside what looked like a
normal, white camper van.
Kenneth Wayne Welsh was jailed
for 10 years for using the camper van,
crammed with volatile chemicals and P
recipes, at his rural Bay of Plenty home.
The cooking process produces noxious
fumes from chemicals, including
phosphine, that are both highly explosive
and deadly if inhaled.
wire technology that Kiwis are famous
for — where there’s a will there’s a way.
You shouldn’t rule anything out with
these characters,” Mr Schmid said.
“ With so much money to be made,
people at all ends of the criminal
spectrum are going to have a crack at it. ”
Tv series inspires P cooks to go mobile
A scene from the popular television
series Breaking Bad showing
the mobile home the show ’s
protagonists used to cook crystal
A reported light plane crash off the
North Canterbury coast was, in fact, a
balloon falling into the sea.
Police received a call at 11.25am from
a member of public reporting a plane
crashing just off the Hurunui River
mouth, near Cheviot.
Someone else had reported that a
Google balloon had come down in the
A rescue helicopter was dispatched.
The crew found a balloon had come
down and was in the sea.
The helicopter crew had been called off
the job. St John earlier sent an ambulance
to the remote scene near Nape Nape,
a small reser ve on the coast east of
Cheviot. Police also launched a lifeboat
to help with the “rescue”.— APNZ
Crashing ‘plane’ actually a balloon
Repairs at Lyttelton
Port Co, Christchurch’s
ocean trade hub which
was damaged in the 2010
and 2011 Canterbury
earthquakes, are to be fast-
tracked by Canterbury
Minister Gerry Brownlee.
Using powers under the
Canterbury Recover Act,
Mr Brownlee has directed Environment
Canterbury and the Christchurch port
to produce a Lyttelton Port recovery
plan draft by July 2015 to speed up the
“A recovery plan allows for a streamlined
process and will see redevelopment occur
in at timelier manner than under the
Resource Management Act, while still
ensuring robust testing of information,”
the minister said in a statement. “ There
have been no decisions made on
how the port should be
redeveloped, but I have
determined that a recovery
plan is the best tool for
timely redevelopment to
Last December, the
company said it intends to
expand the eastern end of
the port to build two berths
and a long-term container
terminal. In February the
port resumed dividend payments for the
first time since they were suspended in
2010 following damage sustained in the
Canterbury earthquakes. The company
reached a $438.3 million settlement
with Vero, NZI and QBE, of which it
recognised $357.6 million in insurance
income in the six months ended
December 31, 2013. The settlement
covers claims under the port’s material
damage, business interruption and
contract works policies. — APNZ
Port repairs fast-tracked
Police divers are searching the
Whanganui River for the body of
missing man Whetu Hansen, who is the
possible victim of a homicide.
Mr Hansen, 48, was last seen on
November 24 last year, and a homicide
investigation was launched in December.
A 56-year-old man is currently before
the courts charged with his murder.
Detective senior sergeant Simon
Harrison said the navy was helping
police with the search.
“ We are unable to comment at this
stage on what exactly we are looking
for in the Whanganui River or why we
have determined that a search of the
river is necessary for the purpose of this
investigation,” he said.
Police were also seeking more
assistance from the public in relation to
Mr Hansen’s disappearance.
The investigation team wanted to hear
from anyone that saw a 1996 white
Ford Courier utility vehicle in the
Palmerston North or Whanganui area
on Wednesday December 4, 2013, he
said. — APNZ
Police divers search river
Supply drop for kayaker
An urgent aid mission will get
under way today to drop vital
supplies to a kayaker attempting
a solo trip across the Tasman Sea.
Scott Donaldson, left from
Coffs Harbour, north of Sydney
and was now about 500km of
New Zealand’s coastline, Radio
New Zealand reported.
The 43-year-old from Hamilton
has run dangerously low on
supplies after his trip was delayed
by rough weather and technical
Mr Donaldson’s wife Sarah has
asked Taupo rescue pilot John
Funnell to make a drop of much
Mr Fennell told Radio NZ
Mr Donaldson had a radio but
he would still be trying to find a
small speck in a big ocean.
“The trick is actually getting the
container of contents down right
in front of him or beside him and
they’re a little parachute so we’ve
got to be very accurate.
“ It will be a bit of a challenge for
us,” Mr Funnell said. — APNZ
A search for a missing 27-year-
old Taranaki man is now
being treated as a homicide
Opunake man Aaron Roigard
has been missing since Monday
June 2, when he was last seen at
Mr Roigard had left a Waiteika
Road address on foot, following
a disagreement with a family
member, taking a cellphone with
him but not his wallet or car keys.
Detective sergeant Chris
Allemann said homicide was
being treated as a possibility
because police did not have any
firm leads on what had happened
to Mr Roigard.
“It’s not to say it is a homicide
but we are treating it seriously.
“ It ’s still a missing person but
there’s some unusual aspects to it
that aren’t sitting right with us.”
Mr Allemann would not expand
on what those aspects were.
“The only thing I can say is that
we still don’t have any idea, we’re
open to any possibility.
“One of those is that foul play is
Effluent ponds were drained
over two days at the address Mr
Roigard disappeared from as part
of a full forensic search, although
nothing was found.
“ We had to cover that off
because we just don’t know where
to turn to next.”
Police had stopped searching
the area where Mr Roigard had
gone missing, but were talking to
his family. — APNZ
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