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Shot teenager improves
The teenager shot in the head by
an air gun last week is improving.
The 16-year-old from Glenorchy
was taken to Dunedin Hospital by
helicopter in a serious condition
after he sustained a head injury
about 6pm on Thursday. A hospital
spokeswoman said the boy was no
longer in a serious condition and was
“progressing favourably in the general
ward”. Circumstances surrounding
the shooting were not clear, police
said. — Otago Daily Times
Armed robber y arrests
Three men have been arrested after
an armed robbery of a Tauranga
ser vice station last night. The masked
men brandished a knife and a knuckle
duster. They entered the Z Station on
the intersection of Cameron Road and
11th Avenue about 10.10pm. They
threatened the shopkeeper and took
money, cigarettes and food, police said.
The stolen property was recovered and
the men, aged 17, 20 and 22, were to
appear in the Tauranga District Court
today. — APNZ
Crash pilot praised
A pilot has been lauded after landing
a light aircraft in a paddock after the
engine failed during take-off yesterday
at Auckland ’s Ardmore airport.
She landed about 3.5km east of the
aerodrome. The plane travelled about
200m across the paddock, through a
wire fence and into a drain, where it
flipped on to its roof. The pilot and
her female student were both hurt
and taken to Middlemore Hospital.
The chief flying instructor at Airline
Flying Club, Phil Welcome, said the
instructor “did everything right” to
land the plane as she did. — APNZ
Drugs fugitive caught
A Nelson man, on the run from
police investigating an Auckland drugs
ring, was arrested early yesterday. Terry
Jones, 44, was caught about 4am, after
the armed offenders squad and Nelson
CIB officers stormed the motel he was
hiding out in. A large quantity of drugs
was also found. A man and woman
were also arrested. Jones will appear in
the Nelson District Court today.
A ticket sold in Wellington
has won its holder $1 million in
division one of Lotto draw No 1412.
Successful numbers were 1, 2, 3, 14,
36, 38; bonus 15. Strike numbers
were 1, 14, 36, 3. There was no Strike
Four winner. Powerball number 1.
There was no division one winner.
The Winning Wheel ticket was sold
in central Auckland. The winner
from Lower Hutt spun for $100,000
of world travel.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10016:
48, 49, 53, 56, 69, 72, 74, 77. Draw No
10017: 4, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 25,
30, 31, 38, 39, 40, 42, 46, 54, 63, 66, 68.
Draw No 10018: 1, 10, 12, 14, 16, 22,
35, 36, 41, 45, 46, 52, 57, 58, 59, 68, 70,
71, 74, 78. Draw No 10019: 5, 6, 9, 10,
13, 14, 28, 30, 35, 37, 38, 39, 43, 50, 52,
57, 58, 64, 69, 79.
Prime Minister John Key says the
Government wanted a diplomat
accused of sexual assault to face
charges in New Zealand.
Mr Key said the case, in which the
diplomat invoked immunity, had been
discussed at a ministerial level.
The diplomat, in his 30s and
employed at a high commission in
Wellington, faced charges of burglary
and assault with intent to rape after
following a 21-year-old woman to her
home last month.
Diplomats cannot be arrested or
detained in foreign countries and the
man’s home country refused to waive
Mr Key said the Government
“expressed (its) view ” that the man
should have faced the charges in New
“But it is, as you know, up to the
home country to decide whether
they invoke diplomatic immunity or
Police began criminal proceedings
against the man last month and
notified the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Trade (Mfat).
Mfat asked his host country to waive
immunity, but its government refused
and pulled him from his posting in
The ministry sent a diplomatic note
to his home country to say it wanted
the man to face the sexual assault
Mr Key said he understood an
investigation was under way in the
diplomat ’s country.
“It’s an ongoing process here at the
moment, there’s a suppression order
so I can’t go into too much detail.
“But my understanding is that the
home country is looking at the case
and charges might follow there. ”
The police file remained alive and
if the diplomat returned to New
Zealand in a non-diplomatic position
he could be arrested.
Labour’s foreign affairs spokesman,
David Shearer, said that Foreign
Minister Murray McCully needed
to ensure the matter was not “swept
under the carpet and forgotten
Mr Shearer said extradition of the
diplomat to face charges in New
Zealand should be considered.
He also questioned the name
suppression for the diplomat and his
“The Vienna Convention that
provides diplomatic immunity is an
ancient agreement, one that New
Zealand takes seriously and upholds.
It protects our diplomatic personnel
ser ving overseas, no matter where
they are located.
“ Nevertheless, we also expect justice
to be done and the rights of any
victim to be respected and not simply
Police spokesman Nick Bohm
said the complainant “has been fully
informed throughout the process and
we are continuing to support her”.
Mfat said serious crimes by envoys
in New Zealand were rare, but Louise
Nicholas, sur vivor advocate for Rape
Prevention Education, has labelled
the diplomatic immunity a “crime in
“It ’s really difficult for the
Government. There is nothing you
can do about it. The victim has to
live with knowing there will be no
justice for her. It is disgusting of the
(diplomat ’s) government to allow this
“ For these people to be able to
legally walk free is a crime in itself.”
Ms Nicholas praised the New
Zealand Government ’s attempts to
get the man’s immunity waived, and
still wants him to be extradited.
“The crime was committed here so
he should be brought back here to
face the judicial process. It’s just so
wrong,” she said.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Govt pushes for sex case envoy to be charged
A person is dead after a crash between
a car and a motorcyclist in Hawke’s Bay
Inspector Dave Rose of the police
central communications centre said
police received a call about the crash at
7am and when they arrived on the scene
one person, who he believed was the
motorcyclist, was dead.
No more details on the deceased person
were immediately available.
The crash on State highway 2 near
Waitangi Bridge between Clive and
Napier caused traffic problems, Mr Rose
“The area has now been closed pending
a scene examination by the serious crash
He said police were asking people to
take the Hawke’s Bay Expressway rather
than State highway 2 to ease the traffic
problems in the area. — APNZ
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Two men were assaulted in Invercargill
last night, within a short space of time
from each other.
The first man, a 41-year-old, was
injured and knocked to the ground
around 1.30am after a fight broke out
in the car park of the Newfield Tavern,
Centre Street, police said.
He suffered minor injuries and was
treated at Southland Hospital.
A short time later a second fight
also broke out on the front lawn of a
residential property in nearby Wye Street,
after a 28-year-old man was chased to
the address by a group of people.
He suffered injuries to his head and eye,
and was taken to Southland Hospital for
treatment and later flown to Dunedin
No arrests have been made, police said.
Anyone who witnessed the assaults, or
has information about them, was asked
to contact police. — APNZ
Prime Minister John Key
gave the strongest hint yet
that modest tax cuts for
low- and middle-income
earners will form part of
The National Party
respected New Zealanders
and their hard-earned
incomes, he told 600
delegates to the party’s
conference in Wellington.
“ If we can’t use that money as well as
you can, then it ’s simple — you should
He has raised the issue of tax cuts on
and off for several months now as one
of the ways on which to spend forecast
surpluses, always with the caveat of them
being targeted at low- to middle-income
earners and being modest.
Mr Key said after his speech that no
decision had yet been made on any such
But the fact that he included another
mention in his conference speech
suggests they will form part of National’s
campaign for the September 20 election.
A $212 million regional road and
bridge-building programme was the
centrepiece of his speech.
The party’s campaign slogan, Working
for New Zealand, was unveiled at the
conference, as was #Team Key, a one-
stop hub for social media related to
National policies and candidates.
Campaign chairman Steven Joyce
announced that the party had set
numerical targets for the party vote
in specific electorates, rather than a
percentage, in a bid to lift voter turnout.
This time Mr Joyce and campaign
director Jo de Joux have targeted not
just seats where National polled high in
the party vote last time but
some Labour-held seats,
East, Dunedin South,
(the seat of Labour
leader David Cunliffe),
Palmerston North, Port
Hills, Rimutaka, Te Atatu,
West Coast-Tasman and
Opposition featured relatively strongly
over the weekend, even though
governments do not usually give
opposition parties any profile.
But Mr Key, Mr Joyce, Finance
Minister Bill English and Attorney-
General Chris Finlayson all took an
opportunity to knock the Opposition.
Mr Finlayson raised the spectre of a
multi-headed opposition Hydra that
kept springing new heads.
Mr English said the Greens were
vindictive and dangerous.
Mr Joyce posed a rhetorical question:
“ If Laila Harre, Hone Harawira, Pam
Corkery, Kim Dotcom, Russel Norman,
Metiria Turei, David Cunliffe, Matt
McCarten, and John Minto are the
answer, can we please have another look
at the question?”
Mr Key also took aim yesterday in his
“ Labour has David Cunliffe, who takes
himself so seriously that other people
don’t have to,” Mr Key said.
“The Greens have two co-leaders who
want to be co-deputy-prime ministers
in some kind of bizarre job-sharing
“ Internet Mana — the Maori radical
meets file-sharing party — is a strange
mix of goodness know what they stand
for.” — APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Key hints at
tax cut vow
Benjamin Severne is suspended at the bottom of a helicopter longline yesterday while being rescued
from the bottom of a waterfall.
Daughter’s wedding keeps dad’s hopes alive
Benjamin Severne woke up on
a ledge in Lake Taupo Forest,
overlooking a sheer 50m drop
with no way out.
With his vision impaired, no
food and little clothing, he spent
the next three nights in an area
the size of a family car in freezing
conditions, with little to keep him
going — except his trusty dog,
“I ’ve been in some ugly places
but never one with no options.
The thing was to stay alive and go
to my daughter’s wedding, but it
was a lot of mental torment,” he
The 48-year-old prison officer
Wednesday in Lake Taupo Forest
cutting a horse track when he
came across a waterfall on the
Waitotara Stream and tried to
climb down “Bear Grylls-style”.
He fell, knocking himself out
and later awoke to find himself
overlooking a 50m drop to the
stream below, butted against a
series of bluffs that were too steep
to climb out.
He had lost his GPS system,
torch and balaclava while
descending. He also lost his
glasses so he could barely see.
“Everything was blurring and
the danger was I could have
stumbled or slipped,” he said.
“There was no exit left, front or
above. It came down to taking cat
naps and trying to stay dry but
what made it worse was it was
wet and frosty. ”
Mr Severne told his dog Whai,
a german shorthaired pointer, to
stay on the ledge above him but
after a night of howling the dog
jumped over the waterfall to be
He put the dog inside his
c lothing to keep him warm and
moved his legs as fast as he could
to keep the blood flowing.
He tried to stay awake when the
sun went down. “S leep was out of
the question and food wasn’t an
issue because there wasn’t any. It
was about trying to stay warm. ”
Despite watching search planes
and helicopters pass overhead
in vain, he remained hopeful of
rescue even though the searchers’
yells for him were drowned out by
By Friday dozens of hunters,
search and rescue staff, forestry
crews and members of his family
— some of whom had come from
Australia to help look for him —
were out in force.
Mr Severne, who is also on
heart medication, said his hope
started to fade shortly before his
rescue on Saturday at 1pm.
“That was about the time I got
a little bit of light and warmth
but it didn’t last long and it would
go. I was getting down then
because I was starting to shake
uncontrollably. Then my chest
started to go sore and I thought I
was going to die. ”
A friend, Brett Cooper, found
him after discovering a disturbed
area of bush nearby — and his
bush shirt that he had dropped
during his tramp.
Not long after Mr Cooper,
whom Mr Severne had helped
to save in similar circumstances
about 15 years ago, saw Whai
on the ledge and his mate’s legs
Mr Severne spent Saturday
night in Taupo Hospital
recovering from hypothermia
with his daughter at his bedside.
Yesterday he was back at home.
Senior constable Barry
Shepherd of Taupo police said
searchers never gave up hope of
finding Mr Severne alive.
“It’s a remarkable sur vival story
but people can do amazing things
in that kind of adversity,” he said.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
New technology cuts fishing impact
The FV Thomas Harrison, which has been fitted with high-tech gear to
observe fishing at great depths.
New technology in trawling will
light-up the ocean floor and reduce
the impacts of fishing on the seabed,
fishing company Sealord says.
With deep sea fishing that occurs in
depths of over 200m, fishermen have
never before been able to obser ve the
fish, and operated in the dark with
guess work as to how they behave
when they encounter fishing gear,
resource manager Graham Patchell
“It will be like driving at night with
headlights and full visuals at depths of
up to 1000m for the first time, versus
navigating only on instruments.
“This is the first step in technology
to be more accurate with trawls
and work towards having a lighter
footprint on the marine environment
with less coral and sponges caught in
nets. Rather than waiting to see what
comes up in the trawl, we will see it in
real time and be able to take action.”
The technology had been developed
over the past five years by Sealord
and the CSIRO (Commonwealth
Scientific and Industrial Research
Organisation). The partnership was
testing the new high-definition
camera and equipment in a world first
trial, which set sail from Nelson at the
Fibre optic cabling and powerful
lighting equipment would provide
skippers a real-time view of the trawl
gear and the ocean floor and enable
them to target fish and move away
from under water features, Mr Patchell
The new equipment was installed on
FV Thomas Harrison and would be
used during orange roughy biomass
sur veys in two fishing areas off the
west coast of the North Island.
Sealord’s general manager fishing
Doug Paulin said the company was
investing in an ecosystem approach “to
make sure we take as much care with
the marine environment as we do with
the fisheries”. — APNZ
A man has died after his vehicle crashed
down a bank in Canterbury today.
The crash happened on State highway
7 between Culverden and Hanmer
just before 7am, northern police
communications team leader Hemi
The driver was the only occupant in the
Fire, ambulance and police attended
the scene, Mr Waretini said. — APNZ
Fatal crash near Culverden
The rain in Auckland will not be easing
until this evening, but once it passes be
prepared for a drop in temperatures, a
MetSer vice meteorologist John Law
said this week the whole country will feel
a significant change to colder weather.
thermometer, and the forecast. ”
As the front of wet weather passes so
do the strong north-westerlies that have
been keeping the temperatures in the
high teens for Auckland, he said.
“The temperatures will struggle even
more down in the South Island.”
“P laces like Invercargill, which is
looking at 14degC today, will be down
to around 8degC or so later this week.”
Most of the South Island will be down
to 0degC or below overnight from
tomorrow and throughout the week.
Snow was likely to be seen in high
country in the South Island. — APNZ
hurt in crash
Two cousins last night remained
seriously ill in hospital after an early-
morning weekend crash near Napier.
Teneia Hura, 28, of Napier, was in a
critical condition in intensive care, and
a 36-year-old cousin was seriously ill
in a high dependency unit, Hawke’s
Bay Hospital media staff, in Hastings,
The two women were in a car which hit
a pole near the south-eastern outskirts of
Napier, about 3.30am on Saturday.
The Fire Ser vice was called to the scene
at 3.41am and an officer said the crew
arrived to find one person trapped under
the car and the other inside, with police
already at the scene.
The pole snapped at the base and was
swinging from live wires as the Fire
Ser vice began working nearby to lift the
wreckage to free the younger woman and
to extricate the other occupant.
Earlier in the morning another person
was also taken to hospital after a crash
near Bridge Pa, west of Hastings.
— APNZ-Hawke’s Bay Today
Labour wants to end the
dislocation of Pacific island
families split apart for years by New
Zealand’s immigration rules.
A number of measures in
Labour’s new immigration policy
were targeted at Pacific groups,
including proposals to speed up
family reunification and raise the
pay of seasonal workers — many of
whom come from the islands.
spokesman Trevor Mallard said the
proposals were not an election-year
bid for the Pacific vote but would
simply honour New Zealand’s
historical relationships with its
migration rules had made it
“disproportionately difficult” for
Pacific migrant families to be
reunited in New Zealand, even
when most of the family had been
living and working here for long
Labour would try to resolve this
through adjustments to the Pacific
quota system — in which people
get residency through a ballot —
or by making other changes in
The Minister of Immigration,
Michael Woodhouse, was sceptical
about the proposals.
“I think it ’s fair to say that those
who come into New Zealand as
adults should not come with the
expectation that they ’re able to
bring their adult siblings or other
family members with them. ” Mr
Mallard said the policies targeted
at Pacific groups were unlikely
to increase the total number of
migrants coming to New Zealand,
and would not come at the expense
of any other ethnic group.
Labour would also crack down
on migrant exploitation. The new
immigration policy would require
employers to pay migrant workers
a living wage ($18.80 an hour)
and seasonal workers $1.50 more
than the minimum wage, which is
currently $14.25 an hour.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Labour looks at reuniting Pacific families
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