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Nail gun victim dies
The man who shot himself with
a nail gun has died in Hawke’s
Bay Regional Hospital. A hospital
spokeswoman said the 31-year-old
man sustained a wound to the upper
chest resulting in a punctured lung.
The incident occurred about 3pm
yesterday while the man was building
on a rural property at Hatuma,
near Waipukurau. He was flown to
hospital by rescue helicopter. The
hospital has referred the death to the
Coroner. — APNZ
A 55-year-old man who injured
himself with a chainsaw in Onga
Onga yesterday morning has
undergone surgery and is now in
recovery. He suffered a serious
laceration to his face after the
chainsaw kicked back. The man
was driven to Waipukurau Medical
Centre by a friend, and then flown
by rescue helicopter to Hawke’s Bay
Regional Hospital. — APNZ
Gas leak clears hotel
Over 100 people were evacuated
from a Nelson hotel overnight after
a gas leak. Emergency ser vices were
called to the Rutherford Hotel
on Nile Street about 11.30pm
after reports of smoke in the
gymnasium and bar area, southern
fire communications shift manager
Andrew Norris said. “ When we got
there, we discovered it wasn’t smoke.
They ’ve had a leak of a refrigeration
gas. ” As a precaution, the 98 guests
were evacuated, Mr Norris said. Fire
crews in full Hazmat gear found the
leak and sealed it. Guests were allowed
back about 2am. — APNZ
Wilson denied parole
Stewart Murray Wilson has been
declined parole because he still poses
an undue risk to the community, the
Parole Board has decided. Wilson,
who was seen by the Parole Board
in Whanganui yesterday, is ser ving
21 years for serious sexual offending
after being recalled to prison for
a breach of parole. His sentence
finishes on December 1 next year.
Wilson will be considered for parole
again in October. — APNZ
Crash victim named
A man killed when his van plunged
down a bluff in North Canterbury
has been named by police as Shane
Lovell Burbery, 38. The sole occupant
of the van was discovered about
30m down a bluff on State highway
7 between Culverden and Hanmer
Springs, just before 7am on Monday.
A ser vice for the father of five would
be held in Southbrook, Rangiora, on
Friday. — Otago Daily Times
Big Wednesday draw
There was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 454.
Successful numbers were 2, 6, 12, 15,
22, 44; coin toss, heads.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10024: 4,
9, 13, 19, 23, 25, 28, 31, 40, 50, 51, 52,
53, 58, 66, 67, 74, 77, 78, 80. Draw No
10025: 2, 3, 12, 15, 19, 20, 31, 33, 37,
45, 55, 56, 60, 61, 65, 67, 68, 70, 73, 77.
Milk price fall creating ripples
An autopsy has found that a
negative reaction to anaesthetic,
which led to seizures and most likely
brain death, caused the death of a
cheetah at Wellington Zoo.
Five-year-old Shomari and its
brother Cango were moved from
Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch
to Wellington Zoo in May.
Unfortunately Shomari died
soon after the move, and in a joint
statement from Wellington Zoo
and Orana Wildlife Park released
yesterday, details of the move and
autopsy results were revealed.
The statement explained that
Shomari was given a general
anaesthetic at Orana Wildlife Park
to allow staff to move it into a
crate. The drug was then reversed.
However, the anaesthetic caused
Shomari to suffer from a series of
seizures that occurred periodically
over the next hour.
After the seizures stopped a
sedative was administered which
improved the big cat ’s condition.
The decision was then made to
continue with the transfer. Although
heavily sedated, there was no concern
for Shomari’s outlook, the statement
On arrival in Wellington the
spotted cat was still heavily sedated
and only partially rousable. It was
removed from the crate and given IV
Wellington Zoo consulted with
a specialist veterinary anaesthetist
from Massey University on how to
treat the symptoms.
A decision was then made by
veterinary staff to administer a drug
to attempt to reverse the effects of
the sedative used earlier in the day.
Although the treatment was
reversed Shomari continued to
suffer from more seizures, so more
medication was administered.
At this point Shomari went into
respiratory arrest, and veterinary
staff aided its breathing by placing a
tube in its throat.
Because of his seizures, he had
a clamped jaw so he was given
another general anaesthetic to relax
its muscles and enable vets to place
Artificial ventilation continued
for 90 minutes during which time
Shomari’s condition worsened and
vets noted a loss of cranial ner ve
reflexes, corneal response.
irreversible brain damage, most
likely brain death.
Cardiac arrest occurred at 10.26pm
and, given the small chance at
recovery, no attempts at CPR were
The autopsy showed changes in the
brain, liver, and kidneys which are
all consistent with prolonged seizure
activity and loss of oxygen.
There was also damage to the
muscle, consistent with prolonged
Both zoo teams said they were
devastated by Shomari’s tragic death.
Cango, which was transferred to
Wellington with Shomari, has been
joined by its brother Kunjuka and
both cats are doing well. — APNZ
Anaesthetic reaction suspected in cheetah death
An open-ended sentence of preventive
detention is being considered for a
teenager who, over a disturbing 24-hour
period, raped a 17-year old woman and
an 11-year-old girl who was so scared of
her life jumped out of a speeding car to
The 19-year-old rapist, who has
interim name suppression at least until
sentencing, was due to be sentenced
in the Christchurch District Court
Christopher Lange asked for it to be
adjourned until next Friday so he can
consider new mental health information
which has come to light.
Lawyers will then make submissions on
whether he should be sentenced in the
Christchurch District Court, or have it
moved to the High Court where he could
be sentence to preventive detention.
Preventive detention is
indeterminate life sentence often handed
down to violent or sexual offenders who
are deemed likely to reoffend if released.
Offenders will receive parole only if
they can demonstrate they no longer
pose a threat to the community.
Preventive detention has a minimum
non-parole period of five years in prison,
but the sentencing judge can extend this
if they believe that the prisoner’s history
The man earlier pleaded guilty to
charges of kidnapping, threatening to
kill, unlawful sexual connection, and
Defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger did
not object to the delay.
Judge David Saunders remanded the
man in custody to July 11. — APNZ
Fonterra’s $7 per kg farmgate milk
price forecast for 2014-15 is once
again under significant downward
pressure because of ongoing falls
in international dairy prices and a
stubbornly high New Zealand dollar,
They said the New Zealand dollar’s
inability to adjust lower in line with
weaker commodities prices could have
implications for the price farmers get
for their milk and for the Reser ve
Bank’s future monetary policy stance.
News of a 4.9% decline in average
dairy prices at the Global Dairy Trade
auction barely put a dent in the New
Zealand dollar, which yesterday traded
at US87.6c — not far off its post float
high of 88.4c — as overseas investors
chose to focus on the relatively high
interest rates the currency has to offer.
Dairy prices have fallen by 31%
ANZ yesterday downgraded its
forecast farmgate milk price to
$6.25/kg of milksolids compared
with Fonterra’s $7/kg forecast issued
in May. The bank estimated the fall
represented an approximate $3 billion
worth of dairy income from the record
ANZ’s rural economist Con
Williams said the New Zealand
dollar was continuing to ignore the
downward pressure on commodities
prices, with markets choosing instead
to focus on New Zealand’s relatively
high interest rates, and the prospect of
them moving higher still.
“But definitely the cracks are
starting to emerge, so we would
expect some softness to show through
in the currency,” Mr Williams said.
While dairy production is expected
to increase again in 2014-15, farmers’
costs have also risen.
“ Mechanically putting a milk
price of $6.25/kg into our average
farm model yields profitability of
$1180/ha. This is below the seven-
year average of $1485/ha,” the bank
“ With interest rates rising and
approximately 65% of debt on short
term, combined with a drop in the
milk price into the low $6s/kg, this
quickly starts to see discretionary
spending evaporate. ”
Dairy prices are now tracking
marginally lower and the dollar
higher than the Reserve Bank
assumed in its June monetary policy
The combination was not material
enough to warrant a change of view
regarding monetary policy and the
official cash rate, and a rise in July still
looked odds on, the bank said.
“ However, the situation across
various commodity markets is
unfolding quickly, and with the dollar
barely budging, financial conditions
are tightening in material fashion,” it
Bank of New Zealand economists
said lower prices would be negative
for dairy farmer payout calculations
and would, over time, put a dent in
the terms of trade and current account
The BNZ said the Reser ve Bank
would be watching closely the
divergence between falling dairy
prices and the still-strong dollar.
Last month the Reser ve Bank raised
the official cash rate to 3.25% and
signalled more rises ahead.
The decline in whole milk powder
prices came despite Fonterra reducing
the volume to be auctioned over the
ANZ’s Mr Williams said it looked
like the international wholesale
market was reflecting an overhang of
product inventory in China.
The dairy auction registered a 4.9%
decline in average prices to $US3595
a tonne. Whole milk powder — the
most important line for New Zealand
producers — dropped 5.4% to $3459
Fonterra was expected to issue its
revised forecasts in August but may
instead use this month’s dividend
announcement to update farmers on
the farmgate milk price outlook.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Trading to 10:30am,
Thursday, July 3, 2014
DECLINERS: 17 TRADED: 80
Aluminium High Grade
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Rachel Covey, right, is comforted by her friend Stephanie Smith, both of Dunedin, as she examines her
damaged 2003 Mini Cooper after a cow jumped out in front of her on Friday night.
A Dunedin driver who smashed
into a cow woke up in a smoke-
filled car with an 18-wheeler
truck bearing down on her.
Rachel Covey was driving
north on State highway 1, near
Moeraki, about 7.30pm on Friday
when “all of a sudden a black cow
jumped out in the middle of the
She remembered slamming on
her brakes as the cow smashed
into her beloved Mini Cooper.
The 26-year-old regained
consciousness to find airbags
had been deployed in her now
wrecked vehicle, which was fast
filling with smoke.
Grabbing her cellphone she
fled the vehicle, fearing it would
With no lights coming from her
vehicle she looked in horror to see
the lights of an 18-wheel truck —
followed by a convoy of vehicles
— fast approaching.
“So I stood in the middle of the
road flashing my cellphone so he
could see me.”
Miss Covey said the quick
thinking truck driver flashed his
lights in acknowledgment “then
swer ved to avoid me”.
One by one the other vehicles
came to a halt, and “if people
didn’t stop then the accident
would have been 10 times worse”.
Miss Covey escaped with
scratches, bruising and whiplash
following the crash, and did not
require hospital treatment.
“Everyone has said I was lucky to
sur vive . . . police, the fire brigade,
ambulance officers, witnesses all
can’t believe I walked away.
“I will definitely buy a Lotto
She believed the height of her
car was a major reason she could
walk away unscathed, as the cow
was forced up over the bonnet
before striking the windscreen
and “going over the top and
“ I am not going to drive
anything but a Mini Cooper from
now on,” she said.
Miss Covey said she was
heartbroken to hear the cow,
which was later put down, had
been distressed as its calf had
been stolen just days earlier.
“I feel really over whelmed . . . it
could have ended so differently.”
— Otago Daily Times
Crash driver recounts narrow escape
New Zealand woman Leeza Ormsby
will ser ve 10 months behind bars in
a Bali prison for smoking half a joint
while on holiday on the Indonesian
The 37-year-old was last evening
sentenced to almost a year in jail
by a judge in the Denpasar District
Court — five months less than the
prosecution asked for.
She was arrested in February after
being caught at the scene of a drug
bust at a holiday villa in north Kuta.
She was found to have a half-smoked
joint in her handbag.
She faced up to 12 years in prison
on drugs possession charges, but
prosecutors recommended Ormsby
ser ve 15 months.
Her defence team successfully
argued she be viewed as a drug
user, with the court hearing she had
previously been treated for depression
and heroin use.
Under Bali law a drug user is seen as
a victim, and provided some leniency
by the courts. She was also given
credit for admitting her guilt. —
10 months for Bali drug offence
PICTURE: Getty Images
Leeza Ormsby talks with her lawyer Ari Soenardi after the verdict at the
Denpasar District Court in Bali.
The Malaysian diplomat
at the centre of the sex case
scandal is being sent back
to New Zealand to face
The New Zealand and
announcement late last
night after a conversation
between Foreign Minister
Murray McCully and his
counterpart Anifah Aman.
Mr Aman confirmed the Malaysian
Government would return Muhammad
Rizalman bin Ismail with a military
escort on a day to be confirmed. The
decision came seven weeks after he
left Wellington claiming diplomatic
There is an active warrant for Ismail’s
arrest in New Zealand, where he was
charged by police on May 10 with
burglary and assault with intent to rape
a 21-year-old woman in the capital’s
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
(Mfat) chief executive John Allen
apologised to the woman yesterday “for
the turmoil that she has had to suffer”.
Ismail has been charged with burglary
and assault with intent to rape, which are
punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
In Kuala Lumpur, Ismail was currently
in a military hospital for psychiatric
obser vation and was not yet scheduled
Another official said Ismail had not
been at work since returning from New
Zealand on May 22. Wellington was his
first overseas posting. He arrived with
his wife and three children last October.
Former neighbours in the Lower Hutt
suburb of Newlands yesterday described
him as a quiet, family man. He often
held family functions and social events.
One neighbour said they were “shocked”
he had been charged.
Former Labour Party
Foreign Affairs Minister
Phil Goff told Radio
New Zealand Mr
McCully had to explain
why there was such an
or incompetence” by him
and the ministry in dealing
with the matter.
“Speaking as a former
foreign minister I know for
a fact in an extraordinary
situation like this, the
minister would be right on top of the
“ He would be having daily negotiations
and discussions through his chief
executive officer in the ministry. The
matter would never have been able to
drift as this has been allowed to drift. ”
It seemed Mr McCully was more
interested in sweeping the issue under
the carpet than taking the matter up
and seeing justice done for the alleged
offence, Mr Goff said.
Prime Minister John Key and Mr
McCully had damaged the relationship
with Malaysia by initially accusing
them of not offering to waive Ismail’s
diplomatic immunity, Mr Goff said.
Labour’s foreign affairs spokesman
David Shearer told Radio NZ the
buck stopped with the minister and Mr
McCully needed to offer his resignation
over his ministry’s botch-up.
“The bottom line is that this happened
on May 10, both Murray McCully and
John Key were both told about this and
then it just slid off their radar.
“This was not a parking ticket this was
the (alleged) attempted rape of a New
Zealander and they didn’t even bother to
follow up and ask the obvious question
‘ What ’s happened with this case?’.”
Mr McCully has not offered his
resignation over the matter and would
not be drawn on whether heads will roll
within Mfat over the issue. — APNZ
on sex case envoy
An Auckland man will spend
at least 17 years behind bars for
savagely stabbing his 23-year-
old ex-girlfriend to death in the
bedroom they once shared.
Karl Eddy, 40, was handed a life
sentence for murdering Alicia
McCallion in the High Court at
He will ser ve a minimum term of
Ms McCallion — known by her
family as A J — was found dead in
a sleepout attached to her Papakura
family home in December 2012,
three weeks after the pair had split
A jury took three hours in May
to find Eddy guilty of stabbing
her and sawing at her throat with
a serrated knife, cutting her almost
from ear to ear.
Eddy left bloody fingerprints in
her bedroom and then attempted
to cover his tracks by sending text
messages from her phone.
Ms McCallion’s family gave
emotional victim impact statements,
describing a creative, loving, cheeky
young woman who made some bad
choices about who she loved.
“They usually took more than they
gave. They were controlling and
manipulative and usually were too
broken for her to fix,” her mother
Millicent McCallion said.
All four family members who
spoke said the home where they
lived for over two decades and
where they had shared many happy
memories now reminded them of
A J’s brutal death.
Mrs McCallion still experiences
flashbacks of finding her daughter
dead, face down on the floor of her
She said she lent Eddy money,
welcomed him into their home, and
gave him a car but now hated him
and regretted helping him at all.
Peter McCallion said he would
gladly give away the rest of his
life if his daughter could have 30
more years and felt that he had not
protected his daughter.
Her sister-in-law said she now
had to reassure her three young
children that Eddy was not coming
back for them.
Justice Rebecca Ellis said
the evidence against Eddy was
over whelming and he had shown
no empathy for the family, except
for a “half-hearted” one sentence
“I have no doubt that Alicia
McCallion was the best thing that
happened to you. You, however,
were the worst thing that happened
Eddy has a history of convictions
spanning his adult life including
convictions for assault, breaching
protection orders and assaults on
women and has been assessed as
having a high risk of offending.
jailed for 17 years
The streaker who was crash-tackled
during an All Blacks match last month
for a $500 bet has broken even today
after being fined $500 at court.
Christchurch builder Adam Holtslag,
28, appeared before a Justice of the Peace
in the Christchurch District Court
charged with offensive behaviour.
He pleaded guilty to the charge.
Police prosecutor Fiona Roberts told
the court that Holtslag did it for a $500
After he was “apprehended” by security
and taken to the sidelines, he told them,
“It was worth it.”
Justice of the Peace Robert McGregor
told him today that “half of New
Zealand” saw his performance, and
that it was “offensive to an awful lot of
He stopped himself from giving a
personal opinion but added that Holtslag
had “interrupted a good game of rugby”.
He fined him $500 plus court costs.
Outside court, Holtslag said it
“definitely wasn’t worth it” — when he
told police after wards that it had been,
he was “still drunk”.
He wants to now put the incident
behind him, saying the media attention
he has received has been “ridiculous”.
“ It ’s not worth the stress,” he said.
Rugby streaker fined $500
Police have busted a stolen car ring in
Police said they had gathered
intelligence relating to a mechanic’s
business and it had become clear that it
was an illegal car ring.
They recovered 12 stolen cars and
arrested a number of people who were
charged with receiving stolen goods and
Inspector Neil Fisher said the operation
was a reminder to make sure people were
taking their cars to legitimate mechanics.
“These illegal operators have been
replacing the engines of legitimate
customers with stolen ones as well
as changing number plates and VIN
numbers,” he said.
Police said the recent warrants had been
part of an ongoing operation. — APNZ
No one was injured in a fire in a caravan
in Te Awamutu last evening.
A spokesman for the New Zealand
Fire Ser vice said there was some initial
concern someone was inside the caravan.
However, on arriving at the scene they
found there was not. One person escaped
unharmed and although ambulance
ser vices were called as a precaution, the
patient was fine. — APNZ
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