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emergency response nurse Donna
Collins is heading for Sierra Leone
to join an international Red Cross
team responding to the Ebola crisis.
Ms Collins, a mother of four, left
yesterday morning with Sharon
Mackie, 45, a health co-ordinator
for a non-government organisation
in Wellington, as part of the
international response to the Ebola
Ebola has killed almost 1000
people in the latest outbreak in
west Africa. There is no vaccine, no
specific treatment, and the death
rate is 60%.
But Mrs Collins is confident that
she will be safe and will be calling
on all her experience for her three-
week stint in the crisis zone.
She said that, as a nurse and
midwife, she had a passion for
“ I’d like to think if the tables
were turned, other countries would
come to our assistance. I feel 100%
supported and safe, this kind of
work is nothing new to me. I deal
with bodily fluids on a daily basis,
and I am trained and experienced
in following proper procedure,”
Mrs Collins said.
Ms Mackie said she was keen to
use her skills and experience to help
stop the disease spreading further.
Their deployment was prompted
by a request to the International
Federation of Red Cross and
Red Crescent Societies by the
Government of Sierra Leone and
the World Health Organisation.
New Zealand Red Cross
secretary-general Tony Paine said
Mrs Collins and Ms Mackie were
courageous, committed and true
“ We’ve been asked for help
and our nurses have put their
hands up. They are well trained,
experienced, and prepared. They
have an opportunity to really make
a difference to people’s lives,” Mr
Mrs Collins and Ms Mackie
will join an emergency response
team made up of Red Cross health
professionals from Spain, Australia,
Nor way and the United Kingdom,
which will set up an isolation ward
and provide clinical care to infected
patients in Kenema, the worst-hit
area of Sierra Leone.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa
has been declared an international
health emergency by the WHO,
with 1711 cases and 932 deaths.
The nurses will wear full personal
protection equipment, from overalls
and goggles to two pairs of gloves,
aprons and gumboots.
They will then spend three weeks
in quarantine before returning to
— APNZ-Northern Advocate
An American couple remember
little of a Lord of the Rings
sightseeing flight which ended in
tragedy in Central Otago.
Texans Sarah, 31, and Erik, 35,
Hoffmann remain in D unedin
Hospital nine days after the crash,
which killed Queenstown pilot
“I really don’t remember the
accident at all — it’s just gone,’’ Mrs
Hoffmann said from her hospital bed
“I can remember very little.
It was a wonderful flight. We were
having a great time. The scenery
was spectacular and Ray was so
knowledgeable about The Lord of the
“It was just a beautiful day.’’
Investigators are still piecing
together the moments which led to
the Glenorchy Air Piper Cherokee
crashing just north of the Poolburn
Reser voir on August 5.
And so are the couple from
Mrs Hoffmann remembers
stopping for lunch — ‘’we had some
sandwiches’’ — but little after that.
“Next thing I remember is lying
on the ground outside the plane
and holding my phone and trying
to remember what the emergency
number was for New Zealand.’’
Her memory became foggy after
she phoned emergency ser vices and
she could only recall ‘’morphine-
clouded memories of waking up in
The couple were flown to D unedin
Hospital in a serious condition. Mr
Crow died at the scene from his
“It was when we got to the hospital
that they told us Ray had died,’’ Mrs
Hoffmann said, holding back tears.
“I was sitting behind Ray, so I guess
Ray got the worst of it.’’
While she could not remember
the crash or what caused it, she was
confident it was mechanical.
‘’Ray seemed so competent; I can’t
imagine it was him.’’
The couple got to know Mr Crow in
the hours they spent with him before
“He was so easy to talk to,’’ Mrs
“He seemed to really enjoy showing
everything to people,’’ she said.
The day after the crash she awoke
and recalled feeling ‘’very lucky’’ to be
“The first day we woke up and I was
so grateful that we were both going to
make it and so sad that Ray wasn’t,’’
She had shattered a vertebra and
her left heel and Mr Hoffmann
had damaged vertebrae and injured
ligaments in his neck.
Mr Hoffmann was still groggy and
exhausted from the crash.
Mrs Hoffmann said her husband
also could not remember the crash
and his last memory was of Mr Crow
telling him they were flying low over
a landing strip to scatter cows that
had gathered on it.
The pair were expected to make a
full recovery in the next few weeks,
“Erik might recover a bit before I
do, but we have made it clear we are
going to stick together until we get
home,’’ she said.
The couple came to New Zealand
after visiting Sydney for Mr
Hoffmann’s sister’s wedding.
The couple, who met while studying
at the University of Wisconsin-
Madison, were both geologists and
wanted to view the scenery they had
seen on The Lord of the Rings - as
they were both fans.
“ We knew one thing we wanted to
do was take some tours of the sites
where they shot Lord of the Rings,’’
Despite the crash, the couple would
still take home fond memories of
“It’s (New Zealand) as beautiful as
everyone said. We are going to have
to come back.’’
Her mother, Lyn Greene, flew
into D unedin on Tuesday to offer
the couple support. Her mother’s
presence had brought solace, as had
the support of the community, Mrs
“ We have had a lot of people offer
help and support ... It’s been great.’’
“I would like to thank New Zealand
for being so hospitable to us.
“The nurses, the doctors, everybody
has been wonderful.’’
— New Zealand Herald
The Green Party says it will make
complaints to police, Parliamentary
Ser vice, the Inspector-General of
Intelligence and Security and the
Privacy Commissioner following
revelations made in Nicky Hager’s
book Dirty Politics.
Complaints will be lodged with:
Parliamentary Ser vice over
allegations that John Key ’s senior
adviser Jason Ede was involved in
inappropriately supplying confidential
information to blogger Cameron Slater.
Police over the alleged possibility
that officials working for Mr Key
corruptly used or disclosed any
information, acquired by him or her in
his or her official capacity, to obtain,
Police over allegations of blackmail
involving former Act leader Rodney
Police over allegations of
unauthorised access to a computer
system under Sections 249 and 252 of
the Crimes Act.
* The Inspector-General of
Intelligence and Security over
allegations that sensitive documents
were declassified in order to be used as
The Privacy Commissioner over
allegations that Minister Judith Collins
leaked private information.
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
said Prime Minister John Key had
“degraded our democracy”.
“The New Zealand public cannot
have any confidence in our democracy
until these claims are investigated and
offenders held to account.
“ We need the police, Parliamentary
Ser vice, the Inspector-General of
Intelligence and Security and the
Privacy Commissioner to investigate
immediately.” — APNZ
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Blogger Cameron Slater says he will
complain to police about the hacking
of his Whaleoil website and will name
entrepreneur Kim Dotcom as someone
detectives should speak to.
He said he would also complain to the
Privacy Commission, relying on a recent
High Court ruling to force from author
Nicky Hager his source of material for
The blogger has come out swinging the
morning after publication of the book
Dirty Politics which aimed to paint a
picture of a National Party obsessed with
Drawing on e-mails obtained by a
hacker, the book claims Slater is the lead
“attack blog” driving negative coverage
of political opponents using information
from a staff member of the Prime
Minister and a senior Cabinet minister.
Slater said it was a clear criminal
offence to hack his computer and take
“There was an illegal obtaining of my
emails. There was no legitimate way they
could access it. It had to be a hack. I
believe it’s a criminal offence and there
will be a complaint to police.” He said
he had an “implied admission from Kim
Dotcom to one of my sources that he
was behind it ” so would name him when
speaking to police. He said the case
would be clear for police to prosecute.
Slater said a recent decision by the
High Court which stripped Privacy Act
protection from book authors meant he
would be able to force Hager to divulge
Slater said the book was a selective
use of emails which were taken from
his website during the Denial of Service
attack in January.
The “selective” nature
communications used showed “he’s
playing judge and jury with other
Slater said the information was taken
during a 15-minute window during the
attack, which was designed to take over
his website’s defences.
Slater said there was another 10-minute
window beyond that during which his
social media accounts were exposed.
Slater said suspected information had
been taken from him during the denial
of ser vice attack.
“I kept that quiet to see where it turned
up. I had no idea what they had got. I
knew an attempt to get in had occurred
but not that they had taken anything
although one must assume they have.”
He said he did not warn anyone their
communications had been taken because
he had “no idea as to the extent of it”.
Slater said he had 80GB of e-mail
data which meant the 8GB that Hager
claimed to have was only a fraction of the
content he had.
“It’s still a massive breach of privacy.
Nicky has clearly breached my privacy.”
Slater said it contrasted with Hager’s
revelations about surveillance systems.
“The guy is a sanctimonious hypocrite.”
He questioned the authenticity of e-mail
communications between himself and
Justice minister Judith Collins. The book
claims there were hundreds of emails
exchanged but Slater said Mrs Collins
rarely e-mailed him.
“I would think there would be very
few e-mails from her. It ’s certainly not
embarrassing for me and I don’t think
it’s embarrassing from her perspective.”
Slater also rejected claims he was
paid to place articles on his website for
the alcohol and tobacco lobby. “I run
a business and I offer PR and social
media advice and I charge for that
privilege.” He said he was not paid to
post material. “ I get paid for advice.”
Asked if the “advice” resulted in posts on
the blog, he said: “It may have.” He said
mainstream media companies were also
forming commercial relationships which
influenced their editorial content. When
compared to what he did, he said there
was no difference.
Hager said this morning that Slater’s
claims about Dotcom were a “total
“Did Dotcom have anything vaguely
to do with my book or the source of my
book? No, no, that is just a diversion.”
The author said that if he had been
offered the information by Mr Dotcom,
he would not have accepted it: “I don’t
believe in taking information from
Hager said he understood that
a number of people in the hacker
community were involved with obtaining
He spoke to one of them, and
“questioned him carefully about his
motives”. He did not think the person
was part of the international hacker
community known as Anonymous,
saying it was “nothing as dramatic as
Hager confirmed that he had met
Dotcom on two occasions because
of their shared interest in spying and
On one of these occasions he was
invited to Dotcom’s mansion by the
entrepreneur’s lawyer Willie Akel to
discuss how the GCSB worked.
On the other occasion, he ran into him
at a Town Hall meeting.
Hager said: “I don’t know the man. I’ve
got nothing to do with him I have never
spoken to him or had any contact via
another person with him ever apart from
A spokesman for the Privacy
Commissioner said they had yet to
receive any complaints regarding
material published in Hager’s book, or
allegations made in the book, but were
aware that the Greens were intending to
lodge a complaint.
The commission would need to receive
a complaint before they could investigate
whether any actual privacy breaches
had taken place, the spokesman said.
Slater to complain to
police over hacking
Green Party to make complaints
over Hager book revelations
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Nicky Hager holds up copies of his book Dirty Politics.
A man suffered critical injuries when he
was hit by a train in Auckland last night.
He was at the Homai train station in
Manurewa when he was hit by a train at
10.30pm, a police spokesman said.
He was taken to Middlemore Hospital
in a critical condition.
This week is Rail Safety Week, an
initiative by KiwiRail and TrackSAFE
NZ to raise awareness about rail safety
and encourage safe behaviour around
trains and tracks. — APNZ
hit by train
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Erik Hoffmann, inset, says he has no recollection of the crash which killed pilot Ray Crow.
Pair remember little of fatal plane crash
Trapped under a concrete slab and nearly
drowning in a stream, a Havelock North
farmer was able to send short text messages
which led to his rescue.
Ken Miller, who is in his early 60s, was fixing
a water pump in the Maraetotara Stream, near
his Craggy Range Rd home, when he became
pinned under a concrete slab yesterday.
Realising the life-threatening situation
he was in, Mr Miller sent his friend Sandra
Duthie brief texts that read “help”, “in river”
Ms D uthie, who owns an education centre in
Hastings, found Mr Miller “cold and in shock”
with a “concrete lid” on his arm.
“He was jammed in there ... I was worried I
was going to come here and find him drowned.”
She said the cellphone coverage was too poor
for Mr Miller to make a call for help but he
managed to send SOS text messages.
“It was only about every fourth text that he
was able to get a message through because the
ser vice was only just good enough to get his
one word texts out.”
St John Hawke’s Bay district operations
manager Stephen Smith said when the
ambulance responded Mr Miller was still
trapped in the stream.
“By the time we got there he had been freed
and we transported him to a medical centre in
Hastings with a minor arm injury ... it could
have been a whole different story.”
Ms D uthie said her friend doesn’t usually
carry his mobile phone when working on
Maraetuna Farm, near Havelock North, but
fortunately changed his mind yesterday.
“It shows the benefits of taking a cellphone
when you’re working alone.
“If he didn’t have a cellphone with him he
would still be sitting there and might have lost
Mr Miller was taken to Hawke’s Bay Hospital
— APNZ-Hawke’s Bay Today
Texts lead rescuers to trapped farmer
NZ nurse joins war on Ebola
The country’s most notorious
stalker has again been charged with
Glenn Green, 44, has been in
custody for the last two months
after allegations of six breaches of
his release conditions over 12 days
he was out of prison.
He appeared in Manukau District
Court today for a trial date to be
set but the court heard there was
another accusation of harassment,
something he has been charged
with many times in the past.
Green gave a one-fingered
gesture to a photographer in court
and mouthed obscenities to other
members of the media during the
His trial will take place in October
and he will enter a plea to the new
charge next week.
Green, who uses several aliases,
was released from prison in June
after completing a 30-month
sentence for criminal harassment
but the Parole Board conceded he
was still a danger to the public.
It imposed 17 restrictive
conditions upon his release and
after less than two weeks of freedom
Green was back behind bars.
He appeared in Manukau District
Court on June 16 on six charges
of breaching those conditions and
was declined bail by Judge Gerard
The case came before the High
Court at Auckland six weeks later
with Green appealing against that
The allegations involved him
starting a relationship with
someone without informing his
probation officer and possessing
Justice Mark Woolford declined
bail and rejected an application
to allow the media report further
details of the proceedings.
Green suffers from erotomania
believing someone, usually a
stranger or high-profile person, is
in love with them.
His 26-year criminal history
featured more than 200 convictions,
29 of which were for breaching
At a previous appeal in 2012,
Justice Christopher Allan described
Green as “invasive, persistent and
The judge was concerned the
stalker’s behaviour had escalated
to the point where he had started
targeting vulnerable young women
who had no knowledge of him.
— New Zealand Herald
NZ’s most notorious stalker back in court
Selfless heroes who emerged from
the aftermath of the devastating
February 2011 Canterbury
earthquakes are being honoured
with New Zealand Bravery Awards
in Christchurch today.
Today, 27 people are being
recognised for their role in the
rescue efforts, carried out amid the
shock and confusion of the first
24 hours after the magnitude 6.3
Five police officers,
firefighters, two doctors, a Navy
Lieutenant Commander, and a
local businessman have all been
recognised for with bravery
medals and decorations for their
Governor-General Sir Jerry
Mataparae opened the awards
ceremony at the “cardboard”
morning after paying his respects
at the CTV Building site across the
road where 115 people lost their
lives in its collapse on February 22,
“ For those being honoured
professionalism, of dedication, of
compassion, and also of courage,”
Sir Jerry said.
“And it is appropriate that we
acknowledge them in this way for
the ser vice they have given the
city of Christchurch, the people
of New Zealand, and therefore the
Christchurch anaesthetist Dr
Bryce Curran and Australian
urologist Dr Lydia Johns-Putra
have been awarded New Zealand
Bravery Decorations for an act of
exceptional bravery in a situation
of danger for their part in the
rescue of Brian Coker.
A posthumous medal was
awarded to station officer Alan
Butcher for his work in charge of
the first firefighters to arrive at the
CTV Building after its collapse.
The other 22 people to receive
a medal were Stephen Acton,
Burgess, Kevin Carr, Shane Cole,
Shane Cowles, Kevin Crozier,
Richard Green, Terrence Gyde,
Craig Jackson, Michael Kneebone,
Joshua Kumbaroff, Daniel Lee,
Michael Lennard, Simon Payton,
Richard Platt, Paul Rodwell,
Steven Smylie, Cory Stewart,
Whittaker and Michael Yeates.
New Zealand Braver y Awards:
Recognise the rescue efforts
following the deadly Christchurch
earthquake in 2011.
Dr Curran and Dr Johns-Putra
received the New Zealand Bravery
Decoration for acts of exceptional
by the honours unit after the
Today ’s awards were able to be
issued because the relevant court
proceedings coroners’ inquests and
other related inquiries have been
completed. — APNZ
Earthquake bravery awards presented
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