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Crashes kill, injure
A woman was killed and a cyclist
badly injured in two serious crashes in
the central North Island early today.
The woman died after her car crashed
into a fence on Railway Road near
Palmerston North about 12.45am, a
central ambulance communications
spokeswoman said. Later a cyclist was
seriously injured when her bicycle was
hit by a truck. The crash happened
on State highway 2 by the Waitangi
Bridge, in south Napier, about 5.42am,
police said. She suffered serious to
critical pelvic injuries. — APNZ
A freight train derailed at Hamilton
about 2.30pm yesterday after six
wagons ran off the track at Frankton.
The driver was not hurt. The
northbound train, travelling between
Tauranga and Auckland, left the rails
at a junction connecting the east
coast main trunk line and the North
Island main trunk, Kiwi Rail said.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Murder charge laid
A 33-year-old Massey man made a
brief appearance before two Justices
of the Peace in the Kaitaia District
Court this morning charged with
the murder of Connor Morris in
Auckland on August 3. He was
granted name suppression and
remanded in custody to the High
Court at Auckland on September 3.
— APNZ-Northern Advocate
Crash driver unhurt
A Masterton teenager escaped
with a scratch on his hand after the
car he was driving crashed into a
bank on the Masterton-Castlepoint
Road, east of Tauweru yesterday. The
17-year-old said he felt extremely
lucky. Police said it appeared he had
lost control after coming around the
corner too fast, went into the bank
and rolled, the car ending upside
down on the road.
— APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
$4.5m Lotto win
A South Islander has landed a top
Lotto prize, pocketing a $4.5 million
win. It comes a week after Powerball
was struck by a Christchurch player
who bagged $14.3m. A ticket sold in
Blenheim won $4.5m with powerball
first division. The total was made
up of $4m from Powerball and
$500,000 from Lotto division one.
Another ticket sold in Blenheim also
won $500,000 in Lotto first division.
Successful numbers were 2, 10, 24,
26, 29, 33; bonus 28. Strike numbers
were 24, 2, 26, 29. Strike Four was
not struck. Powerball number 9. The
Winning Wheel ticket was sold in
Raglan. The winner from Feilding
spun for $125,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10114: 2,
9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 24, 26, 29, 30, 32, 35,
37, 41, 44, 55, 59, 68, 79, 80. Draw No
10115: 4, 11, 12, 14, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26,
29, 34, 36, 43, 52, 60, 66, 67, 73, 78, 80.
Draw No 10116: 3, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16,
22, 30, 41, 44, 45, 48, 53, 56, 57, 59, 61,
65, 74, 75. Draw No 10117: 2, 6, 8, 9,
12, 13, 17, 24, 28, 31, 32, 33, 43, 52, 61,
64, 67, 71, 73, 76.
Dirty Politics hacker comes forward
A rural Whanganui couple are so
desperate to find their missing dog that
they are offering a $1000 reward.
Dray is an eight-year-old huntaway/
Newfoundland cross. It went missing
from their Fordell home some time on
It is always loose on their fenced
section and has a choice of two kennels
to sleep in.
“There was no reason whatever to
tie him up, because he never ever went
anywhere,” Liz Cullen said.
She and husband Peter realised
Dray was missing when he was not on
the property at 9am yesterday. Since
then they have been scouring the
neighbourhood for any sign of him.
They have also informed police and
intend to get Federated Farmers to enter
Dray into their database, in case thieves
try selling their dog to another farmer.
Dray was both a working sheep and
cattle dog and a family pet. They fear he
has been stolen and are desperate to get
him back before he comes to any harm.
It has never wandered off the property
before and Mrs Cullen said he was so
obedient that he would come to a call
when anywhere in the vicinity.
It was not really a guard dog either.
“ He would do a couple of woof-woofs
but he would be wagging his tail.” Of a
friendly and happy disposition, their dog
would have been easy to steal.
“ He was always waiting to hop into the
farm truck to get to the farm. He loves
everyone and he loves going in cars.”
Mrs Cullen said it was heartbreaking to
think their pet had been stolen.
“O ur main concern is getting him home
safely.” — APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Two New Zealanders were caught up
in a terrifying ferry sinking in eastern
Indonesia at the weekend.
The pair were among 20 foreigners on
a boat that left Lombok on Thursday
evening, local time, for Komodo Island.
The boat sank on Saturday evening,
but authorities were not alerted to the
capsize until the next morning.
It is thought the trip, which normally
takes about three days, ran into trouble
after encountering stormy weather.
A search and rescue official said the
“tourist boat with 25 people on board
capsized while sailing”.
According to Reuters, five local
fisherman reached the vessel before
the official search and rescue team and
managed to rescue five people.
The official team then managed to
rescue five more. Another search and
rescue official said poor communication
had caused a delay in deploying the
search and rescue team.
The boat left Lombok on Thursday
night and sank on Saturday about 7pm
local time, “and we only received a report
at 8 am (yesterday), he told Reuters.
Among the 10 people rescued were the
two New Zealanders, two Spaniards and
one British national.
It is understood there are no New
Zealanders among those still missing.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Trade in Wellington confirmed late last
night that the two New Zealanders were
“The NZ Embassy in Jakarta has
spoken to two New Zealanders who were
on board the ferry and has confirmed
their well-being,” a spokesman said.
“They have requested privacy. The
ministry continues to remain in contact
with local authorities. ”
Tajudin Sam, who runs the tour
company operating the boat, told Reuters
it was likely the vessel had encountered
Komodo is a popular tourist spot due
to its famous large lizard, the Komodo
dragon. — APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Documents described as detailed
e-mail transcripts of conversations
between Whaleoil blogger Cameron
Slater and his anonymous sources
have been provided to the New
Zealand Herald by an individual
claiming to have hacked the website.
The person who provided the
information says they are Nicky
Hager’s source for his Dirty Politics
book and further information will
be made public today through the
Twitter handle @whaledump.
Mr Hager said a hacker supplied
him with vast amounts of Slater’s
personal e-mail and social media
information taken during an assault
on the Whaleoil website in January.
The communications were used by
Mr Hager to write his book, which
aims to paint John Key ’s National
government as one that encourages
dirty political tactics.
has been in
communication with the person
claiming to be the hacker for a week.
They made contact after Hager
announced a book would be published
but made no comment about its
contents until it was released.
Additional information was sought
from the hacker to prove claims they
were the person who had hacked
The information, which was
provided yesterday, showed a range of
details which could be directly linked
uncovered the identities of people
named in Dirty Politics, including
a woman who sought to have her
ex-partner moved in prison and an
ex-prostitute who was asked to find
dirt on people Mr Slater wanted to
The person claiming to be the
hacker was able to identify the same
people accurately and supply further
information which supported claims
they had penetrated the website.
Also provided was Mr Slater’s
contact list, along with information
related to a defamation case the
blogger is facing.
The information provided through
the link is hosted on the encrypted
Mega website set up by Kim Dotcom,
who has denied any link to the
Mr Dotcom’s Mega website —
which is open for public use — allows
secure encryption for users, giving the
hacker a layer of protection.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Prime Minister John
acknowledged his former
Jason Ede did covertly
access data on Labour’s
website three years ago.
Mr Key ’s
comes as Justice Minister
Judith Collins, another
key figure in investigative
writer Nicky Hager’s Dirty
Politics changed her story
over whether she fed the
name of a public ser vant
to blogger Cameron Slater,
before Mr Slater launched
an on-line attack on the
Mr Key has previously
said he did not know
whether Mr Ede accessed
Labour’s computer via a
security flaw in 2011.
Mr Slater and the National Party
admitted at the time that they had done
so but the involvement of Mr Key ’s
office was one of the key new claims
in Mr Hager’s expose of the National
Government ’s alleged dirty tricks
However, speaking on TVNZ’s
Breakfast this morning, Mr Key said:
“Jason became aware of that (security
flaw), and he did go and have a look.”
He said he did not know Mr Ede had
done that at the time.
“ I probably should have known,
because there was some correspondence
between National and Labour that a
Mr Key agreed Mr Ede had used a
back-door way into the website.
Mr Ede, who is now working on
National’s re-election campaign has so
far not responded to calls and messages.
When called at his Hutt Valley home
yesterday a woman said he was not there
and then recited a prepared statement
informing the New Zealand Herald it
would be trespassed if it came to the
Meanwhile on Radio New Zealand
this morning Mr Key would not say
whether it was appropriate for Ms
Collins to tell Mr Slater the name of
a public ser vant, who was thought to
have leaked politically embarrassing
information to Labour. Mr Hager’s book
details how in a series of
subsequent blog posts, Mr
Slater accused the Internal
Affairs employee Simon
Pleasants of leaking the
information leading to
death threats being made
against him in the blog’s
“I don’t have the details
on that on,” Mr Key said
When pressed, he would
not give a yes or no answer,
adding: “People can see that
this is a smear campaign by
Mr Key said he stood by
Ms Collins last week
confirmed she had given
the man’s name to Slater
telling Newstalk ZB:
“ What I was asked for was
the name and the title of
the guy and that ’s publicly available and
I’ve simply given him that ”.
However, she yesterday changed her
position, saying she did not give Slater
Mr Pleasants’ name as Mr Slater already
She had not indicated to Mr Slater she
believed the man was responsible for
leaking information to Labour she said.
“ I didn’t even know who Mr Pleasants
was. What I knew is that I was asked for
what this person’s title’s. So I gave the
title and of course the name goes with
“The information I gave to Cameron
was no more than what was in the public
domain, the fact that he worked at
ministerial ser vice was publicly known.
She gave the information to Mr Slater
“ because I was asked by Cameron for
the title of that particular person who he
knew the name of ”.
Mr Key told Newstalk ZB that Hager’s
book would “not really” hurt National’s
He reiterated his claim that Mr Hager
was a “ left-wing conspiracy theorist ”
who had got his facts wrong.
Mr Key said there was “a side of politics
which is a bit more rugged” and that was
true of all political parties.
The left also briefed bloggers, he said.
Last week had been full of smears from
the left, Mr Key said.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
John Caley, right, is comforted by friend Bill Atherton as he examines the ruins of his Dunedin home
The blackened shell of the
Ocean Grove home tells a story
of fiery destruction.
Scorched walls frame wreckage,
the per vasive stench of smoke
hangs in the air, and the charred
remains of a child’s bike are
visible amid the ruins.
On the street, emotions are raw.
Neighbours recount their rush
to help the occupants escape a
fireball that enveloped the two-
storey house within moments on
They could take some comfort
from their efforts.
Owner John Caley, 65, his adult
son Lucas, and Lucas’ son, Ryder,
two, all escaped the inferno.
But that did not ease the sense
of shock outside the home on
Saturday morning, as neighbours
talked of fierce, crackling heat
and the speed with which the fire
As they talked, a woman, said
to be Mr Caley ’s daughter, took
photos of the mess before being
led away in tears, too upset to
A friend of Mr Caley, Bill
Atherton, 70, arrived at the scene
and began to swear, over and over
“ It’s a bloody shame,” he says,
shaking his head as his voice
Then Mr Caley arrived,
bumping his four-wheel-drive
up and over the kerb before
stepping out to take in the scene
in stunned silence.
He accepts a hug from Mr
Atherton, walks slowly away, and
disappears into the wreckage of
He might be searching for his
pet dog, but it would be in vain
— firefighters confirm the pet
died in the fire.
Back outside, neighbour Jaimie
Wadsworth, 29, described the
“ ball of flames” that burst out
of a downstairs room at 336
Tomahawk Rd, which was also
home to Mr Caley ’s upholstery
Mr Wadsworth was in the
home’s downstairs workshop with
Mr Caley ’s son, Lucas, when the
fire erupted from an adjoining
room, fuelled by chemicals inside
When it started, Mr Wadsworth
ran outside, searching for a hose
to try to extinguish the flames,
while “screaming at my mate
(Lucas) to get his kid out of the
He went back into the burning
home to find Lucas’ father, who
was upstairs, before dragging him
down a flight of stairs, through
rooms filling with smoke, to the
safety of the street.
Lucas Caley also sur vived the
dash upstairs to rescue his two-
year-old son from a bedroom,
receiving burns to his arm and
face. He was discharged from
Dunedin Hospital yesterday.
Fire risk management officer
Mike Harrison, of Dunedin,
said the fire was still being
investigated, but a gas heater was
believed to be “associated” with
A scene examination was
completed before the shell of the
house was knocked in yesterday
for safety reasons.
The presence of the upholstery
business meant the home had a
“ high fuel loading”, which had
not contributed to the start of the
fire but made it a “very intense
and very fast-moving”, he said.
A strong breeze had fanned the
flames, and firefighters had done
well to contain the fire.
He praised the actions of Mr
Wadsworth and Lucas Caley.
“ We don’t recommend people
go back into burning buildings,
for obvious reasons, but at the
same time those guys did great
work in helping their family
members and friends get out of
that building. ”
— Otago Daily Times
Emotions raw in house fire aftermath
The Social Development Ministry
has apologised to a grieving widow
who was paid the wrong pension and
then placed on “stand-down” after her
The family say a Work and Income
officer also wrongly disclosed
confidential personal details about
the family to a funeral director.
The ministry’s general manager of
senior ser vices, Lindsay Meehan,
rang the widow and her daughter
to apologise after the Herald made
inquiries, and said the ministry was
investigating the case.
“ We have handled (the) case poorly
and I sincerely apologise,” he said.
The Te Awamutu widow, who does
not want to be named, was 63 when
her husband died aged 67 in May.
Her husband was born with a heart
defect that got progressively worse as
he grew older, and his wife was his
full-time carer for his last 15 years.
“The last six months it’s been
pretty intense,” she said, choking
The husband and wife lived on the
couples’ rate of superannuation, but
because she was not yet 65 she lost
eligibility when her husband died.
The ministry’s policy is to keep
paying the full couple rate for 28 days
when one spouse dies, but the wife
was not advised that she needed to
apply for a new benefit.
The couple’s daughter, Wintec
lecturer Tina Booth, complained
after a series of errors that began
before her father’s death when a
Work and Income officer advised
her that the family would qualify
for a $1900 funeral grant. This
advice was repeated after his death
when Ms Booth first applied for the
The family planned the funeral
allowing for the grant, and Ms Booth
felt humiliated when she went back
to Work and Income with the final
application and was told the family
did not qualify.
Later, the funeral director told Ms
Booth that she had been into Work
and Income about another client and
was told things about Ms Booth’s
family — “about me personally, my
family, my extended family’s personal
life, my father’s financial status, my
father’s request history for financial
support at Winz, and the funeral
The ministry also overpaid the
widow by $344 three weeks after
her husband died, then sent letters
and made phone calls demanding
repayment of this “debt” she did not
know she had incurred.
Her payments were then erratic
and she was finally told she had been
“stood down”, forcing her to rely on
family for support.
Mr Meehan said the ministry let
the widow and her family down
during a very tough time. She now
has a job seeker support benefit
that recognises the depression she
“ We are also reviewing how we
manage a person’s benefit when
their spouse passes away to help
avoid these types of mistakes from
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Ministry says sorry to widow over benefit
A heli-skiing flight was coming
into land on a mountain near
Wanaka when it crashed on
Saturday, killing one person, the
Transport Accident Investigation
The Skyline Enterprises-owned,
Harris Mountains Heliski Squirrel
helicopter — which was carrying
seven people — crashed into
Mount Alta, about 25km north-
west of Wanaka, about 12.20pm,
spreading wreckage over about a
kilometre in steep, snow-covered
terrain at high altitude.
“The aircraft has rolled into a
small ravine, so the wreckage is over
quite a significant area with some
challenges with the access,” TAIC
lead investigator Ian McClelland
told media at Queenstown Airport
“The preliminary information
we have is the aircraft was in the
process of landing.” The dead man
was Auckland man Jerome Box, 52,
who was skiing with members of his
church, police revealed yesterday.
Two TAIC investigators, who
arrived in Wanaka yesterday
morning, flew over the crash site
and, were thought to have landed
on the side of mountain for a closer
A more thorough examination,
with the head investigator, will take
place on Mount Alta today.
“ It is a challenging environment,
in terms of the terrain and also the
weather at the moment, and so
we’re seeking some expert advice
before we do venture on to the
slopes,” Mr McClelland said.
spokesman Mike Richards said
on Saturday he understood the
helicopter “clipped” the mountain
but Mr McClelland steered
clear of any possible causes.
“That ’s rumour at this stage —
our objective at this stage is just to
gather all the information and then
we’ll do the analysis later on.”
He said today ’s priority is for the
three TAIC investigators to have a
full day examining the crash site,
with inter views of the pilot and
sur viving passengers to follow,
dependent on their health and
The wreckage will be recovered
after the scene examination is
completed. The investigation could
take up to 18 months, he said, and
will aim to identify all contributing
factors and safety issues to ensure
such a crash does not happen again.
— Otago Daily Times
Copter landing when it crashed
PICTURE: 3 News
Debris from Saturday’s
helicopter crash is spread over
about a kilometre on Mount Alta.
A Northland man has been jailed for
18 years for repeatedly abusing three
young girls in his care for nearly a
decade, including rapes.
The 48-year-old, who cannot be
identified for legal reasons, was found
guilty in the Whangarei District Court
by a jury on six charges of indecent assault
on a child under 12, two of rape, two of
assaulting a child under 14 and one of
indecently assaulting a girl under 16.
He offended between January 2001 and
October 2010 at addresses in Northland
and Auckland, when the complainants
His actions first came to light in 2006
but no action was taken until one of the
complainants gave a second inter view to
police last year.
Judge Keith de Ridder said the man’s
own upbringing was extremely fraught
but that did not in any way justify or
mitigate his offending.
Defence lawyer Chris Muston
objected to the Crown’s application
for a minimum non-parole period
but Judge de Ridder said the issues of
accountability, denunciation, deterrence
and protection of the public were not
met by not imposing such a sentence.
He ordered the man to ser ve eight
years in jail before he was eligible for
parole. — APNZ-Northern Advocate
Sexual predator jailed for 18 years
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