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Two knife-wielding thieves allegedly
threatened a Waikato shopkeeper
and his daughter, demanding money
and cigarettes. The two entered the
Meremere Superette and Takeaways
about 11.30am yesterday and
threatened the shopkeeper who
fought them. The shopkeeper suffered
several lacerations. The robbers
then fled. The shopkeeper is in
Middlemore Hospital. His daughter
was not hurt. — NZN
Pizza robber y arrests
Three teenagers have been charged
with aggravated robbery after a pizza
delivery driver was allegedly held
up and threatened with a weapon in
Napier. The teens are aged 13, 14 and
15, with the 13-year-old referred to
Youth Aid, while the other two face
the Hastings Youth Court. Police
earlier said the attack happened on
Sunday about 11pm. — NZ N
Bomb hoax discharge
An Auckland man whose bomb
hoax was intended as a joke but
which led to an evacuation of
shops and a police helicopter being
deployed has been discharged without
conviction. Fathum Sakib Khan, 30,
had earlier admitted telling a co-
worker and friend in October a bomb
was in a car outside the Briscoes
store in Mount Wellington. In the
Auckland District Court yesterday,
Community Magistrate Lauolefale
Lemalu said the incident was serious
but was satisfied the consequences
of a conviction would outweigh the
gravity of the offending. Khan was
ordered to pay $500 to the Salvation
Army and $500 in emotional
reparation to his friend. — NZ N
Sick passenger taken off
An ailing passenger on a visiting
cruise ship sparked a challenging
rescue in stormy seas off Auckland
last night. The Australia-bound
Nor wegian Jewel was at Leigh
Harbour near Kawau Island at 8.15pm
when it reported a passenger needed
to be urgently taken to hospital. The
ship headed back to Auckland where
it was met by the coastguard’s rescue
craft. The sick passenger was stabilised
before being lowered in a lifeboat to
the waiting rescue vessel. — NZ M E
Dozens of police officers and
volunteers are going from home to
home in Hamilton as the search
continues for a “frail” 84-year-old
man missing for four days. Raymond
Stirling suffers from mild dementia
and has in the past been known
to wave down motorists for a ride.
Family members are searching other
areas known to him. — NZ N
Numbers in Keno draw No 15100:
37, 38, 43, 45, 49, 53, 62, 79. Draw No
15101: 1, 3, 4, 10, 12, 14, 25, 26, 27,
28, 38, 46, 51, 63, 67, 68, 72, 76, 78, 79.
Draw No 15102: 3, 5, 12, 13, 16, 20,
26, 34, 37, 44, 47, 55, 56, 62, 65, 67, 71,
72, 74, 80. Draw No 15103: 1, 2, 9, 10,
17, 20, 23, 25, 33, 42, 46, 48, 50, 54, 55,
65, 71, 72, 74, 76.
The woman who died in a crash
between a truck and car in South
Canterbury has been named.
Anne Cindal Pattinson, 31,
from Waimate, was killed when
the vehicles collided on the
Timaru-Pareora Highway on
Another person was taken to
hospital in a moderate condition.
Canterbury smash victim named
An entirely new national
with more power and a modern
centre are among a swathe of
recommendations made in a
review of the country’s civil
The ministerial review, released
yesterday by Civil Defence
Minister Kris Faafoi, also
recommends the introduction
of “fly-in teams” for national
disasters and giving mayors
primary power to declare local
states of emergency.
It was commissioned by former
Minister Gerry Brownlee after
confusion over tsunami warnings
the 2016 Kaikoura
Ministry of Civil Defence and
Emergency Management with
a new national emergency
management agency that would
take a more “proactive” role in
co-ordinating the country’s
various civil defence branches.
“This includes professional
leadership for the emergency
management sector and a far
stronger role in setting and
enforcing national standards,”
the authors say.
“The national agency must also
provide assurance that those
standards are being met. ”
It is also critical of CDEM’s
current employment structure,
saying there is “no real career
path” and “a need for far greater
“ Training and professional
development is very patchy
and there are no required
A new “fit-for-purpose all-
of-government national crisis
management centre”, was also
needed it said.
recommendations were now
being carefully considered.
“ Further work, specifically
around prioritisation, budget
and legislative implications, is
required in order to decide on
and progress recommendations,”
“The current system stands
up well when we need it, and
has done so throughout the
pressures, issues and challenges
in recent years. But it is clear
more must be done, particularly
given the increasing events we
Local Government New
Zealand said the report laid the
foundations for improving the
“Councils play an incredibly
important role in civil defence
but as the report notes there
is room for improvement both
nationally and locally,” president
Dave Cull said. — NZ N
Reform call in
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has
announced she is pregnant with her
first child, due in June.
She shared the news on social media
saying that she was excited about the
“ We thought 2017 was a big year!
Clarke and I are really excited that in
June our team will expand from two
to three,” she wrote on Instagram.
“I think it ’s fair to say that this will
be a wee one that a village will raise,
but we couldn’t be more excited,” she
She said although there would be
“ lots of questions” she and her partner
had a plan all ready to go.
A baby due in June indicates she
became pregnant in September,
during the election campaign.
Facebook page was flooded with
messages of congratulations.
“ We’re both really happy. We
wanted a family but weren’t sure it
would happen for us, which has made
this news unexpected but exciting,”
“ Yesterday I met Deputy Prime
Minister Winston Peters to share the
news and to ask him to take on the
role of Acting Prime Minister for six
weeks after our baby is born.
“As is the case when I am overseas,
Mr Peters will act as Prime Minister,
working with my office while staying
in touch with me. I fully intend to be
contactable and available throughout
the six-week period when needed.”
Ms Ardern said she planned to take
a six-week break from Parliament.
“At the end of my leave I will resume
all Prime Ministerial duties.
“Clarke and I are privileged to
be in the position where Clarke
can stay home to be our primary
caregiver. Knowing that so many
parents juggle the care of their new
babies, we consider ourselves to be
very lucky. ”
She said she learned she was
pregnant on October 13 “but as many
couples do in the early stages, we kept
it to ourselves”.
She said: “ While 2018 will be the
year I become a mum, it will also be
a year that the Government finishes
our 100-day plan, and starts pursuing
all of the priorities that will build a
better New Zealand. I look for ward
to leading that work, and having a
slightly expanded family join me on
that journey. ”
Ms Ardern looks likely to miss out
on the extended paid parental leave
period her Government introduced.
With the baby due in June, a policy
extending paid parental leave from
18 weeks to 22 weeks passed by the
Labour-led government in November
kicks in on July 1.
The couple received congratulations
from across the political spectrum
following the announcement —
including from former prime
ministers Bill English and Helen
Clark — and prompted more than
40,000 tweets in an hour.
National Party leader and former
prime minister Mr English was among
the first to offer congratulations.
“Congratulations to Jacinda Ardern
and Clarke Gayford. Mary and I wish
them all the best for their impending
arrival,” he said.
“That a woman can be the Prime
Minister of New Zealand and choose
to have a family while in office says a
lot about the kind of country we are
and that we can be,” Green Party co-
leader James Shaw said.
Former Labour Party leader Andrew
Little said: “Fantastic news from
Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford.
“All the best as they expect their
first child in June: a super busy year
coming up and much to look for ward
to. Every woman should have the
choice of combining family and
career,” Ms Clark said.
Ms Ardern is not the first world
leader to be pregnant. Pakistan’s
Benazir Bhutto caused a stir with her
second pregnancy in 1990.
Hours after taking Labour leadership
in August, Ms Ardern was probed by
television presenter Mark Richardson
about whether she was consider
having children, responding that
the question was “unacceptable” and
prompting a debate about women’s
workplace rights. — NZ ME -NZN
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A colourful Catholic priest who also
worked as a flying instructor has died
in a crash after his motorcycle collided
with a car in Christchurch.
Father Graeme Blackburn, 33, was
ordained only seven months ago. He is
being farewelled in two ser vices today.
He was travelling along Purau Port
Levy Road, near Christchurch, on his
motorcycle about 5.30pm when he
Fr Blackburn was an assistant parish
priest at Our Lady of Victories Parish
in Sockburn and was ordained on
July 1 last year.
He grew up in Auckland and told
the NZ Catholic magazine in August
last year that when he moved to
Christchurch, thoughts of a vocation
want it to sound too crazy a but it was
quite an instantaneous thing when I
felt, wow, this is something I should
consider. It took me three years to join
the seminary after that. ’’
Fr Blackburn studied political
science at university and also worked
as a flight instructor.
“ I went into the seminary thinking
at some stage I’m going to leave,’’ he
told the magazine.
“ But everything kind of just started
falling into place bit by bit. ”
The Catholic Diocese of Christchurch
has posted a message about Father
Blackburn’s death on its website.
“ Father Rick Loughnan and Bishop-
elect Paul Martin express their deep
sadness at the news of the death of
Fr Graeme Blackburn last evening in
a road accident.
“ We along with the whole diocesan
family express our deepest sympathy
to Graeme’s mother, Erin, and the
family at this tragic loss. ’’
A Requiem Mass was held at St
Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, this morning,
to be followed by a vigil ser vice at Our
Lady of Victories Church at 7pm.
Smash claims colourful priest
PICTURE: Christchurch Catholic Diocese
Fr Graeme Blackburn following his ordination to the priesthood at
St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, in Christchurch, last July.
Anger over ‘ignorant
pigs’ defecating in trees
Queenstown Lakes District Council
staff are having to physically pick up
human waste being left by freedom
defecators across the district.
Council regulator manager Lee
Webster is outraged at the mess council
staff and members of the public are
being forced to clean up, left by freedom
campers who have opted to use trees and
bushes for their business, instead of their
own on-board toilets, or public facilities.
“ It’s absolutely disgusting and enough
is enough,” Mr Webster said.
“The vast majority (of freedom
campers) are complying. They ’re doing
what they need to do — they ’re camping
in the right areas in certified self-
“ But we’re still seeing, obviously, this
increase in people defecating in the
environment which we, literally, have to
“ It’s filthy. Absolutely filthy.”
Mr Webster believed part of the
problem was the standard required to
meet the “self-contained” criteria to
get certification — valid for three years
which he described as “a mockery”
and, in many cases, had been assessed
by independent assessors, for example,
“ You and I will look at cars (with
certification) and go, ‘ There is no way. ’
“ Who’s going to use the loo in the back
of a car?
“ It’s definitely part of (the problem)
and it ’s increasingly frustrating (because)
of these arrogant individuals, basically,
who are just abusing our environment. ”
While new standards were introduced
last year, Mr Webster said they had not
gone far enough.
The council sought certification to
require a “separate room”. Instead,
vehicles need to have an inside toilet
able to be used with the bed made up.
But, even with “self-contained”
certification, there was no way to force
freedom campers to use their on-board
The council’s Freedom Camping Bylaw,
which under the act enabled the council
to protect the area for “health and safety
reasons” would be reviewed this year and
Mr Webster was trying to find ways to
give it more teeth.
The behaviour of some freedom
campers this summer would “clearly”
have an impact on where they were
permitted in future “ because of the
simple fact that we have to protect the
area, and we’re finding . . . increased
levels of people defecating in the trees”.
“ It ’s a bit like whack-a -mole.
“ No matter what we do in one area, it
pops up in another area.
“ How do we deal with these ignorant
pigs, basically, who are defecating in
“ I don’t have an answer, but I’m (open)
to any suggestions.
“The rest of the country is pretty much
looking at Queenstown.
“They ’ve reflected our bylaw that we
have now for themselves, so we’re just
looking at the next side of things to go,
‘Right, what else can we do? because our
community is sick of this.”
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
The Queenstown Lakes District Council posts stern warnings at popular
camping areas, including this one at Lake Hayes.
WWF backs minister’s
call over fisheries video
World Wildlife Fund-
NZ has praised the
Government for rejecting
the fishing industry’s calls
to stop the public from
accessing video footage
from its boats.
sur veillance regime, fishing
boats are to use fixed
cameras to monitor their
catches, including the
bycatch of unwanted fish
and animals like dolphins.
Last July, fishing bosses
expressed concern about the regime
in a letter to the Ministry for Primary
Industries, saying footage from boats
accessed by the public could be
manipulated to make the industry look
But Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash
yesterday rejected calls to stop the public
using the Official Information Act to
access the footage, saying transparency
was the best way for the industry to
build trust with the community.
WWF-NZ chief executive Livia
Esterhazy backed the minister for
defending “basic public
rights and laws”.
“Ocean resources belong
to the people of New
Zealand. Our fisheries
are managed with public
funds, which are intended
to be managed in the public
interest,” she said.
Fisheries Inshore New
Zealand chief executive
Jeremy Helson earlier said
the sur veillance would result
in “workplace data collection
on a scale never before seen
in New Zealand”.
“ We want to get the balance right
and make sure information is released
in an appropriate way and with the
appropriate context,” he said.
While acknowledging concerns about
privacy and commercial sensitivity, Ms
Esterhazy said fisheries bycatch was the
top threat to many endangered marine
species, including dolphins, albatrosses
and sea lions. A recent sur vey showed
84% of New Zealanders wanted the
Government to work to continually
reduce bycatch of marine mammals, she
said. — NZN
Korean talks ‘achieve nothing’
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston
Peters has been in Vancouver, Canada
for an international meeting on
North Korea, but one New Zealand
organisation, aiming to increase
understanding of that country, claims
that “nothing will be achieved”.
The New Zealand Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea Society (NZ DPRK)
wrote to Mr Peters in early January
explaining that North Korea had made
its position clear on being pressured on
the topic of its nuclear programme.
“ Denuclearisation of the Korean
peninsula will not be achieved by
increasing pressure on (North Korea)
as is being proposed to the Vancouver
group,” NZ DPRK Society secretary
Peter Wilson, who has been in Vancouver
this week protesting outside the summit
“The history of the past 67 years tells us
that pressurising North Korea through
isolation and sanctions simply does not
work,” he said.
The international meeting, on Tuesday
and Wednesday, involved 21 nations
entering into discussions to find
diplomatic solutions regarding North
Korea and was co-chaired by the United
States and Canada.
The NZ DPRK is adamant that “more
isolation and sanctions” are not the way
to get through to North Korea, as stated
in its letter to Mr Peters.
“Given a guaranteed cessation of
hostilities, (North Korea) will have no
further need for their nuclear deterrent,”
Mr Wilson said in the letter.
“ Nothing will be achieved by the
Vancouver group unless steps are taken
to initiate the negotiating of a peace
Mr Wilson said the society’s stance is
very clear, “ but sadly, as the old saying
goes, none so deaf as those who do not
want to hear”.
Before the international meeting, Mr
Peters said they wanted “North Korea
to understand the importance which
the international community places on
it returning to a meaningful dialogue on
It was also an “opportunity for
the international community to
demonstrate solidarity in opposition
to the North Korean nuclear tests and
missile launches”, Mr Peters said.
Wanaka fire traced to ashes
Discarded ashes have been
identified as the cause of the
blaze that ripped through more
than 200ha of vegetation near
Wanaka a fortnight ago.
The fire broke out on Mount
Roy on January 3 and took 40
firefighters and eight helicopters
with monsoon buckets nearly
two days to bring under control.
It threatened a camping ground
and at one stage holidaymakers
were told to prepare to evacuate.
Fire and Emergency New
Zealand said its investigations
found the fire started from ashes
discarded on a property.
Regional manager rural Mike
Grant says a resident was allowed
to light a fire and took steps to
dispose of the ashes in a safe way.
The person put the embers in a
bucket and let them cool for two
days before discarding them in a
“ But because of the dry
conditions, it just wasn’t enough,”
Mr Grant said yesterday.
“The embers were obviously
still hot underneath, it started
smoking and, before they knew
it, a fire had broken out.”
Principal rural fire officer
Graeme Still said anyone
discarding embers should put
them in a bucket, douse them
with water, stir them occasionally
and let them soak for several
days. — NZN
Collision kills one
One person died at the scene
of a two-vehicle crash on State
highway 1 in Horowhenua.
condition has not yet been
confirmed, was taken to hospital.
The accident happened north of
Manakau, near Kuku East Road,
about 5.30pm and it was one of
three serious crashes in quick
succession on North Island roads
In Taranaki, a two-vehicle
collision resulted in traffic being
diverted off Mountain Road —
part of State highway 3 — at
Tariki, near New Plymouth.
notified at 4.47pm and both
drivers were taken to Taranaki
Hospital in a serious condition.
One driver was trapped and
had to be freed by firefighters.
At 4.53pm, police were alerted
to a crash involving a truck and a
car at Wairakei near Taupo.
Ambulance staff were sent to
the scene on Wairakei Drive to
treat the injured. — NZ N
Search for tourist draws blank
The search for a missing French
tourist in the Hawke’s Bay
Pierre Paludet, 32, was last seen
in the Haumoana Reser ve and
estuary area last Friday night.
conducted outside the Hawke’s
Bay region. — NZ N
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