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Police hunting fugitives in the central North Island have made an arrest in Ohakune.

It follows reports that a woman was seen being led away by officers from a house in the town.

An arrest warrant for Dolphy Kohu, the prime suspect in this morning’s massive manhunt in the North Island, was issued six weeks ago.

Kohu was on parole after being released from prison where he was serving 30 months for shooting at a family in Whanganui in 2012.

Police are seeking Dolphy Kohu. Photo / Supplied via police

The Department of Corrections applied to the Parole Board to recall Kohu on July 1 after he had allegedly breached bail conditions. An interim recall order was made that day and a warrant for his arrest issued. He had been released from prison on June 3 with a curfew to remain at an approved address.

he Parole Board said they would not comment further.

Corrections central regional commissioner Terry Buffery said the department received information from Police that Kohu “had been involved in criminal activity.”

“On this basis breach charges were laid and a recall application was made to the Parole Board.”

No further details were available, including the date on which the criminal activity occurred.

Kohu was not subject to electronic monitoring.

Police were not immediately available to comment on their efforts to trace Kohu after the warrant was issued.

Kohu is at the centre of a drama that began about 2.30am when two police officers started chasing a car thought to contain three men – one of them Kohu – and two women near Whanganui.

The car they were chasing rammed the police car near Ohakune about 3.30am. One of the people in the car fired twice at the officers at close range. The group then drove off in the police car, which has since been recovered.

The officers were shaken but unhurt.

The stolen police car used by the fugitives remains in situ at the intersection of Ngamokai and Whangaehu Valley Rd, on the outskirts of Ohakune.

The rear of the station wagon appears to have suffered minor damage from crashing into the embankment, where it remains embedded, opposite the local marae.

The front of the vehicle has also suffered damage and has plastic or cardboard covering the front windscreen.

Two police vehicles, with armed officers inside, are sitting guard over the car and watching out for the group.

The Herald has already seen one patrol car of armed offenders squad members drive past the scene.

Conditions in the area remain foggy, wet and cold.

Schools in the area are closed or in lockdown and police have advised membes of the public in the area to take particular care and avoid picking up hitch-hikers.

Kohu has a history of firearms offences and dodging authorities. He was arrested for the offences he was most recently jailed for after a six-week manhunt that ended in Wellington in May 2012.

At the time he shot at a family he was on parole after serving a three-year prison sentence for the aggravated robbery of a Whanganui dairy in 2008.

In 2011, police issued a warrant for arrest after breaching his prison release conditions “over violence matters”.

At a media conference in Palmerston North this morning, Central District Commander Superintendent Sue Schwalger said officers didn’t know where the fugitives were.

“They are actively evading us.”

“Just give yourself up”

Kohu’s grandfather spoke to Radio New Zealand this morning, urging Kohu to turn himself in so he is not shot by police.

“The only thing I can really add to it is for my mokopuna, for my grandson, to give himself up, come forward and give himself up,” Te Tawhero Dolphy Kohu, who shares the same name as his grandson, said.

“The situation now, as much as I hate to think it, they’re going to shoot him, they’re going to shoot him, his very actions have put him in that situation where they [police] have no choice.”

The incident is unfolding in the central North Island. Photo / Google maps

Asked what he would say if he could speak directly to his grandson, Mr Kohu said: “Boy, I love you, just give yourself up, that’s all.”

Police cordons are in place. The Armed Offenders Squad has been deployed, with aerial support from Auckland’s Eagle helicopter.

It’s understood that all officers have been told they should not be alone or unarmed.

Police on the scene of the unfolding incident in the central North Island. Photo / Robert Milne, Ruapehu Bulletin

Weapons not taken from car

Police firearms, which were locked in the stolen police car, were not taken by the offenders, police said.

The weapons have since been recovered by police, and the police car was also recovered intact, near a marae between Parapara Rd and State Highway 49, police said this morning.

Ms Schwalger explained how the police car was taken.

“When the original vehicle was stopped our officers approached the vehicle. They were shot at, so they’ve retreated. And then what’s happened is the offenders have got into our police car and driven off.”

Later, the group abandoned the police car and an associate or associates in a “dark-coloured vehicle” picked up the group.

Ms Schwalger said she didn’t “know enough” about Dolphy Kohu to discuss his past behaviour.

Police weren’t yet aware of, or disclosing, whether Kohu’s associates had criminal histories.

Ms Schwalger warned people living in the central North Island to “maintain heightened awareness” as they go about their normal business today following the incident, assuring that officers were “firmly focussed” on locating Dolphy and his associates.

“Police appreciate that people living, working and travelling in the Ohakune, Raetihi and Waiouru areas are naturally concerned given the unfolding situation,” she said.

“While police advise that people maintain a heightened awareness, they should take the usual precautions and go about their business as normal.”

Police Central Districts Commander, Superintendent Sue Schwalger, updating media on the hunt for 5 armed offenders in the central North Island. Photo / Mark Mitchell, NZ Herald

Some schools in the area have closed their doors for the day, but all roads remained open to traffic, Ms Schwalger said.

“We do have police patrols and checkpoints set up in key locations looking out for these offenders, who are considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

“The public can also expect to see armed police throughout the region, along with police vehicles and helicopter activity.

“We also warn those travelling not to pick up hitchhikers and to report any suspicious activity to police immediately via 111.”

The location of the offenders was still unknown, she said, but vowed that officers were “leaving no stone unturned to find them as soon as possible”.

“We have a large and highly trained team of police staff in the area actively looking for these offenders,” she said.

“This includes specialist armed staff including members of the STG [Special Tactics Group] and AOS [Armed Offenders Squad]. The Eagle helicopter is also assisting in the search.

“While these sorts of situations are thankfully rare, police staff regularly train for exactly these sorts of situations and are very well equipped and prepared to respond.

“I can assure the public that police will take whatever steps are appropriate to keep the community safe. We have access to a full range of tactical options and highly trained staff to deal with these sorts of situations.”

Area swarming with police

An employee at the Raetihi Caltex petrol station said the town was swarming with police earlier this morning.

“You wouldn’t be able to sneak into town or out of town.”

A Raetihi woman, who did not want to be named, said she hadn’t seen anything, but had been told by a truck driver who had travelled “up the Parapara” – Parapara Rd, between Raetihi and Whanganui he’d been stopped by police on the way.

“He heard someone had driven up from Whanganui and shot at a police officer.”

Schools in lockdown

Raetahi Primary School principal Nuku Wallace said his school is closed today, as are others in the area.

“At the moment we’ve advised all staff and all people to stay home and lock their doors while they try to find the people that they are hunting for.”

The school has 212 pupils up to year eight.

Some didn’t hear the news and have come into school, where Mr Wallace said a skeleton staff would keep them safe.

The school was in “lockdown” mode and pupils that had turned up would be in a room not visible from the outside.

Police on the scene of the unfolding incident in the central North Island. Photo / Robert Milne, Ruapehu Bulletin

Pupils come to the school from across the wider area.

“All roads are blocked by police cars this morning and they turned a lot of the buses around,” Mr Wallace said.

“We’re feeling pretty good. We’ve been in contact with police and they don’t think we’re a direct threat at the moment.”

Two of the school’s parents were in the police and they were giving the school updates too.

“We would know if we were faced with an imminent threat.”

Ohakune Primary School and Ohakune Kindergarten are also on lockdown. Parents have been advised to keep their kids at home, and will be updated with text messages from the school.

National Park School is also closed for the day.

Katrina Casey, the Ministry of Education’s head of sector enablement and support, said all schools and early childhood centres in the Raetihi, Waiouru and Ohakune areas had been contacted, and advised to tell families whose children who had not arrived at school to keep them home.

Those with children already at school were told to keep them indoors, Ms Casey said.

“There are about seven schools and nine early childhood centres and kohanga reo in the area.

“We are on standby to deal with any further calls from schools and ECE involved should they need help but the Ministry and schools are following police advice. We will update schools and ECEs as we get further information.”

Locals staying indoors

A woman at The Ohakune Court motel, who asked not to be named, said a school group was staying there, but the teenagers won’t be venturing out today.

Police on Miro St, Ohakune. Photo / Robert Milne, Ruapehu Bulletin

“We also run a mountain biking business and we’re not taking people out today. It’s going to be a quiet day I think.

“Everyone’s being pretty cautious about it and respecting the advice of staying indoors.”

Bad weather is expected to hit the search area shortly, as a front carrying heavy rain crosses the North Island from the west.

MetService meteologist Rob Kerr said there was scattered rain around Mt Ruapehu and Ohakune at the moment and that would soon turn in heavy falls until 3 or 4 this afternoon.

There were also strong northerly winds, with gusts between 95 and 100 km/h recorded at Waiouru airport.

Prime suspect has previous convictions

Today’s early morning incident resembles Kohu’s previous crimes.

On March 22, 2012, Kohu aimed and fired a shotgun at a family gathered in Aramoho, near Whanganui.

He fired one final shot into the air and took off, leaving one victim with shotgun pellets embedded in his skin.

Kohu spent the next six weeks on the run from police before he was eventually arrested in Wellington.

When the offending occurred he was on parole after serving a three year prison sentence for the aggravated robbery of a Whanganui dairy.

At the time of sentencing, on March 5 2013, Judge Cameron said brandishing and discharging a firearm in a public place needed to be met by a stern response from the courts, “even more so when it’s pointed directly at people”.

Kohu was sentenced to two years and six months in prison – meaning if he served his full sentence he would only recently been released before today’s incident.

Parole Board Decision: May 21, 2015

• Kohu was released on parole on June 3, under special conditions including a curfew of 10pm to 6am.

• His sentence end date was August 2, after which time the curfew was due to be lifted.

• His parole conditions included remaining at the same address and adhering to the curfew.

• In the parole board’s decision, reasons given for releasing Kohu from prison included the fact that he had accommodation in a “strong, supportive environment.”

• It also mentioned his pregnant partner whom he needed to support.

• “We consider that Mr Kohu does qualify for parole given that in the next 10 weeks he is unlikely to commit any serious offending,” the decision read.

– NZME.

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The hunt for more wreckage from missing flight MH370 on La Reunion island has turned up no new clues with authorities saying metallic debris found by locals didn’t come from an aeroplane.

However Malaysia urged authorities in the Indian Ocean region to be on the lookout for debris washing up on their shores, as hope flares a piece of a Boeing 777 wing could help solve one of aviation’s greatest mysteries.

Locals on La Reunion island have been combing the shores since the wing part was found last Wednesday, handing pieces of what they believe to be wreckage to police.

Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion.  The two-metre-long piece of wing is speculated to be debris from MH370.

Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. The two-metre-long piece of wing is speculated to be debris from MH370.

Several pieces of debris sparked excitement on Sunday, one of which was believed by locals to be from a plane door, but investigators said it was from a domestic ladder.

A source close to the investigation in Paris said no object or debris likely to come from a plane had been placed into evidence yesterday.

Australian search authorities leading the hunt for the aircraft some 4000 kilometres from La Reunion are confident the main debris field is in the current search area.

MALAYSIA CONFIRMS WING PART IS FROM A 777

Malaysia said on Sunday that airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been identified as being from a Boeing 777, the same model as Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 which vanished early last year.

“We know the flaperon has been officially identified as being part of a Boeing 777 aircraft,” Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said

“This has been verified by French authorities together with aircraft manufacturer Boeing, U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Malaysian team comprising the Department of Civil Aviation, Malaysia Airlines, and Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370.”

Malaysia has asked aviation authorities in territories near Reunion Island to help recover and inspect any more debris that may wash-up on land.

“This is to allow the experts to conduct more substantive analysis should there be more debris coming on to land, providing us more clues to the missing aircraft,” Liow Tiong Lai said.

– AAP

 – Reuters

Three years since they last visited our shores, Florence + The Machine have announced that they’re coming back to NZ for one massive show!

Saturday 21st November 2015

Vector Arena, Auckland

The third studio release from Florence + The Machine, ethereally titled How Big How Blue How Beautiful, has been met with glowing reviews and accolades from fans and media alike. Now certified gold in Australia, the album debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts and is the group’s first album to chart at #1 across multiple weeks. In fact, it has not left the Top 5 ARIA chart since its release in May.

Already regarded as one of the most dynamic live entertainers on the planet, Florence Welch’s return to the stage this year has shown no downturn. So energetic and spirited was her headlining performance at Coachella’s first weekend this year, that she broke her foot. Ever the entertainer though, she not only still performed her second Coachella slot the following weekend, but brought one of the more passionate and fiery sets of the entire weekend – even though she was sat on a stool for the entire set.

Ticketing details:
On sale 10AM, Monday 3rd August from Ticketmaster

The first official teaser trailer for Zoolander 2 is here! Ben Stiller returns as Derek Zoolander and we’re pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And he plans on finding out what that is!

A blunder by ACC bureaucrats is denying about 15,000 motorists the cheaper car registrations promised by Prime Minister John Key.

Officials are scrambling to fix the problem but last night didn’t appear sure exactly how many makes of car were affected.

The “data matching” error cancels out the savings which taxpayers stood to get out of the reduction in ACC levies, a contribution made by every motorist through vehicle registration.

The new system coming in on July 1 was meant to assign a “risk rating” to each brand of car and charge motorists less for driving safer cars.

When the Prime Minister announced the levy cuts, he said it would benefit businesses, workers and motor vehicle owners. “This is $2 billion that will stay in the pockets of Kiwis.”

How much should you be paying for your rego?

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye said it introduced transparency into the levy-setting and made it “very clear in the ways that levies are set”.

The error has come about because ACC’s computer system refused to recognise safer “sub-species” of popular vehicles. For example, it has classified the Toyota Corolla Spacio – considered among the safest vehicles – as the marginally lower rated Toyota Corolla.

The difference would see the owner of a 2007 Spacio charged $103.46 for car registration when they should be charged $68.46.

Other makes and models of cars were also affected but ACC spokeswoman Stephanie Melville said last night the agency was not able to provide details showing which vehicles were caught up in the mistake.

She said ACC staff on the helpline number 0800 222 776 should be able to assist.

“ACC acknowledges that the data matching issue was made by ACC.”

Ms Melville said it was estimated the number of vehicles put in wrong bands was about 15,000. She said a few hundred motorists were believed to have already paid incorrect amounts for registrations even though the new system is not meant to come into force until July 1.

“In conjunction with NZ Transport Agency, who collect the motor vehicle levy on behalf of ACC, we will be proactively contacting customers to refund them.”

She said those who had been invoiced for less than they should have to pay would not be required to pay more.

“This issue is being fixed urgently. ACC apologises to those of our customers affected for any inconvenience this has caused.”

The levy-cutting scheme has already faced criticism for targeting older cars with higher rates, bringing accusations of it being a tax on those least able to afford newer and safer cars.

Labour’s ACC spokeswoman Sue Moroney said the risk-rating scheme had suffered a “chaotic” introduction. “I don’t think it’s been at all well-handled.”

One motorist who had paid the higher rate said he was told by ACC he wouldn’t get a refund.

He said his Spacio was invoiced and paid at the rate a standard Toyota Corolla was charged.

The list of affected car models is now online here.

NZ Herald

Following his departure from Campbell Live, John Campbell’s next job has been revealed.

He will join the Sky Sport presenting team for next month’s historic All Blacks test in Apia.

Sky said Campbell is a rugby fanatic who had been the driving force between a vocal campaign to gets the All Blacks to play their first ever match in Samoa.

The former Campbell Live host will join usual presenters and commentators Grant Nisbett, Justin Marshall, Jeff Wilson and Ken Laban.

The game is live on Sky Sport 1 at 1.15pm on July 8.

“The fact that we never played in Samoa EVER just seemed wrong so we just pushed hard for it to happen. It would be wonderful to be a part of,” said John. “It was really lovely to hear from Sky. I’ve never worked with them ever.”

John Campbell will be back on our TV screens real soon. The game is live on Sky Sport 1, 1.15pm on July 8.

The day belonged to Princess Charlotte, but the inspiration was pure Diana, Princess of Wales.

From the choice of godparents to the choice of music, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made sure the memory of Princess Charlotte’s late grandmother was centre-stage.

Having chosen to hold their daughter’s christening at the church of St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, where the Princess of Wales was baptised, the couple chose Diana’s niece, Laura Fellowes, as one of five godparents named on the day.

And that was only the start of the homage to the Duke’s late mother, whose name, of course, would be one of those with which two-month-old Charlotte was christened.

The music included Vaughan Williams’ Prelude on Rhosymedre, used at their wedding as processional music and in the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981.

Even Prince George’s outfit evoked memories of the grandmother he never met. His red shorts and embroidered white shirt were the nearest possible matches for the outfit worn by Prince William when he was taken to see his mother and newborn brother Prince Harry in hospital in 1984.

Kensington Palace confirmed it was no coincidence.

Prince George's outfit was inspired by the one his father, Prince William wore 30 years ago.<br />
Photo / Getty
Prince George’s outfit was inspired by the one his father, Prince William wore 30 years ago. Photo / Getty

On an occasion otherwise laden with tradition, the Duke and Duchess sprang a surprise with their choice of godparents.

No member of the Royal family made it on to an informal list of friends and relatives.

The Duke’s cousin Ms Fellowes and the Duchess’s cousin Adam Middleton were joined by Thomas van Straubenzee and James Meade, school friends of the Duke who made speeches at his wedding, and the Duchess’s friend Sophie Carter.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, favourites to be chosen, did not even make it to the ceremony as only close family, godparents and their spouses were invited.

Speculation that Princess Beatrice missed out because of a supposed clash of personalities between the Duke and her boyfriend Dave Clark will only gather pace.

From then on, it was a classically stage-managed royal occasion.

The Duke and Duchess walked from Sandringham House to the church, with the Duchess pushing Princess Charlotte in a Millsons pram used by the Queen for her two youngest children, Princes Andrew and Edward.

Britain's Prince George of Cambridge looks into the pram carrying his sister Princess Charlotte, pushed by Kate the Duchess of Cambridge with Prince William.<br />
Photo / AP
Britain’s Prince George of Cambridge looks into the pram carrying his sister Princess Charlotte, pushed by Kate the Duchess of Cambridge with Prince William. Photo / AP
Britain's Prince William, Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, their son Prince George and daughter Princess Charlotte in a pram leave after Charlotte's Christening at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Photo / AP
Britain’s Prince William, Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, their son Prince George and daughter Princess Charlotte in a pram leave after Charlotte’s Christening at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Photo / AP
Britain's Prince William, Kate the Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George.<br />
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Britain’s Prince William, Kate the Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George. Photo / AP
The Middleton family from left, James and Pippa and parents Michael and Carole, arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate.<br />
Photo / AP
The Middleton family from left, James and Pippa and parents Michael and Carole, arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate. Photo / AP
Britain's Prince William, Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, their son Prince George and daughter Princess Charlotte in a pram arrive for Charlotte's Christening at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Photo / AP
Britain’s Prince William, Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, their son Prince George and daughter Princess Charlotte in a pram arrive for Charlotte’s Christening at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Photo / AP
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge carries her daughter Princess Charlotte into the Church of St Mary Magdalene. Photo / AP
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge carries her daughter Princess Charlotte into the Church of St Mary Magdalene. Photo / AP
Prince William has a quiet word to Prince George. Photo / AP
Prince William has a quiet word to Prince George. Photo / AP
Princess Charlotte is pushed in a pram after her christening at St. Mary Magdalene Church.<br />
Photo / AP
Princess Charlotte is pushed in a pram after her christening at St. Mary Magdalene Church. Photo / AP
Britain's Kate the Duchess of Cambridge carries Princess Charlotte after taking her out of a pram as they arrive for Charlotte's Christening. Photo / AP
Britain’s Kate the Duchess of Cambridge carries Princess Charlotte after taking her out of a pram as they arrive for Charlotte’s Christening. Photo / AP

They were joined by just 20 people, excluding the organist and choir. The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were the only other Royal family members; the Middletons were represented by the Duchess’s parents Michael and Carole and siblings Pippa and James.

Apart from the five godparents and four spouses (Miss Carter is single) the only others were those doing a job: the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, who conducted the christening, the Rev Canon Jonathan Riviere, Rector of the Sandringham group of parishes, and Prince George’s nanny Maria Borrallo.

In his homily the Archbishop referred to one of Princess Charlotte’s ancestors, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth, who was sainted and buried in the Holy Land after being murdered by the Bolsheviks in Russia in 1918.

A grandmother of Queen Victoria, she sold her possessions to found a charity in Moscow and joined a convent.

The Archbishop spoke of her “beauty of character”, and referred to families of the 30 British victims of the Tunisia terror attack needing such “lives of beauty around them”.

The Duke and Duchess chose the hymns Praise to the Lord, The Almighty and Come Down, O Love Divine, and Mr Meade read the lesson from Matthew 18, verses 1-5.

The baptism itself was carried out using water brought to Norfolk from the River Jordan, where Christ was baptised, and using the Lily Font, part of the Crown Jewels brought from the Tower of London, where it has been kept since 1841, when it was first used for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter Princess Victoria.

Princess Charlotte’s christening robe also owed its design to Princess Victoria; her silk and lace robe was used for every royal baby for 163 years until it was deemed too fragile in 2004 and replaced with a replica.After the half-hour service guests retired to Sandringham for afternoon tea, including christening cake taken from a tier of the Duke and Duchess’s wedding cake.

There was a last nod to the Princess of Wales as her favourite photographer, Mario Testino, took the official photographs, to be released this week.

– Daily Telegraph UK

Way to give us a “Heart Attack” Demi Lovato!

The singer made a stop at the WaterMarke Tower in Downtown Los Angeles Sunday afternoon to deliver a special performance of her single “Cool for the Summer.”

But while promoting the hot new track at the summer party, the 22-year-old lost her step that resulted in a mighty fall.

“Well…It’s not a tour without busting ass!!!!” she joked on Twitter with video of the scary moment. “#NotCoolForTheSummer #F–kIt.”

Another video surfacing online appears to show Lovato getting her mic put on her bathing suit onstage. But as soon as her staff leaves, she takes one memorable slippery step.

Perhaps the lesson here is to keep any stage away from the pool. Oh, and don’t wear high-heels too. Poor girl!

But being a true professional, Lovato carried on with her performance and even jumped in the pool to hang out with fans. Furthermore, she later traveled to Temple Night Club in San Francisco on the same day to deliver another concert.

“Cool for the Summer” is slated to appear on the former Disney Channel star’s fifth album. Ever since its release last week, the song has already climbed the charts thanks to its sexy lyrics.

“Take me down into your paradise/ Don’t be scared cause I’m your body type,” she sings. “Just something that we wanna try cause you and I/ We’re cool for the summer.”

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