Foreign driver who caused serious head-on crash ticketed for speeding at 142km/h two days earlier in Timaru

A foreign driver who caused a head-on crash in February this year had been fined by police just two days earlier for travelling at 142km/h near Timaru.

The victim of the serious crash was driving on State Highway 99 on February 14 when he turned a corner and saw Polish national Milosz Urbanek driving his rental car on the wrong side of the road, the Otago Daily Times reported.

Both drivers swerved in the same direction, with the victim suffering broken ribs, a perforated lung and a concussion in the smash.

Yet, court documents have revealed Urbanek had been stopped by police just two days before the crash and fined $510 for travelling 142km/h.

Urbanek, who suffered head injuries and broken arms in the accident, was charged with dangerous driving causing injury.

The 37-year-old pleaded guilty in his first appearance in the Dunedin District Court in February.  

The victim had also complained three weeks before the accident after seeing tourists driving dangerously around Tautapere, suggesting that arrows be painted on the roads to assist foreign motorists.

A police summary into the crash said 37-year-old Urbanek was travelling at 90km/h when the crash occurred and been driving on the wrong side of the road for 300m.

Judge Kevin Phillips said neither point was backed by conclusive evidence but he accepted that Urbanek’s driving was objectively dangerous.

The 37-year-old, who was working as a senior solutions designer, was reunited with his victim at restorative justice and offered to pay for the costs resulting from the crash.

Judge Phillips said he was also disregarding regular headlines made by tourists causing accidents.

"I am removing from my consideration the current wave of comment media-wise... as regards to overseas tourists driving on our roads,'' he said.

"I am treating you on the summary of facts you face.''

Urbanek was ordered to pay his victim $10,000 in damages and was banned for driving for 10 months.

The court heard he was planning to return to Poland shortly. 

Police have spent the day on the roads, looking out for drivers who aren't doing what they should be.
Source: 1 NEWS


'My god she can run' - woman at centre of hilarious Kawakawa dog escape video says Lily is enjoying her 15 minutes of fame

A Bay of Islands woman told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp she is "never going to live this down" after footage of her rescue dog Lily dragging a bakery's flag down the main street of Kawakawa went viral around the globe.

CCTV footage of the freedom-seeking furball's runner — accompanied by Yakety Sax, the song made famous by the Benny Hill Show — has been viewed more than 500,000 times since it was posted to Facebook last night.

Lucie Green, a volunteer with Bay of Islands Animal Rescue, was taking the basset hound for a walk last week when she decided to stop at a local business to buy Lily a treat.

But the Basset Hound received a fright and bolted despite being tied to a large Coca-Cola flag forcing Lucie to give chase.

"For an animal with just little legs, my god she can run," Lucie told Seven Sharp.

Lily, Lucie and the rogue flag brought Kawakawa's State Highway 1 strip to a standstill, the whole escapade captured on CCTV.

"My partner owns a local CCTV company I got to the office and I told him what had happened.

"He didn't tell me he'd done it, but he edited footage and put the music on and uploaded it to Facebook and tagged me in it.

"I knew it was trouble when basically by the time we'd gone to bed last night it had hit 100,000 views," Lucie said.

Thousands of people have since commented on the video, with many of them admiring the dog’s spirit.

"I'm laughing my guts out it's so funny," wrote Facebook user Annie Hicks.

Lucie does see the funny side of events however.

"They say every dog has their day, so I guess Lily is enjoying her 15 mins of fame." 

Lily made a run for it when owner Lucie Green stopped at a shop in the Northland town. Source: Seven Sharp


Tracking down New Plymouth youth MP candidates after Andrew Little's 'hip' appeal

Labour MP Andrew Little released a tongue in cheek video encouraging young people from New Plymouth to get involved in politics today.

The video inspired TVNZ1's Seven Sharp to travel to Mr Little's old school to find the perfect candidate for its new youth MP.

Judge for yourself if New Plymouth Boys' High students Thomas Foy and Jarrod Wilson have what it takes in the video above.

Tamati Rimene-Sproat is on the case after the Labour MP's piece of political theatre. Source: Seven Sharp


Watch: Take a tour inside Kate Sheppard’s former house where suffragists worked to get women the right to vote

Suffragist Kate Sheppard's old house in Christchurch goes up for auction next month - so Seven Sharp host Hilary Barry took a tour.

Ms Sheppard was instrumental in gaining New Zealand women the right to vote in 1893. She carried out important work for the suffrage movement in the house during the late 19th Century.

Today saw celebrations around the country marking 125 years since women gained the right to vote in New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern has indicated the Government is interested in buying the house for the nation. It's expected to fetch in excess of $3 million when it goes under the hammer on October 17.

Hilary Barry met with the home's current owner Julia Burbury who showed her around the dwelling set on one acre of gardens.

The house has a category one heritage listing.

The piece of New Zealand history in Christchurch, worth more than $3 million, is up for auction. Source: Seven Sharp

Mum distraught as son turned away from Hutt Valley High School because he didn't have permanent address

Being homeless has become an obstacle for one mother wanting to give her child an education.

Helen Taitapanui and her son were turned away from Hutt Valley High School last week because they don't have a permanent residential address.

Ms Taitapanui, is currently battling cancer and lives in a motel with her teenage son while they wait for a permanent home.

"We've got to be glad that we've got that when we know that a lot of our families are out there living in cars," Ms Taitapanui told 1 NEWS.

However, this was a problem when she tried to enrol her son at a local school.

"The response was it's against their policy to register children living out of a motel. you had to have a residential address," Ms Taitapanui said.

She complained to the Ministry of Education and shortly after Hutt Valley High School reversed its decision.

Ms Taitapanui says her son's excited about going back to school.

"I know once he steps back into the realm of education he'll be well and truly away."

She hopes by speaking out, another unnecessary obstacle will be removed for the homeless.

Being homeless threw up an unexpected obstacle for a mum wanting to educate her child. Source: 1 NEWS