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Families of the 115 people killed in the
CTV building collapse during the Canterbury
earthquake in February 2011 are hopeful
justice will be served by a criminal investigation
into the disaster.
Police have announced they would further
their investigation into the collapse of the
Detective Superintendent Peter Read
said the decision followed assessment and
evaluation of a huge amount of information
from a range of sources over the last 18
“Based on this information, we now believe
there is sufficient evidence to warrant further
criminal investigation into the collapse of
the CTV building in February 2011.” The
investigation comes after a Royal Commission
of Inquiry found significant faults with the
building’s design and construction.
Quake Families Group spokesman Maan
Alkaisi said he was “really very pleased ” to see
the significant step towards achieving justice.
“This is something we’ve been waiting for
for around three and a half years. It’s really
quite an important and significant milestone.”
Dr Alkaisi’s wife Maysoon Abbas was killed
when the CTV building pancaked during the
magnitude 6.3 quake.
Other families felt the same as him,
Dr Alkaisi said.
“They ’re really pleased that finally we can
see at least some justice from accountability
done. We always remember the 115 people
who we lost there and they certainly deserve
The investigation was a lesson for everyone
in the construction industry to put human
safety and life in mind when they designed
and built buildings, he said.
David Beaumont ’s son Matthew was killed
in the tragedy.
He said he did not want “revenge” with the
“I think already the truth is out there — we
know the faults were with the building.” There
was a wide range of people and organisations
which should be investigated, including the
council and engineers who inspected the
“So it’s not just one person and so I’ll be very
interested to see what comes out of this police
investigation and how thorough it’s going to
be. All I want is for things to be better in the
Lawyer Nigel Hampton represented Srecko
“Alec” Cvetanov, who lost his wife in the
He said Mr Cvetanov was “pleasantly
surprised” that police were a step further
for ward in trying to hold someone accountable.
“But he remains realistic about the prospect
of anything happening in the end.” For
the families it had always been an issue of
accountability and of someone standing up
and accepting responsibility, Mr Hampton
“This is the only avenue left to them ... this
police inquiry is their one remaining hope.”
That said, there is still a significant amount
of work to be done before any investigation
can be completed, the potential outcome of
which is unknown.”
Police had engaged the services of
engineering consultants Beca to provide an
expert opinion regarding the cause of the
CTV building collapse.
The company would also provide expert
opinion on whether there were any serious
departures from accepted standards by
those involved in the building’s design or
construction that could amount to gross
Police said inter viewees for the inquiry
would be contacted before the end of the year.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Rescue workers clearing out rubble from the CTV building on March 1, 2011, following
the February 22 earthquake.
Police reopen CTV
New Zealanders are being warned to
store their smartphone pictures securely
after a hacker raided celebrities’ on-line
“cloud” storage for intimate snaps.
As the FBI investigates the hacking of
101 celebrities’ nude photographs and
videos, the chief hacker of the private
nudes has gone on the run.
After sparking the scandal on Sunday
with a dump of dozens of naked female
celebrities — including Oscar-winner
Jennifer Lawrence, who complained
to authorities — on the 4chan on-line
forum, the anonymous hacker took to the
“deep web” to say he or she had to “move
The hacker, who is referred to by other
posters as the “original guy ”, said the
hacking was a conspiracy involving more
than just one individual and was “the
result of several months of long and hard
“Guys, just to let you know I didn’t do
this by myself,” the hacker wrote.
In a statement issued on Monday
afternoon, the FBI confirmed that it had
begun an investigation.
“The FBI is aware of the allegations
concerning computer intrusions and the
unlawful release of material involving
high profile individuals, and is addressing
the matter. Any further comment would
be inappropriate at this time.”
The publication of the photographs
calls into question the safety of uploading
personal data to iCloud, which was
launched by Apple in October 2011.
Netsafe executive director Martin
Cocker said Kiwis needed to play it safe.
“The hackers were obviously after a
certain item and that ’s what they took.
It ’s a reminder of the risk that goes with
cloud storage services.
“Most people don’t sign on for security
reasons ... but because the ser vice offers
a tremendous level of convenience to
the users. If you consider images to be
extremely sensitive, don’t save them to the
The users of iPhones, in particular,
could turn off automatic syncing on their
phones. Particular photos a user wanted
to keep should be stored in a separate
encrypted location, for added security.
Disconcertingly, when photos uploaded
to iCloud are deleted from a phone they
are not necessarily deleted from the on-
One of the actresses targeted in the
attack, Mary Elizabeth Winstead,
confirmed photos were hers but insisted
that she had deleted them “long ago”.
This comes as it was revealed the
hacked nude photographs leaked on-line
of actresses including Jennifer Lawrence
and Kate Upton have been traded on
the internet for at least a week and could
be just the tip of the iceberg of stolen
According to those with knowledge of
the photo-trading discussion in on-line
forums, the hacking of the nude pictures
from Apple’s iCloud was not a sudden
raid but was rather carried out over time.
A Dunedin man died
in a freak accident when
he was struck in the head
by an air compressor.
A coroner yesterday
released his findings on
the death of 67-year-old
master driller Graham
Robert Brown, who was
killed in the accident in
October 2012 .
Mr Brown, an employee
of Downer, had been
helping to clear a major
landslip on the Milford
Road near the Homer
In his findings, Coroner
David Crerar said Mr
Brown’s death was due to
a massive head injury.
Mr Brown was using an
air hose, attached to an
air compressor, to remove
large boulders from the
The air pressure
separated the connecting
clamp, which detached
and struck Mr Brown on
the side of the head.
Although he was
wearing a safety helmet
at the time of the
accident, he suffered a
fatal skull fracture.
Kevin Watson, who
was working with Mr
Brown at the time, told
Mr Crerar that the air
compressor they were
initially using kept
adjustments, Mr Watson
said Mr Brown decided
to switch to another
Mr Watson said the
new compressor was very
powerful, and caused the
clamp of the air hose to
detach, fatally injuring
In his findings, Mr
Crerar agreed with Mr
Brown’s wife Elizabeth
that only Mr Brown
could identify what
happened on the day.
“ It is probable (more
likely than not) that,
for some reason,
Graham Brown had on
this one occasion and
neglected to take this
He believed Mr Brown
and other workers on
site were not aware
of the difference in
pressure between the two
“ Neither Graham
Brown nor others
working with him
appreciated, to the
appropriate degree, the
difference of pressure
output,” Mr Crerar said.
Downer was originally
charged in relation to
Mr Brown’s death, but
the charges were later
dropped. Mr Brown
was described by his
colleagues as a master
driller, with specialist
skills which were
New Zealand and
“ He was deliberate,
never rushed anything or
took shortcuts and had a
safety culture second to
none,” Mr Crerar said.
Police believe there are possibly more
victims of a former Havelock North
school teacher who pleaded guilty to
indecently assaulting his female students.
Charles John Michael Harter, 63, was
a music, mathematics and drama teacher
who taught students from his home
studio and, between October 2012 and
June 2014, also taught music and drama
at Havelock North Primary School.
The nine counts of indecent assaults,
against nine young girls aged 7 to 12,
involved Harter inappropriately touching
his students over and under their school
One further charge of indecent assault
was withdrawn at the Hastings District
Court yesterday afternoon.
Detective Sergeant Nic Clere, of
Hawke’s Bay CIB, said the investigation
into Harter’s offending was ongoing and
it was possible there were more victims
in the community who were yet to come
forward to police.
The court was told how one victim
had weekly guitar lessons during school
terms from February to July this year
and before the lessons had attended large
group lessons at Havelock North Primary
School with Harter.
Harter would say “time for your lesson”
before reaching over the top of the victim’s
shoulders and placing his hands on her
breasts, before “jiggling” her private parts
with his fingers. She continued attending
music lessons until she could no longer
cope and told her mother she no longer
felt comfortable with Harter’s behaviour.
Her mother withdrew her from the
classes and reported the indecent assaults
to police. — APNZ
NZ alert after raid on
Apple secure cloud
A truck driver has
been rescued after
being trapped when his
18-wheeler rolled in the
Bay of Plenty early this
The crash occurred
on State Highway 2 at
Opotiki shortly before
4am, police said.
The driver was initially
trapped, but was later
freed with shoulder and
rib injuries. — APNZ
Truck driver rescued
More indecently assaulted
students likely, police say
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