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Man crushed to death
An elderly Tauranga man has died
after being pinned between a car
and a wall at his Greerton property.
Acting senior sergeant Scott Merritt
said emergency ser vices were called
to the man’s Tuthill Street property
yesterday afternoon. He said an
86-year-old man was pinned by his
own vehicle against a retaining wall
on the property. The man has not
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
House fires suspicious
Two abandoned Christchurch
houses have been seriously damaged
in suspicious fires today. Fire crews
were called to the first property
on Peterborough Street at 4.40am,
southern fire communications shift
manager Brent Dunn said. “ Then 10
minutes later we were called out to
River Road in the Richmond area
and that was also an abandoned
house and also a suspicious fire.”
Both buildings were well ablaze
when fire crews arrived, Mr Dunn
said. Fire inspectors and police
would investigate, he said. — APNZ
Illegal immigrant on run
An illegal immigrant who gained
New Zealand residency with a false
Australian passport — and was
charged with holding three other
false passports — is on the run.
Cristian Dario Alcalde was due to
stand trial on six passport-related
charges after his arrest. He was
released to a Henderson home and
was monitored by electronic bail.
The 42-year-old left the address on
August 8 and has not been seen since.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Girl escapes abduction
Parents and caregivers in Hamilton
are being warned to be vigilant
after an attempted abduction. The
kidnap bid occurred in Chartwell’s
Amethyst Avenue shortly before
6pm on Tuesday, detective sergeant
Kris Clarke said. A man driving a
dark blue car grabbed a 12-year-
old girl by the arm as she walked
past and pulled her into his car. As
went around the front of the car
to get into the driver’s seat the girl
managed to escape. — APNZ
Armed hold-up of TAB
A man armed with a firearm stole
cash from a Christchurch TAB
yesterday. The man, disguised with
a balaclava, entered the Merivale
shop on St Albans Street shortly
before 11.30am, police said. An
accomplice waited outside for him in
a late-1980s red Ford Falcon flatbed
utility vehicle. The man demanded
money and was given a small sum.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10172:
15, 20, 22, 26, 28, 34, 40, 48, 49, 56, 57,
58, 59, 62, 65, 66, 68, 78, 79, 80. Draw
No 10173: 3, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15, 20, 24, 28,
44, 47, 48, 49, 51, 54, 56, 62, 65, 72, 79.
Draw No 10174: 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 19, 21,
23, 24, 29, 35, 40, 44, 56, 60, 66, 69, 70,
74, 77. Draw No 10175: 1, 14, 18, 19,
23, 24, 26, 28, 29, 33, 36, 43, 45, 52, 58,
62, 67, 71, 73, 79.
Collins inquiry ahead of election
Police investigating the Work and
Income murders had possession of
alleged shooter Russell John Tully’s gun
for two days before telling the public
they had located it, according to a source
close to the probe.
Tully, 48, was detained after a seven-
hour manhunt 15km from the Ashburton
Winz centre where it is alleged he
gunned down three workers.
The sawn-off shotgun police believed
he used in the shootings was found “very
close” to Tully when he was brought
down by police dogs, the source said.
Witnesses have told how the gunman
is alleged to have broken down the gun
after Monday morning’s bloodbath,
placed it inside a backpack, and cycled
The following day, Detective Inspector
Tom Fitzgerald, Canterbury district
investigations manager, confirmed that
Tully did not have a firearms licence.
But it was not until the following day
that police released a statement saying
they had found the alleged firearm.
Asked why it took police 48 hours to
tell the public that they knew where the
alleged gun was, Mr Fitzgerald replied:
“As per the media release, that ’s all I’m
saying on the topic.”
Mr Fitzgerald did, however, confirm
last night that police were still in the
dark on where the gunman had got it.
“Inquiries are continuing to establish
where he obtained the gun,” he said.
Speculation is rife in the Mid
Canterbury town that he either stole the
weapon, or bought from a gang on the
Work and Income workers Peggy
Noble, 67, and Leigh Cleveland, 55, died
in Monday ’s shooting.
Lindy Louise Curtis, 43, was critically
injured and is recovering in hospital.
Tully appeared at Christchurch
District Court charged with two counts
of murder and one of attempted murder.
He was remanded in custody to reappear
on September 23.
— APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
Regulations covering engineers are to
be strengthened to ensure they have the
right knowledge, skills and competence
to design safe buildings.
The government ’s
follows police saying on Tuesday they
have enough information to warrant
further criminal investigations into
the deadly collapse of the Canterbury
Television building in the 2011
Building and Construction Minister
Nick Smith says the tighter regulations
will also hold engineers more accountable
for substandard work.
“It will be a legal requirement that
significant engineering structures like
multi-storey buildings are designed
and certified by an appropriately skilled
chartered professional engineer,” he said.
“This mandatory registration of
engineers will cover
Dr Smith said that would fix the
anomaly that a person designing a
simple residential home must be licensed
but a complex multi-storey commercial
building can technically be designed by
Before the police made their decision,
they called in engineering consultancy
firm Beca to help go over the file.
Detective Superintendent Peter Read
said the families of the 115 people who
died in the CTV building collapse had
been informed of the decision.
The building accounted for the bulk of
the 185 quake deaths.
The six-storey, 25-year-old building
crumpled within seconds and caught fire
following the 6.3-magnitude earthquake
on February 22, 2011. Sixty-five foreign
students were among the victims.
Subsequent investigations revealed it
was not built to standards of the time.
The inquiry into allegations former
Justice Minister Judith Collins tried
to undermine former Serious Fraud
Office boss Adam Feeley will begin
a week before this year’s September
Prime Minister John Key this
morning announced the terms of
reference for a Government Inquiry
into the matter which cost Ms
Collins her portfolios.
Mr Key also said the inquiry would
be conducted by former High Court
Judge Lester Chisholm.
The Government Inquiry will have
“full powers” under the Inquiries Act
passed last year.
It will investigate whether.—
There is any evidence Ms
Collins acted inconsistently with
the conduct expected of a minister
by undermining or attempting to
undermine Mr Feeley’s tenure as
director of the Serious Fraud Office
Ms Collins provided information
about Mr Feeley during his tenure as
director of the Serious Fraud Office
to WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater
or any other party not entitled to it.
Ms Collins inappropriately sought
or received information about Mr
Feeley from Slater or any other party.
It would also identify and report on
any other relevant issues.
The inquiry will begin on
September 12 and is to report back
to Mr Key by November 28.
Mr Key earlier this week said the
inquiry was likely to have the power
to force Facebook and other internet
companies to provide records of
communications they held relevant
to the matter.
Ms Collins resigned her portfolios
last Saturday after a 2011 e-mail
from Slater emerged in which Slater
referred to her “gunning” for Mr
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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National’s polling has
barely flickered in the
three weeks since the Dirty
Politics book was launched
and the party could still
govern alone on 50.1% in
the latest Herald-Digipoll
Prime Minister John Key
told the Herald the results
reflected “a huge fatigue
factor” in Dirty Politics.
Labour itself continues
a slow decline, in the
poll, now at 23.8%, and
its support among males
has fallen to a staggering
New Zealand First
continues a slow rise to 6%,
up one point, and would
bring in seven MPs, one
less than it has now.
The Conser vatives have
risen by 0.5 to 3.8% but
unless they cross the 5%
threshold, or win a seat,
they will not make it.
The Greens are unchanged
on 11.4%. Internet Mana is
up fractionally and would
still bring in four MPs if its leader, Hone
Harawira keeps Te Tai Tokerau.
The Maori Party is down to 0.4%, Act
is on 0.4% as well, and United Future is
on 0.3% .
The popularity of Mr Key has gone up
a little in the past week.
David Cunliffe’s ratings as preferred
Prime Minister actually went up even
more than Mr Key ’s, the likely result
of greater exposure he is getting in
the election campaign and a capable
performance in the first televised leaders
debate last Thursday.
National would need 61 seats to govern
and the poll result would deliver it 63.
With current support partners Act,
United Future and Maori Party it would
Labour, the Greens, Internet Mana
and New Zealand First would have 55
The common wisdom is the party of
Government takes a hit in
an election campaign as
other parties get greater
But other parties have
not got much exposure this
It has only been in the
past few days that the
issues related to the book,
based on e-mails of Whale
Oil blogger Cameron
Slater, have not dominated
the political agenda.
The close political
association between former
Justice Minister Judith
Collins and Mr Slater was
laid bare in the book.
cabinet last week when an
e-mail from Mr Slater to
associates said Ms Collins
was “gunning” for then
SFO head Adam Feeley
who was also a target for
In the Digipoll sur vey
that began the week
Nicky Hager’s book was
published, National was on
50%; the following week it
was 50.7% and this week it is on 50.1% .
Mr Key said last night that “after four
weeks of Dirty Politics, it is quite clear
there is a huge fatigue factor and it is not
a voter driver. ”
What was driving the vote was
National’s core plan for New Zealand,
particularly the economy, “in so much
that Labour any new initiatives, they are
seen as too experimental at a time when
the economy is doing so well”.
He believed the capital gains tax was a
“massive vote loser” for Labour because
it was fraught with complexity and
voters did not understand it.
“They certainly cant understand why
we’d need a new tax when we are back
The poll of 750 eligible voters was
conducted between August 28 and
September 3. The party vote results are
of decided voters only. The undecided
was 7.4%. — APNZ
in box seat
Like any new arrivals, this
foursome is already winning
But unlike other new arrivals,
each of these “babies” cost more
than $1 million.
The proud parents, Highlands
Motorsport Park management,
announced the delivery of four
rare bundles of joy this week
— limited edition super cars on
display at its National Motorsport
Museum in Cromwell.
Highlands general manager
Mike Sentch said the 12-cylinder
Enzo Ferrari was one of 400,
while the three supercharged V8
Mercedes-Benz McLaren Stirling
Moss vehicles were even rarer —
only 75 were made of this edition.
The Australian owner of the
cars, who wanted to remain
anonymous, offered them for
display “because he likes what
we’ve done here, and this was his
way of saying so,” Mr Sentch said.
“ Everyone here is just buzzing
about having such cool cars to
Even better, Mr Sentch had the
privilege of driving one of the
Mercedes-Benz around the park’s
“Driving the Mercedes was
absolutely incredible, just magic.
You’re out in the open, they have
a tiny windscreen, and you’re
thinking of all that heritage and
the prestige of the brand; it ticks
so many boxes.”
He declined to speculate on
the vehicles’ value but newspaper
stories when the limited edition
Mercedes-Benz launched in 2009
said each vehicle cost 750,000,
or $US1.07m. A luxury car sales
firm in Los Angeles was yesterday
advertising a “near-new ” condition
Enzo Ferrari for sale on its website.
The asking price? $US2.88m.
“Security’s already a priority and
at the highest level,” Mr Sentch
said. “ We’ve got other cars here
worth a lot of money, so we don’t
take any chances.”
The vehicles, probably be on
display in the museum for about
six months, might also get the
occasional “outing” on the track,
in demonstration drives at
Asked how his work vehicle
compared with the supercars,
Mr Sentch said he was quickly
brought down to earth, literally,
after his “dream-drive” in the
“ It was back on the Claas tractor
for me, levelling some dirt out
around the place. ”
— Otago Daily Times
Super cars steal the show
PICTURES: Highlands Motorsport Park
Rare super cars — three limited edition Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Stirling Moss and an Enzo
Ferrari, below, on show at the National Motorsport Museum.
The third Dunedin City Council
manager to resign over the Citifleet
scandal in the past week once warned
about the fraud threat facing the
Council financial controller Maree
Clarke yesterday joined Tony Avery
and Kevin Thompson in opting to
resign from the council following
revelations of the alleged Citifleet
Council chief executive Dr Sue
Bidrose made the announcement
in a statement yesterday afternoon,
saying she had accepted Mrs Clarke’s
resignation “with sadness”.
Mrs Clarke was “well regarded” by
her council colleagues, and Deloitte’s
three-month investigation into the
alleged fraud had found she was not
aware of what was unfolding.
However, as financial controller,
Mrs Clarke was responsible for the
council’s financial reporting and
controls, Dr Bidrose said.
“ Maree has told me that she believes
the ongoing process of improvement
of the council’s systems will benefit
from fresh leadership and I have
accepted her resignation on that
Mrs Clarke was also among staff
to have bought a Citifleet vehicle,
although that was “normal practice”
within the council at the time, Dr
The money she paid for the vehicle
had made its way to the council’s
accounts, so was not part of the more
than $1.5 million misappropriated
as part of the alleged fraud, the
Her decision to resign yesterday came
after Deloitte’s investigation revealed
evidence of an alleged decade-long
fraud within Citifleet, involving the
sale of 152 cars and the pocketing of
more than $1.5m in proceeds.
Police were investigating Deloitte’s
findings, but Dr Bidrose and Mayor
Dave Cull have this week warned the
fraud may go “considerably further
back” than 2003, with more cars and
missing money involved.
It was not clear if Mrs Clarke was
among the five council staff said to be
involved in “employment processes”
following the discovery of the alleged
Mrs Clarke’s 11-year career at the
council began in 2003 and saw her
promoted to financial controller in
She had agreed to continue in
her role during a transition and
recruitment period, but was expected
to finish before Christmas.
— Otago Daily Times
Third resignation over council car fleet fraud
Mallard ducks for cover
in boundary change
“ Ner vous.” Trevor Mallard’s response
about his chances of holding on to Hutt
South seems odd, considering he has
held the seat for 21 years.
But boundary changes this year could
swing as many as 2500 votes from
red to blue. The seat now covers all of
the Western Hills, formerly in Peter
Dunne’s Ohariu seat, and loses Labour-
leaning suburb Naenae.
Throw in National candidate Chris
Bishop, highly regarded by his party, and
a few high-profile visits to the electorate
by John Key and Steven Joyce, and the
contest heats up.
“ We know they are having a go at the
seat, but I’ve never regarded it as safe,”
said Mr Mallard.
“ I am always ner vous, and there is more
reason to be ner vous now. ”
Mr Bishop is a champion debater who
has held adviser roles in Gerry Brownlee
and Steven Joyce’s offices, separated by
a stint as a tobacco lobbyist for Philip
On current polling Mr Bishop, 30, is
likely to enter Parliament as number 49
on National’s list.
But National had a 5% lead in the
party vote in 2011, and it would take
great delight in unseating the Labour
veteran, especially as that would eject
him from Parliament; Mr Mallard has
removed himself from Labour’s list.
Mr Mallard cites the 137 state houses
that have been boarded up because
of earthquake risk as a local issue. “I
would require Housing NZ to complete
assessments and salvage those that are
salvageable, and they almost certainly
are. There’s room for 300 families there.”
Mr Bishop trumpets innovation as
his main focus. The Government ’s
Callaghan Innovation is based in the
Hutt, and he sees potential for the area
as a hi-tech networking hub.
One major issue they disagree on is the
Mr Mallard says there are four
transport projects that are higher
priority. Mr Bishop supports it as it
would ease the Wellington commute
and as an alternative route to the Kapiti
A factor in the contest will be what
Green voters do with their electorate
vote. Green candidate Holly Walker is
resigning from Parliament for family
reasons, but still standing in the seat to
chase the party vote.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Man accused of teeth-pulling sex named
A man who allegedly tore
women’s teeth out with pliers while
having sex with them has lost a bid
to keep his name secret.
Philip Lyle Hansen appeared
in the Wellington District Court
today attempting to continue his
name suppression until his trial
He is facing 11 charges, including
assault and sex charges.
Crown lawyer Sally Carter said
while there would be a “flurry” of
media attention around the case
once his name was known, that
attention would not be sustained
until his trial.
His lawyer Mike Antunovic said
Hansen was attempting to start
up a contracting house painting
business and if his name was
publicised it would affect his work
and cause extreme hardship.
Judge Bill Hastings said hardship
followed the arrest of any person.
“ I accept there has been
considerable media interest in
this case because of the unique
allegations that have been made.”
However, he said claiming
extreme hardship was a “very high
hurdle” and he was not convinced
that Hansen would suffer it if his
name was published.
He declined Mr Antunovic’s
application for Hansen’s interim
name suppression to continue.
The relationship Hansen had with
the women was suppressed.
Hansen has denied the charges,
including using pliers to pull
out a total of 12 teeth from three
separate victims. He was arrested in
December 2012. — APNZ
Slater wants court to stem hacker’s flow
Whale Oil blogger Cameron
Slater is going to the High Court
to try to stop media publishing
information taken by the hacker
known as Rawshark.
Mr Slater has filed papers
claiming further exposure of
information from his e-mails and
social media accounts would inflict
a huge personal toll.
believe the hacker and
associated persons are setting out to
destroy my reputation and cause me
the maximum amount of mental
distress possible,” he wrote in an
In a case today in the High Court
at Auckland, Mr Slater will ask
for a legal halt to the use of the
information by the New Zealand
Herald, TV3 and Fairfax Media.
He also wants the order to
apply to the hacker, and the news
organisations to turn over to him
the information they have.
The move comes two weeks after
the publication of Nicky Hager’s
Dirty Politics, which accused
the National Party of attacking
opponents through Mr Slater’s blog.
Since publication, Rawshark
has released material on-line and
through the news offices named by
In the affidavit, Mr Slater
said personal information and
confidential correspondence with
“political figures” was among
content he wanted protected.
He said the named organisations
had journalists he believed were
in contact with the hacker, who
appeared to be motivated by his
views on the Whale Oil blog.
“I believe the hacker is releasing
information as some form of
revenge, not in any sort of whistle-
blower capacity or to advance
Mr Slater said he believed his
Gmail account was hacked on
March 2 when someone changed
the passwords and copied 10 years
of e-mails. He believed the hacker
later got into his Facebook account
and copied private messages.
Since Dirty Politics was
published, Rawshark has made
public information on-line and
through the three news media
organisations Mr Slater names in
his court application. The court
papers called for an urgent hearing
because of ongoing publication.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A man has suffered injuries after
falling into a plastic moulding machine
at an Auckland factory early today.
Emergency ser vices were called to
Sistema Plastics in Penrose about 4am,
northern fire communications shift
manager Steve Smith said.
The worker had fallen into a plastic
moulding machine, he said.
Sistema Plastics general manager
Drew Muirhead said the man was sitting
on the machine, which was not running,
and he fell about a metre backwards into
“ He’s hurt his shoulder and at this
point we believe he’s got a broken arm.”
Man falls into machinery
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