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Malaysia has reportedly
given the go-ahead for
Rizalman bin Ismail to
return to New Zealand
to face sex and burglary
“ We are now awaiting
a formal request from
the New Zealand Government for us to
send him back,” a ministry source told
Malaysia’s The Star newspaper reported.
Rizalman could not be returned
without an official request from New
Zealand, the unnamed source said.
He was discharged from psychiatric
evaluation at Malaysia’s Tuanku Mizan
Military Hospital at the end of July.
His whereabouts was not immediately
Rizalman, a Malaysian defence
attache, was arrested on May 9 after
allegedly following 21-year-old
Wellington woman Tania Billingsley
home and assaulting her.
He was arrested the same night and
appeared in Wellington District Court
the next day.
Rizalman claimed diplomatic
immunity and returned to Malaysia on
A spokesman for Foreign Affairs
Minister Murray McCully said the
minister would not be making any
further comment about the case at the
moment. The ministry was working
c losely with Malaysian authorities to
secure his return.
“The minister’s just not prepared
to offer any comment that could
potentially jeopardise these
proceedings,” the spokesman said.
A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman
said no future court date for Rizalman
had been set down. — APNZ
6 - Thursday, September 11, 2014
The actions of a Chinese couple who
attempted to bring a baby into the country
and pass it off as their own to gain residency
permits amounted to child trafficking,
the Immigration and Protection Tribunal
The husband, who had lived in New
Zealand since 2008, was denied re-entry
into the country in 2012 after Immigration
New Zealand discovered documents about
the baby, including its birth certificate, had
It said the man failed to meet the country ’s
good character assessment.
He appealed against the decision to the
The tribunal said the man, who was not
named in the decision, was willing to
produce false evidence to bring a child from
China to New Zealand.
“ When the couple decided to bring the
baby, born in China, to New Zealand,
and arranged for all the necessary false
documentation to pass him off as their son
and his wife as the child’s birth mother, this
amounted to child trafficking.”
The 51-year-old husband and 43-year-old
wife had been trying to get residency for
four years, but their application had
been held up while the validity of their
relationship was investigated, the tribunal’s
During that time the couple had been in
the country legally on working visas.
The couple told Immigration NZ in July
2012 that after the baby was born the
mother had returned to New Zealand for
The father and baby had remained in
China, but planned to return.
When the child’s document ’s were found
to be forged, the husband ’s work visa was
cancelled and he was denied entry into New
The wife told Immigration NZ she had
been desperate for a baby and the child was
unwanted and would have other wise been
sent to an orphanage.
She believed that having a child would
prove to Immigration New Zealand that
her partnership with the appellant was not
The man’s representative told the tribunal
that the four years taken to determine his
residence application was excessive.
Immigration NZ said it was the couple’s
attempts to falsify documents rather than
formally adopting the baby that gave rise to
the character issues.
The tribunal upheld Immigration NZ’s
“It is clear that the appellant does not
respect New Zealand’s immigration law and
has demonstrated a willingness to use false
A retiree who paid a
suspected world record
$16,000 for a lump of kauri
gum at auction admits getting
“carried away ” and is now
wondering how to break the
news to his wife.
The 9.9kg lump of resin went
up for sale at Cordy’s auction
in Auckland on Tuesday with a
reser ve of $1500.
However, a tenacious bidding
war pushed the price skywards
before the hammer finally
came down at $16,000.
“(It) would have to be a
world record,” auctioneer
Andrew Grigg said.
The buyer, a retired man who
wished to remain anonymous,
said yesterday he entered the
auction thinking, “I might go
“I’m not a man of big means,
but I just got carried away,” he
“My wife doesn’t know what
thousand ’ and she thought it
meant $2000 and went off at
“I don’t know how I’m going
to explain that it was actually
$16,000 . . .”
The gum was collected by
the anonymous seller’s
Scottish grandfather, who
worked as a limber in the
kauri logging industry around
During his job of removing
top branches before the giant
native trees were felled, the
worker reportedly found the
Kauri gum forms when resin
exudes from cracks in tree bark
and hardens by exposure to
Mr Grigg said two other
large naturally bled nuggets
were kept by family members.
The buyer said his
grandfather worked at the
kauri mill on the Kaipara and
he had been interested in the
industry ever since.
“This piece of kauri gum is
the finest I’ve ever seen,” the
“I over-stretched myself a
bit, but I want this stuff to
remain in New Zealand — it’s
part of our heritage.”
Police have received about 20 e-mails
overnight from tourists worried they
may have been the victim of sex offences
allegedly carried out by a Northland
Michael Harris, 56, appeared in the
Kaitaia District Court yesterday on 39
charges, including stupefying, indecent
assault, and making and possessing
intimate visual recordings. Many of the
charges are representative, meaning they
cover more than one alleged incident.
The 16 alleged victims are thought to
have been mainly overseas tourists aged
between 18 and 25, staying at Mainstreet
Lodge on Kaitaia’s Commerce Street. The
first of the incidents allegedly occurred in
2012, the last just three days ago.
Detective Senior Sergeant Rhys
Johnston told Radio New Zealand today
that police had received about 20 e-mails
from around the world from potential
“So we’ve got a fair amount of work
ahead of us trying to give these people
the support they ’ll need and the peace of
mind they will need as well.”
The alleged offences happened in the
main residence where Harris lived and
not in the backpackers’ accommodation
or motel unit, Mr Johnston said.
Police wanted to hear from anyone
who had stayed in the main dwelling, Mr
Harris had been running the lodge for
two and a half years, but police would be
looking into his earlier background as
part of the investigation. “But certainly
the last two and a half years is what we’ll
be initially investigating.”
Before moving to Kaitaia, it was
understood Harris lived in Auckland, but
it was not yet known what industry he
was working in, Mr Johnston said.
Harris appeared in the Kaitaia District
Court yesterday where he was remanded
in custody until September 18.
The lodge offered backpacking facilities,
hotel units and, on occasion, longer term
accommodation in the owner’s residence.
Victims were unlikely to know that
something had happened to them,
although they might have suspicions, Mr
“ We will deal sensitively with them and
offer all appropriate support required.
“This is an ongoing investigation and
we have a lot of work ahead to assess
evidence and establish if there are further
victims we are not yet aware of.”
A helpline number and e-mail address
had been set up so potential victims could
get in touch with the investigation team.
Anyone with information, or who
believed they may have been indecently
assaulted, was asked to contact 0800 762
701 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The revelations are likely to hit hard in
Kaitaia. The town is still recovering from
the scandal around former Pamapuria
School deputy principal James Parker,
who is serving an indefinite jail term for
sexually abusing young boys.
It may also hurt tourism, with Germany
one of Northland ’s biggest backpacker
— APNZ-Northern Advocate
The nugget of kauri gum that sold this week for $16,000,
believed to be a world record.
Kauri gum fetches $16,000
Couple attempting to pass off child
as their own amounts to trafficking
boss on 39
Malaysia gives nod for diplomat
to return to face sex charges
An Auckland caregiver ripped off
taxpayers for nearly $70,000 to try to get
her family out of a “tin shed ” they were
living in, a court heard.
For five years, Rosalina Filoa L eavasa
applied for income-related support for
rent to which she was not entitled —
offending sparked by financial pressures
and arduous living conditions.
The mother of three, who was supporting
a son with epilepsy and a husband with
chronic arthritis, was working seven
days a week to make ends meet but still
struggled, her lawyer Justin Harder said
in the Auckland District Court yesterday.
For four months the family lived
in a metal garage — which he said
exacerbated their medical issues — before
moving to a house in Mangere. The judge
said the compassionate grounds were the
only thing that saved her from a jail term.
Mr Harder said the only way the stolen
$68,000 could be repaid was if Leavasa
was allowed to carry on working as a
caregiver for the elderly in the upmarket
suburb of Remuera. He said his client was
“deeply remorseful” and said if she was
given home detention the family would
lose their primary source of income and
would be back living in the tin shed.
Judge Grant Fraser was reluctant to let
the offender off lightly.
She was sentenced to six months
of community detention, a year’s
super vision, 100 hours of community
work and ordered to pay back $10,000.
Benefit fraud ‘to get family out of shed’
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