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Quad bike fatality
A man was killed in a quad bike
accident on a farm in Timaru
yesterday, police say. Emergency
ser vices were called about 1.15pm
where a man was fally injured while
riding a quad bike. No further details
were available. — APNZ
Fourteen firearms have been stolen
from a rural property in Mataura,
near Gore. Police were investigating
the burglary in which ammunition,
a large amount of frozen meat, tools,
chainsaws and scuba diving gear
were also stolen. A red 2003 Holden
Commodore, registration BQQ793,
was also stolen from the address.
Police have released a description
of a man they would like to speak
to after a possible abduction
attempt in Mount Maunganui
yesterday. A 12-year-old female
was delivering newspapers down
Bain Street about 11.15am when
an unknown male grabbed her by
the arm. The young girl managed to
break free, and run to a neighbours
house for help. The man has been
described by police as being of
Maori appearance, and in his 50s.
Police said the man was parked in
a white-coloured light truck with
writing on both sides of it on Bain
Street, near the corner of Riverton
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Scratch and win scam
The public is being warned against
a scratch and win hoax which has
scammed more than 150 victims
out of almost $4 million. Police said
that despite publicity and warnings
against the scam since 2013, they
were concerned that people were
continuing to send money through.
The scam was simple; victims
received a travel brochure along with
two scratch and win tickets. One
of the tickets showed the recipient
had “won” second prize, which
was usually somewhere between
$US160,000 and $US175,000.
The victims were then put in touch
with the prize sponsor and, once
verifying they are the “ winner” are
asked to pay upfront fees such as,
entertainment tax, Hong Kong
government taxes, court costs,
transaction insurances and fees to
join travel and investment groups.
Police said they are told many
of these fees are refundable, and
often victims are losing $20,000
to $30,000 at a time. Scammers
continued to ask victims for money,
until they ran out or refused to pay
any more. — APNZ
A 50-year-old man has been
arrested over a kidnapping incident
in Whangarei last month. The
man, who has been charged with
aggravated robbery and kidnapping,
will appear in the Whangarei
District Court today. The man
allegedly threatened a 33-year-old
woman with a knife when she was
parked in the Laurie Hall car park.
He then allegedly forced her to drive
around Whangarei before leaving
her and her car in the Town Basin.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10204:
3, 12, 16, 17, 18, 25, 26, 27, 33, 34, 35,
39, 42, 45, 47, 57, 60, 63, 66, 69. Draw
No 10205: 3, 4, 9, 15, 22, 23, 29, 35, 36,
40, 43, 44, 48, 50, 53, 59, 60, 64, 67, 80.
Draw No 10206: 6, 8, 10, 13, 14, 17,
21, 23, 25, 39, 46, 49, 50, 52, 61, 65, 68,
73, 75, 78. Draw No 10207: 3, 9, 11,
22, 32, 35, 40, 47, 52, 54, 56, 58, 62, 63,
69, 70, 72, 74, 77, 78.
Resort ’s wages order
A male is dead and eight others injured
after a house fire in Christchurch early
Emergency ser vices were called to the
Medina Crescent property in Parklands
at 4.10am, southern fire communications
shift manager Rewai Grace said.
The property was well involved by the
time the first crew arrived eight minutes
“ We were told there was somebody
missing, but unfortunately at 4.26am
they reported that there was one deceased
at the property.”
Police and fire authorities were at the
scene investigating the incident, Mr
A St John southern ambulance
communications spokeswoman said
eight others from the house were taken
to Christchurch Hospital.
It was not yet known what injuries they
suffered. — APNZ
of the Westport News
A Lewis Pass resort has to pay staff wages
it failed to pay during work trials.
An investigation by the Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment ’s
Labour Inspectorate found Maruia Springs
Thermal Resort had required employees to
undertake unpaid “familiarisation periods”.
The inspectorate’s southern regional
manager, Steve Watson, said it was unlawful
to employ workers on that basis.
The inspectorate began an investigation
in November last year. It issued an
improvement notice on March 19, but the
resort objected to it, Mr Watson said.
The matter went before the Employment
Relations Authority, then to mediation on
July 22, after which the improvement notice
It included paying wages to those affected,
which the resort had agreed to do.
The resort had acknowledged the non-
paid familiarisation periods amounted to
an unpaid trial work period, breaching the
Minimum Wages Act 1983.
Mr Watson declined to say how many
employees were involved, how long they had
worked unpaid or how much the resort had
to pay them.
The parties had agreed at mediation that
all details within the improvement notice
would remain confidential, he said.
Unpaid trial periods were a potentially
serious breach of minimum employment
standards. Employers could face penalties of
up to $10,000 for individuals and $20,000
“The Labour Inspectorate is pleased
that the resort will be paying wages to the
employees affected by the unpaid trial work
periods and that they acknowledge that
such practices are unlawful. ”
No one was available at the resort yesterday
The resort is located midway between
Westport and Christchurch. It employs five
full-time and 10 part-time staff.
Matsushita and Takako Ongino bought the
complex 23 years ago and developed it into
a Japanese-themed resort.
They put it on the market in April this
year as they were returning to Japan.
It includes hot pools with a spa and
traditional Japanese bathhouse, an Asian
fusion restaurant and a 19-room lodge.
Room rates range from $159 to $259 a
The Dixon House flats have been given a burst of colour and nature thanks to residents Kath Woods, front, Pearl Maguigan and
Suzie Sandall tending to their gardens. Mrs Sandall was first to set up her garden when she moved in about eight years ago, followed
by Mrs Woods two years ago and most recently Mrs Maguigan. The gardens mostly feature flowers but have previously had tomatoes
and strawberries. The trio were hoping to encourage their neighbouring flats to join in.
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of the Westport News
The Trade Me listing for a Buller
school has had over 60,000 views since it
was listed on the site in early July.
The Waimangaroa School has officially
been on the market since April this year.
It closed in January last year when the
number of enrolled students dropped to
Land Information New Zealand acting
group manager of Crown property
Sharyn Pilbrow said there were two
parties currently interested in the school.
Both potential buyers were from New
Zealand, one from the North Island and
the other from the South Island.
She said the prospective purchasers
were looking at a variety of uses for the
unique site, which required an increased
amount of due diligence.
The Crown aimed to sell the property
for no less than $350,000. It was
confident that the asking price was fair.
A controversial artist ’s portrait of a
convicted murderer could be destroyed
if allegations of copyright infringement
are pursued through the courts.
Whanganui artist Mark Rayner has
already apologised for upsetting the
family of murder victim Phil Nisbet
after his depiction of “Black Widow ”
killer wife Helen Milner was entered in
a prestigious national art award.
Now questions have arisen over
whether the image was copied from
a photographer taken in court during
Milner ’s trial.
Intellectual property litigation expert
Kim McLeod, a partner at Auckland
firm A J Park Law, said it appears to be a
clear-cut case of copyright infringement.
“If he has copied the photo the New
Zealand Herald owns the copyright to,
he will have infringed that copyright,”
The usual remedies for such an
infringement case, he said, includes the
copyright owner being able to apply to
the court for an injunction to stop him
continuing to use the copy, ask for it to
be destroyed, or seek damages.
Herald editor-in chief Tim Murphy
said he expected artists using Herald
copyrighted work to ask for permission
and to consult on what they intend to
use our work for.
“This didn’t occur in this instance,” he
“The photographer who captures an
image such as this is a professional who
deser ves recognition that should not be
converted by an artist without reference
Comment was being sought from
The artwork, called Black Widow, is
described as “hand hooked rug wool on
It was judged one of the top 49 of
524 entries for the annual Wallace Art
Awards, which “aim to support, promote
and expose New Zealand contemporary
art and artists”.
Milner, 50, was found guilty by a jury
in December of murdering her 47-year-
old second husband by poisoning him
with the allergy drug Phenergan and
sentenced to jail for at least 17 years.
Mr Nisbet ’s family say the piece
“ idolises” Milner.
His sister Lee-Anne Cartier slammed
it as “distasteful”, while Milner’s son
Adam Kearns questioned its validity.
British-born Rayner has a history with
controversial New Zealand figures —
in 2009 he and brother Paul presented
an exhibition of ceramic teapots with
sweater-like tea cosies and David Bain-
The piece is on display at the Wallace
Arts Centre in Auckland.
Wallace Arts Trust administration
manager Matthew Wood said the
artwork was worthy of display, despite
fielding some complaints.
The artist has apologised to the families,
saying he was sorry to hear the families
considered his intention was to “ idolise
the convicted killer . . . or trivialise the
tragedy behind this case”.
Rayner said he deliberately chose “a
well-documented media image” and
hoped it would be “unsettling” for those
who viewed it. — APNZ
may infringe copyright
Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater
was acting as a journalist when
writing allegedly defamatory posts
about an Auckland businessman but
must reveal his sources for the articles,
a High Court judge has ruled.
The judge reached the conclusion
that Mr Slater was journalist even
though the Whale Oil publisher
denied he was one in 2012, the
year when articles in question were
Mr Slater is being sued for
defamation by discharged bankrupt
Matthew Blomfield, who did
marketing work for Hell Pizza until
2008 and was a director of a company
that owned several of the pizza
Mr Slater, during five weeks in
2012, wrote 13 articles referring to
Mr Blomfield, who claims the Whale
Oil publisher defamed him.
The bulk of these articles contain
extracts from e-mails allegedly
associated with Mr Blomfield and
refer to files which the businessman
says came from his hard-drive and
potentially a file cabinet belonging
Mr Slater admitted publishing
the articles at issue but denied they
conveyed the alleged defamatory
meanings and has also raised the
defence of truth and honest opinion.
Mr Blomfield in August 2013
applied to the Manukau District
Court wanting orders that Mr Slater
disclose who supplied the hard drive
and other information.
Mr Slater opposed this on the
basis he was a journalist and such
disclosure would require him to reveal
the “informants” whose identity he
had promised he would keep secret.
Judge Blackie last September said
Whale Oil was a blog site and the
relevant sections of the Evidence Act
which given journalists certain
protections from revealing sources —
did not provide a basis for Mr Slater
to refuse disclosure.
Mr Slater appealed to the High
Court and in his decision released
yesterday Justice Raynor Asher said
the definition of a journalist under
the Evidence Act could include a
“The Whale Oil website was a news
medium in that it was disseminating
new and recent stories of public
interest. While its style and focus can
be criticised, it was breaking news
to a significant section of the New
Zealand public,” Justice Asher said.
The judge said that Mr Slater was
a journalist and could invoke source
protection under the Evidence Act.
However, the judge also granted
orders sought by Mr Blomfield that
this section of the law not apply to
Mr Slater in this case.
There was a “public interest ” in
the disclosure of the identity of Mr
Slater’s informants, Justice Asher
“There is a real public interest
in those who claim that they are
defamed being able to fully explore
the circumstances of the defamation,”
the judge said.
The judge said this was not a whistle
blower case and that it seemed the
information was obtained illegally
by sources, which diminished the
importance of protecting them.
“Moreover, any concern at the
chilling effect of disclosure of sources
is lessened when the subject matter
of the material originally disclosed
has the mark of a private feud, and
features abusive and vindictive
language,” Justice Asher said.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Slater must reveal sources, judge rules
The victim of a west Auckland shoot-out
threatened the man who killed him the day
before the fatal incident, court documents
Contrary to previous reports, the court
documents released to APNZ show the
death of 23-year-old Josh Roach in a Ranui
driveway was more than an impromptu
On May 21, Roach shot at brothers Trae
and Ricky Lum, hitting the latter in the
throat, before their 41-year-old father Allen
George Lum returned fire.
Though friends of Roach said a witness —
his sister — disputed who shot first, police
were believed Lum senior acted in self-
The incident was described in court as an
argument over a shared driveway but the
summary of facts reveals the animosity
stemmed from an incident the day before.
Lum senior had been helping a friend move
furniture into a Luanda Drive property.
The way he had parked meant the trailer
restricted access to residents of the other
five houses who used the shared driveway
and when finding himself blocked out, an
angered Roach demanded they move.
A brief altercation saw Roach brandish a
sawn-off shotgun and Lum senior and his
friend quickly left.
The next day, Lum senior returned with his
sons and began banging on Roach’s windows
He later told police he planned to “challenge
Roach to a fight”.
When it became clear he was not home, the
defendant smashed the windows of a Ford
Falcon utility vehicle in the driveway.
Moments later, Roach arrived with his sister
Neilia and her 18-month-old and seeing the
damage, confronted the brothers who were
When 20-year-old Ricky admitted he was
responsible, Roach opened fire with the same
weapon he had pulled the previous day.
Ricky was shot in the throat and hearing
the gunfight, their father grabbed a military-
style semi-automatic rifle stashed in his car
and returned fire, the documents say.
Two of the four shots fired found their
target and Roach died at the scene in front of
his sister and niece.
The Lums piled into their car and rushed
Ricky to Waitakere Hospital. While Lum
senior carried his son inside, Trae drove
away with the firearm wrapped in two
t-shirts and hidden in the back of the
Shortly after wards, he was stopped by
police in Massey who found the weapon and
arrested the 18-year-old.
Police initially charged 41-year-old Lum
senior and his son with unlawful possession
of a firearm.
In August, charges against the teen were
dropped and though police added a count
of intentional damage against his father,
they confirmed there would be no murder or
manslaughter charge forthcoming.
When questioned, Lum senior said he
had found the firearm in a stolen vehicle in
Sandringham a month prior to the incident.
Trae confirmed his brother had since
recovered from gunshot wound.
Lum senior will be sentenced in the
Waitakere District Court next month where
he faces a maximum prison term of seven
years on the intentional damage offence.
Shoot-out victim threatened killer earlier
A former Westpac bank manager has been
sentenced to prison after stealing more than
$350,000 from customers, including the
elderly and family friends.
In the Wellington District Court yesterday,
Helen Marie Kemp was handed a sentence
of two years and one month after pleading
guilty to nine charges, including accessing a
computer for dishonest purposes, deception
Kemp deceived six customers, from 2009 to
2013, while she worked for Westpac branches
in Tawa and Johnsonville, Judge Barbara
Morris told the court.
Over four years, Kemp organised loans,
authorised overdrafts and approved credit
cards using customers details, through which
she stole a total of $358,000 from four elderly
customers and two others who were family
friends. Some of this money was used to
finance a new kitchen and car.
The customers had since been reimbursed
Crown lawyer Geraldine Kelly said Kemp’s
crimes were “calculated and premeditated”.
She said Kemp chose her elderly victims,
knowing they were vulnerable.
“S he made an effort to become friends with
them to gain personal details from them to
do this. They considered her a close friend.
“They were vulnerable in the sense they
had no reason not to trust the defendant, her
position lead to them automatically trusting
Defence lawyer Douglas Ewen said Kemp
was living a life of “self-contained misery”.
He said her motive was not greed but a
desperate act of chasing losses to repay the
money she had already taken.
Judge Morris said her victims, particularly
the two who were friends, felt a “painful sense
of betrayal and loss”.
“They could not believe you had done that
to them.” — APNZ
Former banker jailed for theft
A man had to watch
his car go up in smoke
yesterday afternoon after
it caught fire while he
Kumara Fire Ser vice
deputy chief fire office
Leslie Neame said the
man had been fishing
on the river at Jacksons
and found his car on fire.
Mr Neame thought a
passing train driver had
first alerted the man to
Mr Neame said one
appliance attended and
put out the fire about
3pm. He said the car was
“totalled” by the blaze.
Luckily a boat attached
to the burning vehicle
did not also succumb to
the blaze, but got a bit
hot as a result of the fire,
Angler’s car burns
A “safe haven” for the
Carterton community has
been targeted by thieves
— with one of its most
beloved historic relics
St Mary’s Carterton
parishioners are praying
for the safe return of
its 152cm high brass
candle holder, which was
removed from the King
St church last weekend.
Church lay pastoral
leader Sharron Penny said
the candlestick — which
usually held the St Mary’s
blessed Paschal (Easter)
candle — had been in the
church for “generations”
and was an important
part of the church’s
liturgy and heritage.
Ms Penney is appealing
to the community to keep
their eyes peeled — but
fears the candle holder
“ I would hope they
wouldn’t take it to a
metal dealer, and that the
dealer wouldn’t accept
something like this,” she
“ But, there’s some
desperate people out
there who are after a bit
“ Unless someone’s used
it to decorate their house.
“ I just hope it ’s still
Ms Penney said the
candlestick — with the
Easter candle — was
used at a funeral ser vice
on Friday, September 5.
She replaced the candle
on the Saturday morning,
but when congregation
members arrived to set
up for Mass that evening,
the candlestick was gone.
“At Mass, there was just
a small candle holder on
the altar, which I thought
was odd. I asked the
ladies who set up, and
they said they couldn’t
find it anywhere. “ It ’s just
completely gone. ”
Ms Penney said the
church was left open
that Saturday, as usual,
so residents could use
the space to pray and
meditate. — APNZ-
Thieves hit church
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