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Police enlisted air support to
track a car allegedly travelling at
speeds of up to 186kph during
the weekend after officers were
forced to abandon a pursuit in
“ We don’t normally have
Ballantyne, of Gore police, said.
“It was quite cracker to have it
give us a hand. ”
At 4.25pm on Sunday a police
patrol clocked a Ford Falcon
XR6 travelling north of Gore at
Police tried to stop the vehicle
but it accelerated away, and the
pursuit was abandoned due to
the high speed and a concern
for public safety, Mr Ballantyne
Another officer saw the vehicle
but the pursuit was again
abandoned due to the speeds
After the first pursuit was
abandoned an officer at the Gore
airport enlisted the aid of a pilot
who was preparing for take-off.
About 5.45pm, police received
a call from the pilot, who saw the
vehicle travelling west towards
State highway 6 on the Waimea
“The plane followed the
car and gave us directions as
to where it was going,” Mr
“They were more than happy to
Lumsden police at St Patrick’s
He will face reckless driving
charges. He also returned a
breath alcohol level over the legal
limit. — Otago Daily Times
Aerial tracking leads to speedster’s arrest
A timber milling company must pay
$69,000 after an employee lost a chunk
of his finger in machinery.
Juken New Zealand was fined $57,000
and ordered to pay $12,000 in reparations
yesterday after an employee got his finger
caught in a timber veneer drier.
Work Safe New Zealand said the
incident last November led to partial
amputation of the man’s right index
The company was sentenced yesterday
in the Masterton District Court for
failing to take all practicable steps to
ensure the safety of its employee.
Work Safe said Juken failed to guard the
dryer to stop employees from accessing
dangerous parts of the the machine.
Work Safe chief inspector Keith
Stewart said there was a similar accident
at Juken in 2012.
“ It is critical that companies review
health and safety incidents and ensure
similar events don’t happen again,” Mr
“ For this type of accident to be repeated
indicates a significant failure on behalf of
the company to learn from a previous
Juken could not immediately be
reached for comment but a company
website said Juken employed nearly 900
people at “four modern, efficient and
environmentally clean” wood processing
“ We believe that a safe and healthy
work environment is a basic and essential
requirement of being a good employer,
and a key ingredient in producing good
products,” the company added. — APNZ
Happy ending to cat’s long trek
The amazing story of a cat that travelled
more than 200km and turned up at the
Gisborne SPCA after going missing four
years earlier has come to a very happy ending.
Six-year-old grey tabby Peanut and his
much-relieved owner Rachael Coleman
from Hastings were reunited in Gisborne on
Rachael, a former SPCA Gisborne
volunteer, adopted the cat from the
SPCA in Gisborne. The SPCA has been
microchipping animals at the centre for
about seven years.
Peanut was de-sexed and microchipped and
his information was loaded on to the New
Zealand Companion Animal Register before
she adopted the cat and moved to Hastings.
For the first three weeks after the move,
Rachael kept Peanut and her three other cats
locked inside and Peanut went missing on the
first day she let the them outside.
The next sighting of him was when SPCA
Gisborne animal welfare inspector Bernice
David-Goodwin found him hanging around
the SPCA grounds about a month ago.
“As soon as we scanned him his unique
identifying number was revealed and we
searched the NZCAR Database.
“ I rang Rachael and told her that we had
found Peanut. It was a deeply emotional
moment. It had been four years since she last
The story has captured many people’s
imagination as to how the cat made its way
over the 200km hike.
Whether he hitched a ride in a vehicle
somehow or took his time walking and
hunting for his dinner on the way, no one will
ever know, Mrs David-Goodwin says.
However, the amazing feat and subsequent
joyful reunion between Peanut and Rachael
has highlighted the benefits of microchipping
“ Whether it is rabbits, birds, dogs or cats,
we microchip every animal that leaves the
The Gisborne SPCA had a similar happy
reunion story last year.
A cat that had been missing for three to
four years was found at Nick’s Head Station
and the SPCA was able to quickly reunite
person and pet.
“The benefits of microchipping really speak
for themselves,” she said.
The reunion of Rachael and Peanut was
“I was so happy to see him again after all
this time. He is a particularly friendly cat,”
She remembers the phone call a month ago
from the Gisborne SPCA.
“I could not believe it.
“I thought it was practical joke for a while.”
She wanted to rush to Gisborne and get
him straight away but did not have enough
“So we have been saving up and a good
friend gave me the rest of the money I needed
to come this weekend.”
The timing of Peanut ’s arrival was also a
good distraction for Rachael to help get over
the death of another of her cats the week
before. — APNZ-Gisborne Herald
PICTURE: Gisborne Herald
Rachael Coleman, of Hastings, reunited with happy wanderer Peanut.
The brown fluffy bird with the
oversized beak is part of New
Zealand’s culture, but with 27
kiwis dying each week they could
die-off in about 50 years.
In New Zealand there are
70,000 protected kiwi left —
down from 100,000 in the early
1990s when the programme
to protect kiwi was first
Kiwis for Kiwi chief executive
Michelle Impey said while the
number of kiwi being killed
had reduced from about 4% to
2% annually, more funding was
needed to remove predators
for their protection. Traps were
often the first and most effective
way of protecting the vulnerable
“ We are definitely making an
impact and we are trending the
right way, but the reality is we are
losing more than we are saving
and we need to do more.”
Ms Impey said kiwi were at
their most vulnerable in the first
three years of their lives as their
defence mechanism to stand still
did not protect them against
introduced predators such as
stoats, ferrets and as a result
95% died before they reached
breeding age. But once they
passed the age of three only cars,
dogs and ferrets could kill them.
“This isn’t just trying to falsely
trying to create some sense of
urgency about it. This is real —
we are losing them and we don’t
want to lose them.”
October is Save Kiwi Month
and the money raised from
the charity Kiwis for Kiwi
appeal is aimed to raise funds
for predator removal in kiwi
habitat. Currently there are
aimed at keeping predators out
and money raised will fund these
and enable new ones.
A project run over 3500ha in
the Coromandel has reported
the highest growth rate kiwi
in New Zealand with a 14.5%
annual increase numbers from 29
in 2001 to 98 in 2010.
The Whenuakite Care Group
is run by one of the landowners
and farmers Arthur and his
wife Diane Hinds who believed
the increase was due to to the
tireless efforts by volunteers to
empty and bait the 500 traps in
the area in a move of keeping
Mr Hinds first banned dogs
from his land after a hunting
pack killed a large number of
his sheep. He realised there were
additional benefits to the ban
when he saw the rise in kiwi
Kiwis for Kiwi aims to raise
$100,000 as part of its long-
term goal to reverse the decline
of kiwi by 2018 and eventually
see an annual increase of 2% of
the population. It also assists in
education, advocacy and research
and monitoring programmes,
as well as supporting breeding
programme BNZ Operation
Nest Egg which raises 200 chicks
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Kiwi numbers dwindling
A man who once threatened to kill himself
while live on air with Sir Paul Holmes has
been sent to jail.
John Grant Fagan, 54, was sentenced in the
Palmerston North District Court yesterday
to three years’ and one month imprisonment
over 15 charges relating to fraud.
The charges included making a false
statement by a promoter, forgery and using
forged documents. He pleaded guilty in
February last year, while more than 30 other
charges were withdrawn yesterday.
The charges were laid by the Serious Fraud
Office (SFO) after Fagan attempted to
attract investors to technology and property
companies between 2009 and 2011.
Fagan was the general manager for these
companies and a director of one.
A number of people invested more than
$700,000 but the SFO said Fagan was
attempting to obtain $4.5 million in total.
One of the charges Judge Les Atkins used
to “define” his sentence was his attempt to
encourage further investment by a couple
into a company called Remote Management
The company specialised in producing units
to speed up broadband internet.
Fagan forged an e-mail from Telecom
employee Teresa Guthrie stating they were
intending to purchase 8000 units each month
in 2011, which would increase to 10,000
units in 2012 and 2013.
Judge Atkins said a victim impact statement
from the couple involved described them as
“devastated”. He said the incident had placed
significant strain on their marriage and they
had lost a large amount of money.
Christopher Wiley, a shareholder in RMS,
became concerned about his investments and
tried to sell his shares. In a bid to delay this,
Fagan falsified a bank statement claiming to
have $300,000 to buy these.
In his statement, Mr Wiley said he had
lost retirement money and had suffered a
“complete physical breakdown”. He had
become a “recluse” and his Parkinson’s had
Judge Atkins said he had serious doubts
about reparation despite Fagan claiming he
could repay his victims after the sale of his
As Fagan was sentenced, his wife of 15
years hugged and kissed him goodbye. A
discount was given for his guilty pleas and
remorse which his counsellor stated to be at
an “extreme stage”.
In August 1996, it was discovered Fagan
stole $1.2m from Northcote College in
Auckland, where he worked as a finance
After firing a gun at the school, he stole a
car and went on the run.
A phone call was made to Holmes and
the pair chatted for about 15 minutes. They
arranged to meet at Auckland Airport but as
Holmes was arriving, Fagan gave himself up
to police. — APNZ-Manawatu Guardian
sent to prison
NZ man shot dead
A 42-year-old man shot dead by police
officers in a lengthy stand-off in Brisbane
is believed to be a New Zealander.
Australian media reported State police
spent almost four hours negotiating with
the man on Monday. He was holed up in
a car with a pistol and refused to leave.
Police shot him when he threatened
officers, the Courier Mail reported.
Queensland police union president
Ian Leavers told the ABC officers were
acting in self-defence.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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