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Auckland doctor Jared Noel’s fight
with bowel cancer, which he fought
long enough to see his daughter born,
came to an end yesterday.
The 33-year-old won the hearts of
New Zealanders after speaking out
about his battle with the disease, and
revealing that his dying wish was to
meet his then-unborn child.
Thousands of New Zealanders
donated towards the cost of an expensive
drug which slowed the development of
his cancer, and on January 17, the
former Auckland City Hospital
physician was able to not only meet
baby “Elise”, but also help in her
Dr Noel’s wife, Hannah, also a doctor,
last night posted a message about his
final moments on the blog he kept
about his cancer journey.
“Jared passed away this morning
(yesterday), peacefully, at home,
surrounded by love,” she said.
“Sharing this journey gave Jared more
purpose and fulfilment than can be
expressed in words. We are so proud of
him in every way and grateful for the
immense love he brought to our lives.
We will miss him always. Hannah and
Mr Noel’s last blog post, at the end
of August, detailed his deteriorating
health and difficulties the young family
Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa paid
tribute to Dr Noel and his efforts in
raising awareness around the disease.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Doctor loses valiant fight with cancer
Tinder users have been put on
alert after three New Zealand
women told police they were
raped by men they met through
the dating app.
Australian police say a 28-year-
old New Zealand woman in
Sydney on a business trip was
sexually assaulted by a group of
men after she connected to one
Police in Auckland are also
investigating two separate cases
of women being raped after
meeting men through the same
Tinder is a dating app that
connects with users’ Facebook
profiles to provide pictures and
ages for other users to view.
Using GPS technology, it
gathers basic information to
match candidates who are most
likely to be compatible.
The head of Auckland’s adult
sexual assault team, detective
sergeant James Watson, said the
local complaints were very recent
and both were being investigated.
He could not give further details
but confirmed the women said
they met their alleged attackers
The Sydney complaint involves
a 28-year-old who met a man
she connected with on Tinder at
a restaurant in Kings Cross on
At a nearby bar, they were joined
by a number of the man’s friends.
Later, the woman began to feel
dizzy and numb and lost her
bearings. She suspects she was
Rape complaints spark warning
on dating app drugged. She told
police she found herself at an
unfamiliar property where she
was sexually assaulted by a group
Detective Inspector Michael
Haddow of the Sydney sex crimes
squad said she managed to leave
the property on Sunday morning
and told work colleagues what had
happened. They phoned police.
She was treated at a local hospital
on Monday and gave police a
formal statement on Tuesday.
She is back in New Zealand
and being supported by family.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
The fate of a ramshackle
family home with rotting
floorboards and nicotine-caked
walls remains unknown, after
it sold at auction yesterday for
“A picture speaks a thousand
words and I guess I can’t have
much to say about this one,”
a Barfoot and Thompson
auctioneer said yesterday,
before she opened bidding on
the dilapidated property at
A bidding war between five
groups ensued over the two-
bedroom house at 2 Leighton
Street, Grey Lynn.
Agent Kirk Vogel said it was
the worst house he had ever
It had no electricity or
running water, threadbare
carpet and filthy kitchen. The
bathroom was severely rusted,
with flaking roof paint and
Regardless, the auction ended
with a young man buying the
pricey dump, before swiftly
exiting Barfoot and Thompson’s
central Auckland auction
chamber within minutes of the
Mr Vogel said he did not
know the buyer, but had spoken
to the vendors, who were
“pretty happy ” with the price
the house had reached.
“ It was a level at which they
were prepared to sell.”
He said he thought it was
a fair price for Grey Lynn,
regardless of the state of the
property, and he would be
interested to see what the buyer
would do with it.
In the property’s listing, he
had described it as being the
worst-condition house in the
Because of the zoning of the
381 square metre property,
resource consent will be
required to demolish the
house, an Auckland Council
The “Res 1” zone also meant
there were strict rules about
houses in the area keeping
with the character of the street
and the maximum height of
anything built on the property
would be 8m.
In 1957, the house was
bought by the parents of
celebrated artist and former
Cook Islands MP Pomani
“Paul” Tangata, who died, aged
72, in June.
His wife, Teremoana Turua,
64, who lived in the home
with him for 20 years, said
it had been a place of refuge
for members of the Cooks
“Although it’s a dilapidated
home, it was a home that ’s got
a lot of soul and a lot of love,”
Ms Turua said last week. —
APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Old home fetches $1m
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Kirk Vogel in front of the old home at 2 Leighton Street,
An Auckland police officer has been
charged with beating a girl using his police-
issued belt as a weapon.
The 35-year-old officer appeared in the
Manukau District Court this week facing
four charges of assaulting a child with a
He was given name suppression until his
next appearance this month.
According to court documents the
complainant is 13 years old.
Three of the charges allege that between
2007 and 2013 the South Auckland resident
“ whacked the victim on the back on numerous
occasions”, used a leather belt to hit the girl
in the stomach and hit her on the back and
legs with a piece of wood.
The remaining two charges relate to
incidents between 2012 and 2013.
It is alleged the defendant used his police
belt as a weapon and struck her on the back
and legs on “numerous occasions” during the
Counties Manukau police confirmed the
accused was an officer in the district and said
he was now on restricted duties. — APNZ
Policeman charged with beating girl
Man ordered to stop
f ilming his neighbour
A New Plymouth bed and
breakfast owner has been ordered
to stop filming his neighbour and
pay $7000 compensation by the
Human Rights Tribunal.
According to the tribunal
decision, Bradley Naughton and
his wife operate their small bed
and breakfast business from their
home in a New Plymouth cul-
The tribunal heard that when
the Naughtons moved into the
property in late 2010, they got on
well with their new neighbours,
Kelly Armfield and his partner
But the relationship soured,
with Mr Naughton blaming Mr
Armfield for mud appearing on
washing and the slashing of tyres
of vehicles parked in the street.
responsibility and the tribunal
found no evidence to support the
The falling out resulted in
Mr Naughton installing eight
cameras monitored from a
television screen in his lounge,
three of which were pointed in
the direction of Mr Armfield’s
home, the tribunal heard.
Tribunal chairman Rodger
Haines, QC, said Mr Armfield
and Ms Halls had acted rationally
from the time the cameras were
But he said Mr Naughton’s
credibility had been “affected by
his determination to ensure that
right or wrong, he remains free
to operate his sur veillance system
not as the law requires, but as he
wishes.” The tribunal ordered Mr
Naughton’s sur veillance system
to be reset, for him to erase any
footage of his neighbours and to
reposition his cameras so they
pointed away from their property.
Mr Naughton was also ordered
to pay them compensation of
$7000. — APNZ
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