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A man shot several times by police
in Waikato overnight after allegedly
firing at officers has been described
as “very polite”.
The incident followed an alleged
domestic incident at Kerepehi
about 9.50pm, Hamilton police area
commander inspector Greg Nicholls
Details of the incident were given
at a press conference in Paeroa today.
Following the domestic dispute the
man and a woman from the house
left in a vehicle which was later
stopped by police on State highway
2, Mr Nicholls said.
“ Police were fired upon and we
engaged with the offender. He was
shot a number of times,” Mr Nicholls
The 50-year-old man was flown to
Waikato Hospital by helicopter and
was in a stable condition.
A neighbour of the couple,
Anthony Fictoor, said he heard a
commotion and police shouting
“come out with your hands empty”
He went outside to investigate but
quickly shut the door when he saw
police cars and spotlights.
Mr Fictoor, an engineer, said he
moved four of his young daughters
into his bedroom to make sure they
He said the man and his partner
had rented the house for about six
months but he knew them only in
“ Very polite. Never hear anything
from them. I only knew them to say
a friendly hello to. ”
He had never heard a commotion
from the house before and said the
neighbourhood was usually quiet.
Auckland Rescue Helicopter
crewman medic Dean Har vey said
the 50-year-old man had been
shot “several times” in the central
body and was disoriented when the
helicopter arrived after 11.20pm.
“ He was conscious but confused.
He was in a lot of pain.”
The critically injured man was
being treated by St John staff and
was quickly transferred to the
helicopter where he was stablised and
flown to Waikato Hospital with an
intensive care paramedic and police
officer on board.
He was undergoing surgery this
This afternoon it emerged that
another man was removed from the
house by the armed offenders squad
about midnight but it is not clear
why or who the man was in relation
to the couple.
It is understood he was taken to
Paeroa police station.
A specialist search group at
the scene today were looking for
ammunition cartridges to determine
how many shots were fired by both
the offender and police.
Earlier today, 3News reported the
woman was in a relationship with
She was not injured during the
incident, but police did not know
how she came to be in the vehicle
with him. — New Zealand Herald
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 3
Man on baby murder
Name suppression for a man
accused of murdering a
five-month-old baby lapsed today.
The case of 24-year-old Troy
Solomon was called in his absence at
the High Court in Auckland today
where his lawyer Jan Northwood
was unable to advance an argument
to extend suppression orders. Justice
Graham Lang lifted the orders
covering the defendant ’s name but
continued suppression of the victim’s
details. The five-month-old died on
August 7 in Pukekohe after suffering
a fractured skull and broken leg,
police said. Solomon will next be
before the court in February with a
trial date set down for September
next year. — APNZ
An eight-year-old boy was airlifted
to hospital after a nasty fall from his
skateboard in Whitianga yesterday.
The boy was skateboarding outside
his house early yesterday evening
when he fell off, hitting his head
and abdomen and cutting his
chin, Auckland Westpac Rescue
Helicopter crewman medic Dean
Har vey said. The boy was seen
initially by a doctor in Whitianga and
later airlifted to Waikato Hospital in
a serious condition, Mr Har vey said.
“He wanted him taken through to
Waikato Hospital. O ur concern was
head injury and his abdomen was a
little distended.” — APNZ
home for good
Good samaritan Lucy Knight is
expected to go home to her family
for good on Friday, following
hospital treatment for a serious
head injury. Her husband, Peter
Thomas, said yesterday marked four
weeks since his wife was injured. Ms
Knight, 43, had emergency surgery
for a brain bleed after she was hurt
while inter vening in a bag snatch
at the Countdown supermarket in
Northcote, on Auckland’s North
Shore. “ I just want to say how glad
we are that she is making such
tremendous progress,” Mr Thomas
wrote on Facebook. “She will be back
home with us on Friday ... for good!
The kids and I are super pleased.”
— New Zealand Herald
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A young man involved in a crash
with Tauranga’s mobile library bus
this morning has died.
A reporter at the scene on Welcome
Bay Road said police confirmed one
of two men seriously injured in the
collision died after their car and the
bus collided outside the Faith Bible
Police said early indications were
that the car lost control and crossed
the centre line after rounding the
A man believed to be in his 20s and
from Tauranga, who was passenger
in the car died at the scene. The car’s
driver, 20, was freed by firefighters
and taken to hospital with minor
The male bus driver was unhurt.
Tauranga City Council chief
executive Garry Poole said council
staff and elected members were
shocked and saddened by the news.
Council staff had been on site
this morning to offer any assistance
required and would continue to do
so, he said.
“O ur thoughts are with the family
and friends of those involved.”
Police closed the stretch of road
between Water Lane and Kairua
Road as police examined the scene.
Western Bay of Plenty head of
road policing senior sergeant Ian
Campion asked people to avoid the
area if possible but diversions were
It was likely the road would be
closed for some time, he said.
Man killed in collision with library bus
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
The car driven by a man whom shot by police last night in Waikato.
‘Polite’ man shot
after firing at police Auckland
Police have cordoned off a block
of offices in west Auckland after a
suspicious death last night.
Police were guarding the scene
at Westech Place in Kelston while
police investigate the death.
Earlier, police said they had
launched a homicide inquiry
after the man died following his
discovery in a serious condition
at a property in Kelston about
Despite the efforts of ambulance
staff, they were unable to save him.
In later release today, police
described the death as a suspicious
and said a post-mortem examination
would be carried out on the dead
A second man found injured
at the property was taken to
Waitakere Hospital in a moderate
condition, according to ambulance
He would be spoken to by police
Employees at neighbouring offices
in the industrial area, which include
a large Spotless premises, were being
spoken to by police.
“This investigation is still in its
very early stages” detective inspector
Bruce Scott, of Waitemata police,
“ We are in the process of gathering
evidence at the scene and are very
keen to speak with anyone who
believes they may have information
relating to the case”.
The name of the dead man would
be released later.
Police and ESR teams were
gathering evidence at the scene this
A tarpaulin has been covering a
section of the car park shared by
many offices. — APNZ
A man has been given a community
sentence for shining a laser pointer at
a passenger plane carrying 118 people
as it came in to land at Auckland
Jarryd Hector, 22, was found guilty
at a trial in September of one charge
of endangering transport.
At the Manukau District Court
today, Judge Gus Andree Wiltens
sentenced Hector to four months’
community detention and 150 hours’
According to the summary of facts,
the incident occurred on July 6, 2012
when an Air New Zealand Boeing
737-500 aircraft from Christchurch
was coming in to land at Auckland
Airport with 113 passengers and five
staff members on board.
As the aircraft made its approach
over the Musick Point area, a green
laser light flashed into the cockpit area
of the plane, the summary said.
The flight deck was illuminated with
a green light which distracted the
crew for about 30 seconds. “ The pilot
and first officer were restricted from
looking at the direction the laser came
from due to the brightness of the light
and the dangers of looking at laser
lights,” the summary stated.
It was later established that the light
was being beamed from a party held
When Hector was initially spoken
to police, he admitted to using the
laser and pointing it at his friends and
motor vehicles but denied pointing it
at the aircraft.
a curfew. If the conditions were
breached, an 18-month prison
sentence would be imposed instead,
Judge Wiltens said, adding “there’s no
more partying ”.
Crown prosecutor Fiona Culliney
told the court that not only did the
laser strike cause a significant threat
of blindness to the pilot but because
as the strike occurred at a critical time
of the flight when it was coming in
to land, it also placed the lives of all
onboard at risk.
Judge Andree Wiltens said there was
no doubt that alcohol was involved
and Hector also had admitted to
consuming cannabis that evening —
“a dangerous combination”.
Hector put the lives of all 118
onboard at risk and if the aircraft had
crashed into a residential area due to
the laser strike, further loss of life was
likely, he said. — APNZ
Airport laser pointer culprit avoids prison
Death at office
Thick smoke from a farmer ’s
burn-off blanketed Wanaka for
much of yesterday afternoon,
angering some residents and
The burn was on Hillend
Station on Lake Wanaka’s
western shore and was authorised
by the Otago Rural Fire
It spanned the hillside directly
behind Wanaka’s upmarket
Heaton Park and Far Horizon
subdivisions and several Mt
Aspiring Road properties.
Initially, the smoke blew away
from Wanaka, but by mid-
afternoon, once the wind had
dropped, much of the sky around
the town was screened by smoke.
Wanaka resident Jo Gumpatzes
expressed her disgust at the
“appalling smog” the town had
been “afflicted with”.
“I think it’s about time we as
a community stood up and said:
‘Come on, this is enough. ”’
She considered it “really tragic”
for Wanaka residents, particularly
the elderly, to have to breathe the
“Can you imagine being a
tourist coming to town today to
look at the mountains, to look at
the view, and you can’t even see
them. It doesn’t do anything for
Wanaka as a brand, it doesn’t do
anything for New Zealand ... it’s
Ms Gumpatzes said despite
laws around what could be burnt
by homeowners, a “ handful of
farmers” around the area were
allowed to create “more pollution
in one day than an entire
population over a year”.
Lake Wanaka Tourism (LWT)
general manager James Helmore
said he understood farmers
needed to burn off and he was
aware they were trying to move
away from the practice.
However, it was “disappointing”
to see such a widespread burn-off.
LWT was hosting a group of
Japanese media yesterday, Mr
“I know there will be a lot of
visitors walking around the streets
going: ‘ What ’s happening? Why
are they doing this?’”
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Smoke billows into the air during a farm burn-off in Wanaka yesterday.
Wanaka residents choke on smoke
Havelock North echoed with
emergency ser vices were called to
two work-related injuries within
A worker in his 30s was crushed
between two trucks on Te Mata Peak
Road just after 9.15am.
That followed an incident in which
a 50-year-old Hawke’s Bay Regional
Council sub-contractor fell and
fractured his leg in Tainui Reserve
transported to Hawke’s Bay Hospital
by St John Ambulance. He had
serious injuries to his abdomen, leg
and fingers. A hospital spokesperson
last night confirmed he had been
assessed and was in a stable condition.
It is understood the Unison worker
had been part of a team cordoning
off an area where they were to
begin work strengthening power
Police believe he had been standing
next to a stationary Unison truck
when he was crushed by another as
it drove by.
ser vices and stayed with him until
ambulance officers arrived.
Road-policing supervisor sergeant
Kevin Stewart said inquiries were set
to continue, but it was too early to
say if any charges would be laid as
relations manager Danny Gough
said the company was providing
help for its employees who were,
“obviously shaken” by the accident.
— Hawke’s Bay Times
Worker crushed between trucks
A pair of cheeky teens chased
down the man who plays James
Bond through central Dunedin “for
a couple of quick selfies” yesterday.
Alfred Pettitt and Caley Callahan
were going to the bank after school
when they spotted Daniel Craig
leaving the Meridian mall.
“I did a double-take and realised it
was him,” Alfred said.
The self-confessed action movie fan
said he had no hesitation in “chasing
him down for a couple of quick
The Hollywood star and his
minder were several hundred metres
ahead of the pair, but they managed
to catch up with them near the
“ You only get one chance, and I
don’t know anyone who isn’t a fan
of him, to be honest ... he is James
Bond,” Caley said.
— Otago Daily Times
Alfred Pettitt with Daniel Craig.
It would ser ve no purpose to retry
a former senior naval officer, who
had “been through hell” since being
dismissed from ser vice after having an
affair with a subordinate, a court was
At a Court Martial Appeal Court
hearing in the High Court at Wellington
today the Defence Force said it should
be given the opportunity to retry
Commodore Kevin Keat as a matter of
He was dismissed last October after
being found guilty at a court martial
of five of eight charges of breaching
orders by not disclosing the affair, not
ending the relationship and threatening
the woman involved
However, in August, those convictions
Keat ’s lawyer Michael Bott said there
was no point in a retrial for his client
because it would ser ve no purpose.
Keat had lost his job and his name
had been dragged through the media,
“ He’s been through hell. Is it worth the
expense and time to carry on with this?”
Keat had been a dramatic fall from
grace and was “unable to hold his head
The former officer’s colleagues would
look at the issues and learn lessons, Mr
He also said because Keat was no
longer working for the Defence Force,
it did not have the jurisdiction to bring
charges against him.
Defence Force council Kate Feltham
said the Defence Force’s decision to
retry Keat “has not been taken lightly”.
“ It is a matter of particular concern for
the Defence Force,” she said.
The fact that it was a court martial and
not a criminal trial brought issues such
as ser vice discipline, she said.
A possible penalty to arise from a retrial
would be a fine or severe reprimand.
The process was worthwhile because
it came back to a “matter of principle”,
The decision was reser ved. — APNZ
Navy officer ‘been through hell’
A private collector outbid the Hocken
Library for an unpublished James K.
Dunbar Sloane Wellington head
of rare books Anthony Gallagher, of
Wellington, said the poem sold for $3600
to a private collector. Mr Gallagher said
the successful bidder was a man but he
did not know where he lived.
The Hocken Library at the University
of Otago was the under bidder and made
a final bid of $3500, he said.
Mr Gallagher said he was “absolutely
delighted ” with the sale price, because
Turnbull Library in
Wellington and the Hocken Library in
Dunedin had estimated the poem to be
worth between $1500 and $3000.
— Otago Daily Times
Baxter poem sold
A newly-discovered type of quake
below the east coast has heaved the
North Island closer to Chile — but only
by the length of a pineapple lump.
Data collected from GPS stations
has revealed a powerful, slow-burning
earthquake has been shifting the earth
beneath the Gisborne area over the past
This silent or “slow-slip” quake, which
scientists believe is now winding down,
has been large enough to shift the east
coast about 3cm horizontally eastward.
GNS Science seismologist Dr
Stephen Bannister said the last time the
area experienced an earthquake of this
type and size was four years ago.
‘Silent ’ quakes move
NZ closer to America
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