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Convicted murderer and child abuser
Phillip Smith may have left the country
on a false passport, One News has
One News said it understood he had
fled to Chile.
A spokeswoman for Corrections
Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga said he would
release a statement early this afternoon.
Smith, 40, was temporarily released for
three nights from Springhill Prison near
Huntly on Thursday. Police have been
hunting for him ever since he failed to
arrive at the address of a family member
in Water view, Auckland, where he was
supposed to stay.
A relative of one of his victims said
they were frightened and “devastated” to
hear that Smith was on the run.
She told Radio New Zealand some
members of the family had gone in to
“ My family is frightened, they ’re not
in a good space at all. We just want
him caught and this should never
have happened, never. I’ve spoken to
one of my family who has been put in
protection. They ’re extremely worried,
this has upset their whole life yet again
... it’s not right.”
She said the family member Smith
abused was not in New Zealand, but
was aware Smith was on the run. “He’s
obviously very worried about everybody.”
She had serious questions for the
Department of Corrections. “I want to
know who is responsible for letting him
out like this,” she said.
National commissioner of corrections
Jeremy Lightfoot told Radio New
Zealand Smith was to be super vised by
a family member. “I can see why this is
so concerning for people, he’s clearly a
The Department of Corrections made
contact with Smith’s family member
on Saturday afternoon and found that
Smith was not at the address.
Mr Lightfoot apologised for not
notifying the family of Smith’s victim
that Smith was on the run for a further
12 hours. “Clearly it’s not an acceptable
time period on reflection,” he said.
He said the three-day release was part
of a plan to ready Smith for his next
Parole Board hearing next year.
Smith was ser ving a life sentence of
imprisonment for the brutal murder of a
35-year-old man in Wellington in 1995.
He was also sentenced for serious sexual
offending against the victim’s older son,
for the aggravated burglary of the family
home and for kidnapping the victim’s
wife and younger son.
Smith’s most recent appearance before
the parole board was in March this year.
Mr Lightfoot said while he was
declined parole, he was approved for
overnight temporary release. Since
March, he had completed five three-
night temporary release stints.
The Parole Board refused Smith parole
in March this year, saying he remained
an undue risk to the safety of the
community. — NZ ME
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 3
Police said the driver of a truck
that crashed down a bank was
extremely lucky to avoid serious
injury. The crash happened about
5.30am today on State highway 1,
north of the Ashley River in north
Canterbury. Police said the truck
and trailer was travelling south
when it is believed to have veered
across the road and rolled down
the bank, becoming entangled in
vegetation. A northbound vehicle
narrowly avoided a head-on
collision with the truck. The male
driver was freed from the vehicle
by firefighters just before 9am. He
was taken to Christchurch Hospital
by rescue helicopter with minor to
moderate injuries. Investigations are
ongoing — NZME
Lorde loses at
New Zealand singer Lorde has
lost out in both of the categories
she was nominated in at the
MTV Europe Music Awards.
The Royals hit maker was in the
running for best alternative act,
which was picked up by rockers
Thirty Seconds to Mars and best
push act, which was taken home
by pop-punk band 5 Seconds of
Summer. Lorde did however pick
up best New Zealand act, which
was awarded to her before the
ceremony. Elsewhere, Nicki Minaj
rapped about shortbread and Ariana
Grande capped a breakthrough year
with two trophies as the ceremony
celebrated its 20th anniversary
with a Scottish-accented show in
Glasgow. Grande was named best
female artist and also took the best-
single prize for Problem, one of a
string of hits she has had this year.
— New Zealand Herald
Lotto, Keno results
Lotto draw No 1431: 9, 24, 25, 35,
36, 39. Bonus No 32. Strike draw
No 1431: 35, 39, 24, 36. Powerball
winning No: 2. Keno draw No
10437: 1, 3, 5, 8, 12, 17, 24, 33, 34,
37, 44, 45, 47, 52, 54, 55, 56, 58, 60,
66. Keno draw No 10438: 2, 17, 20,
22, 30, 33, 37, 40, 41, 42, 50, 52, 56,
64, 68, 70, 72, 76, 77, 79. Keno draw
No 10439: 3, 11, 16, 17, 23, 25, 28,
31, 36, 37, 38, 41, 42, 46, 47, 52, 53,
57, 62, 70. Keno draw No 10440: 3,
6 ,15, 18, 19, 24, 28, 32, 33, 35, 38,
39, 41, 49, 58, 64, 66, 68, 75, 76.
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A New Zealand photographer has
managed to slip Russia’s notoriously vigilant
security forces to take a remarkable aerial
photograph of the Kremlin.
Freelance photojournalist Amos Chapple
flew a drone above Moscow ’s secretive
seat of power and official residence of
Russian President Vladimir Putin, to take
He posted the photograph to Reddit on
Friday, adding: “I managed to fly a drone
over the Kremlin (then hastily escape)
yesterday. Here’s what it saw.”
The Russian company which
commissioned the picture made it clear to
Chapple that he was on his own if he got
caught, he wrote on Reddit.
“Permissions for this kind of thing would
be impossible now.”
The photograph was later removed but
as of today, remains posted to Chapple’s
Facebook page, entitled Russia’s candy-cane
Mashable reported that drones, or
unmanned aerial vehicles, require
permission from Russia’s Federal Air
Transport Agency before flying.
No investigation has yet been launched by
“I wasn’t counting on being caught,” he
wrote on Reddit.
“This involved a lot of planning, and
succeeded with a bit of luck.” — NZME
New Zealand photographer Amos Chapple’s photograph of the Kremlin.
NZ man nabs risky Kremlin snap
Dogs have been struck with the return of a
killer disease in Northland, prompting vets
to warn owners to keep pets vaccinations
Several cases of par vovirus have been
reported in Whangarei region, ahead of the
summer period when it generally becomes
The Northland Veterinary Group (NVG)
recently had its first case of the season and
was prepared for more, veterinarian Jane
“ We tend to see it as a mid-to-late summer
disease. We had quite a lot last year, so we
hope it won’t be as bad as that.”
A highly contagious viral disease that
affects the intestinal tract of dogs, Ms
Nichols describes parvo as “ like human
dysentery — a very severe vomiting and
“The gut almost rots out and you can often
see blood in the stool. A lot die from it. It’s
rather depressing for us.”
NVG veterinarians take dogs suspected
of being infected through a side-door at
the centre, into an isolation room to avoid
contamination of other dogs, Ms Nichols
said. “It’s a serious disease — it’s got to be
treated as such.”
The Whangarei SPCA has also had several
cases and was gearing up for an increased
numbers of infected dogs coming in, centre
manager Francine Shields said. “Any dog
coming in with vomiting or diarrhoea will
be tested, and those with par vo will have to
The treatment for par vo includes
intravenous fluids, antibiotics and 47
days’ incubation, costing up to $1000 —
something the Whangarei SPCA simply
cannot afford, she said.
“It’s a pretty cruel disease. To put it bluntly
it rots the intestines — so your dog is rotting
from the inside out. It’s a horrific way for an
animal to die.”
The disease is spread through fecal matter
and the only sure-fire prevention method is
ensuring dogs’ DHP (distemper, hepatitis
and par vovirus) vaccinations are up-to-date.
— Northern Advocate
Northland dogs struck by internal rotting virus
The Government is pressing on with changes
to allow ex-prisoners to be monitored for the
rest of their lives despite advice from officials
that the new laws will breach fundamental
Parliament has been warned that extended
super vision orders could punish a person
twice for the same crime by allowing them
to face restrictions such as GPS monitoring
even after they had ser ved their time in jail.
The Government wants the special orders to
be extended to a broader group of offenders
and for the maximum 10-year time limit to
Attorney-General Chris Finlayson vetted
the legislation and found it was inconsistent
with Bill of Rights provisions which
protected against retroactive penalties and
His report was backed by the New Zealand
Law Society, which said these rights were
“fundamental constitutional safeguards”
which should not be “eroded through
incremental amendment ”.
Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-liga
defended the expansion of the orders, saying
the proposed changes “carefully balanced” the
need to protect people from serious offending
and the rights of offenders.
MPs will debate the bill when Parliament
resumes this month and it is expected to
get cross-party support. The Government is
determined to get the bill passed this year so
it can continue to closely monitor 25 high-
risk paedophiles whose 10-year orders will
run out next year.
Labour MP Phil Goff said he was “worried”
about the human rights implications but he
was confident the orders would be preventive
measures and not used punitively. He knew
some of the high-risk paedophiles from his
time as Justice Minister and said they had
low IQ and low self-control and were a
significant risk to children.
A select committee last week recommended
the bill should be passed into law.
— New Zealand Herald
Govt presses for lifelong
checks of worst criminals
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
George Paekau and his son Jaxon Paekau, who are related to the occupants of the house, pictured at the scene of the deadly blaze.
When George Paekau saw his
cousin’s house engulfed in flames
and her car in the driveway he
knew immediately what he had to
Minutes later, he had saved two
young lives after pulling 18-year-
old Jahden Day and four-year-old
Ziah Day from their burning home.
But he was unable to save three-
year-old O’rlandau Day, who died
in the fire.
His mother, Cherie Kingi, was
seriously injured and was last night
being treated in Waikato Hospital.
Mr Paekau said the rest of her
family were in shock. Ms Kingi’s
mother, Helen, was distraught.
Mr Paekau, who lives next door
to Ms Kingi in Hamilton, was still
in shock last night when he spoke
about the fire, which broke out
He was driving his sons home
from the skatepark when he saw
thick black smoke pouring out of a
house in the distance.
“As I got closer I saw my
neighbour run across the road, I
thought, ‘Oh no, it’s my house’.
Then I saw it was my cousin’s.”
He pulled on to the berm
alongside the fence, climbed on to
the roof of his car and jumped over
into Ms Kingi’s yard.
“I ran along the deck knocking on
all the windows but I couldn’t hear
anyone. Then I got to my nephew ’s
bedroom and I could hear him
Mr Paekau tried to get the
window open to get to Jahden,
who has special needs, as other
neighbours and passersby joined
him to help. “I said, ‘Stand back’,
and I grabbed a metal pole off the
ground and I smashed the window
in,” he said.
“I grabbed the younger one
straight away and pulled him out
the window. I could hear Jahden
crying and crying. He’s a bit bigger
so I had to get the other guys to
help me lift him out.”
— New Zealand Herald
Hero saves boys from fatal house fire
‘f led on
A driver was stabbed by a hitchhiker
he picked up near Whanganui at the
weekend, police say.
The man was travelling to
Palmerston North when he
picked up a hitchhiker just outside
Whanganui at about 8pm on
As they came into Palmerston
North by the intersection of State
highway 3 and Newbury Line the
driver pulled over to let his hitcher
out, police say.
The hitchhiker then produced a
knife and stabbed the driver several
An ambulance raced to the scene
and took the driver was taken to
Palmerston North Hospital with
multiple stab wounds.
He under went surgery yesterday.
A 29-year-old man will appear
in the Palmerston North District
Court today on wounding charges.
Police are still investigating and
seeking witnesses. — N ZM E
Whanganui hitchhiker stabs driver
Auckland Council’s website crashed
this morning, with people eager to
find out the new value of their home
overloading the site.
Today the Auckland Council released
individual capital valuations on-line.
Although the news valuations were
available earlier this morning, later the
site showed either a message saying
the information was not available at
the moment or the search showed no
properties matching the address.
In a statement the council said its
website was “experiencing difficulties
due to the high volume of traffic checking
for property revaluations”.
“ We hope to have this resolved shortly,”
the council said, advising curious
residents to check back later today.
The valuations are used by the council
to set rates bills, and will be sent in hard-
copy format to households from this
Calculations based on today ’s new
figures will apply from July next year.
The average valuation increase for all
properties in the city is 29%, the council
announced last month.
— New Zealand Herald
House valuation interest crashes website
The owner of a Dunedin student
flat where an English rugby league
star ran through and destroyed a
door for a party trick has today has
blasted the player as a “ bloody idiot ”.
“It ’s a shame it wasn’t a good old
Kauri door,” landlord Murray Haig
said this morning as maintenance
men from neighbouring Mercure
Dunedin Leisure Lodge, where the
English rugby league team have
been staying, repaired the damaged
Hooker Josh Hodgson faces
disciplinary action after being filmed
running into and crashing through
the closed internal door of the year-
old D uke Street property.
It occurred early on Sunday at a
party attended by some English
players after being knocked out of
the 2014 Four Nations tournament
by New Zealand on Saturday night.
In the video, which has gone viral,
partygoers can be heard chanting,
“Go through the door”, just before
the player smashes through it.
After the stunt, Hodgson emerges
grinning to cheers from the group.
English winger Josh Charnley
could also be seen in one of the
Hodgson and a few team-mates
were at the party, having been invited
into the flat — opposite the hotel in
which the English team were staying
— by celebrating students.
The players are understood to have
arrived at the party about 4am, after
a few hours in town, and left after
Mr Haig said his tenants were “a
bit embarrassed and apologetic ” but
he has no issue with them.
They have liaised with the English
team for the repairs to be done by
Mercure staff, with the bill picked
up by the visitors.
Mr Haig estimated a $400-500
repair bill and as long as it was
repaired to a reasonable standard, he
was happy to let the matter lie.
However, he criticised the English
player’s behaviour and called the
team “hypocritical” after they had
earlier in the week claimed they had
to leave Wingatui races in Dunedin
because of drunken students.
“We were all sober so it was a bit
of an eye-opener. We didn’t stay too
long when we realised what it was
like,” replacement hooker Daryl
Clark told the English tabloid
newspaper Daily Star.
Mr Haig, who owns several rental
flats in the city, said that was a bit
rich considering what happened in
his flat over the weekend.
“ Just a bloody idiot,” he said of
England manager Jon Roberts said
he was aware of the incident.
“ It is being dealt with internally
with the person involved and they
will be disciplined.” — NZME
Destructive English league player ‘bloody idiot ’
A live hand grenade a man took to
Hastings Police Station yesterday has
been disarmed, police say, and it will
now be examined by the military.
A Hastings man walked into the
police station with a live grenade
about 11am yesterday, forcing
the evacuation of a city block and
requiring the expertise of the army ’s
Senior sergeant Nick Dobson said
the man found the device wrapped
in plastic material in his back garden
and took it into the station.
The building was promptly
and police took
precautions as they sealed off a city
block, which included the Hastings
The Defence Force bomb squad
was dispatched from Wellington and
successfully disarmed the grenade.
Bomb squad disarms grenade
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