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Duncan Sew Hoy is determined
to return his great-grandfather’s
remains to China.
The coffin containing Choie Sew
Hoy was lost when the SS Ventnor
sunk off the Hokianga coast more
than 110 years ago.
The D unedin-based Chinese
pioneer had organised a mission
to return the bodies of Chinese
miners — his second such shipment
— back to their homeland in
Guangdong, China, for reburial.
However, Mr Sew Hoy died a year
before the shipment and his remains
were in one of the 499 coffins
aboard the lost ship.
The Sew Hoy family were the
only known descendants, as the
vessel’s manifest went down
with the sinking of the ship on
October 28, 1902.
That story, along with the
emotional journey of the Sew Hoys
to complete their ancestor’s journey,
is the subject of a new documentary
from D unedin television company
Duncan Sew Hoy, 79, said he
knew nothing of the sinking until
he became involved in another
documentary on Chinese miners in
“I read about it and just felt
so emotional. I felt that as I am
the direct live descendant of my
great-grandfather ... and I felt the
legacy had fallen on my shoulders
to complete his journey, and that of
the 499. That was when my dream
started. But this dream is worse
than mission impossible.”
However, his goal was advanced
by a chance meeting at his Golden
Har vest restaurant with NHNZ
executive producer Alan Hall. As
a result, Mr Sew Hoy and son
Peter have become the focus of the
documentary The Lost Voyage of
That hour-long documentary
screens on Maori TV at 9.30pm on
Monday, and is likely to inspire a
follow-up. The Royal New Zealand
Navy had confirmed it would
assist in attempting to locate the
wreckage next month, Mr Hall said.
Mr Sew Hoy believed the tightly
packed and sealed hold of the
ship — sunk some 16km off the
Hokianga coast — contained 489
coffins of South Island-based
goldminers, the majority of whom
were from Otago.
The remaining 10 coffins of North
Island-based Chinese goldminers
could not be stored in the hold, and
were likely to be the coffins washed
up ashore and buried by local
“So they became Kiwis forever.
The 499 are past heroes; they
worked hard and made money for
Mr Hall said he was particularly
touched by the cultural similarities
between the Chinese and the local
iwi whose ancestors buried the
remains that washed ashore.
— Otago Daily Times
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 3
Woman killed in crash
A woman was killed in a crash
between a car and van in Pakowhai
Road, Hastings this morning. Police
said the collision occurred at the
corner of Richmond Road and
Pakowahi Road at 10.15am. The
driver of the car was killed. Police
said Pakowhai Road was closed
between Elwood Road and Evenden
Road, and it was anticipated that
the road would remain closed until
— N ZM E -Hawke’s Bay Today
Te Anau hunt for
Te Anau police and the
Department of Conservation are
on the hunt for gun-toting vandals,
who they said would be prosecuted
“to the full extent of the law ” after
extensively damaging a hut at the
Mavora Lakes. Fiordland District
conser vation ser vices manager
Grant Tremain said the damage
to Boundary Hut, estimated to
cost at least $7500 to repair, was
the most extensive he had seen in
20 years of looking after huts and
campsites. The vandals had driven to
the public hut at Labour Weekend
“and then destroyed it”, he said. Of
most concern was the “complete
destruction” of the Boundary Hut ’s
toilet and water tanks, which had
been shot at close range.
— Otago Daily Times
Tourist drove 100m on
wrong side of road
A honeymooning Chinese tourist,
who narrowly avoided a head-on
collision when he drove 100m on
the wrong side of the road near
Queenstown last Monday, has been
fined and disqualified from driving.
Zexin Qiu, 29, of Suzhou, appeared
before Judge Kevin Phillips in the
Dunedin District Court yesterday
and admitted driving in a dangerous
manner on Arthurs Point Road on
November 10. He was fined $500,
court costs $130 and disqualified
from driving for six months. He
apparently forgot about keeping
left as he drove about 100m on
the wrong side of the road, forcing
other drivers to take evasive action,
one vehicle having to stop to avoid
a head-on collision.
— Otago Daily Times
Keno draw No 10453: 2, 4, 7, 9,
17, 18, 20, 22, 45, 48, 51, 57, 58, 62,
63, 67, 70, 71, 72, 73. Keno draw
No 10454: 5, 12, 14, 21, 27, 35, 42,
47, 48, 50, 51, 57, 58, 59, 60, 67, 72,
75, 78, 80. Keno draw No 10455:
11, 14, 26, 31, 32, 33, 36, 40, 41, 49,
52, 53, 55, 56, 57, 60, 65, 71, 73, 75.
Keno draw No 10456: 5, 9, 10, 15,
16, 18, 27, 31, 33, 34, 37, 42, 43, 45,
48, 51, 58, 59, 63, 66.
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German Chancellor Angela
Merkel has been welcomed at
Government House in Auckland,
kicking off her day-long visit.
Dr Merkel is visiting New
Zealand on her way to Australia
for the G20 meeting.
She was welcomed with a hongi
and haka before inspecting the
Royal NZ Navy guard of honour
and a 19-gun salute.
This afternoon she will have
a formal meeting with Prime
Minister John Key, who has
himself only just arrived back in
New Zealand from the Apec and
East Asia Summit.
Dr Merkel will also give a
speech, expected to focus on
German innovation and business,
However there is some time
for fun — if the weather behaves
she will visit Motutapu Island to
release a kiwi.
Mr Key has described Dr
Merkel as the most influential
leader of Europe. He hopes to
talk to her about kick-starting
free trade talks with the EU as
well as international issues such as
Islamic State and Russia.
It is the first visit by a German
chancellor since 1997.
— New Zealand Herald
German chancellor Angela Merkel greets a Maori performer at Government House this morning.
First German chancellor visit in 17 years
The Maori chiefs who signed the
Treaty of Waitangi in February 1840
did not cede sovereignty to the British
Crown, the Waitangi Tribunal says.
The tribunal today released its report on
stage one of its inquiry into Te Paparahi
o te Raki (the great land of the north)
The report concerns the “meaning and
effect ” of the Treaty in February 1840,
when the first signings of the Treaty
took place in the Bay of Islands and
the Hokianga. Stage two of the inquiry,
which is under way, will consider events
after February 1840.
“Though Britain went into the Treaty
negotiation intending to acquire
sovereignty, and therefore the power to
make and enforce law over both Maori
and Pakeha, it did not explain this to the
rangatira (chiefs),” the tribunal said.
Rather, Britain’s representative William
Hobson and his agents explained the
treaty as granting Britain “the power
to control British subjects and thereby
to protect Maori”, while rangatira were
told that they would retain their “tino
rangatiratanga”, their independence and
full chiefly authority.
“The rangatira who signed te Tiriti
o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi)
in February 1840 did not cede their
sovereignty to Britain,” the tribunal said.
“That is, they did not cede authority to
make and enforce law over their people
or their territories.”
The rangatira did, however, agree “to
share power and authority with Britain”.
“They agreed to the Governor having
authority to control British subjects
in New Zealand, and thereby keep the
peace and protect Maori interests,” the
“The rangatira consented to the
treaty on the basis that they and the
Governor were to be equals, though
they were to have different roles and
different spheres of influence. The detail
of how this relationship would work in
practice, especially where the Maori and
European populations intermingled,
remained to be negotiated over time on a
Having considered all of the evidence
available to the tribunal, the conclusion
that Maori did not cede sovereignty in
February 1840 was inescapable, it said.
The tribunal said nothing about how
and when the Crown acquired the
sovereignty that it exercises today.
However, it said, the Crown “did not
acquire that sovereignty through an
informed cession by the rangatira who
signed te Tiriti at Waitangi, Waimate,
and Mangungu”. — N ZM E
Maori ‘did not
Man’s mission to return
ancestor’s bones home
Rescuers, crew members and lifeboats from the SS Ventnor, which was carrying the remains of 499 Chinese
goldminers, on Omapere Beach, Hokianga Harbour in 1902.
The Russians are coming.
Four Russian warships are exercising
in the Coral Sea, north-west of New
Zealand, before this weekend ’s G20
summit in Brisbane, in a move being
interpreted as a show of force by
President Vladimir Putin.
But the Australian Government
says that as long as the vessels stay in
international waters there is nothing to
Prime Minister Tony Abbott insisted
Australia had been monitoring the
warships for some time and would
continue to do so.
“It ’s not unusual for Russia to
deploy naval elements when there are
significant international events taking
place,” he told reporters.
It would be unusual — but not
unprecedented — for them to enter
Australian waters, Abbott said.
The Russian Navy also deployed to
Singapore when the Apec summit
was held there and in the Pacific
when San Francisco hosted a major
Putin is expected to arrive in Brisbane
today. — AAP
Russian warships in Australasian
sea ahead of G20 summit
A woman who crashed her car down
a 20m bank in the Parapara spent 14
hours alone with the wreckage before
setting the vehicle on fire with a lighter
to attract rescuers.
The woman’s car plummeted down the
bank 24km away from Whanganui on
Aberfeldy Hill on a Saturday evening,
leaving her with a compound fracture in
her arm and nothing to do but wait for
help to arrive.
The 41-year-old crashed at about
7pm, Whanganui fire ser vice senior
station officer Gary Wilson said.
When 9am rolled around the next
day, the woman — whom firefighters
said was a smoker — still had not been
found, so she set the car on fire with her
“A passing truck driver realised it
was a rubbery, oily smelling fire so he
stopped,” Mr Wilson said.
They had to use a rope system to haul
the woman up on a stretcher.
She had moderate injuries, he said.
Driver sets crashed vehicle on fire
Extensive renovations to a
weatherboard villa in Auckland ’s city
fringe suburb of Sandringham paid off,
with the developer pocketing $775,000
more than he paid for the house just
seven months ago.
The four-bedroom house at 70
Paice Avenue — bought in April for
$925,000 and with a CV of $970,000
— sold at auction on Wednesday for
$1.7 million after a major workout by
the developer, who retained only the
front of the 104-year-old property.
A five-bedroom house in Paice
Avenue, at the Mt Eden end, sold for
the same price about three weeks ago.
Bayleys Mt Eden branch manager
Jonathan Sissons said yesterday the
villa at the Sandringham end, which
is on a flat 713 square metre section,
had been transformed “from an ugly
duckling into a swan”.
“The result is a credit to Kiwi DIY
The developer did not want to
disclose the cost of the refit.
— New Zealand Herald
The Auckland house which fetched $775,000 above its purchase price on
Do-up job reaps $775,000
Five residential properties have
been seized as part of a $10 million
Detectives from the Organised and
Financial Crime Agency of New
Zealand (Ofcanz) have arrested three
suspects and seized $4.5m worth of
methamphetamine, $2.8m in cash,
five properties and three high-valued
Operation Roller focused on the
supply of methamphetamine in the
Auckland region. The suspects are a
61-year-old New Zealand citizen, a
23-year-old Chinese national and a
43-year-old New Zealand citizen.
Detective senior sergeant Colin
Parmenter said Operation Roller
demonstrated that the demand for
methamphetamine in New Zealand
“The market for methamphetamine
is still very strong,” Mr Parmenter
“Police will continue to
target organised criminal groups
methamphetamine to prevent the
harm it causes in our community.”
The 61-year-old New Zealander
was charged with a number of
drug-related offences after police
found 2kg of methamphetamine at
a property in Bucklands Beach. The
Chinese national and the 43-year-old
New Zealand citizen were charged
with possessing methamphetamine
for supply following the discovery
of 2.5kg of methamphetamine at a
Remuera address. — N ZM E
Properties seized in $10m drug bust
An overseas student who was
grabbed around the neck and dragged
towards a car managed to lash out at
her attacker to escape.
The incident comes a month after a
woman was dragged behind a church
and sexually assaulted by two men.
On Wednesday night, an 18-year-
old woman was studying in the
library of the Eastwest College of
Intercultural Studies in the village
of Gordonton, north of Hamilton,
when the kidnapping attempt took
Detective sergeant Will Loughrin of
the Hamilton CIB said the teenager
was at a computer at 11.30pm when
she heard a noise.
“Then all of a sudden ... she was
grabbed around the neck and dragged
by an attacker who we believe was
trying to get her to a car parked on
the grass outside an adjoining room,”
Mr Loughrin said.
“Unable to scream very loudly due
to being held around the throat,
the woman has kicked and lashed
out, scratching the man with her
fingernails before breaking free.”
The victim ran for help and the
offender fled to a car on the grass.
Police hope if they can locate the
white, older-model station-wagon it
will lead them to the man responsible
for the terrifying incident, which has
left the young woman traumatised.
Mr Loughrin said the offender,
described as a Maori or Pacific
Islander in his early 20s, might have
been driving the wagon around the
college campus recently.
He called the incident “nasty” and
with “sinister overtones” and urged
the public to come for ward with any
sightings of the vehicle.
The Asian student was being helped
by Victim Support with the help of
translation ser vices.
College principal Martin Campbell
said he was highly concerned.
Nothing like this had happened
before at the religious school, which
had been at Gordonton for 18 years.
Meanwhile, police investigating last
month’s sexual assault in Hamilton
released identikit pictures yesterday
to aid the manhunt. The two attackers
were described as Maori, aged in their
20s. — New Zealand Herald
fights off abductor
A New Zealand woman held in a
Bali prison for the past nine months
smiled as she described what freedom
feels like — “amazing”.
Leeza Ormsby was clearly
over whelmed when she arrived at
Auckland Airport yesterday.
The 38-year-old’s plane touched
down shortly before 4pm, a day after
she was released from Kerobokan
prison, where she was jailed after
being found with half a joint.
“I’m really exhausted. I have not
slept in two days ... I’ve been in prison
and I just want to rest. I’m really
happy to be home and spend time
with my family and friends.”
She described her time on the inside
as “not very pleasant ” and said she was
looking forward to a long bath.
Before being formally charged and
taken into custody by authorities in
Bali in May, Rotorua-born Ormsby
had lived in Australia.
It is understood Orsmby will be
visiting friends in Wellington.
— New Zealand Herald
Ormsby: Freedom ‘amazing’
A good samaritan act by a young
mother ended with the teenage
hitchhiker she picked up in D unedin
allegedly stealing her car.
Sala Ahlbrandt saw the teen
hitching a ride at the end of the
motor way, about 3pm on Wednesday,
and felt sorry for him.
“It was windy and cold and he
wasn’t really dressed for it,” she said
The teenager looked “normal, fine”.
As they travelled north, she asked
him if she could call at the Karitane
Playcentre to pick up her twin two-
year-olds, then she would drop him
in Waikouaiti. He said that was fine.
“It was one of those days I forgot
to take my keys — I never thought
anything bad would happen.”
When she and her children got
back to the car: “It was like a dream;
it was gone.”
She ran back to the playcentre and
asked a teacher to phone police. One
of the teachers gave her a ride home.
The car was returned after police
apprehended the youth near Weston
later that day. Missing was her
handbag, which had her driver’s
licence, credit card and other items
“ women carry in their big bags”.
A 16-year-old Oamaru youth was
remanded without plea from the
Dunedin Youth Court to appear in
Oamaru Youth Court next week.
— Otago Daily Times
Hitchhiker drives off in mother’s car
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