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A three-year-old girl has died after
being hit by a car driven by a relative
in West Auckland this morning.
Police said emergency ser vices
were called to a home in Te Atatu
Peninsula just after 7.30am. She
was taken to hospital by ambulance
but died after arriving. “A police
investigation is now under way by
CIB staff and the Waitemata serious
crash unit,” a police spokeswoman
said in a statement. The child’s family
were being supported by police and
Victim Support, she said.
— New Zealand Herald
A fire which took hold in a flat
in Christchurch early this morning
is being treated as suspicious. The
fire, which was described as ‘small’,
occurred in one unit of a two storey
block of flats on Armagh Street, in
the Linwood area of the city, about
2.45am, Andrew Norris of the Fire
Ser vice southern communications
centre said. The flat was unoccupied,
and no-one was injured in the blaze.
The fire was being treated as
suspicious, Mr Norris said.
A man is in a serious condition
after an incident with a digger and
roller vehicle in Wellington last
night. Wellington Free Ambulance
shift manager Anita Halbert said
they arrived at the scene in Island
Bay at 7.25pm. She said a man had
suffered serious injuries as a result
of an accident involving a digger
and a roller vehicle. The man was
transported to Wellington Hospital.
‘Queenie’ dies aged 106
One of Tauranga’s oldest residents
has died this week at the impressive
age of 106. Frances ‘Queenie’
Alexander celebrated her 106th
birthday in June and credited her
longevity to a spoon of kruschen
salts every morning for nearly 70
years. Prior to her retirement to
Katikati, she was a hard working
farmer ’s wife in the 1930s and 40s
before taking off to travel the world.
Oldest of Queenie’s four sons O wen,
83, said his parents had the chance
to see the world when he left school
and took over the farm. — NZ MA
Numbers in Keno draw No 10480:
40, 45, 46, 50, 55, 59, 62, 65, 77.
Draw No 10481: 6, 12, 17, 20, 24,
27, 32, 34, 37, 41, 49, 50, 56, 60, 61,
62, 63, 65, 68, 72. Draw No 10482:
3, 9, 10, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 36,
40, 45, 48, 51, 54, 62, 70, 72, 78, 79.
Draw No 10483: 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 22, 23,
24, 26, 30, 47, 48, 49, 52, 59, 63, 72,
73, 75, 78.
A decision to allow shamed
Canterbury earthquake recovery
boss Roger Sutton quit at a tearful
press conference in the same building
he sexually harassed a female worker
has been criticised for its “shocking
The senior Canterbury Earthquake
Recovery Authority (Cera) staff
member, whose claims of sexual
harassment were upheld by the State
Ser vices Commission (SSC), was
working inside the Christchurch
headquarters on Monday when Mr
Sutton’s now infamous resignation
speech was held.
State Services Commissioner
Iain Rennie said although Mr
Sutton’s actions amounted to serious
misconduct he found that the
charges did not warrant a sacking.
He met the complainant shortly
before father-of-three Mr Sutton
revealed he was resigning for calling
staff ‘sweetie’ and ‘honey ’ and giving
Mr Rennie apologised to the
complainant — who has refused
to comment all week, honouring
an SSC-imposed confidentiality
agreement — for the hurt and
distress she experienced.
As planned, the worker then left
the Cera office inside the 12-storey
HSBC Tower building on Worcester
Boulevard before Mr Sutton arrived.
Monday ’s 1.30pm press conference
was organised and run by SSC. A
team from Wellington, including
Mr Rennie and advisers, flew to
Christchurch on Monday morning.
Originally, it was understood
that any press conference involving
Mr Sutton that day would be held
away from Cera’s offices, given the
sensitive nature of the allegations
corroborated by a second female
Cera worker — which surfaced at
However, SSC staff chose to
hire a room from one of the other
businesses, albeit on another floor, at
“It was all kept pretty quiet, with
only those who had to be in the
know up to speed with what was
going on,” an insider said.
However, sources have told
NZME. News Ser vice of their shock
that the SSC allowed Mr Sutton a
platform to give his side of the story
in same place where he conducted
his serious misconduct.
“There was concern within Cera
that there was going to be a press
conference where Roger would
speak within the Cera building,
given the sensitivity of things, and
the findings of the report, even if
(the complainant) wasn’t around,” a
source said yesterday.
Another source said the handling
of the resignation showed “no
consideration for the feelings of (the
complainant) at all”.
“ We’re just shocked at the
insensitivity of it all.”
New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters said there was “no rational or
sane explanation” why the SSC held
a press conference for Mr Sutton to
“ When did you ever see the
accused appearing on a bench with
the judge? I have never, ever seen
anything like it.”
He said Mr Rennie had questions
to answer over why he held the press
conference and then consequently
accused Mr Sutton of breaching his
“ It begs the question — didn’t
he know what they would both be
saying at the press conference?”
Mr Peters said if Mr Rennie could
not give a satisfactory explanation,
then it called into question his
suitability for the commissioner’s
Mr Rennie yesterday refused to
answer specific questions put to
him by media, including whether he
should resign over his handling of
“Mr Rennie has nothing further
to add to the public comment he
has made already,” a spokesman
State Ser vices Minister Paula
Bennett said she had asked for
and received an assurance from the
commissioner that his investigation
had been thorough. — N ZM E
Roger Sutton’s apologetic press conference slammed
A Rolling Stones fan has paid $2400
on Trade Me for two front-row tickets
at their Auckland concert tomorrow —
even though other seats remain unsold.
Trade Me spokesman Jeff Hunkin said
the North Shore fan bought the tickets
from someone who paid $4000 for four
seats but had to offload two after the
show ’s postponement in March.
More than 300 other tickets have been
on-sold through Trade Me in the past
45 days. Mr Hunkin said searches on
Trade Me for ‘Rolling Stones’ jumped
from about 1000 a day in early October
to 2500 a day this week.
Searches for “Rolling Stones tickets”
passed 3000 a day early this week.
Kiwi fans have also been splashing out
on Rolling Stones memorabilia.
An item described as a Rolling Stones
signed guitar with ‘a certificate of
authenticity from helping hands charity’
sold for $7995.
Fans have also bought a Rolling
Stones jumbo beach towel, a tribute
miniature guitar, Rolling Stones
shoelaces and a drumstick thrown
into the crowd by the Canadian rock
band Nickelback at a gig with the
Rolling Stones in Wellington in 2006.
— New Zealand Herald
Two tickets cost
Stones fan $2400
A week after Phillip John Smith’s
arrest in Rio de Janeiro, there is still no
firm indication of when he will be back
in New Zealand but it is hoped a Public
Prosecution Ser vice request will speed
up the process.
Brazilian federal attorney Cristiane
Duque Estrada is assessing the case
and, according to sources close to the
investigation, she is likely to recommend
urgency on Smith’s deportation. She
is expected to send a request — in the
next 24 hours — to the Federal Court in
Rio de Janeiro which is dealing with the
case, urging the Brazilian Government
to deport him as soon as possible.
“ It’s not a legal decision, but it certainly
puts some pressure on the authorities,”
said criminal lawyer Henrique Baptista,
an expert in extradition cases. “ But
it ’s not possible to say when it ’s going
to happen. It could be as soon as this
weekend, but bureaucracy could also
delay it for some more days.”
Smith is sharing a cell with another
prisoner at Bandeira Stampa public jail at
the Gericino Penitenciary Complex, the
largest in Brazil with 16,000 prisoners.
His only visitors were New Zealand
embassy personnel, the day after his
Retired federal judge Lafredo Lisboa
said if the lawyer was asking the Federal
Police to speed up deportation, it would
indicate they were trying to avoid an
extradition which could take more than
“ But a deportation should not take so
long. Usually when someone is caught
at the airport they are sent back right
away. Now it seems the (Brazilian)
Government has not decided yet
who is going to pay for Smith’s ticket.
Deportation is a simple administrative
procedure. It is the Federal Police’s
responsibility”, Mr Lisboa said.
“ When the detainee has already been
through immigration, they give him
some time — could be up to 10 days
to voluntarily leave the country.
If it doesn’t happen, the foreigner
should be expelled. But in that case,
a presidential order is needed. And I
assume they don’t want that either. ”
— New Zealand Herald
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Serial sex offender
Stewart Murray Wilson
has been sentenced to
six months in jail for
breaching his parole
Wilson pleaded guilty in
the Whanganui District
Court on November 12 to
breaching a condition of
his parole last year.
The matter — in relation
to Wilson contacting a
woman by telephone when
he was instructed not to
trial this week.
Instead, Wilson admitted
the charge and appeared
before Judge Josephine
Bouchier today for sentencing.
Crown solicitor Harry Mallalieu asked
for a cumulative sentence of six months
in prison for Wilson.
Wilson’s lawyer Andrew McKenzie
asked that the sentence not be prison,
stating the breach was merely a phone
call and was only minor.
He said Wilson had not offended
while in prison for 20 years and the
victim had told the parole board that
she did not mind the call.
Mr McKenzie also said Wilson would
never have been able to escape and the
victim was never in any danger.
Judge Bouchier, in handing down
the sentence of six months in prison,
described the offending as “moderately
Wilson has today instructed his lawyer
to appeal the sentence. — NZ M E
Stewart Murray Wilson
Wilson sentenced to
further six months jail
A fleeing driver has been
arrested following a stand-off
on an Auckland rooftop this
The man fled to a four storey
block of flats in Glen Innes
about 8am following a police
chase from Parnell.
A police patrol had attempted
to stop a car in the upmarket
suburb, but the driver failed
to stop and drove off at speed,
He was pursued down Tamaki
Drive, where police abandoned
the chase “due to the speed and
manner of the driver of the car”,
However, the car was spotted a
few minutes later at the block of
flats on Pilkington Road.
approached the driver he made
off onto the roof and refused to
The Fire Service, St John
Ambulance and the police
negotiation team were called to
the property to try to talk the
After about 30 minutes of
discussions, he agreed to come
down off the roof.He was arrested
and was being inter viewed.
Driver climbs off roof
An elderly woman died while
out walking her dog in Napier
Police said the woman was
found at Perfume Point,
Ahuriri, after members of the
public became aware of her dog
running loose in the area.
Police were not treating the
incident as suspicious and it was
understood the woman’s death
was the result of an accident.
The woman’s dog was led away
tied to a length of emergency
tape, after police, Fire Ser vice
and St John Ambulance staff
removed her body from the
breakwater beside the boardwalk
near Perfume Point.
Asked if the boardwalk was
deemed safe in light of the
incident, a Napier City Council
spokeswoman said: “ We are
saddened to hear about this
woman’s death. However, yes,
we do consider the boardwalk
to be safe.” — NZME
Elderly woman dies walking dog
A principal who headed a school that lost
more than 55 teachers in four years is under
investigation by the Teachers Council.
Judd McLauchlan oversaw the high teacher
turnover at Manurewa’s Rowandale School,
before taking the helm at Hamilton’s Berkley
Normal Middle School after term 1 this year.
He resigned from his new position in August,
with the board of trustees saying the move was for
However, several people involved with
the school have told the Herald that Mr
McLauchlan’s departure came after staff raised
concerns about his behaviour.
One member of the school community said
numerous concerns were expressed by teachers to
Education Review Office (ERO) staff during a
“I know staff would rather live under a bridge
than have kept working there (under Mr
McLauchlan),” the person, who asked not to be
ERO periodically reviews every State and
State-integrated school and publishes reports on
how well each is doing in terms of the learning
environment, achievement and leadership.
The latest report on Berkley published last
month praised the school while describing some
background to Mr McLauchlan’s departure.
“D uring this ERO review, information was
provided to the review team by a number of staff
who expressed serious concerns relating to the
principal’s leadership and behaviour,” the report
“They considered that these concerns affected
the well-being of a significant number of staff.
These concerns were brought to the attention of
the board and addressed.”
An ERO spokeswoman said it took any
complaints seriously and discussed significant
issues with the school during the review.
“ERO was made aware
of concerns about the
principal. As a personnel
issue, it was up to the
board of trustees to
address the concerns.
ERO was very satisfied
with the way the board
managed the concerns.”
Tracey Gunn refused to
comment yesterday. Mr
McLauchlan could not be
reached for comment.
A Teachers Council
spokesman said Mr
certificate had expired.
is currently investigating
Mr McLauchlan ... any
application to renew his
practising certificate will
not be considered until the
CAC’s investigation and
outcome is complete.”
The spokesman said he
was unable to say what
caused the investigation.
On Saturday the
Weekend Herald reported on Mr McLauchlan’s
time at Rowandale.
The then 22 classroom school had 58 teachers
leave between 2010 and the end of last year,
according to analysis of school documents and
interviews with former staff.
Changes started soon after Mr McLauchlan
took over towards the end of 2009.
Despite the turnover, an inspection last
September found the school to be “well placed”,
and it was put on a three-year review cycle — the
most common and an indication the school was
not a concern.
The Ministry of Education had earlier told
ERO of its meeting with distressed parents in
May last year. Issues discussed included the effect
of teacher turnover on students and claimed
discrediting of staff in public.
ERO’s final report noted “significant change”
to the teaching team, but said this appeared to be
Mr McLauchlan has acknowledged the turnover
at Rowandale but said it was for a variety of
reasons and had no negative effect on student
learning, and was in part driven by changes
necessary to improve the school.
— New Zealand Herald
of council inquiry
Gull has launched an investigation into
claims petrol station attendants wages
were docked when customers drive off
In a statement today, the petrol supplier
said it was “very concerned” by reports
a Masterton Night ‘N Day franchisee
had deducted the paypackets of a staff
member to cover the cost of drive-offs.
“Gull’s policy is not to charge staff for
drive offs that happen on their shift and
we have contacted all Gull branded sites
across the country to reiterate this policy
and ensure that it does not happen
again,” Dave Bodger, general manager of
Gull New Zealand said.
“ We have launched an investigation
into this situation and are gathering
information from Night ‘N Day, the
franchisee, the employee and also our
other sites across the country. Not only
do we want to get to the bottom of what
has happened, we want to ensure this is
an isolated incident.
“ We will be reviewing the policy to
leave no room for interpretation.”
Mr Bodger said the company was “very
disappointed and sorry” for the wage
deductions taken from employee Kerry
McIvor’s pay cheque.
“ Night ‘N Day chief executive Tony
Allison has spoken and apologised
to Kerry. We can confirm that Kerry
has been sent reimbursement for his
deducted pay,” Mr Bodger said.
He was “confident ” it would not
happen to any other Gull employee in
the future, and said “significant steps
are being taken to ensure franchisees do
not deduct pay from employees for drive
offs”. — NZ ME
Gull launches investigation
PICTURE: Michael Craig
Former principal Judd McLauchlan.
A mouse’s bid to stowaway in a
hollowed-out baguette from the
Cook Islands to New Zealand,
has failed after biosecurity officials
stopped it at the border.
Ministry for Primary Industries
staff at Auckland Airport initially
discovered ants, cockroaches and
rodent droppings when a Taiwanese
passenger declared food in a carry
bag after returning from the Cook
Islands, MPI northern border
clearance manager, passengers and
mail Craig Hughes said.
Also inside the bag was a
baguette that had been hollowed
out from the top in a sealed plastic
Staff conducted a full search of
the passenger’s luggage and then
sent the contaminated items to be
The mouse appeared after the bag
was treated, Mr Hughes said.
“It clearly didn’t like the
insecticide, as it tried to escape the
plastic bag a few moments later.
“Our lab staff initially got a bit of
shock. They were amazed at how
the mouse had made itself such
a cosy nest in the baguette for its
travels,” he said.
“There was some sadness as
well, as the mouse had to be
humanely euthanased to protect
New Zealand from biosecurity
risks to our primary industries or
The passenger was very apologetic
when told about the live mouse and
happily agreed to dispose of the
remaining food, Mr Hughes said.
MPI was pleased the passenger
had declared the food in the first
“Any passenger that declares or
disposes of biosecurity risk goods
before passing the border is doing
their bit to keep New Zealand safe
from dangerous pests or diseases,”
he said. — NZME
Stowaway mouse caught at the border
No charges will be laid against a
Dunedin man who allowed a 10-year-
old to drive his car.
However, the matter has been referred
to Child, Youth and Family (CYF).
Senior sergeant Phil McDouall said
police felt the original fine of $400
was the “appropriate resolution” to the
The 10-year-old girl’s erratic driving
of a Ford Falcon in Forbury Road
caught the attention of police about
9pm on Saturday.
When police stopped the car, its
owner was sitting in the front passenger
seat and another 10-year-old girl was in
a back seat. Both girls were known to
the man, but unrelated.
Mr McDouall said the area
commander had “looked at it and he’s
happy with the ticket ”.
Police would refer the matter to CYF,
When asked why police would not be
pursuing charges, when they had earlier
indicated they might, he said: “It was
over very quickly — (it was) a storm in
CYF southern regional director Chris
Harvey said no formal referral from
police had been received.
However, “we understand they have
no concerns for the girls’ welfare that
would be a matter for Child, Youth and
Family”, he said.
No further comment was provided.
Mr McDouall would not be drawn on
what charges were being investigated or
why further action was dropped.
The man was issued a traffic
and abetting an unlicensed driver.
— Otago Daily Times
No charges after man
allowed child, 10, to drive
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