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Two people wanted in relation to an
alleged kidnapping in Queenstown
last week were found hiding out in a
remote hut, police said.
Joshua Veint, 23, and Lilly Boden,
21, were found by a police team in
a remote hut on the shores of Lake
Wakatipu yesterday afternoon, as a
result of information received from
About six hours later, police also
spotted Pita Wilson, 38, leaving
a Frankton Road address. He was
apprehended on the Frankton
The arrests were the culmination of
a six day manhunt after 22-year-old
Joseph Armstrong went missing last
week. He was found on Tuesday at
a camping ground in Queenstown,
with injuries that needed medical
Police today praised the local
community and “solid police work”
for helping to solve the investigation.
“Police thank the Queenstown
community for their support during
this investigation, which, combined
with excellent police work by our
staff, has led to an outcome that
clearly demonstrates that working
together we can all have a part to
play in keeping our community
safe,” relieving Otago Rural area
commander Inspector Olaf Jensen
“The police’s investigative team,
comprising of Otago Rural and
Southern District staff, has worked
tirelessly over the past week to get a
The investigation would now focus
on the criminal liability of people
who may have assisted those involved
to avoid arrest, Mr Jensen said.
“The investigation has also
identified activity involving
methamphetamine possession and
supply which will result in further
charges and potentially arrests.”
Three people were due to appear in
the Queenstown District Court today
on a range of charges relating to the
A 38-year-old man and a
23-year-old man face charges of
kidnapping, wounding and supplying
A 21-year-old woman faces
a charge of possession of
methamphetamine and will appear in
the Queenstown District Court on
Monday, while a 22-year-old woman
is due to appear in the same court
on Monday charged with being
an accessory after the fact of
Two other men also appeared
in court in Invercargill earlier in
the week on charges related to the
incident. — N ZM E
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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd
was taken in to police custody
outside Tauranga Girls’ College
about 10.45am this morning. He
was handcuffed and taken to the
Tauranga police station. Witness
Tim Carson said police pulled over
two cars outside the school. “He was
out and bloody dancing around and
carrying on and ... led back to the
cop car and was driven away.” Mr
Carson said it seemed like one car
had been chasing the other. Police
could not be immediately reached
for comment. — N Z ME
Young trio arrested
after robber y
Three youths have been arrested
in connection with the aggravated
robbery of an Invercargill dairy. The
15-year-olds allegedly stole cash,
pouch tobacco and cigarettes from a
Tweed Street dairy on Friday night.
A youth was arrested on Monday
night in connection with the
incident, while the other two were
arrested yesterday. The youths are
expected to appear in the Dunedin
Youth Court. — Otago Daily Times
Man injured in
quad bike roll
A 50-year-old man was injured
after his quad bike rolled in Waihi
today. Emergency ser vices were
called to the Pukewera Road farm
just after 5am, St John northern
ambulance communications shift
manager Ian Rex said. The man was
flown by Auckland’s Westpac Rescue
Helicopter to Waikato Hospital with
moderate injuries, he said.
A light but shallow earthquake on
the East Coast was widely felt last
night. The magnitude 2.9 tremor
hit 5km south-west of Whakatane
just after 11pm, GNS Science
said. It was 5km deep. More than
180 people, from as far north as
Whangarei, reported feeling the
quake, GNS said. — N Z ME
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The official New Zealand casting call for
Disney ’s first Polynesian princess Moana
has opened — and sparked huge interest.
CNA Casting has posted guidelines
on its website and Facebook page for
those hoping to voice the lead role in the
Casting director Christina Asher said the
call had already generated a huge amount
It was too early to say how many
applications had been submitted, but they
were coming in thick and fast.
“As you can imagine it has gone ballistic,”
Ms Asher said. “ They are just sending in
videos of themselves for starters — we just
need to know what their voice is like.”
CNA is looking for a Maori or Pasifika
teenage girl, aged between 14 and 19, who
can bring Moana’s attributes — “smart,
passionate and funny ” — to life.
A strong singing voice is a must, and
hopefuls have been instructed to send a
video of themselves singing part of a song
and explaining why they would make a
“ We are looking for someone with a very
special voice. I think we’ll know when we
come across that special voice,” Ms Asher
“ It ’s more than just being a great singer
or actor, they have to have a voice that can
carry an entire movie.”
CNA had spent the previous two weeks
looking at known talent but had now
thrown open the casting call to ensure
nobody “hiding under a rock” was missed.
“ We were going to have an open call, but
I can see it would just be impossible — the
queue would go around too many blocks.”
The CG-animated flick Moana, directed
by Ron Clements and John Musker, will
open on November 23, 2016. Set in the
ancient south Pacific world of Oceania,
it follows a spirited Polynesian princess
who sets sail in search of a fabled island,
meeting the Maori demi-god Maui along
New Zealand film-maker Taika Waititi
is involved in the film, having written the
Asked if Moana would be played by a
New Zealander, Ms Asher said there were
large Polynesian populations elsewhere,
including in the United States.
— New Zealand Herald
Concept art from the early stages of development of the upcoming Disney film Moana.
Casting call for Disney movie with Maori links
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Lilly Boden is escorted into the Queenstown police station yesterday after
an alleged kidnapping this week.
Pair found after kidnap drama
A Christchurch father wrongly
accused of being a paedophile died
from horrific burn injuries after
having petrol poured over him and
being set alight by two “vigilantes”,
a court heard today.
Shay Barry Webster, 22, and Jason
Alistor Barr, 44, were jailed for more
than five years each at Christchurch
High Court this morning after
earlier pleading guilty to the
manslaughter of 55-year-old Terry
The full facts of the Christchurch
killing on Anzac Day last year have
now been revealed for the first time.
“This was not a quick death but
an agonising one,” Judge Cameron
As Webster and Barr were
sentenced, a packed public gallery
heard how they were of the
mistaken belief that Smith was a
All three had been drinking at a
Woolston family barbecue.
Webster and Barr were drunk
when they accused Smith of having
a sexual interest in children.
Smith vehemently denied the
allegations — his innocence later
confirmed by police — but was
cornered in his bedroom where
Barr poured petrol over him.
Both Webster and Barr had
cigarette lighters when another
man came into the room after
smelling petrol, the court heard.
They were calling him “a dirty
paedo”, the man later told police.
Barr told Smith: “ You paedo scum
you’re lucky I don’t set you on
As the witness moved to diffuse
the situation, Webster flicked a
lighter twice in the air just 30cm
On the second strike, petrol fumes
“ ignited in a ball of flames”, setting
Webster tried to pat out the fire,
while Barr put out the flames with
a fire extinguisher.
Smith managed to phone 111, as
did Barr before putting him in the
An ambulance rushed Smith to
Shortly before he was put into an
induced coma that he would never
wake from, he told police that Barr
had poured petrol on him and
Webster had set him on fire.
His family rushed to his bedside.
He was transferred to Auckland’s
Middlemore Hospital where he
under went a number of surgeries
for burns to 29% of his body,
including his face, neck, shoulders,
torso, both arms and upper thighs.
He also suffered a severe lung
He died as result of his injuries on
May 8 last year.
Barr, of Waltham, and Webster,
of Woolston, were charged with
murder but later pleaded guilty to
amended charges of manslaughter.
Barr was jailed for five years, seven
months with a minimum non-
parole period of two years, nine
Webster was sentenced to five
years, three months in jail, with a
minimum non-parole period of two
years, six months. — NZ ME
Former Northland police detective
sergeant Mike Blowers is unlikely to
ser ve out his jail term in the region,
because of the good work he did to
put drug dealers behind bars.
Yesterday, 51-year-old Blowers
was sentenced to four years and nine
months in prison after a judge said
his actions involved “a very high
level of hypocrisy ”.
Blowers, who joined the police
force in 1992, admitted to supplying
methamphetamine between June 1,
2011 and June 31, 2012, as well as
stealing methamphetamine from the
evidence lock-up at the Whangarei
Police Station in October 2011,
replacing it with rock salt to disguise
After sentencing, his lawyer
Arthur Fairley said it was unlikely
Blowers would serve his sentence
at Ngawha, near Kaikohe, as he had
arrested many of those ser ving time
He admitted to having concerns
for Blowers while in jail.
“There may be people in jail who
might not like him. I don’t think he
will be kept in Northland but it’s
up to the prison service where he is
kept,” Mr Fairley said.
Blowers had suffered from anxiety
and stress since being charged. His
wife of 24 years sat in the public
gallery during sentencing.
Justice Geoffrey Venning said
Blowers explained his offending by
saying he had taken the drugs to
protect his family from perceived
He said Blowers’ explanation did
him no credit. “ You were a senior
police officer. You know and would
have been well aware of the resources
available to the police. You and your
family could have been protected.”
The court heard how Blowers, who
was heading the Organised Crime
Unit, had stolen methamphetamine.
“It was theft in a situation where
the community and your co-workers
placed trust in you, and indeed
your co-workers looked to you for
leadership given your role as head
of the Organised Crime Unit. Your
actions involved a very high level of
Northland ’s top police officer
Superintendent Russell Le Prou
welcomed the conviction of Blowers
and said it showed the public could
have trust and confidence in the
police to investigate their own.
“Blowers has let us all down
his colleagues, family, friends,
community and police as an
organisation,” Mr Le Prou said.
He said the matter had first been
reported internally and admitted
police could have done things better
in the initial stages, but the end
result had been the right one.
He said police took the conviction
of fellow officers personally.
“Every one of my staff will be
feeling it today.”
Mr Le Prou said initial
investigations into Blowers were
done by Northland police but when
it grew an independent investigation
team from Auckland was brought in.
Ex-cop’s jail to be served out of region
The driver licensing system will be
reviewed, it was announced today.
The aim of the review was to see if
the system can be modernised and
made cheaper, Associate Transport
Minister Craig Foss said.
“A lot has changed since the
current driver licensing system was
introduced in 1999. The review will
look at modernising the system by
making it more customer-focused
and reducing compliance costs,” he
“ It will consider whether the heavy
vehicle driver licensing process
could be simplified by reducing the
number of heavy vehicle classes and
related endorsements. ”
elements of the system — such as
the photographic driver licence and
a minimum age requirement —
will not be changed, he said. But he
hoped it could be made more user
friendly and easier to understand.
“ For example, the review is an
opportunity to consider on-line
licence renewals and whether the
full licence test needs to evolve,
given the recent changes to make
the restricted test more difficult,”
Mr Foss said.
Any proposed changes would
not come into effect until 2016.
One super city would take over the functions
of nine councils in the lower North Island under
a draft proposal by the Local Government
The plan has been described as the most
significant reform of a generation, by the
The public was now being called on for
submissions, on the new unitary authority, the
Greater Wellington Council, with a deadline of
March 2, next year.
Under the commission’s proposal, the council
would take over the functions of the existing
nine councils: Masterton District Council,
Carterton District Council, South Wairarapa
District Council, Upper Hutt City Council,
Hutt City Council, Wellington City Council,
Porirua City Council, Kapiti Coast District
Council, and the Greater Wellington Regional
The new council would have a shared decision-
making structure, the commission said.
Power would be shared between the governing
body (a mayor and 21 councillors) and 60
members of local boards.
The mayor would be elected by voters of
greater Wellington. Councillors and local board
members would be elected from eight defined
geographic areas, the commission said.
The mayor and councillors would be
responsible for high-level decisions affecting all
The local boards would control council budgets
and decisions for local matters in established
communities. Local boards would be created
for Wairarapa, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Kapiti
Coast, Porirua-Tawa, Ohariu, Lambton and
Commission chairman Basil Morrison said
the shared decision-making model of a unitary
authority with local boards was the best of
several options considered by them.
“Local boards ensure the ‘local’ is preser ved in
local government,” Mr Morrison said.
“They are an integral component of the council
structure. Board members would be elected to
speak for residents from defined areas and in
turn would govern those areas with their own
budgets and certain powers.” — NZME
Police were justified in pursuing and
shooting a man on Auckland’s Northern
Motor way last year, the Independent
Police Conduct Authority says.
Caleb Henry died after being shot by
police on July 7 last year.
He had carried out a violent
home invasion in Opotiki and fled
to Cambridge where police began
their pursuit. He phoned police and
threatened to kill officers that attempted
to stop him.
The pursuit ended in Auckland on the
Northern Motor way where Henry shot
at police and was shot and killed by a
member of the Armed Offenders’ Squad
Judge Sir David Carruthers said in his
report released today that the incident
was complex and involved officers from
four police districts.
Police were alerted to the home
invasion about 7.30pm. Henry had
fled the home in Opotiki in a stolen
vehicle with a high-powered rifle and
Just after midnight, Henry drove out
of Hamilton, with police in pursuit, and
fired a single shot at the AOS vehicles.
The pursuit continued north to
Auckland, where police laid road spikes
on multiple occasions in an effort to
Henry came to a stop against a concrete
barrier on State highway 1, after leading
police on a 232km chase.
The AOS vehicle stopped behind the
vehicle Henry was driving, and officers
heard a gunshot, and saw the barrel of a
rifle protruding out of the driver’s side.
Police threw a stun grenade towards
the vehicle and Henry fired a second
An AOS officer then fired at Henry.
When the three AOS officers
approached the vehicle they found
Henry unresponsive. He was given first
aid and taken to hospital, where he died
a short time later.
The authority found police were
justified in commencing the pursuit
of Henry and complied with the law
and New Zealand Police policy during
the pursuit. “ Mr Henry was suspected
of committing the offences of home
invasion, burglary and assault, and had
threatened to shoot at officers if they
attempted to stop him,” Sir David said.
Petrol stations adjoining the highway
Henry was driving on were closed,
motor way on and off-ramps were
blocked and traffic lights ahead of
Henry were set to stay green.
Signs were put up to warn motorists of
the incident on the motor way.
The authority found the officer who
fired at Henry was justified in doing so.
“ Police were faced with a dangerous
situation and the officer involved
genuinely believed that Mr Henry posed
an immediate threat of death or serious
bodily harm to the officers nearby and
himself,” Sir David said.
“Although the incident ended in the
death of Mr Henry, (the police) are to
be commended for their command and
control of the operation.) — NZME
Police motorway shooting justified — authority
A van carrying seven occupants
collided head-on with a fully laden
logging truck in Kaingaroa this morning.
The Tauranga-based Trustpower
TECT Rescue helicopter
dispatched just after 7am to Kaingaroa
A Police Northern Communications
spokesman said the crash happened on
Middle Road and police were called to
the scene at 6.40am.
Miraculously only the van driver
was seriously injured, five of the other
occupants received only cuts and
abrasions and the sixth person received
serious head lacerations.
The van driver, a 48 year old Minginui
resident, received serious multiple
injuries to his right leg and both arms,
he was stabilised at the scene by St John
ambulance staff before being flown to
Waikato hospital in a serious condition.
Van with seven passengers hits logging truck head-on
Wellington super city proposal
The number of core public ser vants has fallen
well below the Government ’s cap, helped largely
by a reclassification of hundreds of Ministry of
Social Development (MSD) staff who remain
employed by the department.
The State Services Commission’s half yearly
report on State sector employee numbers
released today shows there were 35,656 jobs as
at the end of June this year including 1803 that
were vacant at that point.
The total is 819 below the cap of 36,475 which
was reset in 2011. A year ago the total had all
but breached the cap at 36,474.
A key factor in the drop in the job count was
several hundred positions being reclassified
from MSD which is under the cap to Work and
Income which is not. That resulted in a decrease
of 720 jobs that are counted under the cap and
an increase of 694 jobs which are outside.
Labour State ser vices spokesman Kris Faafoi
said there was “a fair amount of spin in what the
Government are saying ”.
“The reduction that they’re claiming is due to
moving staff from MSD to Work and Income.
The spin machine is working overtime to make
sure they can keep the numbers below the level
that they themselves created.”
The total number or of public service jobs at
51,130 was down 42 on a year earlier. — NZME
Public servant numbers fall below cap
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