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A kayaking Anglican bishop is
about halfway through a 250km
water pilgrimage from Auckland
to the Bay of Islands.
Jim White, Assistant Anglican
Bishop of Auckland, today
embarks on the fifth day of his
kayak trip to Oihi in the Bay of
Islands — the location of the
first Christmas service in New
Zealand 200 years ago.
For the historic ser vice, which
marked the beginning of the
Christian missionary movement
in New Zealand, Samuel
Marsden’s sermon was translated
into Maori by Ngapuhi chief
Mr White, 52, said he chose
to kayak to the special location
in honour of early missionaries
and bishops from the Anglican
church, who travelled mostly by
He set out with his childhood
friend John Tuke, 56, from
Mission Bay on Sunday.
While rough weather had
hampered the pair’s progress, they
managed to make good headway
yesterday and on Tuesday.
“ We’re going really well,” he said
from a bay just south of Tutukaka
The pair had managed eight
hours of paddling over the past
Blustery winds and poor sea
conditions meant they were on
the water for about nine hours in
total for the first two days.
“ We had to keep hugging the
coast, so it was sort of zigging and
zagging,” Mr White said.
One of the highlights was
being helped out by a passerby in
Whangaparaoa on Sunday.
“ We actually had to carry the
kayaks — which are unbelievably
heavy because we’ve got all
our gear on them — across the
Shakespear (Regional Park),” he
Luckily, a stranger driving
through the park in a large bread
truck gave them a lift for the last
400m, Mr White said. Mr White
expected the pair would reach
Oihi on Sunday.
of the Otago Daily Times
Undercover gamblers sent to
casinos and pokie venues revealed
Department of Internal Affairs says.
Mystery shoppers posing as
problem gamblers were sent to
dozens of pubs and hotels as well as
the country’s six casinos, of which
three are in Otago.
Of the 102 nationwide venues
visited between May and July, only
one resulted in a staff intervention.
“Although we recognise challenges
exist in approaching patrons about
their gambling, the results are
gambling compliance director Raj
As part of the campaign, D unedin
Casino, Skycity Queenstown and
Skycity Wharf Casino were each
Reports for each casino noted
their respective harm minimisation
At Skycity Wharf casino the
mystery shopper observed a staff
member encouraging a patron by
saying “gonna give it another go”,
and “oh, that ’s awesome that you
won”, while returning every 10-15
minutes to encourage the patron to
The mystery shopper, who gambled
for 10 hours at Dunedin Casino, was
not questioned by staff concerned
over the length of her playing.
However, the shopper noted “staff
were vigilant and kept a careful eye
on all patrons including myself ”.
At Skycity Queenstown, the
undercover gambler noted they
waited between 10 and 15 minutes
for a staff member to respond
after the call-attendant button was
It also noted the cashier made
no comment when their card
At all the country’s casinos, staff
were obser ved visibly monitoring
the gambling floor with “sweeps”
and, at times, engaged in friendly
However, no specific intervention
Internal Affairs noted that while
there were fewer casino visits than
to pubs and hotels, the casino results
showed “potential problem gamblers
could slip through the cracks”.
The department said the results
showed more work was needed to
identify and inter vene with people
showing signs of problem gambling.
New initiatives might be needed
alongside the upcoming Gambling
Mystery shopper research exercise
in casinos, pubs and hotels.
Gambling Act 2003 requires
these venues to develop and
implement policies for identifying
Undercover gamblers noted harm
prevention and minimisation and
identified any areas of risk where
Results indicated need to improve
harm minimisation was a national
issue, and that staff in pubs and
hotels may not be adequately trained
to carry out harm minimisation.
Internal Affairs took steps to
ensure risk was minimised.
Project cost $57,000 ($34,000 at
pubs and hotels; $23,000 at casinos).
A woman charged with supplying
alcohol to a minor after a Cromwell
16-year-old was found intoxicated and
comatose on the street one winter night,
has been granted diversion and the
The name of the Central Otago woman
was suppressed yesterday when the case
was dealt with in the Alexandra District
Court before justices of the peace Bill
Townsend and Joy McDonald.
The 18-year-old woman had faced a
charge of supplying alcohol to a person
aged under 18 on August 13. The charge
was laid under the Sale and Supply of
Alcohol Act 2012 and the maximum
penalty is a fine of $2000.
The facts summary said the defendant
had bought a litre bottle of 37.5%
alcohol vodka and given it to an
That person then gave it to a 16-year-
old girl, who shared it with two other
They became “grossly intoxicated” and
the 16-year-old became disoriented
while heading home, collapsing on the
grass verge of a street.
About an hour later, a resident found
the girl on the street in “a serious
life threatening condition” and she
was rushed to Dunstan Hospital, the
The defendant told police she had
given the vodka to a minor but believed
it would be consumed at a party,
super vised by the person’s parents.
Prosecutor sergeant Ian Collin said
since the last time the defendant
appeared in court, police had deemed
defendant had completed the process to
the satisfaction of police.
Counsel Kieran Tohill said the
defendant was a first offender and she
had bought alcohol for a person who
passed it on to another person. There
was “a break in the chain in terms of
supply”, he said.
He sought name suppression and said
publication of her name would cause
her extreme hardship and imply she was
guilty when she had not been convicted
of any offence.
Mr Collin said there was public
interest in the case and any report on the
matter “could highlight that the police
are taking positive action in regards
to this type of offending”, despite the
defendant being granted diversion. He
had no objection to the defendant ’s
name being suppressed.
Mr Townsend said the defendant had
“ learned a hard lesson” and publication
of her name would cause more hardship,
so final suppression was granted.
— Otago Daily Times
A fisherman’s body has
been found in the waters
of Auckland ’s Hauraki
Gulf last night by a
passing cruise ship.
The man was reported
overdue from a fishing
trip in The Hauraki Gulf
on Tuesday morning,
Helicopter Trust crewman
Mark Cannell said a
cruise ship sent out a
distress call after spotting
the man in the water near
Tiritiri Matangi Island,
just after 8pm yesterday.
Police Air Support,
Region and the Auckland
responded to the call, he
Westpac rescue sent a
rescue swimmer to help
staff from the cruise ship
“The person was
transferred back to
Auckland by a Coastguard
vessel,” Mr Cannell said.
Police said the
fisherman’s boat was
found empty anchored
near The Noises islands,
north-east of Rakino
Island, about 1pm
The death has been
reported to the Coroner.
A former Malaysian
High Commission staffer
accused of assaulting a
Wellington woman at
her home has failed in
his bid to have his bail
bin Ismail’s lawyer
Dr Donald Stevens
QC argued his case
in the High Court at
Wellington on Tuesday.
Yesterday Justice Denis
Clifford released his
decision that dismissed
against the conditions.
The reasons for his
ruling were suppressed.
Rizalman, 38, did not
make an appearance at
court. He earlier pleaded
not guilty to charges of
burglary and assault with
intent to commit sexual
The charges related
to events that allegedly
happened at the home
of Tania Billingsley on
Last month Rizalman
was bailed to an
He was required to
surrender his passport,
have an overnight curfew,
have no contact with
the complainant and
not travel to Newtown,
Berhampore or Cuba
Street. — NZ ME
Bishop paddles north
in Marsden’s wake
PICTURE: NZ Herald
Jim White and John Tuke on their water pilgrimage.
Diversion for supplying minor with alcohol
Cruise ship finds body
Rizalman’s bail conditions stay
for 10 hours
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