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Oil has been spotted near the
Rena wreck at Astrolabe Reef,
where the stricken cargo ship
grounded more than three years
Eyewitnesses say the spills
covered large areas but officials say
the sheen from the spills dissipates
almost immediately, suggesting
small quantities of oil.
A Tauranga pilot said a large
spill could be seen from the air
on Friday. He estimated the oil
stretched over an area of about
“It’s not all joined as one. It’s
just big blotches everywhere,” he
“I’ve never really seen it bad but
it’s definitely the worst I’ve seen
The man, who spoke on the
condition of anonymity, said the
oil was located about 3km west of
Motiti Island and 3km from the
Bay coastline. — N ZM E
Monday, December 15, 2014 - 3
Ser vice station
Robbers crashed a car last night
after an armed robbery at a ser vice
station. Police said two offenders
entered the Caltex ser vice station
on Great South Road, Manurewa,
near Mahia Road, with a firearm.
They allegedly demanded cigarettes
and money. Shortly before midnight
they fled the scene in a Nissan
Laurel driven by a third person. The
car crashed shortly after as it hit
a parked vehicle in Mahia Road.
Police were investigating.
Girl, 14, arrested
A 14-year-old girl has been
arrested after a young girl was
mugged in Tauranga’s Bayfair
Shopping Centre last week. The
young girl was looking for a
Christmas present for her mother
on Thursday when she allegedly
had her money bag snatched by a
teenage girl. Police senior sergeant
Geoff Barnett said the 14-year-old
had been charged with theft and
would appear in the Tauranga Youth
Court this week. — NMZE
Teen in court for
attack on elderly
A 17-year-old youth made a brief
appearance in court today over
an attack on an elderly Waikanae
couple last week. The couple were
assaulted in their home and had
their car stolen in the attack.
Hohepa Wallace, 17, of Otaki,
appeared in the Porirua District
Court this morning on two charges
of wounding with intent to cause
grievous bodily harm and two
charges of burglary related to the
attack on the couple. He made
no application for bail and was
remanded to reappear on Friday.
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Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom
says his party could still make another
bid for election in 2017 despite its
merger with the Mana Party coming to
Mana Movement leader Hone
Harawira confirmed at the weekend
that the two parties had formally split
after failing to win a seat in the last
The Internet Party will soon be
leaderless as Laila Harre plans to stand
down and its main backer, Dotcom, says
he has run out of money fighting his
extradition to the United States.
But the internet
suggested yesterday the movement
was still alive, saying he “would not
be surprised if the Internet Party has
another go” in 2017.
He did not want to comment further
as he was focused on getting the US
branch of his party up and running
for the US elections in 2016. The US
Internet Party will be backed and run by
American citizens, but Dotcom is likely
to play some role.
He put at least $3.25 million of his
personal income into the Internet Party,
launched this year in a bid to bring
down Prime Minister John Key and the
He said last month his long legal
fight against extradition to the US
on copyright and money-laundering
charges had left him broke. All the
shares in his on-line file-sharing
company Mega were held in a trust of
which his wife, Mona, and five children
Internet-Mana got 1.42% of the party
vote in the September 20 election and
won no seats. Its chances hinged on Mr
Harawira keeping his Te Tai Tokerau
seat, which he lost to Labour’s Kelvin
Mr Harawira has confirmed he is
looking to stand in the next election.
— New Zealand Herald
may ride again
A surge in the supply of
methamphetamine is being pushed
by gangs on a “willing market ” in the
south, police say.
Search warrants were executed
last week on six Dunedin properties
connected with the Bandidos
motorcycle gang, who had set up
a probationary chapter in the city
earlier this year.
Five associates of the gang face
a range of charges, including
possession of methamphetamine, and
more charges are likely.
Detective senior sergeant Malcolm
Inglis, of Dunedin CIB, said warrants
were executed as police were “trying to
stem the flow (of methamphetamine)
because we know the harm”.
Intelligence received by police
revealed there had been a “ large
increase in the availability of meth in
the Southern District ”.
That supply, often sourced from
Auckland, was a flow-on from the
Christchurch market, where criminal
gangs had been active, he said.
Driving that increase in supply
market ” for
methamphetamine in the south,
and he cited foreign workers in
Queenstown as one such market.
“That is certainly something on our
It was no surprise that the increase
in supply of meth was coupled with
an increase in southern gang activity,
Mr Inglis said.
“ We are certainly seeing a rise in
it and, if we can, we would like to
because, like any illicit drug, there is
an under world that we don’t know
everything about. ”
In the case of the Bandidos D unedin
probationary chapter, the associates
were trying “to pass themselves off
as a family-friendly group, but that is
not the case”.
He warned that any gang involved
in the illicit drug trade could have
its assets seized under the Criminal
Proceeds (Recovery) Act, which was
“another tool in our tool box”.
That drug use impacted on the
community, and he noted desperate
addicts could be involved in rip-offs
and standover tactics to feed their
“ We are concerned with anyone
involved in methamphetamine and
we are certainly aware of the harm.”
A 10th of
methamphetamine sold for $100 and
addicts were “using a lot more than
“The money has to come from
somewhere and some people are
using thousands of dollars (worth) a
Asked if there were likely to be any
meth labs in the South, he replied: “It
would be silly to think there wasn’t.”
— Otago Daily Times
Southern gangs behind meth surge, police say
Silver Fern Farms faces a bill of up
to $3 million after it was ruled it made
more than 100 Dunedin seasonal meat
New Zealand Meat Workers Union
went to the Employment Relations
Authority (ERA) seeking redundancy
payments for up to 180 Silverstream
staff after no lambs were offered for
processing during their usual working
season, between about December last
year and about June this year.
At an ERA hearing in D unedin in
October the union argued Silver Fern
Farms had acted in a “reprehensible”
way over the matter, given workers
had been left in limbo, and faced
uncertainty and reduced income for
Silver Fern Farms argued the usual
“seasonal layoff “ had just been extended,
meaning no redundancy situation
However, ERA member Christine
Hickey, in a decision just published
on-line, disagreed, ruling staff positions
were made redundant when the decision
was made not to open for the 2013-14
Ms Hickey rejected Silver Fern Farms
argument the workers were on an
“extended seasonal lay-off ”.
Ms Hickey did not rule on whether
about 70 Silverstream workers who
accepted work at Finegand were eligible
for redundancies and instead called on
the parties to come to an agreement on
If one could not be reached they could
return to the ERA.
Silver Fern Farms chief executive
Dean Hamilton said it was “genuinely
surprised” by the ruling as it felt it was
doing the right thing.
It was expected the redundancies
would cost between $2m and $3m,
depending on how it was defined who
had been made redundant.
— Otago Daily Times
$3m payout on
cards for meat
Rain falls on the crowd at Coca Cola Christmas in the Park in Auckland on Saturday. The weather meant
previous turnouts were not challenged, but organisers say they are thrilled with the crowd that turned
out. New Zealand musicians and brother-sister duo Broods were the headline act for the 21st anniver-
sary performances at a wet Auckland Domain. Spokeswoman Deborah Delaney said they did not have a
crowd estimate, but it was “significant ” and impressive given the rain. “As the event went on the crowd just
got bigger and bigger as people realised it was still happening ... there was still a massive crowd.” Many
packed a poncho, umbrella and gumboots with a picnic hamper for the night of entertainment, hosted by
broadcaster John Campbell and this year supporting Youthline. Other performers included Tami Neilson,
Nyree Burt, Barry Southgate, Lavina Williams, Andrew Papas, and Ria Hall.
Damp Auckland Christmas in the Park
More toxic black mould has been
found in the Tauranga City Council
building meaning another 170 people
will not return to their desks as the
whole first floor has been sealed off.
Communications advisor Marcel
Currin said the decision was made
late Friday afternoon after the council
received initial test results confirming
black mould in more of the building.
An advisory issued to all staff said test
results were mixed but on the basis of
the results and the recommendation of
Prendos building surveyors all staff from
the first floor and some staff from the
ground floor had been evacuated and
the area declared hazardous.
On the first floor another 156 staff
members had been affected. On the
ground floor another 14 from the
building inspections team had been
evacuated taking the total staff affected
The advisory issued to staff said results
for tests in the call centre came back
clean but results for tests on other areas
of the building were not back yet. The
customer service centre, the library
and the council chambers would both
remain open while awaiting test results.
They had been warned it may be a day
or two before they could get back to
work and should be prepared for many
disruptive weeks as fixing the problem
was likely to take a long time. — N ZME
Mould forces out
170 council staff
The New Zealand man accused of
smuggling 30kg of methamphetamine
out of China may have to wait longer
than thought to learn his fate.
Peter Gardner, 25, has been detained
in Guangzhou, China, since his arrest
on November 8.
Today marks his 37th day in
detention, generally recognised as
the longest amount of time Chinese
authorities can keep a person without
releasing or charging them.
But New Zealand’s Ministry of
Foreign Affairs (Mfat) suggested it
may be premature to suggest today was
the day of reckoning for Gardner.
“ People seem very fixated on this
37 day thing. I don’t know if that ’s
quite accurate in its timing,” an Mfat
spokesman said this morning.
Police in China have been known to
extend a detention period by starting
an investigation into a new offence.
It is also possible Gardner has already
been charged and authorities have not
yet made a public announcement.
Mfat said a diplomat had visited
Gardner in detention.
Gardner tried smuggling 30kg of
methamphetamine, out of China.
If found guilty, New Zealand-born
Gardner, who lived in Sydney, could
face 15 years to life in jail or the death
Gardner’s father Russell Gardner
said his son was “doing okay ” despite
possibly facing death by firing squad.
“ We’re managing, we’re pulling
together. We’re still a close family. The
Chinese are treating him okay. ”
Russell Gardner said his son had
never been in serious trouble before,
but did not want to speculate on his
Guangzhou Customs told the Sydney
Morning Herald Peter Gardner was
the owner of two drug-filled bags, the
zippers of which were sealed with super
Guangzhou Customs alleged that
when the bags were opened, officials
found 60 vacuum-sealed bags
containing 30kg of meth.
It was reportedly the largest single
haul of ice headed overseas Guangzhou
Customs ever seized. — N Z ME
Decision on NZ meth
accused could take longer
Mystified farmer Bruce Wills is
again appealing for information
about the disappearance of his
mother after she left her homestead
to feed chickens on the family’s
property near Te Pohue last Tuesday.
The appeal was made after a diving
team searched ponds and dams at
Trelinnoe Station on Saturday but
failed to find any clues as to what has
happened to 77-year-old Mrs Wills,
an alzheimer’s sufferer.
Searches began soon after she was
last seen about 6pm, but nothing has
been found on the property, around
nearby roads, nor at places further
afield such as Havelock North, where
Mrs Wills was born and where she
had sometimes talked of visiting.
The former Federated Farmers
national president continued to
receive offers of search help from
around the country during the
weekend, but he said: “ The reality is,
there’s nothing more to go on. It ’s a
mystery.” — NZME
Farmer’s appeal for info on missing mum
Rena oil slick covers 12km
Up to 20 hostages are being held
in an armed siege in a cafe in Sydney
where an extremist flag was being held
up in a window.
Witnesses reported seeing staff and
customers sobbing as they were forced
to stand with their hands pressed
against the windows of the Lindt cafe.
At least two gunmen are believed
to be involved in the siege but dozens
of armed police have sealed off the
streets surrounding the site. One
gunman is believed to have a shotgun
and possibly an explosive device.
Martin Place has been shut down
and scores of police are surrounding
the building after the alarm was
raised about 9.45am Sydney time. The
Sydney air space has also been closed.
An Islamic flag — black with white
writing on it — has been held up to
The Seven Network newsroom,
which is in a building opposite the
cafe, has also been evacuated.
Journalist Chris Kenny, who was in
the shop about 20 minutes before the
siege began, said he understood the
automatic glass sliding doors had been
“I did speak to a couple of people
who saw a bit more of this unfold than
I did,” he said.
“One woman said she tried to go into
the shop just after I came out with my
takeaway coffee but the doors wouldn’t
open. So obviously whoever is doing
this has disabled the automatic glass
sliding doors to stop anyone else going
in and she said immediately she could
see there was a weapon.
“She mentioned it being taken out
of a blue bag and people were straight
away asked to put up their hands.”
Mia Burns, a news producer for
Seven, tweeted: “Hostages against the
glass of Lindt cafe. Some are shaking
Other buildings in Martin Place,
including the nearby Westpac
building, have been cleared.
Police have cordoned off the area
to about 150m and a special police
operations unit is outside the building.
“ We’re just recommending no one
go near Martin Place at the moment,”
NSW Police spokeswoman
Martin Place train station has been
closed and public buses are being
The Sydney Opera House has also
been evacuated, 9 News Sydney
The airspace across the city is also in
lockdown, with people reporting they
are stuck at airports because Sydney
airspace is closed, it tweeted.
The news channel is also reporting
that 13 people are being held hostage
inside the central city cafe.
9 News journalist Tom Steinfort
posted: “Latest reports are that 13
hostages being held in the centre
of Sydney, by two armed Islamic
Sky reports that the flag says: “ There
is no God other than Allah”.
— New Zealand Herald
Islamic f lag on show as
20 Sydney hostages taken
Mt Cook Village
Rescuers from outside Aoraki
Mt Cook had to be brought in to
recover the body of a well-known
and popular local mountaineer who
toppled backwards and fell 200m to
his death at the weekend.
Stu Haslett, 28, was climbing with a
fellow member of the Aoraki Alpine
Rescue Team when his ice pick came
loose and caused him to fall on New
Zealand’s tallest peak.
Rescue colleagues based at Mt
Cook village were initially scrambled
to the rescue.
But when news emerged that Mr
Haslett had died, they were called off,
and a team from nearby Wanaka was
tasked with the recovery.
“It’s hard getting someone off the
mountain if they actually worked
with them or knew them very well,”
senior constable Les Andrew of
Twizel police said.
“He was well known, well liked.
It’s like a big family where everyone
Mr Haslett ’s family are coming to
terms with the fact he will not be
home for Christmas.
The family today thanked everyone
involved in the recovery of Mr
Haslett ’s body in a statement.
They have asked for privacy “while
we work through this tragic event
and come to terms with the fact he
is not coming home for Christmas”.
Mr Haslett was an experienced
climber who had been living in
Mt Cook village for the last three
He was a seasonal mountaineer
and employed by the Department of
Conser vation as part of the Aoraki
Alpine Rescue Team. — NZ ME
Rescue teams recover victim of 200m Aoraki fall
A precision flying pilot who flew his
homemade bi-plane into the sea in a
deliberate attempt to take his own life
was possibly inspired by the missing
Malaysian Airline flight MH370, a
coroner has found.
Daroish Kraidy, 53, was under
stress from a failing business, had a
background of psychiatric issues, and
was acting out of character which had
friends and family worried leading
up to March 25 this year when he
took his own life. He took off from
Ardmore airport in his bi-plane and
had been seen flying at high speed in
low altitude before the fatal crash later
Radar contact was lost about five
nautical miles north-east of the
airport when it seems he turned off his
A trawler found the plane’s wreckage
months later in what his estranged
wife wife Judy described as being “like
In a report released today, Chief
Coroner Neil McLean found that Mr
Kraidy took his own life by flying his
plane into the sea.
Mr Kraidy, reportedly a former jet
pilot in the South African air force, was
a member of the precision flying club
and while representing New Zealand
won silver in the 1999 Precision Flying
World Championships in Hamilton.
The coroner heard evidence that he
was an “exceptional” pilot who was
usually very careful with pre-flight
checks and kept meticulous records.
But in the weeks leading up to his
disappearance, he was under stress
from his failing business and acting
out of character.
Coroner MacLean said the evidence
was over whelming that Mr Kraidy
deliberately intended to never return.
“It is possibly no coincidence that
these events were in close proximity
to the disappearance of the Malaysian
Airline flight MH370 and the
surrounding speculation about that as
friends recall him talking about that
incident,” the coroner said. — N ZM E
MH370 likely inspiration for suicide flight — coroner
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