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A “one-off ” drug deal at a Wanaka
preschool has resulted in two teachers having
their registrations torn up.
early childhood teachers
Catherine Ngaire Williamson and Gemma
Ward were deregistered by the New Zealand
Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal and censured
for serious misconduct after ecstasy traded
hands at Oanaka Educare in Wanaka.
Ms Williamson brought three ecstasy
tablets to the preschool in November 2013
which were bought by Ms Ward.
Oanaka Educare owner Sandie Dodds said
she felt the right decision was made.
“I don’t think there’s any room for any
teacher to have drugs at an early childhood
centre,” she said.
The matter had been made more stressful
by Ms Williamson’s allegations of bullying.
“It’s been a tough year for us battling this
and it ’s been a difficult year for the other
teachers at our centre to get their heads
around it,” Ms Dodds said.
She was pleased the tribunal had quashed
suggestions of bullying at the centre.
Tribunal chairman Kenneth Johnston said,
in the written decision released yesterday,
that the tribunal accepted “bullying is a red
herring in this case”.
“The simple fact of the matter is that
this teacher has made a conscious decision
to sell a class B drug to a colleague at the
preschool,” he said.
Ms Williamson had told the complaints
assessment committee of the New Zealand
Teachers Council that she would “frequently
find myself crying at the end of the day ”
because of the bullying she alleged she
suffered at the hands of a superior.
She was befriended by Ms Ward and
asked to supply her with drugs, she told the
“Given Gemma’s kindness and her support
in the workplace, I felt I needed to repay
her,” she said.
“This was the motivation behind this
supply, although I accept it was a very serious
error of judgement on my part.”
Ms Williamson sourced the drugs from an
unknown male at a party for $150.
She then brought them to the preschool
and gave them to Ms Ward in exchange for
The drug deal took place during operating
hours and with children on site.
Ms Williamson was later confronted by
Mrs Dodds about what took place and
admitted supplying the drugs.
— Otago Daily Times
Teachers struck off for
preschool drug deal
Internet giant Google helped pinpoint
a Dunedin man accused of distributing
objectionable material involving the abuse of
children and animals.
Dunedin storeman Stephen Brett Scully,
54, was remanded in custody after appearing
in the Dunedin District Court yesterday on a
raft of charges.
Of the 38 charges, eight were for distributing
objectionable material, seven for supplying
objectionable material — both charges with
a 10 year maximum imprisonment — and 23
of possessing objectionable material.
His offending was detected after Google
notified the National Centre for Missing
and Exploited Children (NCMEC), in the
United States, that objectionable images had
been uploaded to a website it controlled.
On February 8 last year, NCMEC notified
New Zealand’s Internal Affairs, with Google
identifying the defendant as the person likely
to have uploaded the objectionable material.
Scully told police he had uploaded about
100 objectionable images, involving the
sexual exploitation of children, to various
internet sharing sites such as Picasa.
He denied telling people of the location
of the uploaded images, but conceded the
images would be viewed by others, the police
summary of facts said.
On June 17 last year, police executed a
search warrant at his D unedin address,
seizing a desktop computer and a Seagate
An analysis of its hard drive revealed just
days earlier he had sent to another individual
30 objectionable images, including images of
children performing sex acts on animals, or
Scully admitted sending the images via
That same analysis showed a flashdrive, with
hundreds of objectionable images involving
children, was used on his computer between
April 21 and June 17 last year.
Scully had labelled some of these images
with the Christian names of previous sexual
victims, offending which resulted in a 2004
He told police the sexual images were not of
those people, but were of people not known
to him and that he sourced those images
from the internet before labelling them with
names known to him.
The images on the flash drive depicted
serious sexual offending.
Scully said he destroyed the flash drive after
police executed the June search warrant.
On May 14 this year, police executed another
search warrant at his address, locating a flash
drive hidden in a gumboot by the front door.
That flash drive revealed more images of
serious sexual offending against children.
Scully is to appear for sentencing on
February 13. — Otago Daily Times
Google helps catch child porn distributor
When John Key was elected to
office, his mediocre golf game was
consigned to the backburner.
But as confidence grew during his
second and third terms as Prime
Minister, his play around the fairways
and greens has flourished.
After languishing with a handicap
in the mid-20s, he’s now playing off a
highly respectable handicap of 11.9 .
While relaxing at his holiday home
in Hawaii this festive break, Mr Key
will no doubt be keen for another
round with fellow keen golfer US
President Barack Obama, to show off
his polished skills.
“He absolutely loves the game,”
said one associate. “He’s got keener
in more recent times — he’s got the
“But he still doesn’t play nearly as
much as he would want to — he just
doesn’t have enough spare time.”
In the past three years, however, the
PM has managed to find more time
In 2012, Mr Key — a member of
the Royal Auckland, Omaha Beach,
and Wairakei International clubs
— played in the NZ PGA Pro-Am
seeding tournament at Jack’s Point,
He was paired with teenage
sensation Lydia Ko and shot 21 over
par — the same score as Hollywood
actor Don Cheadle.
In January he was invited to play
a round of golf with Mr Obama
in Hawaii, where they were both
holidaying. Mr Key was reportedly
playing off a 15 handicap, while the
most powerful man in the world was
playing to 18 — a bogey a hole.
Mr Obama and Mr Key teamed
up to play against Mr Key ’s now
19-year-old son Max and presidential
aide Mar vin Nicholson at the
Kaneohe Klipper course on a military
base 20km from Honolulu.
The leaders, perhaps unsurprisingly,
claimed victory, and indeed did so
“ handsomely”, Mr Key told the
Kinloch Club after a round at the
Jack Nicklaus signature golf course
near Taupo recently.
In June, he told the Kinloch Club
that he was playing off a handicap
of 10.9, which “grossly overstates my
Mr Key admitted he was the
most nervous he had ever been on
a course while playing in this year’s
New Zealand Open alongside golf
legend and winner of the 1963 Open
Championship Bob Charles, and US
star Rocco Mediate.
— New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Getty Images
Prime Minister John Key reacts to a rough shot during the New Zealand
Open in March.
Key’s time in office improves handicap
A man left with burned
hands after a botched
has been warned a
prison term is likely if he
William James White,
29, was yesterday
sentenced in the
Dunedin District Court
to four months’ home
detention after previously
admitting a charge of
producing a class B
The D unedin-based
designer was using
butane to extract
cannabis oil from plant
material on October 13
when an explosion blew
out one wall of his Green
White suffered burns
to his hands, and
later admitted he was
extracting cannabis oil at
Coyle warned White
not to “squander this
to address his drug
While a term of
initially considered, this
would be a certainty if he
reappeared in court on
Judge Coyle said White
had reoffended while
ser ving a community
sentence on a drug-
related matter, and while
he was now trying to
address his offending he
was at a “crossroads”.
conditions include not
to possess drugs, and
to attend addiction
and mental health
— Otago Daily Times
Hands burned in
A head of the Rotorua
Salvation Army has
resigned his position
after being charged with
performing an indecent
act in public.
Brian Noel Martin, 64,
appeared briefly before a
registrar in the Rotorua
District Court yesterday
charged with doing an
indecent act in a public
The offence is alleged
to have happened on
December 6 on Amohia
Street, Rotorua. The
charge comes with a
maximum penalty of two
No further details
around the allegation are
Martin was the
Rotorua Salvation Army
manager for several years.
He was remanded
on bail without plea to
reappear in the Rotorua
District Court on
His bail conditions
are that he reside at his
Rotorua address and
obey a curfew of 9pm to
territorial secretary for
personnel captain Gerry
Walker said Martin’s
involvement with the
Salvation Army was
suspended at the time
of his arrest and he had
“Until the case has
gone through the court
process, there’s not much
more that I can say,” he
“But I would like to
reassure members of the
public that the Rotorua
is still in preparation for
Christmas and thanks
to all the people of
Rotorua, the media, the
community, for their
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