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Police identify body
The man whose body was pulled
out of Whanganui River on Tuesday
was 24-year-old Jayden Tilby, police
have confirmed. Post-mortem
examination results suggest Mr
Tilby drowned, but his death is
being treated as unexplained. Acting
detective senior sergeant Phil Taylor
said there was a “definite possibility”
that Mr Tilby’s body had been in the
river since Saturday.
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
Dead child named
The six-year-old killed in a quad
bike accident at Bideford on Sunday
is believed to be Stokes Valley girl
Abigail Jane Schmal-Singleton. Her
death notice said she was the “dearly
loved and cherished daughter” of
Lee Singleton and Anita Schmal.
Mr Singleton said it was a hard
time for the family, and declined to
comment further. The death has been
referred to the coroner and police are
— NZ ME -Wairarapa Times-Age
Man bashed, robbed
Witnesses are being sought after a
Wellington man suffered a suspected
broken eye socket when he was
robbed while walking home this
morning. The 23-year-old man was
walking home along Torrens Terrace
about 2am when he was attacked
and robbed by two men, Johnsonville
detective sergeant Rachael Casbolt
said. They pulled up alongside the
victim in a white stationwagon
and one of the men got out and
demanded the victim hand over his
bag. He was punched in the face
and a brown satchel, wallet, keys,
cellphone and an iPad were taken.
Tourist dies in Thailand
A New Zealand-born woman has
died while backpacking in Thailand.
Christina Marian Annesley, 23,
was born in Lower Hutt and lived
most of her life in London. She
was found dead in a bungalow on
the Thai island of Koh Tao last
Wednesday after apparently taking
antibiotics for a chest infection, the
London Evening Standard reported.
A death notice in New Zealand
said Ms Annesley ’s parents Boyne
and Maggie were living in Kent,
England. Much of her family was
still in New Zealand, including a
brother, Aaron Annesley, 37, who
lives at Glenore, near Milton.
—NZ ME -Otago Daily Times
Big Wednesday draw
There was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 484 last
night. Successful numbers were 2, 18,
27, 37, 43, 44; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10756:
49, 58, 65, 66, 70, 72, 78, 79. Draw No
10757: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 26, 29, 31, 37, 39,
43, 45, 59, 60, 67, 74, 76, 77, 78, 79.
Draw No 10758: 1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 18,
19, 28, 31, 42, 45, 46, 48, 49, 51, 55, 66,
67, 70. Draw No 10759: 1, 4, 9, 12, 13,
15, 21, 23, 35, 36, 46, 48, 60, 62, 68, 69,
70, 73, 76, 79.
Tourist who had keys taken fined
Cabinet has approved the resumption
of defence ties with Fiji since they were
suspended in December 2006.
The resumption of ties will occur this
weekend and a Royal New Zealand
Air Force Orion will conduct maritime
sur veillance of Fiji’s exclusive economic
zone on Saturday, at Fiji’s request,
Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee
“Such patrols assist our south-
west Pacific partners to manage
marine resources and deter illegal and
unauthorised activities within their
New Zealand ended co-operation and
imposed a series of sanctions following
a military coup by Commodore Frank
The targeted measures have been
removed since democratic elections were
held in September last year, in which
Mr Bainimarama was elected Prime
This week’s patrol will be conducted by
No 5 Squadron and it coincides with the
commemoration of the 50th anniversary
of the No 5 Squadron’s withdrawal from
Laucala Bay in Fiji where it flew Catalina
and Sunderland flying boats.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Sky TV ’s drone camera has been
grounded until the Cricket World Cup
following a run-in with another aerial
vehicle in Dunedin.
Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way
yesterday confirmed the drone would
not be seen again in New Zealand until
the global cricket tournament began in
Christchurch on February 14.
The “pause” would give Sky time to
tighten health and safety and other
processes relating to the drone’s use, she
“There’s a few processes that we’re just
reflecting on and making sure that we’re
operating everything properly, but you
will see it again.
“There’s absolutely plans to use it for
the Cricket World Cup,” she said.
The decision followed an incident in
Dunedin on Friday, when Sky’s drone
was competing for air space with a
privately-operated “toy drone” launched
from nearby Logan Park.
The incident occurred just before
the start of the Black Caps’ one-day
international against Sri Lanka, played
before nearly 5000 fans at University
Ms Way said the incident was among
the reasons Sky had decided to review its
use of the drone.
“That ’s just one of those situations that
we want to be more prepared for in how
to deal with that.
“ We weren’t comfortable with that
other drone being there, because we don’t
want to cause an incident.
“There’s been several things over the
trial over various matches, and that was
the last one.”
Since its launch, the drone camera has
delivered spectacular aerial panoramas of
the grounds and their surroundings to
television audience in New Zealand and
Friday’s incident in Dunedin came
after the drone was attacked by seagulls
on the second day of the second test
between the Black Caps and Sri Lanka
at the Basin Reser ve in Wellington.
It was also prevented from flying at
Eden Park on January 17, because there
was no health and safety plan for its safe
Otago Cricket Association chief
executive Ross Dykes said the drone
gave audiences a “wonderful panorama”
but had been grounded in D unedin amid
fears it “could be dangerous, which is a
bit of a shame”.
Ms Way said the drone’s use was still in
a “trial phase”, but Sky was happy with
the results and planned to expand its use
to other sports, including rugby, league
and tennis. “ We’ve learned a lot but we
think overall it ’s going to be a valuable
tool. ” — Otago Daily Times
The tourist who had his car keys taken
from him by a member of the public
while driving in the Lindis Pass earlier
this month has been fined.
Sreedharan Iyer, 41, of New South
Wales, was fined $1000, with $130
court costs, by Justices of the Peace Joy
McDonald and Bill Townsend in the
Alexandra District Court yesterday. Iyer,
who has returned to Australia, pleaded
guilty by letter to a charge of carelessly
operating a vehicle.
Mr Townsend said it was disappointing
Iyer was not present to hear what he and
Ms MacDonald had to say.
He acknowledged Iyer’s guilty plea but
said it was a ‘’very serious offence’’ which
had received much attention.
‘’We both think he should not get away
with a very light fine.’’
The actions of the member of public
who took Iyer’s keys helped avoid a
potential accident, he said.
The maximum penalty for the charge,
under the Land Transport Act 1998, was
a $3000 fine.
Iyer had not previously appeared
before the courts.
On Sunday, January 18, a motorist,
who did not wish to be named, had been
driving south behind another vehicle on
State highway 8 over the Lindis Pass
when, he said, he encountered the Kia
Carnival rental car being driven in the
opposite direction by Iyer.
The man said the rental vehicle was
performing a passing manoeuvre on a
bend and was in the wrong lane, forcing
the car in front of his to drive ‘’completely
off the road’’ to avoid a collision.
He then pursued and overtook the
vehicle, before slowing to get Iyer to pull
After a verbal exchange, the man took
the keys and alerted police, leaving Iyer
stranded on the side of the road in a
remote location with his family and no
Police arrived some time later and
Iyer’s rental car agreement was cancelled.
Iyer, who held a full Australian driver’s
licence, later said he had no idea what he
had done wrong. — Otago Daily Times
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Prime Minister John Key grew
up in a State house on Hollyford
Avenue in Bryndwr, in west
Yesterday, many residents of the
quiet, tree-lined street, which is
made up of a mixture of privately-
owned homes and red brick and
pastel-painted weatherboard State
houses, were disappointed at the
new housing plans.
The man who answered the
door at Mr Key ’s old home, 19
Hollyford Avenue, was evidently
not a fan of Mr Key, and declined
Shelley Anderson, a 44-year-
old mother and assistant manager
at a bar-restaurant, is waiting for
Housing New Zealand to carry out
earthquake repairs to her Hollyford
Avenue house, more than four years
after the shaking started.
She said Mr Key had “forgotten
where he’s come from”.
“ Rents are dear enough in
Christchurch after the earthquakes
and this will make things even
worse,” she said.
A few doors down, Jo Davies,
a 26-year-old nanny, said State
houses should remain under
“ If you’re on a benefit, you can’t
afford the rents. It ’s hard enough if
you are working,” she said.
“ You think he’d be a bit more
on to the struggle that people are
having just to pay their bills. ”
Instead of off-loading its State
housing stock, she thought the
Government would be better off
sub-dividing the large sections
many of the properties are on.
Her housemate, vet nurse Pam
Walker, said the plans will add
more stress to the housing market.
“ I don’t think it’ll be good socially
in the long term and (is) bound to
lead to rents going up again,” she
said. “ There’s a big need for social
housing in New Zealand. Where
there is a need, you need the houses
to cater for that need. It’s as simple
as that. ”
The Government has promised
to build thousands of new State
houses at the same time as it sells
off up to 8000 existing houses over
the next three years.
Social Housing Minister Paula
Bennett says the Government will
use the proceeds of state house sales
partly to double Housing NZ’s new
building rate to more than 1000 a
That increase, plus evicting many
of the 3300 State tenants already
paying market rents, appears to
account for most of a planned
increase of 3000 tenants receiving
income-related housing subsidies
New details, announced in Prime
Minister John Key ’s state of the
nation speech to the Auckland
Rotary Club yesterday, put some
limits on a policy that originally
aimed to lift the community sector’s
share of social housing from about
5% to 20%.
Mr Key said sales would be
limited to 1000 to 2000 in the next
year and to an effective maximum
of 8000 — 12.8% of the State
housing stock — by 2017. By then
Housing NZ would still have at
least 60,000 properties.
He promised to put some of
the sales proceeds into an extra
$40 million a year in income-
related housing subsidies by
2017-18, lifting the numbers on the
subsidies from 62,000 to 65,000.
The rest of the proceeds would
be used “for housing and other
capital projects needed across
government ”. Ms Bennett said
there would be “a doubling of
the amount of new housing by
“They actually did about 490
houses last year. They are on track
to do 1039 in the next 12 months,
but I think they can do better than
that,” she said.
She said houses would be sold by
competitive tender, with separate
contracts for social ser vices to keep
sales contracts “clean”. However the
Government might accept less than
the highest-priced bid to get better
support for tenants.
Mr Key said sale prices would
be below open market values
because buyers would have to keep
properties in social housing.
Housing NZ is to accelerate
reviews of its existing tenants from
about 2000 announced previously
to 5000 over the next two years.
Reviews will target the 3300
tenants already paying market
rents and others on near-market
rates, requiring many of them to
move into private rentals or home
Fletcher Housing director Alan
Jackson said private developers
would be interested in forming
consortiums with community
spokesman Phil Twyford said
ministers were trying to hose down
public alarm about a large-scale
sell-off of State housing.
“It is clear that they are moving to
a different model of social housing
where anybody can own the houses
and the Government just pays a
subsidy,” he said.
“The legislation and their public
statements have explicitly left the
door open to for-profit providers.”
his past ’
The State house in which John Key grew up.
After months of staunchly
maintaining his innocence former
Heart of the City chief executive Alex
Swney phoned his parents on Tuesday
night to say he was going to plead
guilty to nearly $1.8 million worth of
Swney, who once challenged John
Banks in the Auckland mayoralty race,
appeared in court yesterday for what
was expected to be an administrative
hearing looking ahead to trial.
However, he entered a surprise guilty
plea that leaves him facing up to five
years in jail and/or a fine of up to
The 57-year-old pleaded guilty after
the 39 charges laid by the IRD were
condensed to four representative
counts during what was meant to be
an administration hearing. When
contacted on Tuesday, Swney said he
was not sure what was happening in
court the following day.
Swney, who left Auckland District
Court by the back door, would
not comment last night. But his
Morrinsville-based father Gordon
Swney said it was good to get the
court process over with, rather than
letting it drag on.
“ We were right up with the play (on
the guilty plea), he told us last night
(Tuesday). We knew that was going to
be the strategy. ”
Asked how he felt about his son’s
admission of guilt, he replied: “How
would you feel if it was one of yours?”
Gordon Swney said the Morrinsville
community had been very supportive
of his family, and his son also had a
network of sympathetic people.
“ He’s contributed a lot to the city.
He’s a passionate man about the city,
and it ’s just unfortunate the way it ’s
He would not say whether he
thought his son’s tax evasion was a
mistake, but he said he was still proud
to be Swney’s father.
Judge Grant Fraser yesterday bailed
Swney to the Grey Lynn address
— a spacious, open-plan, modern
property on the edge of Ponsonby
Road, where the entrepreneur lives
with his wife Ange, the owner of a
boutique shoe shop, and their two
Judge Fraser ordered Swney to
surrender his passport, despite defence
lawyer Murray Gibson saying he was
“not a flight risk”.
The judge ordered a pre-sentence
report without considering home
detention and indicated a term of
imprisonment was the only viable
outcome at sentencing in April.
Swney staunchly maintained his
innocence last year but that changed
when the case was pushed for ward
with new lawyer Murray Gibson and
a fresh Crown prosecutor taking over
Heart of the City — a city centre
business association registered by
Swney in 1994 — has income-
tax exemption on the basis that it
was created to develop or increase
amenities for the Auckland public.
The amended charges cover personal
tax evasion of $1,757,147 over 12
years to July 2012. Court documents
stated Swney did not provide tax
forms or returns over extended periods
“and did so intending to evade the
assessment of tax”.
The charges also outlined how he
committed the offending while acting
as an independent contractor to Heart
of the City, while sole director of his
own company AGS Ser vices Limited.
He provided “taxable supplies” but
did not register for GST or prnovide
Creditors, including Heart of the
City, have taken steps to protect
their position in the wake of Swney’s
downfall. AGS Ser vices was placed
into liquidation on November 14.
Last month, Heart of the City’s
board announced it had launched
civil proceedings against Swney and,
because of that, refused to comment
on yesterday’s developments.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
City boss facing prison
A Northland teacher has been
charged with kidnapping after
allegedly locking an unruly student
in a room and letting him out only
when his bus arrived.
The teacher, who has interim
name suppression along with the
name of the school, also faces five
charges of assaulting a child. The four
complainants are pupils.
The teacher’s case was called in a
Northland court on Tuesday when
his lawyer urged the judge to throw
out the kidnapping charge.
The charge relates to an incident
when the teacher placed two unruly
students in what the children call
“the jail room”, known to teachers
as the resource room or time-out
Annandale said one of the children
had been grabbed by the shirt and
upper arm, taken forcefully to the
room, and locked inside.
“ He didn’t get any lunch and he
was let out when the school van was
about to leave. ”
Mr Annandale said schools had a
right to their own policies around
discipline, but those policies had to
conform to the laws of the land. The
teacher’s actions went beyond what
was normally expected in society, he
The teacher’s lawyer, however, said
the Education Act required children
aged six to 16 to attend school so they
were in the lawful custody of their
school during teaching hours.
The Crown claimed the resource
room was locked but the man’s lawyer
said his inspection found no locking
mechanism as described.
“ Even if that were so, they were in
the lawful custody of the school so
they cannot be unlawfully detained. It
may be a breach of OSH regulations
but nothing more. It was school
policy at the time,” he said.
The defence lawyer also questioned
the Crown’s claim that the boy had
gone without lunch, saying he had
jumped out of a window and was
found playing with other children at
lunchtime. The teacher then ordered
him back into the room.
The lawyer urged Judge Keith de
Ridder to dismiss the kidnapping
charge while Mr Annandale said
it should be up to a jury to decide
whether the teacher’s actions
amounted to kidnapping. The judge
reser ved his decision.
The case will be called again on
February 24 and is due to go to jury
trial on July 20 with the complainants
to give evidence by CCTV.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
Teacher faces kidnapping charge
Banks faces retrial
over electoral fraud
Former Act Party leader John
Banks will face a retrial for filing
a false electoral return, Solicitor-
General Mike Heron, QC, has
Mr Banks was convicted in
the High Court last year after
not disclosing donations from
internet mogul Kim Dotcom to his
Auckland mayoralty campaign in
Last November the Court of
Appeal overturned his conviction
and ordered a new trial.
But the decision had to be
confirmed by the Solicitor-General.
Last night, a Crown Law
spokeswoman said Mr Heron had
made that decision.
No date has been set. The issue
will go to the High Court in
Auckland on Tuesday.
Neither Mr Banks nor his lawyer,
David Jones, QC, could be reached
for comment last night.
Mr Banks appealed against his
conviction, introducing affidavits
from two United States-based
businessmen who he said were
at the same lunch at which Mr
c laimed donations
were discussed. The men, David
Schaeffer and Jeffery Karnes, said
donations were not discussed at
The Court of Appeal said it was
satisfied that if the evidence had
been before (High Court judge)
Justice Wylie the outcome might
have been different, and it was in
the interests of justice to admit it.
Amanda Banks, who now lives
apart from her husband, was at the
lunch and was a key witness in the
High Court hearing. The Court of
Appeal’s decision noted Mrs Banks
“ was stung by the judge’s opinion
of her reliability. She became
quite obsessed, as she puts it, with
identifying the two Americans. ”
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
The New Zealand Superannuation
Fund has posted a 13.9% return for
2014, finishing the year at $27.5 billion,
but warns returns will be “more muted”
over the coming years.
Stock markets around the world
performed strongly last year, continuing
what has now been an almost six-year
bull market for equities.
Chief executive Adrian Orr said a
heavy weighting to global equities and
a decline in the New Zealand dollar’s
strength had helped the fund deliver
The fund’s 13.9% total return exceeded
a 12.4% return from its passive reference
portfolio and a 3.1% return for Treasury
bills — a measure of the cost to the
Government of contributing to the fund
instead of paying debt, the Super Fund
Mr Orr said future returns were
unlikely to be as strong as in 2014.
“Many asset classes are nearing full
value, economic growth remains patchy
globally, and it is becoming harder to
find good investment opportunities,” he
“ While we are confident that the fund
will exceed its benchmarks over time, the
very high returns of the last few years are
unlikely to be repeated — they are the
exception, not the rule. ”
The fund, which has returned 19.6%
per annum over the past three years, is
expected to generate average annual
returns of 8% to 9% over the long term,
based on present portfolio settings.
It remained strongly weighted to
growth assets, despite having reduced its
overall risk level in recent months, Mr
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Super Fund returns ‘not the rule’
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