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Fire damages cafe
A Kumeu cafe has been gutted by
a fire overnight. The fire took hold
about 9.30pm at the Route 16 Cafe,
on State highway 16, northern fire
communications shift manager Jaron
Phillips said. The fire damaged about
a quarter of the 10m by 20m cafe,
Mr Phillips said. Six crews attended
at the height of the blaze, he said.
Fire crews were also attending a
house fire on Riverside Drive in
Point Wells, Mr Phillips said. “ We
got called just before 6am.” Four
crews were sent to the scene, he said.
‘Dirty money ’ acquittals
Two men have been acquitted of
money laundering after a retrial
in the Rotorua District Court.
At the end of a seven-day trial
a jury yesterday found Valentine
Barclay Nicholas, Maketu, and a
Rotorua man whose name remains
suppressed, not guilty. They
were discharged by Judge Glen
Marshall. Nicholas was charged
with laundering $93,000 of “dirty
money ” to buy a hunting block near
Opotiki. The other man had been
charged with recklessly engaging
in a money laundering transaction
that was the proceeds of serious
crime. A jury in the same court was
unable to reach verdicts when the
men appeared last May. The Crown
alleged the money had come from
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
Death not suspicious
The death of a Mongrel Mob
gang associate who was jailed over
the drive-by shooting death of a
Whanganui toddler is not suspicious,
police say. The body of 26-year-old
Tyrone Box was found by a member
of the public in Te Mana Park in
Whanganui on Monday night.
Police said they were not treating
Box’s death as suspicious. — NZ ME
Children fire suspects
Four children are being questioned
by police over two suspicious fires at
a Masterton rugby field. On Tuesday
evening, the the ground suffered a
second grass fire, damaging more of
the already ruined third of the field
scorched a week ago. Senior sergeant
Jymahl Glassey said police were
still questioning the children, aged
between eight and 12. Hesaid if the
fires were lit deliberately, the matter
would be referred to Youth Aid.
— NZ ME -Wairarapa Times-Age
Big Wednesday draw
There was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 487 last
night. Successful numbers were 4, 5,
8, 9, 28, 33; coin toss, heads.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10840:
1, 5, 10, 22, 28, 30, 33, 35, 42, 48, 53,
57, 59, 61, 62, 66, 68, 69, 75, 77. Draw
No 10841: 1, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 23, 26, 27,
33, 34, 37, 42, 44, 46, 62, 68, 69, 70, 72.
Draw No 10842: 1, 2, 6, 19, 20, 23, 31,
37, 40, 41, 44, 46, 49, 51, 55, 63, 64, 71,
74, 77. Draw No 10843: 9, 15, 17, 20,
23, 25, 31, 34, 39, 43, 47, 52, 54, 60, 62,
64, 68, 71, 75, 77.
Two arrests after rural Canterbury robberies
A former Malaysian High Commission
staffer accused of assaulting a Wellington
woman has made a brief appearance in
Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail, 38,
appeared in the Wellington District
Court, charged with burglary and assault
with intent to commit sexual violation.
The charges relate to events that
allegedly happened at a home in the
Wellington suburb of Brooklyn in May
Today, one of Rizalman’s bail conditions
Following Rizalman’s arrest on May 10
last year, New Zealand asked Malaysia to
waive diplomatic immunity but on May
22 Rizalman left the country after a mix-
up between officials.
At the end of June the case was made
public and an inquiry began over how
the diplomat was allowed to leave.
Malaysia confirmed on July 2 last year
Rizalman would be returned to New
Zealand, and he arrived back in late
October. Rizalman has been remanded
on bail until his next appearance in April.
back in court
A police officer has told a court
the trips he took to simulate Mark
Lundy’s movements between Petone
and Palmerston North were “hardly a
scientific experiment ”.
Sergeant Danny Johanson was cross-
examined today by defence lawyer
Julie-Anne Kincade in the High Court
at Wellington at the trial for double-
murder accused Lundy.
The Crown has alleged there was a fuel
discrepancy in Lundy’s Ford Fairmont
vehicle based on the locations he said he
The Crown’s case was that Lundy had
driven to Palmerston North in the early
hours of August 30, 2000, where he killed
his wife Christine, 38, and seven-year-
old daughter Amber with a tomahawk
before returning to Petone.
Lundy, 56, has denied the allegations.
Mr Johanson told the court he drove
the return trip three times in a similar
car to Lundy’s.
On the first trip on October 17, 2000,
to Petone from Palmerston North he
visited businesses that Lundy visited and
recorded a 215km trip.
However, he accepted he missed
visiting a couple of premises that Lundy
would have visited, which would have
made the measurement short compared
with Lundy’s trip.
On the return trip to Palmerston North,
Mr Johanson said he drove “under the
worst possible conditions”.
There were populated areas and he kept
speeds as fast as he could but kept safety
“It was made clear at the start there
would not be many exemptions to speed
The top speed he reached was 140kph,
Ms Kincade pointed out it would be
impossible to exactly recreate Lundy’s
trip in terms of routes taken and speeds
“It was hardly a scientific experiment,”
Mr Johanson said.
“ We didn’t even drive at the same times
that the accused did and that was for
Under further questions by Crown
Ben Vanderkolk, Mr
Johanson said to emulate driving under
the worst conditions, he drove with the
air conditioning on full and accelerated
and braked hard.
“Just drove the car hard in general.”
Ms Kincade asked Mr Johanson to
confirm he used 76.1 litres of fuel to visit
the businesses Mr Lundy had been to,
drive back up to Palmerston North, back
to Petone and then return to Palmerston
He agreed that it was 76.1 litres —
prompting Ms Kincade to point out Mr
Lundy’s petrol tank had a capacity of
only 68 litres.
Ms Kincade also asked Mr Johanson
about visiting the unit Lundy stayed in
at the Foreshore and with the help of
another officer, removed the S-bends
in the kitchen and bathroom to find
Mr Johanson could not remember
much about the incident, but accepted
he could not have found any evidence.
Two people have been arrested in
Canterbury overnight following a
string of aggravated robberies during
which shots were fired at police.
Police received reports of the first
aggravated robbery at Timaru Post
and Gift Shop at 4.45pm by a man
armed with a knife, Canterbury rural
area commander Inspector Dave
Gaskin said. The man was reported
to have fled on foot.
A second alleged robbery was
reported shortly after 7pm at the BP
petrol station in Fairlie.
The man’s description was similar
to that of the first robbery and he
was reported to have been carrying a
firearm before fleeing the scene in a
vehicle, Mr Gaskin said.
“Staff were deployed and cordons
set up and as a result the vehicle was
located a short time later in Totara
Valley near Pleasant Point.
“ When it was stopped by a police
officer the driver is reported to have
got out of the vehicle, discharged a
firearm towards the police officer
and driven off.
“The vehicle was followed at a
distance by police and both occupants
were apprehended by Canterbury
armed offenders squad and an AOS
dog and handler without further
incident,” Mr Gaskin said.
No members of the public or police
were injured during the robberies or
the subsequent arrests, he said.
The two people, a man and a
woman, were arrested shortly before
8.30pm and both are due to appear
in the Timaru District Court today.
A 26-year-old Timaru man has
been charged with two counts of
aggravated robbery, using a firearm
against a law enforcement officer,
resisting arrest, two counts of
assaulting a police officer, assault on
a civilian and drink driving.
A 22-year-old Timaru woman has
been charged with two counts of
Police said their investigations
“ Police will not tolerate this kind
of behaviour and encourage anyone
who sees anything suspicious in their
neighbourhood to report it to police
straight away,” Mr Gaskin said.
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A police response to an aggravated
burglary in which a man was fatally shot
in the back has been labelled “ unplanned
and unco-ordinated” by the Independent
Police Conduct Authority.
During the response, an armed man
was tasered, then shot in the back, before
being punched and beaten with a police
torch. He later died.
The IPCA report found the police
officer who fatally shot Adam Morehu
was justified in doing so because he
believed Morehu was armed and feared
for the safety of himself and other
However, the report criticised the
actions of a number of other officers
in the period immediately preceding
the shooting, attributing the failings
to inadequacies in the command and
control of the incident.
The incident occurred in the early
hours of Saturday, June 8, 2013, when
police were called to a burglary at the
New Plymouth Golf Club.
A police dog handler was the first to
respond about 4am and after confirming
the break-in, he used his police dog to
track the offenders.
The two offenders, later identified as
Morehu and Kevin Bishell, were soon
located by the officer, who informed the
police communications centre that they
were on a motorcycle on the golf course.
The dog handler then released his dog
and while subsequently attempting to
subdue both men, he was fired upon by
The officer then retreated with Bishell
and his dog.
Another officer arrived at the golf
course shortly after and, following an
attempt to confront Morehu, he also
Further officers then began arriving at
the scene. However, there was limited
radio communication and no overall
command and control of the officers on
the ground, the report stated.
Eventually, four officers converged on
Mr Morehu in order to confront him.
One of the officers was armed with a
firearm and two others with tasers.
They appealed to Mr Morehu to drop
his gun and tasered him when he failed
to do so.
At the same time, an officer on a bank
above Morehu approached the scene
and, fearing for the safety of his fellow
officers, fired his Glock pistol, hitting
Morehu then fell to the ground, but
believing he was still resisting arrest, he
was punched by one officer and hit in the
head four times by another officer with
a police torch before being successfully
A wound was later found on Morehu’s
lower back. He became unresponsive
and stopped breathing a short time later.
Police, then paramedics, continued
CPR until paramedics determined
further resuscitation attempts were
Morehu was pronounced dead by
paramedics at 5.07am.
Bishell was later convicted of
aggravated robbery and burglary charges.
IPCA chairman Judge Sir David
Carruthers said none of the general
duties officers involved had previous
experience or substantial training in
dealing with an armed offender.
“The officers were faced with an active
shooter, in an open area, in a semi-rural
location, with negligible lighting and
minimal information about potential
co-offenders and the status of one of
their colleagues,” Sir David said.
Faced with an active shooter, the
officers felt compelled to act and were
justified in arming themselves, the
“ However, the authority found the
actions of the officers involved were
unplanned and unco-ordinated,” Sir
“The officers failed to communicate
effectively with each other, and they
entered a dangerous situation at risk of
being injured without properly arming
themselves or wearing their ballistic
“ Poor communication and a lack
of command and control during this
incident contributed to the events that
“There was no effective co-ordination
by the communications centre nor any
leadership in the field.
“This impacted on the effectiveness of
the police response to the incident and
resulted in the officers involved making
decisions that put themselves and their
colleagues at unnecessary risk of harm.”
Police were currently conducting
employment investigations into five of
the officers involved in the incident.
The owners of the Lake Ferry
Hotel have bought a boat to
recreate a crossing many early
settlers in Wairarapa would have
Mary Tipoki, who owns the
hotel with husband Maurice, said
they planned to run a commercial
ferry ser vice between the west
and east side of Lake Onoke this
“ We’ve bought this vessel to
recreate the history of the hotel
in terms of providing transport
across the lake. ”
She said the boat takes up
to nine people and they were
looking into running cruises on
the lake as well.
“ We envisage a little more
than just going across the lake to
pick people up, back then it was
only across the mouth, a short
The publicans had taken the
boat out for a spin last week and
for Mrs Tipoki, who has a love
for history, it had a real sense of
recreating part of the area’s past,
“The ferry was fundamental to
Wairarapa, without that little
boat the early settlers couldn’t get
“I’ve heard it said Lake Ferry is
the birthplace of the Wairarapa.”
Mrs Tipoki said the first ferry
ser vice was operated by Maori.
Following a drowning in 1850,
a ferryman was appointed and to
supplement his income residents
decided to establish a hotel in
1851 and combine the role of
publican and ferryman.
The Lake Ferry settlement
was so named because the first
publican, William Ardley, was
licensed on condition he row
travellers from Wellington across
the mouth of the lake.
Mrs Tipoki said the licence was
never revoked, but the ser vice
stopped operating in the 1960s.
She said the boat will be named
Te Where, the Maori translation
of The Ferry.
“We want to doitinMaorito
incorporate the two cultures, to
acknowledge both Maori and
Mrs Tipoki said they had been
encouraged to run the ser vice by
Destination Wairarapa to take
advantage of the growing number
of visitors on the Rimutaka Cycle
Trail, which runs down the lake’s
She said the ser vice was not
too far away but they were still
arranging the right permits.
According to the 1882 “Lower
Lake Ferry Scale of Tolls”
noticeboard, the ferry cost one
shilling for every passenger to
cross and for “a horse with man in
charge”, one shilling and sixpence.
— NZ ME-Wairarapa Times-Age
Ferry journey makes return
PICTURE: Gordon Wyeth-Wairarapa Times-Age
The Lake Ferry Hotel’s new ferry is taken for a test drive.
One person died and two were
injured after a car crashed in
Waitakere last evening — the third
road death yesterday and the ninth
road fatality in two days.
Inspector Tony Wakelin said
emergency ser vices were called to the
crash on Simpson Road in Ranui just
One person was found dead. Two
others were injured.
The crash comes after the driver of
a rental car died in a collision with
a stock truck in Canterbury — the
second to be killed in a rental vehicle
Police were called to the crash on
State highway 1, about 10km south
of Greta Valley, about 6.30pm.
Witnesses said a northbound
rental car crossed the centre line and
collided head-on into a stock truck
and trailer unit carrying a full load of
The driver and sole occupant of the
rental car died at the scene.
The truck driver was uninjured but
understandably shaken, police said.
The lambs not appear to be injured.
Earlier, a Taiwanese national was
killed in Christchurch when a rental
van and a four-wheel-drive vehicle
The passenger, who was in the rear
seat of a Toyota Estima van carrying
seven Taiwanese people, died at the
scene of the crash, at the junction of
Jones Road and Dawsons Road in
Templeton, about 11.20am, police
Initial reports indicated the rented
Estima had been travelling along
Dawsons Road while the four-wheel-
drive had been travelling along Jones
Road, police said.
The driver and five passengers of the
van, and the driver and sole occupant
of the four-wheel-drive, were taken
to Christchurch Hospital with minor
to moderate injuries.
Yesterday ’s deaths added to an
already rapidly increasing national
road toll, which jumped 25% higher
than at the same time last year
following six deaths on Tuesday.
The rise in the number of lives
lost on the roads comes after three
fatal crashes on Tuesday, including
a triple fatality involving a logging
Police have named the three
members of an American family
who died in that smash near
They were Warren Lee, 53, Aesoon
Lee, 52 and Julie Lee, 20.
Mr and Mrs Lee were American
citizens living in Hong Kong, police
Their daughter Julia had been living
in Massachusetts, but was due to start
university in Auckland.
She was driving at the time of the
Her 18-year-old brother was
critically injured in the crash and
remains in Waikato Hospital.
The family had come to New
Zealand to help Julia settle in to her
new home before they returned to
Police said investigations were
continuing in to the cause of the
crash. — NZME
Nine dead in two days on roads
One of the Government ’s
allies has come out strongly
against plans to send troops
to help train the Iraqi army
in its fight against the
United Future leader and
Internal Affairs Minister
Peter Dunne said the
would only make matters
worse, Radio New Zealand
Few political parties,
apart from National, now
support the idea of sending troops to
Mr Dunne said to go simply because
it meant being part of the western “club”
He said western nations had repeatedly
inter vened in the Middle East in their
“All they ’ve done is create
an ongoing festering sore
which is now rampant, if
you like, right through the
Middle Eastern region
and I just think this sort of
attitude that we know best
or that we can sort this out.
I mean it didn’t work in the
Crusades and yet these are
the modern day versions of
Mr Dunne said if troops
went they would be
inevitably drawn into the
wider fight against Islamic State fighters.
He said the Government should instead
look at providing more humanitarian aid
and helping develop civil society in Iraq.
The Cabinet will decide on Monday
whether troops will be sent to train the
Iraqi army. — NZ N
troops for Iraq
Tax rise at pump on cards for motorists
Oil companies may pass on a new
tax at the petrol pump even though
it is likely to be a barely perceptible
fraction of a cent.
Parliament passed legislation on
Tuesday night to create a new levy
to cover the cost of the stockpiled
oil New Zealand is required to have
in case of a spike in global oil prices.
The levy has not been set but
Energy Minister Simon Bridges’
office said if it was introduced this
year it would be roughly 0.1c per
litre, or about 4c for someone filling
up a 40-litre tank.
A spokesman for Z Energy,
Jonathan Hill, said the new oil tax
would “definitely” be passed on to
“This is effectively another tax to
fund something, and it would just
be an additional cost that went on
at the pump.”
He said the local industry made
4.2c per litre in net profit last year:
“ It’s a low-margin business and
every bit counts.”
Chevron New Zealand, which
supplies Caltex petrol stations, said
it would wait until the levy was set
to decide whether to absorb the
Automobile Association spokes-
man Mark Stockdale said the tax
was so tiny that oil companies
should be able to easily absorb it
within their margins.
companies’ profit margins were
“ healthy” and petrol prices had
been increased by 20c per litre
in the last month despite costs to
those companies of 17c per litre.
As part of its international
obligations, New Zealand is
required to hold the equivalent of
90 days’ worth of oil imports to
protect against a sudden increase in
Most of New Zealand’s stockpile
is held in overseas reser ves, and
this week’s law change determined
those reser ves would be paid for by
oil consumers, such as motorists,
and not by the general public.
Mr Bridges said it was a fairer
and more sustainable way to fund
He said those obligations would
be reduced if a major oil discovery
was made in New Zealand.
The legislation was supported
by all parties except New Zealand
First, which felt it was unfair to put
another tax on motorists.
The Green Party supported it on
the grounds that people who were
using oil were paying their fair
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Henare fined for name suppression breach
MP Tau Henare has
been fined $1200
suppression order on-
He appeared in the
Court yesterday, two
months after pleading
not guilty to the charge.
But yesterday he said he had
reconsidered his position and asked
to change his stance.
“ Your Honour, it ’s not an excuse
but when it happened
I was in an argument
on social media about
another issue and I
thought I’d use that
as my argument,”
“Really I have no
more to say other
than an apology to
the court for wasting
its time, the police
department for wasting its time and
really I should’ve known better, but
there we are.”
Late last year, Henare breached
a suppression order on Twitter
regarding the case of a well-known
New Zealander who had admitted
to performing an indecent act after
an incident in 2011, but was later
discharged without conviction
and granted permanent name
suppression at sentencing.
Henare was not so lucky.
Judge Kevin Glubb said breaching
court-imposed orders was “a very
serious matter” and warned him
doing it again would result in a more
serious penalty. Henare was ordered
to pay $1200, plus court costs.
The charge carries a maximum
imprisonment. — NZ ME
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