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New Zealand Post Christchurch Contact Centre team leader Phil Ibell, front, leads off his 25th Coast to Post charity fundraiser bike ride, which left the
Greymouth postal centre, in Arney Street, yesterday morning bound for Christchurch. Ibell, who helped organise the Child Cancer Foundation ride, said future
events were not under threat, despite NZ Post proposing to cut 500 postie jobs nationwide because it was not only postal staff who took part. “It’s predominantly
Coast people ... but we have got people from the Christchurch Post Centre this year, and people from all walks of life.” For the second year in a row it was going
ahead without sponsorship from NZ Post, relying instead on private sponsorship. However, the event still retained the Coast to Post name because it started on
the Coast and finished at the Christchurch Mail Centre.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
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Girl endured ‘horrific torture’
An Auckland teenager has allegedly
suffered four days of shocking torture
at the hands of a man more than twice
A senior detective with more than 25
years experience said it was unlike any
other case he had been involved with in
“It ’s up there with some of the worst
things I’ve seen. They were allegedly
torturous acts and that ’s reflected in
the number and the seriousness of the
charges that he faces,” Detective senior
sergeant Kevin Tiernan said.
A 38-year-old South Auckland tradie
appeared in Manukau District Court
earlier this month facing 21 charges,
the majority of which covered extreme
violent and sexual offending against the
Court documents, though brief, give
graphic depictions of the alleged abuse
the girl sustained over a four-day period
It began on December 21, when the
man allegedly smashed the girl’s fingers
with a hammer, breaking a bone, which
The following days also resulted in
three charges of kidnap.
On December 23, it is alleged the man
covered her nose and mouth for so long
it caused the blood vessels in her eyes
Charge sheets say on the same day he
targeted her feet with the hammer and
threatened to smash her head with it
Police believe he bound the
complainant ’s hands and feet with rope,
used cable ties on another occasion and
shut her in a wardrobe on Christmas
Towards the end of the ordeal he
allegedly took to the teenager’s teeth
with a pair of pliers, leaving them
chipped and broken.
“There will be ongoing reconstructive
dental work required. There is some
serious damage to a number of teeth,”
Mr Tiernan said.
“The disfigurement will require expert
The allegation prompted a charge of
disfiguring with intent to do grievous
Most of the charges are too explicit
and depraved to be disclosed to the
public and police said the complainant
had suffered severe physical and
“She’s had a troubled upbringing and
could be classed as the most vulnerable
type of victim due to her age and her
background,” Mr Tiernan said.
“It ’s not that the charges are rare,
it’s the nature of the charges and how
they ’ve come about. ”
A police investigation began after she
approached authorities with her mother.
It is understood there is an active
police investigation into allegations
The defendant, who NZME has
agreed not to name at this stage, was
remanded in custody and will be back
in court in April.
Reducing the country’s alcohol
consumption would reduce New
Zealand ’s cancer rate, experts say.
An article in New Zealand Medical
journal found 5.4% of all New Zealand
deaths under 80 were attributable to
Most of the alcohol related deaths were
from injuries, but cancers, including two
of the most common — breast cancer
and bowel cancer, were cited as 30% of
the deaths related to alcohol.
Associate Professor Chris Atkinson, the
Medical Director of the Cancer Society
said New Zealanders were drinking too
much, and cutting back on alcohol could
mean a lower cancer rate.
The World Health Organisation has
identified ethanol as a carcinogen and
the study included deaths from gastric
cancers and breast cancer as alcohol
related deaths. Mr Atkinson said he
hoped people took notice of the findings
in the article. “I want this be taken
seriously,” he said.
“The Cancer Society ’s stance is that
we don’t know what the safe amount of
Problems with wrong perceptions of
standard drinks, not enough alcohol-
free nights and binge drinking were all
contributing factors to a high rate of
cancer in New Zealand, he said.
Professor Doug Sellman, director of
the National Addiction Centre and
spokesman for Alcohol Action New
Zealand, said the connection between
alcohol and breast cancer was particularly
concerning. Breast cancer was the leading
cause of alcohol-attributable deaths in
“If you’re a woman in New Zealand and
you’re going to die of an alcohol-related
disease it will be breast cancer. It’s scary,
partly because the alcohol industry has
been targeting women for the last 20 or
30 years in a fairly specific way.”
Professor Sellman and Associate
Professor Chris Atkinson agreed alcohol
was a contributing factor to cancer, but
not the primary cause.
The Cancer Society and Alcohol Action
New Zealand are holding New Zealand’s
first conference on alcohol and cancer in
Less alcohol may reduce cancer rate
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Aucklanders now have their very own
man in London, at a cost to ratepayers
of more than $230,000.
development arm has created a special
contract in London for one of its senior
executives, Grant Jenkins, who has
moved his family to England.
His English-born wife, Kate, was
homesick and had been longing to
return home for several years, according
to a former council staffer.
The Jenkins have set up home with
their two children outside London
in the village of Bourne End in
As well as paying about $196,000 for
a 12-month contract, ratepayers are
picking up Mr Jenkins’ work expenses
and office costs at New Zealand
Tourism’s headquarters in New Zealand
House near Trafalgar Square.
Ratepayers have paid an administration
fee of about $15,000 for his contract
and contributed $19,841 to the family’s
Brett O’Riley, head of Auckland
Tourism, Events and Economic
Development (Ateed), said the council
body hatched a 12-month pilot project
in London to attract skilled workers to
Auckland and contracted Mr Jenkins to
Tourism New Zealand.
He said Mr Jenkins indicated the
family were moving back to England
and resigned last year.
“About that time, we were looking
at what we were going to do with this
whole area and so it seemed a good
opportunity for us to get someone who
knows Auckland well to be driving
this activity for us, rather than hiring a
contractor in the UK to do it.
“ I think we are getting good value for
money compared to the alternatives.”
Mr O’Riley said Mr Jenkins was
working as a contractor, not an Ateed
employee. Mr Jenkins’ LinkedIn
page says he started as the Auckland
programme manager (London) for
Ateed last October.
Mr O’Riley said the job was not
advertised internally because there was
no certainty it would last longer than 12
months, and the cost of having to move
someone to the UK.
Mr O’Riley said Ateed took account
of how the London job might look to
Auckland ratepayers, who are facing
hefty rates increases and cuts to core
ser vices in a new 10-year budget.
“ We are driven by what are the
demands of the business community
and employers here and how do we
grow the economy.
At the moment our shortage of skilled
workers is our biggest challenge,” he
The London job was entirely consistent
with Ateed’s statement of intent, Mr
O’Riley said, which was to grow the
economy, develop a skilled workforce
and attract new money and jobs into
Last night, a spokeswoman for Mayor
Len Brown said he was unaware of Mr
Jenkins’ job in London and had asked
Ateed to brief him.
This is the second time this week the
mayor has been blindsided by council
He knew nothing about Ports of
Auckland plans to begin demolishing
Marsden Wharf next week.
The former council employee who
contacted the Weekend Herald about
Mr Jenkins’ new role said it was a case
of a “job for the boys”.
“His wife is English and has been very
openly longing to return to live there for
“Ateed’s senior leaders, in their
wisdom, have decided that they should
concoct a role for him, pay to set him
and his family up and live in one of
the world’s most expensive cities at the
Auckland ratepayers’ cost.
“No one had the opportunity to apply
for this role.
“It was never advertised,just announced
and put in place. It is stomach turning.”
Councillor Cameron Brewer called
the contract a “racket ” that needed to be
shut down immediately.
“Last year, we agreed to narrow
down and more strategically focus our
international relationships. London did
not even come close.
“The mayor and councillors agreed that
Asia and the Pacific would remain the
focus, but once again no one’s listening
to elected representatives, let along the
poor old tortured ratepayers.
“Communities facing project and
ser vice cutbacks have been told there’s
no wastage in the organisation and the
council is a lean machine focused on
Here’s one example which blows that
spin completely out of the water. ”
New Zealand Herald
A fraudster who sweet talked two
elderly women and ripped them off for
nearly $400,000 — their life savings
has been blasted by a judge.
Anthony Kemp, 58, was jailed for
three years four months on 10 charges
of theft in special relationship and
charges of making and using a false
Kemp met the women, who live in
Australia, in 2008.
Portraying himself as a successful
investor, he persuaded them to part
with their cash, which in one case
covered her entire superannuation.
“ You befriended them and convinced
them of your ability to earn significant
money for them by investing it,” Judge
Gus Andree Wiltens said.
“And you’ve taken that money and
used it for your own purposes.”
A Serious Fraud Office investigation
showed the money had been spent on
Kemp’s “high lifestyle”.
Crown prosecutor Luke Clancy
mentioned alleged links to a UK-based
Ponzi scheme and the defendant could
be in more hot water after he submitted
an affidavit to the court in his support
from a Russian bank.
“Obviously the documents are
completely false. I thought that when
they were first given to me,” the judge
The police are currently investigating
whether that was the case and Mr
Clancy said their enquiries led them to
other foreign-based fraudsters linked
with counterfeit currency.
Kemp’s lawyer Richard Keam told
the court his client was “genuinely
remorseful” and had been in contact
with associates overseas to try and
stump up the funds to pay back his
He proposed the defendant be
sentenced to the maximum term of
home detention, which he conceded
would be “ lenient ”.
However, Judge Andree Wiltens was
far from convinced.
“Promises to pay the money back are
simply words floating in the ether with
nothing of substance behind them,” he
“ You were charged in 2011 and
pleaded guilty in late 2014. That doesn’t
cut it. That ’s not remorse.”
Kemp wrote letters to the two women
and one company he defrauded but
they did nothing to help his cause.
Mr Clancy said he had explained the
offending as “business transactions that
went wrong”, which was far from the
“ Your letters of apology aren’t
apologies at all they indicate you’ve
made ‘one mistake’ even though you
have repeatedly fobbed those people
off and taken money from them on a
number of occasions,” Judge Andree
“ You might’ve convinced yourself but
you haven’t convinced me.”
Fraudster fleeced pensioners Reward offered for
A bounty of $1500 has been put on the
head of whoever shot Santa the cat.
The four-year-old tomcat was shot
three times in the head on Sunday,
returning home wounded and bleeding
to his Cameron Cres owner Angela
Speers while her family was celebrating
the third birthday of her son, Phillip.
The solo mother sought veterinary
treatment from Dr Heidi Ward-
McGrath for the pure white cat, which
she had adopted a fortnight earlier from
SPCA Wairarapa, despite the prospect of
hefty bills she would struggle to pay.
Dr Ward-McGrath, started a Santa
Fund to help pay for the treatment and
after the Wairarapa Times-Age broke
the story, donations topped $2000 in a
day. A Masterton businessman, offered a
$500 reward for information leading to a
conviction for the shooting of Santa, and
yesterday Paw Justice boosted the bounty
by another $1000. Santa was yesterday
recovering well from surgeries to remove
two of the pellets and to debride his
injured eye. Another slug had penetrated
his eye socket and his full sight was still
in jeopardy, Ms Cardno said.
“The police are working hard to find the
people responsible for Santa’s shooting.
W have seen far too many animal abuse
cases in this clinic and hope that the
public awareness around Santa’s case may
change things. It has to stop.”
Police are investigating an arson in
Masterton that came within minutes
of destroying a home in the town early
Masterton Fire Ser vice station officer
Mike Cornford said two Masterton
fire crews and a crew from Carterton
had attended the blaze after a passing
delivery driver saw smoke billowing
from the three-bedroom home about
“ It was lucky the fire was discovered
when it was, another 10 minutes and it
would have been fully involved.”
The exterior wall, roof, and a lounge
and kitchen area had been extensively
fire damaged in the blaze and there was
smoke and water damage as well, he said.
Natalie Stuart, who lives in a back
section only metres from the house,
had evacuated her home, along with her
two-year-old son Carter after another
neighbour pounded at her front door.
“ You could hear the house burning and
the firefighters and chainsaws and stuff.
It was all pretty loud.”
Wairarapa Bayleys real estate agent
Nell Macdonald said the home was a
1930s bungalow that had been listed for
sale about a fortnight ago. The property
had a rateable value of $255,000.
“The owners are living overseas and
we’re still trying to contact them.”
Masterton Police Detective Senior
Sergeant Scott Miller said a scene
examination had revealed the fire was
deliberately lit and an accelerant used.
He urged anybody who saw any people,
vehicles or suspicious activity near the
property overnight to contact the police.
“ Even if you haven’t seen anything,
it is most likely the person or persons
responsible have told someone what they
have done and police want to hear from
anyone with information.
Hunt on for arsonist
The body of a kayaker
has been found on a beach
near the mouth of the
Waiau River, Tuatapere.
The 51-year old man
was reported missing at
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