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The body of the 37-year-old
Malaysian man missing since
Wednesday afternoon at Tolaga
Bay north of Gisborne was found at
about 4pm yesterday on the seabed,
about 200m off the end of the
Tolaga Bay wharf. It was near where
the man jumped in. The navy sonar
team brought in on Friday located
a point of interest earlier yesterday,
and police divers located the body
shortly before 4pm. It has been taken
to Gisborne Hospital mortuary for a
formal identification process.
— NZ ME -Gisborne Herald
A mountainbiker has died
following a fall from his bike
yesterday. About 9.50am
Queenstown emergency ser vices
were dispatched to a 58-year-old
male who had fallen off his bike
and hit his head. The accident
occurred on the DOC bike track
near Wilson’s Bay. A rider with him
performed CPR until emergency
ser vices arrived but he died at the
scene. The dead man was from
Nelson and was holidaying in the
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Rider’s injuries fatal
A man who lost control of his
motorcycle and crashed on Saturday
has died in hospital. The 55-year-old
lost control and hit a bank when he
was travelling on with a group of
motorcyclists in the Coromandel
Peninsula. The man was riding a
BMW motorcycle on State highway
25A about 2km from Puketui Road.
He crashed about 3.30pm and was
flown to Waikato Hospital in a
critical condition. Police said the
man died about 10pm on Saturday.
A ticket sold in Waikato has won
its holder $1 million in division one
of Lotto draw No 1447. Successful
numbers were 5, 6, 25, 30, 31, 40;
bonus 17. Strike numbers were 40,
5, 25, 30. There was one Strike Four
winner, from Wellington, taking
home $500,000. Powerball number
1. There was no division one winner.
The Winning Wheel ticket was
sold in Manawatu-Whanganui. The
winner from Pukekohe spun for
Numbers in Keno draw No 10880:
55, 57, 58, 64, 71, 75, 79, 80. Draw No
10881: 7, 10, 11, 15, 20, 21, 23, 25, 34,
45, 51, 52, 54, 57, 59, 65, 66, 68, 69, 77.
Draw No 10882: 1, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 16,
18, 19, 33, 41, 43, 46, 47, 55, 66, 69, 77,
78, 79. Draw No 10883: 2, 13, 18, 21,
25, 30, 33, 34, 38, 39, 42, 47, 49, 51, 59,
63, 64, 70, 71, 79. Draw No 10884: 1,
5, 7, 14, 17, 29, 30, 32, 43, 48, 49, 52,
55, 56, 60, 63, 68, 72, 74, 75. Draw No
10885: 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 13, 20, 21, 23, 30,
40, 43, 45, 53, 58, 59, 62, 69, 74, 76.
Draw No 10886: 3, 4, 11, 14, 16, 26,
27, 28, 29, 31, 38, 40, 42, 43, 55, 56, 57,
58, 60, 76. Draw No 10887: 1, 2, 6, 7,
9, 14, 28, 34, 37, 39, 41, 44, 48, 58, 59,
64, 65, 68, 71, 75.
Pair accused of burning man to death for money
Palmerston North Hospital, one
with suspected spinal injuries,
and another escaped injury, after
a quad bike crash early yesterday.
It was understood the three
young people had been attending
a nearby party.
Eketahuna chief fire officer Max
Mayer said the three teenagers
crashed into a ditch about 2.15am
on Pukehoi Road, a gravel
road near Hukanui, 9km north
of Eketahuna. A young man,
suspected of having spinal injuries,
was flown to Palmerston North
Hospital. The injured young
woman was taken by ambulance.
— NZ M E-Wairarapa Times-Age
Two hurt in quad bike crash
More people are choosing to
represent themselves in court,
possibly because of the digital
secretary for justice says.
That view has been supported
by the New Zealand Law Society,
which says trials have had to be
aborted because of unrepresented
litigants saying the wrong thing.
President Chris Moore said
several factors were at play,
including the availability of legal
aid, but the internet had made
the law more accessible.
“Unfortunately this does not
assist in establishing the relevant
and applicable law, which is
often an indigestible wad of
The Chief High Court Judge,
Justice Helen Winkelmann,
recently sounded a warning over
unrepresented litigants, saying
they were a serious challenge to
the civil justice system.
Labour believes the number of
people going it alone in court
shows that the income limit for
legal aid is too low. Its politicians
questioned Andrew Bridgman,
chief executive of the Ministry
of Justice, at a select committee
meeting last week.
Mr Bridgman said most
countries faced the challenge of
people representing themselves.
“There are probably a number
of reasons for that — it ’s no
people looking up Google, and
deciding that they will look up
Google doctor and diagnose
what their health problem is.”
Labour ’s justice spokeswoman,
Jacinda Ardern, drew the
meeting’s attention to a recent
speech by Justice Winkelmann.
In it, Justice Winkelmann
noted that civil legal aid funding
dropped from $60 million in
2010-11 to $49.4 million in
2013-14, and that the financial
threshold for legal aid was “very
low ” at $22,366 gross annual
International studies found that
the most consistent reason for
not having a lawyer was lack of
money, Justice Winkelmann said.
Law Centres o Aotearoa, said
unrepresented litigants simply
could not afford a lawyer.
The ministry only recently
started recording unrepresented
litigants, and when more
complete data is captured will
“At the moment what we do
know is there are much more
ways that we can help people
get through the system more
quickly,” Mr Bridgman said.
“ Rostering and scheduling is
impact, working more closely
with Corrections . . . working
more closely with the legal bar.”
Ms Ardern said that Labour
was concerned that not enough
was being done to address
the issue. “It’s pretty tough to
Google your way through our
justice system — and I think
the comments from Justice
Winkelmann reflect that.”
A spokesman for Justice
Minister Amy Adams said she
was returning from overseas and
not available for comment.
Tony Fisher, general manager
of district courts for the Ministry
of Justice, said self-representation
was more common in the civil,
family and appellate jurisdictions,
where stricter tests for legal aid
“ It is far less common in the
criminal courts, especially when
the charges are serious because
legal aid is normally available.”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Two men accused of burning a
21-year-old to death on a rural south
Auckland road will stand trial today.
Bryne Permal, 22, and Shivneel
Kumar, 20, are charged with the murder
of Shalvin Prasad after his charred
body was found in January 2013.
According to an alleged summary
of facts, alarm bells rang with Mr
Prasad’s family when his father
checked his son’s bank account and
found $30,000 missing on January 30,
He was so concerned he called police,
who later found the smouldering
body on McRobbie Road in Kingseat.
Police were able to identify the
victim only after analysing the
It is alleged Kumar owed Mr
Prasad money and the pair had been
contacting each other by text messages
in the days leading up to the murder.
The pair met at the Papatoetoe TAB
and later CCTV footage captured Mr
Prasad arriving at the ASB branch on
Ronwood Avenue in Manukau where
he withdrew $30,000 in $100 notes.
Later that day another meeting was
allegedly arranged after Mr Prasad’s
football practice and after Permal
finished work at Frucor.
Police say about an hour later Permal
and Kumar went to the Mobil station
on Great South Road in Papakura
and Permal filled two cans of petrol.
The $33 bill was paid with a $100
It is believed Mr Prasad was alive
when he was set on fire.
According to police, Kumar spent
$3800 in the following days and also
made two large bank deposits.
The trial in the High Court at
Auckland before Justice Geoffrey
Venning saw a jury empanelled before
the Crown opened its case. — N ZM E
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A Carterton family is devastated
their beloved cat lost a leg due to
injuries believed caused by an illegal
The 12-year-old moggy Victoria
had been missing for three days and
arrived home last Monday with a lame
front leg, an injury consistent with
being caught in a trap.
Owner Michele Heath said she
and her family were “horrified” by
“S he came hobbling in our cat door
last Monday and she was holding up
her whole leg.”
Her 14-year-old son, William, was
particularly distressed, Mrs Heath
“My son’s devastated because it ’s his
cat. He’s had this cat all his life. We
went and saw her yesterday afternoon
and he got quite upset — he wasn’t
It was unlike Victoria to stray far
from the house on a 4ha lifestyle block
in the Waiohine Gorge.
She dreaded the thought that the
trap might still be on the property or
Someone had probably released
Victoria from the trap, because it
would have been too difficult for the
animal to free itself.
“ We are just horrified that there’s
something like that because there’s
other neighbours around us that have
domestic animals. ”
The family now faces a bill of
about $1000 for the operation that
amputated Victoria’s leg.
Senior clinician at South Wairarapa
Veterinary Ser vices Tony Noyes said
Victoria’s injuries appeared to have
been caused by a gin trap.
“S he had multiple fractures above
the wrist of the sort consistent with
a trap injury as well as having broken
skin lesions,” Mr Noyes said.
When the cat arrived for treatment
it had a “floppy paw ” that was 100%
lame and had to be amputated, Mr
Although likely to remain on
painkillers for the next week, the cat
was recovering well from Wednesday ’s
Mr Noyes said that over the past five
years he had occasionally seen other
animals with similar gin trap injuries.
He urged anyone using such traps to
“They are creating a lot of
unnecessary pain and suffering when
there are much more humane ways of
doing things,” he said.
“ Possum control is important for
Wairarapa, TB control is important
but there are ways and means of doing
that and there are humane traps that
are much less likely to cause injury.
“ People don’t have any business
using that type of trap. Regardless of
your views on the control of unwanted
pests in the bush, it still has to be
The use of gin traps was restricted by
the Government in 2008.
Failure to comply is an offence
punishable by up to 12 months
imprisonment and/or a fine of up to
$50,000 for an individual or up to
$250,000 for a body corporate.
— N Z ME-Wairarapa Times-Age
Boy’s cat loses leg to trap
PICTURE: Wairarapa Times-Age
Michele Heath, of Carterton, with Victoria the cat at South Wairarapa Vets
in Carterton. Victoria had to have a leg amputated after being caught in what
is believed to be a gin trap.
The biggest investor in one of Allan
Hubbard’s businesses has come out on
top after a High Court hearing over how
much money he is entitled to.
His success significantly reduces
the amount that would other wise be
available to around 300 smaller investors
in Hubbard Management Funds
(HMF), although suppression orders
mean media reports cannot be any more
HMF — one of Mr Hubbard’s
investment vehicles — was not
incorporated, had no separate corporate
identity, and traded assets freely with
other entities controlled by the late
Investors in HMF received unreliable
with Mr Hubbard
seemingly reporting positions based
on his intentions instead of the actual
situation. However, investors were paid
out according to these statements and
Mr Hubbard would take the shortfall
or benefit if they did not match up with
HMF’s statutory managers, who were
appointed to a string of Hubbard entities
in 2010, have not done the same.
Although investors believed their
holdings in HMF were worth $89
million, in 2012 its assets were valued at
only $43 million.
The following year, however, the
statutory managers revealed investors
would be getting all their capital back
and they have since repaid $20m, or 50c
in the dollar. Further payouts were on
hold awaiting the High Court’s ruling in
a dispute with HMF ’s biggest investor,
Mr Carr, a client of Mr Hubbard for
more than 20 years, has deer farming
interests and began investing with the
Timaru identity in 1991.
The investment in HMF is held by
one of Mr Carr’s companies which
also owned a small stake in Southbury
Group, another part of Hubbard’s
crumbled financial empire.
Although Mr Carr believed he was
due significant funds from HMF,
the statutory managers came across
transactions which they claimed meant
he was entitled to nothing.
When the parties could not agree, the
statutory managers sought directions
from the High Court at Christchurch,
and the case was argued in front of Justice
Rachel D unningham last September.
The statutory managers argued that
four transactions where money went
from Mr Carr’s HMF account to one
of Mr Hubbard’s should be treated as
withdrawals and deducted from his net
position. If not, Mr Carr’s company
would be unjustly enriched, at the
expense of other HMF investors.
The amount of these transactions is
But Justice Dunningham did not
agree that the transactions should be
treated as withdrawals and directed the
statutory managers to ignore them when
calculating the Carr position.
“Simply because other investors’
entitlements will be less than the
statutory managers had previously
calculated does not mean that the
outcome is inequitable or amounts to
unjust enrichment,” the judge said last
Statutory manager Graeme McGlinn
did not wish to comment about the
ruling. The statutory management,
according to its report, has cost $8.3m
so far. — NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Scientist pressed on murder
has today been pressed
on the possibility of
contamination of the
Christine and Amber
of people not wearing
Mark Lundy’s double
murder trial is today
entering its fourth week
in the High Court at
Lundy, 56, has pleaded not guilty to
murdering his 38-year-old wife and
Sutherland has continued to give
evidence in front of a jury of five women
and seven men today.
suggested it was not unheard of for
contamination of crime sites to occur,
which had led to injustices.
“ Most forensic scientists have it in
the back of their minds to ensure that
doesn’t happen,” Mr Sutherland said.
Mr Hislop asked if there was a
possibility there could have been a
contamination of the scene by Mrs
Lundy’s brother Glenn Weggery or an
ambulance officer who were at the scene
before police arrived.
Mr Sutherland said it was possible blood
from Mrs Lundy had contaminated her
daughter’s crime scene.
He also agreed with Mr Hislop that it
would not be unexpected to see DNA
from spouses on each others’ clothing
and it might not be unexpected to find
dry blood particles from Amber on her
Mr Hislop also suggested
that it was “poor scene
management ” for evidence
bags to be piled against
each other because it could
increase the chances of
“If they ’re in a sealed state
I wouldn’t see any issue,”
Mr Sutherland replied.
Mr Hislop asked about
the paint fibres that were
found in Mrs Lundy’s
hair and suggested they
could have landed on her before she was
Mr Sutherland said he could not
discount the possibility.
Under re-examination by Crown
lawyer Philip Morgan, Mr Sutherland
said a wide variety of measures were
taken to prevent cross-contamination
including changing protective clothing
regularly, constant monitoring of
c lothing and not touching any surfaces.
On Friday Mr Sutherland told the
court he had noted his concern that
areas of the home may have been
contaminated by the footwear of other
police officers at the scene.
Today he said the testing was
performed after the house had been
examined and the stepping plates taken
It would be a common concern for any
scene where there was a certain amount
of blood on the floor, he said.
“ I’m not sure how valid my concern
was, but I felt I had to voice it,” Mr
The trial in front of Justice Simon
France continues. — N ZM E
A couple have been arrested near
Mosgiel this morning after allegedly
assaulting and threatening a woman
with a knife then stealing her car last
night in Invercargill.
Police said a 15-year-old girl allegedly
committed the assault against a 57-year-
The girl and a 20-year-old man stole
the woman’s Toyota Yaris and drove
north, evading police at Waihola, acting
senior sergeant Jared Kirk said.
Police deployed road spikes at Allanton
about 2.30am, and the vehicle stopped,
but the pair took off on foot towards
They were found on Wingatui Road
near Factory Road about 7am.
The investigation was ongoing, and it
was too early to say what, if any, charges
would be laid, senior sergeant Ben
— Otago Daily Times
Two arrests after woman
assaulted, car taken
It is not clear whether
Brider has progressed to
the next round of X Factor.
The X Factor NZ last
night issued an on-air
traumatising the family of
In the show ’s opening segment,
host Dominic Bowden appeared in
a pre-recorded message apologising
“ unreser vedly” for any offence caused.
“ We acknowledge that Shae’s inter view
on the show was only one side of the
story and did not allow for the victim’s
family to tell their side and for that, we
at TV3 unreser vedly apologise for any
hurt or distress that this has caused the
family,” Bowden said.
“ It was never our intention to cause
offence and for that we are truly sorry.”
Brider, 29, was sentenced to eight and
a half years’ jail for his part, alongside
three others, in the 2004 killing of
16-year-old Jeremy Frew and the
assaults on three other men the same
night in Whanganui.
Last Tuesday night, TV3 screened his
audition featuring a back-story segment
where he revealed an incomplete and
misleading version of events. Some of
Jeremy’s family were watching the show
unaware Brider would appear.
In the back story, he said: “I met some
dudes and we went to a bonfire. There
was a commotion with two
of them and one of them
stabbed the other one and
he ended up passing away.”
Brider did not appear on
last night’s episode and it
was unclear whether he
made it through to the next
His Facebook profile
with four other X Factor
contestants, including Johnny Searle and
Matt Heard who were ousted last night.
Meanwhile, Donna Travers — Jeremy
Frew ’s mother, who relocated to
Australia after he was killed — said last
night’s apology was unlikely to “repair
the damage” that had been done.
Ms Travers complained to TV3 for
airing the segment that played down
Brider’s involvement and failed to
mention the three other people the
“The apology’s one thing but it’s not
going to repair the damage that ’s been
done,” she said.
“ I don’t think anybody understands,
apart from my family, what this has done
to us. We’ve had 10 years to try to live
our lives and they took it away in one
She previously said she believed Brider
deser ved a second chance after ser ving
his sentence, but producers should have
ensured the facts were correct.
Ms Travers said she was yet to watch
last night ’s apology.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
X Factor apology
Flaws in the management of
New Zealand’s spy networks
have been exposed, including
problems getting intelligence
material to the Prime Minister.
Officials have confirmed work
is under way to find new ways
to move top-secret information
and projects have begun to
improve the performance of the
After a string of stinging reports
on the intelligence agencies,
the Department of the Prime
Minister and Cabinet (DPMC)
has appointed Deputy Solicitor-
General Una Jagose to identify
the scale of the changes needed.
The issues afflicting the
intelligence community are laid
out in a document from the State
Ser vices Commission.
In 2013, an inquiry found the
with problems. Last July,
the commission’s review of
intelligence found problems
the New Zealand
Intelligence Community, which
includes the GCSB, Security
Intelligence Ser vice and the
National Assessments Bureau.
It stated changes needed to be
made with “urgency as there is
a huge amount of change to be
The latest report signalled
appointment of former police
commissioner Howard Broad
to the role of deputy chief
executive of DPMC, in charge
of intelligence ser vices. It also
said the department had yet to
“dimension” work involved in
making “necessary long-term
changes” in the sector.
While Ms Jagose — the acting
GCSB director — had been
recently appointed to the role,
“there was concern expressed that
this necessary set of tasks is taking
some time to initiate and resource”.
There was concern about
DPMC’s work on the issue.
“Current management reporting
and project control processes are
inadequate, with some reports
incomplete, poorly focused and
There was also a need to improve
DPMC systems, through which
intelligence material passes.
“ Issues arise in providing secure
intelligence material or policy
advice to the Prime Minister.”
Leadership in the intelligence
sector was DPMC’s “ biggest
challenge” and “potentially the
The report said the scale of the
changes needed had yet to be
properly understood, “prioritised
or appropriately resourced”.
The vetting delays by the SIS
also featured in last week’s annual
report of the Inspector-General
of Intelligence and Security,
Cheryl Gwyn. Ms Gwyn said
the problems at the SIS meant
she was unable to get to work
appointing key staff to carry out
oversight on the agency.
A spokeswoman for Prime
Minister John Key said: “ The
reports you refer to suggested
these systems could be improved
as a general rule and . . . the Prime
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
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