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The owner of a D unedin petrol station
used his inside knowledge to covertly steal
thousands of litres of fuel from petrol
Mohammed Rizwan Din Khan Hussain,
28, of Auckland, bought Sawyers Bay
Motors in 2011, but paid for only one
shipment of 2000 litres of fuel.
Instead, he used his experience of working
three years for a company that serviced
North Island fuel pumps to supply thousands
of stolen litres of fuel for his petrol station.
Hussain appeared in the D unedin District
Court yesterday on two theft charges, and
will be sentenced later this month.
Police said he used his technological
knowledge to bypass paying for fuel at
certain fuel pumps.
His offending was spotted by the eagle-
eyed owner of Pak’n Save in South Dunedin
on Sunday, October 14, 2013.
The owner was at the pump control shed,
and noticed the pump that Hussain was
parked by was off-line.
He noticed a pump nozzle going through
the window of Hussain’s Mazda van, which
had two purpose-built tanks in the rear
capable of holding 750 litres of fuel.
When asked what he was doing, Hussain
said he was getting fuel for his boat and then
left as the owner went to check the status of
The owner later checked for other times
pumps had been put off line and discovered
it had happened 35 times since December
The offending resulted in 18,307 litres of
fuel — valued at $38,142 — stolen from
Pak’n Save, with police also obtaining video
surveillance of the last five thefts.
Hussain also owned a flat deck truck
capable of carrying up to four 1000-litre
storage tanks on the back.
On May 22, 2012 he drove that truck to
the Chevron-owned Caltex truck stop in
Fryatt Street, D unedin, pumping 1212 litres
of petrol into the storage tanks.
A passing police patrol stopped and spoke
to him, with Hussain telling the officer he
was getting fuel for the farm in Mosgiel
where he worked.
Chevron found 10 occasions where it lost
fuel, with the total value being $39,000.
Police analysed his bank and travel records,
showing Hussain travelled from Auckland to
Dunedin to steal fuel for his petrol station.
The petrol station, which used to be
managed by his brother-in-law, is for lease.
— Otago Daily Times
Petrol station owner stole fuel from retailers
GTL Energy (New
Zealand), Solid Energy’s
former partner in an
making plant in Southland,
narrowed its loss in 2014 in
a year when it garnered no
revenue and began preparing
for the sale of the Mataura
briquette plant, its biggest
The local unit of South
Energy reviewed options
for the plant in the second
half of calendar 2014 and
began “a programme of
disposal to test the market ”
in January this year. Its loss
narrowed to $699,809 in the
12 months ended June 30,
from $761,289 a year earlier,
according to the company ’s
The briquette plant had
been a joint venture with
Solid Energy, which was
seeking to develop low-
grade lignite coalfields in
Southland, among a range
of developments that were
jettisoned when slumping
global coal prices left the
State-owned enterprise with
too much debt and derailed
Don Elder’s efforts to
build a broad-based energy
company. Solid Energy wrote
down the $33 million plant
by $26.2 million in 2013 and
sold its interest to GTL the
A spokesman for the parent
GTL did not immediately
return calls. The company
has a proprietary technology
to remove moisture from
‘ low rank’ coals, raising their
energy content and market
value. In addition to the
Mataura plant, it had a pilot
plant at Golden, Colorado,
was producing briquettes
at a facility in South Heart,
North Dakota, had plans
for a facility in Indonesia
and was seeking licence
agreements with other third-
party developers, according
to its website.
The plant may be on the
market for closer to $1.1m,
based on GTL Energy (NZ)’s
accounts, which include a
non-current asset held for
sale at cost of $1.08m.
The auditor for the New
Zealand unit ’s accounts
again added an emphasis of
matter, noting that current
liabilities exceeded current
assets by $2.3m. And the
company itself said it was
economically dependent on
the financial support of its
parent. Accumulated losses
rose to about $2.2m in 2014
from $1.49m a year earlier.
partner to sell
Two international companies have applied
for permits to prospect for oil and gas off the
Mid-Canterbury coastline this year, much to
the dismay of Ashburton Forest and Bird.
An area off the Mid-Canterbury coastline
is part of two petroleum prospecting permit
applications that cover a much larger area off
New Zealand’s east coast. The applications
are currently being considered by the Crown’s
permitting agency New Zealand Petroleum
and Minerals (NZP and M).
Searcher Seismic Pty Ltd have applied
for an offshore permit that stretches
from above Gisborne to Stewart Island,
while Schlumberger Seaco Incorporated
have applied for an offshore permit from
Canterbury south to Stewart Island.
The permits come within about 13 and
35km of the shoreline, east of Ashburton,
The companies would employ large seismic
sur vey large ships that pull equipment
emitting soundwaves below the surface of
the water, to create a picture of the geology
under the sea floor. They would aim to sell
the data to oil companies, which may bid for
exploration permits in annual “block offer”
tenders run by NZP and M.
Companies gaining exploration permits can
then undertake further seismic sur veying and
geological studies, which may lead to drilling
a test well.
Acting national manger petroleum David
Jeaffreson said while wells had been drilled
onshore around Ashburton since 1914, and
one offshore in 1975, there was no petroleum
exploration in the area at present.
He said any permits issued would be just
“the first step in the regulatory process
that can require approvals from a range of
other agencies” such as the Department of
“This system creates a series of independent
checks and balances to ensure petroleum
development in New Zealand is undertaken
safely and responsibly.” The granting of deep
sea exploration permits has raised the ire of
Forest and Bird nationally due to the dangers
of climate change caused by the burning of
Forest and Bird Ashburton chair woman
Edith Smith said additional to climate
change concerns, there was scientific literature
regarding seismic sur veys emitting sound
waves which impacted on communication
signals between marine mammals such
as dolphins and whales. She had visited
the Wakanui coastline just last week and
obser ved two Hectors dolphins.
“Endangered Hectors dolphin frequent
our coastline and it would be hoped that the
sur vey would have no impact on these little
mammals. It would be expected that there
will be a consent process that will take these
issues into consideration. ” Schlumberger’s
New Zealand office and Searcher Seismic’s
Australian office did not return calls.
— NZ ME -Ashburton Guardian
Offshore oil permits granted
A man arrested after allegedly assaulting and
setting his dog upon a police officer yesterday
has appeared in court.
Justin Taylor, 40, a seasonal worker, appeared
in the dock in the Palmerston North District
Court yesterday afternoon with his arm in a
He did not have legal representation but
told the judge he would have someone attend
his next appearance.
Taylor is facing five charges, including three
charges relating to the incident yesterday
outside the Foxton Winz office on Main
Those charges include causing grievous
bodily harm to an officer, failing to stop for
police and wounding with intent.
He is also facing two charges relating to
an incident on January 29, in which the
defendant is alleged to have trespassed on to a
property and escaped police custody.
During his short appearance, Taylor
repeatedly claimed he was “sovereign”. He
asked the Judge Gregory Ross several times
for identification and requested to know if
the judge had signed an “oath with Queen
He also told the court the penalty for
treason was life imprisonment, and no one
shall “harm, detain or kill” a sovereign.
Despite his arguments, Taylor was remanded
in custody without plea to reappear next week.
A police spokeswoman said an officer had
been called to the Winz officer shortly after
11.30am on Monday.
Police said the man became aggressive after
being approached by the officer and both he
and his dog were pepper sprayed.
It is alleged Taylor then punched the officer
before setting his dog upon him.
Police said Taylor and his dog left the scene
but were found shortly after at a house in
The dog was impounded by local animal
control and the wounded officer received
treatment at a local medical centre.
— NZ M E-Manawatu Guardian
A Taupo secondary school
has been left reeling after
discovering more than 100
shattered windows around
its premises — allegedly
smashed by primary school
children aged under eight.
Senior management at
Tauhara College received
a call from the school
caretakers at the weekend
reporting 134 smashed
Principal Peter Gould
said police had caught the
culprits, who were a group of
at least three primary school
“ We haven’t received an
official police report but we
understand the oldest of
the children was eight.” He
said it was not the first time
young children had been
caught at the school.
“ We don’t believe the
school has been targeted
with sinister intentions.
“In the past we have had
children playing on the roof
so it is likely this time they
decided to take it a step
further and smash in all the
“Given the windows had
been shattered, not just
cracked, we believe the
children would have used a
heavy object.” Mr Gould said
the clean up process and cost
was an undesired distraction.
“At this stage we are
thinking the clean up will
cost between $4000 and
$5000, there was glass all
through the classrooms and
“ We are disappointed to
say the least. We are always
trying to improve the
school and focus on student
achievement so this setback
is a distraction.” Taupo police
said they were unable to
comment on the incident. —
NZME-Rotorua Daily Post
134 high school windows
smashed by young children
A Chinese New Zealander
has been detained in China
after entering the country
illegally to see his 87-year-
old mother for the Chinese
The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs said it was aware
that Nick Wang, a former
newspaper editor, had been
detained for an immigration
The 54-year-old former
by Chinese authorities in
Hohot, Inner Mongolia,
after he crossed the border
without a relevant visa.
“The New Zealand
Embassy in Beijing is
providing consular support
and has sought approval
to visit him in detention to
check on his well-being,” a
ministry spokesman said.
“As is the case with all
New Zealand citizens, the
ministry cannot interfere
in the judicial proceedings
of another country.” This
is the second time in two
years that Mr Wang had
been arrested for the same
In 2013, he managed to get
to his family home in Hohot,
but was tracked down and
arrested after three days.
New Zealander detained in China
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