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Pedestrian killed by truck
The pedestrian killed by a truck
in Whanganui last week has been
named as Judith Maree Alexander,
aged 45. The Serious Crash Unit
is investigating the incident on
the bypass linking London Street
to Great North Road just before
11.10pm on Thursday. Ms Alexander
was dead when paramedics arrived.
Police said last week the truck
driver was ‘shaken’ but uninjured.
Emergency ser vices personnel said it
was unclear how Ms Alexander came
to be walking on the road, as the
nearby walkway had been fenced off.
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
A toddler had a miraculous escape
from a driverless ute which rolled
off. Th e vehicle careered 210m down
a driveway, across a main street,
through a fence and down a steep
paddock without hitting anything.
Amazingly, the youngster was
unharmed and walked to a house to
tell her minders what had happened.
The incident occurred yesterday at
Settlers Way in Okaihau. Deputy fire
chief Jack Winwood said the toddler
was in a visitor’s ute parked at the
top of a driveway when the vehicle
rolled backwards. The child, who
was aged three at the most, was in a
state of excitement but unharmed.
The ute was undamaged. Police are
investigating the incident.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
Farm tractor death
A person has died in an incident
involving a tractor on a farm near
Oxford in Canterbury, police say.
Police were alerted to the incident
just before midnight last night. One
person was confirmed dead at the
scene. The death has been referred
to the coroner, and Work Safe New
Zealand had been advised, police
said. No details about the deceased
have been released. — NZ ME
Man gave school
A Hawera man has pleaded guilty to
giving advice to a Wanganui primary
school about first aid without the
right qualifications. Steven Clifford
Buckland, the director of Paramed
Ambulance, pleaded guilty to two
counts of breaching the Education
Act, and another two for his company.
Paramed Ambulance is a Hawera-
based, privately-owned ambulance
ser vice, started in 1996. Charging
documents stated Buckland approved
the making of a false representation
“that Paramed Ambulance was an
agent of an institution, namely fire
rescue and first response” when it
was not, “consented to assess against
standards” when it could not, and
made a false representation “expressly
or by implication” that Paramed had
consent to assess schools. Buckland
appeared in the Whanganui District
Court last week. — NZME-
Hunter shot dead on Stewart Island
Spying by the GCSB on those
Government minister Tim Groser
for the World Trade Organisation’s
top job has appalled a former foreign
affairs and trade minister and
astonished one of the country’s most
An inquiry is likely into the actions
of the GCSB after Labour leader
Andrew Little said he would ask the
Inspector-General of Intelligence
and Security to investigate.
The Herald and United States news
site the Intercept yesterday revealed
a top secret GCSB document
showing the electronic surveillance
agency had been searching for
e-mail communications which
mentioned Mr Groser, the Trade
Minister, in association with names
of candidates competing against him.
The news broke as Prime Minister
John Key and Mr Groser prepared
to sign a Free Trade Agreement in
South Korea, whose former trade
minister was among the sur veillance
targets vying for the $700,000 WTO
Mr Key told reporters the South
Korean hosts “wouldn’t give a
monkey ’s” and “wouldn’t believe it”
but refused to comment further. A
spokeswoman last night said Mr Key
was confident the inspector-general
would investigate “any matters as she
Mr Groser also refused comment
but told TVNZ: “I assume that
everything I say on the phone is
NZ First leader Winston Peters,
a former foreign affairs and trade
minister, said the apparent help Mr
Groser got from the GCSB for the
WTO bid was unlikely to fall within
the legal purposes for which the
“It just stinks,”
said. “ There’s no way spying on
competitors for the WTO job would
remotely conform to New Zealand’s
economic purpose and wellbeing.
What you have is people seriously
breaching their authority to help a
hopeless case for the job in the first
place. Groser never had a hope in
Hades of getting that job.”
He said the GCSB had a role where
there was “any hint of sabotage of our
economic interest ”.
“That ’s not what it is being used
for. What you have here is legitimate
interest being seriously distorted
and per verted for an illegitimate
He said sur veillance on the
Indonesian candidate was “truly
relationship” with the world’s largest
Muslim country. Terence O’Brien -
former UN ambassador, ambassador
to the WTO-Gatt and president
of the UN Security Council — was
stunned. “ What on earth were they
trying to do?” asked Mr O’Brien, a
diplomat of 40 years.
“It sounds like an excessive
enthusiasm on the part of the spies
to show they were useful. I can’t
imagine what they were hoping
to secure to help him conduct his
The GCSB Act says the purpose
of the agency is not just to defend
against terrorism. Instead, its brief
is broad and includes ‘national
security’ as well as contributing to
the ‘international relations and well-
being of New Zealand ’.
Its final purpose is intended to
contribute to the ‘economic well-
being of New Zealand ’.
— New Zealand Herald
Former minister shocked by WTO spy claims
A hunter was shot dead on Stewart Island
Emergency ser vices were alerted to
the incident at 10.15am when Maritime
New Zealand picked up a signal from an
“ We located it as being at Stewart Island
and DOC notified us of a hunting party in
the area,” said a rescue co-ordination centre
A Southern Lakes Helicopters rescue
helicopter was dispatched, and local island
authorities were also notified, she said.
The helicopter arrived about midday. The
beacon was located in the Abraham’s Bay
Detective sergeant Grant Johnstone said
staff were yesterday speaking to the family
of the dead hunter.
An investigation into the incident was
ongoing, he said.
It is not known yet whether the victim was
shot by a member of the same hunting party.
More details are expected to be released
An island resident said two helicopters had
been flying in the area yesterday afternoon.
The New Zealand Deerstalkers’
Association said yesterday ’s death was a
reminder all hunters needed to be vigilant
in following firearm safety checks.
The roar season, which runs until the end
of next month, meant stags and hunters
were out in force, said national president
Mr O’Leary said all shooters needed to
have the mindset that everything seen in the
bush was another person.
“If we start with that mindset, it will reduce
the chances of a person misidentifying an
animal because he or she is excited.
“Every time there is an incident, we always
take a good, hard look at what happens, and
then we use the details of that to hopefully
train the next group of hunters — but we’re
constantly dealing with the human factor.
“It’s very rare that you have an incident
which is solely the result of a firearm
“It’s always disappointing when we hear of
a fatality.” — NZME-New Zealand Herald
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PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Jordan Kennedy competes at the 2015
Maadi Cup on Lake Karapiro after a court
injuction allowed him to row.
The last sur viving Dambusters
pilot has withdrawn his war
medals from auction, and
agreed to gift them to a
museum in exchange for a
philanthropist ’s donation.
Les Munro has accepted the
offer of British philanthropist
Lord Ashcroft to donate
$150,000 to assist in the upkeep
of the Bomber Command
Memorial in London and will
gift the medals to Auckland’s
Museum of Transport and
Mr Munro was auctioning
his decorations and medals
in London tomorrow to raise
money to help maintain the
Green Park memorial.
Dix Noonan Webb, the coins
and medals specialists who
were scheduled to auction the
awards, has decided to waive all
fees and out of pocket expenses
on the understanding that
the museum makes a further
donation of $19,500 the RAF
Mr Munro, 95, will have
raised close to $170,000 for the
fund to be used specifically for
the upkeep of the memorial,
which commemorates 55,573
aircrew, including 1679 New
Zealanders, who were killed
during the World War Two.
The publicity surrounding
the auction of Mr Munro’s
decorations and medals, has
also resulted in donations to the
charity from the public.
“I am content that I have
achieved my goal of doing all I
can to ensure that the men of
Bomber Command who lost
their lives during the Second
World War will be remembered
with pride for generations to
come,” Mr Munro said.
“I have been astonished and
very touched by the huge
interest that the sale of my
medals to raise funds for the
upkeep of the memorial has
“In the end, in consultation
with my agents Dix Noonan
Webb, I have decided that
there was a delicate balance to
be achieved between raising
funds for the RAF Benevolent
Fund and ensuring that my
medals are preser ved for future
generations of New Zealanders
to appreciate. Lord Ashcroft ’s
very generous proposal
represents the best way of
attaining both these objectives.
I am extremely grateful to
Mike Neville, director of
fundraising at the fund, said:
“ Lord Ashcroft ’s most generous
donation, in support of Les’
desire to see his efforts of the
Second World War continue
to bear fruit today and into the
future, is simply terrific.
“ We are very pleased for
Les and delighted that he has
realised his aim of supporting
the RAF Benevolent Fund in
their duty of maintaining the
Bomber Command Memorial.
Les’ sacrifice and Lord
Ashcroft’s donation will help
assure the long term future of
the Memorial.” — NZME
Dambuster’s medals to stay in NZ
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
The last sur viving pilot from the Dambusters raid, Les Munro,
pictured at the Bomber Command Memorial, London.
The police national dive team has
joined the Catlins search for missing
11-year-old Mike Zhao-Beckenridge
and his stepfather, John Beckenridge.
The Wellington-based dive team spent
a short time near Curio Bay yesterday,
but left the area about 6pm because
conditions were too rough, search
co-ordinator sergeant Ian Martin, of
“They didn’t really get an opportunity.
It was just too rough for them to get
into the water.’’
The dive team would reassess their
options today, he said.
A helicopter has joined police, 20
Land SAR crew and volunteers in the
search from Haldane to north of ‘the
Brothers’ near Tautuku.
Items of interest related to the search
were found in the Catlins during the
weekend, but police were tight-lipped
about what they were and how they
linked to the pair.
“There were a few things that have
been picked up, but nothing significant,’’
Mr Martin said.
“ We’ll sit down and go through what
has been found and where and reassess
what we can do tomorrow.’’
It was understood police were keeping
an open mind about the location of the
pair and their fate.
“ While we do have an area of interest
we are looking into, there is still no
confirmation that Mike or John are
still there,’’ Southland area commander
Inspector Kelvin Lloyd said yesterday.
“ We are continuing to work with the
current situation that Mike and John
could be anywhere in the lower South
Island region and we ask members of
the public who may have seen Mike or
John to contact us immediately.
“ We also would like to hear from
anyone who has information that might
help us to locate them.’’
Mr Martin said smaller teams would
search ‘’areas of significance’’ today, but
he could not comment further as it was
considered a criminal investigation.
The pair have been missing since
Mr Beckenridge is Mike’s estranged
stepfather and their contact is in breach
of a parenting order, police say.
The pair were last seen near Slope
Point in the Catlins on March 16. A
farmer told police he spotted the pair in
remote bush in the Catlins.
Police staff carried out an extensive
search in the Haldane and Tokanui
areas in Southland, detective sergeant
Mark McCloy, of Southland police,
Items of interest in relation to the
search were found in the Curio Bay
area on Sunday and had been examined
“ We really want to resolve this
situation,’’ Mr McCloy said.
‘’We understand that John may have
grievances about a recent Family Court
decision in relation to a parenting order
but the current situation is not the best
way to resolve things.
“ We understand that John and Mike
have a good relationship so we are keen
to work to resolve this.’’
John Beckenridge is also known
as John Robert Lundh, Knut Goran
Roland Lundh, or John Bradford.
The pair are thought to be travelling
in a dark blue Volkswagen Touareg
station wagon, with the registration
Mike is 1.65m tall, of solid build and
of Asian descent. John Beckenridge
is 1.75m tall, of medium build and of
If anyone sees the pair they should
contact police on 111 immediately.
Anyone with information that
might assist in locating the pair
should contact the Southern District
Command Centre on (03) 471-5002.
— Otago Daily Times
Police dive team
join search for
stepfather and son
A Whangarei taxi driver
was king hit by a 50-year-
old female passenger for
refusing to drop her off up
a driveway in the middle
of the night.
William Murphy of
Kiwi Cabs suffered a
cracked partial dental
plate and abrasions to the
inside of his mouth in the
attack outside Frings’ Bar
on November 7, 2014.
His attacker, Puingahei
Harding, pleaded guilty
to one charge of common
assault and was convicted
by the Whangarei
District Court last week.
She was placed on good
behaviour for six months
and ordered to pay $100
reparation for the crack
to the taxi driver’s partial
Judge Greg Davis said
it was silly behaviour in
which alcohol had a part
Paul Cafferkey, director
of Kiwi Cabs, said it was
the first time in 26 years
with the taxi industry
he heard of a female
passenger king hitting a
About 11.30pm on
November 7, 2014,
Harding was at Frings
Bar and called a taxi to
take her to her home in
Memorial Drive. The taxi
driver told her he would
drop her off at the bottom
of the driveway as it was
difficult to turn around
at her house. Harding
started verbally abusing
The taxi driver took her
back to the bar where she
could call another cab
small enough to take her
up her driveway. As he
got out of the cab at the
bar, Harding punched
him in the mouth. The
blow cracked his partial
plate. In his victim impact
statement, the taxi driver
said he had to stop work
and wash blood from his
face after the assault.
“I was angry and upset
that this woman would do
this to me,” he said.
Wiremu Puriri said all
manner of vehicles had
gone up her driveway in
the past but the taxi driver
Mr Cafferkey said there
was nothing in the New
Zealand transport law
that required taxi drivers
to drop off passengers at
In cases where
passengers were disabled
or blind and had to be
dropped off in areas where
cabs could not access, he
said taxi drivers usually
assisted them to their
“ We can’t position taxis
where they can’t turn. It’s
no different to a removal
truck which can’t turn up
Mr Cafferkey said Mr
Murphy was traumatised
because he did not expect
a punch from a woman of
Harding and three other
homeowners who share
the driveway forked out
$10,000 a couple of years
ago to have the driveway
sealed, she said.
When approached at
home she said the taxi
driver simply did not
want to come up as he
did not like the driveway.
— NZ ME -Northern
Taxi driver king-hit
The development of a code of practice to
better screen and educate tourist drivers is
being closely watched by the Government.
Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss said
rental car companies had their first meeting on
drafting the measures last week.
The Transport Ministry would work with the
group and offer assistance if necessary, Mr Foss
“It is a more consistent approach to what hire
companies ask of people, when they come to
them to hire cars.
“So it will be just some triage type questions
like ‘How long have you had a licence?’.”
The meeting between 25 rental vehicle
companies was convened by the Tourism
Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) and
the Rental Vehicle Association New Zealand
(RVA) in Auckland this week.
Concerns about the safety of tourist
drivers prompted the group to unanimously
agree to develop the code as a matter of
Mr Foss said at this stage the Government
was ruling out making tourist drivers sit a test.
“But there is nothing to stop any rental
company making decisions as to who they rent
their cars to.”
— N ZM E -New Zealand Herald
Government watching tourist drivers
code of practice development
Legal experts and school principals have today
expressed concern over the legal steps taken by
parents to get their banned children back on the
rowing team, and fear it could set a “dangerous
St Bede’s College students Jordan Kennedy and
Jack Bell were dumped from the school rowing
team for breaching Auckland Airport security
on Friday after riding the Jetstar carousel at the
The school decided Kennedy and Bell, aged
16 and 17, were in breach of the school’s code
of conduct and banned them from competing at
the Maadi Cup regatta, which started yesterday
morning at Lake Karapiro, near Cambridge.
But the boys’ parents sought an urgent
injunction from the High Court at Christchurch
to allow their sons to row in the first race at
Justice Rachel D unningham granted it
The families said they took legal action
because they believed the punishment was
disproportionate to the behaviour.
But the move has been slammed by the
President Denise Torrey today expressed “major
concern” about the decision and the “dangerous
precedent ” it set.
She is also worried about the message it has
sent to other children, and other schools.
Dr Chris Gallavin, dean of law at Canterbury
University, was surprised the injunction was
He believes it could set a precedent for other
parents challenging the decisions of schools.
But he hoped that judges would give “a wide
margin of appreciation” to schools and their
ability to regulate the behaviour of young people.
Dr Gallavin criticised the parents for taking
their fight through the courts.
“It ’s just not an appropriate circumstance for
the courts to be involved,” he said.
“The courts have been put in an incredibly
difficult position. They look like they have been
overly officious, but they just have to adjudicate
on the problem that has been put before them.”
Meanwhile the banning of the students has
split opinion among the school’s large contingent
of old boys now at Parliament.
The MP for West Coast-Tasman, Damien
O’Connor, who started at St Bede’s in 1971,
said he thought the school’s decision to ban the
students was an overreaction.
“Give the guys a break — if this is the worst
they have done while they are growing up, we
have all become a bit sensitive.”
The court action was not a productive process
for the families involved or the school, he said,
but hopefully everyone would learn from it.
The Maadi Cup was a big rowing event, and
the ban would have affected the two students’
teammates as well, he said.
St Bede’s was a good school, Mr O’Connor
said, but he made mistakes himself while a
“The boys who thought they were all perfect
went to Christ ’s College. You can quote me on
St Bede’s old boys at Parliament include Mr
O’Connor, Mr Cosgrove, Speaker David Carter,
Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and National
MP Matt Doocey and United Future leader
Kennedy’s father, Shane Kennedy, stood down
from his role as chairman of the St Bede’s Rowing
Club yesterday because of his personal link.
The families said they were “very relieved” by
the High Court decision which allowed the boys
to take to the water yesterday.
However, the families said the two teens wanted
to “make it clear that they are very remorseful for
their actions”, and that they “accept that what
they did was stupid”.
Meanwhile, Kennedy and Bell’s parents still
face another court hurdle.
They will now have to submit a formal statement
of claim by tomorrow to continue the interim
injunction for the remainder of the regatta.
If they do not, the injunction lapses, and the
school’s ban comes back into effect. — N ZME
An Auckland man has
appeared in Auckland
District Court today
charged with corruption
and bribery after allegedly
attempting to influence an
Auckland Council officer.
Johnson Yuejun Li,
48, appeared facing one
charge of corruption and
bribery of an official laid
by the Serious Fraud
The SFO said the charge
related to allegations
of intent to influence
an Auckland Council
resource consents officer
in November 2013 when
Li was seeking consent
for an application to
subdivide a Hillsborough
The council employee
promptly reported the
Li is next due to appear
at Auckland District
Court on April 14.
— NZ ME -New Zealand
Man allegedly attempted
to influence council officer
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