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Death on rail line
A pedestrian was killed after being
hit by a train in Auckland last night.
The incident took place at Puhinui
Railway Station in Papatoetoe at
10.57pm, Inspector Chris Tait
said. A male pedestrian died in the
incident, police said this morning.
No further details were available.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Stabbed man serious
A man was stabbed in Manurewa
yesterday following an argument
between two men on the street.
Emergency ser vices were called
to the incident on Pitt Avenue,
Clendon Park, about 1.30pm.
The injured man was taken to
Middlemore Hospital in a critical
condition with stab wounds to his
chest. Police said there were reports
an argument between two men at a
Pitt Avenue address spilled out on
to the street. The victim is now in a
serious condition. — NZ ME
A man who went overboard from
a fishing boat is lucky to be alive
after a police helicopter spotted
him, about 45 minutes after he had
gone into the water. Police said the
man had been on a fishing vessel
near Pakatoa Island, in the Hauraki
Gulf, when he went overboard about
2am yesterday. The police Eagle
chopper crew found him alive. The
police vessel Deodar was called out
to rescue the man, who by then had
spent about 45 minutes in the sea.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
A light quake was felt in
Christchurch yesterday. The
magnitude-3 earthquake came at
12.02pm and was 10km east of
Christchurch at a depth of 11km.
Geonet reported it as light.
Lotto prize jackpots
There was no division one winner
in Lotto draw No 1458. Successful
numbers were 1, 3, 5, 31, 32, 38;
bonus 17. Strike numbers were 1,
32, 5, 38. There was one Strike Four
winner, from Wanaka, taking home
$131,978. Powerball number 2.
There was no division one winner.
The Winning Wheel ticket was sold
in Christchurch. The winner from
Auckland spun for $200,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11188: 1,
3, 10, 13, 19, 21, 26, 28, 29, 30, 33, 36,
37, 40, 41, 49, 52, 72, 75, 77. Draw No
11189: 7, 9, 13, 15, 17, 18, 21, 23, 37,
39, 41, 42, 44, 52, 56, 60, 62, 63, 69, 79.
Draw No 11190: 7, 20, 22, 26, 39, 43,
44, 46, 48, 50, 56, 64, 67, 69, 70, 71, 72,
74, 76, 77. Draw No 11191: 5, 9, 10,
11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 29, 30, 33, 44,
50, 60, 64, 66, 69, 78. Draw No 11192:
50, 53, 57, 59, 69, 73, 74, 77. Draw No
11193: 1, 7, 15, 19, 22, 29, 30, 31, 33,
47, 48, 49, 55, 56, 61, 63, 67, 69, 70, 78.
Draw No 11194: 6, 7, 8, 27, 28, 35, 38,
39, 41, 43, 46, 47, 57, 67, 68, 69, 70, 76,
79, 80. Draw No 11195: 3, 5, 6, 9, 17,
19, 20, 22, 26, 34, 41, 45, 51, 52, 59, 61,
64, 66, 71, 73.
Tempers flare in Blessie murder trial cross-examination
The children’s section of the Papakura
Cemetery in south Auckland has been
desecrated, leaving many families with
loved one buried there feeling hurt and
The cemetery, at the corner of Great
South Road and Settlement Road, has
had the headstones and decorations
pulled from many children’s gravesites
and placed in piles.
A mother of two children buried at the
site, Ariana Simeon, said the destruction
“ We are lucky we found my children’s
gravesites. All the crosses and headstones
were removed so some people don’t even
know where their children are buried,”
Comments have been flooding in on
social media from angry members of the
One Facebook user, Jewelz Collier
Rako Su’a, wrote: “ Thats horrid!! (sic)
Hopefully they going to fix that real
quick and make it look better than
Another Facebook user wrote: “My
God the thoughtlessness of some people
living in a supposedly civilised society
Auckland Council said the destruction
had not been caused by council
Auckland Council said it was an
“appalling act of vandalism” and staff
The council’s cemeteries manager
Catherine Moore said staff discovered
the damage yesterday.
“Police have been contacted and are
investigating, however our first priority
is getting in contact with and supporting
the families involved. — N ZM E
A quiz night and auction of some old
south Wairarapa treasures has realised
nearly $20,000 for a Greytown woman’s
lifesaving operation — and her family
are “over the moon”.
Proceeds from a Greytown Lions and
Lioness quiz on Friday are going towards
stem cell treatment for Greytown woman
Nikki Regnault, who has been battling
multiple sclerosis for 19 years.
More than 220 people — making up
56 teams — packed the South Wairarapa
Working Men’s Club for the quiz and
supporting auction, for which the
Greytown community donated various
items. Mrs Regnault ’s husband Wayne
said the event raised $19,000.
“It was an incredible night — the
generosity from the public has been
just over whelming,” Mr Regnault said.
“There was a great energy on the night,
and we’re so grateful for everyone
who made the effort to put it on. It’s a
wonderful little community we live in.”
The 27-item auction, hosted by Mike
Perry of Wakefield Antiques, included
dinner for two at a Wellington restaurant,
a three-night visit to Castlepoint, and
corporate tickets to New Zealand
The star of the show, however, was
the 119-year-old sur veyor ’s map of
Greytown, contributed by Mr Regnault,
which had been in his family for four
The map, drawn by sur veyor Thomas
McKay Drummond, sold to a Greytown
developer for $5000.
“The map’s going to stay within the
community, which is great,” Mr Regnault
“It was a bit of a heartstring puller for
us to see it go, but it’s going to a fantastic
Also going under the hammer was a
bat crafted by the Greytown branch of
Fearnley Cricket Shop, and signed by
the 1982-83 New Zealand cricket team
including Sir Richard Hadlee and
Jeremy Coney. The bat sold for $1000.
Mr Regnault had estimated the cost
of his wife’s treatment, which she
will receive in Singapore, to be about
The family has been told she will start
the treatment in February next year.
“ We’ve got a bit of time to raise the
last bit of cash,” he said. “ For now, we’re
going well — just putting one foot in
front of the other.”
— NZ ME -Wairarapa Times-Age
The Crown has finished calling
witnesses in the Blessie Gotingco
murder trial, but not without tempers
flaring this morning.
A 28-year-old man, whose name
is suppressed but whose image can
be published, is accused of raping
and murdering the North Shore
Justice Timothy Brewer had
to inter vene this morning in the
High Court at Auckland while the
defendant cross-examined the man
responsible for fitting his GPS-
monitoring anklet, on the same point
“ We can stay here all day, mate. You
can keep asking me the same question
and I’ll give you the same answer,” the
The judge said the murder accused
would not be given extra leeway just
because he was representing himself.
“I wouldn’t let a lawyer do what
you’re doing and I won’t let you,” he
The exchange marked the end of the
Over the last three weeks, the court
has heard from dozens of witnesses
including the pathologist who
examined the victim’s body, police who
searched the defendant ’s apartment
and scientists who conducted tests on
blood and semen samples.
The jury also saw Mrs Gotingco’s
son and daughter give tearful
evidence early on in the trial and
family members have been almost
ever-present throughout the hearing.
The Crown case is that just before
8pm on May 24 last year, the defendant
deliberately ran Mrs Gotingco down
in his car as she walked home along
Salisbury Road from work.
It is alleged he then bundled her
into his car and took her back to
his home where he raped her, slit
her throat and stabbed her to death,
before dumping the body at a nearby
Mrs Gotingco’s body was found
two days after the alleged killing
and the defendant was charged with
committing the murder on May 27,
after a dawn raid on his Birkdale
The defendant, who is representing
himself after sacking lawyer Chris
Wilkinson-Smith, will now decide
whether to call witnesses and whether
he intends to take the witness box
From there, both parties will give
a closing address followed by the
judge’s summing up, before the jury
retires to deliberate.
The trial is expected to end this
week. — NZME
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The murder accused
New measures to tax
capital gains on residential
property will help weed
out speculators and foreign
investors who trade homes
just to turn a quick buck.
But some commentators
effect the new tax rules
will have on Auckland’s
heated property market or
how many traders will be
“caught in the net ”.
Prime Minister John Key
announced a raft of new
measures yesterday aimed
to help curb spiralling
house prices and track the
number of foreign buyers
From October, anyone
property that is not their
main home within two
years of purchasing will
face tax on the capital gain.
The tax will apply to both
domestic and foreign sellers, irrespective
of whether they intended to buy the
property to make profit.
It means no one will be able to argue
with Inland Revenue (IRD) about their
“ intentions” in the first two years of
buying and selling a property — unless
they fall into the three exemptions:
family home, or sales for matrimonial
settlements or inherited property.
The Government will also track the
number of foreign buyers by making
all buyers and sellers of investment
properties supply a New Zealand IRD
number and forcing all non-residents to
have a New Zealand bank account.
The moves follow growing concern at
the plight of first-home buyers locked
out of the Auckland housing market
and house price inflation that has seen
property values across the city surge by
18% in a year.
New Zealand Institute of Economic
Research principal economist Shamubeel
Eaqub said the announcement was a step
in the right direction. Investors were a
significant player in the housing market,
“ We know somewhere between 40
and 50% of houses being bought are by
investors who own many properties.”
The new policy would help resolve
some of the problems “throwing fuel on
the fire” of Auckland’s housing market,
while buying time to fix the city’s critical
housing supply issues. Importantly,
it clarified who was a speculator or
investor, creating a clear and transparent
system for regulators and IRD.
He also welcomed moves to track the
number of non-resident foreign buyers
purchasing New Zealand homes. “ How
can you know if there is a problem and
whether you should do something about
it if you don’t know what the issue is?”
Property Institute chief executive
Ashley Church labelled the new rules
“ welcome tweaks” rather than major
The Government already taxed anyone
buying an investment property with the
intention of selling it at a profit, within
10 years of purchase.
The real change was giving IRD more
teeth to police the existing policy within
the first two years of purchase, he said.
Mr Church said the measures might
generate a little more tax income but
would do little to reduce
house price inflation.
that there are too many
speculators buying and
selling quickly in this
market because capital
growth is so strong. It’s
more likely that most
investors will hang on to
their properties for a few
years — at least until this
current boom has run its
University of Auckland
researcher Mark Keating
said the new rule was “so
narrow as to be almost
The two-year threshold
was too short and could
easily be manipulated by
savvy investors, he said.
The changes also failed to
account for mum and dad
property owners renovating
their family homes then
“flipping” them for a profit.
However, Real Estate Institute chief
executive Colleen Milne said the
two-year timeframe clearly targeted
profit-motivated traders or overseas
“One would hope that it may remove
the speculators . . . and that the
implications of having to pay tax will
slow that down. ”
Ms Milne welcomed the targeted
measures as opposed to a blanket capital
gains tax that would have pushed up
Auckland prices and not solved the root
cause of supply.
Labour leader Andrew Little, whose
party wants to ban all house sales to
non-residents, said for years Mr Key had
denied that foreign buyers had pushed
“ Today John Key has been forced to eat
his words. ”
Labour is set to ditch the capital gains
tax it has fought two elections on but
Mr Little said speculators would find
loopholes to get around the two-year
“ bright line” rule.
National’s moves follow Reser ve Bank
measures last week to require investors
in Auckland to have a 30% deposit on
new bank loans.
Grant Duncan, political commentator
from Massey University, said the policy
shift could be seen as National taking
Labour’s good policy ideas.
“One of the comical things about this
announcement is that it shows that John
Key ’s Government knows darned well
that Labour has good policies, and so it’s
actually quite a good idea to snatch one
or two of them,” he said.
“Do it early in the election cycle, do it
in your first budget after the election so
that come the next election everyone’s
forgotten about the embarrassing flip
Mr Duncan said it could be seen
in two ways — a tightening up of the
existing capital gains tax, or “a rather
embarrassing flip flop” for a Government
that up until recently was adamant that
there was no need such a tax.
On Radio New Zealand’s Morning
Report, Mr Key denied the new policy
was a capital gains tax, claiming it was
simply a “confirmation of the existing
law in New Zealand”.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
One of New Zealand’s most
spectacular tourist destinations
could also provide a key to better
understanding the large-scale
changes in store for the planet.
A team of scientists is preparing
for a major drilling project at
Lake Ohau in the Mackenzie
Using a huge rig, mounted
on a twin-pontoon barge, the
researchers plan to bore 140m
down, recovering a rich climate
record they hope will span back
to the tail-end of the Last Glacial
Maximum 17,500 years ago.
At Lake Ohau, this freezing
period in the planet ’s recent
history is marked only by the
terraced slopes of the U-shaped
valley surrounding it — a
reminder that a vast glacier once
muscled through and revealed
lines as it receded while the
climate gradually warmed.
From core samples collected
by the drill from 70m below
the lake bed, the team will
learn about what has happened
in New Zealand’s climate and
rainfall since then, gathering
enough detail to create annual
records going back at least
The lake is of enormous value
to the international science
community as its surrounds have
been particularly influenced
by the boundary of westerly
winds and it remains one of
the few places in the planet ’s
mid-latitudes where previous
behaviour of glaciers can be
Further, the two rivers that
flow into the lake have delivered
a vault of sediments containing
an excellent geological record
— s om ething that has already
been demonstrated in a shorter,
1200-year-old core sample.
The evidence may also answer
questions about the mysterious
Little Ice Age — a period in
AD1300 when the globe cooled
and southern New Zealand
experienced increased rainfall.
And by better understanding
how environments have changed
in past climate scenarios,
scientists will be able to better
predict what a climate between
2degC and 3degC warmer,
coupled with sea levels 1m higher,
by the end of the century could
mean for New Zealand and the
rest of the world.
GNS Science geologist Dr
Richard Levy, who will undertake
the Marsden Fund-supported
project alongside colleagues Dr
Marcus Vandergoes, Dr Gavin
Dunbar and PhD student Heidi
Roop, said the research was
“extremely important ”, especially
given the lack of detailed climate
data on this part of the planet.
“There’s a massive data gap,
so we think it’s going to be a
fundamental and critical piece of
“ If the instrumental models that
already exist have been able to
accurately simulate the records we
will find under the lake, then we’ll
know they’ve been doing a good
job in capturing the previous
natural variability in the climate
The team expects to report its
findings in 2017.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Scientists to drill into lake bed for Ice Age record
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Lake Ohau, where scientists are hoping to uncover climate change secrets.
Tug relic linked to Wahine disaster
A relic from a ship that helped
save 174 people from New
Zealand’s most famous maritime
disaster is set to go under the
hammer in Auckland.
Early on April 10, 1968, the
passenger ferry Wahine got into
trouble during one of the worst
storms Wellington Harbour had
Union Steam Ship Company
of New Zealand tug Tapuhi,
loaded with towing and salvage
equipment, was scrambled to try to
It was the first vessel to assist the
The savage storm blew the Tapuhi,
which dated back to World War
Two, out of control three times.
Just as its crew managed to
attached a line to the stricken ferry,
high seas tore her away.
In the chaos of the storm, the
Tapuhi and other boats involved in
the rescue are recorded as bringing
174 people, including four
children, safely ashore.
Of the 734 passengers and crew
on board, 51 people lost their
lives that day. Now, the Tapuhi’s
helm, or steering wheel, is due to
go under the hammer at Cordy’s
The 10-spoke 183cm wheel
weighs more than 40kg and
features brass banding and hub.
It was removed from the historic
vessel before it was removed from
ser vice and sunk in Vanuatu in
Auctioneer Andrew Grigg
said the wheel, which features in
tomorrow ’s auction, is expected to
fetch more than $4200.
It is one of a number of “really
special” New Zealand historical
items, he said.
Other unusual lots include an
elephant ’s tooth, a Fijian chief ’s
whales tooth pendant, a white
rabbit, and a stuffed badger.
“ We certainly have the weird and
wonderful covered,” Mr Grigg said.
The wheel from the tug Tapuhi, which went to the assistance of the
sinking ferry Wahine in 1968.
A 14-year-old deaf boy has been
assaulted while playing with friends at
Van Asch College in Christchurch.
The unprovoked attack was carried out
on Saturday evening by two youths as
the boy played spotlight on the grounds
of the Sumner school.
Two white males, one wearing a blue
cap and the other wearing a white cap,
approached the boy while his friends
were hiding as part of the game.
After realising the boy was deaf and
initially turning away, the attackers
then turned around and ran directly at
One male punched the boy in the face
and kicked him in the thigh. Police said
it was believed both the attackers had
The boy was taken to the Bealey
Avenue 24-hour surgery for medical
Christchurch police were seeking
public help in identifying the assailants.
Out-of-pocket holders of South
Canterbury Finance preference
shares have already contributed
tens of thousands of dollars to
investigate whether or not a claim
to recover funds should be brought.
While the Government spent
about $1.7 billion bailing out the
majority of South Canterbury
Finance investors, close to 4000
holders of preference shares were
left out in the cold.
These shares, at one point, were
worth about $120 million.
Almost half a decade after
the Timaru company collapsed,
Paraparaumu sharebroker Chris
Lee has commissioned a Queen’s
Counsel and legal team for an
opinion on whether the possibility
of a claim should be looked into.
Nielsen Law says the legal team
is focusing on South Canterbury
Finance’s non-compliance with its
continuous disclosure obligations.
“ We confirm there is merit in
further investigating a prospective
claim . . .” it says.
The letter, though, says the precise
nature of a potential claim and
possible defendants is yet to be
Mr Lee, who says he has spent
between $50,000 and $100,000
of his own funds on the matter, is
now calling on investors to fund the
rest of the research to see if a claim
should be brought or not.
He has organised meetings up
and down the country for investors
to attend to get more information.
The meetings will begin in
Invercargill and Dunedin today and
finish in Auckland next week.
Mr Lee said the response for
funding so far was better than
he had hoped and that tens of
thousands of dollars had already
The legal team would need a
minimum of about $100,000 for
the next stage of the investigation.
While investors are being asked
to put for ward money to investigate
whether a claim should be brought
or not, any legal action would likely
be financed by a litigation funder,
the Nielsen Law letter said.
Mr Lee, who said about 80 of his
clients had bought the shares, was
motivated by his belief that a “ very
great injustice had occurred in New
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
SCF investors asked to fund claim investigation
Deaf boy attacked
Capital gains in Govt sights
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