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Crash kills woman
A woman has died after a single-
car crash in northern Wairarapa last
night. The crash happened on State
highway 2 near Mount Bruce about
7.20pm, Inspector Marc Clausen of
central police communications said.
The woman passenger was thrown
from the car and died at the scene.
The male driver suffered injuries and
was flown by rescue helicopter to
hospital, Mr Clausen said.
Tot run over in car park
A 14-month-old died after being
hit by a car in a Whangarei school
car park yesterday. Senior sergeant
Dan Cleaver said the accident
occurred at 4pm at a car park on the
periphery of Kamo Intermediate
School. “ There has been a crash
involving a toddler and unfortunately
they are now deceased,” Mr Cleaver
said. The toddler’s mother was
present at the time, he said. Police
were investigating the circumstances
of the crash but described it as “ low-
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Shot man named
Police have named the man who
died after a shooting in Palmerston
North on Tuesday night. He was
Tyrone Rawiri Gideon, 21, of
Palmerston North. Another 21-year-
old man has been arrested and
charged with unlawful possession of
a firearm, police said. He will appear
in the Palmerston North District
Court today. Detective senior
sergeant Craig Sheridan said the
investigation into the incident was
continuing. — NZ ME
Crash sur vivor serious
The brand new Rotorua-based
Bay Trust rescue helicopter was sent
out on its first mission yesterday
afternoon. A spokesman for the
rescue helicopter said a 49-year-
old female suffered from serious
injuries after her vehicle left the road
at Waioeka Gorge near Opotiki.
The woman was flown to Rotorua
Hospital with serious injuries,
but in a stable condition. The new
helicopter is one of six operated by
the Philips Search and Rescue Trust
in the lower North Island.
Big Wednesday winner
A ticket sold in Whangamata in
Coromandel has won its holder
over $4 million in Big Wednesday
draw No 500. The division one
winner won $2,587,700 in cash, two
luxury cars, a boat plus travel, a Visa
card and money towards a bach.
Successful numbers were 3, 26, 39,
47, 49, 50; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11204:
60, 61, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 79. Draw No
11205: 5, 9, 10, 14, 22, 23, 25, 36, 39,
43, 47, 48, 53, 56, 57, 59, 66, 69, 73, 77.
Draw No 11206: 2, 7, 10, 15, 20, 21,
30, 32, 36, 38, 50, 54, 56, 62, 63, 67, 68,
77, 78, 80. Draw No 11207: 2, 4, 5, 7,
11, 14, 33, 37, 38, 39, 41, 53, 54, 55, 59,
60, 64, 69, 70, 74.
CYF in child abuse prediction trials
The man charged with the murder and
rape of Blessie Gotingco has reinstated
his defence team.
The man, who has name suppression,
sacked his lawyer Chris Wilkinson-
Smith last month at the beginning of the
Today the court was told that he
had applied to Legal Aid to have Mr
That application was approved and the
jury was informed of the development
before proceedings continued today.
Up until now Mr Wilkinson-Smith
was acting as amicus curiae, or friend of
the court — someone who is not party
to the case but can offer information
relating to it that can assist the court.
The defence and prosecution teams
will begin their closing arguments this
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
A mathematical model designed to
predict children at risk of abuse will
be trialled with data about children
reported to Child, Youth and Family.
The model predicts which children
will suffer substantiated child abuse
or neglect based on 132 factors drawn
from cross-departmental records,
including the parents’ ages, their
criminal records, their own history
of being abused as children, and
recorded family violence.
Initial testing by the Social
Development Ministry, looking at
the 5% of children born in 2007 who
would have been rated at highest
risk in the model, found that 31%
suffered substantiated maltreatment
by age 5. That figure was projected
to rise to 40% by age 10, but still
meant 60% would have been targeted
unnecessarily (“false positives”).
That 5% judged at highest risk would
have accounted for 32% of all children
who actually suffered substantiated
maltreatment by age five — much
more than their fair share, but leaving
68% who would not have been
identified (“false negatives”).
Ministry acting deputy chief
executive Dorothy Adams said the
next step would be testing how staff at
Child, Youth and Family’s call centre
in Auckland would use the model in
practice, using historical case studies.
“Some contact centre social workers
will be trained to understand the
predictive model and will be given
information that comes out of the
predictive model and . . . some of
the case studies and we’ll test what
decisions they make,” she said.
“Another group, who have not
been trained, will be given the same
case studies, and we’ll look at the
differences between them.”
She said if the trial showed the model
led to better decision-making, officials
would seek ministerial approval to use
it with “live” calls to the centre, to help
guide decisions about which cases
needed investigation or other action.
AUT University economist Rhema
Vaithianathan, who helped develop
the model, said she hoped it would be
used “proactively” to identify the most
at-risk children and give them extra
support ser vices from birth, rather
than waiting to act “reactively” when
they were reported.
“ In human terms, it is like walking
through a maternity ward and
identifying the one child in every five
who has 10 times the chance of being
abused and maltreated as all the other
children put together,” she said.
She said Plunket nurses already
added extra visits for new babies
identified as needing extra help,
and the Family Start home visiting
programme was targeted at the 5% of
most vulnerable children.
The model looks set to be used
proactively first in the US city
of Pittsburgh, where Professor
Vaithianathan is a consultant.
Finance Minister Bill English said
this week that social services could
be better targeted to the neediest
families by using data from multiple
But Australian researcher Dr Philip
Gillingham warned last month in
the British Journal of Social Work
that “substantiated” cases used in
the model included children with
behavioural or relationship problems
where no maltreatment was involved.
Otago University Professor David
Fergusson said the model showed
how much predictive power was
available in administrative data. But it
needed much more careful research to
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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Students descended upon
kittens in droves yesterday for the
fifth edition of the “ kitten room”.
The idea was conceived after
Otago University Students’
Association welfare officer
Payal Ramritu learned of Ana
Adrianova’s project to rescue
Ms Adrianova started a social
media page last November, with
the idea she would “share posts
from other rescue (organisations)
to educate the public and share
information”, she said.
“ But what happened was that. . .
I was always rescuing cats.”
Ms Adrianova said she rescued
16 kittens from Forth Street
alone in January. Eight of the
kittens Ms Adrianova and her
friends have rescued were the
main attraction of the kitten
room at OUSA yesterday.
Leandra Fiennes, a first-year
arts and law student, was one of
20 people who signed up on-line
to play with the kittens. “I’ve
been trying to go for a while,”
she said, “but it’s always booked
This time, “I signed up pretty
much as soon as it opened”.
Each person who booked an
eight-minute kitten-playing slot
was allowed to bring one friend.
Ms Fiennes said she went partly
to de-stress, but “(it’s also) a bit
of I just love animals and don’t
get to see too many around the
“I’ve got pets at home, and I
missed that interaction.”
Ms Ramritu said de-stressing
students was the initial
motivation behind the puppy
room, another animal-related
OUSA initiative that has brought
puppies to students a couple of
times a year for the past two years
around exam time.
But for the kitten room, she was
also interested in helping people
who are away from pets — like
Ms Fiennes — to connect with
Plus, she said, “ we ’re trying to
discourage people from getting
All kitten room attendees were
asked to give a gold coin donation
to Animal Rescue Network New
Zealand, which Ms Adrianova
said would go to “de-sexing our
They have raised $940 total so
far, including $177 yesterday.
Ms Ramrita said she wanted to
organise the kitten room weekly
“except for when I need a break”,
and Ms Adrianova hoped to do
it “as often as possible when the
students are here”.
— Otago Daily Times
Rescued kittens help students de-stress
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Leandra Fiennes takes time out from her university studies to play with a kitten.
A former west Auckland principal
found to be storing thousands of
pornographic images has been sentenced
to 16 months in jail.
David Latimer, former head of
Rangeview Intermediate, appeared
in the Auckland District Court this
morning on 25 charges of possessing
The prosecution said around 77,000
objectionable images were found on his
Crown lawyer Natalie Small said some
of the disturbing photographs included
scenes of rape, torture and bestiality,
showing both adults and children
ranging from as young as two years of
age to their mid teens.
The majority of the children were aged
between nine and 13.
Ms Small said the fact Latimer was a
school principal at the time makes his
offending “an abuse of trust at what
could only be considered the highest
“ It is hard to imagine a case more
serious, for the possession of image,” she
Intermediate for six years.
The 48-year-old resigned last February,
after an investigation by the Department
of Internal Affairs.
He pleaded guilty to the 25 charges in
The defence argued that, right from the
outset, Latimer co-operated fully with
The thousands of images were stored
on CDs, zipped and password protected.
Defence lawyer Simon Lance said by
keeping the photographs as secure as
possible, Latimer was ensuring nobody
else would see them.
But when under investigation, Mr
Lance said he was open with authorities
about how to access the content.
Mr Lance said his client was very
“ He feels as though he has betrayed
his responsibility to the community,
and caused severe emotional pain to his
The defence argued that Latimer’s
extensive collection was down to
compulsive behaviour and obsessive
His offending did not involve students
from Rangeview Intermediate.
However, the Crown said three images
from a school camp were found among
the pornographic material.
The former teacher stood calmly in the
dock, hands clasped before him, as Judge
Nicola Mathers delivered her sentence.
The judge reduced his sentence from
a starting point of two and a half years,
taking into account his lack of previous
convictions, his remorse, and the support
of his wife and family.
Latimer’s 16-month prison sentence
has been welcomed by rape prevention
group Stop Demand.
The group said the term of
imprisonment handed down by Judge
Mathers was a welcome relief, following
a recent spate of cases where judges had
been handing down “offensively weak”
sentences of home detention.
Stop Demand founder Denise Ritchie
said the term of imprisonment was
“ It reflects the gravity of Latimer’s
crimes which involved countless child
victims, it ser ves as a deterrent to others,
and it signals that New Zealand takes
seriously the need to crack down hard
on anyone caught fuelling the demand
for such material.
“ Without market demand by predators
like Latimer, there would be no supply.”
Ms Ritchie said the impact on the
countless children harmed in Latimer’s
collection could not be overstated.
“ Unlike most crimes, where the impact
can dissipate over time, victim impact
statements taken years later show just
how crushing the lasting effects of such
crimes can be.” — NZME
Anyone who has unintentionally
stood on a Lego block will know how
excruciating an experience it is.
The upside of letting children play
with Lego is they can win an all-
expenses-paid trip to Legoland in
California for their family — just like
Orlando Hay has done.
The Company Bay 11-year-old has
just won the national Lego building
competition with his latest creation,
titled Hobbit’s Retreat.
It is a scene inspired by the Hobbit
movies, and built with more than 1000
pieces of Lego over about three weeks.
Orlando said he had been trying
to win the annual competition for
the past eight years. He had won the
Otago regional prize four times, but
never the “big one” — until now.
“ I’m super-excited. I’ve been trying
to win this for ages. ”
Hundreds of children nationwide
enter the competition every year, and
Orlando is the first from D unedin to
win the national final.
The prize includes return flights
for two adults and two children to
Legoland, accommodation for five
nights, and $1500 of spending money.
In qualifying for the national
competition, Orlando won the Otago
regional award for the fourth time,
and won a $100 Toyworld voucher,
which he plans to give to the children’s
ward at Dunedin Hospital.
— Otago Daily Times
Orlando heading to Legoland
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Orlando Hay with his Hobbit ’s Retreat, which won the national Lego
building competition yesterday.
Housing Minister Nick Smith says
thousands of new homes will be built
as part of a planned affordable housing
development on vacant Crown land.
The Government is planning to develop
430ha of vacant land in Auckland
controlled by various government
Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s
budget announcement, Dr Smith told
Radio New Zealand this morning that it
was too early to speculate on how many
houses would be built.
However, he said the number would
probably be in the thousands — a similar
scale to developments at Hobsonville
Point and Weymouth.
“Q uite clearly the Government ’s
objective is increasing supply, doing so
quickly and trying to get more homes in
Auckland,” he said.
There were issues of first right of
refusal constraints that would need to
be worked through with local iwi, as the
developments would be on Crown land.
“ With Weymouth, we’ve actually
chosen to partner with local iwi as part
of those housing developments,” he said.
“ I would expect there may be some
initiatives like that that will flow from
The minister described Tamaki as being
“real confused network of under-utilised
land” and defended plans to build on
public reser ves.
“The public impression when you say
the word reser ve is a wonderful park
that ’s being well utilised,” he told Radio
“ We’ve got areas of Auckland that are
local purposes reser ve that haven’t had
anybody play on them or use them for
any recreational purpose for more than
Dr Smith added: “ We’re specifically
wanting to identify developers who are
able to produce more affordable product
“ It is not until we get those bidders
come in that we’ll be able to get a good
idea of where housing developments on
this land will be financially viable.”
Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil
Twyford said National had simply
dusted off Labour’s 2008 inventory of
government land available for housing
and re-announced it.
“ Despite National ridiculing this at the
time, it is a no-brainer to develop vacant
government land in Auckland,” he said.
“The Government should have
continued Labour’s work in this area
seven years ago. If it had, we would have
had thousands of new homes and the
housing crisis might not be as bad.”
The Government had been a bystander
during the housing crisis, Mr Twyford
said, and the freeing up of vacant
government land was part of a “poll-
driven pre-Budget panic.”
Any move to free up Crown land for
Auckland housing must come with a
guarantee of 100 per cent affordable
housing, the Green Party said.
“The Government can’t fix the housing
crisis in Auckland by freeing up large
swathes of land so developers can then
build houses that Aucklanders can’t
actually afford to buy,” Green Party co-
leader Metiria Turei said. — NZ ME
Minister’s name new slang
for undiplomatic behaviour
Trade Minister Tim Groser says
he is not bothered his name has
apparently become a byword for
The Labour Party yesterday
accused him in Parliament of
insulting Canadian diplomats by
comparing the country’s dairy
industry to the Soviet Union.
Trade spokesman David Parker
cited a scathing article by an
American policy analyst, which
said Mr Groser’s behaviour had led
to a new slang term in Washington:
The article said the Canadian
Embassy in Washington was
“privately bristling” at the minister’s
Mr Groser said he was not aware
his name had been turned into a
verb, but added it could be evidence
New Zealand was “making a mark”
with its negotiations on the Trans
He said that Canada’s dairy
interests had been “diametrically
opposed” to New Zealand’s interests
for 30 years, and it took “just a little
bit of spine to stand up to it ”.
Mr Parker said Mr Groser’s
comments were “abrasive and
“How does he think slagging off
the Canadians using derogatory
terms is going to result in a good
outcome for those negotiations?”
Mr Parker asked.
Mr Groser stood firm: “It’s called
a negotiation. And to use one of
Tana Umaga’s memorable phrases,
‘ We ain’t here to play tiddlywinks’.”
The minister made the comments
in an inter view with Reuters when
he was in the United States for
trade talks last month.
He said that Canada’s highly
protected dairy industry “looks
like it belongs in the former Soviet
He urged Canada to open up its
markets and “start to engage in a
serious way” on the TPP.
Canada, which has about 13,000
dairy farmers, applies tariffs of
more than 200% on dairy imports.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A 19-year-old German back-
packer has been admitted to
hospital after sliding 50m down an
icy slope near the summit of Mount
The man and his three companions
were hiking over the Tongariro
Alpine Crossing about 1pm when
he slipped and fell.
Fortunately he stopped before
falling over a bluff, senior constable
Barry Shepherd, of Taupo police,
emergency ser vices and the Taupo-
based Greenlea rescue helicopter
was sent to the scene.
The icy surface meant nobody was
able to climb down to him.
It was also too risky for the
helicopter to hover above him
while he lay in his precarious
position, so a two-man Ruapehu
alpine rescue organisation team
was flown in to help, Mr Shepherd
“The two rescuers accessed him
using crampons and ice axes. ”
He was then lifted off the
mountain, treated by a St John
advanced paramedic, and flown to
The man had suffered injuries to
his feet and legs and was very cold,
Mr Shepherd said. — NZ ME
Tourist in hospital after Tongariro fall
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