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Body found on beach
The body of a woman has been
recovered from Rangitata beach in
Canterbury. The body was found on
Saturday night near the river mouth.
Details surrounding her identity
and the cause of death will not be
released until next of kin have been
informed, police said. — N Z ME
Duck shooter drowns
One man died after a group of four
was swept down the Waikato River
after the boat overturned. Police
were called to Port Waikato near
Ngahinapouri Island about 3pm
yesterday. The incident happened
near Hoods Landing, about 10km
south of Waiuku. Three other men
were brought to shore by Coastguard
rescuers and then taken to
Middlemore Hospital for treatment.
The four were duck shooters taking
the boat out for the first time
yesterday. — NZ ME
Assaulted teen serious
A 16-year-old boy was in Dunedin
Hospital yesterday with serious
injuries after an assault outside a
party in D unedin on Saturday night.
Detective sergeant Rob Hanna said
the boy was approached by four or
five males believed to be between 16
and 18. He was kicked in the head
and body even after he fell to the
ground, and had surgery yesterday.
— Otago Daily Times
Laser strike on plane
A domestic flight out of Wellington
was subject to a laser strike on
Saturday night. The incident
happened about 6.50pm after the
aircraft took off. As the pilot started
to climb over the Petone-Lower
Hutt area, the green laser beam was
shone into the cockpit. Police were
searching for those responsible.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Lotto prize jackpots
There was no division one winner
in Lotto draw No 1459 on Saturday,
and the prize jackpots. Successful
numbers were 1, 3, 9, 34, 36, 37;
bonus 40. Strike numbers were 37,
3, 9, 1. There was one Strike Four
winner, from Auckland, taking home
$129,673. Powerball number 2. There
was no division one winner. The
Winning Wheel ticket was sold in
Nelson. The winner from Rangiora
spun for $150,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11216:
47, 48, 51, 55, 69, 70, 75, 78. Draw No
11217: 1, 12, 16, 18, 26, 32, 34, 39, 41,
45, 48, 52, 57, 65, 69, 71, 72, 74, 76, 80.
Draw No: 11218: 1, 3, 7, 10, 12, 14,
19, 22, 24, 32, 34, 35, 36, 48, 62, 63, 64,
65, 66, 70. Draw No 11219: 1, 8, 9, 11,
15, 22, 23, 24, 28, 31, 34, 37, 50, 51, 62,
70, 71, 73, 77, 80. Draw No 11220: 3,
8, 11, 12, 16, 19, 22, 25, 31, 33, 35, 36,
37, 38, 63, 65, 66, 76, 79, 80. Draw No
11221: 6, 11, 12, 18, 21, 27, 31, 33, 36,
37, 41, 44, 49, 56, 58, 60, 61, 62, 65, 68.
Draw No 11222: 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12,
15, 16, 19, 24, 26, 39, 42, 43, 48, 53, 58,
61, 75. Draw No: 11223: 1, 4, 9, 11, 16,
23, 24, 30, 36, 38, 39, 50, 51, 54, 56, 58,
64, 65, 66, 75.
NZ troops ‘in hornet ’s nest ’
A lawyer dying of incurable brain cancer
says she is determined to live her life
well, while she is still able to, but wants
to be given the option to say “enough is
enough”, a court was told today.
A civil case being heard in the High
Court in Wellington was brought by
42-year-old Lecretia Seales, who is
dying from a brain tumour.
She says she has the right to end her life
with medical help, instead of suffering a
slow, painful, undignified death.
Ms Seales wants the High Court
to clarify whether a doctor would be
committing a crime if they helped her
Her case, in front of Justice David
Collins, relies on provisions in the Bill of
Rights Act enshrining the rights to not
be deprived of life or subjected to cruel
Ms Seales was unable to be in court
when the hearing began today, but did
arrive later in the morning and sat with
supporters in the jury box.
During his opening speech, Ms Seales’s
lawyer Andrew Butler gave Justice
Collins an intimate look at Ms Seales’s
Throughout her childhood and
adulthood, the word that defined Ms
Seales was “determined”, he said.
“ From a young age she has a keen sense
of justice and wanted to make the world
a better place.”
Ms Seales met her husband Matt
in 2003 and they were trying to have
children when she was diagnosed with
brain cancer in March 2011.
Since then, Ms Seales had remained
positive and determined to live her life,
Dr Butler said.
“S he has been determined to live her
life on her terms. ”
He read out an affidavit written by Ms
She said while it was “devastating” to be
given the diagnosis that the cancer was
incurable, she was determined not to fall
“ I resolved to live whatever remained of
my life as well as I possibly could.
“ I knew I wanted to really live while
I’m still living,” the affidavit said.
Ms Seales said she wanted to be in a
position to ask a doctor to help end her
life before she was unable to.
“I want to have a choice to be able to
say enough is enough.”
Ms Seales said she did not know what
her death would be like, but it could be
slow and difficult.
The idea of being unable to look after
herself was unbearable, and she was
already finding it difficult to swallow,
which sometimes led to choking.
She also did not want to be dependant
on strong painkillers, which might not
Also joining Ms Seales’s case are
the Care Alliance and the Voluntary
Today ’s case was heard in front of a
packed public gallery.
About 10 supporters for Ms Seales,
including her parents and high-profile
lawyer Sir Geoffrey Palmer, QC, were
seated in the jury box. — NZME
Right to die
Police have called off the search for a
vessel believed to be missing on Lake
Wakatipu, in the Otago region.
An emergency radio request for a 111
call was made about 4.30pm yesterday
in the Lake Wakatipu area and search
and rescue operations spent the evening
scouring the lake.
Senior sergeant Darryl Lennane said
police would not be continuing to search
for the missing vessel.
“It is suffice to say we are satisfied that
nobody there who is at risk,” he said.
He was unable to give further comment.
A helicopter crew using night vision
equipment searched unsuccessfully until
about 8.30pm yesterday for the vessel,
the effort following an earlier extensive
search of the lake involving about four
boats and a helicopter, which had also
found no trace. — NZ ME
A defence analyst says New Zealand
troops are in a “hornet ’s nest ” barely
100km from rampaging Isis troops in
New Zealanders have started
training local troops in Taji, Iraq, to
fight the so-called Islamic State (Isis).
Taji, in a largely Sunni area, is about
120km from Ramadi — a city that
Isis overran last week.
Dr Ron Smith, University of
Waikato research associate, is now
questioning his earlier support for the
“Knowing what I know now, do I
The sight of Iraqi troops fleeing
Ramadi and the increased use of
Shi’ite militias to fight Isis had made
him rethink his support.
Dr Smith said anti-Isis coalition
leadership under the United States
had been “feeble”, limiting the
usefulness of the New Zealand
It was important New Zealand
supported its longstanding allies but
the deployment was “almost in the
nature of gesture politics,” Dr Smith
“ We’ve got special forces which are
reasonably well-maintained, trained
and equipped. Beyond that, we’ve got
no defence forces. We’ve got no air
This was paradoxical, given the aerial
focus of coalition attacks on Isis so far.
Dr Smith said any upcoming battles
would be “very nasty” and he was
worried Shi’ite paramilitary forces
would have little more respect for the
laws of war than Isis had.
NZDF troops have arrived as a
regional conflict between Shi’ite and
Sunni escalates, with Iran and Saudi
Arabia struggling for dominance in
proxy wars in Iraq and Yemen.
Most Isis gains lately have been
in Sunni-majority areas. After the
fall of Saddam Hussein, some long-
oppressed Shi’ites quickly exacted
revenge on their Sunni neighbours. In
return, some Sunnis now supported
or tolerated Isis and its fiercely anti-
Auckland-based defence analyst Dr
Paul G Buchanan said Taji’s location
triggered concerns for New Zealand
“It’s in the middle of the Sunni
triangle. It’s the last point of defence
on the northern flank of Baghdad.
These guys have just been put into the
middle of a hornet ’s nest.”
He said it was likely most of the
143-odd New Zealand troops were
on perimeter guard duty, or focused
on preventing “green on blue” attacks,
when trainees attacked trainers.
He said the proximity of Isis to Taji
and to important nearby highways
meant soon, Isis could isolate Taji
even without attacking it directly.
Dr Buchanan said NZDF troops
would then have to rely on being
airlifted out, or “fight their way out of
the camp” to re-establish contact with
“ I’m very fearful now for those
troops. I don’t know how heavily
armoured they are.”
An army spokeswoman did not
answer specific questions before
deadline, instead referring to an
earlier press release that made no
mention of NZDF defences in Taji,
the demographic make-up of trainees,
impact of the Ramadi takeover, or the
equipment troops had.
Dr Buchanan said Isis probably
believed Baghdad was too strong,
fortified and Shi’ite-dominated to
fall. But the extremists could try
suffocating the city by cutting supply
lines, pushing the Iraqi government to
sue for peace.
Without a more aggressive coalition
effort, he said Isis’s co-called caliphate
could potentially reach from the
Mediterranean to the Tigris.
“So long as they limit themselves to
imposing a caliphate and Sharia law
in the places that they control, and
don’t try to extend . . . they may be
left to it.”
He said the oil-rich oligarchies of
the Persian Gulf had the most to
fear from Isis. These included the
Gulf States Prime Minister John Key
visited last month and was keen on
signing free trade deals with.
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Teina Pora will make his boxing
debut in an amateur bout in five
The fight will be in south
Auckland and will be “ low
key ”, he says in his first media
Mr Pora, 40 next month, knows
little about the opponent who has
been engaged by the boxing club
organising the fight. “All I know
is that he’s 38 and he’s keen to
have a go.”
Released on parole in April last
year and working as an apprentice
builder, he says boxing is part of
his fitness regime.
Twice convicted of the 1992
rape and murder of Susan
Burdett, he spent 21 years in jail.
His convictions were quashed
in March by the Privy Council,
which recommended that he not
be put on trial again.
Boxing will be a different
challenge for Mr Pora, who
played league in jail for the
Paremoremo Raiders and who, at
13, was good enough to represent
Auckland East in the 1988 Roller
Mills rugby competition.
A team photo shows him beside
Pita Alatini, who went on to play
for the All Blacks. When that
photo was published in 2013, he
says, it gave him credibility with
prisoners who could not believe
he had rubbed shoulders with an
In prison he used makeshift
boxing bags. “ We cut up our
mattresses. We used to use the
mattress and socks (for gloves).”
Mr Pora says he has forgiven
the police officers who charged
He spoke of the emotion of
hearing that he would not be put
on trial again. “I got a phone call
from Tim (McKinnel, private
investigator) just telling me no
retrial. I stopped the car; just me
and my dog. It would probably
be the first ever time, tears just
running from my eyes, man.
“I went to the beach, Mission
Bay, and just let everything wash
out of the soles of my feet. Life
began for me then. ”
Mr Pora celebrates his 40th
birthday next month. It will be
a double celebration — it is just
over a year since his release from
He was shocked when police
charged him with Ms Burdett ’s
rape and murder back in 1993,
he said. “ I couldn’t believe they
Asked what he had say to those
officers, he did not hesitate.
“I forgive yous, man, and just
move on. Back then I had all the
anger towards them. I understand
the word forgiveness. It will put
you at peace. You don’t have to
carry any more sh— any more.”
The charges were laid after he
was inter viewed for four days.
Two juries judged him guilty
before the Privy Council ruled
that: “ The combination of Pora’s
frequently contradictory and
often implausible confessions and
the recent diagnosis of his FASD
(foetal alcohol spectrum disorder)
leads to only one possible
conclusion and that is that the
reliance on his confessions gives
rise to a risk of a miscarriage of
At a family gathering soon after
he was freed on parole last year,
Mr Pora told relatives who had
claimed he was involved in Ms
Burdett ’s murder that he forgave
“ I’ve never met Susan,” he said.
“ I didn’t know her from a bar of
Nor had he met Malcolm Rewa,
a lone-wolf serial rapist with the
embarrassing affliction of erectile
dysfunction, whose semen was
in Ms Burdett ’s body. Rewa was
convicted of rape but two juries
could not decide whether he
Everything changed 11 years
ago, he says, when he was
baptised by a fellow inmate
using water from a prison
He taught himself to read using
a pocket Bible.
“ I’m a different person now.
Humble. In the past I’d have
been, yeah, aggressive.”
He has lost his anger and his
attitude. “ I don’t have anything
towards anyone any more.”
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Pora forgives but still fighting fit
Teina Pora during his first media interview.
NZ Post denies
New Zealand Post has denied claims
that it uses zero-hours contracts for some
workers and that it is not honouring
some contractual entitlements.
The State-owned enterprise says
on-call workers are expected to be
“reasonably available” when required for
The Engineering Printing
Manufacturing Union says New
Zealand Post is “in essence” using zero-
hours contracts, and a D unedin worker
who declined to be named said on-call
posties were sometimes penalised by
losing hours if they were not available.
The fast food industry recently moved
away from zero-hours contracts after a
storm of publicity, although just what
constitutes a zero-hours contract has
been in dispute.
“ You talk to the team leaders (about
moving to a temporary contract) and they
go: ‘ We’ve got to talk to management ’,
and it ’s just kind of fobbed off.
“ If you don’t do what (they) want, if you
say I’m unavailable that day or anything
like that, then they ’re just like, ‘We won’t
give you any hours’,” the worker claimed.
Workers were entitled to become
temporary employees after engagements
of more than two weeks, and to sick pay
and annual leave after three months, but
these were not being honoured, it was
It was common for on-call posties
to work six days a week. The company
stopped hiring permanent staff to prepare
for the reduction in mail delivery times
in July and associated restructuring, the
On-call delivery posties sometimes
waited an hour or so for their sorted
mail and were not paid for the wait time
“even though they ’ve rung you and told
you have to be there”.
In a statement, a New Zealand Post
spokesman said the company was not
aware of “any concerns like this”, and the
worker should raise it with their team
leader or union delegate.
New Zealand Post had a pool of
about 20 on-call and temporary staff in
On-call staff worked an average of 20
hours a week; some worked 37.4 hours,
and “sometimes they can work extra
hours”, the spokesperson said.
In an earlier statement, Employment
Relations, Safety and Wellbeing head
Par vez Akbar said: “New Zealand Post
does not hire on-call posties on zero-
“Their employment arrangements,
which were negotiated with the unions
as part of our collective employment
agreement, are different on a number of
“O ur on-call employees are required
to be reasonably available. They have an
ongoing relationship with the company
and after three months’ ser vice are
eligible for paid sick leave and annual
employees for engagements lasting more
than two weeks. ”
The spokesman said the company had
been “upfront ” that people hired “in the
lead-up” to the delivery reduction would
be on “fixed term contracts until we get a
better understanding of the shape of the
workforce needed after July”.
The company is in the midst of
restructuring to prepare for the reduced
EPMU national industry organiser
(postal and logistics) Joe Gallagher
said the contracts were a zero-hours
“ in essence” but workers had a “semi-
permanent relationship” with the
company. Mr Gallagher could not be
contacted yesterday to respond to the
worker’s concerns about entitlements.
When inter viewed earlier this month,
Mr Gallagher said the contracts were “a
bit more structured” than some on-call
He warned the postie workforce faced
further pain as New Zealand Post was
“exploring all options” for further cost
“Do I think this is the end of it?
“ Not under the National Government,”
Mr Gallagher said.
— Otago Daily Times
New Zealand and its spying
partners exploited weaknesses in one
of the world’s most popular mobile
browsers and planned to hack into
smartphones, according to a top
secret document leaked this week.
The Five Eyes partners are accused
of targeting links to Google and
Samsung app stores in a project civil
liberties activists have denounced.
The spy agencies deliberately sought
security vulnerabilities, but failed
to inform companies or the public,
leaving the private data of millions
of people at risk, civil liberties group
Open Media said.
The leaked top secret document
was posted on the Canadian CBC
News site, in conjunction with The
Intercept, after whistleblower and
fugitive Edward Snowden acquired
Apart from discussing how to
propagate sur veillance software,
described efforts to place messages
and other communications data on
The idea was to send misinformation
to confuse enemy spy agencies.
In a statement, a spokesman for the
Department of the Prime Minister
and Cabinet said the GCSB “exists
to protect New Zealand and New
Zealanders” and had a foreign
“ We don’t comment on speculation
about matters that may or may not be
operational,” he said. “ Everything we
do is explicitly authorised and subject
to independent oversight. ”
analyst Dr Paul G Buchanan said
civil libertarians were right to have
concerns about the latest Five Eyes
“ I thought it was ingenious for them
to try to install malware to confuse
their opponents. That presumably
is because they know the phone
numbers of other countries’ spies,” he
“If they ’re installing malware on
environmental activists or people of
that ilk, then it is a bit beyond the
He said the GCSB’s track record,
which included illegal spying on
Kim Dotcom, could reinforce these
However, Dr Buchanan said most
members of the public had little
reason to worry about the spying
mentioned in the latest leak.
“I think that although the private
data of millions of people was at risk,
I don’t think that the intelligence
guys in Five Eyes (have) the time or
resources to go through all that data.
They ’re obviously looking for more
He said there was still a possible
risk from rogue agents who might
misuse their jobs to advance prurient
or personal agendas, such as stalking
ex-partners or love rivals.
Such abuses had occurred in other
western spy agencies, he said.
Dr Buchanan said an institutional
“ lag” existed where legal frameworks
governing spying were not keeping
up with technological advances
available to intelligence agencies.
Spies were therefore usually far
ahead of any laws restricting their
“ If there’s not a law that specifically
prevents them from doing so, then
they will do so.”
Dr Buchanan said GCSB claims its
spies were “explicitly authorised” to
spy in ways the latest leak outlined
did not mean those actions were
ethical or carried out in a democratic
The document described ways to
access Samsung and Google’s app
stores to collect information on the
customers of those firms.
The companies declined to talk to
CBC about the latest leak.
During workshops held in Canada
and Australia in late 2011 and early
2012, a Five Eyes “tradecraft” team
tried to find ways to implant spyware
on smartphones by intercepting
downloading or updating apps.
The 52-page document included
details of the vuvuzela-inspired
Operation Irritant Horn.
“The malware implanted with this
technique allows the intelligence
agencies to control user’s devices
and exfiltrate data from it,” security
analyst and “ethical hacker” Pierluigi
Paganini wrote on the Security
“All of this is being done in the
name of providing safety and yet
Canadians or people around the
world are put at risk,” University of
Ottawa internet law expert Michael
Geist told CBC. — NZ ME
Five Eyes partners planned to hack smartphones
National has denied it misled
voters before last year’s election,
when it vowed not to introduce any
new taxes, by announcing two new
taxes in this week’s Budget.
The Government has consistently
denied its changes to taxing the
capital gains on property and the
introduction of a new airport
levy are new taxes, with Finance
Minister Bill English accusing
anyone calling them a tax of playing
“ word games”.
It came as Mr English denied
National had misled voters.
“No, we didn’t. The airport levy is a
user charge, and across Government
we have user charges for all sorts of
things,” he told TV3’s The Nation.
“In this case we’ve got demand at
the border, lots more people coming
in, it’s a problem with success, we’ve
got biosecurity risks, and so we’ve
taken the opportunity to shift
the cost from the tax payer to the
user. ” However, he could not say
that every cent of the traveller levy
would go back into airport security.
“That ’s yet to be seen just exactly
where it all goes,” he said.
People were playing “word games”
by calling it a tax, Mr English said.
Asked about the introduction
of two new taxes within a week,
Mr English said he would “simply
disagree with that ”.
“ We’ve made it pretty clear
what we’re doing is working with
existing tax law, we’re bolstering
it, we’re making it enforceable,”
he said about the capital gains
“I think most people will see the
impact on the housing market ’s
going to probably matter a lot more
than the word game over whether it’s
called a new tax or not.” — NZME
English denies misleading voters over taxes
Dalziel apologises to residents
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel
has issued an apology to the earthquake-
ravaged city’s eastern suburb residents
who feel she has let them down.
The former Labour MP for
Christchurch East made the apology
at the weekend after hundreds of
submissions on the council’s proposed
draft 10-year long term plan.
Many of the submissions voiced
concerns and frustration over the
rebuild’s slow pace.
Responding to the criticisms on
Saturday during the hearing of
submissions for the New Brighton area,
Ms Dalziel apologised to those who feel
have been let down by her.
“On a personal level, I find this very
difficult and I’m not going to cry,”
she said, with her voice cracking with
“ But, you know, to read the submissions
and to read how much faith they put
in me personally as their Member of
Parliament and to read that people feel
that in electing me as their mayor that I
would stand up for the east and to read
how let down people feel in me. All I
really want to do is say I am really sorry.
“There is no intention around this table
to let anyone down . . . The wonderful
thing that has come from it, is that
there isn’t a member of this council that
doesn’t understand how important it is
to prioritise work in the east.” — NZME
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