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The father of three children
found dead inside an Ashburton
home with their mother cannot
stop crying because he misses his
“ beautiful kids” so much.
Pio Scarlet Jetejura Raukete, 5,
Teuruaa Junior George, 3, and
Telyzshaun Gordon Ricardo
Nelder Kruz George, 2, were
found on Wednesday by a relative
in a Thomson St house where they
had been living with their mother
Cindy George, 31.
Ms George’s body was found in
a hallway, while the children were
all together in a bedroom where a
television was going.
Canterbury District Commander
Superintendent John Price said a
car was believed to have been left
running in a garage to keep its
battery ticking over.
An internal access door
connecting the house to the garage
was open when police arrived on
Superintendent Price said
the bodies could have lain
undiscovered in the house for up
to a week.
Ms George, who would have
turned 32 next month, was born in
the Cook Islands. A friend said she
was a mother of five but the elder
two stayed with relatives when Ms
George moved to New Zealand.
She came to work in Ashburton
five years ago with her then-
husband John Raukete.
The couple have since divorced
and the Weekend Herald
understands he remarried last
month in Rarotonga. He has a
young son with his new wife.
The couple were too distraught to
speak about the deaths yesterday.
Ms George was a member of
Ashburton’s Church of Latter Day
Saints and Bishop Mora Pongia
said the family were “dedicated”
“The family is a very special
family, everyone is so sad, it ’s such
a big shock for everyone,” he said.
“ We all know them really well,
she’s a very strong woman, she has
carried three young children.”
Mr Raukete was devastated, Mr
“He was pretty sad, he can’t stop
crying, there is always tears in his
eyes. He didn’t say much at all
except that he misses his children
Mr Raukete and other family
members went to the house
yesterday and Mr Pongia
performed a blessing. Also present
was the man who found the
“He is still in so much shock,”
Mr Pongia said.
He said there was a lot of
support from the church and
wider community, who adored Ms
George and her children.
Last week, Mr Pongia shared
special moments with the children.
“I was playing with the children,
the three of them, right out the
front of the church and I can’t
forget them - it was a special day,”
“Normally they leave with their
mum but that was particularly
wonderful. We shook hands and
gave high fives and it ’s a wonderful
day. I won’t forget those beautiful
Ms George’s parents still live in
the Cook Islands.
Her family were too distraught
to speak publicly yesterday but
posted a number of tributes on
Tony Vainerere, the Pacific
community liaison at Presbyterian
support and leader of the Cook
Island community, said he knew
Ms George well. “She was a nice
person. She was bubbly and really
Mr Vainerere said the deaths
were very hard on the family and
the “tight-knit” community of
Cook Islanders in Ashburton.
“But our people always come
together at times like this,” he said.
A section of Thomson St
remained cordoned off for much
of yesterday as police carried out a
In the afternoon a procession of
three hearses arrived in the street.
As the cars pulled away a line of
uniformed police officers created
a guard of honour, removing their
hats and bowing their heads as a
mark of respect for the dead.
— New Zealand Herald
2 - Saturday, July 4, 2015
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
One of the country’s largest training
centres for intensive care specialists has
lost its accreditation amid reports of
bullying and harassment.
Auckland City Hospital’s department
of critical care medicine was stripped of
its training accreditation last year, with
concerns including bullying, harassment
and a lack of adequate in-house training.
The Auckland District Health Board
(ADHB) has applied to get accreditation
back and maintains it has addressed all of
the concerns raised. It says the problem
has not affected patient care.
However, the New Zealand Resident
Doctors’ Association is concerned it
learned of the situation only through
its members, and has now developed a
‘Plan B’ in which doctors could be sent
to Australia for training if accreditation
is not restored by December.
Association secretary Dr Deborah
Powell wrote to the ADHB in February:
“This has the potential to impact on not
just ICU (intensive care unit) trainees,
but those in emergency medicine,
anaesthesia, surgery and medicine and
has knock-on effects to specialties such
The issues in Auckland come after
Dunedin Hospital lost its status as
an intensive care training facility in
November, with the main issue being the
state of the unit’s facilities.
This week, it was revealed the
hospital had lost orthopaedic training
accreditation as well, although it is
confident that will soon be restored.
Labour Party health spokeswoman
Annette King, whose office obtained
Dr Powell’s letter under the Official
Information Act, said that with the
developments in D unedin, “this doesn’t
“The culture of bullying ... has been
permeating through the health system,
and it is becoming more and more
obvious,” Ms King said.
Dr Powell said her members had made
allegations of bullying at the Auckland
centre, but were not willing to raise them
formally out of fear for their careers.
Trainees at the centre are qualified
doctors with four to eight years’
experience, mostly studying to become
intensivists, who specialise in the care
of critically ill patients, usually in an
intensive care unit.
“Bullying is a sustained, targeted
behaviour,” Dr Powell said.
unfortunately it was significant in the
unit. It is what I would consider on the
severe end of the scale. ”
She declined to give details.
Bullying and harassment were among
issues identified by the College of
Intensive Care Medicine of Australia
and NZ, which withdrew accreditation
on November 20 last year.
Others included proper presentation of
data, a pattern of rostering that did not
allow for continuity of care, and trainee
involvement in the main daily ward
round was limited.
An ADHB spokesman said all the
issues had been addressed, and it had
been made explicit that bullying and
harassment were not tolerated.
The issue of culture had been discussed
with the college and Dr Powell’s
association, and the ADHB was placing
a great focus on workplace safety.
“The culture flows from the leadership
and this is the reason we welcome the
new ser vice clinical director and the
skills she brings.”
The suspension of training accreditation
did not affect patient safety standards
or the quality of care provided, nor the
qualification sought by the current group
of nine registrars who were in training.
The ADHB had asked the college
to visit the centre again to review the
Dr Powell said she understood
improvements had been made, but if
accreditation was not regained this year,
it would have a significant effect on
rostering within ICUs.
“Nine may not sound a lot. But we are
talking small numbers of fully qualified
consultants in ICU across New Zealand,
maybe about 150.”
A spokeswoman for Health Minister
Jonathan Coleman referred questions to
the ADHB, but said he took allegations
of bullying seriously and would expect
them to be properly investigated.
Ms King said Dr Coleman needed to
say what action he was going to take
about these issues and other reports of
bullying and culture problems in the
health sector. — New Zealand Herald
A Rotorua cancer patient facing an
unknown prognosis has been burgled
three times in two days, the third time
while he was out collecting medication.
The Pohutukawa Drive resident, who
did not want to be named, said the
burglaries were “soul destroying”. He
said he felt unsafe in his home and was
now thinking of selling up.
Rotorua police believe the man has
been targeted and are calling for the
community to get behind him and help
catch those responsible for the ‘shocking’
The man said he had spent a week in
hospital for major surgery. While away
his home was checked regularly but he
returned home on Monday afternoon to
find a window broken. A chainsaw and
hedge trimmer, along with a small tv set,
had been stolen.
While the police were at his home on
Tuesday a friend discovered his garage
had been broken into, and a lawnmower
was also missing.
He left around lunchtime to pick up a
“I was away two and half hours and
when I came back I saw the back door
had been kicked in. They ’d taken my big
tv and some DVDs and other stuff.
“It ’s soul destroying. I spent my life
working and I’ve retired due to my
health. It’s a real kick in the guts to come
back to that and then have to clean up
the broken glass.”
The man, who is in his 60s, has
undergone bowel and cardiothoracic
surgeries. He is now waiting at home for
test results that will indicate how much
time he has left.
He had been burgled twice before —
his garage was broken into last year and
again in January.
“I do feel very unsafe. It’s costing me a
lot of money and I’ve not got the ability
to earn any more now. ”
He said he had three amounts of excess
to pay plus the cost of a security alarm
system. He wants the culprits found.
Rotorua police prevention manager
Inspector Stuart Nightingale said
the offending against the man was
“shocking, completely disappointing
and unfair on him and the community
by any measure”.
“All of us as police officers aren’t
immune to the stress that he must be
feeling given his circumstances, let alone
being the subject of what we consider
to be targeted burglaries. We want to
do our best to offer support to him and
prevent it from occurring.
“As a community we need to get behind
this guy. If you have seen something and
the offenders must have been seen, then
we are duty bound and morally bound
to report it.
“ It ’s about looking out for each other
in the community. ”
Leigh Richards-Ward, community-
led co-ordinator for the Mokoia
Community Association, said they
had learned of the break-ins and urged
people to get to know their neighbours.
“Get to know them well so you are able
to look after each other and know when
to take care of each other’s property,” she
said. — NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Times
Cancer victim burgled three times
PICTURES: New Zealand Herald
Family members arrive at the house where Cindy George and her
three children died after a car was left running in an internal garage
to keep the batter y ticking over.
Christchurch Police are
investigating the death of
a young child in the city
Police and St John
were called to an address
around 10.30pm, where
a 15-month-old boy was
found unconscious with
unexplained injuries. The
child later died.
A post-mortem will take
place on the child this
Police are now speaking
with family members and
further information is
expected to be released
later today. — NZ ME
Father devastated after
The former teacher found guilty of
masturbating in a classroom during
school hours can now be named as
Simon Bede James Toon. He was
teaching at Auckland Grammar at the
It can also be revealed Toon resigned
from a previous job at King’s College
for downloading pornography.
Name suppression was lifted after the
the New Zealand Herald successfully
petitioned against a permanent order
in a hearing at the High Court in
Toon, who taught maths at the school
since 2001, was found guilty last month
of committing an indecent act in an
empty classroom at the school during
lunchtime in June 2013.
His teaching certificate is under
interim suspension and he is not
currently teaching, stepping down
when the incident was disclosed.
Judge Anne Kiernan sentenced him
to nine months super vision, with
counselling or treatment as appropriate
and 80 hours community work. She
lifted suppression, but Toon appealed.
— New Zealand Herald
Teacher guilty of indecent act named
Joseph. — Family and
friends are invited to
attend the interment of
Bryan's ashes at the
Karoro Lawn Cemetery
at 2pm, Wednesday July
8, followed by afternoon
tea at the RSA.
Ph 768 0250
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and extended family are
grateful to all those
who attended Albert's
funeral, travelling from
afar to farewell a loved
brother and uncle. We
thank all who expressed
condolences in various
ways, sharing memories
of him. We appreciate
the assistance of Glenys
of John Rhind and
Wayne of Thompsons
Hokitika, along with the
who, as always, pro-
vided practical support.
Special thanks to Father
Peter Keith and Angela,
Paddy and the Guard of
Honour. Albert would
have been chuffed.
Thank you also to those
who have been in touch
following Fred's death.
It has been a double loss
to us all and we miss
May they rest in peace
Thomas (Richard T).
Dearly loved and
loving partner of Wen-
dy, respected and loved
friend of Phillipa Payne,
Kayla, Sheena, Billy,
Reece, Tremaine, Kayla
Margaret Gibson Smith,
Barbara Smith, Jim Risk
and Yvonne Ward, and
their families, and a
caring companion of
Passed away peacefully
on June 28, 2015 in
Greymouth, in his 89th
partner of Barbara,
loved eldest son of the
late George and Mary,
George and Shirley,
Richard and Dianne,
Eastman, Margaret and
the late Eric Reynolds,
Marion and the late Bob
Moleta, Dorothy (de-
ceased) and Jim, and the
late Jack and Phyllis,
Audrey and Bob, and
special friend of the
Collett family, and a
loved uncle, cousin, and
friend of many. Mess-
ages to 21 Cardwell
Street, Cobden 7802. A
private service for Ted
has been held, followed
by a cremation in Grey-
Funeral Services Ltd.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
PEGLEY, Alma Hazel.
Sisters share a special
family fun times while
growing up together.
Although you have gone
You will live on in our
From your loving
sisters Norma, Yvonne,
Jenny, and Tiny.
July 5, 2011. In loving
memory of a wonderful
wife and mother.
Forever in our hearts
Always treasured in
Reg, Stanley, Gillian,
Michael, Jennifer and
Passed away peacefully
at Kahurangi Unit,
Greymouth on June 30,
2015, aged 82. Dearly
loved husband of the
late Fae, father and
father-in-law of Irene
and Edward Savage
(England), loved brother
of Peg Galletly (Timaru)
and the late Cecil
(Nelson), and uncle of
Ana Krakosky. Bill was
a well respected harness
racing trainer at Victoria
Park during its heyday.
Messages to C/- PO Box
417, Greymouth 7840.
A funeral service to
celebrate Bill's life will
be held in the William
Chapel, 134 Tainui
Street, Greymouth on
Monday at 11am. Bill
will then be laid to rest
with his wife Fae at the
Karoro Lawn Cemetery.
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
Thomas (RT Hale)
RNZN, 1939-1974). On
July 2, 2015, at Buller
Hospital, Westport. In
his 94th year. Dearly
loved partner of Wendy
Risk, dearly loved Dad-
dy of Liss and Doug
Lloyd (Tauranga), Sarah
and Pete (Auckland),
and Basil and the late
Diana Ruth Brooker
(Havelock North), dear-
ly loved Poppa of Nick,
Tim and Gab, Hannah
and Steven; Sophie and
Andy, Pablo and Alice;
loved Grandpa of Liz,
Richard and Justine,
Sally and Gurbuz, loved
Grandpop of Skylar,
Obi; Jeremy, Thea;
Grayson, Harlow; and
Mavi, and Alara, and a
brother-in-law of Louise
and Derek Williams,
Peter and Eri, and the
late Ruth Willott, and
David Hale. Thank you
to all the staff of Buller
Hospital for the wonder-
ful care you have given
to Richard. Messages to
PO Box 483, Westport
7866. The funeral
service for Richard will
be held at the Westport
RSA Rooms, Palmer-
ston Street, Westport, on
Friday July 10, at mid-
day. Hagedorns Buller
Joseph (Bill). — Late of
Cobden. On June 29,
2015 at Thames. Loved
son of Clarry Behm and
brother of Mary and
A long way from home
With sincere thanks to
staff at Phoenix House
PARSONS, Earle Ray
away peacefully on
Monday June 29, 2015
at St Helenas, Christ-
church. Dearly loved
husband of the late
Margaret (for nearly 65
years). Much loved
father and father-in-law
of Eddie and Moira, and
A loved grandad
and great-grandad to
all his grandchildren
brother-in-law of Jeanie
and the late George, and
George and Gloria.
Messages can be sent to
“The Parsons Family”,
C/- 19 London Street,
Christchurch 8013. At
Earle's request a private
service has been held.
John Rhind Funeral
Phone (03) 379 9920.
Cnr Boundary & Herbert Sts, GREYMOUTH Ph: 768-4205
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