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Car victim critical
A man in his 70s was critically
injured after being hit by a car in
central Christchurch last evening.
Sergeant Chris Brooks said
police arrived at the scene, at the
intersection of Ferry Road and
Manning Place, about 6.30pm. “ He’s
in critical condition. We’re treating
it pretty seriously,” Mr Brooks said.
Police were investigating. It was not
confirmed whether the injured man
was a pedestrian. — NZ ME
Marauding dogs shot
Farmers on the outskirts of
Christchurch are relieved after
the dogs believed to have been
responsible for a savage attack on
more than 20 sheep were caught.
The dogs were shot by a farmer who
found them attacking his sheep
on Saturday afternoon, in close
proximity to where other sheep were
killed on properties in Hei Hei.
Joshua Olykan, who found a number
of the dead sheep, said it was good
news for the community’s peace of
mind. The council is taking action
against the owners of the dogs.
A man was allegedly bashed and
kidnapped in Christchurch on
Monday. The man, in his 20s, was
snatched from one house in the
eastern suburbs and taken to another,
police say. He was allegedly assaulted
during the abduction and received
minor facial injuries. Detective
senior sergeant David Har vey said
investigations are ongoing, with
“a number of people” helping with
inquiries. — NZ ME
Dead woman named
Police have named the woman
found dead in a motel unit in
Christchurch. She was Anne Marie
Wanhalla, 31. Ms Wanhalla was
found dead at Terra Vive Motels in
the central city on Sunday morning.
Police have been tightlipped about
the circumstances of her death, with
detective senior sergeant David
Har vey saying no details would be
revealed until the investigation was
complete. He confirmed the death
had been referred to the coroner and
Victim Support was working with
Ms Wanhalla’s family. — NZ N
Man injured in crash
One person was flown to hospital
with head injuries after a car crash
in Dannevirke yesterday. The man,
in his 30s, was stabilised by St John
paramedics before being taken to
a nearby airfield. The Palmerston
North rescue helicopter then flew
the man to Palmerston North
Hospital. — NZ ME
Numbers in Keno draw No 11424: 4,
12, 21, 24, 25, 31, 34, 35, 44, 45, 49, 51,
62, 63, 64, 65, 75, 76, 77, 80. Draw No
11425: 4, 7, 14, 20, 25, 29, 33, 36, 37,
39, 42, 46, 50, 53, 61, 62, 64, 67, 69, 74.
Draw No 11426: 1, 7, 10, 12, 23, 24,
26, 41, 44, 46, 50, 53, 60, 62, 65, 68, 72,
75, 77, 78. Draw No 11427: 2, 10, 12,
14, 17, 19, 22, 27, 44, 45, 48, 54, 57, 59,
61, 67, 68, 72, 75, 77.
Mother aghast at ‘foul-mouthed’ Minion toy
A Taupo man has pleaded guilty
to the murder of his partner Katrina
Martin Cranswick Schofield, 49,
entered his plea in the High Court at
Rotorua this morning. Ms Drummond,
47, was found dead in a bedroom of her
Elizabeth Street, Taupo, home in April.
Justice Timothy Brewer set a sentencing
date for September 2. Schofield was
remanded in custody.
— NZ ME -Rotorua Daily Post
A report has revealed the Government
was aware its programmes have been
doing very little to help children out of
Radio New Zealand reported the
Government received advice showing its
child poverty policies would do little in
the short to medium-term.
The advice came before a $25 increase
in benefits for families was announced in
this year’s budget.
The paper was written by the Ministry
of Social Development in February
2013 in response to the Children
Commissioner’s expert advisory group
report on child poverty, Radio NZ
The paper stated the Government had
a credible and wide-ranging programme
to address poverty — but said in the short
to medium term this was unlikely to
result in a reduction in child deprivation.
It read: “However in the short to
medium term this programme is not
likely to result in a large reduction in
measured child poverty using an income
or material depravation basis. Recent
experience with the working for families
package has shown that it is possible to
achieve significant direct reduction in
poverty, but doing so requires significant
Despite this, advisers did not
recommend that families be given more
money, although officials did note that
benefit cuts in 1991 had had made it
harder for many families, Radio NZ
The broadcaster said it requested the
paper under the Official Information
Act in 2013, but did not receive the
information until October last year. The
paper contained several deletions.
When the broadcaster once again
requested the papers, following the
announcement of this year’s budget,
information was once again withheld,
although the new information revealed
today was included.
Green Party social development
spokeswoman Jan Logie said the
Government chose to hide the fact its
policies were not going to solve poverty
because it did not want to raise low
wages or benefits. — N Z ME
Govt told child
of little help
Aleisha Houghton now has a
swearing toddler thanks, she says, to
a McDonald’s toy.
Her three-year-old has been
around the house
mimicking his Minion toy, yelling
“what the f—”.
The family’s Sunday night treat of
McDonald’s turned sour when the
Hastings mum was certain she heard
the Happy Meal toy cursing at her.
She believes the critter mutters
“ what the f—” and “I’ll be damned”
Ms Houghton’s youngest son now
parrots the apparently foul-mouthed
He previously had no propensity
for profanity, she said.
“The thing I’m most upset about
is I now have a swearing child,” Ms
“ I feel some sort of compensation
or at least an apology is in order.”
She called the Hastings restaurant
to complain but the manager said
he had no idea what she was talking
“ I was quite shocked he knew
nothing about it, as it has been big
news of late.”
The toys have been creating a
fuss in America, with a number of
parents complaining about them.
Minions are the little yellow
creatures introduced to the world
in the children’s movie Despicable
Me. The director of Despicable Me,
Pierre Coffin, who co-created the
“ Minionese” language, said that the
toy could be saying literally anything.
“I ’m not saying what people with
a twisted mind seem to be hearing,”
Coffin told American website Mic.
“If it was my intent to say
inappropriate stuff, you’d hear it, I
promise you. But I’d be pretty stupid
doing it in a movie for all audiences
including kids. I don’t think myself
as being very intelligent but I’m
certainly not that dumb,” he told the
People continue to debate whether
the sounds are swear words or the
Minion’s indigenous gibberish.
McDonald’s refused to pull the
toy, saying the Minions are speaking
their own language.
Ms Houghton has also called the
national head office but was yet to
“They should be pulled off the
shelves. It’s not on for kids to be
hearing that sort of thing.”
McDonald’s head of communi-
cations Simon Kenny said it was just
someone hearing something that
was not there.
“Some of the Minion toys currently
included with Happy Meals make
sounds which are Minionese,” Mr
“That specific toy says ‘para la
bukay ’, ‘hahaha’ and ‘eh eh’.”
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
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Police have apologised to New
Zealand’s top diplomat for a dawn
drug raid on the upmarket Wellington
apartment his children live in.
Officers stormed the city centre home
of United Nations representative Gerard
van Bohemen’s adult sons on Friday
Streets were cordoned off as police
searched the apartment on the third floor
of the Wharf Offices Harbour Board
building after a tip methamphetamine
was being produced there.
However, there was no evidence of
wrongdoing, no one was arrested and
police have since acknowledged the
information was false.
Mr van Bohemen is listed in public
documents as living at the address, but is
now based in New York where he chairs
the UN Security Council.
Police would not comment on the
identities of the apartment owner, or the
people living there, but said they had
apologised those involved.
“At the time this information was
believed to be reliable and was taken
seriously given the risk posed by clan
labs to the public,” Wellington police
crime manager Detective Inspector
Mike Arnerich said.
“ Police took action by visiting the
“ No evidence was found of any clan
lab activity and police now know that
the information supplied was incorrect.
“ Police have sincerely apologised to the
occupants and owners of the property
involved and we now know that they have
no link to the manufacture, distribution
or use of methamphetamine.”
Mr van Bohemen was in the headlines
last month after it emerged the
Government had paid $11.4 million for a
New York apartment for him. There was
criticism about the expense, which came
to light two years after Foreign Minister
Murray McCully cut spending at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Police have not yet responded to queries
about whether the tip was malicious and
potentially linked to coverage of the
New York apartment, or whether they
were investigating its source.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Trade released a statement on Mr van
It said: “ While we understand your
interest, Gerard would like the privacy
of his children respected in any stories
you may write.
“ We are aware police are addressing
this matter with a response to you.
“However, given that the boys have not
done anything wrong their involvement
is inadvertent can you please respect
Other residents of the Wharf Offices
apartments said they were visited by
uniformed and plainclothes police
between 6.45am and 7am last Friday
asking them if they had seen anything
“suspicious” in recent weeks.
They had not, and some were annoyed
they had not been told by police or their
body corporate what the raid was about.
A spokeswoman for the body corporate
declined to comment.
Mr van Bohemen is a respected
diplomat who has held high-profile jobs
in the public ser vice in Wellington and
New York, and top positions at private
He was a senior solicitor at Russell
McVeagh’s Auckland offices and Buddle
Findlay’s Auckland offices. He was also
a partner at Buddle Findlay and at Chen
Palmer and Partners.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
An innocent man injured in a
motor way shoot-out has made
“speculative” factual claims about the
incident and his bid for compensation
should be thrown out, the Crown
Richard Stephen Neville is suing
the police for $1.4 million after he
was sprayed with shrapnel and glass
shards when shots were fired by
an armed offenders squad member
during a 2009 incident. Courier
driver Halatau Naitoko died in the
Police were pursuing rifle-wielding
car thief Stephen McDonald, who
was in the back of the plaintiff ’s truck
at the time.
Mr Neville provided an affidavit to
the High Court at Auckland saying
the actions of the police gunman
known only as Officer 84 —
amounted to gross negligence or
His shot went through the front
windscreen of the vehicle but Crown
lawyer Peter Gunn, acting on behalf
of the Attorney-General, said that
was clearly an accident.
“An accident that does not meet the
very high standard for Bill of Rights
damages,” he said.
He referred to the Independent
Police Conduct Authority decision
released in 2012, which found the
police actions were unsafe but not
“S hots were fired in an emergency
situation . . . conduct was directed at
an armed offender who was putting
members of the public in danger,” Mr
Officer 84 had said he believed
McDonald — who was later jailed
for 13 years — posed a much greater
risk to Mr Neville than a shot fired
by police did.
Mr Gunn also confirmed police had
made an ex-gratia payment (made
without accepting legal liability) to
Mr Neville, understood to be $5000.
But that was rejected by the man,
who believed he was used as a
“ human shield”.
Mr Gunn confirmed Mr Neville
had already received payment
The Crown’s application to have the
matter struck out was also based on
the argument the plaintiff had made
“speculative” factual claims.
“(The claims) can’t be sustained
because they rest on allegations of
deliberately unsafe shooting. The
Crown says it is in plain contradiction
to the evidence,” Mr Gunn said.
He told Justice Geoffrey Venning
that a trial would be costly, lengthy
and would inevitably fall in favour of
For that reason, he said the case
should not proceed any further.
Mr Neville’s lawyer Charl Hirschfeld
said his client provided the best first-
hand account of the scenario.
“This narrative is neither fanciful
nor speculative,” he said.
The lawyer accepted it was a
“fast-moving and unstable set
of circumstances” and that the
involvement of the armed offenders
squad was logical.
But he said the shots were fired
recklessly and unlawfully and
therefore in contradiction of the Bill
of Rights Act.
The police’s use of semi-automatic
weapons at close quarters meant
they had a responsibility to ensure
they protected members of the
community, Mr Hirschfeld said.
“ When they engage those weapons
they owe a duty to the plaintiff. Th e
duty is to properly, in accordance
with their training, discharge their
weapons so they don’t pose a danger
to innocent members of the public. ”
Justive Venning reser ved his
decision. — NZ ME
Man shot in crossfire sues police
False tip led to swoop on diplomat’s home
One person was injured when
a car smashed through the front
window of an Orakei bakery
Emergency ser vices were called
to the incident at the Orakei
Bake House on Coates Avenue
A man in his 30s had moderate
injuries but did not need
treatment, St John spokeswoman
Olive Taylor said.
Fire Ser vice spokesman Steve
Smith said the ser vice was alerted
that the car had crashed through
the window of a shop.
The Parnell station was called
but stood down by police before
reaching the incident, he said.
A police spokesman said officers
attended the incident but he did
not have any information about
the circumstances surrounding
Bakery owner Saynuoi Kuach
said there was a huge amount of
damage to the shop and she did
not know when it would be able
She did not see the accident
but understood the car had
been parked outside the store
It was lucky no one was hurt,
“There were three guys at the
front, lucky they were standing to
“I have two chairs (by the glass)
so normally some customers,
they ’re waiting and they sit in
the chairs. But lucky they were
standing. So lucky,” she said.
It would take many more hours
to clean the glass out of the shop,
Ms Kuach said.
The car came so far into the
bakery it had smashed into a glass
cabinet holding the food, she said.
“Everything we had to throw
away. We can’t use it for sale.
“We need to clean up now. I
don’t know how long for,” she
It was the first time something
like this has happened at the
The owner of a nearby shop
pulled the shaken driver from the
car after it had crashed through
the front of the bakery.
Orakei Post Centre Superette
owner Jay Patel was unloading
his car outside his shop — four
doors down — when he saw the
car pull up.
He said the driver, a workman
who had ducked down to the
bakery for lunch, pulled into
the car park in front of the
bakery and put his foot on the
accelerator instead of the brake.
It went through the glass with a
ear-shattering bang, he said.
“I saw the car go into the shop
so I just ran to the car. I thought
something had happened to the
driver but he was okay, just a bit
shaken up. Nobody was hurt,
that ’s the main thing.
“ I pulled the driver out. (The
car) was initially halfway into the
shop but then we backed it back
on to the footpath.
“ I think he just missed, instead
of putting his foot on the brake
it might have slipped on to the
accelerator and ploughed into the
shop,” he said.
Mr Patel understood the car
belonged to one of the driver’s
workmates. — NZ ME
Car crashes into bakery
PICTURE: Ryan Agate
The car sporting some damage outside the shattered shop front in Orakei.
Foreign buyer register calls
Labour and New Zealand First are
demanding a register of foreign property
buyers as the row over offshore Chinese
investors rages on.
Labour leader Andrew Little says New
Zealanders need to know exactly how
many houses are being snapped up by
“They’re sick and tired of losing homes
at auction to higher bidders down
the end of a telephone line in another
country,” he said.
NZ First has drafted a member’s bill
which would create a register, but it ’s
in a ballot with 74 others and won’t be
debated in parliament unless it ’s drawn.
Party leader Winston Peters says
Australia started running a register at
the beginning of this month, although it
covers only farm land.
“ NZ First ’s far more comprehensive
register would give New Zealanders
information on who is buying what, and
Neither party believes the government ’s
data collection exercise, which starts on
October 1, will deliver the information
“From that date, all house buyers
will have to have a New Zealand IRD
number,” Mr Little said.
“That ’s not the same as a foreign buyers
register because there’s no guarantee the
information will be available in a way
that allows public scrutiny. ”
Labour kicked off the row at the
weekend when it released figures from
an unnamed real estate firm showing
40 per cent of houses sold in Auckland
between February and April went to
people with Chinese surnames.
Census data shows about 9% of
Auckland’s population is Chinese, and
housing spokesman Phil Twyford says
that indicates offshore investors have “a
significant presence” in the overheated
market. — NZ N
New Zealand’s home ownership rate
is the lowest since 1951, according to a
new look at census figures over the past
A Statistics New Zealand report, A
Century of Censuses, also shows that
the average household size has halved
over the past century, from 5.2 people in
each dwelling to 2.7, while the median
age has risen from 25 to 38.
There has been a continual northwards
migration, raising the North Island’s
share of the population from 58% in
1911 to 76% in 2013.
The Maori population has grown 11-
fold, from 53,000 in 1911 to 600,000 in
2013, while the non-Maori population
has grown only 3.7 times from almost
exactly one million to 3.8 million.
The home ownership rate, 53% when
first measured in 1916, rose to 61%
in 1926, but fell sharply in the Great
Depression to a century-long low of just
50% by 1936.
It rose steadily in the post-war years
when the Government provided cheap
home loans and allowed families to
capitalise family benefits to buy their
first homes, reaching 69% in 1971 and,
after a lull, the century’s peak of 73.5%
in both the 1986 and 1991 censuses.
The rate has fallen in every census since
then after Government support for first
home buyers was withdrawn, falling to
64.8% in the 2013 census — the lowest
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Home ownership rate drops
Convicted killer badly
injured in prison attack
Convicted murderer Nikki Roper
suffered serious injuries yesterday
during an alleged assault at the
country’s most secure prison wing.
Roper, 26, was sentenced to life
in prison for murdering his former
girlfriend, Alexsis Maria Tovizi, in
Christchurch in 2010.
A source said the attack in
Auckland Prison at Paremoremo
left Roper with a head injury and
northern regional commissioner
Jeanette Burns said the inmate was
being “treated at hospital and no
update on his status is available”.
“Corrections manages some of
New Zealand’s most difficult and
challenging citizens, violence is
always a risk as many offenders
resort to violent behaviour as a
means of resolving issues and of
expressing themselves,” she said.
“Prisoners can be volatile and
unpredictable and many have long
histories of anti-social behaviour.
The department will not tolerate
prisoners using violence against
staff or other prisoners, and when
this does occur the prisoner/s
involved will be held to account for
The source said the attack on
Roper was thought to be gang-
related. He is currently being held
in the prison’s D-block, alongside
New Zealand’s most dangerous
After a High Court trial, Roper
was found guilty of killing Ms
Tovizi either by putting her in a
sleeper hold or holding her head
Roper then took her car and
laptop, withdrew money from her
bank account, and told family she
had “done a runner”.
He was convicted and sentenced
at the High Court in Christchurch
He appealed against his murder
conviction on several grounds; that
his trial lawyer made errors, the
judge admitted prejudicial evidence
and failed to explain certain points
to the jurors, and that Roper was
unfairly prevented from sitting next
to his lawyer during the trial.
The Court of Appeal rejected each
of the grounds as having no merit.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A police officer has admitted careless
driving causing injury after crashing his
car into an elderly woman’s vehicle while
Hawke’s Bay constable Shane Greville
originally faced a charge of dangerous
driving causing injury after the crash last
But in the Hastings District Court
yesterday he entered a guilty plea to the
lesser careless driving charge.
Greville was off duty when his black
Chevrolet Camaro hit another car at
6pm on September 27 on Napier Road
in Havelock North.
It is understood the officer paid $89,000
for the black 1967 Camaro, which he had
bought just three weeks before the crash.
Police prosecutor sergeant Neil Coker
said Greville was travelling at about
91kph, “ well above the posted speed
limit”, when he braked heavily and
skidded about 50m, before hitting the
rear of a 74-year-old’s vehicle, shunting
it off the road.
The woman needed hospital treatment
for heavy bruising to her face and ribcage.
Greville said he was “very remorseful”
and acknowledged he had been “showing
off ”, Mr Coker said.
He was convicted and remanded for
sentencing on September 30.
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
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