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Body found in river
Police found the body of Murray
Teece in the Waimea River on
Saturday. Searchers found Mr Teece’s
van in the river about 5pm. A body
located in the vehicle was later
identified as that of Mr Teece, 73,
police said. The vehicle was recovered
about 3m upstream from the Appleby
Bridge about 7.30pm on Saturday.
Police said the death had been
referred to the coroner. — NZ ME
Car hits house
A car left the road and crashed
into a house in Tauranga on
Saturday afternoon. Police northern
communications shift Inspector Willy
Taylor said police arrived at the scene
on Garnet Drive in Papamoa Beach,
Tauranga, about 12.19pm. The Fire
Ser vice was also at the scene to assess
any structural damage to the property,
he said. Mr Taylor was unsure as to
the cause of the crash. — NZ ME
Woman dies in fire
Neighbours tried to rescue an
elderly woman from an Auckland
house fire but the flames “were just
too big”, they said. The woman,
believed to be in her 80s, died in
the blaze in Melton Road, Mount
Wellington, early yesterday. She
lived alone in the house and was
extremely private, neighbour Sur vin
Chaudhary said. “ We woke about
2am, all I heard was glass breaking,”
she said. The house was well ablaze
when fire crews arrived.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Horse throws rider
A woman was flown to Wairarapa
Hospital after her spooked horse
threw her. Life Flight helicopter
crewman Logan Taylor said the
woman, in her 60s, was riding with
family at a property on Harapaki
Road in Riversdale when her horse
was spooked and she was thrown,
falling heavily on her back just
before 11am on Saturday.
— NZ ME -Wairarapa Times-Age
There was no division one winner in
Lotto draw No 1467 on Saturday, and
the prize pool jackpots. Successful
numbers were 12, 18, 19, 26, 35, 37;
bonus 15. Strike numbers were 18,
19, 37, 26. There was no Strike Four
winner. Powerball number 2. There
was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11440:
8, 15, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 30, 33, 34, 37,
40, 52, 57, 60, 66, 68, 74, 75, 78. Draw
No 11441: 1, 2, 8, 9, 11, 22, 23, 29, 33,
36, 37, 38, 40, 44, 47, 54, 58, 63, 65, 75.
Draw No 11442: 4, 7, 10, 24, 25, 28,
29, 35, 44, 50, 52, 55, 56, 60, 65, 69, 71,
74, 79, 80. Draw No 11443: 6, 7, 8, 11,
22, 27, 29, 30, 36, 41, 42, 45, 49, 52, 59,
63, 67, 71, 73, 76. Draw No 11444: 4,
8, 10, 11, 14, 20, 30, 37, 43, 49, 52, 53,
60, 61, 64, 66, 67, 73, 75, 76. Draw No
11445: 1, 2, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 25, 28,
30, 31, 33, 40, 42, 45, 47, 62, 63, 70, 80.
Draw No 11446: 7, 10, 14, 36, 41, 42,
43, 44, 46, 50, 53, 57, 58, 61, 66, 67, 74,
76, 79, 80. Draw No 11447: 1, 5, 10,
15, 16, 24, 27, 28, 36, 37, 38, 45, 48, 53,
59, 62, 69, 73, 74, 76.
Rudd bailed over new alcohol charge
The mother of Jai Davis is
“ in the throes” of taking legal
action against those she deems
responsible for the death of her
Victoria Davis says she will
not allow the Department of
Corrections staff involved in her
son’s death to “get away with
what ’s happened”.
Mr Davis died in a prison cell
in February 2011 from a drug
overdose, after arriving at Otago
Corrections Facility with drugs
Prison staff and police were
slated by coroner David Crerar in
his findings into the death.
A dysfunctional and uncaring
culture at the Otago Corrections
Facility meant Jai Davis’s death
went unnoticed for more than
five hours after he became
unconscious from a drug
overdose, he said.
Ms Davis said she and her legal
team had a “few procedures to
go through” before formal court
action could be taken.
“ Nothing (has been) lodged
yet,” she said. “ We are in the
throes of doing something. ”
Ms Davis did not want to
provide specifics yet and would
say whom she held responsible.
But she was “not giving up” until
she got justice for her son.
“ I’m going to see it through
because these people should
not be allowed to get away with
what ’s happened,” she said.
“ You can’t just let someone
slowly die and watch them die
in front of you and not have any
“They let him die and I find
that pretty disgusting.
“ It ’s a terrible thing for your son
to die and know he could have
been saved numerous times.”
— Otago Daily Times
Prison death action soon
Though most of the post-
work in Canterbury remains to
be done, the rebuild’s positive
contribution to economic growth
has just about peaked, Westpac
The rebuild has represented a
large, if tragic, boost to demand,
equivalent to nearly a fifth of
a year’s output for the New
More than four years after the
largest quake, Westpac economist
Satish Ranchhod said 60% of the
planned spending still lies ahead.
When it comes to the impact on
gross domestic product growth
it is the change in the level of
activity, not the level itself, that
Since 2011, increases in the
amount of reconstruction work
each quarter provided a boost
to GDP and employment,
reaching beyond the Canterbury
materials, architects and so on.
“ We expect that rebuild-
related construction activity will
continue around current strong
levels over the next year or so,
before it starts to gradually wind
down from about mid-2016,” Mr
“ By that point, the majority of
residential reconstruction and
infrastructure repairs will be
complete, and non-residential
reconstruction will also be well
The eventual slowdown in
rebuild spending will pull down
nationwide GDP growth, he
“This is likely to pass through to
softer employment and spending
in the economy through the
latter part of the decade.”
But the increased demand
associated with the rebuild
had pulled in resources from
elsewhere in the economy,
crowding out activity which
would have other wise occurred
and reducing the scope for
interest rate cuts.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
growth has hit
AC/DC rocker Phil Rudd has been
remanded on bail after being caught
allegedly consuming and possessing
alcohol while on home detention.
appeared in the Tauranga District
Court this morning over a breach in
conditions of an eight-month home
detention sentence handed down to
him this month.
Appearing before Judge Louis
Bidois, Rudd was also ordered to
undergo drug and alcohol testing by
police as an additional condition of
Rudd, wearing a cream jersey, was
seen to scowl and mutter swear
words at the Crown prosecutor
when she confirmed the new order.
His lawyer, Craig Tuck, did not
oppose the new condition.
Remanding Rudd to August 3,
Judge Bidois told Rudd any further
offending could mean his home
detention sentence being changed.
When he first appeared in the
dock, he was seen to put his hand
up, which led Judge Bidois to tell it
would just “make you look foolish”
and lead him to “just get on television
Rudd was arrested at his Tauranga
home on Saturday night and spent
yesterday held in custody.
It is understood prostitutes were
present at Rudd’s home at the time
of his arrest.
Earlier this month, Rudd was
convicted and sentenced having
earlier pleaded guilty to charges of
threatening to kill an employee, and
for methamphetamine and cannabis
found in his home during a police
raid last year.
His sentencing conditions had
confined him to 24-hour monitoring
at his Harbour Drive, Tauranga, home
and prohibited him from taking any
drugs not prescribed to him.
Mr Tuck has appealed Rudd’s
sentence and conviction.
Police have refused to comment
on the arrest, with a spokeswoman
saying she could not discuss
individual cases. — N Z ME
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New Zealand ’s lack of overseas
regulation is being
promoted in Shanghai and Hong Kong
to help sell apartments rising on the
site of the country ’s best-known record
“ No stamp duties and property
purchase tax, no capital gains tax on
residential property if sold after two
years of holding,” Colliers International
says advertising Queens Square, a 226-
unit block promoted as on “the Nanjing
Road of Auckland” and to rise on
Real Groovy’s Q ueen Street site near
This country’s liberal regime, unusual
internationally, is being promoted in
that advertisement for the block by New
Zealand developer Robert Holden’s
The new L-shaped block, to have
24 car parks and ground-level shops,
is to rise at 438 Queen Street and was
designed by architect Colin Leuschke
who says in a promotional video it will
be on Auckland’s golden mile.
Aaron Turnstall, Impressions Real
Estate’s general manager, says apartment
rental demand is rising and vacancies are
falling “to less than 2% over the last two
Project marketer Hayley Sok says
Conrad is New Zealand’s largest
apartment developer and she notes high
While other countries impose steep
charges to deter foreign investors buying
houses and Australia requires them
to build new houses and apartments,
New Zealand stands out as having an
open-door policy and the advertisement
However, it does warn about the
Government ’s new October moves to
charge property speculators if they sell
their properties within two years. That
is a reference to the Taxation (Land
Information and Offshore Persons
Information) Bill, now before the finance
and expenditure select committee.
That would require overseas investors
buying residential property to have a
New Zealand bank account and IRD
number to purchase property here, giving
information to Land Information NZ
and IRD information and data about
offshore house buyers.
But it is not clear what will happen to
A spokesman for Land Information
Minister Louise Upston said last week
no decisions had been taken about
whether or when to release it and the
information might not show what
people wanted to know.
“It’s worth bearing in mind that the
information gathered for this new law
change is going to be tax information. It
will be the tax residence (of the buyer) as
opposed to the country of residence of
the buyer,” the spokesman said.
“ It ’s not a foreign buyers register at all.
It will give us information but we don’t
know if it will be made public.”
Events to promote the sale of units
in the block were held this month at
Shanghai’s New World Tower and at
300 Huaihai Road in Hong Kong. The
advertisement says the block could be
completed by January 2018.
Barfoot and Thompson is also
marketing units as being in the Auckland
Grammar zone, priced from $386,000.
Agent Alastair Brown said top-priced
larger units with car parks were going for
$1.2 million. The block would have 226
units, 14 car parks and construction was
yet to start.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
For Central Otago’s Young
Viticulturist of the Year 2015 winner,
having a glass of wine at the dinner
table from the age of 10 was normal in
Mike Winter, 28, of Cromwell, won
the competition held at the Otago
Polytechnic campus on Friday and
Although it “never really tasted
fantastic” at that age, that was the time
he was introduced to the world of
wine and viticulture.
The combination of an interest in
winemaking, being hands on, working
outdoors, and an interest in wine itself
made him realise it was something he
wanted to pursue as a career.
Originally from Christchurch, he
cut his teeth at Muddy Water winery
in Canterbury after graduating from
Lincoln University, and now works for
A mix of the Central Otago
environment, seasons, lifestyle, and
people were the highlights of the job,
Watching the grapes grow right
through to seeing the wine being
poured into a glass in a restaurant was
The wine of the moment for Mr
Winter was a chenin blanc, a South
Mr Winter won the Central
Otago regional contest from other
contestants and now will go to the
national competition in Hawke’s Bay
It is the second time he has won
the Central Otago event, and was
runner-up at last year’s national
But this time around it was not easy
for the defending champion, who said
the lead-up was “pretty ner ve-racking”
as the other contestants had been
“snapping at my heels”.
On Saturday night, he delivered a
three-minute speech on the future of
low-alcohol wine in New Zealand at
a prizegiving and dinner, before being
judged the winner.
He won $1000 and a year-long lease
of a new SUV, but said the cash would
probably get “absorbed” by wedding
costs when he and his fiancee get
married in January next year.
— Otago Daily Times
Viticulturist star ted young
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Mike Winter, of Cromwell, during the wine-tasting section of a young
The head of a review into New
Zealand’s intelligence agencies says
much of their work does not need to be
Former Deputy Prime Minister
Sir Michael Cullen told TVNZ’s
Q and A many of the documents
and briefings he had seen could be
made public, even if essential security
information was redacted.
“ Indeed, I think the public would get a
better idea of the need for the agencies
if some of those documents were made
public. I think, ironically, the agencies
are their own worst enemy by being so
secretive about almost everything that
they do. ”
Sir Michael and lawyer Dame Patsy
Reddy are heading a review of New
Zealand’s intelligence agencies.
The review will examine the legislative
framework governing the Security
Intelligence Ser vice (SIS) and the
Government Communications and
Security Bureau (GCSB), and whether
Sir Michael said one of the key issues
to be determined was the definition of a
“private communication”, as he said the
existing definition within the GCSB
law had come under question.
“It is actually an extraordinarily
difficult thing to define, both to ensure
there’s maximum protection for private
communication and yet to enable some
accessing of some aspects of that, should
that be appropriate in the security
When asked whether he considered
his own e-mails to be private, he said he
was not sure.
“It depends how many people I’ve
sent it to and what the context of that
may be. But, for example, if I post on
Facebook, I’ve got no expectation that
that is private.
way which copes with this changing
kaleidoscope of privacy, which is indeed
what we have in the present age?”
Sir Michael said New Zealand had to
to share intelligence with other nations,
as currently occurs through the Five
Eyes arrangement, if it expected to
receive reciprocal information about
New Zealand’s security.
He said the review would report back
on the issue, “ but inevitably, if we want
information from offshore which is
important to New Zealand security,
which we can’t collect all ourselves —
it’s completely beyond our capacity as a
country — then we must expect there’s
some degree of reciprocity in that case”.
The review of the intelligence agencies
is to be completed by February.
Spy agencies ‘own worst enemies’ — Cullen
Sir Michael Cullen
Police are still notifying family
members about the death of a
42-year-old motorcyclist who
died near Clevedon on Sunday.
The man was one of three people
who lost their lives on New
Zealand ’s roads this weekend.
He was found dead down a
bank after his motorcycle left
North Road about 5km north of
Clevedon yesterday afternoon.
North Road was closed between
West Road and Duders Road
as the police serious crash unit
examined the scene.
A Counties Manukau police
spokeswoman said police were
It was clear the machine failed
to take the corner properly but it
was not clear why, she said.
It was not known whether any
other vehicle was involved or
when the crash happened.
The weekend started in tragic
fashion late on Friday afternoon,
when 78-year-old Paul Potama,
of Tangimoana, was killed in a
single-car crash near the town.
A few hours later, in the early
hours of Saturday morning, a
motorcyclist died on Baverstock
Road in Hamilton.
Police said they believed the
30-year-old man had fled officers
earlier in the night.
Waikato district road policing
manager Inspector Freda Grace
said any road death was a
tragedy and police extended their
sympathy to the man’s family.
His name has not yet been
details were available, a police
The weekend was also marred
by a number of serious crashes in
which people were badly injured.
In south Auckland, the drivers
of a car and truck were seriously
injured when their vehicles
collided on State highway 25
The truck and trailer rolled on
to its side, leaving hundreds of
bottles of beer broken and strewn
across the highway.
The injured drivers were flown
to Waikato Hospita.
Firefighters worked to cut an
injured driver from her car after
a high-speed collision on Sunday
sent another vehicle careening up
to 60m into a roadside paddock
near Carterton in Wairarapa.
Carterton deputy fire chief
Brian Styles said the two cars
collided at the intersection of
East Taratahi Road and State
highway 2 just before noon.
An unrelated collision involving
another two vehicles occurred on
State highway 2 near Neiches
Lane about 4.25pm the same day.
Mr Styles said two fire crews
from Carterton and a crew from
Masterton had been scrambled
to each of the crashes, which left
several travellers with injuries
ranging from minor to serious.
Earlier in the day, State
highway 2 through Waikino
Gorge was shut for a few hours
in the morning after a 16-year-
old woman crashed the car she
was driving. She was trapped for
a while and was taken to Waikato
Hospital by helicopter with
serious injuries. — N Z ME
Three killed on
roads at weekend
No Corrections appeal
in Watson case
Convicted double killer
soon break his 17-year
silence after a decision by
Corrections not to appeal a
judge’s decision to let him
meet a journalist behind
Watson sought a High
after claiming that the
chief executive of the
Department of Corrections refused him
a meeting with investigative journalist
Mike White where he could tell his side
of the mysterious story.
Watson had been allowed to write to
Mr White, but Corrections deemed
that a face-to-face meeting would have
caused too much distress for the Smart
and Hope families.
But Justice Rachel Dunningham
found Corrections’ stance to have been
“ unreasonable” and quashed its decision.
It has now been learned that
Corrections will not appeal the decision.
A spokeswoman refused to comment
on why it will not mount
a challenge, saying: “ We
won’t be commenting on
that at this stage.”
Watson’s lawyer Kerry
Cook also refused to
It is understood that
conditions and details of
how the visits will work
are yet to be fleshed out by
While Justice Dunning-
ham said there was “no rational basis
for declining a face-to-face inter view
between Mr White and Mr Watson”,
there may be conditions, particularly
as to the format of the inter views,
and controls on the distribution of
any recorded materials, that the chief
executive of Corrections may wish to
impose when revisiting the decision.
Watson is currently ser ving a 17-year
sentence for the 1998 New Year’s Day
murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope
in the Marlborough Sounds.
He was denied parole last month.
Invercargill police are
information about a suspicious fire in
The Fire Ser vice was called to a blaze
at 7.50am yesterday on the corner of
Tummel and Crawford streets.
The fire caused “extensive damage”
to a car port and the attached house,
detective Mason Middlemass said.
He said police would like to hear from
anyone who saw suspicious behaviour in
the area between 5am and 8am yesterday.
House fire suspicious
Prison bosses knew of a fight club at
Auckland’s Mount Eden Prison for up
to 18 months but did “nothing about it”,
the prison officers union says.
The allegations come after video
footage emerged last week appearing
to show prisoners at Mount Eden
Corrections Facility fighting.The footage
was recorded on smuggled smartphones.
Yesterday Corrections Minister Peseta
Sam Lotu-Iiga announced a “robust and
thorough” review of the incidents.
Prison operator Serco has said an
internal investigation is being carried
out, and police have also been advised
and may conduct their own investigation.
However, Corrections Association
president Beven Hanlon said he had
raised concerns about the prison 18
months ago. Two people were appointed
to investigate, but the association “never
heard any results”, and only recently saw
the report, he told Radio New Zealand
“I can tell you now that on July 9,
2014, the chief executive, the national
commissioner and the northern regional
commissioner all received that report,”
he told the broadcaster. “ It doesn’t make
nice reading. Particularly 12 months
later when we’re watching it on video.”
The report “tells you everything you’ve
seen on the videos that have been leaked
on to You Tube”, he said.
“ We’ve got Corrections knowing that
this stuff is happening and doing, clearly,
nothing about it.” Serco “must know
about it as well”, he said, as people had
gone into the prison to investigate.
“So you can’t tell me Serco don’t know
Corrections did this investigation,
and worked with Corrections on this
investigation,” he said. — N Z ME
Jail fights spark review
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