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A historic boarding house that
was originally built for Auckland’s
first European son has been sold
under the hammer for
The sprawling 31-room
property was built in the 1870s
and is known locally as the
Grand Kauri Mansion. It also
operated as a Methodist-run
The new owner is understood to
be a New Zealand resident who
bought it by auction phone bid
this month while holidaying in
Bangladesh. He plans to maintain
the home as a commercial
Mount Albert Boarding House
offers long-term accommodation
for tenants. It is located at
4 Alexis Avenue and sits on nearly
2000 square metres of freehold
land and landscaped gardens.
The property has a CV of
$2.15m and consists of a main
weatherboard house of 455 square
metres — previously known as
Epworth House — with two
smaller accommodation units
measuring 74 square metres and
47 square metres that were once
used as ser vants’ quarters and
The grand old house features
original period details, including
brick fireplaces and chimneys,
leadlight windows, ornate
verandas and ceilings.
It has been upgraded in recent
years, is listed as a category B
historic building and also comes
with parking for 12 vehicles.
The current owner is listed on
QV records as ABBS Property
International Ltd and the
boarding house is running at near
The property was also once
known as Stoneleigh homestead,
having been built for Charles
Burrell Stone, who is believed
to have been the first European
boy born in Auckland. His birth
certificate was certified by the
“father of Auckland”, Sir John
Stone went on to become a
wealthy farmer and prominent
local body politician, ser ving on
the Auckland Harbour Board and
Mount Albert Board.
The homestead was purchased
by the Methodist Church in 1922
and renamed Epworth House.
It operated as a church-run
orphanage until 1936.
Bayleys agent Duncan Ritchie
marketed the property as an
operating guest house or with
the potential for conversion to a
boutique hotel or grand family
“Situated in an elevated position
with a north-western aspect, the
house, on a substantial site, enjoys
views to the water, city skyline
and the Waitakere Ranges,” the
listing ad read.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Historic house sells for $2.87m
The grand old house in Alexis Avenue, Auckland.
The Minister for Health says he has
serious concerns after a health board
staff member working as a psychiatrist
was fired and arrested for possible
The Waikato District Health Board
said it had identified “serious issues
of potential identity fraud” and a man
who had been working as a consultant
psychiatrist appeared in court on
Saturday on a fraud charge.
The man’s patients included people
with mental health and addiction issues.
Minister of Health Dr Jonathan
Coleman said he would meet the
Director-General of Health today to
discuss the mater.
“I am also seeking assurance from both
the Waikato DHB and the Medical
Council of New Zealand over the
recruitment process they followed in
employing this individual,” Dr Coleman
said in a statement yesterday afternoon.
The individual involved was stood
down after his super visor raised concerns
over his competence and performance.
The man was under the super vision
of a senior psychiatrist while working
at the DHB but he saw some patients
without super vision.
“The super visor raised concerns about
their professional ability, ultimately
withdrawing super vision, which resulted
in immediate withdrawal of the person’s
ability to practise,” Waikato DHB chief
executive Dr Nigel Murray said.
Waikato DHB said it was now
contacting about 25 patients the man
saw during his tenure at the health board.
The DHB said it and the Medical
Council of New Zealand identified
concerns about the documents the man
presented — which may have belonged
to someone else.
“As these inquiries raised serious issues
of potential identity fraud, this person
is no longer employed by the Waikato
District Health Board and is unable
to carry out medical duties in New
Zealand,” the DHB said.
The man was given name suppression
in the Hamilton District Court and
remanded in custody.
The man worked in the crisis, triage
and home-based treatment ser vices.
“These ser vices are responsible for
triaging all contacts with mental health
ser vices and directing them to the
ser vice best placed to meet their needs.
This person worked within a multi-
disciplinary context and usually saw
patients in the company of another
member of staff,” the DHB said.
“ We are extremely concerned and
our first priority is for the safety of
our patients and their families. The
information to date has not identified
any harm to patients and we will
continue to assess the situation” Dr
“ While most patients seen by
this person have subsequently been
reviewed and are receiving appropriate
care and treatment we have identified
approximately 25 patients who have
not been further followed up,” he
“Each patient will be offered follow-up
ser vices as soon as possible.”
The health board said it carried out
checks on the man’s credentials and
information available to the DHB
and the Medical Council “ verified the
person’s qualifications and ability to
practice in New Zealand.”
Now, both organisations said they
would review their systems to strengthen
their ability to identify potential fraud.
Probe after identity fraud arrest
A 12-year-old girl suffered serious
injuries when she fell from a trailer
after being attacked by a cow in rural
Te Awamutu yesterday — the latest in
more than 4000 incidents where people
were hurt by cattle in the last year.
A St John spokeswoman said crews
attended the incident about 11am and
the girl was flown to Waikato Hospital
in a serious condition.
A spokesman for the Waikato Westpac
rescue helicopter said the girl and her
mother were moving stock, when one of
the cows reacted adversely causing the
girl to fall on to the towbar of a trailer
that was attached to the farm-quad
being ride by her mother.
She suffered neck and back injuries
and the helicopter was dispatched due to
the possibility of spinal injury, and the
need for urgent transport.
No further information has been
released. — NZ ME
Girl badly hurt in cow attack
Te Karere presenter Anzac Pikia has
died, aged 35.
The Maori current affairs show released
a statement saying it was “with great
sadness that we announce the passing
of our dear colleague, friend and Matua,
The broadcaster added: “Anzac has
been devoted to Maori broadcasting
and journalism for almost 20 years as a
reporter, producer and director”.
Details of his tangi were still uncertain,
the statement said.
“O ur kapa haka connoisseur, we will
miss the sound of your voice, the patu of
your poi, the kopikopi of your hope, and
the pukana of your eyes.
“O ur deep condolences and aroha go
out to Anzac’s whanau at this time.”
Mr Pikia collapsed in a Rotorua cafe
yesterday and passed away soon after,
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Te Karere presenter dies at 35
Te reo faces fight to survive
One of the country’s foremost Maori
language experts will warn this week
that the language will die unless the
nation makes a renewed commitment to
Dr Timoti Karetu, who was the first
Maori Language Commissioner, from
1987-99, will give an inaugural state
of te reo Maori address on Thursday
marking the 40th anniversary of the first
Maori Language Week, which coincided
with Dame Whina Cooper’s historic
land march in 1975.
“There is an apathy and a torpor
per vading the whole of the Maori
world, and the language is its victim,”
Dr Karetu said.
“The Maori world has got to realise that
if they want the language to sur vive, then
it is the responsibility of every individual
Maori person to do something about it.
Don’t stand in the wings bleating away
until the Maori world wakes up to the
fact that unless it does something, the
language is going to die.”
The proportion of Maori people who
speak te reo has dropped in the last two
censuses, from 25.2% in 2001 to 21.3%
in 2013, resuming a long decline from
British colonisation until a brief revival
in the 1980s. Partly this is because the
last generation of native Maori speakers,
who grew up in rural areas before most
Maori migrated to the cities for work
after World War Two, has largely passed
In the early 1980s, the native-
speaking elders created the kohanga reo
movement, in which mostly untrained
parents and grandparents volunteered
to raise children in Maori-speaking
settings mostly on marae and in private
homes. Ninety per cent were unpaid.
The movement grew “explosively”
from the first kohanga in Wainuiomata
in April 1982 to 512 kohanga with
more than 8000 children by December
1987. By 1993, when the rolls peaked
at 14,500, half of all Maori children
in preschool education were in te reo-
The rolls dropped below 9000 last year
for the first time since 1989.
Only 18.5% of Maori children in
preschool education nationally, and just
11.3% in Auckland, are in kohanga.
There has also been a flow-on decline
in school “immersion” classes, defined
as teaching any subject in te reo for at
least three hours a week. Immersion
students peaked at 18.6% of Maori
schoolchildren in 1999 and fell to 14.3%
In a 2012 report, the Waitangi
Tribunal blamed early childhood
education policies which have tightened
up on building standards, forcing many
kohanga out of marae, and on staffing.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Tragedy struck an Opotiki family
during the early hours of yesterday
when 14-year-old Rangimaria
White was killed in an alleged
Police were looking for the driver
of the vehicle believed to have hit
the teenager on Goring Street in
residential Opotiki as she tried to
cross the road about 3.45am.
unconscious on the road after she
was hit by a car and was unable to
be resuscitated, police said.
They are still trying to piece
together where she had been on
Saturday night and early yesterday.
The incident occurred on the
same night at the Opotiki College
ball — a bustling event on the
social calendar with parties held
throughout the town, residents say.
Rangimaria’s grandfather Mike
Davis said the family still did not
know what had happened.
Inspector Willy Taylor said it
was believed Rangimaria had been
at a relative’s house and left prior
to the incident. A post-mortem
examination was being carried out
and a full investigation was under
way, he said. — NZME
Girl, 14, killed in alleged hit-run
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Lumley) to one (being IAG).
Under this proposal, all AMI and Lumley Customers will become IAG
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insurance policies shortly after receipt of RBNZ approval (anticipated late
2015). Accordingly, if the transfer proceeds, IAG would assume the same
obligations that AMI and Lumley have under their existing policies.*
The AMI and Lumley insurance brands will continue to operate as distinct
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The proposed transfer is subject to the consent of the Reser ve Bank of
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Customers are invited to provide feedback to us on the
proposed transfer. Feedback should be directed to
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call 0800 424 586.
Feedback is required by 24 August 2015.
A summar y of all feedback will be provided to the Reserve
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of the proposed transfer.
Further information is available at www.iag.co.nz
* The proposed transfer does not affect any insurance
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