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Camping ban on whitebait fans
Stephen and Maureen Doy got
a shock when they checked out
their favourite whitebait possie
in readiness for the opening of
the season later this month.
There was a new sign banning
the New Plymouth couple
from freedom camping at the
Awakino River in Waikato, just
north of Taranaki.
The Doys have been staying in
their camper van for short spells at
the river — along with the nearby
Mokau River, one of the North
Island’s prime whitebaiting spots
— e v ery whitebait season for the
past 20 years.
Now the west coast rivers
have new signs from Waitomo
District Council stating camping
on council land is illegal. The
daily fine is $175.
The council says freedom
camping has always been against
its bylaws, but complaints about
the practice at Awakino and
Mokau arose for the first time
NZ Motor Caravan Associa-
tion chief executive Bruce Lochore
heard about the ban when he
visited Taranaki a few days ago
to talk to the New Plymouth
District Council about the council
achieving “motor home friendly”
status with the association.
He said the association is in
discussion with Waitomo about
the ban and wants the council
to allow association members
to freedom camp in places like
Awakino for up to a fortnight.
The Tainui Whitebaiters’
Association, whose members
frequent the two rivers, says the
problem appears to have arisen
because at least one whitebaiter
camped out for the entire season,
which this year runs from August
15 to November 30 in the North
“Nobody minds people staying
two or three days at a time, but
staying for long periods is not
on,” association secretary Molly
George, of New Plymouth, said.
“ People, including the camping
grounds, were getting up in arms
about it. ”
Waitomo District Council
spokeswoman Kelly Marriott
said the council received a small
number of complaints about
freedom camping over the past
“O ur informal conversations
indicate that freedom camping
can be a problem at Awakino-
Mokau area during the whitebait
season,” she said. A nuisance was
caused when campers stayed for
extended periods and left behind
rubbish and waste.
Camping on council land was
regulated by the council’s public
places bylaw, which was adopted
in 2009 and reviewed in 2014. It
bans camping outside camping
The council decided last
November to monitor the
situation for 12 months, before
considering whether to develop a
freedom camping bylaw.
As an interim measure, signs
were posted at Kiritehere,
Waikawau, Marokopa, Awakino
and Mokau in an effort to
increase public awareness and to
control the activity, she said. “ We
feel further discussion with our
local community and campers is
required to ensure our position is
She confirmed the council
was also working with the NZ
Motor Caravan Association to
find ways that worked for people
who wanted to freedom camp
The Tainui Wetere Domain in
Mokau has a dump facility for
motorhomes available for a fee.
Seaview Holiday Park in Mokau
is a camping ground with a dump
station and access to power.
back on radio
John Campbell will present a new
drive-time news show on Radio New
He will be joining the station in
September and is involved in the
development of the new programme.
“ Radio New Zealand’s commitment to
professional journalism that questions,
illuminates, celebrates and holds to
account, is an immensely valuable
resource in the life of this country,” he
told Radio New Zealand yesterday
“ My job is to hold to those core values,
to continue that commitment to the
highest quality journalism, but also to
expand our reach beyond the confines of
radio and into a world I could only have
dreamed of when I began as a journalist.”
A Dunedin man’s “sordid” affair has ruined
his marriage, destroyed his family’s financial
security and caused his defrauded wife to
question the past decade of her life.
The formerly self-employed financial and
insurance adviser and his one-time mistress
were jailed yesterday for their parts in a fraud
which resulted in the sale of the man’s family
home and the loss of his wife’s retirement
The pair were jointly charged on seven counts
of fraudulently using a document. The 52-year-
old man was charged on two further counts
of forgery and the 35-year-old mistress was
charged with blackmail.
Judge Michael Crosbie jailed the woman for
four years for her “extraordinary” blackmail and
the man for two years and three months.
The man’s wife told the D unedin District
Court she knew “nothing, absolutely nothing”
of her husband’s “double life” until September
She received a phone call from the mistress’s
mother after police arrested the woman.
“The whole sordid story started to unfold,” the
wife said during her victim impact statement.
“This phone call was all about revenge to
ensure if she was going down, she would take
the whole family with her.
“For 10 years, (he) had shown no signs of
his double life. He was calm, casual and slept
The man’s “despicable lie” had cost his wife
her savings of $78,000 — as he had forged her
signature to access funds — and the family its
home — as he extended the mortgage to fund
his payments to the blackmailing mistress, the
wife told the court.
“I was appalled at what had been happening
under my nose,” she said.
“(He) had stolen all my money — 27 years of
“How low can you go to steal from one’s wife?”
The man and the mistress met on-line in
2005. She travelled to D unedin and a sexual
relationship began between the pair, a summary
of facts said.
After returning to her North Island home, the
35-year-old woman discovered he was married,
and she began to blackmail him, threatening to
reveal the relationship to his family.
She felt guilty and handed herself into
police in 2010. As a result, she was charged
and convicted in the High Court of extorting
almost $250,000 from the man and sentenced
to 12 months’ home detention.
As the 52-year-old was the victim in the 2010
case, and informed the court he wished to keep
the affair from his family, he was granted final
Judge Crosbie said the pair were not granted
name suppression in relation to the recent
offending, but the man cannot be named
because of his existing suppression.
Crown solicitor Robin Bates indicated after
the hearing he intended to fight to have that
Judith Ablett-Kerr, QC, sought interim name
suppression for the mistress so an appeal against
naming her client could be filed.
Judge Crosbie granted the woman interim
suppression until 4pm today.
Despite ser ving home detention for her
previous offending, the blackmail resumed in
To fund the blackmail, the authorised financial
adviser completed 122 false insurance policy
application forms and collected more than
$300,000 in commission from seven insurance
companies — some of which was used to cover
up the fraud.
He paid his former mistress $187,036 to keep
the affair from his family.
After he deposited the money into his
mistress’s bank account, he cancelled the
Andrew Dawson, counsel for the man, said his
client did not benefit financially from the fraud.
“He has lost everything, including his
business,” Mr Dawson said.
“He has lost his family and the future that lay
After the family’s debts were paid off, $24,000
remained, and he “effectively gifted” this money
to his wife, Mr Dawson said.
His wife told the court she felt like the “cash
cow funding his double life”.
“I remember screaming at (him), ‘I want my
money back, where is it?’ and him replying
without any emotion or remorse that ‘it was
gone’, ” she said.
“I have cried until I can cry no more and my
family have cried with me.
“These past months have involved terrible
“Fancy finding out your husband answered an
advertisement on-line for sex. ”
She believed their home was almost mortgage
free and left her previous job because of the
financial security she believed existed.
“(He) made no effort to stop me.”
The wife delivered a stern message to the pair.
“I can’t get my head around the evil that has
been done to this family,” she said.
“There can be no forgetting and no forgiveness.
Our marriage is over.
“I thought he would be loyal and faithful.
Unfortunately, I was wrong.
“For you . . . this is payback time. I want my
stolen earnings back. Damn you . . . damn you
The man’s two daughters, both in their 20s,
also condemned his behaviour, with one saying
she did “not see him as my father”.
“ You absolutely crushed the world around us
and left me feeling utterly betrayed,” her victim
impact statement said.
“I will never be able to forgive him for what he
has done to us.”
His other daughter said his “selfish and
disgusting” actions had put the family’s lives on
“The stress and pain of it has made me both
mentally and physically exhausted. ”
Judge Crosbie also ordered the man pay
reparation of $150,000 to his wife.
— Otago Daily Times
Man, blackmailing mistress jailed
A Dunedin woman remained in shock and
was off work nursing her injuries yesterday after
being the victim of a hit-and-run collision in
The 47-year-old was driving north in
Portsmouth Drive on Wednesday night when
a vehicle made a right-hand turn in front of her
at a set of lights, colliding with the car she was
Her car was extensively damaged on the
driver’s side and the woman, who did not
wish to be named, spent Wednesday night in
Dunedin Hospital with fractured ribs and a sore
“(Medical staff ) checked me out for the
normal stuff and made sure I hadn’t broken my
The woman remained at home resting
yesterday and would not be able to return to
work until Monday, she said.
Witnesses came to her aid after the incident
and called police and St John, but were able
to get only the first few digits of the culprit’s
“Someone out there’s got a smashed up front
of their car,” she said.
“Someone somewhere must know who did
The woman, the sole occupant of the vehicle,
was on her way to pick up her daughter from
gymnastics at the time of the incident.
She had four children and was not sure how
she would be able to transport them while she
was without a car.
Panelbeaters were determining whether the
car could be salvaged, she said.
“I’ll probably need to hire a car, unless the
panelbeater can provide a loan car.
“ When people don’t stop and own up to
what they’ve done, it has implications for other
Senior sergeant Craig Brown, of Dunedin,
confirmed a vehicle had driven off after the
He said it was unclear how many people were
in the car and inquiries were continuing to find
those responsible. — Otago Daily Times
Woman hurt in hit-run
Tourists could end up going to jail to
eat, explore, and perhaps even sleep once
planned construction work on Dunedin’s
historic prison is completed.
The D unedin Prison Trust lodged a
planning application with the D unedin
City Council last week, detailing some
$250,000 of restorative work which
would return the prison’s exterior to its
original 1898 condition.
The building’s roof and walls would
be repaired and seismic strengthening
carried out, work expected to cost
Funding applications had been lodged
with the New Zealand Lottery Grants
Board and several other grants providers,
trust chairman Stewart Har vey said
While decisions on the planning
applications were expected by the end
of this month, results from the funding
applications might not be known until
the end of the year, Mr Har vey said.
But, the trust was optimistic funding
would be found.
All going well, construction work
would begin in the second half of the
coming summer and take 14 to 16 weeks.
From there, it was hoped a commercial
tenant — there had already been interest
from a hostel company — would lease the
building’s Castle Street frontage of the
building, housing the old administration
That would make the site commercially
viable and allow the trust to move on
to the next stage of development, Mr
Har vey said.
That second phase would include
ripping out the various non-original
structures cluttering the historic inner
courtyard and turning it into a dining
space for a high-class restaurant.
The restaurant would be ser ved by the
existing commercial kitchen, and the
courtyard covered by a glass roof, Mr
Har vey said.
The three wings of prison cells — each
one three storeys high and together
housing 56 cells — would form the
integral part of an interactive tour, which
the trust hoped would include an array of
props and actors.
A museum and shop were also planned,
while a new entranceway would be built
on the prison’s southern side and a lift
installed. — Otago Daily Times
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