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Body hiding charges
Two people charged with hiding
the dead body of a child are due
to appear in the D unedin District
Court on Friday. Detective Dave
Checketts told Fairfax the case
was historic, with the alleged
offending happening in Oamaru
in 2011. D unedin police began an
investigation midway through last
year, he said. — Otago Daily Times
A man charged with a double
stabbing at a 21st birthday party
last December has admitted murder.
Robert Timothy Rapana was due
to go on trial in the High Court at
Auckland for the murder of Chevy
Midas Davis, 24, and wounding
his cousin Rio Davis with intent
to cause grievous bodily harm.
However, he entered a plea of guilty
to both charges in court yesterday.
Rapana spoke only to enter his pleas.
He was remanded in custody until
tomorrow. — N ZME
Death at prison probed
Police are investigating the
death of a prisoner at the Otago
Corrections Facility. Prison director
Jack Harrison confirmed staff found
the inmate,a man in his 30s, in an
“ unresponsive state” on Sunday night.
“Staff provided medical attention.
However, he was pronounced dead at
the scene,” Mr Harrison said. Senior
sergeant Brian Benn confirmed
police were investigating on behalf
of the coroner. It is understood
the death is not being treated as
suspicious. — Otago Daily Times
Body found on beach
Christchurch beach is being treated
as “unexplained”, police say. The
balding white male, estimated to
be in his 60-70s, was found 200m
south of New Brighton Pier by early
morning walkers on Sunday. He was
wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and
green and black sports shoes. He was
also wearing a sports watch and had
a key on a lanyard around his neck.
“ We need help from the public to
identify this man,” detective sergeant
Nicola Reeves said. — NZ ME
Fruit shop fire
Firefighters spent most of the night
fighting and containing a fire at a
fruit shop. The blaze in Cameron
Road, Greerton, Tauranga, was
now under investigation. Northern
fire communications shift manager
Daniel Nicholson said the first calls
started coming through at 12.03am.
He said five fire engines were sent.
“ We were there all night At this
stage, there’s no indication of what
caused the fire.” — NZME
Numbers in Keno draw No 11952:
46, 51, 52, 53, 58, 70, 78, 79. Draw No
11953: 1, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 20, 21, 34,
41, 44, 55, 57, 58, 61, 63, 68, 70, 74, 78.
Draw No 11954: 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 28,
34, 36, 37, 38, 40, 42, 48, 59, 62, 67, 76,
77, 79, 80. Draw No 11955: 1, 2, 12,
15, 27, 43, 50, 56, 57, 59, 60, 61, 66, 68,
69, 71, 73, 74, 76, 79.
The estranged husband of slain
Wellington woman Mei Fan needs to be
locked up for a “ long, long time” to ensure
the safety of their children, police say.
Michael Edwin Preston, 60, was
yesterday found guilty of murder
following five weeks of frequently
graphic, bloody and highly emotional
testimony in the High Court at
The jury took less than four hours to
reach its verdict, which was greeted by
cries from the public gallery.
Preston, who was also convicted of
breaching a protection order, remained
stony faced and silent in the dock as he
learned his fate.
Ms Fan, 37, was stabbed 38 times
in a frenzied attack in her home in
the Wellington suburb of Miramar in
Her body was later found lying in a
pool of blood on the laundry floor.
The Crown had argued Preston killed
Ms Fan to gain sole custody of the
couple’s two children.
Detective senior sergeant John van
den Heuval said the verdict would be
welcomed with great relief by Ms Fan’s
family and friends, both in New Zealand
“O ur thoughts are with the children
now who must grow up knowing their
father murdered their mother. That ’s
going to be difficult for them, but they
are surrounded by people who, like Mei,
love and care for them deeply,” he said.
Mr van den Heuval said finding justice
for Ms Fan had taken a long time.
A three-year-old girl who died in a
tragic accident while playing with an
older sibling will not be named.
Emergency ser vices were called to a
house in Rolleston, near Christchurch, at
4pm on Sunday.
Police yesterday afternoon said Coroner
Gordon Matenga had issued a minute on
the girl’s death prohibiting publication of
her name name and identifying details.
The cause or circumstances of her death
also cannot be published.
“ We would like to reiterate that the
girl’s death is not being treated as
suspicious and was a tragic accident,”
commander Superintendent Lane Todd
“The speculation, gossip and conjecture
on social media is causing considerable,
unnecessary distress to her family and
“This is already an extremely traumatic
time for her family and friends and we
urge the community to rally together to
support them by respecting their need
for privacy at this time. ”
The family are “devastated” at the tragic
accident, a family friend said.
The parents at their Rolleston home
in a quiet cul-de-sac were too upset to
One friend said they were “a lovely
“There was always lots of fun and
laughter. I doubt that it ’ll ever be the
same,” the friend said.
“It’s just so very tragic. Too much to
handle, really.” — NZME
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Graves of Australian soldiers
killed in World War One have
been daubed with graffiti for the
second time in seven months in
Blue paint sprayed on
headstones at a churchyard in
Hillingdon, west London was
discovered on Sunday morning.
It follows a similar attack at the
same Harefield Church graveyard
in April when a memorial in the
cemetery was sprayed with paint
and the Australian flagpole cut
into on the eve of the Gallipoli
centenary of Australian and New
Zealand Army Corps (Anzac)
forces landing in Gallipoli, Turkey
in their first major military action
of World War One.
“ We are extremely disappointed
by this deliberate act of vandalism
and deplore the actions of those
responsible,” Mike Bullen,
assistant director-general for the
Commonwealth War Graves
Commission (CWGC) which
manages the graves, said.
There are no clear words or
symbols which can be made out
in the graffiti to indicate any
Local councillor Jane Palmer
was moved to tears when
she discovered the vandalism
yesterday at Harefield churchyard
in Hillingdon, west London.
She took photos of the graffiti
attack and reported it to police.
There are 120 World War
One graves at Harefield Park
(St Mary) Churchyard for Kiwi
and mainly Australian troops
who died at the nearby No 1
Australian Auxiliary Hospital.
Each grave is marked by scroll
shaped headstones, chosen by the
staff and patients at the hospital.
Police were investigating.
The CWGC said such attacks
on its graves were rare and plans
to restore them to their original
condition. — Reuters
Anzac graves desecrated in London
A worker cleans paint off a gravestone at the Harefield churchyard in Hillingdon, London. Graves of
Australian soldiers killed in World War One have been daubed with graffiti for the second time in seven
One or two New Zealanders on a terror
watchlist are considered so threatening
they are being monitored every minute
of the day, Prime Minister John Key says.
But the main concern to the
Government is the potential terrorists
not on the radar of New Zealand’s
spy agencies, Mr Key told RNZ this
All of the 40 people on the watchlist
were linked to, or “on the periphery” of
the Islamic State (Isis), and were likely
to be regularly reading the extremist
group’s propaganda regularly.
Mr Key said one or two of the people
were “quite threatening individuals” and
they were under 24-hour sur veillance.
They were being watched both
physically and electronically under new
powers which were given to spy agencies
a year ago.
These individuals wanted to commit
attacks in New Zealand, Mr Key said,
but were unlikely to do so.
“Their capacity to do a lot is limited,”
he said. “My concerns always are not the
people that we know about, it ’s the ones
that we don’t know about, and that ’s
what you (saw) in Paris.”
Others on the watchlist were raising
money for Isis, trying to get to Syria
or Iraq to fight, or were already in the
It is a criminal offence to fundraise or
send money to terrorist groups.
Asked why authorities did not take
action against people who were sending
money offshore, Mr Key told the radio
station: “ That ’s exactly the question I
asked my officials: ‘If you see someone
that looks like they ’re planning some
sort of activity, why can’t you deal with
“And the answer I always get from my
agencies is that it’s not as clear-cut when
you get to court. They claim different
things, and they just wanted absolutely
firmer evidence to take them to court.”
Since the Paris attacks, countries are
looking to expand their efforts to combat
The United Nations Security Council
has unanimously voted to call on
member countries to act against the
New Zealand has already deployed
troops to Iraq to help train local forces.
Mr Key reiterated this morning on
RNZ that New Zealand’s deployment
would not be expanded. He said a larger
commitment would mean New Zealand
risked getting stuck in Iraq “forever”.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Veteran D unedin radio broadcaster
Jim Sullivan is set to end his career
after more than 50 years on the air.
The last episode of his Radio New
Zealand programme Sounds Historical
will air next month, signalling the end
of his long career.
Mr Sullivan, 69, said there were
parts of the job he would miss, but he
felt it was the right time to “pull the
He started on air in January 1963
in his home town of Timaru, but had
spent much of the time since based in
Dunedin after falling in love with the
city as a student in the early 1960s.
“ I’ve always had a strong sense of
place, which is why I kept coming back
to Dunedin. ”
He had moved back to D unedin seven
times, including to set up
Sounds Historical, which he has
broadcast from the city since its
creation in the early 1990s.
He counted himself lucky to able to
work in a field he enjoyed, especially
being able to cover history, which was
his great interest.
“I’ve never had to do a job that I’ve
regarded as work.”
Letters from listeners were getting
quite “emotional” now they had learned
his programme was finishing, and
people were saying they would miss
their weekly dose of nostalgia.
The chance to talk to people — not
necessarily big names — who had done
“amazing things” was a highlig ht of
An example was talking to women
about what they did during World War
Two, which included a woman who
spent the war listening to radio signals
from Japanese submarines.
Having a show focused on history
meant he had got away with not
knowing much about modern popular
“Until now, I’ve got away with it and
with only a month to go I probably
will get away with not having to know
Mr Sullivan believed technology
in recent years had reduced the
importance of radio in New Zealand
society, due to the emergence of new
types of media.
“ When New Zealand declared war (in
1939) people heard it on the radio.
“ Now, if we declare war on someone,
it will be on six million websites and
400 radio stations and 50 television
This had taken some of the “magic”
out of the medium.
His decision to retire was nothing
to do with restructuring at the
“ It will be 53 years since I started,
which is ample from my point of view
and the listeners’ point of view.
He was looking for ward to moving
to Patearoa in Central Otago, where he
will retire with wife Sandy, and enjoy
having the time to sit in the sun and
take his dog for a walk.
— Otago Daily Times
Jim Sullivan to fade into history
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Dunedin radio broadcaster Jim Sullivan, pictured in Radio New Zealand’s Dunedin studio, is set to
retire after more than 50 years on air.
Mixed reaction to Feeley resignation
The resignation of Queenstown
Lakes District Council chief
executive Adam Feeley has been
met with a mixture of strong praise
and conspicuous silence.
Councillors are mostly positive
about the controversial chief
executive’s legacy, but two leading
business figures did not respond to
requests for comment.
Mr Feeley broke the news in an
e-mailed statement to council staff
He thanked them for bringing
about “significant change” at
the council, especially in cutting
costs, strengthening the council’s
finances and improving customer
But his job’s “24-7 demands”
had come at the expense of his
personal life, and after three years,
he wanted to move into consulting
and directorship roles, he said.
“I came to Queenstown Lakes
to enjoy the lifestyle it offers,
but unfortunately this has not
“I am at a point in my life where
I want greater flexibility to get out
running in the hills and spend time
with my family.”
Vanessa van Uden said Mr Feeley
would leave in late February, and
the recruitment of a replacement
would begin “swiftly”.
The council was in better financial
shape than when Mr Feeley took
over in 2012, Ms van Uden said.
He had reshaped the council by
bringing together three separate
organisations and improving the
delivery of core infrastructure and
Commerce chief executive Ann
Lockhart did not respond to a
request for comment, nor did
long-time verbal sparring partner
and Remarkables Park developer
Councillors were largely positive
about Mr Feeley ’s record.
Controversy has been a hallmark
of Mr Feeley ’s career in recent years.
He oversaw a huge shake-up of
the council in 2013 that resulted in
almost 30% of full-time equivalent
jobs being stripped out to improve
efficiency, while this year, the
council has been dogged by a string
of resignations by senior staff.
In May the former Serious Fraud
Office (SFO) boss became the
subject of an Auditor-General
inquiry into whether the council
properly handled a conflict of
interest over his family trust ’s
proposed Arrowtown subdivision
under special housing rules.
He and the council were cleared
of wrongdoing last month, but
Auditor-General Lyn Provost said
the chief executive and Mayor
Vanessa van Uden “could have done
some things better”.
During his time at the SFO, Mr
Feeley was reprimanded by then-
police minister Judith Collins
for celebrating the charging
of Bridgecorp director Rob
Petricevic by opening Bridgecorp-
labelled champagne. He was also
reprimanded by the State Ser vices
Commission for using copies of the
late Allan Hubbard’s biography as
booby prizes at a staff Christmas
Ms Collins was forced to resign as
justice minister last year following
revelations blogger Cameron Slater
had written four years earlier that
she had been “gunning for Feeley”
while police minister.
— Otago Daily Times
A new report shows a “desperate
housing shortage” throughout New
Zealand, the Citizens Advice Bureau
The bureau said an analysis of
over 2000 client inquiries about
emergency accommodation showed
“ vulnerable families,
women and children living in cars
and garages” even after seeking
assistance from Housing New
Zealand and the Ministry of Social
“The worst thing is that often we
are unable to find people emergency
accommodation, because there is a
shortage nationwide”, said Citizens
Advice Bureau (CAB) chief
executive Kerry Dalton.
“This is very distressing for
the people coming to us and for
our volunteers, who cannot offer
options to alleviate these desperate
The CAB said the shortage was
experienced not just in Auckland
and Christchurch, but nationwide.
“For many individuals and
families who have nowhere to live,
the safety net that we all expect
for ourselves and our fellow New
Zealanders in times of desperate
need is just not there,” Mr Dalton
He said the situation had
deteriorated in the past five years.
The CAB said in the year to the
end of June 2015, bureaux received
over 3000 inquiries about emergency
“ Five years ago we had half that
number. The tragedy is that, because
of the shortage of emergency
accommodation, in many instances
CABs are not able to find suitable
options for people. That ’s why we are
speaking out. ”
Government needed to do more to
support both Housing New Zealand
and Work and Income. — NZ ME
Citizens Advice says ‘desperate’ housing shortage
Road worker’s murder
The man named as the
accused killer of road
worker George Taiaroa was
the focus of police inquiries
for almost two years — and
was publicly named by
officers as being of interest.
Quinton Winders, 45,
was revealed yesterday as
the man facing a charge
of murder over the fatal
Taiaroa, 67, in 2013.
He had interim name
suppression to allow him to inform
family that he was arrested by police last
week but made no fresh application to
keep his identity secret.
Winders had previously publicly
denied being involved in the incident
after police revealed he was of interest
to detectives investigating the death of
Mr Taiaroa, killed while controlling a
traffic with a stop-go sign at a traffic
diversion off State highway 1 north of
A notice was posted in a provincial
deerstalkers’ association newsletter
asking members to contact police if
they had heard rumours about Winders,
information about any firearms he might
own or any other information people
might have held. It emerged inquiries by
a local police officer had led to the notice
being placed in the newsletter.
At the time of the fatal shooting,
Winders was living in a remote 200ha
block of land off State highway 43 near
the township of Whangamomona, about
65km north-east of Stratford. He had
not long moved from nearby Benneydale,
where he worked on local farms. Like his
Taranaki property, he lived and worked
carrying out a number of
searches. Fairfax reporter
Tony Wall visited Winders
and asked him if he was
connected to the attack on
Mr Taiaroa. “No, no. What
they (police) are doing is
this big fabrication. ”
He told Wall he had been
questioned by detectives
and said his approach was
to say “either charge me or
(I’ll) walk out ”.
He said his last encounter was to tell
officers: “ That ’s it, I’ve said my bit, I’ve
got nothing further to say. ”
By mid-2014, he had sold the property
to dairy farmer Michael Drought from
Opunake, telling him officers had even
been through his long drop.
The land — rugged and covered in
bush — was barely developed so as to
allow stock to be farmed. At the time,
Mr Drought said: “I brought it as a
hunting block because there is a lot of
native bush and there are wild pigs and
deer on the land. ”
After selling the land, Winders moved
to Stratford, taking up residence in a
comfortable home distinctive only for
the large Unimog-style truck parked in
Winders was the son of a well-respected
deer farming family with a large spread
of land north of Rotorua. He attended
King’s College in Auckland, following
up by studying business at Massey
He worked on the family farm for a
period — a property which has had its
large wrought iron gates closed to public
traffic since the case thrust the family
into the public eye.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
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