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Worker’s fall fatal
A New Zealand man died in
Western Australia after a fall at work,
according to local reports. Benjamin
White fell to his death at Alcoa’s
Kwinana Refinery in Perth about
midday on Wednesday, WA Today
reported. Mr White, according to his
Facebook page, is sur vived by his wife
Elizabeth and their young children.
Conflicting reports suggest Mr
White fell between 10m and 40m.
— NZ M E -New Zealand Herald
Fire crews kept busy
Firefighters were at the scene
of several blazes in the South
Island today. Apart from the huge
Marlborough blaze, smaller fires kept
firefighters busy overnight. At Tiwai
Road, Southland, a fire was reported
last evening. The fire was caused
by “a whole lot of piles of rubbish
vegetation that the wind whipped”,
a Fire Southern Communications
spokesman said. He said the Fire
Ser vice handed over responsibility
for the blaze to the Rural Fire
Authority today. Meanwhile, a fire at
Dipton, Southland, was monitored
overnight. The Invercargill command
unit was at the scene. — NZ ME
Drunk, asleep at wheel
A man is facing charges after police
found him drunk and asleep at the
wheel of a car parked in the middle
of rural North Otago road yesterday.
Officers were called to Georgetown-
Ngapara Road at 3am after receiving
a call from a truck driver saying there
was a vehicle stopped in the road.
Police said the man in the driver’s
seat was woken and recorded an
excess breath alcohol level of 589mg.
The legal limit is 250mg. He would
appear in the Oamaru District Court
on December 2.
— Otago Daily Times
Dead worker named
The name of the man who died
in a workplace incident in south
Auckland on Wednesday has been
named. John Douglas Howe, 54,
died at Davies Logistics — which
operates Davies International
Freight — on Aintree Avenue
shortly before 3pm. A police officer
at the scene said police believed the
man was struck by a truck in the
driveway and killed. — NZ ME
Fire victim identified
An elderly man who died in a house
fire in Northland has been identified.
Noel Hendry, 79, of Ruakaka, died in
the blaze at his home on Bream Bay
Drive, Ruakaka, near Whangarei, early
yesterday. The Fire Ser vice was called
about 4.30am, and Mr Hendry’s body
was found after the fire had been
extinguished. — N ZME
Numbers in Keno draw No 11964: 2,
12, 15, 16, 19, 21, 26, 28, 39, 40, 41, 44,
45, 48, 53, 61, 63, 64, 77, 79. Draw No
11965: 3, 8, 13, 19, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31,
34, 37, 40, 46, 50, 56, 63, 65, 67, 74, 75.
Draw No 11966: 8, 10, 18, 24, 31, 32,
33, 47, 52, 53, 57, 58, 59, 60, 65, 68, 69,
70, 71, 80. Draw No 11967: 8, 10, 11,
12, 14, 15, 20, 23, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32,
41, 46, 50, 58, 67, 77.
Sex abuse teacher gets 10 years
Firefighters are continuing to fight a
major Marlborough blaze today.
Five properties in the Waikakaho
Valley area were evacuated yesterday and
people in a further 20 homes left on their
own accord, after a fire broke out in dry
vegetation in a private forestry area on
This morning, firefighters were worried
about the fire burning “downwards,
heading to nearby properties”, One
Hot weather and strong winds were
exacerbating the situation.
The fire was currently raging across
368ha, One News added.
The blaze started near a skid site on
commercial forest which YSI Forests
owned. — NZ ME
High winds fan
A man charged with murdering his
10-year-old brother has appeared in
Eric Baden McIsaac, 25, appeared
before Justice Brendon Brown in the
High Court at Palmerston North on
charges including burglary, possession of
a knife and fourth suppressed charge.
It is alleged McIsaac killed Alex Fisher
on October 5 or 6. Alex’s body was found
in the sand dunes at Waitarere Beach
after a three-day search.
Defence lawyer Letizea Ord told
the court there would be no objection
to all four charges being dealt with
together. She also mentioned her client ’s
intentions regarding the four charges,
but these details were suppressed.
Justice Brown remanded McIsaac in
custody until February next year.
Crown prosecutor Erin FitzHerbert
suggested Simon Hewson remain as an
amicus curae which Justice Brown said
he would consider.
McIsaac stood throughout the short
appearance with his arms folded and
acknowledged family members in the
public gallery by nodding his head a
couple of times.
Alex was last seen on October 5 at
6.30pm at the Waitarere Beach Four
Square with McIsaac.
— NZ ME -Manawatu Guardian
A female teacher who sexually
violated and manipulated a boy was
no better than male predators who
abused girls, a court heard today.
Stacey Reriti was sentenced to
more than 10 years in jail for her
exploitation of a boy who was only 10
when the offending started in 2011.
She was found guilty last month
on six charges of sexual violation by
unlawful sexual connection and one
charge of doing an indecent act on a
At her sentencing today, the High
Court at Wellington heard the boy
felt betrayed, and his entire family felt
Reriti’s actions would be “a scar” on
their lives forever.
Reriti used to teach at Natone Park
School in Porirua.
Prosecutor Dale LaHood said
aggravating features of Reriti’s
offending included the “vulnerability”
of the victim, now in his teens.
The boy was especially vulnerable at
the time, Mr LaHood said, because
one of his parents “was extremely
“Far from being a compassionate
supporter” of the boy, Reriti
manipulated him, the prosecutor said.
“The breach of trust in this case is
Reriti, he said, betrayed her duties
as a teacher, a leader, and a deputy
Mr LaHood said Reriti manipulated
the boy emotionally.
“The real harm (to) this victim won’t
be known for some time.”
The starting point for Reriti’s
punishment should be 14 to 15 years
in jail, the prosecutor said.
He suggested Reriti’s gender should
not mean she should escape the sort
of punishment a male teacher found
guilty of child sex offences would
included Reriti’s lack of previous
convictions, he said, but the length of
her offending against the boy made
this arguably irrelevant.
The offending continued until 2014.
Reriti’s lawyer, Stephen Iorns, said
the disgraced teacher suffered from
“serious psychological and psychiatric
There was no escaping the fact
“traumatic ” situations she had
experienced when younger, and her
recent mental state, contributed to the
offending, he said.
However, he described Reriti as
vulnerable, and said a long jail term
would not be good for her.
“Prior to this offending, Miss Reriti
was on track to have a very impressive
career. ” Now, he said, “her career is
Justice Woolford equated some
of Reriti’s offending with rape. He
sa id the charge of unlawful sexual
connection carried a penalty of up to
20 years’ imprisonment.
He reminded the court the victim
was only 10 when the offending
started, at a secluded area the teacher
drove the boy to.
“ You lay on top of him and kissed
him as well as asking him to kiss you. ”
Further visits to “secluded areas”
“This occurred reasonably regularly,”
the judge said.
For these offences, she was found
guilty of doing an indecent act.
But the offending escalated from
kissing, culminating in sexual
“ Because a woman cannot be
charged with rape” these incidents all
resulted in charges of unlawful sexual
connection, the judge said.
The boy, now in his mid-teens, made
a victim impact statement, Justice
“ He feels that his childhood has
been taken from him and struggles to
see how anything positive can come
out of what has happened.”
The boy felt betrayed, and his entire
family felt Reriti’s actions would be “a
scar” on their lives forever.
“ It has taken a toll on his family who
have all felt the strain and the stress of
these proceedings. ”
The court heard the boy was also
disgusted after recalling sexually
explicit texts Reriti sent him.
“He felt sick at what you said to
him, and realising how you had
control and manipulated him,” the
“Some of the texts were extremely
sexually explicit. You told him you
loved him. You also requested naked
pictures of him. ”
If the boy did not do as commanded,
the teacher would threaten him.
“ You would threaten to report him
Reriti was guilty of a gross breach
of trust that would have long-term
impacts on the boy, the school, and
the community, the judge said.
“ You have ruined that trust and have
caused the victim to be suspicious of
female teachers generally.”
Reriti was 20 years older than the
victim, he said.
“ Nothing in this case mitigates this
Reriti showed no remorse or
understanding of the offending,
Justice Woolford said.
Reriti gasped and cried as the
verdicts of “guilty” were read out last
During the trial, she accused the boy
of being a liar and “manipulator”.
Justice Woolford acknowledged
Reriti was mentally unwell, and said
her offending was less pathological
and degrading than in some similar
“ It reflected a perturbing view
that you were capable of (having a
relationship) with a 10-year-old boy.”
For the sexual violation charge,
Reriti was sentenced to 10 years, six
months in jail.
was sentenced to three years’
For the other offences, she was
sentenced to eight years’ jail, to be
ser ved concurrently.
There was no audible emotion from
Reriti or the public gallery when the
sentence was read out. — NZ ME
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The tight-knitted nature of
Dunedin’s World War One
response has come flying back
into focus as a quilt made in the
city for wounded troops returned
for the first time in 100 years.
The “signature quilt ” was made
by Princes Street department
store Brown Ewing and included
dozens of embroidered squares,
featuring names and messages
from the D unedin people who
It was sent to Britain at the time
New Zealand’s seriously wounded
troops fighting at Gallipoli were
being transported to Britain for
The quilt would have been
allocated to a bed in a hospital
for New Zealand soldiers, and
used as a comforter and reminder
of home, Toitu Otago Settlers
Museum curator Sean Brosnahan
said this week.
“The guys being sent back to
Britain, from Gallipoli, would
tend to have been the more
seriously wounded ones.
“ I imagine (the quilt) would
have been pretty meaningful.
They were a long, long way from
home and here’s this very tangible
message from home.”
It was impossible to know how
many soldiers would have used
the quilt, he said.
“ It would have just been on a
bed. And you would have been
moving people through the beds
The quilt, thought to be either
linen or calico, was one of five
the museum now had and would
initially stay in storage, although
it would probably be on display in
the future, Mr Brosnahan said.
But the story of the quilt
was about more than its initial
purpose and use, he said.
After the war, the quilt came to
be in the family of Stella Bessell.
Now 89 and living in Bristol,
Mrs Bessell found the quilt when
tidying up her sister ’s property
after her sister moved to a nursing
Mrs Bessell contacted Dunedin
Mayor Dave Cull, offering to
return the quilt to Dunedin.
Museum staff member
Kim Conroy was holidaying
in England at the time, and
collected the quilt from Mrs
The quilt had been “special” to
the Bessell sisters since they were
children, Ms Conroy said.
“The two girls, when they were
poorly, when they were little,
they ’d pull it out and they’d touch
the embroidery. They ’d bring it
out and they always used to feel
“It was a pretty special part of
their childhood. ”
Mrs Bessell’s only request was
that the quilt be photographed
with Dunedin’s mayor and the
Mr Cull said he would ring
Mrs Bessell to thank her for
the generosity she had shown
“S he saw, right from when she
was very young, its importance.”
It was likely descendants of
the women who made the quilt
would still be in D unedin today,
“ It ’s a wonderfully generous
thing and a very thoughtful thing
to do for our city. ”
— Otago Daily Times
Great War quilt back after 100 years
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum curator Sean Brosnahan with the World
War One quilt made in Dunedin for troops wounded at Gallipoli.
Stella Bessell, 89, of Bristol, with the quilt which had been in her
family’s possession for nearly 100 years.
A heat-distressed dog was rescued
by firefighters from a car in D unedin
University of Otago student Jay Song,
24, of D unedin, said he was walking
to a friend ’s house in north Dunedin
about noon when he saw a Jack Russell
terrier alone in a parked stationwagon
in Park Street. All windows in the car
were closed, he said.
On returning home an hour later,
Mr Song saw the dog was still in the
car, tied up in the back of the car and
“ It was definitely dehydrated. ”
He called 111.
Station officer Brent Key, of
Willowbank Station, said the
firefighters discovered the car was
unlocked and gave the dog water to
drink and aired out the “hot ” car. Soon
after, the “upset ” dog owner showed
up and told the crew he thought
he had left a window down. Mr
Key said if the car had been locked,
the firefighters would have called
the SPCA, and if an inspector had
confirmed the dog was distressed, they
would have smashed a window.
SPCA Otago executive officer
Sophie McSkimming said if the
temperature was 30degC outside, the
temperature inside a car parked in the
shade, with the windows slightly open,
would be 39degC within 10 minutes.
“In half an hour, it will go up
On a hot day, dogs should be left
at home rather than being left in a
parked car, even for a few minutes.
— Otago Daily Times
Heat-stressed dog rescued from car
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
A dog drinks water after being left in a hot car in Dunedin yesterday.
Bees hinder emergency
crews at crash site
One person has died and another was
injured in a two-truck crash, which
unleashed a swarm of bees, hindering
emergency ser vices attending the crash.
The collision happened on McKee
Road, south of Kawerau, about 3.52am
where a logging truck and a five-tonne
truck and trailer crashed.
Emergency ser vices had a “problem
getting out there” due to the swarm of
bees, a northern police communications
“It meant it’s taken a while to clear the
scene,” he said.
The slow-moving logging truck was
travelling along McKee Road in thick
fog when a truck carrying beehives,
travelling in the same direction, collided
with the rear of the logging truck, police
It was earlier reported the crash was a
The male passenger of the five-tonne
The logging truck driver was uninjured.
War wick Wilshier, of Williams and
Wilshier Ltd, which owns the logging
truck, said the truck and trailer ran into
the back of the logging truck in thick
The driver of the logging truck was
“okay ” following the crash, Mr Wilshier
“O bviously, he feels for the deceased.
He’s a local.”
The beehives remained intact and were
removed from the scene, police said.
It was one of three truck crashes which
took place around the country within 24
A stock truck driver suffered minor
injuries after a serious crash near
Pukeatua that blocked the main access
of three Waikato towns.
Emergency ser vices, including a
veterinarian, attended the scene at
Arapuni Road near Pukeatua about
Initial reports described a truck and
trailer unit carrying 160 weaner calves
rolled on its side and straddled the road,
Waikato police senior sergeant Andrew
Roads between Te Awamutu, Arapuni
and Putaruru were expected to be closed
until early this afternoon, Mr O’Reilly
said. Diversions were in place.
Meanwhile, three people were hurt,
including one who suffered head injuries,
when the vehicle they were travelling in
collided with a truck in Wallacetown,
north-west of Invercargill yesterday
A Suzuki Vitara drove out from a
ser vice station on to the road, which had
a 70kph speed limit, and the front of a
Scania heavy truck smashed into the
right-hand side of the smaller vehicle,
The three people in the Suzuki were
Waianiwa residents, aged 16, 20 and 52,
A 52-year-old woman who had been
in the front passenger seat of the Suzuki
was taken to Dunedin Hospital with
The truck driver, a 38-year-old man
who lived locally, was not injured.
$4000 reward for return of pet cat
It was an easy decision to offer a $4000
reward for the return of Jet the black
cat — a beloved siamese who has been
missing since Sunday.
Not many people would offer such a
hefty sum for their furry friend but Jet ’s
Papamoa East owner Arno Theijssen
said it was worth it.
“ We thought if the value of the reward
is bigger than the cat, we would have a
better chance of him coming back.”
He posted details of the reward on
Facebook offering it to the person who
would lead the family back to the cat.
The eight-year-old feline joined the
family three years ago.
“ He basically found us. He kept coming
into our house. We chased him away but
he kept coming back,” Mr Theijssen said.
Jet ’s old owners relocated and asked
the Theijssens if they would take the cat.
Mr Theijssen assumed Jet may have
accidentally taken a ride in someone’s
car to a foreign neighbourhood.
— NZ ME-Bay of Plenty Times
search on hold
The search for a missing teenage
swimmer off the coast of Raglan has
been called off until tonight.
Searchers took to the waters again “at
first light” this morning, Waikato police
said, after emergency ser vices were
called at 4.10pm yesterday when the
17-year-old boy was reportedly swept
out to sea.
The teen, understood to be from
Hamilton, went out swimming with two
others off the beach near Wainui Road,
Waikato district command centre senior
sergeant Andrew O’Reilly said.
“The other two people made it to shore
but the third man got into difficulty,” he
A surfer went to assist the 17-year-
old, but was unable to locate him and a
member of the public raised the alarm,
Mr O’Reilly said.
“An extensive search of the coastline
and open water was conducted until it
became too dark and this resumed about
4.30am today,” he said.
Waikato police search and rescue,
Coastguard and members of the local
surf club were involved with the search
But police then called off the search
and went into “recovery mode”.
Coastguard, lifeguards and a police
helicopter have been stood down until
low tide about 6pm today.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
A former Whanganui retailer and
his wife have been jailed for failing
to declare millions in cash takings.
Jianbin Wang and his wife Fenglan
Liu operated three low-cost Best 4
Less stores in Whanganui, New
Plymouth and Waitara but failed
to pay income tax or GST on a
large part of their takings between
September 2007 and September
Wang was jailed for three years
nine months and Liu for two
years three months when they
appeared for sentencing in the New
Plymouth District Court.
Inland Revenue investigations
and advice group manager Tony
Morris said the couple’s offending
was a “blatant case of people who
foolishly think that they can get
away with not paying their fair
share of tax”.
He said it amounted to tax evasion
at the extreme end of the spectrum.
“O ur investigators calculated
that cash sales in excess of $2.5
million were not declared over the
five years of offending. This meant
the businesses evaded paying more
than $1 million in tax.
“ It also enabled the couple to repay
a $380,000 mortgage in just two
years, all while they were claiming
Working for Families tax credits
because of their supposed modest
personal income,” Mr Morris said.
Because the couple failed to
declare the business’s full earnings,
Wang’s personal income tax
liability was also significantly
under-reported. He evaded paying
more than $1.1m in GST and
income tax, and received more than
$50,000 in Working for Families
Soon after Inland Revenue started
prosecution action against them,
Wang and Liu sold their New
Plymouth home and Wang sold his
three businesses, for warding much
of the proceeds to bank accounts
in China. They also withdrew large
sums of cash from ATMs and
banks throughout the North Island.
“This sort of despicable behaviour
really undermines the tax system,”
Mr Morris said.
“ While the vast majority of
taxpayers are doing the right thing,
there are people like Wang and Liu
who think they can get away with
ripping off decent New Zealanders.
The taxes this couple didn’t pay to
Inland Revenue would have gone
towards vital Government ser vices,
such as hospitals, schools and
welfare,” he said.
Wang had earlier pleaded guilty in
the New Plymouth District Court
to 42 charges of personal tax fraud
and 16 charges relating to company
taxes for Top International Trading
Ltd, but had disputed the amount
of the fraud.
Liu was found guilty on 16 tax
evasion charges but not convicted
in relation to the later alleged tax
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
Pair jailed for tax fraud
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