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Dead teen named
Police say it could be months before
they know what caused the death of
19-year-old James Elliott who died
unexpectedly at his Henderson flat.
Mr Elliott was found dead by St John
staff in his bed at 9am on Tuesday.
A post-mortem examination could
not establish the cause of Mr Elliott ’s
death. Detective senior sergeant
Roger Small said an investigation
could take “weeks or months”.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Sentencing put off
The sentencing of a Whangarei
policeman for assaulting a prisoner
in the back of a police car has been
delayed. Richard Soper, 38, was
found guilty in a judge-alone trial
in the Whangarei District Court to
assaulting Wiremu Henare, now 18,
on August 27, last year. Soper had
been remanded on bail for sentencing.
The judge did not enter a conviction
against Soper. Yesterday, the
sentencing was put off until February
5, when Soper’s lawyer will apply for
a discharge without conviction. —
A man accused of attacking a
homeless man in an Auckland park
has been charged with manslaughter.
The 47-year-old defendant was
originally charged with assaulting
Teina Wharawhara after the
November 11 incident. Yesterday a
charge of manslaughter was added at
Auckland District Court. The accused
has been granted interim name
suppression until his next appearance
in the High Court at Auckland later
this month. — NZME
Fatal crash charge
Police have charged a 29-year-
old man with dangerous driving
causing death, after a fatal vehicle
crash south of Herbert on Sunday.
The man, who police had in earlier
reports confirmed was a foreign
national, is due in the Oamaru
District Court on December 8. Craig
Alan Chambers, 39, of Motueka,
died when his motorcycle was hit
by an oncoming rental car near
Waianakarua Road, about 20km
south of Oamaru. Six other people
were injured. — Otago Daily Times
Boaties safe after mishap
Two men had to be treated for
hypothermia after their boat capsized
at a Hawke’s Bay beach yesterday.
The men, aged 54 and 62, managed
to make it safely to shore after their
boat overturned while coming in
to Waimarama Beach. A rescue
helicopter picked the men up from the
beach and flew them to the Hawke’s
Bay Regional Hospital. — NZ ME
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49, 55, 58, 60, 62, 67, 71, 72. Draw No
11993: 1, 8, 17, 28, 31, 39, 42, 43, 44,
46, 50, 52, 61, 62, 65, 66, 67, 70, 76, 79.
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34, 37, 38, 39, 44, 47, 50, 55, 59, 64, 69,
71, 75, 78. Draw No 11995: 4, 10, 11,
21, 22, 25, 27, 28, 30, 43, 46, 54, 56, 58,
60, 65, 68, 74, 75, 78.
Govt to gift $2.5m abattoir to Saudi businessman
A businessman has been fined for
obstructing investigations after children
were injured in an inflatable slide
At least six children were injured when
the slide collapsed at the Masterton
Agricultural and Pastoral Show in
Work Safe New Zealand said
businessman Eric Mitchell Gerritsen
“ Mr Gerritsen repeatedly failed to
provide information and documents he
was required to supply over a period of
months,” Work Safe said yesterday.
“ By refusing to co-operate, Mr
Gerritsen effectively prevented Work
Safe from possibly learning valuable
lessons for other inflatable slide operators
to prevent similar incidents,” Work Safe
chief inspector Keith Stewart said.
Work Safe said Gerritsen was yesterday
found guilty in the Hamilton District
Court of one offence under the Health
and Safety in Employment Act.
He was fined $115,000. — NZ ME
Man fined for
A passenger in a crashed vehicle “swung
punches” at two firefighters who were
trying to help other injured passengers, a
Central Otago court has heard.
Mathew Hill Tamakehu, 54, shed hand,
of Alexandra, was able to walk away from
the November 11 crash in the Kawarau
Gorge, which severely injured two other
passengers, the Alexandra District Court
was told yesterday.
Prosecutor sergeant Penny Stratford
said the group had been drinking since
about 2pm and left Alexandra to drive to
Queenstown, but the driver lost control
of the vehicle and crashed into a barrier
about 1km north of the Roaring Meg at
Emergency ser vices were called. A
front-seat passenger was trapped in the
vehicle and the Cromwell Volunteer Fire
Brigade was called to help.
The firefighters were trying to help but
were obstructed by Tamakehu, who was
sitting in the driver’s seat, Ms Stratford
He became abusive and started
swinging punches, hitting one firefighter
in the ribs, taking his breath away, and
hitting another firefighter on the chin.
They had no lasting injuries as a result of
the assault, Ms Stratford said.
The defendant had to be restrained until
the police arrived at the scene. Tamakehu
declined to make any comment to police
about the incident.
Yesterday he pleaded guilty to two
summary offence assaults of firefighters
and was remanded on bail for sentencing
on February 25 to allow restorative
justice to be carried out.
Judge Kevin Phillips asked for
emotional harm reports.
While on bail, Tamakehu was not
allowed to consume alcohol or drugs or
associate with the assault victims, the
Justine Baird appeared as duty counsel
and said the defendant opposed an
in-court photograph being taken and
wanted to get a lawyer to make written
submissions about it.
Judge Phillips said the case was a
matter of public interest because of the
high level of publicity about the incident
and granted permission for an in-court
photo. — Otago Daily Times
The Government is about to spend
more than $2.5 million of taxpayers’
money building an abattoir for a
disaffected Saudi businessman.
The kit-set abattoir is part of the
Government ’s $12m attempt to
appease him, RNZ reported today.
It has already given the influential
Al-Khalaf, $4m and flew 900 pregnant
sheep to his farm — from which
nearly all the lambs subsequently died.
Mr Al-Khalaf has opposed New
Zealand getting a free trade deal in
The Economic Development
Minister Steven Joyce said $2.6m will
now be spent building Mr Al-Khalaf
The abattoir will be gifted to the
Saudi government then installed on
the businessman’s farm in the Saudi
desert, which the Government said
doubles as a New Zealand agri-hub.
However, Mr Joyce said there was
still no movement on a free trade deal
with the Gulf States.
“Nothing more we can do about it
until the GCC (Gulf Co-operation
Council) agrees, we’re just waiting at
this point,” Mr Joyce said.
Labour Party trade and export
growth spokesman David Clark said
it was time the Government stopped
pouring taxpayer money into the
Saudi businessman’s pocket.
“This whole programme has been an
embarrassment to the Government
from start to finish, the minister needs
to rule out any further development
of his failed project.
“ It is time New Zealand taxpayers
had assurance that their money was
not being frittered away frivolously to
poor ends,” Mr Clark said.
Executive director of Save Animals
From Exploitation (SAFE) Hans Kriek
said animals were killed without pre-
stunning in the Middle East, something
that was illegal in New Zealand.
“The New Zealand Government
would be facilitating cruelty to
animals, the type of cruelty that would
illegal and punishable by jail terms in
The Government has refused to
rule out giving Mr Al-Khalaf more
money, or sending more livestock to
his desert farm. — NZ N
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A smouldering bonfire proved
costly for a homeowner after
it ignited a land-based 15m
trimaran, trees and neighbouring
sheds in a backyard in south
The boat was all but destroyed,
along with outlying sheds and
scorched pine trees.
The fire reached the garage
adjoining the house, but the
house was not damaged.
Black smoke from the boat was
visible across south Wairarapa,
with a neighbour spotting the
smoke as he was heading down
Lake Ferry Road.
The man, who would only give
his name as Rob, said he “knew
it would be the boat ” from the
amount of smoke.
He commiserated with the
homeowner, who did not wished
to be named or make a comment.
Up to five appliances and two
hazardous material units from
Greytown and Rimutaka in
Upper Hutt descended on the
French Street cul-de-sac in
Martinborough, shortly before
9am to find the boat, sheds and
trees well alight and the house
A command post to run fire
crews in shifts, in breathing
apparatus, was set up, and the
blaze was brought under control
in an hour.
Martinborough chief fire
officer Bill Butzbach said the
homeowner had lit a permitted
rubbish fire on Wednesday and
thought he had extinguished the
fire that night. “ He hadn’t, and he
didn’t check it this morning, and
of course, now there’s a wind.
“He’s lit it too close to
“ It ’s crazy — I’m surprised it
didn’t go up when he lit the fire.”
The crews ran five hoses into
the property and had to work
“very hard” to stop the fire from
spreading, he said.
An unexpected hazard was
beehives on the property, with
“ bees getting excited” though no-
one was stung, he said.
Rural fire officer Porky Sexton
said he had written out a fire
permit on Wednesday and felt
“near sick” when he was phoned
about the blaze.
“ I got told there was this big fire
and it dawned on me, it ’s this one.
“He told me, he would only do a
little fire. I was bloody near sick, I
couldn’t believe it.
“ You can tell people black and
blue and they just don’t listen.
People just don’t realise how dry
it is out here.”
— NZ ME-Wairarapa Times-Age
Rubbish fire destroys boat
PICTURE: Wairarapa Times-Age
Fire crews scramble to contain a boat fire on French Street, Martinborough, after winds blew embers
from the bonfire in the foreground into vegetation.
A Malaysian military
man believed in black
magic, including a spell
that meant if he defecated
outside a woman’s house
she would fall in love with
him, a court has heard.
Crown prosecutor Grant
Rizalman bin Ismail, 39,
at the High Court in
Wellington in a disputed
facts hearing today, Fairfax
Rizalman had changed
his plea on the morning of his trial on
Monday on one charge of indecently
assaulting Tania Billingsley on May 10,
2014 following the attack in her home in
the Wellington suburb of Brooklyn.
Mr Burston said: “It was the reason
you took off your belt and lowered your
trousers and underpants outside this
young woman’s front door on the patio.
“ It was more about black magic than
about having to go to the toilet in an
Rizalman said no, but admitted he
believed in black magic and that a
superior officer had put a spell on him.
Mr Burston also asked about Rizalman
about going into Cosmic Corner on
Cuba Street on May 2, and buying
Rizalman admitted he had but would
not admit he had used it.
He said he could not remember asking
two women working there if they had
boyfriends or wanting to go for a drink.
Burston asked him if he remembered
one of the women asking him to leave
her alone, and a male staff member
having to usher him from the shop.
Rizalman said he did not.
The Crown prosecutor then asked
him about going to Mermaids bar in
Courtenay Place twice when he felt
Rizalman said he went to listen to
music and release tension.
Another woman was followed by him
in a car after she saw him staring at her
through a shop window, only the day
before he went to Ms Billingsley ’s home.
Rizalman denied wanting to have sex
with the shop assistants or the girls at
He left New Zealand
after Malaysia invoked
diplomatic immunity, in
the belief it did so with
the blessing of the New
He returned to New
Zealand escorted by police
after extradition hearings
were filed in Malaysia.
At the time of the attack
he had been working
at the Malaysian High
Commission as a staff
assistant to the Malaysian
Ms Billingsley waived her right to
name suppression before a District
Two other charges, of assault with
intent to commit sexual violation and
burglary, were discharged by Justice
Rizalman began by outlining his life,
joining the Malaysian Armed Forces in
1994 and taking his first overseas posting
to the Malaysian High Commission in
Wellington in 2013.
He said he was married with three
children. His job had been a staff
assistant to the defence adviser.
A Crown summary of facts said
Ms Billingsley had been home alone
watching a movie in her bedroom.
Rizalman took off his trousers and
under wear before going into the house
through the closed but unlocked front
In the kitchen he then took off his
jacket as well before knocking on her
partially-open bedroom door and
pushing it open.
He asked her if he could come in.
Ms Billingsley looked up and saw him
wearing only a shirt and naked from
the waist down. She screamed at him
to leave. Rizalman put his hands on her
shoulders but she managed to push him
into the living room then out of the flat
before locking him out.
She then locked herself in the
bathroom and called police. A flatmate’s
boyfriend arrived home and challenged
Rizalman who was still outside the front
Rizalman began walking away but was
stopped down the road by the police.
The imported frozen berries linked
to a hepatitis A health scare have
been identified and recalled.
“The company is FSL Foods, and
the brand being recalled is Fruzio
Mixed Berries sold in 1kg and
500g bags. This product contains
blackberries and strawberries,” the
Ministry for Primary Industries
“If you have this product at home
it should be discarded,” MPI’s Peter
“O ur investigation is ongoing and,
at this stage, our advice concerning
all imported frozen berries stays the
same,” Mr Thomson added.
Elderly people and those with
chronic liver damage were advised
to avoid imported frozen berries that
had not been heat-treated.
“ People should wash their hands
before eating and preparing food.
Anyone who is concerned should
briefly boil any frozen berries before
eating them, or ensure cooking
exceeds 85degC for one minute,” Mr
The ministry said it was thankful to
FSL Foods “for its full co-operation”
in the recall.
MPI said it could not rule out
“This is an evolving and complex
situation and we were able to reach
this conclusion because of new
genetic evidence about the virus
and a continuing examination of the
supply chain,” Mr Thomson said.
MPI said people concerned about
potential health risks should talk to
their doctor or phone the Ministry of
FSL owner Mike Glover said he
was “devastated” and was in touch
with his Chinese berry supplier.
“ We’re obviously devastated that a
product that we have sold to our loyal
customers has been found to have
traces of hepatitis A.”
Mr Glover said his Nelson-based
firm had been importing from the
Shandong-based suppliers for seven
Mr Glover said the suppliers
were “very reputable processors”
who supplied numerous customers
“ We are now taking all steps that
we can to affect immediate recall and
to then follow up with our suppliers
to try and isolate, where possible, the
issue,” Mr Glover said.
He said FSL was happy with how
MPI handled the situation.
A microbiologist said the most
likely source of the problem was
contamination with faeces or
faecal-contaminated water during
Dr John Brooks, Microtech Ser vices
director, said hepatitis A caused liver
disease, which was rarely fatal, but
could cause debilitating symptoms.
These symptoms included nausea,
vomiting, fever, and jaundice.
“ It is shed in the faeces of the
infected individual,” Dr Brooks said.
“ Hepatitis A does not colonise
plants and fruits and cannot multiply
on them, so if frozen berries have
indeed caused the four recent cases
seen in New Zealand, it is because
the berries have been contaminated
with faeces during handling.
“The contamination has most likely
come from an infected food handler,
but might have come from human
waste used for field irrigation or from
faecally contaminated water used in
Dr Brooks said the virus could take
up to 50 days to cause symptoms in
“. . . It is very difficult to trace the
cause of the infection,” he added.
MPI said earlier this year a hepatitis
A in Australia was linked to pre-
packaged berries. The ministry said
there were concerns in New Zealand
last year when a Hawke’s Bay fruit
packhouse worker was diagnosed
with the disease. — NZ ME
Berry importer ‘devastated’ over hepatitis link
Dotcom gains access to Hong Kong funds
Kim Dotcom has partially
unlocked access to a $50 million
pool of cash in Hong Kong to pay
for living expenses and legal bills
after telling a judge he had no more
money available in New Zealand, it
has been reported.
A written judgment is not yet
available but South China Morning
Post is reporting the internet
entrepreneur got access to $80,000
a month after telling a Hong Kong
judge he was broke and needed
access to money in Hong Kong
seized at the request of the United
Mr Dotcom is facing extradition
to the US along with three others
living in New Zealand after the
2012 raid that saw his Megaupload
business shut down. A judge is
deciding whether the US has
presented enough evidence to
It has been almost four years since
the raid, at which time the US
sought court orders in a range of
countries restraining Mr Dotcom’s
wealth. In New Zealand, he has
been able to argue for access to
millions of dollars of restrained
money for living and legal expenses.
The $50m in Hong Kong, where
Dotcom and Megaupload had been
based, was also restrained, although
a successful legal challenge a year
ago opened the way for the money
to be unlocked.
The Post reported that Dotcom’s
lawyer, Gerard McCoy, SC, told the
court his client ’s “hands were tied
behind his back” and denying access
to the money was “not allowing
him to use his own money to
defend the cases against him”. Mr
McCoy splits work between Hong
Kong and a post as a professor at
the University of Canterbury.
Aside from the money for living
expenses, about $600,000 was also
sought for legal expenses although
it was not reported whether it was
a lump sum or monthly payments.
The application was opposed
with allegations Mr Dotcom had
failed to declare all his assets.
There were claims Mr Dotcom had
not declared details of his living
costs, including large sums paid in
The court found the details were
declared in New Zealand hearings.
“I am satisfied that Dotcom is not
able to meet his own (expenses),” the
Post reported the judge as saying.
The original claim was reported as
being for $170,000 a month. A part
of the claim which sought money
to pay lawyers in New Zealand,
including Mr Dotcom’s former
lawyer, Paul Davison, QC, was
rejected. — N ZM E
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Mathew Hill Tamakehu appears
in the Alexandra District Court
Five soldiers have been thrown out of
the New Zealand Army for taking the
illegal drug N-bomb.
The soldiers have been discharged after
taking the psychoactive substance at
Labour Weekend, RNZ reported today.
Eight soldiers were admitted to
hospital in Palmerston North after
taking the drug.
Of the three other soldiers involved in
the Labour Weekend incident, two have
elected to go to a court-martial and one
has been referred for court-martial.
Earlier this week a soldier was
sentenced to 28 days in the Ser vices
Corrective Establishment in Burnham
after being found guilty of four drug
related charges and one alcohol related
charge, in an incident that was not
related to the Labour Weekend incident.
Major General Peter Kelly said he
would do everything he could to ensure
the army was free from illegal drugs.
Mr Kelly said he had sent a message
to his soldiers to ensure they understood
illegal drugs have no place in the Army
and NZDF and the consequences if they
ignore that message.
“ If any soldier is caught taking illegal
drugs or having illegal drugs in their
possession, they will be dealt with to the
full extent of the NZDF ’s ability. ”
for drug use
Former Hurricanes player David
Holwell’s father has been named as
the man killed on Wednesday when
his utility vehicle rolled on a farm
at Tamaterau, near Whangarei in
Police said today that Murray
John Holwell, 70, of Whangarei,
died at the scene of the incident.
Originally from Northland,
David Holwell played 76 games
for the Wellington Hurricanes
from 1998 to 2006, and for
Wellington in the NPC from
1996 to 2004.
He also spent a season with
the Blues and two seasons with
Irish club Leinster. He also was
a member of the Poneke Rugby
Club. — NZN
Former rugby star’s dad dies in crash
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