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A 25-year-old Mount Albert
man appeared in the Auckland
District Court yesterday afternoon
charged with murdering 24-year-
old Nathan Pukeroa. Mr Pukeroa,
24, died in the early hours of last
Thursday on Renton Road outside
a home he was visiting. A second
man, 22, was seriously injured by the
same attacker and police believe all
parties were known to each other.
The accused was granted name
suppression by Judge Ajit Singh.
He was remanded in custody until
December 24, when he will receive
a psychiatric assessment, before
his second appearance at the High
Court at Auckland on January 27.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Crushed man named
The man crushed between two
trucks at a Christchurch work site
on Wednesday has been named
by police. Colin Andrew Craig,
65, from Christchurch, died in
hospital after the accident at GVI
Logistics in Ivan Jamieson Place,
near Christchurch International
Airport at 10.15am. He was rushed
to Christchurch Hospital emergency
department with serious injuries
but later died. The death has been
referred to the coroner. — NZ ME
Children hurt in fire
Two children were injured in a
house fire in Auckland yesterday.
One suffered burns to the face and
the other to the stomach in the fire
at a Housing New Zealand home
in Archboyd Avenue in Mangere
East. The Fire Ser vice was called to
the blaze at 4.09pm. “ It was a fire
in the ceiling void and there were
two children burned,” northern
fire communications shift manager
Megan Ruru said. “ The brigade
ventilated the house and left it in the
hands of the Housing New Zealand
rep.” — NZME
The man who died in a tractor
accident on Waiheke Island on
Sunday has been named by police.
Gordon Kenneth Sale, also known
as Gudge, died when the tractor he
was using to tow a boat tipped over,
trapping him underneath. He was
on his way to go fishing. He died at
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
The lawyer who represented
internet mogul Kim Dotcom has
been appointed a judge of the
High Court. Attorney-General
Chris Finlayson announced the
appointment of Auckland QC Paul
Davison yesterday. — NZ ME
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55, 57, 60, 69, 70, 71, 75, 77, 80. Draw
25, 27, 31, 39, 43, 46, 49, 59, 62, 73, 74.
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35, 36, 41, 44, 45, 48, 51, 52, 54, 57, 63,
71, 72, 74. Draw No 12023: 8, 9, 11,
14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 24, 35, 38, 44, 49,
50, 60, 64, 67, 77, 79.
Tv set crushes toddler in ‘tragic accident ’
A 20-year-old man accused
of murdering Dunedin woman
Karin Ann Ross has been
remanded in custody following a
The man appeared in the
yesterday. He was granted name
suppression and will reappear on
Dunedin CIB staff yesterday
arrested and charged the man
with the murder of the 51-year-
old cleaning ser vices worker.
Detective Inspector Darryl
Sweeney said on Wednesday
night the man charged was
known to Ms Ross.
A member of the public alerted
emergency ser vices about 2am
on December 2 after discovering
Ms Ross’s body in the car park
of Spotless cleaning ser vices, for
which she worked, in Strathallan
Police would not comment on
the circumstances surrounding
the man’s arrest, whether he faced
other charges, or the findings of a
post-mortem examination on the
victim. — Otago Daily Times
Dunedin murder remand
The driver of a car that
crashed, killing one man and
injuring two others, is the son of
Christchurch’s infamous “Black
Widow ” murderer, Stuff.co.nz
The Wednesday night crash
killed Nicholas Brent Morrison,
Two other people were injured
when the Subaru hit two parked
vehicles on Wairakei Road about
A 25-year-old woman was
seriously injured and a 24-year-
old man, reported to be Adams
Kearns, the son of convicted
murderer Helen Milner, received
moderate injuries in the crash.
afternoon the woman remained
in Christchurch Hospital in a
serious condition, and the man
believed to be Mr Kearns was
recovering at home.
Detective sergeant Geoff
Ruddick said the cause of the
crash was being investigated,
but it was believed speed was a
“significant contributing factor”.
This is not the first time Mr
Kearns has hit headlines.
In April, he appeared in the
Christchurch District Court
after being arrested late last year
on suspicion of dealing drugs.
He pleaded guilty to selling
cannabis, possession of cannabis,
and unlawful possession of a
firearm. He was sentenced to
eight months’ home detention
and 150 hours’ community work.
Then, in July, he was sentenced
to four months’ home detention
and 250 hours of community
work after he was found guilty
of punching and stomping on
former All Black Justin Marshall
outside a Q ueenstown bar on
Good Friday in 2013. — NZ ME
Son of ‘Black Widow’
driver in fatal crash
A 17-month-old boy is in Starship
after a television set allegedly fell on
him at his Oamaru home this week.
Police would not comment on how
the boy, who was originally identified
by police as being 14 months old,
received his injuries but said there
was nothing to suggest the matter
was suspicious or criminal.
Stuff.co.nz reported the boy is
Daniel Milliken, and he received
serious head injuries after climbing
a set of drawers that had a television
“The drawers toppled and the
television fell on him landing on his
head,” his 20-year-old half brother
Michael Clarke said.
St John spokesman Ian Henderson
said paramedics were called to the
corner of Thames Highway and
Foyle Street at 4.13pm on Tuesday.
He said the boy was taken in a
“ very serious” condition to Oamaru
Hospital, and he was subsequently
flown to Dunedin Hospital.
The boy was later flown to
Auckland’s Starship hospital.
It was understood he had
undergone brain surgery.
Dunedin detective senior sergeant
Malcolm Inglis said the incident
appeared to be a “tragic accident ”.
“ Police do not believe there to
be any suspicious circumstances
surrounding the injuries,” he said.
“ While there appears to be no
suspicious circumstances, police are
still making some inquiries with
a scene examination completed
The family was being supported, he
said. — NZ ME
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An explosion ripped a “massive hole”
in the side of a 12-storey commercial
building during a blaze in Takapuna,
Auckland, last night.
The drama unfolded in the BDO
tower on Como Street.
Witnesses described seeing smoke
pouring from the building before the
blast shattered windows on the fifth
floor, showering a walkway beneath
with broken glass.
Daniel Hines said the fire started on
the fifth floor and quickly spread.
He counted five aerial units with
large ladders, which were being used
to douse the building with water.
The initial call to the Fire Ser vice
came in about 9pm, he said.
Another witness said the fire
appeared to be confined to one floor
but had spread very quickly.
“It was at least a quarter of the floor
up in smoke,” said the man, who
wanted to be known only as Sam.
About 17 fire trucks and 15 police
officers were at the scene at the height
of the incident.
Bhru Soni was working in a nearby
building when the alarm activated and
he had to evacuate.
Moments later, he was standing on
the roadside and saw smoke coming
from the building.
“ We saw smoke for 10 to 15 seconds,
then we saw fire. We just saw the fire
shatter all the windows.”
The fire was extinguished by about
Waitemata Fire Ser vice area
commander Denis O’Donoghue said
emergency ser vices were alerted to the
blaze just after 9pm.
He said the fire had been easily
extinguished. It was lucky it was not
further up the high-rise because it
might have been harder for firefighters
He said damage was mainly
restricted to level five and minimal
damage on level six. There would be
some smoke damage in the rest of the
building, he said. No one was injured.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Spectacular fire in office block
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
The building ablaze in Como Street, Takapuna, last night.
People will be able to
look for an official “cyber
security tick” when they
use businesses, under a
Government proposal to
reduce cyber crime.
Those with good cyber
security practices would be
able to display the tick, in a
similar way to schemes that
acknowledge healthy food
or energy efficient appliances.
The tick scheme is proposed in the
Government ’s refreshed cyber security
strategy, launched in Auckland today by
Communications Minister Amy Adams.
Other new initiatives include the
establishment of a national “CERT” —
a computer emergency response team,
or expert group, that handles computer
security incidents and will be the
first port of call for organisations and
individuals needing help; and a review
of the Crimes Act 1961 and other
legislation to see if changes are needed
to more easily address cybercrime.
An estimated 856,000 New Zealanders
were victim to on-line crime last year,
with economic losses of about $257
Ms Adams said the cyber security tick
was proposed for small businesses, and
could be similar to the United Kingdom’s
Cyber Essentials scheme.
“ It will enable small businesses to
demonstrate to their customers and
business connections that they have put
in place the basic cyber security practices.
“Small and medium businesses need to
take steps to protect their on-line records
as much as they keep their buildings and
physical assets safe.”
Meanwhile, documents published
by the Government Communications
Security Bureau have revealed the
Cortex system Prime Minister John Key
made public to counter claims of mass
sur veillance of New Zealanders is now
being aimed at the internet
ser vice providers handling
the e-mails and on-line
data of the public.
But the GCSB said
New Zealanders’ com-
munications were safe,
with the “eligible” internet
ser vice providers (ISPs)
carrying less than 1% of the
country’s internet traffic.
Cortex was revealed at
last year’s election amid allegations
of mass surveillance by US National
Edward Snowden and journalist Glenn
The details on the GCSB website say it
is carrying out a “malware free networks”
pilot with an ISP which could later
be rolled out to others. It says it is not
compulsory for ISPs to join and ISPs
are obliged to tell customers their data is
On Tuesday, Mr Key questioned
whether a proposal he has previously
rejected — attaching the Cortex cyber
security programme to the Southern
Cross internet cable linking New Zealand
to Australia and the United States —
should be revisited to give wider cyber
protection to New Zealand companies.
He made the suggestion while
questioning the acting director of the
Government Communications Security
Bureau, Una Jagose, at the intelligence
and security committee.
Mr Key said he had canned the original
proposal because of the potential anxiety
of it being seen as mass sur veillance but
he asked if an argument could be made,
with enough public debate, for it to
happen to protect smaller companies.
At present, the GCSB uses Cortex to
mount cyber defence on Government
agencies and strategically important
private companies — and only with their
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Chased car crashes
A man sustained head
injuries after being thrown
from his vehicle during an
early morning police chase in
Police say the 25-year-old
from Q ueenstown was seen
driving his Subaru “in an
evasive manner” between Athol
Street and Shotover Street at
When officers got out of
their car to stop the driver, he
fled, travelling at speed in the
direction of Arthurs Point on
Gorge Road, sergeant Tracey
Haggart said. While police
were in pursuit, the car went
down a bank in Gorge Road,
overturned and rolled 20m, she
The man was taken to
Lakes District Hospital with
moderate injuries, and for a
Police had spoken to the man
and were investigating the
Charges were likely, Ms
— Otago Daily Times
Two lovers accused of plotting the
bloody execution of one of their spouses
have both been found guilty of murder.
Amandeep Kaur, 32, and Gurjinder
Singh, 27, were held jointly responsible
for slitting the throat of Kaur’s husband,
35-year-old Davender Singh, as he sat
in his car on a south Auckland road on
August 7 last year.
After a second day of deliberation,
the jury returned the guilty verdicts
yesterday afternoon in the High Court
The victim’s neck was so deeply severed
a pathologist classed it as “partial
decapitation” and said blood would have
sprayed from the wound.
The defendants, who worked at Sistema
plastics in Penrose together, had an affair
which lasted several months, before
Gurjinder Singh’s wife discovered the
betrayal through Facebook messages.
She informed Davender Singh.
Three weeks later he bled to death in
his Honda Torneo on Norman Spencer
The Crown said when the infidelities
were uncovered by their respective
partners, the pair plotted to kill the
victim so they could be together.
They were unable to call or text any
more because of their spouses’ increased
scrutiny, so they resorted to secret
Police found the notes — most of
which were written by Kaur — at the
workplace and in Gurjinder Singh’s car.
The Crown said the messages showed
the depth of the passion between the
defendants and their commitment to
the fatal plot.
Crown prosecutor Natalie Walker said
Kaur concocted or at least exaggerated a
story of regular beatings she suffered at
the hands of her husband, in a bid to get
the support of Gurjinder Singh.
On the night of the murder, Gurjinder
Singh followed Kaur and her husband
when he picked her up from work and
struck when they pulled over to talk.
Though it was unclear who caused
the fatal wound, Ms Walker said it did
not matter because both were equally
However, she said it was most likely
Gurjinder Singh wielded the knife while
Kaur held her husband in his seat.
While giving evidence throughout the
four and a half-week trial, Kaur admitted
there was a plan to kill but said the day
before the murder she had withdrawn
from it and reconciled with her husband.
Gurjinder Singh rejected the existence
of such a plan and said he turned up
at the scene after Kaur had stabbed
Davender Singh to death, taking away
evidence only when she threatened to
The jury rejected both versions of
There was no audible reaction from the
dock or public gallery when the verdicts
were handed down, but some in the
gallery had faint smiles.
Justice Graham Lang convicted the
pair of murder and gave them warnings
under the three strikes law. They will be
sentenced in February next year.
Smoked chicken recall
A brand of smoked chicken has
been recalled because it may be
Santa Rosa Foods is recalling
its 1kg manuka smoked chicken
after discovering that the product
“may appear to be undercooked”,
according to the Ministry for
MPI said the chicken should
not be eaten if it had the batch
number 169052 and a best-
before date of January 1, 2016.
“There have been no reports
of illness, however any person
concerned about their health
should seek medical advice,” an
MPI statement said.
People who have bought the
chicken can call 0800 736728 to
get a full refund.
The recall does not affect any of
the Christchurch brand’s other
products and the chicken is not
exported. — NZ ME
Dead climber named
The woman who died in Mount
Aspiring National Park this week
was the daughter of a prominent
Nicole Leman, 24, died on
Tuesday climbing the Matukituki
Alaska Dispatch News reported
the dead woman was the youngest
daughter of former Lieutenant-
Governor Loren Leman.
He told the newspaper she was
a happy and daring child and he
was heartbroken at her loss.
She travelled to New Zealand
to pursue her love of hiking and
“She wanted to climb in a
beautiful area,” Mr Leman said.
“It’s beautiful here too, but she
wanted to experience that in a
different place. ”
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Lovers found guilty of slaying
Spreading Christmas cheer was the
aim of a group of IT professionals
who teamed up with Food Share
Dunedin to bake Christmas cakes and
shortbread for the city’s elderly.
About 50-60 parcels containing
cake, shortbread and chocolate were
put together by eight Firebrand staff
members and seven Food Share
volunteers at Otago Polytechnic
Firebrand is Food Share’s principal
sponsor and it was a chance for staff to
“give back’’ to the community, owner
Rebecca Twemlow said.
“ Today is about the team coming
together,’’ Mrs Twemlow said. “It’s a
way to give back at this time of the
year (and) it ’s been great. ”
Food Share founder and chief
executive Deborah Manning said
even though her organisation did
many events throughout the year,
this was the first time they had run a
Christmas-themed event. “ We provide
the initiative for corporates to come
and . . . get involved,’’ Ms Manning
said. ‘’Everybody feels good about
what they do.’’
The polytechnic provided the
kitchen to the group at no cost and
Gilbert ’s Fine Food owner Kevin
Gilbert was on hand to provide
guidance with baking.
— Otago Daily Times
Holiday fare for the aged
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Firebrand owner Rebecca Twemlow, left, helps Firebrand employee Kate
Boreham and accountant Carolyn Northover prepare Christmas parcels for
Age Concern Otago at Otago Polytechnic yesterday.
Fire rages in Marlborough forest
Fire crews in Marlborough face many
days work to control a forest fire which
has swept through hundreds of hectares
of pine trees.
The blaze started yesterday afternoon
in a commercial pine forest plantation
belonging to Nelson Forests, a few
kilometres to the south of the Wairau
Valley ’s township.
Last night more than 750ha of pine
trees had been destroyed and people have
moved out of at least two isolated homes
in the area south-west of Blenheim. The
heat was so intense ground crews were
being kept back from the blaze until it is
safe to set up containment lines.
Principal rural fire officer Richard
McNamara told RNZ this morning 14
aircraft and about 60 firefighters started
working at the scene about 6am and
would take many days to bring the blaze
“ We may get some containment around
it by the end of today particularly in
the higher priority areas where it could
conceivably start threatening the remote
properties up in the Waihopi, but this is
going to be a long battle. “
The fire is the second major blaze this
month in the region which is suffering
extremely dry conditions. About 450ha
of pine forest in the Waikakaho Valley
was destroyed last week in a fire which
began during commercial logging
“ Like last week it’s just taking one day
at a time,” Mr McNamara said.
He said crews were focusing on trying
to control parts of the outer edges of the
The plan today was to carry out a series
of water-bombings, with back-up from
ground crews. — N Z N
Neighbour saves man from blaze
A man is lucky to be alive thanks to his
neighbour thumping on the door of his
smoke-filled house after he fell asleep
Fire Ser vice southern shift manager
Rewi Grace said just before midnight
the neighbour investigated a fire alarm
coming from the house next door on
Wilkin Street, Temuka.
“ He went outside, there was smoke
coming out of the neighbour’s property
so he’s banging on his door and rung us,”
Mr Grace said.
Just as the Temuka fire volunteers
arrived a man stumbled out of the house
suffering from smoke inhalation.
Mr Grace said the man had fallen
asleep, leaving a pot on a hot stove,
which caught alight. — NZ ME
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