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Donation scam disgusts family
The theft of donations for the
family of an Oamaru toddler
who was critically injured when a
television set fell on him has left
family and friends “heartbroken’’
On December 8, 17-month-
old Daniel Milliken suffered
critical brain injuries after the
television fell on him in his
He was flown to D unedin
Hospital and then transferred to
Auckland’s Starship Children’s
His family had been prepared
for the worst, after being told
by doctors Daniel was unlikely
to sur vive once ventilators were
But he defied the odds.
“Each and every day his family
are so thankful to have him with
Sandy Annan, said.
A Facebook page scam —
“ Donations for Baby Daniel’’
was set up on December 10,
two days after the accident.
“The family found out on
the 17th that a lady had given
$200 and they had never heard
anything about it,’’ Ms Annan
The stories kept coming.
“Another guy in Napier had
donated $50,’’ she said.
The family was “disgusted’’ by
the deceit of the person who
set up the page and had no idea
how much had been taken from
The deception was made even
more painful by the woman’s
association with the family, Ms
back years. They were totally
heartbroken that someone could
have done something to them
like that,’’ she said.
“The thing that disgusts me
(about the scam) is that we all
went to Auckland to say our
goodbyes and she’s probably
there on the same day on her
Police are investigating.
Ms Annan has since set up a
legitimate Give A Little Page.
More than $5895 had been
given up to last night.
“It ’s really good. It’s what they
need,’’ she said.
Daniel was making good
progress with his recovery and
had gone into The Wilson
Centre, a child rehabilitation
clinic in Auckland.
“He could be there from
three weeks to three months,
but lately he’s been moving his
neck and the other day Diane
(Daniel’s mother) put a toy on
his bed and he leaned for ward
and started playing with it,’’ she
“He’s never going to be the
same again, but hopefully he will
be. The main thing is that he’s
still here with us.’’
Ms Annan was looking for ward
to having the family and her
“ little possum’’ Daniel home in
North Otago again soon.
— Otago D aily Times
The former manager of the Wanaka
Lakes Health Centre has been charged
with stealing more than $730,000 from
two associated companies.
Richard Gregory Beven, 41, was
arrested last week and charged with
stealing $679,629 from Wanacare Ltd
between August 5, 2011 and November
24 last year, and $57,194 from Lakes
After Hours Ltd between April 14, 2014
and November 24 last year.
The case went before a registrar in the
Queenstown District Court yesterday,
where his lawyer, Rachel Napier, did not
enter a plea.
Beven, who was not present in court,
was remanded on bail until February 9.
Until his alleged offending was
uncovered, he was employed as general
manager for Wanacare, which trades as
the Wanaka Lakes Health Centre.
Wanacare’s shareholders are the GP
partners of the township’s two medical
centres — Wanaka Medical Centre
and Aspiring Medical Centre — and
A statement issued by the company ’s
directors said the issue had caused
“considerable stress and distress” but had
not and would not affect the viability of
the Wanaka Lakes Health Centre or its
“ We want to reassure tenants and the
public that we will continue to provide
all our ser vices as usual.”
The statement said no public money
had been involved in the alleged
offending relating to Wanacare.
Beven is the sole shareholder and
director of Lakes After Hours, which
was established in early 2014 to contract
about 15 doctors to provide after-hours
ser vices in the township.
The two medical centres’ funding for
after-hours ser vices, which they receive
from the Southern DHB’s primary
health organisation, Wellsouth, is
channelled through the company.
Wellsouth chief executive Ian Macara
said he was “absolutely delighted” the
matter was before the courts.
“ We have been working closely with
the Wanaka GPs and the police in
The Wanaka Lakes Health Centre
opened in a purpose-built building in
Cardrona Valley Road in June 2011.
Its tenants include Otago Radiology, a
pharmacist, dentist and optometrist.
— Otago Daily Times
Richard Gregory Beven
A New Zealand man charged over a fatal
assault on a Brisbane teenager at the weekend
allegedly asked his mates, “Do you want to see
something funny?” before he delivered the killer
Police allege Daniel Jermaine Lee Maxwell
made the “callous” boast to co-accused
Armstrong Renata, also a New Zealander living
in Australia, before fatally striking Cole Miller,
18, on Sunday morning.
Mr Miller was instantly knocked out by the
force of the blow. He suffered massive brain
trauma and he died on Monday after his
family made the decision to turn off his life
Maxwell and Renata, both 21 and from
Auckland, were initially charged with grievous
bodily harm when the appeared in the Brisbane
Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
However yesterday they appeared for a
second time after police upgraded the charge
to unlawfully striking causing death. Both men
hit Mr Miller and have been jointly charged,
though it appears police allege the fatal hit
came from Maxwell.
The new charge was introduced in 2014 as part
of Queensland’s Safe Night Out legislation,
which aimed to tackle alcohol and drug-related
Strategies included tougher penalties to “make
it clear bad behaviour won’t be tolerated”.
Maxwell and Renata face life in prison if
The Gold Coast Bulletin revealed yesterday
that Renata recently joked on social media
He said his dream job would be a prison guard
getting paid to “beat up junkies”.
The Courier Mail reported that Maxwell
moved from Melbourne to Tanah Merah, an
outer suburb of Brisbane, three months ago
and was living with his uncle and cousin. His
parents still live in Auckland.
According to Renata’s Facebook page, which
had been deactivated after a barrage of angry
messages from Mr Miller’s friends, he is also
from Auckland and attended Manurewa High
At Maxwell’s first court appearance his lawyer,
Tim Clements, detailed the allegations against
Maxwell was alleged to have approached Mr
Miller and his friend and asked “if they wanted
“He is alleged to have thrown a punch at each
of them,” Mr Clements said.
After Renata’s second appearance yesterday
his lawyer, Mitch Cunningham, described his
client as being “very distressed”.
“He’s very stressed, very anxious, he’s never
been in custody before and the watch house is
pretty tough place,” he told media.
“It’s a very pretty serious charge, it carries
a life imprisonment with at least 80% to be
ser ved. I think it ’s safe to say it ’s a tragedy for
all involved. ”
Photographs on Renata’s Facebook page,
shared across the internet by Mr Miller’s
devastated friends, include one of his arm
tattoo, which reads: “Sometimes you have to
forget what ’s gone, appreciate what still remains
and look for ward to what ’s coming next. ”
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
The Aucklander who died canyoning deep
in the Coromandel bush at the weekend was a
passionate missionary who devoted his life to
helping others, his family said today.
The body of adventure sports enthusiast
Bradley Mark Syred, 32, was found in Sleeping
God Canyon in the Kauaeranga Valley in the
Coromandel on Saturday afternoon.
Police believe Mr Syred had attempted to
descend the canyon alone during a period of
high water levels, despite warning signs about
the rising water levels.
“The events leading up to and the cause of his
death are yet to be determined,” senior sergeant
Damion Rangitutia said.
Yesterday, Mr Syred’s family, including
parents Glen and Naomi Syred, of Stillwater in
Auckland, paid tribute to “a loving and devoted
son, brother, and friend”.
“He was passionate about helping people live
life to the fullest, in New Zealand and abroad,”
the family said in a prepared statement.
Mr Syred “dedicated two years of his life” to
working with homeless young people in India,
Brazil and Mozambique, his family said.
“ We are all inspired by the compassionate and
joyful way Brad lived,” the Syred family said.
“The depth of our heartache reflects how
much we love and miss Brad.”
A close friend, who did not wish to be
named, said Mr Syred, business manager of an
Auckland-based earthworks and cleanfilling
firm, was an inspirational figure to him and
“He basically spends his life uplifting others,”
“There is a huge amount we could learn from
The former Rangitoto College pupil was a
lover of adventure sports, especially partner
acrobatics, canyoning, caving, and hiking.
Police say while the circumstances of
Saturday ’s tragedy are yet to be confirmed, a
number of lessons have been identified which,
if learned, may help prevent similar tragedies.
“The first is to be aware of your skill levels
and we advise against people undertaking
adventure sports by themselves,” Mr Rangitutia
“Always leave your group’s intentions and
when you’ ll be back with family, friends or
accommodation providers and pay attention to
weather and take heed of warning signs. ”
The death has been reported to the coroner.
Thames canyoning victim a
missionary who loved to help others
A new sur vey has revealed the
types of risks pedestrians take
while out and about.
The nationwide sur vey was
carried out by Nielsen and
commissioned by IAG NZ,
parent company of insurance
providers AMI, State, NZI,
Lumley and Lantern.
Sur veyors asked about the
types of risky behaviour they
Of the 702 people sur veyed,
33% admitted to crossing the
road where they should not have.
Forty-eight per cent of people
admitted crossing the road and
having to wait in the middle for
traffic to clear on the other side.
People listening to music
loudly and failing to hear cars
coming totalled 6%, 10% of
people stepped out in front of a
car “by mistake”, 9% had a “near
miss” while walking behind a
reversing vehicle and 3% were
almost hit by a vehicle while
texting or talking on the phone
while crossing the road.
Figures from the Ministry of
Transport show that between
2010 and 2014, 60% of all car
crashes that involved pedestrians
happened when the person on
foot was crossing the road.
In 2014, 43 pedestrians were
killed, 221 were seriously
injured and 614 suffered minor
injuries, stinging the taxpayer
for about $405 million in social
Social costs can include loss
of life and life quality; loss of
productivity; and medical, legal,
court and property damage
Last year, pedestrian accidents
accounted for about 13% of all
social costs from crashes that
were fatal or in which someone
general manager Kevin Hughes
said drivers needed to be extra
vigilant over the summer when
more pedestrians were out.
“ Road users all share space
and responsibility but drivers
need to maintain extra vigilance
knowing pedestrians are prone to
distractions yet the consequences
can be fatal if hit by a car.”
New survey reveals the
risks pedestrians take
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