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The partial remains of an unknown
New Zealand soldier found on a
Western Front battlefield a century
after he was killed will be given a proper
burial next week.
The remains, found in Belgium, were
determined to be those of a World War
One New Zealand soldier by a brass
‘NZR’ shoulder title — worn by troops
of the Auckland, Canterbury, Otago and
Wellington infantry regiments.
The find was also made in an area
where the New Zealand Division was
active over the winter of 1917 to 1918.
Now, the remains will be buried
alongside the partial remains of two
British soldiers at the Perth (China Wall)
Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery
near Ieper (Ypres), in Belgium, in the
early hours of March 8 (NZ time).
The three sets of partial remains will be
buried in a single grave with a headstone
commemorating the national origin of
Perth (China Wall) Commonwealth
War Graves Cemetery was chosen
because it is the resting place of both
New Zealand Infantry and Lancashire
Fusiliers soldiers, the New Zealand
Defence Force said yesterday.
There are 19 known New Zealanders
buried and four unknown New
Zealanders commemorated in the
New Zealand will be represented at
the burial by New Zealand Ambassador
to Belgium His Excellency Gregory
Andrews and European-based NZDF
It is not uncommon for the remains
of World War One soldiers to be
discovered even today.
This is the third New Zealand
unknown soldier to be found in the past
five years — the other two were buried
This year, New Zealand commemorates
the 100th anniversaries of the Battle of
Messines on June 7 and the Battle of
Passchendaele on October 12.
It was on the Western Front that
New Zealand made its most significant
contribution to World War One, and
where it suffered the greatest loss of life
— N ZM E-New Zealand Herald
Regulations were breached but no
laws were broken, the Corrections
boss says after a report reveals
international torture conventions
were breached in detaining at-risk
The chief ombudsman’s report,
released yesterday, shows some
prisoners had their rights under the
United Nations torture convention
violated during restraints.
In one case, an Auckland prisoner
was secured to a tie-down bed for
16 hours at a time, for 37 nights
in a row.
In Otago, one inmate was almost
continuously kept in a waist
restraint with his hands cuffed
behind his back over a three-and-
a-half month period in 2016.
However, Corrections chief
executive Ray Smith says he
does not believe any laws were
“People made mistakes, there’s
no denying that. I don’t believe we
broke the law. Some regulations
were breached,” he told RNZ.
Mr Smith said he trusted his staff
and mental health professionals,
who were often placed in difficult
The Auckland prisoner was tied
up for nearly 600 hours, but Mr
Smith defends the actions of his
staff who restrained him.
Mr Smith said the inmate would
calculate when staff numbers were
most stretched and self-harm so he
would be sent to hospital.
He would rip open his stitches,
and insert objects in himself “in
order to get drugs”, Mr Smith said.
“Choices are forced, but you’re
not left with a lot of choices if
you’re trying to keep someone
Mr Smith said a better model of
care needed to be developed.
“ We got parts of this wrong, but
the motivations were right ... I
think we’ ll do better in the future.”
Partial remains of NZ soldier found on Western Front
An Indonesian judge has told a
New Zealand woman she should be
“thankful” for being arrested for drugs
in Bali, while urging her not to think
badly of the country.
Myra William was caught by
Denpasar Customs on August 31 after
she was seen “babbling ” in the line at
During an interview with customs
officer, prosecutors say a plastic pouch
containing 0.43g of methamphetamine,
or ice, was inside.
The 28-year-old told Denpasar Court
yesterday that she had been using
drugs for around a year while living
in Australia, and consumed about one
gram of ice a day.
“ You should be thankful that you were
arrested. If not, you’re still using it up to
now ... So, please don’t think Indonesia
as your bad luck,” Chief Judge Yanto
After asking her if she had a boyfriend
to which William replied she did
not — the judge said she should chose
one who does not use drugs.
“After you got released later on, would
you still have your holiday in Bali?” the
“ Yes,” William replied.
The maximum penalty for the
possession of less than five grams of
drugs carries a 12-year prison sentence,
while importation has a maximum of
However, William’s lawyers are
pushing for her to be convicted for drug
use — which carries a maximum four
years in prison.
The matter will return next week when
prosecutors are expected to request a
sentence. — N Z N
NZ woman should be
thankful — Bali judge
A leading worker’s union has
launched a petition asking to halt the
proposed closure of the iconic D unedin
landmark, the Cadbury factory.
The closure would cost nearly 400
people their jobs, Chas Muir, E Tu’s
industry co-ordinator, said.
New Zealanders have voiced their
dismay over the proposal by food giant,
Mondelez, threatening to boycott.
“ We know New Zealanders are
appalled by this, and we are urging
them to get on board, sign our petition
and join the fight to save Cadbury ’s
Dunedin business,” Mr Muir says.
“Send a clear message to Mondelez
that its ruthless corporate ethos is
unacceptable to people in this country.”
E tu called on chocolate fans weeks
ago not to boycott the company
because doing so will only speed up job
Actor Sam Neill ignored those
warnings, and took to social media
to express his anger at their Dunedin
factory closure annoucement last week.
Mr Neill, who is from D unedin, says
if Mondelez International presses on
with its decision to close the factory, he
will urge people to boycott.
“If Cadburys really close their factory
in D unedin, I will ask everyone here and
Australia to never sell or buy anything
Cadbury ever again,” he tweeted.
“ When Kraft etc close factories
like Cadbury NZ they save, while
ripping the guts out of a community
and its history.” Last week, Auckland
University of Technology marketing
expert Professor Roger Marshall says
he doubts it will greatly affect the giant
chocolate maker’s brand.
“Consumers have a pretty short
memory on these things, and it won’t be
long before chocolate lovers don’t really
care very much,” he said.
Petition launched to halt Cadbury closure
Michael Davies and Lance Murphy
had been friends for 30 years.
They met almost every day and cared
for each other’s partners.
Davies was godfather to one of
Mr Murphy’s children. Mr Murphy
would drop Davies’ children to
Yet on November 22, 2015, their
friendship seemed to count little as
Davies brandished a baseball bat on a
Puhoi hilltop, north of Auckland.
At his feet, Mr Murphy lay in a pool
of blood, hogtied with handcuffs and
cable ties and a hood over his head.
At one point, a desperate Mr Murphy
begged for help and “tried to yell ‘save
me’ to some c***s that weren’t there”,
Davies would later confess.
Finally, Davies selected a heavy tree
branch and delivered three powerful
finishing blows that caved Mr Murphy’s
On Wednesday, a jury at the
High Court of Auckland took two
and a half hours to find him guilty
of Mr Murphy’s kidnapping and
Outside the courtroom, Shannon
Murphy, backed by hugging family
members, said she had waited a long
time for justice.
“ Lance our brother was a loved
husband, son, brother, grandfather and
son, who should still be with us today,”
The verdict ended three weeks
of colourful and, at times, bizarre
Davies had claimed the killing was
He and other witnesses said Mr
Murphy was a hitman, whose 10
murder victims included the cold case
death of Jane Furlong, a man known as
“Mad ” Wayne Henderson and a steel
worker called Jim Donnelly.
Mr Murphy even murdered his
terminally ill wife because she stank
and her cancer treatment had become
too expensive, Davies said.
A police spokeswoman later told NZ
Newswire, there was no evidence to
support Davies’ claims.
Explaining he was a spiritual man,
Davies further claimed Mr Murphy’s
dead wife appeared to him as a spirit
urging him to take revenge against her
When he shared his belief Mr Murphy
had murdered his wife to a friend, he
claimed Mr Murphy began a campaign
to kill him, threatening to use him “as a
However, Crown prosecutor Gareth
Kayes rubbished Davies’ claims, saying
other witnesses described Mr Murphy
and his wife as a devoted couple.
He asked Davies, why if he was scared
of Mr Murphy, had he allowed him
to visit every day and to even drop his
children to school.
“ You are letting your kids go to school
with a serial killer?” he asked him.
Judge Anne Hinton agreed and, late
in the trial, ruled self defence could
not be considered by the jury as a valid
reason for Davies’ actions.
Mr Kayes said no one, not even
Davies, disputed he killed Mr Murphy,
nor that he intended to kill him when
he struck his head repeatedly.
While convinced Davies had not acted
in self defence, he told the jury, Davies’
muddled testimony meant they were
“never going to get to the truth” of why
he killed his old friend Mr Murphy.
Steve Gunbie, was found not guilty of
helping kidnap Mr Murphy and hiding
Davies will be sentenced on April 12.
Man guilty of
murdering his friend
Australian soldiers are literally eating
the Anzac spirit.
Only 11 out of 43 items in their ration
packs are Australian-made while the
bulk of the rest are sourced from across
That is because a New Zealand
company has the contract to supply the
ration packs, a senate committee has
The tender for a new contract closed in
February, but the Defence department
will not reopen it to comply with new
government procurement rules that
encourage local purchases.
Among the Australian items in the
ration packs are soup mix, jam, peaches,
Life Savers lollies, chocolate spread,
cheese, chewing gum and condensed
The New Zealanders are providing
24 items including beef, noodles, tea
bags, crackers and curried sausages and
Independent senator Nick Xenophon
was unimpressed Aussie troops were
being forced to use Chinese made toilet
“ Forcing our troops to use foreign
toilet paper really is a bum rap,” he said.
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