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New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters has accused Foreign Minister
Murray McCully of making a
“diplomatic blunder” by not seeking
Cabinet approval before denouncing
Israel in a United Nations Security
Mr Peters says Mr McCully was
expressly required to seek approval
from Cabinet before supporting
Mr McCully says his actions were
“entirely consistent ” with policy.
New Zealand was one of five countries
to sponsor the resolution which said
Israel’s continuing establishment of
settlements in Palestinian territory
constituted a flagrant violation under
international law and a major obstacle
to the achievement of the two-state
The resolution was backed by 14
members of the Security Council, while
the United States abstained.
“Mr McCully acted unilaterally on
an important international issue,” Mr
Peters said yesterday.
“And this begs the question, why was
the Cabinet effectively hijacked on
this issue?” But Mr McCully told NZ
Newswire the resolution was received
on December 22 and voted on in the
early hours of December 24.
Its wording was consistent with
the country’s long-standing policy of
supporting a two-state solution as the
only pathway to secure and lasting
peace, he said.
“Ministers were regularly updated on
New Zealand ’s policy settings regarding
situations on the Security Council’s
agenda, including on the Middle East
peace process,” he said.
“New Zealand’s actions in December
2016 were entirely consistent with
those policy settings.”
The man who fatally ran over his
partner in a Wellington driveway has
a history of drink-driving and being
involved in domestic violence.
Mark David Stevens, an accountant,
of Levin, was sentenced to four years’
jail in the High Court at Wellington
He had earlier pleaded guilty to
running over his partner of 13 years,
Delia Williams, 55, in the suburb of
Northland on March 15 last year.
He also admitted driving with an
excess breath-alcohol level.
During sentencing, Justice Simon
France said the duo’s relationship was
“volatile, disruptive and turbulent ”
and there had been 10 incidents of
police being called during domestic
disturbances involving the pair.
Justice France said Stevens had six
previous convictions for drink-driving,
although the last one was in 2009.
On March 15 last year, after a day of
drinking, the pair had begun arguing.
Crown lawyer Kate Feltham said Ms
Williams had followed Stevens out
of a house, trying to stop him driving
because he had been drinking.
Stevens tried to back out of the
driveway while Ms Williams tried to
She tried the door handle and as the
door swung shut, she fell.
Stevens then hit a parked car and
drove forward, hitting Ms Williams as
she was trying to get up before driving
right over her, killing her.
Ms Feltham said Stevens had made
no attempt to stop and check if
Ms Williams was injured.
Justice France concluded there
was “a high level of carelessness” on
“ You did not turn your mind to
the risk Ms Williams was facing.”
Ms Williams had been a fixture on
Wellington’s art scene until the early
2000s, first with a gallery in Cuba
Street and then later with one above
the Matterhorn in Cuba Mall.
Stevens was to have stood trial
in March on a murder charge but
pleaded guilty to manslaughter by
Justice Simon France said that after
time already spent in custody, Stevens
would ser ve a further three years for
manslaughter and nine months for
drink- driving, the latter to be ser ved
at the same time.
Stevens will also be disqualified from
driving for four years upon his release
from prison. — N ZN
Man who ran over partner had drink-driving history
Dunedin man Alastair Goodman
is always pleased to have an excuse
to get his self-restored Holden out
of the garage and will be displaying
his handiwork at the Holden
Nationals in his hometown this
He bought his 1978 Holden HX
GTS Monaro 11 years ago and set
about earning the “satisfaction of
turning something that was pretty
tatty into looking nice again.”
He spent a couple of years
“pottering around” stripping the
Holden, before repainting the
bodywork and rebuilding the
original 5-litre, 308 V8 engine.
“I reconditioned everything.
“I pulled it to bits, tidied it up
and put it back together again,” Mr
Goodman, a Holden Enthusiasts
Club of Otago member, said.
He is now partially retired after
working for Cerebos Gregg’s
Dunedin and spends his spare
time working on his favourite car
His tally of Holdens owned
now totals eight, although there is
always room for more, as he prefers
“doing them up and flogging them
off,” as opposed to amassing a
Mr Goodman’s Holden will
be among about 70 from around
New Zealand in the city for the
nationals this weekend, last hosted
by Dunedin 22 years ago.
The nationals alternate between
the North and South Islands.
Club secretary and nationals
organising committee member
Ben Dillon said member clubs of
the Holden Federation bid to hold
them in their area.
“It may be another 20 years
before the event is held in
Dunedin, so a lot of these cars may
never be seen in D unedin again.”
There will be a few rare Holdens
among them, such as an original
LJ Torana XU1 and an HQ
“In addition there will be some
low production number models
including a VE HSV Murph —
just 51 were built to signify the
number Greg Murphy used while
he raced in the super car series.
“Going to the other extreme
there are going to be some highly
modified cars such as an HQ
set up for drag-racing, and a VC
Commodore ute,” Mr Dillon said.
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Alastair Goodman turned his “tatty” 1978 Holden HX GTS Monaro into a gleaming version of its
former self in his Dunedin garage.
He’ll be Holden on to this car
A long-running controversy over
whether a senior New Zealand diplomat
was really a top Soviet spy is set to reopen
with the release of his MI5 files.
For years, Britain’s Security Ser vice was
convinced Desmond Patrick “Paddy”
Costello was passing secrets to Moscow.
He was identified by the intelligence
historian Professor Christopher Andrew,
based on KGB files, as one of the Soviet
Union’s most important agents, but
supporters have long felt he was the
victim of smear campaign.
Dr Richard Dunley, a records specialist
at the National Archives in Kew, west
London, where his files are now open to
view, said that while he was subjected to
three decades of surveillance, MI5 never
conclusively established whether he
engaged in espionage.
Auckland-born Costello first came to
the attention of MI5 while studying at
Cambridge in 1930s, the era when Kim
Philby and the other future Cambridge
spies were recruited by the Soviets, for his
openly left-wing views.
In 1940, his political sympathies cost
him a teaching post at Exeter University,
but that did not stop him getting a job
four years later with New Zealand ’s
Department of External Affairs as second
secretary at the Legation in Moscow.
In a blog post on the National Archives
website, Dr Dunley said Costello was
reputed to have informed the New
Zealand prime minister he was “a little
bit left-wing” only to be told, “Oh well,
it won’t hurt us to have one or two
communists in Moscow ”.
MI5 was horrified Costello had been
appointed to such a sensitive post, but
when it tried to raise concerns with the
Dominions Office, it had to admit the
case against him was “a thin one”.
Costello remained in Moscow until
1950, but his career began to unravel
during a return visit to New Zealand.
“ While in Auckland he met up with
some old acquaintances; having consumed
copious quantities of alcohol Costello was
arrested by the police, at which point he
became abusive and candidly expressed
his political views,” Dr Dunley wrote.
“The New Zealand police were shocked
to find the man in their cells had a
diplomatic passport, and began digging
into his background.
“On uncovering his previous communist
connections the New Zealand police
commissioner took the matter up with
the prime minister and MI5. British
intelligence were not entirely surprised
by the revelations and clearly believed
them; in the words of (senior MI5 officer)
Roger Hollis ‘in vino veritas’.”
Under pressure from the British and
the Americans, Costello was finally
forced out of the Department of External
Affairs in 1955. He returned to Britain
where he resumed his academic career at
MI5 however continued to fret as
to whether he was working for the
Russians. In 1960, his wife Bella was
linked to a KGB operation to build false
identities for Russian spies and in 1963
he was reported to have met two Soviet
He died in 1964 with the case against
him still unresolved.
“Throughout much of his lifetime,
MI5 went back and forth about whether
Paddy Costello was a foreign agent, or
simply a politically active intellectual,”
Dr Dunley said.
“This story appears to be one with more
to run.” — NZN
Suspected NZ spy’s 1940s
MI5 records released
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