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Tree crushes man
A 32-year-old man died after
becoming trapped under a tree near
Kaikohe yesterday. Police received a
report about 2.50pm and emergency
ser vice staff had to make their way
to the scene by four-wheel-drive but
the man died at the scene. — NZ N
Ailing fraudster dies
A woman suffering cancer who
won an early release from prison on
compassionate grounds has died.
Vicki Letele was released from jail
in November, eight months into
a sentence of three years and two
months for a $500,000 mortgage
fraud. Her release six months ago
followed a public outcry after the
Parole Board originally declined to
let her out early. Her brother, David
Letele, said she died overnight.
Takeaway bar robbed
Police are calling for witnesses
after a knife-wielding man robbed a
takeaway shop in Te Puke on Friday.
About 8pm, a man with a knife
walked into the Te Puke Noodle
and Fish store on Jellicoe Street and
demanded money. He was handed a
small amount of cash and fled. No
one was injured. — NZ N
Three hurt as buses crash
A boy, a girl and a teacher from
Glen Eden Intermediate were
admitted to hospital yesterday after
their buses collided on the way
back from a hike up Rangitoto.
Two double-decker buses were on
the North-western Motor way in
Auckland when the first bus braked
and the second hit it from behind.
Seven children and a teacher were
injured, with two children and the
female teacher taken to hospital. They
were later discharged. — NZ M E
Plaques theft arrest
A Hamilton woman has been
arrested in relation to the theft of over
20 bronze plaques from an Auckland
cemetery. The theft at Purewa
Cemetery in Meadowbank was
reported to police about 4.15pm on
Saturday. Detective Inspector Gary
Davey said a 26-year-old Fairfield
woman had been arrested and the
investigation is continuing. — NZ N
Bank robbery remand
A man appeared in the Auckland
District Court yesterday, charged
with robbing the ANZ bank in
Glenfield earlier in May. The
44-year-old man was arrested and
charged with aggravated robbery of
the Glenfield ANZ on May 3, and
faces an additional three charges on
unrelated matters. He was remanded
in custody to June 6. — NZN
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10, 11, 15, 21, 30, 31, 36, 40, 42, 43, 48,
54, 62, 64, 68, 70, 72, 73, 75, 76. Draw
No 14109: 7, 13, 17, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32,
35, 37, 45, 47, 49, 53, 56, 66, 70, 76, 77,
79. Draw No 14110: 3, 6, 10, 14, 18,
31, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 41, 44, 50, 53, 56,
60, 67, 69, 73. Draw No 14111: 3, 6,
15, 17, 19, 21, 27, 28, 30, 39, 40, 45, 48,
54, 55, 62, 66, 74, 75, 77.
Cyber attack prompts Lyttelton port action
Trustpower lifted annual profit 37%
as the electricity generator-retailer’s
earnings were bolstered by strong hydro
production and favourable prices in
Australia, and a full-year contribution
from King Country Energy.
Net profit rose to $94 million, or 29.6c
per share, in the 12 months ended March
31 from $68.5 million, or 21.7c, a year
earlier, the Tauranga-based company
said in a company. Trustpower car ved out
its Australian windfarms into separately
listed Tilt Renewables, and the year-
earlier figures have been adjusted to
reflect the change.
depreciation, amortisation and changes
in the fair value of financial instruments
rose 5% to $218m, including a $17m
company split costs.
The board declared a final dividend of
17c per share, payable on June 9, taking
the total return for the year to 33c. The
payment will be Trustpower’s first fully
imputed dividend “for a number of years”
and it expects to keep imputing those
returns for the foreseeable future, it said.
profit up 37%
Police officers in Northland did not
have to look far to catch a pair of burglars
whose vehicle ran out of petrol just as
they were making their getaway.
Whangarei police say the “boneheads”
seemed to forget to check their fuel
gauge as they left a house on Whareora
Road yesterday with the homeowner’s
television, home brew supply and a
“ We found them high-tailing it
away from their vehicle just down the
road from the burglary,” they said in a
“Sometimes we have to work hard to
solve a crime and investigate the matter
to the n-th degree. But sometimes, like
yesterday, they fall into our laps. ”
Police said images from the stolen
CCTV camera were also reviewed for
evidence. — NZ N
Empty fuel tank
Lyttelton Port Co, Christchurch’s
operations tonight to secure its IT
system over threats from the global
Wanna Cry ransomware cyber
In a statement on its website, the
council-owned port said an IT
outage will be in place from 11pm
today until 7am tomorrow to let
its IT department install measures
“to limit the risk of attack to our
IT systems” in response to the
The outage will give the port’s
system the required security to
respond to the threat.
“ Due to this outage, operations
will be temporarily suspended
during this time. There will be no
R and D (receiving and delivering)
throughout this period,” the port ’s
website said. “ The outage will also
affect use of the N4 Export Pre-
advise system (which is used to help
manage containers). There are no
shipping ser vices scheduled to be
worked during this period.”
The Wanna Cry ransomware attack
hit computer systems around the
world in what has been reported as
the biggest international ransomware
campaign to date.
Ransomware blocks a user’s access
to a computer and demands payment
to release the device, according
to the Government ’s Computer
Emergency Response Team (Cert
NZ) website. — NZN
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Aluminium High Grade
up in air
The Nelson Mail could shortly go the
way of its neighbour the Marlborough
Express and be printed three days a
Fairfax Media announced yesterday
a desire for feedback from the Nelson
community about “developing a new
publishing model” in the region.
The Nelson Mail, established in 1866
and with a circulation of more than
14,100, could go to three or four days
a week and be complemented by an
on-line daily newsletter, community
newspapers in the region, and the Stuff
website, Fairfax Media group executive
editor Sinead Boucher says.
She said Fairfax has been open about
the need to change its business model to
reflect the way people get their news, and
in response to falling newspaper revenue.
It was not a decision made lightly, Ms
“The changes are about sustaining the
Nelson Mail’s presence.
taken learnings from
Marlborough, where the feedback
received from the community was vital
in shaping a solution that worked for the
“ We hope the same will come from
feedback on our Nelson model.”
Printing the Nelson Mail will move to
Christchurch and the Nelson print plant
will cease operating from June 29.
On May 3 the Commerce Commission
denied a merger between New Zealand
media companies Fairfax and NZME,
which between them own 90% of the
country’s daily newspaper titles.
Fairfax boss Andrew Boyle said at the
time that changes in the Marlborough
region, to the Express and now probably
at the Mail, reflected that “tough
decisions will have to be made in terms
on ensuring (our) ongoing viability”.
Four editorial jobs were lost at the
Express when it changed to printing
three days a week and more of an on-
line focus. — NZ N
In all his 50 years of driving
trucks, Marty Callender has never
had an accident — not even a
How has he managed to clock
up about six million kilometres
without incident? “Plenty of pies
and no energy drinks — that ’s the
Having said that, the 67-year-
old is humble enough to admit he
has had some “pretty close calls”
during that time.
“There’s some idiots out there
on the road. You’ve just got to be
alert all the time.”
Mr Callender, a man of few
words, said he had never had any
accidents or had to worry about
smokeys (the police) because he
was a stickler for sticking to the
“ I just drive sensibly. ”
His boss, D unedin Carrying
Company Ltd transport manager
Owain Carter, said Mr Callender
was one of the gems in his fleet.
“ He’s never had an accident.
He’s a professional, leading from
“I wish some of these younger
fellows had the same work ethic
as he does.
“He’s a consummate
Mr Callender played down the
achievement by saying he was just
doing his job as best he could.
He said it was inevitable he
would become a truck driver.
“My father was a truck driver. I
used to go to work with him and
ride around with him.
“My whole family is filled with
“I was a telegraph boy to start
with, delivering telegrams on a
“Then I got sick of getting wet
roof over my head.”
He got his heavy traffic licence
when he turned 18, and has been
on the road since.
During his career he had driven
many different trucks for many
different companies, including
Taieri Carrying, Fulton Hogan,
Maxwell Brothers and Dunedin
A lot had changed in the
profession during the past 50
years — particularly the trucks
themselves, he said.
“It’s a lot easier to drive trucks
now than it was back then.
“They ’ve got a lot more
horsepower. We used to have only
200hp trucks carting logs, but
now we’ve got up around 600hp.
“Changing gears was a bit like
wrestling a gorilla. Sometimes
you’d have to use two hands on
the old Internationals.
“ Nowadays it ’s more like driving
That meant retirement was not
yet showing up on his radar, he
said. “Because it ’s easier, I can still
do everything everyone else does,
so I may as well carry on.
“ I enjoy it. I like being out there
on the road and the camaraderie
with my work mates.
“ I’ll keep going as long as I can.”
— Otago Daily Times
Still trucking on after 50 years
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Marty Callender is still on the road after driving trucks for 50 years.
Business loses thousands in ‘University of Otago’ fraud
A small Canterbury business has
been swindled out of more than
$32,000 after its owners fell victim
to an elaborate fraud involving
fake e-mails from a New Zealand
Jackie and Murray Marquet
operate Canterbury Power Solar
(CPS) from their Christchurch
home, providing renewable energy
On January 25, the company was
sent an e-mail purporting to be
associated with the University of
The e-mail, which was signed
off with the name of a legitimate
university employee in the
procurement department, asked for
a quote for 100 solar panels.
Mr Marquet replied to the
e-mails, which had the addresses
procurement@otago-ac .net and
sent a quote for the panels on
On February 7 the fraudsters
replied, asking to proceed with
the purchase. A fake approved
purchase order, featuring an Otago
University crest, soon followed on
On February 20, CPS e-mailed a
tax invoice to the fraudsters asking
for payment of $32,890.
Before payment was made, the
panels were collected from CPS’
Australian supplier, Visa Global
Logistics, on March 13 and were
to be shipped to Peterborough in
Britain, according to obtained DHL
It is understood the eastern
England location is an abandoned
According to DHL’s records
the panels travelled to Auckland,
Singapore, Hong Kong, and
Germany before arriving in United
However, the Marquets were still
waiting for the money, and sent
several more e-mails, politely asking
for prompt payment.
They were met with delay tactics.
“Hi Jackie. Need to have a
meeting with the senior financial
controller on this, unfortunately
she is not in the office today
. . . sincerely sorry for the late
payment,” one fake e-mail to CPS
on April 5 read.
“Good morning, will get to you.
Am expecting the confirmation
from the financial controller, some
payments were made on Wednesday,
hopefully yours ought to be in this
group (sic),” said another on April
A final e-mail on April 20 was
sent to CPS reading: “Good
morning sincerely sorry for this
disappointment, i had taken this up
with the financial controller and she
assured me that your payment top
of the list this month remittance,
hopefully you should have the
payment confirmation by 28th of
this month (sic).”
Further attempts by CPS to
make contact with the scammers
“ When the e-mails bounced I’m
thinking, ‘Oh something is not right
here’,” Mrs Marquet said.
She Googled the e-mail addresses
and found a warning on the
University of Otago’s website about
the threat of potential scams.
The university had issued an alert
last month warning people of a
fraud which targeted existing and
potential suppliers of goods to the
Mrs Marquet then contacted
police on May 3.
“ We’re just a small firm, a family-
based firm. I feel like an idiot. You
just feel gullible more than anything
else, because it did come across
as being genuine, especially the
purchase order,” she said.
“If you look at the invoice now
more closely you start to think,
‘Hang on, some things just don’t
add up. But it looked legitimate at
She said CPS, which had never
been targeted by a scam before, had
completed past deals with schools
and university students.
Detective sergeant Michael
Cartwright, of the financial crime
unit, said police were doing what
they could to locate the panels, find
out where they were delivered, and
who was behind the scam.
“ We have not identified a NZ
connection as far as offending goes,”
“CPS were victims back in
February which meant that the
goods were shipped overseas before
we could do anything. Since then
we have managed to close down
the domain addresses with the help
of a company in Canada where the
Otago University domains were
He said fraudsters were now using
fake Canterbury District Health
Board e-mail addresses registered to
a company in France.
Police issued a warning this
month about forged district health
board invoices being used to
swindle goods from New Zealand
“There are a number of businesses
who have received false purchase
orders but luckily we have
intercepted them before they were
shipped offshore. CPS were the first
to lose anything that we know of.”
Mr Cartwright said DHL was
also trying to determine exactly
what happened, while investigations
showed the DHL account used to
ship the panels may have also been
caught up in the fraud.
The panels are yet to be located,
while CPS has made an insurance
claim for its losses. — NZ ME
Jackie and Murray Marquet say the e-mails and documents they
received from the fraudsters looked genuine.
King exit may spur
mental health boss says
he hopes Mike King’s
resignation from a suicide
prevention panel will spur
further input about a draft
Comedian and mental
health campaigner Mr
King resigned from the
New Zealand Suicide
Advisory Panel yesterday,
saying the Government ’s
recently released draft plan was “deeply
flawed” and just more of the same.
“At the end of the day, we couldn’t
even get you to agree to a target of a
20% reduction in suicide over the next
10 years,” he said in an open letter. “ It
would be funny if people weren’t dying.”
The Ministry of Health’s mental health
director, John Crawshaw, says he hopes
the public resignation will prompt more
feedback about the draft.
“The debate he has launched will
help us, I hope, get as wide a number
of people making submissions to our
process so we can actually make the
strategy — and then the action plan that
follows — much more effective,” he siad.
He said the ministry would welcome
further feedback on a possible target
from reducing suicide rates.
“ In terms of the target, it becomes a
question of ‘whose target?’
Is it just a Government
target or a target the
community as a whole has
Mr King also described
many of the statements in
the draft policy as vague
and “butt covering”.
the ministry would also
consider input that some
of the statements were not
clear or strong enough.
Labour leader Andrew
Little has called on the Government to
listen to Mr King.
“This is a Government that has targets
for just about everything else, and I’m
surprised they don’t have a target for
this,” he said.
Prime Minister Bill English yesterday
said he was not surprised Mr King had
struggled with the ministry’s way of
doing things and believed it would have
been better if he had stayed.
Mr King has been a member of the
panel since December 2015. Its role is to
prepare the suicide prevention strategy
for the next 10 years.
Labour’s deputy leader, Jacinda Ardern,
said Mr King had been an outstanding
advocate and his resignation should be
“a major red flag”.
“ Mental health is reaching crisis point
in New Zealand,” she said. — NZ N
A 63-year-old Dunedin mother
of five with a previously clean slate
went on a seven-week crime spree
racking up 14 convictions — and
no one really knows why.
The woman appeared in the
Dunedin District Court last week
where the “unique” circumstances
of the case were detailed.
Defence counsel Val Farrow said
her client had underlying mental-
health issues and at the end of
last year began using alcohol as a
The defendant began December
by committing a theft at department
store H and J Smith.
The crime was discovered only
when she brought the stolen items
back to try to return them.
A day later the woman burgled a
Portobello home and on December
3 she was caught drink-driving.
The first three convictions of her
life in three days.
Only days later, she called police
and told them her neighbour had
overdosed on heroin.
When police arrived at the
address, they found the bewildered
defendant was charged under the
There were two assaults on
Christmas Eve, an attack on her
husband and even time for a minor
shoplifting spree before the New
The defendant pilfered a $210
jacket, a $48 scarf and a $50 hat
from three different stores at the
Golden Centre Mall.
Her persistent offending saw her
spend time in custody but when she
was out on January 21, the woman
added to her growing criminal
She broke two windows, burgled
an Otakou house and when she
was confronted at the property she
assaulted a man with a PVC pipe
and a woman with a wallpapering
Ms Farrow said the defendant had
since engaged with Community
Alcohol and Drug Ser vice and was
“ immensely humiliated by what ’s
The woman had been the subject
of various psychological assessments
but when they found she was fit to
stand trial, she pleaded guilty.
Judge Michael Crosbie said the
defendant had been diagnosed with
anxiety and depression and much of
the offending could be put down to
the mix of prescription medication
But other than that, there was
little rationality behind the raft of
indiscretions. She was sentenced to
12 months’ intensive super vision
and 100 hours’ community work.
— Otago Daily Times
Woman’s crime spree a puzzle
A man charged following a spate of
fires in the seaside community of Piha
will keep his identify secret for now.
The 19-year-old Piha resident was
arrested in Tauranga after a number
of fires broke out at the settlement on
Auckland’s west coast in the early hours
of May 7.
He faces three arson charges and one
In the Waitakere District Court
yesterday, Judge June Jelas extended a
suppression on his name until his next
appearance in June.
The man was granted the suppression
last week following reports threats had
been made against him on social media.
No pleas were entered and the man has
been remanded in custody. — N Z N
Police have made an arrest after a man
was shot in the leg during a fight outside
a Manukau nightclub.
A 25-year-old man will appear in
the Manukau District Court today
facing charges of wounding with intent,
unlawful possession of a firearm and
discharging a firearm with intent to
cause harm following the incident on
A 31-year-old man has since been
released from hospital after receiving a
gunshot wound to the leg.
Police say they were called out on
Cavendish Drive about 2.30am following
reports of two groups of people fighting.
They are appealing for witnesses.
Rewa retrial move
Police Commissioner Mike Bush said
police would seek to retry Malcolm Rewa
for the murder of Susan Burdett.
In 1998 Malcolm Rewa was tried twice
for the murder of Susan Burdett.
In both trials the jury was unable to
reach a verdict. After the second trial
the Solicitor-General stayed further
prosecution of Mr Rewa.
After Teina Pora’s conviction for the
murder of Ms Burdett was quashed, the
decision to stay the prosecution of Mr
Rewa was reviewed at police request.
A team of senior and experienced
homicide detectives under the oversight
of Detective Superintendent Dave
Lynch had commenced preparation
work on the file, Mr Bush said.
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