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Fatal shooting charges
A woman has been charged
following a fatal shooting in the
Hamilton suburb of Frankton. Police
say the man died from a gunshot
wound at a home on Seddon Road
about 8pm yesterday. A 23-year-old
woman is to appear in the Hamilton
District Court charged with firearm-
related offences, detective sergeant
Terri Wilson said this morning.
Police earlier said no one else was
being sought. — NZ N
Grassy areas at Whangamata
Cemetery have been damaged by
vandals on motorcycles or quad
bikes. Thames-Coromandel District
Council cemeteries co-ordinator
Paula Carr said track marks made
the reser ve unsightly and uneven
to walk across, but no graves were
damaged. — NZ N
Trio stuck 40m up
Three men had to be rescued from
a bucket suspended about 40m in the
air from a crane at Devonport Naval
Base yesterday. Firefighters called
to the base used an extended ladder
on a specialist aerial truck to reach
the men after a crane stalled, leaving
them stranded. A Defence Force
spokesman said two navy personnel
and a civilian contractor were stuck
in the crane bucket. — N Z ME
Pellets fired at police
A man is in custody after a
shooting incident in Auckland.
Police were called to Manukau Road
in Royal Oak just after 2.30pm
yesterday. Two officers approached
the man, who pulled a gas-powered
steel-pellet BB gun from a back pack
and starting firing at them. A third
officer was hit in the chest but saved
from injury by his stab-resistant
vest. The man was disarmed and was
found to be carrying several knives.
A 44-year-old man is to appear in
the Auckland District Court today.
NZ-Fiji talks this week
Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee
said Pacific issues, defence ties and
aid would be on the agenda when
he met Fijian Prime Minister
Frank Bainimarama this week. Mr
Brownlee flew to Fiji yesterday. Last
year Mr Bainimarama visited this
country. — NZN
Ashburton teen missing
Concerns are being raised about
a missing Ashburton man. Police
are looking for Toko Peter James
Parata, 19, who went missing from
the Tinwald area on Monday night.
Police said there were concerns for
his safety. — NZME
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8, 14, 17, 18, 22, 27, 34, 35, 36, 39, 46,
52, 59, 60, 63, 65, 66, 70, 71, 76. Draw
No 14169: 1, 5, 7, 8, 10, 16, 22, 29, 35,
37, 40, 41, 44, 48, 51, 54, 56, 64, 74, 76.
Draw No 14170: 1, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19,
20, 21, 22, 25, 30, 32, 35, 37, 39, 42, 51,
52, 68, 80. Draw No 14171: 3, 6, 7, 11,
12, 15, 21, 24, 27, 32, 34, 36, 37, 40, 44,
47, 48, 56, 63, 74.
A Rebels O utlaw motorcycle gang
member has been jailed for nine
years for his role in smuggling more
than $1 million of meth across Cook
Strait on the Interislander ferry.
Daryn Bruce Catley, 31, was
sentenced yesterday in the High
Court at Auckland after his arrest in
September 2015 as part of Operation
after suspecting large amounts
of methamphetamine was being
sourced in Auckland by organised
criminal groups and transported to
Christchurch by air and vehicles.
In Auckland, late on September
13, 2015, Catley gave his
Harland, a black Nike bag full of
meth and instructed him to drive
a rental car to Christchurch, court
Catley was to travel to Christchurch
separately and meet Harland to
secure the drugs.
The following morning Harland
drove to Wellington to board the
Interislander ferry to Picton at
However, at midnight, as Harland
drove off the ferry and on to the
Picton wharf, armed police swooped.
Inside the Nike bag was 1.15kg of
meth, worth $1.15m on the street, a
further $2930 and three cellphones.
The Interislander bust was just
the start of a joint police operation
and one hour later, police stormed
Catley ’s Christchurch home, known
to be the Rebels club rooms.
A sawn-off .22-calibre rifle was
found, along with a small amount of
meth, more than $5200, and Rebels
Later that morning another home
in Greenlane, Auckland, also listed
to Catley, was raided and 12.5g of
meth was found, some in plastic lock
bags; along with several glass “P ”
pipes, scales, $152,100 of cash in a
wardrobe safe, $6790 strewn across
the lounge, and $4000 in a Subaru.
Catley was also found to be in
possession of a Taser.
In court, defence lawyer Mathew
Goodwin disputed the Crown’s
calculation for the value of the meth
in the Nike bag.
He said estimates from 2015 show
that, per gram, meth was $600 to
However, Goodwin and the
Crown accepted there was a level of
sophistication to the drug trade.
But the court heard that the
kingpin of the operation has escaped
prosecution for the trade because of
a lack of evidence linking him to the
Justice Mark Woolford said
although Catley was not the top
dog in the trade he was “certainly
involved in the logistical chain”.
“ You had some leadership role in
the gang. Either way I’m satisfied
that you played a meaningful role. ”
The judge said Catley was the
“treasurer” for the Rebels and trusted
with significant amounts of money.
“ Even if higher members were
involved, senior members imposed
significant trust and responsibility
However, when sentencing Catley,
Justice Woolford said there were
genuine elements of remorse and
noted Catley’s addiction motivated
him to offend.
Harland is due to be sentenced
next week. — NZ ME
Gang drug-runner gets nine years’ jail
United States Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson will make an official visit to
New Zealand in what Foreign Minster
Gerry Brownlee says is a chance to
strengthen the close relationship
between the two countries.
Mr Tillerson will meet with Mr
Brownlee and Prime Minister Bill
English in Wellington next Thursday.
“ We welcome Secretary Tillerson’s
visit as a chance to strengthen the close
relationship between New Zealand and
the United States, to discuss some of
the world’s most pressing issues, and
to further promote our economic ties,”
Mr Brownlee said announcing the visit
today. — NZ N
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No hints on Labour’s alternative budget
Labour will present what party
leader Andrew Little is calling his
“alternative budget ” but he would not
be drawn yet on what it will, or would
The first glimpse of Labour’s plans
for the economy, should it be elected
in September, will be revealed within
It might not be a complete re-write
of the Government ’s budget, with
some aspects not necessarily facing
Mr Little said, despite voting against
the Government ’s family tax package,
Labour was broadly supportive of
the Working for Families changes
and the accommodation supplement
The tax threshold changes are not so
safe. “As we go and put our fiscal plan
together we’ll work out what we do,
but we do not support the tax plan
that skews heavily in favour of those
on higher incomes,” he said.
Changes to the tax bracket mean
low income earners taking home
upwards of $22,000 a year will end
up with an extra $10.77 a week in
their pockets, while those earning
$52,000 or more a year will have an
extra $20.38 a week to play with.
That also benefited taxpayers
earning more than $72,000 a year, but
Mr Little said they did not need that
extra money — $1060 a year.
“ Under the changes that the
Government ’s put in its budget, Bill
English and I both get an extra $20 a
week in the hand,” he said.
“ We don’t need an extra $20 a week
in hand, not when kids are having
to have their lessons delivered in
gymnasiums and school halls, not
when 60,000 New Zealanders can’t
get hospital treatment that they
He would not speculate on what his
budget might look like instead, saying
while the Government had months
and hundreds of public ser vants to
come up with the numbers his team
had only a few days.
“ We cannot put an alternative plan
together in four days so we’ll take the
time to do it properly, do the detailed
work and come up with a plan that
is about giving confidence to New
Zealanders,” he said. — NZ N
Hundreds of Steampunk fans
will step into the alternative
reality of Oamaru this weekend.
The five-day Steampunk
NZ Festival Weekend starts
People from as far away as the
United States and Britain will
dress up and take part in the
science fiction genre celebration,
now in its eighth year.
Festival director Helen Jansen
felt the event was reaching a
“slight point of maturity”.
“Oamaru’s becoming noticed
and people are looking for ward
to it. In the beginning, this was
done to promote Oamaru and
Oamaru’s creativity and that ’s
“It’s bigger than Oamaru. It’s a
One of her aims with the
festival was to turn Oamaru into
a bucket list visitor location for
people who celebrate the genre all
over the globe.
This year’s programme of events
include a beer launch, tea pot
racing, tea duelling, a murder
mystery, a ball, a fashion show,
a talent quest and Tourism
Waitaki’s Fire and Steam Festival
on Friday night.
She said what made Steampunk
such a big hit and why it worked
so well for the town was it
allowed adults to play.
“It’s about the inner child
coming out. ”
This year’s theme was
under water Jules Verne.
Fellow festival director Iain
Clark said the theme gave
people ideas for their outfits
Tourism Waitaki event co-
ordinator Lucianne White said
her group’s fire and steam night
was about creating a community
Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher
said the “exciting” festival
provided a chance for locals to
explore their own town.
“The Steampunkers take over
the town and make it very
Some of the artists who were
involved right at the beginning
of Oamaru’s introduction to
Steampunk, Jac Grenfell and Don
Paterson, were opening a virtual
reality attraction in Tyne Street
this week to coincide with the
Mr Paterson said Steampunk
was “fantastic” for the town.
— Otago Daily Times
Steampunk fans immersed in the genre
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Steampunkers Jane Craven, aka Mrs Hudson (the younger), left, Leslie Craven, aka Colonel Sir Julius
Hawthorne, Helen Jansen, aka La Falconesse, and Iain Clark, aka Agent Darling.
over Gov t’s
launched a scathing attack
on the Government ’s Kiwi
Rail track record, saying
realised the scale of the
disaster they have created.
English confirmed yester-
day the State-owned
rail operator would be
reviewed with the aim of
finding ways to make it
“ We’re just going to check to see if
there is any way of making it more able
to stand on its own,” he said.
“They’re not stand alone yet. The
operating business does make money
but the capital requirements to maintain
a large network are very substantial. ”
He has ruled out privatisation.
Mr Peters says until now the
Government has been hellbent on
shutting down rail, as happened in his
Northland electorate and Gisborne.
“ Now, with roads falling apart,
congestion in major cities and State
highway 1 knocked out by the earthquake
between Picton and Christchurch, they
have had a sudden epiphany — they
have woken up to the fact the country
can’t operate viably without rail,” the
New Zealand First leader said.
“ National has ignored all advice on
how vital a rail network is — closing
Northland lines, east coast lines, buying
low-quality wagons and locomotives
and now axing the electric section of the
North Island main trunk line. ”
Mr Peters quoted Mainfreight head
“ He pointed out that without rail ‘our
desperation for more roads intensifies
to the point of impossibility, and our
options for port locations become
comes directly from the
Government and it doesn’t
get anything from the
national land transport
fund to help it maintain
lines and stations.
It has soaked up nearly
$5 billion since 2008.
Mr English said partial
privatisation was not an
doubt there’s any
possibility of that, in fact
no possibility,” he said.
“ You couldn’t privatise an entity that
loses as much money per year as Kiwi
Transport Minister Simon Bridges
said his ministry and Treasury would
carry out the review.
“ It ’s basically about having a long-
term, transparent, sustainable model for
Kiwi Rail,” he said.
“ We want to have a really good look
at that and put them on a good even
A likely focus for the review is the
current requirement to maintain a large
$450 million of new capital funding
in Kiwi Rail over two years. It came
after Mr Bridges warned after last
year’s budget that current Government
handouts could not continue.
He said Kiwi Rail had done a good job
at becoming more productive, but had
suffered bad luck with setbacks such as
the Kaikoura earthquake.
Earlier this month Kiwi Rail said
it could spend up to $50m on new
carriages for its tourist trains as it rides
the tourist boom. The company is also
rebranding its Cook Strait ferry and
scenic train ser vices under one brand,
The Great Journeys of New Zealand.
This tropical turtle, thought to be an
olive ridley, was found by a member of
the public on Monday after it washed
ashore on Oreti Beach near Invercargill.
Department of Conser vation senior
biodiversity ranger Ros Cole said the
27kg turtle was in a critical condition,
suffering severe hypothermia and it
died soon after.
“DOC staff tended to the turtle,
providing emergency care and
veterinary assistance was also called
on, but the odds were stacked against
it and the turtle did not make it
through the night.”
Olive ridley turtles are normally
found in tropical and sub-tropical
waters and Oreti Beach’s -2degC
temperature would have been a shock.
While not unheard of, a turtle was
definitely a rare sight on a Southland
beach, Ms Cole said.
— Otago Daily Times
Rare find on Invercargill beach
PICTURE: Department of Conser vation
State highway 1 south of Kaikoura is
set to reopen for the first time following
a major slip at Easter.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges
said the major route between Hundalee
and Kaikoura will be open to all traffic
from Friday morning, just in time for the
The road and rail in the area were
c losed in April when ex-Cyclone Cook
hit the area, causing a large slip near
Mr Bridges said the road and rail had
been temporarily realigned for 300m in
order to reopen the route.
The road will be open to all traffic
from 7am to 6pm with some further
temporary closures expected for work.
Kaikoura road reopening
Guilty plea in McLaren crash
The driver of a McLaren super car
that crashed at high speed while on
a test drive in Auckland in April has
pleaded guilty to careless driving.
Businessman Heng Loon Chee,
56, entered his plea during an
appearance in the Auckland
prosecutors downgraded the charge
from dangerous driving.
He was fined $500 and ordered
to undertake a defensive driving
Chee rolled the super car on April
22 after taking it out for a test drive,
according to a summary of facts
read to the court.
The crash occurred at a sharp left-
hand bend on the Northwestern
Motor way, which had an advisory
signpost recommending motorists
travel 55kph around it. Instead, a
passenger in the McLaren reported
Chee entered the bend at between
110kph and 120kph.
He subsequently lost control and
crashed under a safety barrier before
rolling down an embankment
on the side of the road where the
vehicle ended on its roof.
Chee suffered minor injuries and
his passenger was uninjured.
The sentencing judge took into
account Chee’s early guilty plea and
the fact he had no prior convictions.
Chee’s lawyer said his client had
already endured media publicity
as a result of the crash and would
experience ongoing financial costs
related to it.
It is the second crash of a McLaren
in New Zealand to be followed by a
Last December, businessman
Barry Leigh Fitzgerald, 63,
from Melbourne, was given
diversion after crashing a multi-
million-dollar McLaren on the
Glenorchy-Q ueenstown Road.
He was taking part in a tour of
New Zealand by 31 McLaren cars
honouring the late Bruce McLaren,
the manufacturer’s founder.
McLaren cars have sold for
as much as $US13.5 million
($19 million) at auction. — NZ N
Parliament strikes out 137 acts
Parliament has trimmed down
the statute books by wiping out 137
The Statutes Repeal Bill, which
did the job, was passed last night.
The repealed acts ranged from
the Church Property Trustees
(Canterbury) Amendment Act
1890 to the relatively modern
Children’s Health Camps Board
Dissolution Act 1999.
Regulatory Reform Minister Paul
Goldsmith said the repealed acts
were either no longer needed, no
longer had any effect, or had not
come into force because they had
been overtaken by policy changes.
He gave Parliament an assurance
there wouldn’t be any “unintended
consequences” from wiping out the
During the bill’s committee
stage Labour tried to insert the
ancient blasphemy law, but the
Government thought that should
be put into a future repeals bill.
The blasphemy law had escaped
notice until earlier this month
when British comedian Stephen
Fry was investigated by Irish police
for alleged blasphemy.
The investigation was scrapped,
but it raised questions about why
blasphemy was still a crime. It has
been on the statutes since the 1800s
and has been used only once for a
prosecution. That was in 1922, and
it failed. — NZ N
A further case of fungal plant disease
Myrtle rust has been found in Taranaki,
bringing the total number of cases
reported across the country to 26.
The Ministry for Primary Industries
yesterday said it had identified a total
of 21 infections in Taranaki, three in
Northland and two in Waikato.
They were at a mix of plant nurseries,
private gardens, retailers and distributors
and an orchard.
It has been found on ramarama,
eucalyptus and manuka plants, but no
cases on feijoa trees have been reported,
“ While most of the infections are
on seedlings, one of the most recent
detections was an extensive outbreak in
a very established pohutukawa hedge
belt in Taranaki,” the ministry said in a
The fungal disease was first found at a
Kerikeri, Northland, nursery early this
It attacks native trees, such as
pohutukawa and rata, and could cause
serious damage to manuka trees, used in
There is no known method for
controlling it in the wild, other than
applying fungicide in very small areas.
Police are remaining tight-lipped
over their investigation into the out-of-
character disappearance of Christchurch
builder Michael Craig McGrath.
Mr McGrath, 49, was last seen at his
Checketts Avenue home in the suburb of
Halswell on May 21.
A large police investigation is under way
to find him. Officers started knocking
his neighbours’ doors last Thursday and
remained in the area today.
Approached for an update into the
probe today, a police spokeswoman
would only say : “ The missing person
investigation continues. No further
updates at this stage. ’’
His brother Simon said while there
will “obviously going to be all sorts of
theories’’ about the disappearance, the
family is focusing on any sightings of
him or his blue 1994 Subaru Legacy
In a Facebook plea for information,
Simon said: “ Very unlike him to go
walking — has never done so before and
he has been in good spirits.’’ He referred
other inquiries to police.
Detective Inspector Darryl Sweeney
said police “have concerns for his
welfare’’. - It remains a missing persons
investigation, police say. — NZ ME
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