Home' Greymouth Star : June 14th 2017 Contents Greymouth Star
A young fisherman who lied
about his father being killed in
a car crash, forcing the skipper
to return to port, faces paying
$170,000 back to his former
Talley’s Fisheries’ Amaltal
Columbia sailed from Port
Nelson on December 18 last
year, with crew member Tyler
Stewart Stokes, for a planned
But after four days at sea,
Stokes, now aged 20, told the
vessel’s captain that his parents
had been in a serious car crash
and his father had been killed.
His mother was in hospital
in a serious condition, Stokes
Stokes’ partner, Monique
Carlaw, 22, confirmed the story
to Talley ’s, which immediately
arranged for the vessel to
return to Lyttelton Harbour
to offload Stokes and get a
replacement crew member.
A day later, after travelling
340km to Lyttelton, Stokes
was picked up by Carlaw.
He was placed on immediate
compassionate leave and
given $1000 to help with his
Talley’s staff continued to
liaise with Carlaw and Stokes
to check on the welfare of
Stokes and his family.
But their lie was soon
uncovered and they were
charged with deception
causing a loss of $173,650 to
Carlaw told police she lied
because she was trying to help
her partner as she had ``real
concerns for his well-being if
he stayed on the boat ’’.
Stokes and Carlaw, who now
live in Christchurch, pleaded
guilty at Christchurch District
Court this morning. They will
be sentenced on August 22.
Judge Gary MacAskill
ordered a reparation report. —
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 3
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
A car burns in Jardine Park, in Kelvin Heights, Queenstown, last night.
Body found in
Cook Islands PM
Cook Islands Prime Minister
Henry Puna was on hand to
welcome his New Zealand
counterpart, Bill English, to the
island nation ahead of a packed
day of events. Mr English and
his delegation touched down in
Rarotonga on Monday night, local
time. Mr English and Mr Puna are
expected to discuss environmental,
security and economic issues as well
as the upcoming Pacific Islands
Forum. He is joined by Foreign
Minister Gerry Brownlee, Pacific
Peoples Minister Alfred Ngaro
and a delegation of business and
community leaders. — NZ N
officer for frigate
A Royal New Zealand Navy frigate
will have a woman at the helm for
the first time when the HMNZS
Te Mana has a change of command.
Commander Lisa Hunn will take
over from Commander Simon
Griffiths at a ceremony at Devonport
Naval Base in Auckland today. It will
be her second command, having been
the last officer in charge of the survey
vessel HMNZS Takapu before it was
decommissioned. Commander Hunn
joined the RNZN in 1990, ser ving
on numerous ships between 1993
and 2007. She has been the principal
warfare officer and then operations
officer on HMNZS Te Kaha, and has
been executive officer of HMNZS
Te Mana and of HMNZS Philomel
(Devonport Naval Base).
Arson accused’s bail
A Rotorua man facing arson and
injuring with intent charges will face
an uphill battle to get bail, a judge
has warned. Shiva Lachman Anand,
33, appeared via video link before
Judge Phillip Cooper in Rotorua
District Court today and was
remanded in custody until July 7.His
lawyer, Harry Edward, said Anand
faced an additional earlier charge of
assault. The arson and injury charges
stem for a house fire in Rotorua’s
King Street on June 7. — NZ N
Keno Draw No 14223. —
Winning numbers: 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 15,
21, 22, 32, 36, 41, 42, 43, 50, 53, 60,
64, 70, 77, 79. Keno Draw No 14224.
— Winning numbers: 2, 10, 16, 18,
19, 21, 24, 28, 29, 35, 38, 44, 46, 48,
56, 62, 65, 70, 71, 78. Keno Draw
No 14225. — Winning numbers:
1, 4, 11, 12, 17, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30,
35, 39, 40, 52, 57, 59, 69, 71, 72, 75.
Keno Draw No 14226. — Winning
numbers: 4, 7, 16, 25, 31, 39, 44, 52,
53, 57, 59, 60, 62, 67, 70, 72, 73, 74,
$NZ KIWI DOLLAR ($NZ1)
$$$$N$NZZ KIKIWIWI DDOLOLLLAARR ($NZ1)
source: interest.co .nz
LOLOLONNNDODODONNN (((UUU $S$/S$/S$/OOOUNUNUNCCCE)E)E)
PPRPRPRPRECECECECIOIOIOIOUSUSUSUS MEMEMEMETTTTAAAATTTT LLLLSSSS
source: interest conz
NEW YORK (US$/OUNCE)
OLOLOLONNN ODODODONNN (((UUUS$/ O
source: interest.co .nz
mark tet move t
As at 4pm June 13, 2017
a2 Milk Company
344 +2 286.2
312 +5 438.2
ANZ Banking Gr
2965 +9 52.47
104 +0.5 56.18
Auckland Intl Airpt
694 –1 83.61
1677 +5 15.80
1101 +3 141.4
775 +1 886.4
Fonterra Share Fund
592 +2 17.64
232 +2 123.7
Goodman Prop Tr
171 –1 30.10
292 +2 277.1
135 +1 1.26
Kiwi Property Gr
2300 +20 3.00
325 –0.5 18.21
288 +1 45.50
551 +1 7.39
Metro Perf Glass
244 +1 6.50
Port of Tauranga
446 –2 23.90
124 +1.5 123.4
Prop For Industry
600 +2 7.76
848 –2 9.25
Sky Network TV
350 +2 9.29
367.5 +0.5 522.1
Stride Prop & Inv
173 +1 34.20
Summerset Gr Hldgs
472 +2 8.99
Tegel Gr Holdings
112 +3 3.50
381 +2 3.65
Trade Me Gr
507 +3 165.6
327 +1 13.96
Vista Gr Intl
Vital Hlth Prop Tr
224 +1 16.43
2410 +10 27.78
765 +1 28.30
Trading to 10:30am,
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
DECLINERS: 13 TRADED: 88
Aluminium High Grade
A 1500-home construction project in a
former Auckland quarry will now go ahead
following years of opposition.
The $1.2 billion redevelopment of the Three
Kings site was confirmed by the government
and other parties on Wednesday.
Community consultation on the
redevelopment began in 2008 but amid
a housing crisis in the country’s biggest
city it became mired in court cases. The
government got involved last year.
Two groups, the South Epsom Planning
Group and Three Kings United Group,
have now come to an agreement, where
construction firm Fletcher Building will
comply with “several key elements” of an
Environment Court decision.
“ Today ’s agreement includes for up to four
metres of additional fill in the former quarry
and increased height in the apartment
buildings along Mount Eden Road,” said
Fletcher’s Steve Evans.
“It means that all appeals will be
withdrawn, and construction can finally
The first home are expected to be ready in
In an unusual move, Environment Minister
Nick Smith and Housing NZ joined legal
proceedings in February last year to support
Auckland Council and Fletcher because of
the size and significance of the project.
Dr Smith blamed more than 100
consultation meetings and the court cases
for delaying the project.
“These types of delays are at the core
of Auckland’s housing woes in that the
building sector is not able to respond more
quickly to changes in population.” — NZN
Massive Auckland housing project approved
The family of the man whose body was found
inside an exploded car have been left shattered
by his death.
The man inside the wagon that exploded in
Jardine Park about 9pm yesterday is believed
to be Christchurch man Kurt Sturgess, Fairfax
Police said it was not yet known if he was
dead before the explosion.
Sturgess’ mother said the news was “a bolt out
of the blue”.
“His wife is pretty cut up of course and his
little son is asking where ‘Dada’ is,” she said.
“His father and myself are pretty shattered.”
Last night, a missing-person notice for
Sturgess had been posted on Facebook, Fairfax
“ He was in his work vehicle, a late 1990s silver
Nissan Primera stationwagon with a ladder on
top,” the post said.
“ He was expected home early afternoon, but
never showed up.”
Sturgess’ mother said the family had “no idea”
what he was doing in Queenstown.
“ We just simply don’t know what happened. ”
An autopsy and scene examinations were
expected to take place to determine the causes
of death and the fire.
Police and a fire investigator would be
investigating the cause of the explosion today.
— New Zealand Herald
The Kapiti man who beat up his
stepdaughter’s rapist acted “out of
love’’, the Wellington District Court
heard this morning.
Judge Peter Butler said he would
not send the man to prison but nor
would he discharge him without
He noted the man has previous
convictions and sentenced him to 240
hours of community work, noting the
victim’s injuries were “superficial’’.
The man was convicted this year
after assaulting his daughter’s rapist,
Defence lawyer Peter Foster asked
that the stepfather be discharged
without conviction as the assault
was out of “frustration’’ at “police
inaction’’ and was also “primarily out
“A conviction for someone like this
who hasn’t offended for some time
is going to cause difficulties,’’ Foster
The defendant did not want an
electronically monitored sentence as
he believed it would negatively affect
premeditated but it was just
opportunistic,’’ Foster said.
“He’s a man, as I said before, acting
spontaneously out of love for his
Foster said the defendant showed
no remorse in a pre-sentence report,
but felt a comment to the probation
officer had been taken out of context.
“Though he’s not sorry for what
he’s done, he wouldn’t do it again.
Adele Garrick said the stepfather
assaulted the rapist in revenge and
said a starting sentencing point of
two years’ imprisonment would be
She said the defendant ’s attitude
in the pre-sentence report called for
“significant deterrence’’ in the judge’s
Community work would be
“insufficient ’’ to denounce and deter
similar offending, she said.
“This is the case of the defendant
opportunistically, but nevertheless
seeking to exact some sort of
retribution or make the victim pay
for the offending that he thought
hadn’t been addressed,’’ said Garrick.
She said the victim suffers ongoing
memory loss around the attack.
“ I acknowledge there wasn’t surgery
or a broken bone but there was an
injury to the brain.’’
She labelled the defendant ’s attack
as “vigilante action’’.
She said the victim was scared to
be at home after the attack and sent
his son away because he was scared
for his safety.
“That ’s exactly the kind of insecurity
and fear that makes vigilante justice
The stepfather, who cannot be
named to protect the identity of his
stepdaughter, has joined forces with
Sensible Sentencing and will be
appealing his conviction.
He was charged with injuring
with intent after assaulting Haward
in April last year. Haward was
convicted this year of the rape.
The judge said Haward’s injuries
“ Your anger and outrage were
understandable, as was your sense of
frustration when you saw the victim
walking freely in the street,’’ Judge
Butler said to the defendant.
He said the stepfather had “a
number’’ of previous convictions.
The defendant taking matters into
his own hands was offset by the fact
he was provoked, the judge said.
“I feel you were provoked by the
actions of the victim.’’
The defendant ’s partner said she
was relieved he was not going to
— N Z ME -Wanganui Chronicle
Man who beat up daughter’s rapist ‘acted out of love’
Someone was able to use a Stratford woman’s
name and date of birth to run up a debt in her
When Lily Webb received a call from a debt
collection agency last week, she hung up.
“I thought it must be a scam. I don’t have any
bad debts, we have a mortgage which is always
paid on time, and very little else. There was
no reason a debt collection agency would be
calling me that I could think of.’’
A day later, the agency called again, leaving a
message on Lily’s phone.
“My husband Josh Googled the name of the
company and said it seemed real. So I called
them back with the reference number they had
left on my answerphone.’’
The following conversation left Lily reeling.
She discovered there was a debt against her
name, which had been referred to the debt
collection agency for non-payment.
“They told me it was for a power account
with Meridian Energy. When I told them
my address, it didn’t match the one they had
in their records. My name and date of birth
was correct, but the address and e-mail details
A spokesperson for Meridian Energy
confirmed credit checks were conducted using
just a name and date of birth but this process
was updated in January last year, meaning more
information was required.
Privacy laws meant the agency could not tell
Lily what address or e-mail they had for her.
However, Lily was able to piece some clues
together and come up with a potential suspect
“I was friends with someone a couple of years
back but I ended the friendship three years ago
because I became aware of her having been less
than honest with some things. I don’t like lies
and I don’t like dishonesty, so I had stepped
away from that friendship.’’
The debt collection agency suggested Lily
check her credit rating on a website and she
discovered she had poor credit, due to the
Meridian Energy account in her name.
“The account for $300 had been referred to
the debt collectors about a year ago, and it had
been getting paid back at $20 a week. The last
payment had been missed, which left me with
a poor credit rating.’’
According to Meridian Energy, an account
was referred to a collection agency only after
it had passed a rigorous credit cycle process,
including numerous contacts or attempted
contacts with the customer spread across a
number of weeks.
Lily, who with her husband Josh has five
children, says having a poor credit rating was
Lily went to the police and laid a complaint
and then approached the woman’s husband.
Lily said she approached the husband to let
him know of her suspicions and to say she had
been to the police.
``He told me his wife had said my mail was
being sent to their house because I was having
it go missing from my own mailbox, so he
hadn’t questioned seeing bills arrive in my
name at their house. ’’
To get rid of the poor credit score, Lily now
has to provide multiple forms of identification
to prove she was not the other person.
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
Debt run up under
Fisherman lied about father being killed
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Tyler Stokes leaves court.
A principal whose dangerous driving
conviction was revealed after he
received a Q ueen’s Birthday honour has
also received a drink-driving conviction
in the past.
Pem Bird, head of Te Kura Kaupapa
Motuhake o Tawhiuau in Murupara
and a former Maori Party president, was
made a member of the New Zealand
Order of Merit for his services to
education and Maori.
He has already been fined and
disqualified from driving for six months
after being caught driving at 169kph
between Rotorua and Murupara last
Bird’s case was brought before the
New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary
Tribunal yesterday, with calls for him to
Bird blamed the incident on tailgaters,
who he believed had taken offence to
the Tino Rangatiratanga flags on his car.
He said the car had tailgated him
for at least a kilometre, even though
he pulled into the left lane of a passing
“The white car however continued to
tailgate me all the way to the end of
the double line and beyond to the road
works at the bottom of the hill,’’ he said
in a statement to the Tribunal.
“`There were two pakeha youths
sitting in front, although I could not
make out who the others were in the
back. It began to dawn on me then that
it was perhaps my flags that had caused
them offence, and hence their tailgating
Bird said he gave the car numerous
opportunities to overtake him, but did
not want to stop.
“I seriously believe I would have been
in danger . . . hence my foolish and stupid
decision to try and outrun them to the
not-too-distant turn off to Murupara.
Just before the entry way I accelerated
hard, hitting the speed I was clocked at
in a matter of a couple of seconds. My
car is a high-performance SR8.’’
He said the “souped up’’ car followed
suit and continued tailgating him.
He was clocked by police as he sped
around a sweeping bend.
Bird told the tribunal it was a “sobering
experience’’ to realise his speeding could
have endangered others.
“I will reform my bad driving habits
and will seek help from driving
instructors in doing so. It was a foolish
and unacceptable act on my part for
which I am truly remorseful.’’
The tribunal heard that Bird had
received previous convictions for
careless driving in 1994 and drink
driving in 2004. He has also received
demerit points as a result of speeding on
19 different occasions in the past.
Bird said he often received abuse
from the public for the flags on his car.
He noted one incident where a man
drove alongside his car leaning out the
window yelling at him.
Receptionist at Te Kura Kaupapa
Motuhake o Tawhiuau, Vivienne
Higgins, who was in the car on that
occasion, gave a statement to the
tribunal saying the man had yelled
obscenities at them while pointing to
“He kept putting his clenched fist out
the window yelling ‘white power’,’’ she
“He also called us black bastards and
kept yelling at us to f*** off.’’
A senior college student who was
present also gave a statement on the
incident, saying the same thing.
Committee has called for Bird to be
censured for his dangerous driving
conviction, saying he had brought the
reputation of teachers into discredit.
He appeared before the tribunal
for the drink-driving conviction, but
paper work on the decision could not be
The CAC said Bird was “not meeting
his ethical obligations as a teacher . . .
his actions give the impression that he
will do what he wishes regardless of
whether or not that is consistent with
the law ’’.
It asked that Bird also be made to
inform his current and future employers
of his convictions and the tribunal’s
decision for the next three years, and
that the register be annotated for three
The tribunal’s decision has not yet
been released. — N ZME
QSM principal had
A landmark trade
and ser vices agreement
between New Zealand,
Australia and 12 Pacific
Island states has been
signed in Tonga.
Trade Minister Todd
McClay says it will usher
in a new era of closer
economic relations and
future-proof access for
New Zealand companies.
It ’s known as Pacer Plus
and has been eight years
in the making.
“This is a landmark
moment for the economic
future of the Pacific,”
he said after the signing
ceremony on Wednesday.
In the short term, Pacific
Island states who have
signed the agreement
will benefit economically
through a joint New
Zealand and Australian
worth $55 million.
In the long term, the
anticipated increase in
trade will help transform
An explosion at a
South Auckland home
that left two teenagers
with serious burns is
thought to have been
sparked by someone
lighting a cigarette after
The house was
cordoned off as fire
investigators worked at
Two 15-year-old girls
remain at Middlemore
Hospital, one critical in
the intensive care unit
and the other stable in
the burns unit.
Police say five people
were at the flat at the
time, and they are
looking for a man who
left before emergency
Fire investigator Terry
Jordan said it seemed
the teenagers were
sniffing petrol at the
ÅŒtara house yesterday
afternoon, when the
lit cigarette triggered an
explosion, RNZ said.
Chevy-Lee Hartley and
her partner Chad Tuara,
who live about 200m
away from the house,
rushed to help one of the
girls as she ran from the
“Any longer, that girl
would have died. She
was covered in flames,”
Ms Hartley said.
“By the time we had
got there all we could do
was just put out the fire
that was covering her
Another girl was also
badly burned, she
Ms Hartley said the
girl who ran from
the house fell on the
ground, and and others
neighbours filled buckets
and bottles and poured
water over her.
“There were a couple of
people that were inside
but no-one came out to
help, they all were scared,
they were in shock.”
Ms Hartley said it took
about 20 minutes for
police and ambulance to
“Any longer, that girl
would have died,” she
“She was literally in
flames, coming out of
the door in flames.”
Links Archive June 13th 2017 June 15th 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page