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Building fall fatal
A person has died after they
were believed to have fallen from a
building in Auckland’s North Shore.
Police are investigating the cause
of the death at the Smales Farm
commercial precinct, but do not
believe it is suspicious. The matter
will be referred to the coroner.
Collision claims life
One person is dead after a fatal
crash north of Auckland. Emergency
ser vices were called to the scene of
the two-car collision in Warkworth
shortly after 3.15pm yesterday. Both
police and Fire and Emergency
crews attended the accident. The
road was blocked in both directions
for several hours. — NZME
Raids net meth, cash
Search warrants were executed by
police in Taranaki and Hamilton
yesterday, resulting in three arrests
and the seizure of cash and
methamphetamine. Police say several
properties were searched as part of
an operation targeting drug supply
in the region. Two people have been
charged with conspiracy to supply
methamphetamine, a 55-year-old
man and a 56-year-old woman.
Investigations are continuing. — NZ N
Fatal crash charge
A man has been charged over
the death of a L ower Hutt man.
The victim’s two brothers remain
in hospital nearly a month on from
the crash, between car and a utility
vehicle on the motorway north of
Silverstream in Upper Hutt on July 2.
Sione Palei “Bah” Tuiano was killed in
the early-morning collision, and three
other people were injured. A 35-year-
old man from Upper Hutt is accused
of driving with excess blood alcohol
causing death and three counts of
causing bodily injury. — N ZME
Slip blocks street
A Wellington street has been
cordoned off and residents of one
house evacuated after a slip. Police say
Devon Street in Aro Valley was closed
overnight between the Essex Street
intersection, and the intersection with
Landcross Street and Fairlie Terrace.
The evacuation was a precaution. The
site was being assessed today. — NZN
Woman found safe
Tamzyn Whitehead, reported
missing on the Kapiti Coast on
Monday, has reported to Waikanae
police station. The 41-year-old was
last seen by a family member in
the Waikanae Shopping Centre on
Monday. She walked into her local
police station yesterday afternoon.
Numbers in Keno draw No 14400: 7,
11, 14, 17, 22, 24, 25, 39, 44, 47, 50, 51,
52, 54, 59, 62, 65, 66, 69, 71. Draw No
14401: 5, 12, 14, 15, 17, 21, 27, 31, 32,
34, 40, 42, 48, 50, 53, 54, 59, 64, 67, 77.
Draw No 14402: 7, 10, 16, 17, 22, 26,
44, 45, 46, 51, 53, 54, 57, 65, 67, 68, 70,
71, 72, 79. Draw No 14403: 2, 5, 7, 20,
23, 27, 32, 35, 42, 43, 44, 46, 48, 51, 53,
56, 73, 74, 75, 77.
An elderly woman is believed to be
missing in the Tararua area — and she
may have her burmese cat with her.
Valerie Steiner, 82, was last seen at
lunchtime yesterday, when she was
intending to visit a store in Woodville.
She suffers from memory loss and may
be confused and disoriented.
Police and Ms Steiner’s family are
concerned for her whereabouts.
She may be travelling in her blue 2004
Honda Jazz, registration BZN494, and it
is believed her dark brown burmese cat is
with her. — NZN
Police say they are investigating new
leads and re-examining forensic evidence
from a Waikato murder 30 years ago.
Publican Chris Bush was shot dead just
before midnight on Saturday, October
24, 1987, at the Red Fox Tavern in
Having closed up the tavern, Mr Bush
was having a drink with three staff
members when two heavily disguised
men burst in yelling, “ This is a hold-up. ”
One man was carrying a double-
barrelled shotgun, the other a baseball
As Mr Bush stood up, he was shot and
One of the men then ordered a female
staff member to search Mr Bush’s
pockets for the key to the safe, which was
cleared of cash.
The men tied up the three staff
members before leaving.
Detective Inspector Gary Lendrum,
who worked on the original inquiry,
says police have received “credible
information” which has reinvigorated the
“ What it demonstrates to me is that
there has been talk among a group of
people as to who was responsible,” he
“For whatever reason, they ’ve kept
that to themselves — whether that ’s
misguided loyalty or whether it’s fear.”
The case featured on the Police Ten 7
television programme on Thursday night.
Mr Lendrum said he hoped people
who know who was responsible would
now have the courage to come for ward.
“The men involved may have been
intimidating 30 years ago, but they will
now be middle-aged or older and you
may now feel comfortable contacting
police,” he said.
With the advances in forensic science,
Mr Lendrum said material collected at
the time was being re-examined. —NZ N
New leads in
As a child, Q uinn Patterson was
forced to help his “eccentric” father
dig graves and was the one who
stepped in when his parents were
Before long, he was in trouble with
the law. He had several convictions by
age 22, including one for stabbing a
Fast for ward 34 years and the
troubled father of two is dead, his
charred remains recovered last
night from his rented home near
Whangarei, which burned to the
ground after he shot three people
during a routine property inspection.
On Wednesday morning, Wendy
Campbell, 60, arrived at the house
with her daughter Natanya, 37, who
had recently started working for her
company, Seek n Find, which she ran
with husband Tony Rodgers.
They were there to carry out an
inspection and install smoke alarms
with contractor Jeff Pipe.
But Patterson “ lost the plot ” and
shot the two women dead.
He shot and wounded Mr Pipe, who
was able to escape in his Suzuki.
One of five siblings, Patterson
moved to New Zealand from Canada
with his parents and they settled in
Patterson told friends his grave-
digging father was intelligent but “a
bit of an eccentric ”, very spiritual, and
had a strange belief about the world.
Friend Leah Cameron
Patterson’s father brought his children
up with a “Doomsday” mentality.
“He was fatalistic about the world,
could have been classed as being a bit
of a fanatic. ”
He made his children dig graves with
him and he and his wife apparently
wrote a book about UFOs.
Another friend said Patterson’s
father was strict but loved his children
“His dad was tough but he was
brought up in the Depression.
“He was just a hard man but he had
the love of God in him. He loved his
sons (and daughter) very much.”
However, Ms Cameron said: “ These
kids were hammered.
“His father used to get a bit aggro
with his mother. Quinn was the
protector of the mother.
“He always tried to help. He was
the least aggressive in the family.
But growing up in his very troubled
family, he got into trouble quite a lot.”
That trouble included several
brushes with the law and by 21 he had
an assault conviction.
On June 20, 1983, police dog
handler Bruce Howat caught him
writing graffiti on the wall in a central
Patterson ran off. Th en-constable
Howat gave chase and Patterson
stabbed his arm several times with a
33cm hunting knife, scarring him for
life and ending his career.
“ He was a little runt who wore
glasses,” Mr Howat said yesterday.
“He was so small that after he stabbed
me, I picked him up by the belt with
one hand and tried to carry him back
to the police station.”
After “four or five” mistrials, he
was finally convicted in 1984 and
sentenced to 18 months for grievous
Over the next 20 years Patterson
had two children of his own and by
2007 he was running his own business
in Whangarei, where locals were
unaware of his violent past.
He rented several properties in the
town and had clashes with previous
landlords over unpaid rent and
By about 2010, he was single and
living alone in Mount Tiger Road,
in one of two homes on the property,
the other being empty. He ran Ab Fab
House Maintenance Ser vices from
the house, but it is believed he was
Like his father, he was known as
“a little unusual”, intelligent but
“ He was a man who would always
speak his mind,” Ms Cameron said.
Patterson liked guns, despite friends
saying he did not have a licence and
was not a hunter.
Neighbours would often hear him
shooting in his backyard.
“ He just shot in his back lawn by
the sounds of it. You could hear it
from here, you could hear it from
everywhere,” neighbour Brad Walters
“They were big guns . . . We’re
talking semi-automatics, big calibres. ”
A friend told Newshub he had
grenades, shotguns, rifles and pistols,
and had “barricaded” himself in the
property with bars on the windows.
He was becoming more and more
depressed and paranoid, friends said.
He told friends and family new
tenants had moved into the other
home on the property, which he
regarded as his “sanctuary”.
He felt like he was being pushed out
of the home and Wendy Campbell
had keys to the property and had
visited, which angered him.
“The thought of moving was
incredibly stressful for him,” Ms
Cameron said. “ I feel that was the
catalyst for snapping.” — NZME
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Friends tell of guns, depression
Cats are notorious for being
fair-weather friends, sleeping
around and having a couple of
personal feeding stations in the
So do not immediately take a
cat which starts to hang around
to the Whangarei SPCA, pleads
manager Francine Shields.
The SPCA wants fewer cats
coming through its doors.
“ We are drowning in cats.
There’s a flood of them. We are
diverting all our money into just
caring for cats and they ’re sending
us broke. ”
So far this year, the SPCA has
had nearly 1500 cats through its
cages, at times up to 35 coming
in a day, and the breeding season
hasn’t kicked in yet.
That amount is the same
number of cats taken in for the
whole of last year.
The demands on staff time and
other resources are preventing
staff from being able to carry out
the SPCA’s other animal welfare
work, Ms Shields said.
“That is what SPCA is for, we’re
an animal welfare society, not a
home for pet cats.
“I’ve fought against this, I’ve
resisted coming out and saying
no, we won’t take any more cats.
“ When they are brought
in, by law we have to keep
them a certain time, and if
we can’t rehome them we
have to euthanise them. It’s
Most cats brought in are
thought to be strays by the good-
hearted people finding them, but
are often just temporarily away
from their permanent homes, Ms
There is a strong possibility any
well-fed, friendly moggie that
turns up on the doorstep and
hangs around for a short while is
not a real stray — as in homeless,
dumped or wild, and unwanted.
“ If the cat is still hanging
around after seven to 10 days
then of course we’ ll take it, but
we want the community to take
responsibility for their cats, too.”
The visiting cat is likely to
eventually wend its way back
to its real home, so wait a
week before deciding it’s a
genuine stray rather than just an
opportunist, Ms Shield says.
The SPCA is offering to
provide a cat collar with a tab
saying “If this cat is yours, phone
xxx” to people who phone them
about a friendly, hanging-around
When the cat slinks back to its
real home, the owner can call the
“finder’s” number and affirm it is
not a stray.
It might just help stem the
— N Z ME-Northern Advocate
SPCA swamped by cats
PICTURE: Northern Advocate
Whangarei SPCA chief inspector and manager Francine Shields with one of the many cats under the
A Westport man has been jailed for
three and a half years for indecently
assaulting a young girl.
Peter James Hartigan, 31, appeared
in the Westport District Court on
Wednesday for sentencing.
He had earlier been found guilty of
19 charges of indecently assaulting a
Both the pre-sentence report and
psychologist ’s report recommended
Hartigan be treated in a special sex
offender unit within prison.
His conviction means he will be
placed on the child sex offender
Judge Tom Gilbert said it was
“ impossible to quantify” how many
times Hartigan had indecently
assaulted the victim.
However, given what he had
admitted to police it seemed it was
“well over 100”.
The extent of the offending meant
any claim for previous good character
was “simply hollow ” which meant “no
discount ” in sentencing, he said.
Aggravating factors in Hartigan’s
offending were the harm caused to
his victim, the gross abuse of trust
involved, the scale of the offending
and the victim’s vulnerability.
Hartigan began the indecent
assaults in 2014. They continued until
earlier this year. The offences took
place at different locations.
Judge Gilbert said the assaults
included “skin on skin contact
involving the genital region and
Hartigan had used such tactics
against the victim as “ bribes of
lollies”, he said.
The judge told Hartigan what he
had done to the victim had “stolen
her innocence and blighted her
He noted that Hartigan had
pleaded guilty early and gave him
credit for that.
The judge said there was no reason
why name suppression should
continue but publication must avoid
any risk of identifying the victim.
He warned news media present in
court that describing the relationship
of Hartigan to the victim, thereby
enabling the public to identify the
victim, would be in contempt of
Watson had earlier told the court the
Crown opposed the lifting of name
suppression, despite the victim’s
mother wanting Hartigan’s name
The Crown believed that given
the size of the community, lifting of
name suppression risked the victim
Judge Gilbert told the court
that anyone who made public any
information, by which it was possible
to identify the victim, would be in
contempt of court.
Ms Watson said aggravating factors
in Hartigan’s offending were the age
of the victim, the breach of trust, the
frequency and prolonged nature of
the assaults and the pre-meditation
Victim impact assessments from
family members of the victim were
read to the court at their request.
They spoke of the awful impact of
Hartigan’s offending on the victim,
of how her physical appearance and
attitude deteriorated and of how her
innocence had been stolen.
They talked of how Hartigan’s
offending reverberated through the
entire family, how their sense of
security had been destroyed, how
they could no longer trust and that
their lives had been destroyed by
what he had done.
Judge Gilbert told Hartigan the
conviction meant Hartigan was now
subject to the three strikes law.
Parole Reform Act 2010, there is
a three-stage system of increasing
consequences for repeat serious
violent offenders, aged 18 and over.
The judge issued Hartigan with a
first warning. A first strike warning
stays on an offender’s record for good
unless their conviction is overturned.
— Westport News
Westport man jailed for indecent assaults on girl
New jobs offered to
A and G Price staff
The Thames community is rallying to
find new jobs for up to 100 residents left
out of work when a historic engineering
business went into liquidation.
A and G Price Ltd announced it
was folding on Wednesday, telling its
workers they should not to come back to
work and there were no guarantees they
would be offered redundancies.
However, other businesses in the area
have rallied in support of the fir m’s
former workers, inundating the Thames-
Coromandel District Council with new
“ We’re really optimistic that people
will find jobs quickly, and it ’s heartening
to see that our communities are rallying
together already to lend support,” Mayor
Sandra Goudie said.
“ We’re talking about a lot of really
good workers, people that are tried and
true engineers, welders and other skilled
Work and Income also planned to hold
support sessions for the workers at the
Thames Community Link today from
9am to 2pm.
The engineering company had offered
a range of ser vices, including designing
and casting new steel products in its
The foundry and engineering works
were opened in Thames in 1871 by
brothers Alfred and George Price to
ser vice the Coromandel Peninsula’s gold
It was one of the city’s oldest
As well as gold mining machinery it
built railway locomotives and wagons.
More recently it made the metal grille
covering the Supreme Court building in
Wellington and keels for America’s Cup
Brian Donnelly worked at the foundry,
first as a fitter-turner then for 35 years
as a foreman, and his son had been there
for 10 years.
There had been talks for several months
but no-one expected the company to
shut its doors so suddenly, he told RNZ’s
Small engineering companies in the
town might take on a few workers but it
wouldn’t be “anywhere near enough” and
some would have to leave the town.
Some would find it tough to adapt to
other trades as they had worked only in
that industry. — N ZN
Govt rethink on
migrant worker plan
The Government has
remuneration bands separating low and
mid-skilled workers after businesses
complained the original rules were too
There were 170 submissions on the
Government ’s planned changes to
temporary work visas, prompting a
rethink on how skilled migrants are
identified under visa requirements.
Under a plan announced in April the
government proposed changes meaning
migrants would only count as “skilled” if
the job they were coming for paid more
than about $49,000 a year.
That figure has been relaxed to a
little over $41,000 a year following
consultation, or about 85% of the current
Employers were concerned higher
qualified mid-skilled workers, on a
pathway to higher level jobs, could have
been penalised by a requirement to stand
down after three years.
It recognises workers are filling genuine
skills shortages, Immigration Minister
Michael Woodhouse said.
He believed between 6000 and 7000
people, on current numbers, would not
be subject to the stand-down period
following the changes and could be in
line for a pay increase.
“ If somebody has a remuneration
threshold to reach and they are below
but within the range of it, it may well
be that if the employer is keen to ensure
that worker remains — and an overseas
worker is still required — then there
could be a salary increase for them,” he
He did not believe wages would be
suppressed or that employers would
reduce wages from the old threshold to
‘’We’ll be watching that closely but I
think that ’s highly unlikely.”
Business NZ labelled the policy
“ helpful” but chief executive Kirk Hope
said innovative solutions were needed to
help young New Zealanders upskill and
Federated Farmers says the changes
“The entire sector called for the
Government ’s proposal to be amended
to provide a framework for employers
to attract and retain quality, motivated,
highly capable migrant employees,”
immigration spokesman Chris Lewis
“ None of the changes proposed in the
document released today will do that. ”
Labour’s immigration spokesman Iain
Lees-Galloway said the focus should be
on high-skilled immigration.
“ I think it ’s a really bad policy, using
salary as a proxy for skills is just a poor
approach,” he said.
“ What we should be doing is properly
assessing where the skill shortages
exist, and where they do, fill them with
migrant labour where necessary.”
New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters said it was unfocused and
haphazard and echoed Labour’s claims
the policy was a knee-jerk reaction.
Helicopters herd seals to safety
Low-flying helicopters are being used
to herd seals away from contractors
clearing earthquake-damaged State
highway 1 north of Kaikoura.
The innovative method of heli-hazing,
the technical term for herding by
helicopter, is understood to be a New
Zealand first and conser vationists say
it is having no adverse effects on the
legally-protected marine mammals.
Agencies and contractors working
with heavy machinery to clear rockfalls
and landslides from the highway north
of Kaikoura by a strict deadline of
Christmas this year, have been issued
a Department of Conser vation permit
that grants immunity from killing,
injuring, or disturbing seals during the
massive road and rail rebuild.
There have been around 180 fur, or
kekeno, seal deaths since the massive
magnitude 7.8 November tremor, with
most likely succumbing to rockfall or
The local population of about 2000 at
Ohau New Zealand fur seal sanctuary
and breeding colony appears largely
unperturbed by the habitat disruption.
Every night, seals migrate back into
the dangerous construction zones.
To move them on the following
morning, and to keep them clear from
trucks, diggers and falling debris, an
experienced chopper operator buzzes
over them, using the rotor wash to
marshal them into the sea or safe areas.
“The helicopter pilot has it down to a
fine art,” DOC northern South Island
director of operations Roy Grose said.
“They are not tripping over as they
lumber along and it ’s pretty low stress.
They come back in the evening and
don’t seem concerned at all, sunning
themselves right among all the activity. ”
on ta xpayers
Rotorua Lakes Council intends
spending $90,000 of government money
importing mud from South Korea, and
the Taxpayers’ Union says it is “ beyond
The council says it needs five tonnes
of Korean mud powder for its annual
Mudtopia event and it is going to use
part of a $1.5 million MBIE grant to pay
“How MBIE and Rotorua Lakes
Council think spending $90,000
importing mud from overseas is a good
idea is beyond imagination,” Taxpayers’
Union spokesman Matthew Rhodes
“It’s like Dubai importing sand for a
Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick has
defended the proposal, saying it is not
Mr Rhodes said it did not make any
difference whether it’s coming from
taxpayers or ratepayers.
“Either way it is still public money and
the council’s attitude shows little regards
for those who earned it.” — NZN
One person was
trapped and another
injured after their car
ploughed into a tree near
Police were called to
the Coastal Highway,
State highway 60, near
Redwood Valley about
The trapped occupant
suffered critical injuries,
while the other had to
be cut freed from the
car and was treated at
the scene by ambulance
officers, police said.
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