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Police have launched legal action to try
to recover $8.6 million from one of the
men involved in the Auckland Transport
corruption and bribery case.
High Court restraining orders have
been granted for property in Mt Eden,
a commercial property and a beach
house in the Coromandel, bank account
proceeds and vehicles, police said in a
In February, former Auckland
Transport manager Murray Noone, 53,
was jailed for five years for taking what
prosecutors said was about $1.1m in
bribes between 2006 and 2013 .
His co-accused, Stephen Borlase,
52, who owned and ran engineering
consultancy company Projenz, was
jailed for five years and six months for
bribing Noone and another council
Police said the civil proceedings were
last week launched against a 53-year-old
man and his wife.
They did not say which of the two
men they were targeting but court staff
confirmed Borlase is due to appear
in the High Court at Auckland next
“ Material benefits that have been
derived from a corrupt relationship are
‘proceeds of crime’, plain and simple,”
said detective senior sergeant Chris
“The commissioner of police will
investigate these instances and look
to remove the unlawful benefits from
those who engage in significant criminal
activity.” — NZN
$8.6m sought in graft case
A garage fire in Hawea Flat
which destroyed three vehicles and
took hours to extinguish was not
Crews from the Wanaka and Lake
Hawea Volunteer Fire Brigades were
called to the fire in Camphill Road
about 6pm on Tuesday.
Lake Hawea chief fire officer Brent
Arthur said the two-story garage was
well ablaze by the time crews arrived.
There were no suspicious
circumstances surrounding the fire,
Mr Arthur said.
The fire proved “tricky” to
extinguish because of concerns about
the structural integrity of the garage
and the large amount of flammable
“The likes of garages are cram-
packed full of all sorts of things
and this one had your fuels and the
rubbers and the plastics from the
Mr Arthur said he was reluctant to
send anybody into the building once
they knew nobody was inside, so the
fire had to be “attacked ” externally.
The garage was not connected to
the house but the upstairs area of the
garage was used as a sleepout.
No-one was injured.
A fire investigator visited the site
yesterday morning but the cause of
the fire was still to be determined,
Mr Arthur said.
— Otago Daily Times
Garage fire ‘tricky’ to extinguish
PICTURE: Brent Arthur
Firefighters from the Lake Hawea and Wanaka volunteer fire brigades fight
a garage fire in Camphill Road on Tuesday night. The garage contained one
vehicle and two quad bikes so the fire had to be extinguished externally.
Union protests job
A plan to cut the number of staff
working on Auckland trains will make
it less safe for passengers, protesting
transport union members say, but
Auckland Transport says claims about
staffing are incorrect.
More than a hundred Rail and
Maritime Transport Union members
gathered at Auckland’s Britomart station
yesterday, protesting what they believe
are plans to cut costs by removing train
managers from city trains.
RMTU acting general secretary
John Kerr said the job cuts were being
planned by Auckland Transport and
foreign owned multi-national company
He said train managers played vital
roles in incidents ranging from medical
emergencies and assisting disabled
passengers to helping deter criminal
“Removing permanent on-board staff
from passenger trains is tantamount to
ripping up the safety culture on those
ser vices,’’ he said.
He said the union did not back
Auckland Transport’s plans to recruit
“transport officers” to patrol the train
network in the place of train managers.
He said these new officers would be
welcomed if they were given powers
similar to those exercised by transport
police elsewhere in the world and if
they were to act together with existing
train managers, who are permanently on
“ Transport officers . . . won’t have the
necessary powers to inter vene in the
event of incidents such as the recent
graffiti bombing of a train, nor is there
any guarantee they will be on the
platform or train at any given time,” he
An Auckland Transport spokesman
directed NZ Newswire to a press release
it issued on Friday, outlining that the
union claims were wrong.
“ We will have more than 200 transport
officers on the network, that ’s definitely
not just a driver,” group manager of
operations for Auckland Transport,
Brendon Main, said.
“ We’ve talked to our operator
Transdev and subject to ongoing
consultation with their staff and the
union, we will be recruiting more
“They will be the go to person if there’s
an issue on a train or at a station. ”
Man denies Levin murder
A third man charged in the murder of a Levin Nomad
gang associate has pleaded not guilty.
William Hines, 41, appeared in the High Court at
Wellington today, via video link, after being arrested
earlier this month. He denied to the murder of 36-year-
old Palmiro MacDonald and is likely to join Chea Haeana
and another man with name suppression in a jury trial in
April next year. All three have pleaded not guilty.
Hines will appear in court again in November for a
pre-trial review. — NZN
Secret steroids found
in sport supplements
At least a half dozen sport supplements
on sale in New Zealand and Australia
contain steroids not declared on their
packaging, a study has found.
Simple tests of products bought in
stores and on-line have shown more 5%
secretly contain androgen — or designer
anabolic steroids, researchers from the
University of Otago and the University
of Technology Sydney say.
Athletes taking steroids accidentally
risked testing positive in doping tests,
while they posed health risks for others,
lead researcher, Otago’s Professor Alison
The market for the products was not
well regulated, she said.
“Sports supplements are usually
marketed without rigorous scientific,
clinical safety and efficacy data. There
is no legal requirement for proof-of-
benefit claims. ”
Poor manufacturing or mixing often
meant products contained compounds
banned in sport, but without mentioning
them on the labels.
“The supplements we tested included
formulations, fat metabolisers, vitamins
and herbal extracts,” Prof Heather said.
“ We simply went into supplement
retailers, or bought on-line, supplements
that were being marketed for athletes
as ‘performance-enhancing’ products.
We specifically chose supplements that
did not state on their labels that they
contained an androgen.” The study has
been published in the International
Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise
A report in 2015 showed 95% of all
New Zealand athletes used supplements.
European studies have shown up to
16% of sport supplements contained
banned substances. — NZ N
Wrangle over forensic
testing delays trial
The retrial for a 2013 Taupo murder
charge may not be held until 2019
because of a scrap between police and
Legal Aid over paying for forensic
Hendrix John Kahia, 30, is due to go
on trial in February next year. In 2014 he
was found guilty of murdering 19-year-
old Wiremu Birch but granted a retrial
The trial was meant to start last week but
could not go ahead because the defence
requires clothing to be forensically tested
in the United Kingdom.
At a callover hearing in the High Court
at Rotorua yesterday, Justice Timothy
Brewer noted the 2019 date could be
a possibility because of the shortage
of High Court facilities and allocated
judge time in the Bay of Plenty-Waikato
He also slammed the dispute over
whether police or legal aid paid for the
testing. The money would come form
the same source; the government.
“Apparently it is bureaucratically
important which pocket the money
comes form,” he said.
Crown solicitor Amanda Gordon said
police had flatly refused to pay because
they had exceeded their forensic testing
budget, meaning the defence had been
forced to apply to legal aid.
That application had been successful.
Justice Brewer adjourned the matter
for a further callover on October 11
when a new trial date was expected to
Kahia remains on bail. — NZ N
New officers worldly lot
The latest crop of constables to
graduate from the Royal New Zealand
Police College have worldly experience,
including a British soldier who served in
Afghanistan and another who is believed
to be New Zealand ’s first Assyrian police
Constable James Allan, who will
be deployed to Canterbury, won the
Brigadier’s Commendation Coin for his
work teaching troops search techniques
while he was stationed in Afghanistan
with the British Army.
Other recruits in Wing 307, who will
turn out for their graduation today, have
ser ved in the New Zealand Army, South
African Navy and the Royal Marine
Constable Timothy Nickson-Clarke,
who was previously a police employee
with specified limited constabulary
powers, says his experience will serve him
“My time with the Manukau Custody
Unit was inspiring and, at times, scary,” he
said. “Experiencing gang culture, violent
detainees, and people affected by drug
and alcohol was challenging at first.
“But I learned the importance of
communication and felt the satisfaction
of de-escalating a situation which may
have turned ugly.”
Constable Mariam Oshana, meanwhile,
was born in Iraq and speaks three
languages — Assyrian, Arabic and
It is believed she is the first Assyrian
female police officer in New Zealand.
She said knowing Arabic and Assyrian
will help her to break down barriers and
build rapport in the community, forcing
people to see past the uniform.
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