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17 years for drug mule
A Czech national was handed a
17-year prison term in the Manukau
District Court yesterday for trying to
smuggle 20kg of methamphetamine
with a street value of $20 million
through Auckland Airport. Juri
Kupec, 42, who had been profiled as
high risk by Customs intelligence,
arrived from Bangkok with his
69-year-old mother in May 2016. He
was questioned and a search located
the meth hidden under false linings
of their suitcases. His mother was also
arrested but charges were dropped
and she was deported. — N ZN
More robber y arrests
Two more arrests have been over
an armed robbery of a Palmerston
North petrol station a fortnight
ago, taking to three the number of
people apprehended. One person was
arrested last week and was remanded
on bail to reappear in the Palmerston
North Youth Court today. Two
others, aged 17 and 18, were arrested
yesterday and are to appear in court
today. — NZ N
Fight, shot probe
A fight in Christchurch in which a
man ran from the scene after a shot
was fired continues to be investigated
by police. The fight took place near
the Golden Mile Tavern in Trents
Road in Templeton early yesterday
and it appeared from an initial
examination that a shot had been
fired, detective Jo Parks said. — N ZN
Light plane clips fence
Taieri Aero Club president Colin
Chalmers is giving a light aircraft
pilot top marks for quick thinking
after he made an emergency landing
in a paddock west of the Taieri
airfield, near Dunedin, last evening.
The aircraft clipped a fence and had
received “a few dents”, but the pilot
was uninjured, Mr Chalmers said.
— Otago Daily Times
Rail staff strike
Commuter rail workers held a
two-hour strike in Wellington
today, protesting what they say are
attempts to claw back employee
benefits. The unionised staff of
Transdev, a French multinational,
and Hyundai Rotem Company
struck between 11am and 1pm, the
Rail and Maritime Transport Union
said. “ These international companies
want local rail workers to surrender
many of their hard-won terms and
conditions,” general secretary Wayne
Butson said. He said when the
companies took over the contract
they committed to employing Kiwi
Rail staff on the same or more
favourable terms, but now wanted to
break that commitment. — NZ N
Numbers in Keno draw No 14672: 5,
13, 14, 17, 18, 26, 29, 34, 36, 44, 45, 48,
52, 57, 58, 69, 70, 72, 78, 80. Draw No
14673: 2, 6, 14, 16, 20, 21, 24, 27, 32,
41, 47, 48, 52, 59, 61, 62, 68, 69, 75, 78.
Draw No 14674: 3, 4, 7, 9, 15, 26, 29,
33, 35, 36, 44, 47, 50, 52, 56, 58, 61, 67,
70, 77. Draw No 14675: 6, 11, 12, 18,
21, 31, 34, 44, 46, 49, 54, 55, 56, 59, 66,
67, 69, 71, 72, 74.
Countdown to drop plastic bags
Ministry of Transport fraudster Joanne
Harrison has been declined parole at her
The Parole Board today said Harrison,
50, “continues to impose an undue risk to
the safety of the community”.
A full written decision would be
released next week.
Harrison will be considered for parole
again in March 2018.
Earlier this year, Harrison was jailed for
more than three years for fraudulently
taking $726,000 from ministry accounts
she controlled while working as a general
manager. — NZN
Fraudster denied parole
Three men charged with the murders of
an unc le and nephew near Rotorua have
made their first court appearance.
Mikaere James Hura, a Rotorua
undertaker, 21, Martin Hone, 34, from
Tokanui, and Zen Pulemoana, 25,
from Rotorua, appeared in the Rotorua
District Court today.
They have been charged with the
murders of Raymond Fleet, 51, and his
25-year-old nephew James, who were
reported missing in August and their
bodies discovered in Mamaku Forest
seven days later.
Tuwhakakorongo Te Raroa Te Kani, 28,
from Mamaku, faces charges including
the manslaughter of the uncle and
nephew and threatening to kill Raymond
and Darrius Fleet.
He also faces two charges of being an
accessory after the fact of murdering
the pair by moving and attempting to
conceal a corpse.
None entered pleas to the charges
when they appeared before Judge Greg
Hollister-Jones via video link and were
remanded in custody for High Court
appearances on October 25.
In total they faced 21 charges including
There was a large contingent of Fleet
family members and friends in the public
gallery including a number of children
sitting on the floor.
There was a heavy police and security
presence for the duration of the hearing.
A fifth man is to appear in the
Whakatane District Court today on
associated charges. — NZ N
Five arrests in
Supermarket giant Countdown
has won praise from environmental
groups for vowing to stop offering
plastic bags by the end of next year.
The chain announced today its 184
stores would, by the end of 2018,
phase out single-use, plastic bags,
reducing the number used nationally
by 350 million.
From next week the company will
also discount its reusable bags.
Countdown’s managing director
Dave Chambers said two years or
research had found 83% of customers
supported the move.
Greenpeace campaigner Elena Di
Palma said the company was now
well ahead of the pack on the issue.
“They ’ve taken a bold move that
makes them leader of the pack on
plastic reduction,” she said.
“They ’ve realised how strongly
the public sees these bags as pure
New World last month announced
it was sur veying customers to see
whether they are willing to wear a 5c
or 10c charge for plastic bags. Those
results are due back next week, with
any changes to be implemented by
the end of 2018. — NZN
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Aluminium High Grade
A woman in her 20s suffered
moderate injuries and was
taken to Dunedin Hospital by
ambulance after a car struck
a parked car at the corner of
Albany and Hyde Streets about
Police also “processed one
person for having excess breath
alcohol” after the crash, a police
It was the second of two
crashes in the Albany Street area
apparently involving the same car.
The first two-car crash
happened near the corner of
Albany and Clyde Streets.
A vehicle involved in that
accident continued along Albany
Street, trailing oil, before the
second crash, a block away, which
resulted in the injury.
Police said two people reportedly
left the scene on foot and headed
towards Hyde Street after the
second crash. One person was
then spoken to by police and was
processed for excess breath-alcohol,
police said. — Otago Daily Times
Second crash in same car puts woman in hospital
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
An ambulance attends a crash in Albany Street, D unedin, last night.
Teachers are gearing up for hard
but colourful — industrial action
over pay equity, higher pay and lower
About 380 primary and early
childhood teachers at the NZ
conference in Rotorua yesterday
made multi-coloured placards, sang
about “the sisterhood” and exercised
to music in line with two women
filmed posturing outside Parliament
to make the case for pay equity.
over whelmingly female, have lodged
pay equity claims for 425 education
support workers in early childhood
and about 12,000 teacher aides in
schools, and have signalled that they
will lodge an equity claim for private
early childhood teachers to match
a deal won for public kindergarten
teachers in 2002.
They are also gearing up for what
executive member Liam Rutherford
described as a claim for a “seismic
shift ” in pay and conditions for the
country’s 29,000 primary teachers
and principals, whose collective
agreements expire in May and June
Former institute president Louise
Green warned that they would have
to “flex our industrial muscle” to win
Hutt Valley education support
worker Jacoline Brink told the
conference that her work was
under valued compared to her
husband’s work as a corrections officer
occupation which the institute
tried to use as a male-dominated
comparator in negotiations which the
Ministry of Education has agreed to
treat as a pay equity case.
The ministry has rejected corrections
officers as a comparator on the basis
that their work is too different from
education support workers, and
negotiators are now talking about
using more closely-related male-
dominated jobs in the social ser vices.
Ms Brink said she and her husband
migrated with their young children
from South Africa 10 years ago. She
wanted to train as an early childhood
teacher but the family could not
afford to live on one income, so she
started work five years ago as an
education support worker, paid by
the ministry to work with individual
children with special needs in early
The current starting rate is just
under $17 an hour and Brink is now
on the top rate of $19.87 an hour.
Hours fluctuate with the needs of
children in her area, and next term
she will go down to only seven and
a half hours a week with one child
because another child has left.
In contrast, her husband earns about
$55,000 a year — about $26 an hour.
“ Last year we tried to buy a house.
We still don’t own a house,” she said.
“ Every time we sat down with the
mortgage broker we got all those
things on the table. When it got to
my job it was, ‘It sounds good that I
work for the Ministry of Education,
but it comes down to my pay.’ Then
the comments come back, ‘Oh you
have to go and find a real job.’
“O ur role is not seen as valuable,
yet we work with the most valuable
people and that ’s children.”
Negotiations for the next group,
teacher aides in schools, are still in
the early stages of agreeing on a job
description of what teacher aides
The institute signalled that it will
for the broader primary teachers’
agreement with the aim of a big leap
in both pay rates and paid preparation
and marking time equivalent to
winning equity with secondary
teacher pay rates in 1998.
“Our current salary movement has
us falling further behind doctors,
lawyers and other professionals that
we have historically been compared
with,” Rutherford said.
“Changes in our terms and
conditions of ser vice that we are
talking about are going to take one
heck of a campaign. This campaign
is going to require us to mobilise our
members in ways that we have never
“ We won (the fight against) bulk
funding. Now we have to do it again. ”
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
Teachers brace for pay battle
Fight for ‘seismic shift’ in pay, conditions
Peter John Carroll used a steering
wheel lock to hit Marcus Luke Tucker
several times, in an effort to “calm” Mr
“ I picked up the steering wheel lock
and hit him in the shoulder. I hit him
again in the shoulder, he went floppy and
stopped moving,” Carroll told the High
Court at Christchurch yesterday.
Carroll, 53, is on trial for murder after
the body of Mr Tucker, 36, was found
bashed and burned near Lake Ellesmere
on Anzac Day last year.
The trial began last Monday, when the
jury heard that Mr Tucker and Carroll
were both involved in the city’s drug
scene, and Mr Tucker had allegedly been
using fake $100 notes to buy drugs days
before his death.
The court heard that an associate of
Carroll’s, whose name is suppressed, was
selling drugs for him and had received
fake $100 notes from Mr Tucker during
a drug deal.
Carroll realised he had been scammed
when he went to collect the money from
Carroll told the court he started
counting the money and the top three
notes were real, but the rest were
On April 24, Carroll went to his
associate’s house and found Mr Tucker
asleep in a bedroom.
Mr Carroll said, “I’m here, I’ll sort it
Carroll told the court he hit Mr Tucker
in an effort to intimidate him, but
Mr Tucker kept struggling and would
not calm down.
Mr Carroll said he must have hit
Mr Tucker in the head, because he
was knocked out and saw “quite a lot
of blood” on the floor underneath
Mr Tucker’s head.
After realising Mr Tucker was not
breathing, he went outside for a cigarette
and told his associate that he thought he
had killed Mr Tucker.
The court heard that Carroll, along
with a man, whose name has been
suppressed, drove to a road near
Lake Ellesmere, where they burned
Mr Tucker’s body.
Carroll was arrested six days after
Mr Tucker’s body was found.
The trial will continue today. — NZ N
Blows ‘to calm him down’
Gang pair convicted of prospect’s murder
Two Auckland gang members
accused of beating a young prospect
to death in a bid to “harden him up”
have been found guilty of murder.
Clayton Ratima, 24, was declared
brain dead and died after being
dropped off at Middlemore
Hospital in February last year.
A jury today found Tribesmen
gang members Denis Solomon,
32, and Vincent Mana George, 33,
both guilty of Mr Ratima’s murder
after two weeks of evidence.
The courtroom in the High Court
at Auckland was other wise silent as
the verdicts were read, supporters
in the public gallery simply shaking
their heads and quietly crying.
“ We love you, Mana,” one said as
the pair were led away.
During the trial, the Crown
argued the pair attempted to coax
prospective member Mr Ratima
who was manning the gate
of the gang’s Otara pad — to
unsuccessfully fight an associate
about 5am on a Sunday.
As the reluctant pair failed to land
blows in a messy exchange, the two
accused men grew frustrated and
launched a savage attack on Mr
Ratima, prosecutors said.
“They were determined to deal to
Mr Ratima,” Crown lawyer Natalie
Walker told the jury, describing
how others heard “swearing, yelling
and sounds of scuffling”.
At 190cm tall and weighing
130kg, Mr Ratima was an imposing
But witnesses described him as a
“gentle giant ” and prosecutors said
the two attackers knew that, as a
prospect, he would never hit back.
Shortly after the beating, the pair
went to a “gentlemen’s club” in
central Auckland, leaving others to
take Mr Ratima to the emergency
department with two fractures in
his neck and a swollen brain.
Later, Solomon would ask
younger gang members to take the
rap for the killing, offering them a
motorcycle and cash, according to a
statement by an associate to police.
But Solomon’s lawyer, Shane Tait,
attacked this testimony and that of
many other gang associates in the
The defence said a key witness,
the man told to fight Mr Ratima,
was very drunk at the time, and had
initially not even mentioned the
defendants to police — changing
his story later to protect himself.
The Crown had built its case on
unreliable witnesses and fell well
short of proving the men took
part in the attack, George’s lawyer,
Adam Simperingham, told the jury.
Never having finished his first
year of high school, Mr Ratima
fell in with the Tribesmen while
changing tyres for a living in Otara.
Members of the gang attended
his funeral, leaving a patch on his
coffin, to the dismay of family, Ms
Walker told the court.
Solomon and George will be
sentenced in November. — NZ N
Red f lags missed in Moko case
Evidence given by the Children’s
Commissioner at the Moko
Rangitoheiri inquest should be
uploaded to You Tube and become
required viewing especially by
politicians, the presiding coroner
Coroner Wallace Bain’s comments
came at the end of the second
phase of the inquest into the Taupo
toddler’s death in August 2015 at
the hands of his caregivers, Tania
Shailer and David Hawera.
Both are ser ving 17 year sentences
for Moko’s manslaughter.
The inquest began in August
and was adjourned until yesterday
when expert evidence was called
when the coroner’s court sat in the
Rotorua District Court.
Children’s Commissioner Judge
Andrew Becroft and child health
specialist Dr Johan Morreau both
spoke of the red flags that should
have alerted authorities that Moko
was an at-risk child.
Judge Becroft said these flags
began at Starship Hospital
when no help was given to
Moko’s mother to find suitable
accommodation for him while a
sibling was being treated there.
He noted Moko had also been a
Red flags were also missed by the
Ministry For Vulnerable Children
— Oranga Tamariki and the Taupo
Maori Women’s Refuge to which
Shaila had gone while Moko was
in her care.
“The missing of these red flags
indicated a need for collaborative
inter vention,” Judge Becroft said.
“There were sufficient eyes and
ears into Moko’s circumstances
and care at various stages, yet the
eyes didn’t see and the ears didn’t
hear, nor did they trigger proper
investigations about his real
condition and risks. ”
He said Moko’s abhorrent death
was preventable and clearly lessons
should be learned from it, adding
an important part of training for
those working with at-risk children
should be to ensure collaboration
He supported the coroner’s call
following the Nia Glassie inquest
for a national register recording
every child born in New Zealand,
something that had been repeated
by others over the years, yet failed
to gain traction.
Reser ving his decision, the
coroner gave lawyers until October
26 to provide written submissions.
Tourists badly hurt in crash
It was the first day of work in
Northland for two German tourists
seriously injured in a crash.
Warren Suckling, also known as Ernie,
from the farm-visit attraction Kumara
Box said the women in their mid 20s
had just started working at the business
located on Poutu Road.
He had know them for two days and
they started work today.
“They came in eager, looking for work
and had their work permits,” he said.
“They were staying here and going to
use this as their base. ”
He described them as awesome girls
and the team at the Kumara Box were
“ Within seconds of the crash
happening we had another German
worker here, who went to help them and
comforted them in their own language.”
Mr Suckling said the German friends
had just completed a couple of hours
work tying down things around the farm
after a night of horrific winds and were
going for a drive.
“They were freed up for the rest of the
day and I guess they were going for a
drive to have a look around. ”
A German working at the business was
helping to contact the women’s parents
Other staff members were salvaging
items out of the van and were drying
out photos and other belongings were
saturated after the van ended up in a
It was understood they have been in
New Zealand less than two weeks.
The logging truck was empty and
piggy-backing the trailer. The truck
driver was not injured but very shaken.
A Whangarei Hospital spokeswoman
said the injuries were not as serious as
first thought and one of the women was
in intensive care in a serious but stable
condition. The other woman had been
admitted to a ward in a stable condition.
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
Plunket tweets referred to police
The Electoral Commission has referred tweets posted on
election day by Opportunities Party staffer Sean Plunket
to the police. The tweets were two of four election day
“incidents” referred to police, the commission confirmed.
The former broadcaster posted tweets that read: “Hope
everyone remembers to put a top on before going out to
vote, when it’s cold, two tops.”
It is an offence to publish anything on election day
that could influence voters. The other two incidents
involved “other persons/organisations publishing or
sharing statements”, the commission said. — N ZN
Civil defence has apologised after
jolting people out of bed with an
accidental overnight test of its new text
New Zealanders across the country
were woken about 1.30am today by a
series of alerts — including with a loud
ring tone — but not over any natural
Rather, the messages just said the
system was being tested, prompting
plenty of angry activity on social media
in the middle of the night.
Civil defence director Sarah Stuart-
Black has apologised, saying there had
been an error.
“O ur provider, who is European-based,
sends out messages. They were supposed
to be in a contained environment. There
was an error in the system,” she said this
“I’m just so sorry to everybody who was
woken in fright. ”
She said it was still unclear how
widespread the message had been, but
that it depended on phone providers and
the kind of handsets people had.
“It was a nationwide message,” she said.
While the ser vice would be tested
again before launching later this year
this would be done with plenty of
warning and at a more reasonable time,
Ms Stuart-Black said. — N Z N
Dairy prices dip
Dairy product prices have unexpectedly
declined at Fonterra’s Global Dairy
Trade auction, falling for the fifth time
in eight auctions, amid confidence in
The GDT price index fell 2.4% from
the previous auction two weeks ago and
the average price to $US3223 ($4503)
Whole milk powder fell 2.7% to $3037
($4243) a tonne. Butter milk powder
slumped 10.3% to $1804 a tonne, while
butter slid 3.6% to $5837 a tonne.
Anhydrous milk fat fell 3.4% to $6504 a
tonne, while skim milk powder decreased
1.4% to $1895 ($2648) a tonne. — NZ N
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