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Train hits ute
A train struck a ute in south
Auckland, prompting warnings of
disruptions to the city’s rail network.
Emergency ser vices were called to
the crash at a rail crossing at Taka
Street in Takanini about 7.45am
today. The driver of the ute had been
left with moderate injuries, a police
spokeswoman said. — NZ N
Police pursuit charges
A 34-year-old man has made his first
appearance in court over an alleged
police pursuit in Cambridge that
resulted in the death of a passenger.
Cameron Thomas has been charged
with the manslaughter of 27-year-
old Hamilton man Shane Hohepa,
after crashing into a parked car on
September 27. Thomas entered no
plea to the charges and will appear
again on November 14. — NZ N
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The Crown’s case against Mark Lundy in
2015 was full of holes and he has suffered a
significant miscarriage of justice, his lawyer
has told the Court of Appeal.
Lundy is having his challenge against
conviction for the murder of his wife
Christine and daughter Amber in 2000
heard on Tuesday and Wednesday.
His original conviction, from 2002, was
quashed by the Privy Council in 2013 and
a retrial ordered, after which he was found
He was sentenced to life in jail with a
minimum non-parole period of 20 years.
His lawyer, Jonathan Eaton, QC, today
told a packed courtroom in Wellington, that
a key part of the Crown’s case was the use of
“untested and novel” scientific testing that
proved brain tissue on a polo shirt owned by
Lundy was likely to be Christine’s.
“It is extraordinary and unique that an
individual has been tried on facts that are so
much in dispute,” he said.
“The analysis process is used in clinical
settings only ... and conducted in two places
in the world - New Zealand and Holland. It
is not a process that has been used anywhere
else or subjected to a peer review.
“The Crown is saying ‘take our word for
it’... as lawyers and judges that should
make the hair on the back of our neck stand
Lundy had been tried in the court of public
opinion, Mr Eaton said.
“There is a perception of him as a fat so-
and-so, who feigned distress at the funeral
of Christine and Amber and who used a
prostitute the night of the murders,” he said.
“Of course he’s guilty, the public thinks,
and the mainstream media has stuck with
Mr Eaton said Lundy was not a violent
man and the assertions he travelled to
Palmerston North from Wellington, and
back, and committed the murders for
financial gain was “implausible” and could be
unravelled under scrutiny.
Lundy was not present in court.
Lundy lawyer takes Crown case to task
A new scam spread
via Facebook messenger
could affect entire
businesses, a security
Tom Moore of Aura
said the malware has
“the potential to do huge
The scam works by
sending users a message
from a Facebook friend
encouraging them to
click on a You Tube link.
The link is not actually
a You Tube video but
malware that enables
hackers to access the
A number of New
Zealanders have reported
receiving these messages
and also seeing their
account sending those
messages, posing as them.
Moore said the malware
which can be sold on the
The malware is “quite
clever”, Moore said and
easy to fall victim to.
It can be spread quickly
from person to person on
“Social media is a spider
web of contacts,” he said.
Facebook users are
being warned not to click
on the link and to delete
the message immediately.
If you have clicked the
link, Moore recommends
to make sure your anti-
virus software is up to
date and run a scan on
He also recommends
to check you have not
installed any untrusted
web browser plug ins/add
ons, and uninstall them if
— New Zealand Herald
could affect entire
A high-tech New
Zealand tent that can
be rapidly set up as a
hospital in disaster zones
has earned international
The New Zealand
Medical Assistance Team
tent hospital is designed
to be set up anywhere at
home or in the south-
west Pacific within three
days of a natural disaster
It comes equipped
with enough supplies
to treat 1400 people
over two weeks and
includes an obser vation
ward, pharmacy and
triage, maternity and
It has also allowed
the NZMAT team to
achieve a World Health
1 Mobile and Fixed
The team is only the
13th in the world to
achieve the classification,
Ministry of Health
director Charles Blanch
He said the team and
hospital were vital to have
on stand-by “because we
know early treatment in
disasters saves lives”.
“The tent hospital
is essentially a mobile
outpatients clinic and
means the team can
offer triage, first aid,
stabilisation, referral of
severe trauma, non-
trauma emergencies, and
care for minor trauma
injuries,” he said.
NZMAT is a civilian-
based emergency team
made up of doctors,
nurses, paramedics and
support workers in
logistics and emergency
It has been sent to
the Solomon Islands,
Philippines, Vanuatu and
Fiji. — NZN
NZ tent hospital
earns WHO praise
Hawke’s Bay dog owners are being
urged to keep their animals under control
at the beach after two fur seals, or kekeno,
pups were mauled to death over the past
The Department of Conser vation’s
acting operations manager for Hawke’s
Bay, Kelly Conway, says New Zealand
kekeno are fully protected.
She says the department recommends
keeping dogs on a leash where seals are
present, and staying at least 20m away.
“If members of the public do come
across a kekeno, please leave them be,”
“ While they may look cute and cuddly,
seals are wild animals and more often
than not they ’re in need of rest, not
The first attack happened on September
17 at Tangoio, where a member of the
public witnessed a dog hunting and
mauling a fur seal pup to death.
The dog’s owner faces fines of up to
$3000 under the Dog Control Act
and Hastings District Council has
impounded the animal.
The second incident was at Te Awanga
on October 10, when DOC rangers
arrived at the scene to find a seal pup
dead, and the dog and its owner gone. —
More than 100 jobs have been put at risk
as part of a restructure by Bank of New
Zealand, a workers’ union says.
First Union, which represents staff
at major banks across the country, says
the bank is undergoing a “massive” and
unnecessary reshape of 30 of its branches.
“It’s appalling that a wildly profitable bank
like BNZ is looking to put so many people
out of work,” union spokeswoman Tali
She said the changes were hitting
frontline tellers, and that Smart ATMs
could notreplace people.
“Sure, Smart ATMs can assist if you want
to make a deposit, but what about all the
other reasons people visit a bank?” Ms
“Smart ATMs can not approve loans, give
financial advice, or help sort out a problem
in someone’s account.”
The union says the bank is proposing to cut
jobs and hours at stores across the country
and that changes had already occurred.
BNZ and its peers have been boosting
their online channels in recent years as
consumers grow more comfortable about
transacting on-line, letting them pare back
BNZ had 161 retail stores as at March
31, down from 173 a year earlier, while at
the same time automatic teller machines
increased to 488 from 479.
Internet banking customers climbed to
745,000 from 705,000 in March 2016.
That ’s also seen a heavy investment in
A BNZ spokeswoman said those changes
had spurred the lender to look at the make-
up of its staff and skills.
“For some this means there are change
proposals that are being discussed,” she
“ We can’t go into detail on what that
might be, as we need to let the proper
consultation process take place with our
people in the first instance.” — NZN
Over 100 BNZ jobs on
the line — union
The partner and family of a man killed
when an 88-year-old driver mounted
the footpath and ploughed into three
pedestrians say they are devastated about
how long it took the man to plead guilty.
The family of Waikouaiti man Gerald
James Cowley, 67, also say they are
appalled the driver, William Arthur Lee,
decided to drive when he knew he was
Lee killed Mr Cowley, seriously injured
Valerie Booth, 70, and moderately injured
a 13-year-old girl when the car he was
driving mounted the footpath outside the
Lagonda Tearooms on Oamaru’s Thames
Street on January 11 last year.
He was due to stand trial in Timaru
District Court this week on four charges,
one charge of operating a motor vehicle
carelessly causing death, and three of
careless use of a motor vehicle causing
injury. He pleaded guilty to all four
He was convicted and disqualified from
driving for three years and ordered to pay
a total of $10,000 to Mr Cowley ’s partner
and Ms Booth.
The court heard Lee had been having
dizzy spells for an extended period before
the crash and had reported them to a GP
in December 2015.
Lee’s vehicle also did not have a warrant
Yesterday, Mr Cowley ’s partner Midge
Henderson told the court how angry she
was Lee had not pleaded guilty earlier.
She lost one of the most loving and
trustworthy people she knew from her
life, she said.
She broke down and a court staff
member read the final part of her
Outside the court after the hearing, she
said a letter of apology from Lee written
last week should have been written in
2016, and was too late.
The sentence was far too short and
made life seem cheap, she said.
She was one of six victims to read or
have read out victim impact statements
Lee stood and watched each person as
they read out the impact the incident had
had on them.
Ms Booth, of Oamaru, told the court
she had been on holiday when she was hit
by Lee’s vehicle.
She required several operations and
suffered short-term memory loss. ‘I never
had a sorry or an apology. This is totally
Lee’s lawyer, Michael de Buyzer, told
the court his client was remorseful.
In December 2015 Lee’s GP had
referred him to a specialist, but made no
notes about his fitness to drive.
Prosecutor Andrew McRae said at the
time of the crash Lee had been suffering
from an undiagnosed medical condition,
which caused him dizzy spells about
which he was seeing his doctor, at least
four times in 2015.
On December 7, 2015 he reported to
his GP episodes of dizziness which by
his own admissions were increasing in
frequency and occurring weekly.
Judge Joanna Maze told Lee she agreed
that all it would have taken was a $5 taxi
fare or a call to someone for help if he
wanted to go somewhere.
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Officer in charge of the William Arthur Lee investigation sergeant Tony Wood-
bridge, of Oamaru, with Mr Cowley’s partner Midge Henderson, holding a picture
of Waikouaiti man Gerald Cowley who died, and her daughter Sarsha Allen inside
the Timaru District Court after the sentencing of William Arthur Lee.
Apology too late, says crash victim’s par tner
Temperatures in the South Island’s
interior could hit near-record highs as
Australia lends some of its warm weather to
the region, forecasters say.
The National Institute of Water
and Atmospheric Research is tipping
temperatures to climb into the high-20s in
inland Otago, Southland and Canterbury
on Thursday and Friday.
It means locals could be set to enjoy days
up to 15degC higher than average for this
time of year.
“There is a chance that the country will
obser ve its first 30degC temperature of the
spring, which would be the first 30degC
temperature since April,” Niwa forecaster
Ben Noll said.
Current record maximum temperatures
across these regions stand in the mid-to-
The weather driving the possible record
temperatures is a high pressure system set
to flow out of Australia across the Tasman
Sea on Thursday.
It is expected to also bring warm weather to
the upper South Island, including northern
Canterbury, Tasman and Marlborough,
For North Islanders, the warm weather
will be slower to arrive with Thursday
expected to be “seasonably cold” before the
island’s lower districts gently warm up on
Sadly the record warm spell also will not
be sticking around for the Labour Day long
weekend with a front expected to bring
clouds and showers to much of the South
Island on Saturday, Niwa said.
This may then move on to the North Island
from Saturday into Sunday, bringing clouds
and showers before average temperatures
for the season are expected on Monday. —
South Island to enjoy near-record highs
Whatever government NZ First forms is
doomed to fail, former United Future leader
Peter Dunne says.
Parallel negotiations, mirroring what
happened in 1996, run the risk of discrediting
the process and he foresees the same outcome
of that first year of MMP.
“I’m thinking it won’t last, whatever it is,”
“I just think there’s an in-built self destruct
mechanism. It’s the vanity of the party doing
the negotiating, it ’s all about it rather than
what ’s in the best interest of the country and
you can’t build a house that way.”
He believes the major parties are scared of
kingmaker Winston Peters and they should
not be forming a government on that basis.
Mr Peters snuck in a back entrance to
parliament this morning, avoiding questions
from the waiting media.
Much of the party’s board and caucus
followed suit ahead of the continuation of
yesterday ’s caucus meeting.
Senior MP Tracey Martin said talks had
gone into the evening but was unsure when
the board and caucus might reach a decision.
“I don’t know. We’re still working through
some stuff,” she said.
New MP Shane Jones offered a cryptic
response to questions.
“Soon the Monarch Butterfly will emerge.”
Earlier, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern said
her party’s coalition negotiations with NZ
First were yet to get into the nitty gritty of
Negotiations could not be concluded until
until those discussions had happened, she
Holding the balance of power, NZ First
can either grant National a fourth term, by
joining it and forming a government, or it
can make Ms Ardern prime minister in a
Its MPs and board have in front of them
two option papers setting out the deals
offered by the main parties.
But despite this position of power, Ms
Ardern hit out at the idea the major parties
were “lap dogs” and bending over backwards
to do everything they could to please Mr
“In these negotiations, we have it within
our power to say these are the things we are
willing to talk about and compromise on and
these are the things we are not,” she said.
“ We have a lot of power in our hands,” she
said. — NZN
‘won’t last ’
Tiffani Sutcliffe asked if the gun was
loaded, then pulled the trigger before she got
“Of course it ’s loaded, you stupid s**t,” Rhys
Williamson replied, as he fell to the ground.
Sutcliffe, 23, this morning admitted to the
manslaughter of a life-long friend, 40-year-
old Mr Williamson, who was killed when
she pointed and fired a gun at him, assuming
it was empty.
Mr Williamson died at his home on
Seddon Road, Frankton, in May this year,
before help could arrive.
A summary of facts for the case reveals
Sutcliffe concealed the gun in a towel
and hid it in the driveway, before moving
Mr Williamson’s body to the front of the
property and dialling 111.
The man who brought the gun to the
house, Anthony Clegg, evaded police for two
weeks before being arrested and admitting to
unlawful possession of a firearm, later being
sentenced to two years’ jail.
On the night of the incident, Sutcliffe, her
girlfriend and Clegg had been drinking and
taking the drug GHB and withdrew to the
bedroom for sex when they were disturbed
by Mr Williamson, who was holding the
gun, according to the summary.
As he “played around” with the weapon,
Sutcliffe took it from him and pointed it
from two metres away.
“She asked if it was loaded and almost
immediately pulled the trigger,” the summary
He told her it was, and then fell.
Sutcliffe’s story changed several times
afterwards, police said.
Initially she said it was a modified weapon
that killed her friend, before changing her
story to say Mr Williamson owned the gun
The summary said in her first interview
with police, Sutcliffe also blamed officers for
“I’m pretty sure there is some malpractice
here, my bro died cause you (expletive)
around getting here,” she said.
Sutcliffe claimed to have called emergency
ser vices straight away.
She will return to the High Court at
Hamilton on November 23 to be sentenced.
‘Of course it’s loaded’ shooting victim replied
Bystanders have pulled
children free from the
wreckage of a taxi van
that rolled in south
Auckland injuring five
Police say the vehicle
ended up in a paddock
after crashing on Waiuku
Road in Mauku, near
Pukekohe, this morning.
Its passengers at the
time included children,
Inspector Shawn Ruten
He said members of
the public were first on
the scene and pulled the
children from the crash.
A rescue helicopter
and ambulances have
transported four people
to hospital with serious
injures and another who
was moderately hurt.
These included a
six-year-old boy, two
18-year-old females, and
21-year-old and 69-year-
Police thanked the
members of the public
who helped care for
those injured in the
The road is expected to
be closed until 11.30am,
with cordons around the
area as police investigate.
Millions of New
Zealanders using wi-fi
internet networks at
home or work could
be vulnerable to a
newly discovered flaw
in the technology, the
government is warning.
Cert NZ said the flaw
could affect almost all
devices connected to a
wifi network, including
routers and smart tvs.
It could allow hackers
to eavesdrop on or hijack
devices using a wireless
network, it warned.
Findings of the flaw,
known as Krack (Key
were published by a
Beglian security expert
and have prompted
including from the
US government ’s
However, so far
Cert NZ was yet
to receive a report
of “Krack affecting
New Zealanders”, a
To protect against the
flaw, New Zealanders
should run software
updates on all their
devices with some
companies, such as
releasing security patches
that have resolved the
wi-fi issue, Cert NZ
Internet users should
also avoid using wifi
when possible and
physically plug their
devices in with ethernet
cables. — NZN
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