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He has been a Fulbright scholar, a
journalism professor — and now Grant
Hannis can add convicted sex offender
to his resume.
Name suppression for the 55-year-
old academic, who admitted indecently
touching an elderly woman at a lower
North Island resthome, lapsed at
Hannis appeared in the Wellington
District Court yesterday on a charge of
indecent assault and was sentenced to
eight months’ home detention and 100
hours of community work.
Judge Stephen Harrop outlined his
offending, saying he followed his victim
into her room at the resthome and shut
the door where he indecently touched
“ You kissed and touched her and she
tried to push you away.
“ You closed the curtains and again
kissed the victim and touched her. A
caregiver saw you and left to find a
Judge Harrop said Hannis then
continued his assault on the woman,
and when he was asked about what had
happened he claimed the woman had
In court Hannis read out a statement
apologising for the pain and distress he
had caused to his victim and her family.
“I deeply regret what I did on May 27
last year. I will regret it for the rest of
“First and foremost, I apologise to my
victim. I am deeply, deeply sorry for the
pain and distress I caused you. What I
did was wrong.
“Equally, I apologise to my victim’s
family. I am so sorry for the pain and
hurt I caused you. You were entitled
to assume your mum would be left in
peace at the rest home. I undermined
Hannis said he was mentally unwell
when he offended and the pressures of
over work and looking after his mother
had taken their toll.
He said he had lost his career, his self-
esteem and his reputation and was in
poor mental health.
Hannis was ordered to pay $3000
emotional harm reparation.
He sought permanent
suppression, but Judge Harrop granted
it until midnight, to allow him time
to break the news of his offending to
friends who had not been told of it.
In a statement, Massey University said
it did not learn of the offending until
after Hannis had stopped teaching as
he had told no-one.
It said he should have told his manager
about the charge as soon as it was laid
so that Massey could have considered
his employment position.
“That would have included options
such as suspension from work and
ending his contact with students as
well as providing necessary support to
students and staff,” the statement said.
“This has come as a great shock to
colleagues and no doubt to many
students, past and present. In his
apology in court, Dr Hannis said his
colleagues and students would be
appalled and horrified at what he had
done. He is correct.”
Hannis worked at Massey University
from 2003 and between 2004-2017 was
the head of journalism.
A Massey investigation of his
personnel record showed nothing to
suggest any inappropriate behaviour
towards students or staff.
“The only complaint we are aware
of occurred in October, subsequent to
this offending, and involved students
complaining about rudeness in the
classroom. It was dealt with by his
manager and Dr Hannis apologised to
He requested early retirement in
October last year and that took effect
on December 19. — RN Z
POWER, (nee Crook)
Danielle Ann. —
Tragically taken and
Gran and Pop Crook.
77 Shakespeare Street,
Charles (Donnie). —
March 2, 1948 - January
Remembering you is
I do it every day.
Missing you is the
That never goes away.
10 years since you left
I still miss you beyond
You're never far from
my thoughts and I talk
of you often to the kids.
I know you're with me
always, but still wish
that you were here.
Love you Meagan,
Lauren, Sophie and
POWER, (nee Wilson)
Danielle Ann. —
Passed away unexpect-
edly at home on January
22, 2019, aged 30 years.
Much loved wife of
Scott, devoted mother of
Tristan, Cadence, and
and cherished eldest
daughter of Rosie and
Paul Wilson, much
loved sister and sister-
in-law of Jessica and
Dylan, Sophie; Jan and
Cliff Moore, Peter and
Carolyn Power, and a
loved niece, and friend
Fly high and be free
We love you to Heaven
addressed to The Family
of the late Danielle
Power, C/- PO Box
8545. The Funeral
Service for Danielle will
be held in our Rangiora
Chapel, Wai-mana, 92
Rangiora, on Tuesday,
January 29, at 10am,
followed by interment
Workplace mental health package launched
The Mental Health Foundation has created
a series of resources to highlight mental
health in the workplace, while appealing
for workplace stress to be taken seriously in
The foundation has created a package
of information, worksheets and activities
designed to help employers identify factors
that could affect mental health in their
Mental Health Foundation chief executive
Shaun Robinson said there were hidden
costs to workplace stress.
“These really negatively impact — on
staff morale, on teamwork, on creativity,
on customer service, on productivity, on
recruitment — and all these things go
directly to the bottom line.”
High workloads, poor work-life balance
and stressful work were named as the top
three causes of poor mental health at work,
in a Mental Health Foundation survey
carried out in March last year.
“How we feel at work impacts not just our
ability to work well, but our relationships
with our colleagues, whanau, friends and
communities,” Mr Robinson said.
“ When our mental health is impacted by
stress at work, the effects ripple out into our
home and whanau lives and prevent us from
The most up-to-date estimate of related
costs, a workplace sur vey published in
2015, suggested poor mental health in the
workplaces may be costing the economy
billions of dollars a year.
Workers missed about 6.7 million work
days in 2014 because of mostly minor
illnesses, it showed, coming at a direct cost
of about $1.5 billion a year.
Mental health and wellbeing have been
identified as a priority for businesses, and
the government aims to include wellbeing
as a measure of the economic health of New
The Ministry of Business and Innovation
and Employment and The Health and
Safety Association of New Zealand also
provides resources to employers on the
business.govt.nz website. — RN Z
The man accused of murdering Grace
Millane has filed an appeal against a
judge’s decision not to grant him name
Candlelit vigils were held across the
country for Grace Millane after news
of her death prompted discussion of
violence against women in New Zealand.
The 27-year-old man’s name has
remained a secret since his first court
appearance in December.
That is because his lawyer, Ian Brookie,
indicated he would appeal Judge
Evangelos Thomas’ decision to refuse
This afternoon the High Court registry
confimed Mr Brookie had lodged an
appeal to be heard on February 7.
Ms Millane went missing from
Auckland’s CBD on the eve of her 22nd
Her body was found in the Waitakere
Ranges a week later.
The man pleaded not guilty to murder
at his first High Court appearance last
week. He will go to trial in November.
Murder accused appeals to keep name secret
Banned driver led
police on chase
A banned driver abandoned his car and dog
after police chased him through the streets
of D unedin.
Timaru man Codie James Benjamin
McNoe, 34, appeared in the Dunedin District
Court yesterday, where he pleaded guilty to
reckless driving, driving while disqualified
and failing to stop.
On December 19, a year into a 15-month
driving ban, McNoe was cruising the streets
in his mate’s Subaru station wagon.
As he drove down King Edward Street —
with a large Rottweiler in tow — police in an
unmarked car saw the defendant speaking on
his cell phone.
They activated their lights and McNoe
pulled over into a car park.
Aware of his predicament, the man gave
officers false details but it was not enough to
throw them off the scent.
When police went to press McNoe about
his true identity, he got back into his car,
locked the door and sped off, narrowly
missing an officer.
They pursued the defendant as he
accelerated along Melbourne Street.
McNoe reached speeds of 80kph in the
residential area, court documents said.
At an intersection, he failed to stop at a
give-way and pushed on, again exceeding the
speed limit as he turned into Andersons Bay
Undeterred by heavy traffic, McNoe weaved
through the steady stream of vehicles.
After making a series of turns, the defendant
came to Hillside Road where he passed other
road users on the median strip in a bid to
The defendant came to a queue waiting at
lights and turned into oncoming traffic to
Once he made it through the forecourt of
a car dealership, he hurtled along a footpath
before again driving on the wrong side of the
At that point, police abandoned the chase.
Twenty minutes later, though, McNoe was
arrested after leaving his vehicle, and dog,
taking off on foot.
He told police he had fled because he
wanted to spend Christmas with his children
rather than in jail.
After entering guilty pleas yesterday, he was
remanded on bail until next week and the
matter was transferred to the Timaru District
Court. — Otago Daily Times
be an option
Dunedin Mayor Dave
Cull says bylaws to make
e-scooters safer could be
Some city councillors
have expressed concerns
about the vehicles and
are angry over a perceived
lack of consultation.
A memorandum of
understanding was signed
between Dunedin City
Council staff and the
company on December
18, but Lime appears
to have breached the
provision that its scooters
would be brought in
Mr Cull said the
council had “no say ’’
in the arrival of Lime
scooters on January 10
and staff advised the
only thing to do was to
meet Lime and create a
“Given that we didn’t
have any jurisdiction to
limit where they go or if
they were set up here, it
was felt that an MOU
could enhance safety and
public understanding. ’’
Lime said in a
statement yesterday it
aimed “to remove all
scooters from the street
every night. Our ops
team and juicers work
together and pick up the
vast majority of scooters’’.
have been seen using
scooters overnight, and
one “juicer’’ — paid to
recharge scooters — said
this week it was up to
juicers whether they
brought them in.
If Lime was not taking
scooters off the streets,
the council would be
asking it to explain, Mr
A bylaw regulating
scooter use was an option
if Lime did not comply
with the voluntary
agreement, but the
council would have to
prove one was required.
Aside from January
18, when a woman on a
scooter sustained serious
injuries in an accident
with a truck, the launch
of the scooters in the city
had gone ‘’surprisingly
Most problematic was
that the scooters could
be used on footpaths
Licensing the scooters,
so Lime would have to
pay to use the footpath,
was not an option for the
council as it could not
do so under its bylaws, a
council statement said on
Mr Cull described the
scooters as a ‘’wonderful
innovation’’ but said
New Zealand Transport
Agency’s regulations on
them — for instance,
over helmets- needed an
overhaul to make them
Cr Doug Hall claimed
Lime had breached
other provisions of the
having 1.2m clearance on
He had seen some
parked in such a way that
mobility scooters users
were forced on to the
uneven edge of the kerb
near pedestrian crossings.
Cr Rachel Elder said
there were ‘’health
and safety issues to
be addressed’’ when it
came to scooters on
the pavement, such
as the ‘’fear factor’’ for
Crs Hall, Lee Vander vis
and Jim O’Malley said
while they knew the
scooters were coming
at some point, they
first heard about the
agreement with the
council was after it had
‘’The councillors seem
to be the last to know
most things that are
going on,’’ Cr Hall said.
Staff had not consulted
‘’It ’s absolutely
appalling, I think.’’
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Tony Kokshoorn
Up to 400 attended a successful Summer Fun Fest in the Greymouth town square late yesterday afternoon and early evening with
over 300 entering for the spot prize draw and family groups soaking up the sun as they enjoyed live music from local bands and
entered into the likes of gumboot throwing.
Building materials Hokitika spark fire
Building materials placed on
top of a stove in a house under
refurbishment in Hokitika on
Thursday afternoon almost resulted
in a major fire.
Hokitika Volunteer Fire Brigade
chief Harry Collett said it appeared
must have been
inadvertently flicked on when goods
were put on top of the stove, before
workers left house sometime before
Fortunately the property still had
working smoke alarms and a vigilant
neighbour, after hearing the alarms
sounding, called emergency ser vices.
“The smoke alarm saved any
serious damage to the house. The
stuff on the stove was smouldering
to the point of flame. They were very
It highlighted again the importance
of having working smoke alarms,
Mr Collett said.
Later the same day a group
innocently toasting marshmallows
on a small fire on Hokitika Beach
off Tudor Street found themselves
being visited by the fire brigade.
The fire had been lit within the
beach fire ban zone.
Meanwhile the Greymouth
Volunteer Brigade was called out
four times in 19 hours yesterday and
The brigade was called twice,
at 10am and 30 minutes later, to
Henry ’s bottle store in the New
World car park complex yesterday
due to a faulty building system
Later, the brigade was sent out in
support to a crash in near Otira but
was turned back at Kumara.
Just after 5 o’clock this morning
the brigade headed to Corrections in
Johnston Street following a building
system alarm activation.
Shot staple into workmate’s brain
Joking between workmates led
to a D unedin man firing a staple
through his colleague’s skull, a
court has heard.
The victim, who was unaware of
the seriousness of the situation at
the time, went to hospital where
they discovered the 35mm stainless
steel staple was embedded in his
brain. Doctors, worried about the
possibility of infection, were forced
to operate on the man, the court
The situation was classed as
“ life threatening’’, but the victim
sur vived surgery.
Matthew James Varcoe, 24, an
aluminium joiner, appeared in the
Dunedin District Court yesterday
after pleading guilty to causing
grievous bodily harm with reckless
disregard for the safety of others.
Judge Michael Turner called the
defendant ’s actions ‘’stupid and
reckless’’ and he stressed that the
victim could have been killed.
“ I’m sure you’ll carry that thought
with you for the rest of your life,’’
According to court documents,
Varcoe and the victim had worked
together for more than two years.
On June 1, the pair were at work
in the harbourside industrial area.
The victim was repairing a sliding
door while Varcoe used a staple gun
at his work station.
“There was some light-hearted
banter between the victim and
defendant which resulted in the
defendant firing staples from a
staple gun ... towards the victim and
his co-worker,’’ a police summary
said. As the staples only measured
15mm, they had no effect.
As the verbal jousting between
the men became more pointed,
Varcoe walked over and slapped the
victim in the face.
“This resulted in a tussle between
both parties which appeared to
be light-hearted at first, with a
lot of shoving and pushing, but
the intensity increased and the
defendant became more aggressive,’’
the court heard.
Varcoe picked up a bigger staple
gun, powered by a compressed-
air line. The victim grabbed at his
arm as the defendant pointed the
improvised weapon at him.
Varcoe, though, was able to press
the gun against the top of his
colleague’s head. The safety guard
was disengaged. He pulled the
trigger. The 35mm staple penetrated
the man’s cranium and lodged in his
brain. It was the last time the pair
Varcoe lost his job and the victim
struggled with the neurological
complications stemming from the
injury - fatigue and balance issues
among a slew of problems.
“There was certainly no intent to
cause the damage that was caused,’’
defence counsel Andrew Dawson
Judge Turner accepted Varcoe’s
“sincere remorse’’ and sentenced
him to seven and a-half months’
While he had considered adding
further penalties, he eventually
opted against it.
“ You’re a first offender. While
there might be programmes
available to you through community
work that you can do on your own,
there would be other times you
might be rubbing shoulders with
more seasoned offenders. The aim
is to keep you out of the criminal
justice system,’’ he said.
The judge ordered Varcoe pay the
victim $1000 in a lump sum and
another $2000 at $15 a week.
— Otago Daily Times
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