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A van passenger has been killed in
a crash with a truck south-west of
Christchurch. e accident happened
just out of Rolleston about 11.10pm
yesterday. No further details were
available. Police were trying to gure
out how the crash happened on a
straight piece of road. --- NZN
A moderately strong earthquake
rattled Southland residents early
today. e shake measured 3.9 in
magnitude and struck at 3.51am,
GNS Science reported. It was centred
35km south-west of Tuatapere and
was 10km deep. --- APNZ
Former Hello Sailor frontman
Graham Brazier has been sentenced
to intensive supervision and
community work for assaulting his
former and current partners. In
September the 60-year-old admitted
to twice assaulting his former
ancee. Brazier had previously
denied attacking ex-girlfriend Toni
Aitcheson at his address in Auckland
in August 2009, and again in July
2010. However, he pleaded guilty to
one charge of assaulting a female and
another of common assault. In the
Auckland District Court yesterday,
Brazier was sentenced to 100 hours'
community work and intensive
supervision for 18 months.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Fatal stabbing arrest
One man is dead and another is in
custody after a stabbing in Auckland
yesterday. Police were called to an
altercation at a Burnley Terrace
property in Mount Eden about
6.25pm, where they discovered the
deceased and a man who has since
been arrested. He will appear in
the Auckland District Court today
charged with wounding with intent
to cause grievous bodily harm.
More serious charges were likely
to follow, police said. e deceased
man has not been identi ed but it
was thought he did not live at the
address. A post-mortem examination
of his body will be held tomorrow.
e Christchurch man dubbed the
"Port Hills Groper" pleaded guilty to
eight indecent assault charges when
he appeared in the Christchurch
District Court yesterday. Seven other
charges against him were either
withdrawn or dismissed. e 64-year-
old man, who has name suppression,
pleaded guilty through his defence
counsel Moana Cole, Court News
reported. He was accused of
assaulting women running alone
along the Rapaki and Mount Vernon
tracks on the Port Hills south of the
city. Judge Jane Farish remanded
the man on bail until sentencing on
January 15. --- APNZ
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Global child sex sting nabs four in NZ
A body has been found near the
mouth of the Hutt River near
e body is believed to have
been found in the water just
upstream from the Waione Street
bridge, near the Shandon Golf
Club about 8.30am today.
Police had cordoned o the
scene and were beginning their
investigation, a spokesman said.
Police have not yet con rmed
the age and sex of the person,
or whether the death is being
treated as suspicious. --- NZN
Tramper's body found
New Zealand's unemployed
rate fell more than expected in
the third quarter as construction,
retail and hospitality rms hired
e dollar jumped a third of a
US cent on the gures.
e unemployment rate slipped
to 6.2% in the three months
ended September 30 just below
the 6.3% forecast in a Reuters
survey of economists, and down
from 6.4% in the June quarter,
according to Statistics New
Zealand's Household Labour
e labour market got a boost,
with 1.2% growth in employment,
beating estimates of 0.6%, led by
gains in retail, accommodation
and food services, and the
construction sector. ose gains
were primarily in Auckland and
Christchurch, the country's two
biggest cities, which are also
facing construction booms. Full-
time employment rose 1% and
part-time jobs grew 1.1%.
New Zealand's participation
rate rose to 68.6% in the
September quarter from 68.1%
in the previous quarter, against
the backdrop of increasing net
migration. e labour cost index,
which measures wage in ation,
rose 0.5% across private and
public sectors and including
Ordinary time private sector
wage in ation increased 0.4% in
the quarter, and was up 1.6% on
an annual basis.
improvement in the labour
market conditions over the
quarter as employment rose
and unemployment fell,"
Diane Ramsay, industry and
labour statistics manager, said
in a statement.
annual wage in ation remains
e New Zealand dollar
jumped to US83.60c from 83.28c
immediately before the 10:45am
report. It rose to A87.94c from
87.60c before the report.
e gains in the labour
market come as the outlook
for the economy improves
on the prospect of major
construction work in Auckland
and Christchurch, and upbeat
outlooks among businesses.
e primary sector was a weak
spot. Jobs in agriculture, forestry
and shing fell to 138,700 in the
September quarter from 147,100
from June. e primary sector
was hit by the worst drought in
70 years during the summer.
Total hours worked rose 1.6%
to 76.11 million hours in the
quarter, and were up 3.8% on an
e Quarterly Employment
Survey, also released today
showed ordinary time private
sector wages rose 1.6% to $25.91,
and were up 2.6% on an annual
basis, outpacing the 1.4% growth
in public sector wages to $35.33.
Average weekly paid hours for
full-time equivalents ordinary
time rose 1.4% to $1,050.05.
New Zealand's unemployment
rate ranked 13th lowest among
developed nations, below Israel
and above Denmark. --- APNZ
Police say they have yet to receive
information regarding four New
Zealanders reportedly caught in an
international sting o ering to pay
a 10-year-old girl for an on-line sex
Dutch children's rights organisation
Terre des Hommes has identi ed
1000 adults who were willing to pay
children in developing countries
to perform sexual acts in front of a
With the help of a computer-
generated 10-year-old Filipino girl
named Sweetie, the researchers
identi ed adults from more than 65
countries, the group's website said.
e video footage of the child
predators was handed over to Interpol
Included on the predator list were
the names of four New Zealanders,
One News reported.
On-line Child Exploitation Across
New Zealand (Oceanz) detective
senior sergeant John Michael said
police had not yet received any details
about the alleged o ending.
"We will be contacting European
Union police agencies to discuss this
Police proactively investigated
sex o enders who seek to used the
internet as a means of targeting
children, Mr Michael said.
"Oceanz and partner agencies have
been very successful in holding such
o enders to account."
e operation involved researchers
operating public chat rooms from a
remote building in Amsterdam.
"In a very short period, over 20,000
predators from around the world
approached the virtual 10-year-old,
asking for webcam sex performances,"
the group said.
While the adults interacted with the
virtual girl, the researchers gathered
information about the viewers
through social media to uncover their
e group has used the evidence
to push governments to adopt
proactive investigation policies, with
a worldwide petition, starting today.
Hans Guyt, director of campaigns
at Terre des Hommes Netherlands
told Associated Press the results
of the 10-week investigation were
"We were swamped by men looking
for contact, looking for sexual
activities with us."
If authorities did not intervene soon
"this sinister phenomenon will totally
run out of control", he said.
Despite the fact webcam child
sex tourism was banned by most
national and international laws, only
six perpetrators worldwide had been
convicted of the crime, Mr Guyt
e top country of origin for the
adults identi ed in the sting was the
United States with 254, followed by
Britain with 110 and India with 103.
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e Alaskan partner of Rutger
Hale, 22, who was killed by a mystery
object between Hawea and Wanaka
almost two weeks ago, believes
the mystery would be solved if the
driver of a white utility would come
Speaking yesterday, Danielle Oylear,
25, recalled seeing an object about
the size of a brick and the colour
of cardboard smash through the
windscreen of their Subaru, killing Mr
She believes the object came from
the back of the utility and that the
driver must be aware by now the
utility's occupants were involved.
" ey are kind of a key."
Ms Oylear expected the driver might
be fearful of coming for ward. "I'd be
scared as well of coming forward, not
knowing what it meant for my life.
But it's important for us and our lives
to gure out what happened.
"It's not going to bring him back but
it's going to help us move forward.
"He was an amazing person, and
to not know why his life was cut so
Ms Oylear said she was "struggling"
with the fact an intensive police search
of the roadside had failed to nd the
object. "I don't want to see the worst
in people but I guess the smaller the
percentage chance of nding it out
there, the larger percentage chance
someone has taken it."
e couple had been together since
meeting in a backpackers in New
Zealand in February 2012, and had
intended settling at Lake Hawea.
"He was my soul mate. I knew from
the moment I met him, he was a
keeper. We just connected on every
Police have interviewed the driver
of a white utility but Ms Oylear said
police had told her they did not think
it was the right vehicle.
Ms Oylear said she had moved into
a house in Lake Hawea and intended
to go back to work at the Hawea Flat
dairy farm where the couple were
heading when Mr Hale died.
--- Otago Daily Times
Plea to driver in fatal puzzle
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Rutger Hale's partner, Danielle Oylear, of Alaska, in Wanaka yesterday with
Mr Hale's great-uncle, Pete Phillips, of Makarora.
Problems highlighted by the Auditor-
General in the way the Earthquake
Commission had dealt with homeowners
a ected by the Canterbury earthquakes
have already been identi ed and dealt
with, the Government says.
In a report on the commission's
management of the home repair
programme, Auditor-General Lyn
Provost said the EQC's performance to
date had been "mixed".
"It has performed well in managing
repair costs and setting the home-
repair programme up quickly, but has
not performed as well in dealing with
Ms Provost highlighted a series of
EQC was late in the programme
before repair slots were actively allocated
to the homes of vulnerable people.
Homeowners had experienced
inconsistency in information and
processes, and long periods without
speci c information from EQC about
their claim, leading to a lack of certainty
while waiting for repairs.
Some homeowners had been
dissatis ed, including dissatisfaction
with the quality of repairs or the time
taken to complete the repairs after work
Some important systems, controls
and support functions should have
been in place and fully e ective sooner,
including controls to help manage risks
to repair quality.
But Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Minister Gerry Brownlee said all of the
problems raised by Ms Provost "have
been identi ed a long time ago and have
been part of a discussion and part of
EQC's desire to get things sorted out".
Mr Brownlee said some of the failing's
identi ed by the Auditor-General were
understandable under the circumstances.
"When you're dealing with a work
programme like this that has developed
from nothing to be the sort of
organisation it's become I think they've
done pretty well."
In her report, Ms Provost said about
20% of homeowners who had repairs
completed in 2013 were dissatis ed
with the work and if that proportion
was applied to the entire programme
"then the owners of more than 14,000
repaired houses would be dissatis ed or
very dissatis ed with the repairs".
Repair costs had been "reasonable" so
far, but Ms Provost said there were risks
they would escalate.
"Keeping repair costs at a reasonable
level depends on EQC managing
essential controls and systems, staying
ahead of the private insurance and
central city repair and rebuild work, and
completing the home-repair programme
by the December 2014 deadline."
Ms Provost also noted project
management costs associated with the
home repair programme at about 12% so
far were "at the higher end of what we
consider reasonable in the circumstances".
She made ve recommendations
to the commission including that
it continue to improve its approach
to auditing repairs, that it improve
communications with homeowners, that
it re ne key performance indicators for
the programme, and that it continue
to review and if necessary adjust the
con guration of repair and project
management services in the programme
to deliver the best value and results in
the circumstances and treat homeowners
fairly and consistently.
Ms Provost also recommended the
commission identify and record the
lessons, tools, and information from the
programme to help in the aftermath of
future large scale natural disasters.
Mr Brownlee said he expected all of the
Auditor-General's recommendations to
be picked up.
Labour's Earthquake Commission
spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove
described the report as scathing.
" e Auditor-General's ndings that
EQC is in disarray are nothing new to
the people of Canterbury. ey have
been trying to tell Gerry Brownlee this
for years but he has stuck his ngers in
his ears. Mr Brownlee must listen to the
Auditor-General and take action."
e ndings of considerable
dissatisfaction with repair work and was
"simply not good enough".
"Cantabrians wanted to have faith
in EQC but they have been let down.
Cantabrians didn't need an Auditor-
General report to tell them how
bad things were at EQC. But Gerry
Brownlee does. Maybe now he will
accept that, under his watch as minister,
EQC is in disarray."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Ferry taken out of service
e inter-island ferry the
Aratere has been taken out
of service while a fault with a
propeller shaft is assessed.
Interislander general manager
omas Davis said the ferry
su ered a mechanical issue with
one of its two shafts yesterday.
"Divers were put down to
examine the shafts to ascertain
the damage upon her arrival in
Wellington last night and we can
con rm that one of the shafts
and the propeller needs to be
replaced," he said.
Mr Davis said all Aratere
sailings for the rest of the week
have been cancelled while
surveyors assess the damage.
e Arahura will take over
the ferry's timetable from this
afternoon. Contingency plans
are being worked on should the
Aratere be out of ser vice for more
than a week. --- APNZ
Quiet Guy Fawkes night
e Fire Ser vice has reported a
relatively calm Guy Fawkes night
with no major res nationwide.
ere was "nothing worth
mentioning" for the top half of
the North Island, a northern re
Central re crews attended 22
small blazes related to reworks
--- mostly bush and rubbish res,
shift manager Tim Rees said.
"But it was mostly business as
Southern re crews looked after
28 reworks-related blazes, but
none were serious, a spokesman
e four-day period for selling
reworks nished yesterday.
e body of a 53-year-old
man reported missing from a
three-day tramp in the Kaikoura
Seaward Ranges has been found
this morning, police say.
e local, who was walking
alone, appears to have fallen
300m while negotiating rocky
terrain along the Sur veyor Spur,
sergeant Julian Lewis, from
Kaikoura police, said.
e death has been referred to
the Coroner and a post-mortem
examination will determine the
cause of death.
Police are not releasing the
name of the dead man until next
of kin have been noti ed.
Body in Hutt River
EQC performance mixed --- watchdog
New Zealand's big four banks
collectively made more than $3.5 billion
of pro t in the last year in another record
year for the sector.
Pro ts grew more than 9% on 2011-
12 --- a boost of $303 million across the
ANZ, Westpac, ASB and BNZ.
John Kensington, head of nancial
services at KPMG, said loan growth,
lower funding costs and less pressure in
competing for deposits had helped boost
the bank pro ts.
At the same time the banks had also
managed to keep a tight lid on costs
while holding on to their margins.
"Given the size of these businesses it
doesn't take much to boost pro ts when
all those planets align."
Mr Kensington said the pro t growth
showed New Zealand's banking sector
"It means they will have money to
reinvest in communities through wages,
employing more people and their work
with community projects."
If the banks were not doing well they
would be forced into cost cutting mode,
Mr Kensington said it was also
positive the banks were not leaning on
the Government in any way and their
growth could indicate the New Zealand
economy was headed in the right
"It might be starting to show what
is going to happen in the rest of the
economy. We're hearing cautious
optimism from the people we talk to."
As part of a report analysing last year's
performance of the nance sector Massey
University predicted bank pro ts would
continue to grow but Mr Kensington
said that prediction was made before
the Reserve Bank announced the cap on
low-equity mortgage lending.
Competition for good credit had also
increased as banks competed to lend to
businesses with the best credit records,
he said. " ose two factors might
pare back some of the growth," Mr
Kensington said. "But by and large the
signs are reasonably good for the banks."
Lachlan Colquhoun, head of markets
analysis at East and Partners in Sydney,
said the ANZ had been the stand-out
" ey did the integration of their brand
and then won the market share war." e
country's largest bank is in the process
of merging its National Bank brand into
But Mr Colquhoun said the
performance had been consistent across
the banks in what was a low credit
e banks were now faced with the
challenge of the new low-equity rules
and whether that would pinch bank
But he said businesses had indicated
they were heading into expansion mode
which boded well for the banks.
"Will the growth follow through into
next year? e imponderable is what is
happening o shore."
Mr Colquhoun said problems in the
United States with its debt levels and the
move to reduce the amount of money it
is pumping into its economy could see
borrowing costs rise which would have
an impact on both the New Zealand
banks and their Australian parents.
"Left to our own devices I see both
economies doing well."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Big banks get
At least one copycat Facebook group
has sprung up in the wake of the "roast
busters" underage sex scandal, with links
to an Auckland school.
It has already been taken down but not
before Mount Albert Grammar School
sta called police.
e latest development came as the
members of the original group, which
bragged about getting girls drunk and
having sex with them, went to ground
in the face of mounting anger including
death threats, and police drafted in a
senior o cer from elsewhere to go over
e copycat group appeared to be a
"Mount Albert chapter" of roast busters
and was linked to the school, Mount
Albert Grammar School principal Dale
Burden con rmed last night.
He said school sta were alerted to the
page by a concerned parent on Monday
ree or four of his students, as well as
a former student, were members.
"We didn't read any bragging or any
reference at all to what they had done or
what they were going to do," Mr Burden
said. "It was delinquent talk, is the best
way to describe it, but it was connected
to the 'roast busters' site."
Despite not seeing any criminality, Mr
Burden suspected it was a copycat group
and contacted police.
ey told him not to notify the families
of the students in the group and would
do it themselves if necessary.
e page was closed down yesterday
but it was unclear whether it was
voluntary or if authorities stepped in.
e group has caused outrage after
bragging in videos posted on its
Facebook page about getting underage
girls drunk and having sex with them.
Roast busters' Facebook page, and the
pro le pages of a number of its members
--- who are said to have targeted girls as
young as 13 --- have been taken down
since news of their activities broke on
e youths have gone to ground in the
face of mounting anger. Death threats
have begun circulating on social media
and vigilante groups and on-line forums
have called for harsh action. --- APNZ
e United States Securities and
Exchange Commission said it had
frozen the assets of a man who came
to the attention of New Zealand's
Financial Markets Authority (FMA)
when it cancelled the prospectus of a
company he was promoting last month.
e SEC (US Securities and Exchange
Commission) said it had applied an
"emergency asset freeze" to halt a Ponzi
scheme involving US and New Zealand-
based companies peddling sham
investment opportunities ranging from
a bank trading programme to kidney
In a statement, the SEC alleged that
Christopher A T Pedras, who has
residences in Turlock, California, and in
New Zealand, misled his initial investors
into believing they were investing in
a pro table trading platform in which
his company served as an intermediary
between global banks.
In an unprecedented move, the FMA
last month cancelled what it said
were misleading o er documents of
a company promoted by Pedras that
claimed it would use investor money to
set up dialysis clinics.
When Pedras and his companies
encountered di culty paying the
promised 4 to 8% monthly returns, they
began steering investors to a di erent
investment programme to purportedly
increase the value of their investment by
80% by funding kidney dialysis clinics in
New Zealand, the SEC said.
Pedras's business partner Sylvester M
Gray II and lead sales representative
Alicia Bryan helped him solicit investors
for both programmes, and the money
was never invested as promised, the SEC
e SEC said a court hearing has been
scheduled for November 8. --- APNZ
'Roast busters' copycat
Ponzi scheme assets frozen
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