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e body of a 37-year-old woman
was found at her Wellington home
by a friend, police say. A homicide
investigation was launched after
police were called to the house on
Brussels Street in Miramar about
5.30pm yesterday after the woman's
friend, who was visiting, discovered
the body. e dead woman's name
would not be released until family
members had been advised.
A man is dead after a vehicle struck
a group of motorcyclists in Rotorua
on Saturday. Police said the crash
occurred on State highway 5 about
2.30pm. Several riders were seriously
injured in the incident. --- APNZ
A man has admitted killing his
neighbour by deliberately mowing
him down with his car then repeatedly
running him over. Selwyn David
Cornelius, 51, appeared late on Friday
in the Gisborne District Court to
plead guilty to a charge of murdering
Mark Paaka, 40, on October 31, in
Tolaga Bay. He was remanded for a
psychiatric report and sentence in the
High Court on December 16.
--- APNZ-Gisborne Herald
Sexual assault arrest
A 39-year-old man has been charged
overnight in relation to the alleged
sexual assault of an elderly woman
in Papatoetoe, Auckland. e man
has been charged with burglary and
assault with intent to commit sexual
violation, Counties Manukau police
said. He will appear in the Manukau
District Court today. --- APNZ
Fire claims house, dog
A Northland man is devastated after
losing everything he owned including
precious music equipment and his
beloved dog in a suspicious re that
destroyed his home near Kaiwaka.
Fire ghters could do nothing to save
Ian Sturt's house which was engulfed
in ames when they arrived about
10.30pm on Saturday.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Lotto prize shared
Seven tickets, sold in Methven,
Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Wellington,
Papakura, Huapai and Northland,
shared the division one prize in
Lotto draw No 1379 on Saturday.
Each winner takes home $142,857.
Successful numbers were 6, 9, 18,
28, 30, 39; bonus 11. Strike numbers
were 39, 30, 28, 6. ere was no
Strike Four winner. Powerball
number 8. ere was no division one
winner. e Winning Wheel ticket
was sold in Papatoeote. e winner
from Invercargill spun for $100,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9554: 1,
5, 9, 17, 18, 21, 22, 27, 28, 30, 40, 47,
52, 59, 60, 61, 64, 67, 73, 76. Draw No
9555: 3, 5, 6, 7, 13, 21, 28, 29, 34, 43,
45, 54, 55, 59, 66, 68, 69, 74, 76, 80.
Draw No 9556: 4, 14, 15, 18, 21, 25,
27, 44, 46, 49, 50, 52, 55, 59, 61, 63, 64,
67, 74, 76. Draw No 9557: 5, 8, 17, 23,
24, 25, 31, 33, 36, 40, 47, 49, 51, 53, 54,
58, 62, 66, 76, 80.
Green MP returning after detention in Sri Lanka
A woman who fell 300m down a
glacier in the Southern Alps last week
has woken up from her coma.
Heather Rhodes, 36, was climbing
with fellow Christchurch mountaineer
Vaughan Snowdon and Wellington man
Simon Bell last Sunday when Ms Rhodes
fell 300m on the Cameron Glacier in the
Ms Rhodes, 36, a professional outdoor
instructor, su ered head injuries and two
broken legs in the fall.
She had been in a coma in Christchurch
Hospital until Saturday.
Ms Rhodes' father John said Heather's
sister Janet phoned from the hospital at
1pm on Saturday.
"She had just learned from the hospital
that 'Heather has woken up and asked
e trio were descending from the
glacier about 6.30pm when Ms Rhodes's
anchor failed and she fell, her climbing
helmet falling o as she did.
eir climb had been delayed by falling
rock and ice and they had sought refuge
under a bulge in the ice for eight hours.
Mr Snowdon said the fall was about
300m, with Ms Rhodes landing where
her companions could see her.
"When Heather came to rest, we could
see her in the distance as a black dot on a
white snowy background."
Ms Rhodes' fall had taken the group's
ropes with her, leaving the other two
climbers with the task of climbing down
down without any gear.
--- APNZ- e Star
New Zealand will give another
$2 million to support humanitarian
relief e orts in the Philippines following
Typhoon Haiyan, Foreign A airs
Minister Murray McCully announced
e money is in addition to the $150,00
"Typhoon Haiyan has caused signi cant
damage and a ected more than 4.4
million people across 36 provinces in the
Philippines," Mr McCully said.
"New Zealand will provide $750,000 in
dollar for dollar funding to New Zealand
non-government organisations that are
working with partners on the ground
to support the relief and initial recovery
e ort. We will also set aside a further
$1.25 million in funding to be allocated
over the coming days as the priority areas
for support are identi ed."
e $150,000 that New Zealand had
already committed would go to the
International Federation for Red Cross
to support the immediate distribution
of relief supplies and conduct needs
In addition, an o cial from the New
Zealand Aid Programme would be
joining the specialist United Nations
Disaster Assessment Co-ordination
A spokesman for New Zealand's
Minister of Foreign A airs and Trade
said there were no reports that any of the
376 New Zealanders currently registered
as being the Philippines had been killed
"All New Zealanders in areas a ected
by Typhoon Haiyan are advised to follow
any instructions issued by the local
authorities and keep their family in New
Zealand informed of their well-being",
the spokesman said.
"We also recommend registering with
the Ministry of Foreign A airs and
Trade." --- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Stories, photographs, p6
A Green Party MP is making her
way back to New Zealand after being
detained by Sri Lankan authorities
and questioned about her visa.
Janet Logie was travelling with
Australian Greens Senator Lee
Rhiannon on a fact- nding trip to the
country ahead of the Commonwealth
Heads of Government meeting
(Chogm) in Colombo, to hear rst-
hand accounts of human rights
However, the pair were arrested
moments before a scheduled press
conference when four immigration
o cials stepped in and con scated
ey were accused of breaking their
visa regulations, and detained in their
hotel for about three hours.
Ms Logie and Ms Rhiannon were
this morning waiting for their ights
eir planned press conference was
designed to highlight the human
rights abuses they had heard about
during their trip.
e Green Party said their arrest
and detention proves how serious the
situation in the country is, and called
on the Chogm organisers to cancel
" is country should never have
been given the chance to chair the
Chogm meeting while those in power
at the time of gross human rights
violations have been able to avoid
justice, and that is more apparent to
me than ever," said Ms Logie in a
" e ongoing abuses of human and
legal rights are so serious that there
is no way that the Commonwealth
meeting should go ahead in Sri
"During the time we were
detained I felt the huge injustice
of being protected because I am a
foreigner and it only highlighted
the experience and danger of local
people trying to ght human rights
abuses every day."
She said one of the local women
she had been with had her identity
card con scated and was "extremely
worried for the safety of her children".
Ms Logie said she was to report on
her ndings when she returned home.
Last night Ms Logie told APNZ
immigration o cials told her and
Ms Rhiannon that they had breached
the Immigration Act, "which we have
disagreed with because we applied
for visas, we said we were Members
of Parliament and we went for a
category for special projects, which
we were advised to do.
" rough the Department of
Foreign A airs in Australia we told
them we were coming and what sort
of visa we were on," she said.
"We don't consider that we've done
anything to breach the act."
e o cials wanted to separate the
pair and get separate statements.
"We weren't comfortable doing that
so we've called the Australian High
Commission and we're waiting for
their reply." --- APNZ
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A $6.8 million superyacht owned by
a New Zealand businessman has sunk
after catching re in England.
e Kahu, a 23m vessel described as
a "successful luxury ocean explorer",
caught re and subsequently sank
while moored at a marina in the Isle
of Wight last Tuesday.
e boat was owned by Paul
Rudling, 64, who has recently returned
to New Zealand after founding a
successful advanced composites
company and more recently, a wind
turbine rotor company.
e two-year-old vessel was
advertised for sale at the time of the
e listing noted Mr Rudling was
an experienced yachtsman who was
"very much involved at the design,
speci cation and build stage".
e vessel boasted "stylish wooden
venetian blinds, honey coloured
Novasuede panels and custom teak
joinery", creating a "homely long-term
cruising motor yacht".
e listing noted Mr Rudling spent
extensive time and money reducing
the weight of the yacht. An estimated
2000kg was saved; principally by
constructing top of the boat out of
Mr Rudling's brother Phil said he
was "pretty upset" with the re. " e
boat was pretty much his pride and
e vessel was being sold due to his
move back to New Zealand, he said.
Mr Rudling was born in London
and emigrated to Auckland with
his parents at the age of 11, the
International Boat Industry (IBI)
He was educated in Auckland
until 16 when he joined the police,
graduating as the then youngest
Mr Rudling later left the police at
21 to pursue a career in competitive
sailing, competing at international
level for both New Zealand and Great
Britain, IBI News reported.
Fire crews and the Cowes Harbour
Commission spent more than nine
hours attempting to extinguish the
re. However it sank at 10.45pm last
Tuesday with approximately 8000
litres of marine diesel fuel oil on
Cowes harbourmaster Captain
Stuart McIntosh said an emergency
oil spill response plan was activated to
minimise the impact of any potential
pollution. e boat will be re oated in
the coming days. --- APNZ
NZ man's luxury yacht
burns, sinks at mooring
e $6.8 million Kahu ablaze at its mooring in the Isle of Wight
A Hastings man says he was taken
aback when he received a letter in
the mail last week warning him he
is facing charges for not completing
the 2013 Census.
omas Martin said he received
a court summons from a lawyer
acting on behalf of Statistics New
"Basically I got a letter in the
mail that said I was charged for
not lling in information on the
Census," he said. "Now I'm facing
a $500 ne and $20 a day for every
day after conviction that I don't ll
in the forms."
Statistics NZ is also taking
two prosecutions on the West
Coast, and a total of about 100
Mr Martin is to appear in
the Hastings District Court on
December 10 and said he is yet to
nd a lawyer.
He said he may end up defending
the charge himself.
"I'm de nitely defending it. I
don't ll the Census in on principal,
I never have. ey get enough
information about us anyway from
Mr Martin said yesterday it was
"ridiculous" that not lling in a
piece of paper could land him in
"If I don't show up they'll
arrest me. I think we should have
the freedom to give out what
information we want. It's not like
I've done anything wrong."
He said he believes the prosecution
is a "money-grabbing scheme".
"It's a piece of paper, is it worth
ning people and taking people
to court over? Haven't they got
better things to do? Just because I
wouldn't put pen to paper. I can't
see the sense in it."
Mr Martin was sent a summary of
facts with the letter which said he
had been sent reminders in March
and April and a notice of liability
warning he could be prosecuted in
Statistics NZ Census general
manager Sarah Minson said
prosecuting those who refused
to ll in the Census was standard
"After every Census we identify
a number of cases to take through
the prosecution process. ere are
100 from the 2013 Census that are
going through the District Courts
at the moment."
Ms Minson said there were
three prosecutions being handled
through the Napier o ce for the
Hawke's Bay region.
She said a number of factors
determined who would be
"After Census day we send a
number of reminders and narrow it
down to a group of people. ose
who refuse to complete it, incite
others not to complete or deface
their forms. We take into account
personal circumstances and the
likelihood of success. We can't
prosecute everyone but there is a
very small number we feel we can
Ms Minson said prosecuting a
small group did work in terms of
getting people to ll in their forms.
"Most people are really good but
there are a number of people who
say why is it necessary and for those
people we say if you don't complete
the forms you risk prosecution."
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
action stuns man
A New Zealand soldier faces a
court-martial, accused of planting
explosive devices in Afghanistan.
e soldier is a member of the ill-
fated Crib 20 deployment, which lost
ve members and was engaged in
New Zealand's biggest re ght since
the Vietnam con ict. e surviving
soldiers returned to heroes' welcomes,
but that has been tainted by a
subsequent military police inquiry.
ere had been earlier reported
concerns about Crib 20's leadership
in the Battle of Baghak.
Now the Defence Force has
revealed a soldier has been charged
with putting in place an explosive
with reckless disregard for safety of
e soldier was charged under the
Crimes Act, with an o ence that
carries a maximum prison term of ve
years. He has also been charged with
an alternative, less serious, charge of
negligence under the Armed Forces
Defence Act. e Defence Force
refused to name the soldier before
the rst court appearance, saying that
could "prejudice the maintenance of
the law ".
A spokeswoman for the Defence
Force said the investigation was
ongoing and further charges could
follow against other soldiers.
"Preliminary enquiries under
the Armed Forces Discipline Act
continue. Any decision as to whether
an allegation is well-founded is for
the commanding o cer.
"No date for any trial has yet been
set. e investigation has taken the
time it has, to enable due process to
be followed," she said.
In June, it was revealed that military
police had launched an investigation
into allegations of criminal
wrongdoing during the deployment.
e company su ered the worst loss
of life in several decades of armed
con ict by New Zealand forces.
Lance corporals Rory Malone and
Pralli Durrer were killed during
a chaotic 12-minute re ght on
August 4, last year.
Corporal Peter Page and another
soldier were hit by friendly re after
New Zealand troops were called
into the treacherous Baghak Valley
to support members of the Afghani
secret police, who had come under
attack from enemy insurgents.
On August 19, corporals Luke
Tamatea and Jacinda Baker and
private Richard Harris died when an
improvised explosive device destroyed
professionalism"was praised in Court
of Inquiry ndings, but a military
police investigation was progressively
widened to include the conduct of
leaders and soldiers in the Baghak
clash, as well as the leak of unedited
video footage of the re ght and of a
prisoner being escorted at gunpoint to
an American Blackhawk helicopter.
e publication of a book written
by Major Craig Wilson, who led
Crib 20, has been delayed after the
Defence Force withheld permission
for its publication.
Wilson was given access to witnesses
during the investigation to research
his book Bravo Kiwi , which covered
the lead-up to Afghanistan, the
Battle of Baghak and its aftermath.
e book had been due for release
in October, but the Defence Force
con rmed this week it had not
approved the release of the book. e
book is unlikely to be released until
after disciplinary proceedings are
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Bomb charges follow fatal firefight
Willie Jackson and John Tamihere
will be o air after today.
e Radio Live hosts have
announced on air that today's will
be their last show.
On the show, Mr Tamihere said
they would be taking the next few
weeks to review what happened last
week with management and agree
what action needs to be taken.
"We do not condone rape in any
way and did not intend to blame
"Rape is a terrible crime and the
victims who come for ward deserve
support and respect."
"We deeply regret the comments
we made last week, and the upset
they caused so many people," Mr
"We also want to apologise to the
clients of RadioLive who had to
deal with negative feedback to their
businesses because they advertise
on our show.
"Closer to home, we regret the
impact this has had on our wives,
children, our grandchildren and
"We also apologise to the sta
at Radio Live, and throughout the
Media Works whanau, who've had
to deal with fallout."
Mr Tamihere said Radio Live
would update listeners as to their
plans, but said it would be their last
time on radio this year.
"We wish you and your families a
safe and happy Christmas and send
our aroha to all peoples."
Media Works Radio chief
executive Belinda Mulgrew said
after discussions with the hosts it
had been agreed they would be o
air for the rest of 2013.
"We continue to review the
situation, and I would like to
reiterate that MediaWorks in
no way condones the actions of
the 'roast busters' or any violence
"We apologise unreservedly for
any o ence or distress caused to
listeners, clients or others by Willie
and JT's interview with Amy.
Ms Mulgrew said the noon-3pm
show on Radio Live would run
without advertising for the rest of
this week, as previously announced.
An announcement regarding a
replacement host would be made in
due course. --- APNZ
Pair off air in 'roast
Shark nning will be banned in New
Zealand waters under a Government
proposal announced yesterday.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith
and Primary Industries Minister
Nathan Guy made the announcement
on Wellington's south coast.
" e practise of nning sharks is
inconsistent with New Zealand's
reputation as one of the best managed
and conserved sheries in the world,"
Mr Guy said.
"We need to ensure New Zealand's
113 species of sharks are sustainably
managed and that we provide incentives
to utilise as much of the resource as
Dr Smith said sharks might not be
as cuddly as kiwi or as cute as dolphins
but they were an important part of the
country's marine diversity.
"Our attitude to sharks has come a
long way since the Jaws days of 'the only
good shark being a dead shark'.
" is ban on nning is an important
step towards improving shark
e Government proposal would take
e ect over the next two years.
Following the announcement at the
Island Bay Marine Education Centre,
the ministers donned waterproof gear
and waded into the bay with three carpet
sharks, which they released and then
herded into open water.
"It's like herding cats," Dr Smith said.
Seven species of shark are protected
under the Wildlife Act: great whites,
basking sharks, deep water nursing
sharks, spine-tailed devil rays, manta
rays, whale sharks and oceanic whitetip
It is already an o ence under the
Animal Welfare Act to n a shark and
return it to the sea alive. However, it is
lawful to catch a shark, kill it, remove its
ns and dump the carcass at sea.
Dr Smith said it was that kind of
waste that would be targeted under
the proposal, which was out for public
consultation until December, he said.
Shark ns are valuable for making
shark n soup, which is a delicacy in
Asia, and for the production of many
Mr Guy said banning shark nning in
a practical and enforceable way required
the development of " shery-by- shery
"In some sheries the ban will be able
to be implemented on October 1, 2014.
Others will require the development
of guidelines for shark handling to
maximise the survival of released sharks."
Shark finning ban plan
Bar held up
A Mount Eden bar was held up at
gunpoint in the early hours of Saturday.
Just after midnight, the De Post Beer
Cafe on was subject to an aggravated
robbery, police said. ree men entered
the bar, one with a pistol and another
armed with a screwdriver. ey allegedly
threatened and assaulted three sta
members who were in the process of
cleaning up, before leaving with an
undisclosed sum of cash. --- APNZ
More than 63,000 people have
signed an on-line petition calling
for the Prime Minister to take
action over the "roast busters".
John Key has been urged to
"take sexual violence seriously"
and ensure justice for the teenage
girls --- some as young as 13 ---
who were named and shamed on
a Facebook page by the gang, who
claimed to have got them drunk
and had sex with them.
e petition was set up by
Auckland mum Jessie Hume on
ursday, and now has more than
Ms Hume said the girls had been
failed by police, Government and
the legal system.
"It's time to demand justice for
these young women. It's time
our Government ensured that
protocols, including support
ser vices for people who are raped or
assaulted, are in place so something
like this doesn't happen again," she
said on the site.
"Use your voice to help these
young women whose voices are
consistently being ignored."
e petition is headed: "Prime
Minister John Key: bust the 'roast
busters' and show you take sexual
violence seriously." e site joins
sexual abuse support groups, anti-
violence campaigners and health
practitioners speaking out in
support of victims and to condemn
violence against females in the
wake of the revelations.
Women's Refuge chief executive
Heather Henare said it was
"patently clear" a lot of work
needed to be done to shift attitudes
around women, rape, appropriate
sexual relationships, violence and
" e past few days have shown us
that many segments of our society
including within the police and
even within some media institutions
have a dominant culture of victim
blaming," she said.
e development manager for
sexual violence survivor counselling
organisation Help, Harriet Sewell,
said the young women who were
allegedly victims of the gang had
gone through the abuse twice, "both
the alcohol facilitated sexual assault
and then having it made visible for
anyone to see".
Judge Peter Boshier, who chairs
the anti-violence campaign White
Ribbon said the misogynistic
attitudes of the group of young men
were "epidemic" in New Zealand.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Petition draws huge response
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