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Attack on woman fatal
A mother of two su ered a violent
attack at her Wellington home and
could have lain dead for days before
her body was found, police say. e
woman, a 37-year-old Chinese
national, was discovered at her
Miramar property on Sunday by a
friend. Police would not con rm the
woman's name until her family had
been contacted. A 58-year-old man,
who knew the woman, has been
arrested for breaching a protection
order against her. He appeared in the
Wellington District Court yesterday
and was released on bail. e woman
had two children, aged seven and
nine, but they were not at the house
when the attack took place. --- APNZ
e way a group of motorcyclists
was riding prior to a fatal crash was
of concern to other motorists, police
have been told. Rotorua man Dixon
Hona, 50, died in a pile-up near
the city on Saturday. Mr Hona was
the rider of one of four motorcycles
that collided with a car at 2.35pm
on State highway 5, Mamaku. e
circumstances surrounding the crash
are still being investigated.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Sex attack remand
A man has appeared in court
charged with a sex attack on a
pensioner in south Auckland at
the weekend. e 39-year-old man
from Manurewa was charged with
assault with intent to commit sexual
violation and entering a building
without authority with intent. He
appeared in the Manukau District
Court yesterday, and was granted
interim name suppression in order
to have time to inform his family.
He was remanded in custody until
December. --- APNZ
Baking powder in scare
White powder found at a New
Zealand Post centre in Auckland
yesterday has been identi ed as
baking powder. Police northern
communications Inspector Steve
Kose said three sta from the
Highbrook centre in East Tamaki
found the powder in a blank envelope
about 10am. e Fire Ser vice and
Defence Force were alerted to the
incident about 2pm. e sta opened
the envelope because it had "no
identi able marks" on it. --- APNZ
Early morning tremors
A 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck
south of Hastings early today. e
quake had a depth of 73km and was
centred 35km east of Porangahau
in the Paci c Ocean. GNS said the
intensity of the earthquake, which
hit at 1.06am, was weak. Meanwhile,
a 3.3 magnitude quake hit 30 km
south-west of New Plymouth shortly
after midnight. e weak earthquake
had a depth of 17 km, and struck at
12:34am. --- APNZ
Numbers in Keno draw No 9558: 5,
11, 14, 22, 23, 25, 27, 36, 42, 43, 45, 51,
56, 57, 60, 61, 64, 69, 73, 78. Draw No
9559: 7, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 24, 25, 28,
30, 46, 55, 58, 59, 68, 69, 71, 73, 77, 78.
Mistreated farmer's dog chewed off own foot
A teacher has had their practising
certi cate suspended after allegations of
sex o ences against at least one child.
Any identifying details of the teacher
and where they worked were suppressed
by the Teachers' Disciplinary Tribunal.
e teacher would have their certi cate
suspended for the maximum allowable
period of three months, tribunal
chairman Kenneth Johnston said.
" . . . e respondent has been charged
with serious sexual o ences involving at
least one child under the age of 16," he
said. --- APNZ
Police are seeking a man who took his
ve-year-old daughter from school while
she was in the legal custody of another
Samuel Robert John Samson took his
daughter from Wairakei Primary School
in Taupo on November 6, police said
Mr Samson, who had close links to
the Massey area in Auckland, would
have family, friends and associates who
knew his movements and could help
police nd him, detective sergeant Tony
Manunui, of Taupo police, said.
"I would encourage family, friends or
associates of Samuel to come forward
and let the police know where he is.
We have no immediate concerns for
the safety of the girl but the sooner we
can speak with Samuel the sooner this
matter can be resolved," he said.
Mr Samson was described as male,
Maori, aged 31 years, 178cm tall and of
thin build. He may have his rottweiler
dog with him.
Police urged him to to take his daughter
to the nearest police station. --- APNZ
Man urged to
A farmer has been convicted of ill-
treating an animal after his dogs were
locked in lthy kennels so long one
chewed o its own foot.
South Auckland farmer Allan
Smurthwaite, 66, was convicted
yesterday in the Pukekohe District
Court of four animal cruelty charges,
including failing to provide an animal
with proper and su cient food.
He was sentenced to 150 hours'
community service, disquali ed from
owning animals for 10 years, and
ordered to pay reparations of $7202.
e SPCA said inspectors had
visited his property at Waiau Pa, west
of Drury on December 19, 2012, and
found nine dogs con ned in kennels
littered with faeces.
A female cattle dog named Putt
Putt had one left hind foot completely
missing, with raw esh and bone
protruding from the stump.
Five of the dogs were seized and
taken to the SPCA for veterinary
Putt Putt was in signi cant pain,
and had to have its left hind leg
e SPCA vet said the dog had
likely su ered a traumatic foot injury
and then chewed o its own foot,
which would have been missing for
several days before it was discovered.
SPCA Auckland executive director
Bob Kerridge said any lay person
would have known the dog was in
need of urgent veterinary attention.
" e kennels clearly fell well below
the minimum standards set out in the
Animal Welfare Code of Welfare for
dogs. All the dogs were put at risk
of damage to their respiration and
gastrointestinal systems due to the
faecal, algal, and bacterial hazards in
the kennels where they were con ned
for long periods of time.
" is is a case of neglect, pure and
simple. As a result Putt Putt has
now lost one of her hind legs, which
permanently limits her mobility.
" e original injury should have
treated immediately but there is
a wider pattern of neglect here.
It is obviously completely wrong
to con ne dogs in such appalling
conditions and ignore their obvious
distress, let alone dogs with serious
Smurthwaite was also convicted of
ve charges of ill-treating animals in
Mr Kerridge said tougher sentences
should be imposed as a deterrent to
further o ending. --- APNZ
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ousands of homes across the North
Island lost electricity this morning
after a fault with national grid operator
Outages have been reported in areas
across Auckland, ames, Napier,
Tokoroa, Lower Hutt and Masterton.
In Hamilton, around 13,000 homes
were without power.
Transpower said the power cuts
occurred after an issue on the HVDC
inter-island link which connects the
electricity networks of the North and
"Transpower is currently restoring its
network to allow distribution companies
to restore power supply to their
customers," a company statement said.
"One half of customers already have
Transpower expected the process to
take up to two hours. "We apologise
for any inconvenience experienced and
are working as quickly as possible to
restore power to those a ected," it said.
e company said it expected most
customers, "but not all", to have power
back on early this afternoon. --- APNZ
A nancially troubled
council body has splashed
out about $41,500 on
a party for 1700 sta
and family at the Cloud,
from X Factor NZ winner
Auckland Transport held
the One Team party at
the waterfront venue on
Saturday --- the rst time in three years
sta across the organisation and their
families have got together.
As well as Jackie omas, a juggling
group and ethnic dancers entertaining
party-goers, four food trucks served
food and soft drinks at a combined cost
of about $20 a head.
Auckland Transport paid another
council body, Waterfront Auckland,
$7500 for the hire of the Cloud.
Last night, Auckland Transport
chief executive David Warburton ---
whose organisation is forecasting an
$18 million shortfall for next year's
budget --- said the council body was
concerned about the wise use of
ratepayers' money but believed the event
was a sound investment and good for
Sta had requested an opportunity
to meet more of their
colleagues and it could
never been done in work
hours for operational
reasons, he said.
Mr Warburton said the
$20-a-head cost was less
than the budget of $30-
$35 a head for Christmas
functions, there was no
alcohol and some activities
for the children.
But Stephen Berry of A ordable
Auckland said Auckland Transport was
not hearing the clear message at the local
body elections on responsible spending
of ratepayers' money "when they throw
enormous parties like this".
Mr Berry, who polled third in
the mayoral contest, said Auckland
Transport had failed miserably to be as
frugal as possible with ratepayers' money.
Councillor Linda Cooper, who
criticised spending of $23,304 on new
leather satchels for councillors and
local board members, said the party
had cost a lot of money but things like
sta recognition and retention were
"In large organisations sometimes you
have to engender that sense of team and
if it only cost $20 each it is pretty cheap."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Jackie omas among entertainers
at $40,000 splash-out
Labour leader David Cunli e says
John Tamihere has a "snow ake's"
chance of becoming a Labour
candidate for the next election.
Labour general secretary Tim
Barnett took the unusual step
yesterday of issuing a press statement
to say that Mr Tamihere was no
longer a member of the party
because he had not renewed his 2013
Mr Tamihere, a Labour MP from
1999 to 2005, has been rumoured to
be considering a return to politics.
Mr Tamihere and fellow Radio
Live host Willie Jackson are on leave
until next year after causing great
upset last week over their inter view
with a young woman who had
knowledge of the so-called "roast
busters" sex gang.
Asked about Mr Tamihere's
membership today at Parliament, Mr
Cunli e said it was a matter for the
"I wouldn't be in a hurry to sign him
up and I'd say he's got a snow ake's
chance of becoming a Labour
Earlier, Prime Minister John Key
said the Government was looking at
rape prevention education but when
it came to sex education in schools it
would have to tread carefully.
Some parents would feel that more
information and debate in that area
would be going too far and cutting
across their responsibilities and rights
as a parent.
ere would be others who felt
that more education would keep
young women safer and allow them
to understand their rights more fully.
" at's the balance and many
parents would see it in di erent
He made the comments at his
post-Cabinet press conference
when being questioned about the
"roast busters" youth gang, whose
members boast on-line about group
sex with sometimes drunk and
" e good news part of the story
there is that at least people are going
to take some con dence that the
watchdog will review the le."
e on-line bullying aspect
would be addressed in legislation
recommended by the Law
Commission and which was
introduced to Parliament next week.
" ere is a third bit of the debate
and that's ultimately as I see it
around sex education and ultimately
about whether the rape laws in New
Zealand are actually set in the right
place," Mr Key said.
"It is a very delicate balance and
we have got to make sure that that
balance is held in the right place."
Asked about rape prevention
education he said the Government
was taking advice on where it might
go next on the whole issue.
"All I'm saying is that in that whole
area, it's a delicate area that we need
to feel our way through carefully."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Cunliffe cool on Tamihere return
David Cunli e
PICTURE: Bay of Plenty Times
Cherrywood pensioner Peter Har vey turns 100 today. He has just had has driver's licence approved for
the next two years and lives alone.
At the ripe old age of 100,
Tauranga man Peter Harvey loves
the fact his son ended up moving
into a retirement complex before
"I like people to think they are
getting confused (about who is in
the retirement complex). It gets a
laugh," Mr Harvey said, chuckling
It's this sense of humour the
plucky Cherrywood pensioner
thinks has helped him live such a
long and eventful life.
He served in World War Two,
travelled on 34 cruises, helped
manage the National Bank of
New Zealand, married twice
and had three children, six
grandchildren and seven great
"I thought a couple of years ago,
'I'm that close, I might as well get
to 100'," he said.
Today, Mr Harvey will
celebrate the milestone with
family and friends at Mills Reef
Winery. ere he will open
the remainder of his birthday
cards including messages from
the Queen, Prime Minister
John Key, Governor-General
Lieutenant-General Sir Jerry
Mateparae, and Tauranga MP
Mr Har vey renewed his driver's
licence just days ago.
e woman signing it o could
not quite believe it, he said.
"She was quite excited. It was
the rst time she'd renewed a
licence for a near 100-year-old.
"So, I've got until I'm 102. It's
my Scottish heritage, I want to
get my money's worth," he said
before cracking into another
Mr Har vey prefers to walk
around his neighbourhood,
but still drives his car around
Tauranga now and then.
Laser surgery on his bright blue
eyes has meant he does not even
require glasses for the trips.
Weekday meals are supplied to
him from Radius Matua Lifecare
and good neighbours help keep
an eye on things but Mr Harvey
still keeps an immaculate house.
"I might have to think about a
fulltime caregiver to give me more
freedom," he said.
Mr Harvey said he enjoys
"pottering" around his workshop,
tinkering with a range of
electrics, including a home-made
television. He also enjoys people,
meeting the new and catching up
with the old.
People were a big reason he
enjoyed cruises so much. Travel
was good for the soul, he said.
" ere's nowhere I haven't
Son Peter Harvey junior said
the big birthday was a remarkable
achievement made especially
so by his father's activity and
Peter, 73, took early retirement
and moved into Ocean Shores
Retirement Village several years
Of his father, Peter said
Mr Harvey had always done
everything in moderation, which
he believed help contribute to the
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
No sign of slowing down at 100
e deaths of two teenage Flaxmere
College students has prompted support
from the Ministry of Education, after
both girls died within a week of each
e ministry con rmed yesterday
it was providing support to Flaxmere
College in the form of a specialist team,
after the sudden deaths of the girls.
Ministry of Education head of sector
enablement and support Katrina Casey
said the ministry would continue to
provide support as long as required.
"We are providing support to the
school as requested and we will continue
to make our specialist support teams
available for as long as is needed."
One of the girls died last Monday and
the other died on Saturday. It is believed
no foul play is suspected.
Flaxmere councillor Henare O'Keefe
said the small community of Flaxmere
would be "devastated" by the sad news.
"I have not seen anything like this in
Flaxmere before. It has certainly taken
this community by the throat.
"It's about being there for everybody,
letting everyone who is a ected know
that we are there for them."
He said he did not want to talk about
the speci c details of the deaths but
described the events as "tragic".
"It will be best for us to unite and close
ranks. Flaxmere is very good at doing
that --- we have very good camaraderie."
He said the deaths could have been
caused "by any number of things".
"It's a nationwide issue. A burden
shared is a burden halved. Don't bundle
it up inside --- it's okay to ask for help."
He said Flaxmere College, police,
Hawke's Bay District Health Board
and councillors, including Flaxmere
councillor Jacoby Poulain, met yesterday
to discuss the deaths and ways for the
community to cope.
Hastings Deputy Mayor Cynthia
Bowers, who convened the meeting, said
it was important to try to understand
how and why the deaths occurred and
ensure the community felt supported.
"Henare (O'Keefe), Jacoby (Poulain)
and I met with the Ministry of
Education after they and we had met
with Flaxmere College yesterday, just to
understand their role and what support
they will give.
"It's obviously a tragedy. It's the rst
time I've been involved in anything like
this and it's important that we o er the
sta and students of Flaxmere College
all the support we can give."
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
A man who tried to enter New Zealand
by stowing away on a container ship has
Immigration New Zealand said the
man, a former employee of the shipping
company, stowed away after being unable
to secure employment.
He was discovered on the way by the
ship's master, and the company noti ed
Immigration NZ of his presence on
board, compliance manager Natalie
"Immigration NZ o cers, along with
colleagues from Customs and police,
met the boat on its arrival at Lyttelton
on Friday last week. e stowaway was
detained by police and arrangements
were made for him to depart on the rst
available ight." e stowaway left on
Saturday. --- APNZ
A new privately-funded search for
the missing yacht Nina took o this
Family and friends of the missing
schooner Nina, whose crew of
seven was last heard from in rough
Tasman Sea conditions on June
4, have been fundraising to keep
private search e orts alive.
Today, more than ve months
since the historic 85-year-old yacht
left Opua in the Bay of Islands
bound for Newcastle, Australia, a
Piper Twin Comanche is due to take
o from Norfolk Island to search an
area west of Norfolk Island.
e o cial Rescue Co-ordination
Centre (RCCNZ) search found
no trace of the 21m schooner, its
wreckage, or any debris.
But family members organised
another search, and after scouring
thousands of satellite images, found
a ghostly picture of a boat they are
sure is the Nina.
A Facebook page, Holding Hope
for the Nina, has been set up to co-
ordinate the search e orts and raise
funds for the search plane, which
costs about $25,600 a day. ey
believe they have enough funds to
search for the next few days.
e Nina is owned by professional
captain David Dyche III, 58, and
his wife, Rosemary, 60. ey were
on board with son David Dyche
Junior, 17, and fellow Americans
Evi Nemeth, 73, Kyle Jackson, 27,
and 18-year-old Danielle Wright.
Also on board was Briton Matthew
e Wright family has travelled
to Norfolk Island to join the search
support crew, and act as spotters
with the air crews.
e Wootton family is continuing
to analyse the latest satellite images
and calculating drift patterns and
refuse to give up hope.
e Facebook page stresses: "We
should all remember to not get
stuck too hard looking for an object
that is completely intact."
Searchers should be looking for a
liferaft alone, a liferaft with other
debris, an upright vessel, on its
side, or upside down. "If they had
a catastrophic situation, they may
have survived by tying a raft/dinghy
to wreckage, a capsized vessel and
or other debris," one posting said.
New search for yacht
Mark Lundy's trial for the murder
of his wife and daughter will be
held in Wellington next June.
e date for the trial, currently
set down for eight weeks, was
con rmed by Justice Ronald Young
in the High Court at Wellington
Lundy was excused from
attending the hearing --- a brief
telephone conference to set dates
and discuss legal matters ahead of
In a minute given after yesterday's
hearing, Justice Young said counsel
had agreed it was in the interests of
justice that the trial not be held in
He agreed and ordered the trial be
held in Wellington.
"I am satis ed that it is in the
interests of justice that this trial be
held in Wellington."
Justice Young signalled the June 9
trial date could be varied later.
"In identifying this date I accept
that given that there will be
signi cant scienti c evidence at this
trial there may need to be exibility
about the trial date."
Lundy was released on bail last
month. --- APNZ
Lundy trial set for Wellington
New SIS chief named
e woman who undertook a major
review of the GCSB spy agency, Rebecca
Kitteridge, is to become the new director
of the Security Intelligence Service.
Since 2008 she has been Secretary of
the Cabinet, a non-political role advising
the Prime Minster and Cabinet on
proper process. She will replace Warren
Tucker, at the end of April next year. Her
term is for ve years.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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