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BNZ launches mortgage-linked credit card
BNZ is to o er a low interest rate
credit card to its home loan customers
in the latest bid by a bank to win over
home loan customers.
BNZ's credit card rate will be set at
the bank's variable home loan rate ---
currently 5.99% --- and is available
only to BNZ mortgage holders with
more than 20% equity.
BNZ retail director Andy Symons
said the low rate card was designed to
reward customers who banked with
"What we are saying is if you have
your home lending and credit card
with us we believe we can do a better
Typically banks justify charging
higher rates for credit cards because
the debt is unsecured.
Mr Symons said the credit card
would not be secured over the
borrower's property but the bank
felt con dent in taking on the risk
because it would know the full
nancial position of the borrower.
Mr Symons admitted the bank
would take a smaller cut on on the
lower interest rate but said he hoped
that would be more than made up
for by attracting more customers and
gaining long term loyalty.
e credit card rate will be set at the
bank's variable rate meaning it can go
up and down over time.
Bank interest rates are expected to
go up next year with the o cial cash
rate expected to rise.
Banks have been throwing all sorts
of incentives at the public to get them
to switch in recent years including
tvs, iPads, vouchers and cash.
Mr Symons said unlike the
technology incentives which would
be out of date in a year, the BNZ's
o er would last for the lifetime of the
home loan. "We are not just doing
it to grab market share --- it's about
having long term relationships with
BNZ's classic credit card has an
interest charge of 19.95% per annum
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
e woman who used
fake on-line personas to
dupe teenage boys made
up a ctitious daughter to
get money from one of her
Natalia Burgess, 29, has
admitted using fake social
media pro les to enter on-
line relationships with boys.
She pleaded guilty to two counts
of obtaining by deception and one of
interfering with a computer system.
e agreed summary of facts was
released by Judge Gerard Winter after
Burgess's sentencing, scheduled for
yesterday in the Manukau District
Court, was adjourned to give defence
more time to consider prosecution les,
led at short notice.
e summary of facts shows Burgess,
from Auckland, used several personas
of females aged between 18 and 20 on
Facebook and Bebo.
She used the social media pro les to
communicate with the teenage male
victims, and request information such
as access to their social media or bank
In April 2008 she began a relationship
with a 16-year-old victim, who cannot
be named, communicating with him by
phone and social media. At the time,
Burgess was 24.
Burgess gave him money to top up his
cellphone and asked for access to his
Facebook account so she could update
his relationship status.
After several months she told the
victim she had a daughter, and asked for
money to help with with
her daughter's care. e
victim and his mother gave
Burgess a total of $379.
e summary said
Burgess did not have a
She also asked for access
to his bank account, and
when he refused she said
she would not repay any money.
In 2011, she began a relationship with
a 13-year-old boy, representing herself
as agirlaged16to18.She was27at
the time. She never met the boy, but
engaged in phone sex and communicated
by phone and social media.
After about four weeks she became
angry with him for no reason, accessed
his Facebook account without
permission and sent messages to his
friends pretending to be him.
Burgess changed his password, denying
him access to the account, and returning
control after a few days.
She also pleaded guilty to a charge of
obtaining by deception in relation to
going to House of Grace in Wellington,
a home for young pregnant women, in
2006 claiming to be pregnant.
Burgess was given permission to live
there but did not keep up with her living
costs. When asked to provide evidence
of her pregnancy she produced a false
doctor's letter. She was asked to leave,
having accumulated a $1400 debt.
e summary said Burgess told police
she could not remember parts of her life
due to being a heavy drug user.
Burgess will be sentenced later this
month. --- APNZ
e rst day of a new privately-
funded search for the missing
yacht Nina has failed to nd
e seven-member crew was
last heard from in rough Tasman
Sea conditions on June 4, and
family and friends have remained
hopeful for the survival of their
loved ones, and have raised funds
to keep private search e orts alive.
Yesterday --- more than ve
months since the historic 85-year-
old yacht left Opua in the Bay
of Islands bound for Newcastle,
Australia --- two pilots, along
with the parents of missing crew
member, Danielle Wright, 18,
undertook an aerial search of an
area west of Norfolk Island.
According to the Facebook
page Holding Hope for the Nina,
which has been set up to co-
ordinate the search e orts and
raise funds for the search plane,
Ms Wright's parents Robin and
Ricky arrived in Norfolk Island
on Monday night for the search.
e couple spent the rst day
of the search as "spotters" trying
to locate the boat from a satellite
image taken in September which
showed a ghostly picture of the
Mrs Wright wrote on the
Facebook page: "Our search pilots,
George and David, are really
great guys and they're keeping us
sharp. e weather is perfect. In
fact, the seas are so calm, at times
there aren't even any white caps.
We could see so far out that we
were able to cover twice as much
ground as originally planned.
We're praying for more of the
same tomorrow. Unfortunately
we didn't spot Nina, but hopefully
tomorrow will be the day we're all
Each day of searching costs
about $US20,000 (NZ$25,600).
ose supporting the newest
private search believe they have
enough funds to search for a few
Professional captain David
Dyche III, 58, and his wife,
Rosemary, 60 own the Nina. ey
were with their son David Dyche
Junior, 17, and fellow Americans
Evi Nemeth, 73, Kyle Jackson, 27,
as well as Ms Wright when the
boat disappeared. Also on board
was Briton Matthew Wootton,
While Mr and Mrs Wright
assist with the aerial search, the
Wootton family are continuing
to analyse satellite images and
calculate drift patterns.
Friends and family of the Nina
are using the Facebook page to
keep in touch and post photos of
the latest search. --- APNZ
Private search fails to find yacht
e missing yacht Nina.
A week after an 11-year-old's cowardly
attack on a disabled man, police are
refusing to say if they have spoken to the
boy or his parents.
e 11-year-old and a 13-year-old boy
confronted David Ball as he crossed the
road outside the New Brighton Library
last Wednesday and stole $320 from his
Mr Ball, 53, who also su ers from
cancer, tried to chase the youths, but
tripped and almost fell under a bus.
It was revealed last week that the
11-year-old and his family were known
to police, but eastern city community
services manager senior sergeant Phil
Dean refused to comment yesterday.
Mr Dean would not say if police had
spoken to the boy or his parents.
However, he did say the incident that
had been reported as a robbery was
being investigated as a theft.
"It appears Mr Ball was distracted and
someone has taken money out of his
pocket," Mr Dean said. " ey picked it
out of his pocket."
He said the le had been referred to
the police youth aid section and o cers
would speak to the boy and his parents
or caregivers during the investigation.
Police were taking a "holistic" approach
because of the boy's age.
"Because he's so young, we want to
look at the reasons why he has been
involved in such a serious incident," Mr
e police youth aid section had a
number of options available including
an "action plan" that would ensure the
youth was dealt with "holistically".
Meanwhile, a community leader said
yesterday the 11-year-old was seen with
large amounts of cash last Friday, three
days after the incident.
"We've seen the kid with three other
youths walking along the street with
handfuls of $10 and $20 notes," Positive
Directions Trust programme manager
Jay Smith said.
"He was overheard saying something
along the lines of, ' at was easy, let's do
it again'," Mr Smith said.
He said the police were informed.
Burwood-Pegasus Community Board
chairwoman Andrea Cummings, who
witnessed the attack on Mr Ball, has
called a public meeting at the Roy
Stokes Hall tonight to discuss crime and
disorder issues in the suburb.
"Police in Brighton are doing a good
job, the best they can, but they just don't
have the resourcing," she said.
Ms Cummings said a Facebook page
she set up to seek donations for Mr Ball
had raised almost $1700.
e South City New World
supermarket, where Mr Ball shops
regularly, is donating $200 in grocery
vouchers. --- APNZ- e Star
An Otara woman whose dog su ered
for months from a deep neck wound
caused by a cheap, overly tight collar has
been convicted of animal cruelty.
Maria Matthews, 30, was charged
with recklessly ill-treating an animal,
resulting in serious injury, after an SPCA
inspector found an infected, 15cm-long
wound on the dog's throat.
She was sentenced to four months'
community detention, ordered to pay
$500 in reparation and banned from
owning an animal for 10 years when she
appeared in the Manukau District Court
e wound on Matthews'Sta ordshire-
cross dog, Gurly, was discovered by a
visiting SPCA inspector on May 1.
e dog was seized and taken to the
SPCA, where a veterinarian performed
surgery to close the 3cm-deep wound
across the dog's throat.
e vet concluded the dog had been
wearing a collar that was far too small
for its neck. As the puppy grew in size
with age, the collar cut through the skin
and muscular tissue around the neck,
causing severe pain and su ering over a
Matthews said that she found the
wound only when she removed the dog's
She said she was given Gurly as a pup
in early February and, to control the dog,
she had bought a $2 puppy collar and
tethered the dog to a kennel.
Matthews said that as a rst-time dog
owner, she was not aware of the need to
change the dog's collar as it grew.
SPCA Auckland chief executive
Christine Kalin said it was a classic
case of ignorance and neglect that
underscored why the charity discouraged
people from giving animals as pets.
"While most people are capable of
learning to look after an animal and
take responsibility for their health and
wellbeing, some people are not --- as was
sadly the case here," she said.
" is dog's protracted pain and
su ering could easily have been
prevented by replacing the collar with
a larger one. Clearly this is not rocket
" e good news is this dog has now
made an excellent recovery and has been
successfully re-homed with a loving
owner who knows how to care for
animals." --- APNZ
A Wairarapa woman who took
days to seek help for her three-year-
old daughter's broken leg has been
sentenced to two years and three
months in prison.
Terri Cheire Pickering, 25, was charged
with neglect after doctors found her
daughter's leg was so badly broken that
bones could be seen through the wound.
Pickering --- a former Featherston
resident who now lives in Upper Hutt
--- appeared teary as Judge Denys
Barry handed out the sentence in the
Wellington District Court yesterday.
Her daughter was believed to have
had the injury for up to a week before
she was taken to Wairarapa Hospital
in November last year, before being
transferred to Hutt Hospital for
Judge Barry said reports from an
orthopaedic surgeon indicated the now
four-year-old was recovering from the
ordeal. However, she would be left with
a "lifelong disability" as a result of the
When she was taken to Wairarapa
Hospital last November, medical sta
found a "hole approximately 5cm by
6cm in diameter on her lower left leg,
just below the knee," he said.
Crown prosecutor Emma Light told
the court one doctor described it as
one of the worst cases of neglect he
had seen in his 30 years as a consultant
During his sentencing summary, Judge
Barry said several medical practitioners
had concluded the child's mother and
her partner would have noticed serious
" at neglect led to this gaping wound
exposing the bone.
"It clearly was a manifestly visible
injury. As the medical people said (it
was) up to some days before the child
was taken to hospital."
An argument from Pickering's lawyer,
Jonathon Miller, that a nerve disorder
the child su ered from --- which
lessened her ability to feel pain --- was
a factor in her mother's ignorance to the
child's injury was rejected by Judge Barry
as "super cial".
"Any parent with that child constantly
must have become aware that there was
a wound developing."
e child had also undergone seven
operations relating to her injury, which
included skin grafts, and a wound from
the injury continued to cause problems.
Judge Barry said Pickering had
admitted to using cannabis regularly,
turning to the drug when she was unable
to a ord prescription medication.
A bid for name suppression was
rejected earlier, with Judge Barry saying
he could see nothing that would cause
undue hardship to the girl. She is now
living with her father.
Pickering's partner also pleaded guilty
to neglect and is due to be sentenced in
the next few weeks. --- APNZ
A man brandishing a sawn-o
shotgun and wearing a Halloween
mask held up the Caltex ser vice
station in Solway, Masterton, on
About 9.35pm, the man went
into the service station and aimed
the single barrel shotgun at the
woman teller, who was the only one
working at the time.
He kept demanding cash
repeatedly but she refused to give
him the money.
He eventually gave up and left
e teller's actions were not what
police would recommend anyone
do in that situation, detective
sergeant Barry Bysouth said.
e teller was unharmed and had
been referred to Victim Support, he
" is sort of threatening
behaviour is thankfully rare in our
area," Mr Bysouth said. "We are
following positive leads and hope
that with the public's assistance we
can resolve this matter quickly."
Police said the o ender was about
165cm tall. Along with the mask,
he was wearing blue three-quarter
length hunting type eece with a
v-neck, black trousers and black
shoes with white soles.
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
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