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Brawl victim named
Police have named a man who
died after an alcohol-fuelled brawl
at a Waikato property last weekend.
He was 49-year-old Michael Brett
Godwin, detective senior sergeant
Mike Whitehead of the Waikato CIB
said. Mr Godwin's death was being
treated as suspicious and police were
continuing inquiries yesterday at the
Queen Street property in ames. A
post-mortem examination into the
cause of his death was ongoing.
Bay of Plenty's oldest
Florence Maitland Harvey,
believed to be the Bay of Plenty's
oldest resident, died at the weekend.
Masterton-born Mrs Harvey, nee
Powick, aged 107 passed away on
Saturday after a bout of pneumonia
which saw her hospitalised twice in the
past month. Born June 5, 1906, Mrs
Harvey lived in Wellington most of
her adult life.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Woman dies in
BOP house re
A woman died in a house re in the
Bay of Plenty early yesterday. e re
service was called to the Howell Street
property in Taneatua, 13km south of
Whakatane, just after 4am, northern
re communications shift manager
Colin Underdown said. e house was
well alight when re crews arrived. e
woman's body was discovered once the
blaze was under control.
--- APNZ-Baty of Plenty Times
Police search for
Police divers were scouring a
Wellington coastline yesterday in an
attempt to nd any items connected
to the killing of a local woman.
Rongmei Fan, known as Mei, was
brutally attacked in her Miramar
home after dropping her children at
school. Her body was discovered by a
friend two days later. Yesterday, divers
were searching the Miramar coastline
alongside Shelly Bay Road for items
such as clothing that could have been
used as a disguise. --- APNZ
Fire crew saves dog
A Mount Maunganui re ghter
turned "dog whisperer" last night,
climbing down a stormwater drain to
rescue a small dog. e pup fell into
the drain in a park near Evensbel Place
in Papamoa, leaving the distressed
owners no choice but to dial 111,
according to senior re ghter Frank
Ramage. "We have two women on our
crew and one of them, Sam, is a bit
of a dog whisperer, she climbed down
the stormwater drain just after the call
at 6.30pm," Mr Ramage said. "She
managed to get the dog to come to her
then got it out safely. "
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
One of the two New Zealand
Greenpeace protesters jailed in Russia
on hooliganism charges has been told
he will be released on bail.
So far 12 of the so-called Arctic 30
have been told they will be released,
Greenpeace spokesman Niall Bennett
ey were told they would be
released from jail if they could provide
nancial surety of 2 million rubles
It was not yet known when New
Zealander David Haussmann would
Jonathan Beauchamp, the second
New Zealander jailed, was yet to have
his case heard.
One activist, Australian Colin
Russell, was refused bail yesterday
--- an order that Greenpeace would
"vigorously challenge", Mr Bennett
e group was initially charged
with piracy, but that charge was
downgraded to hooliganism last
month. e new charge carries a
maximum penalty of seven years jail.
arrested in September after Russian
authorities boarded their vessel,
the Arctic Sunrise, in international
e 28 Greenpeace activists, a
freelance photographer and a freelance
videographer, were protesting against
drilling for oil in Arctic waters.
ey had focussed their attentions
on a drilling platform owned by gas
giant Gazprom. Two people tried to
climb onto the platform and hang a
In court, Mr Haussmann said he
would y home to New Zealand to
be with his three-year-old son and
pregnant partner Sarah, Radio New
Zealand reported. But his lawyer,
Anton Beneslavsky told RNZ he
thought that could be unlikely.
"We cannot say that somebody can
come home so soon."
However he said bail being granted
was a good start.
"Now we can start the procedure of
paying the bail to the court and I hope
in a few days we will see him free."
Mr Haussman's brother Tony told
RNZ the family was hoping he would
make it home by Christmas, or at least
by the time his baby is due in February.
But he said they were not out of the
" ey're facing quite hideous charges
and it's going to be a long road yet, I
Tony Haussmann said his brother's
partner Sarah was doing well.
"She's a very strong lady and there's
a lot of support for her in the area that
they live in.
"And he's got a wee boy at home too
--- eo --- and he's only three, so he's
missing dad and he wants him home
as well. --- APNZ
New Zealand Greenpeace protester in Russia to be released on bail
of the New Zealand Herald
A captain of a shing vessel in
Nelson was making more than
$100,000 a year and living in a
State house, Housing Minister Nick
Smith said last night.
at was wrong and the house
should be available to a person of
higher need, Dr Smith said during a
parliamentary heated debate on the
Social Housing Reform (Housing
Restructuring and Tenancy Matters
e captain concerned once had a
high need for a State house, but no
e bill, due to pass its third and
nal reading this morning under
urgency, will make all tenancies
Until now, only the 10,000 tenants
who went into their State houses
after July 1, 2011, were able to have
their tenancies reviewed if their
Others have had security of tenure
no matter what they earned although
the rents rise as the income rises.
Dr Smith said 4000 tenants earned
enough to pay the full market rent.
Low-income earners pay no more
than 25% of their income on rent.
e new law will also allow
community housing providers to
compete for the income-related
rent subsidy to expand their role in
provision of social housing.
Dr Smith called the changes
the most signi cant changes to
social housing in 75 years and
said the bill provided for "a
market in social housing".
e measures would ensure State
housing would be for those with the
But Labour housing spokesman
Phil Twyford accused Dr Smith of
"an outrageous double standard"
because he had stayed in his
ministerial home for six weeks after
resigning last year on the grounds
he had not wanted to disrupt his
children's schooling yet was willing
to impose insecurity of tenure on
He said Labour supported the
moves that would allow more
involvement of community housing
but would vote against the bill
because of the "incalculable damage"
that reviewable tenancy would cause.
Dr Smith said Labour's opposition
to reviewable tenancies meant
it wanted people earning over
$100,000 "to stay in that house
forever while there are families with
What the bill does
Extends reviewable tenancies to
Opens income-related rent
subsidy to community housing
Shifts assessment of housing
need from Housing NZ to Ministry
of Social Development. --- APNZ
$100k fisherman in
State house 'wrong'
e Opposition may as well pack up
and go on holiday: next year's election
is already won and John Key will be
the Prime Minister for all eternity,
says the monk at ailand's Wat Pho
Mr Key and his wife Bronagh
were shown around the Wat Pho
temple in Bangkok yesterday, one of
the city's oldest wats with hundreds
of Buddhas covered in gold leaf
- including the famous Reclining
Buddha, 15m high and 43m long.
Mr Key was shown around by monk
Phrasuthi ammanawat, who proved
to have a good sense of humour.
He told Mr Key that his brush
with the Reclining Buddha meant he
would be the PM forever.
"If you believe it, apparently you'll
get luck. And he's convinced I'll be
the permanent Prime Minister of
Mr Key appeared slightly horri ed
by his new fate, but clearly hoped the
luck would hold for at least another
year. He wasn't taking any chances
and when it came time to put Buddha
coins in the donations bowls along the
wall of the Reclining Buddha's temple,
he assiduously placed them in almost
every bowl. "I was lling those bowls."
What he had not seen was that his
wife was moving behind him, lling
them even more diligently. Given Mr
Key has promised Bronagh will have
some control over his post-politics
life, it is likely that her version of
good luck was the opposite of him
becoming the Prime Minister in
e monk also presented Mr Key
with a copy of the book e Temple
produced about US President Barack
Obama's visit in November last year.
He promised that the next time Mr
Key visited, he would get a book on
his own visit - although the laughter
indicated he wasn't necessarily telling
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Key told of an 'eternal
future' at political helm
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Mr Key donates coins to buy food for the monks --- and bring the donor
Police have o ered a reward of
up to $50,000 for information
about the disappearance of Luana
Deborah Laverne Williams from
Tauranga 27 years ago.
Luana, known by family as
Laverne, was last seen on the
evening of 5 June, 1986 at her home
address in Munro Street and was
reported missing by her partner.
Detective Inspector Mark Loper
said Ms Williams' disappearance
was being treated as a homicide.
"Like all major unsolved
investigations it has been subject
to intermittent review. Today's
announcement is the result of the
most recent review along with new
information that has come to light.
"I am not prepared to be speci c
about the new information as
I will not do anything that will
be detrimental to the ongoing
Mr Loper said the most recent
case review began 18 months ago,
which resulted in new information
coming from members of the public.
"It is information that hasn't
previously been brought to our
attention and has taken the
investigation in a di erent direction;
beyond that I cannot comment."
Police have met with Ms Williams'
family to update them on the latest
developments, Mr Loper said.
"It is important to us that we do
everything we can to bring answers
to Luana's family; time doesn't
diminish our resolve; it just serves
to heighten it.
"Historical cases are not without
their challenges. However police
processes and technology have
advanced and over time the
relationships and allegiances of
people who have information or
were involved in a crime can change,
and we can take advantage of those
"You only have to look at the
conviction earlier this year for the
1971 murder of Rodney Tahu in
Turangi to see that the passage of
time isn't necessarily an obstacle."
e reward will be paid for
material information or evidence
which establishes the location of
Luana Williams and-or leads to the
conviction of any person or persons
responsible for her disappearance or
Anyone with information relevant
to Operation Williams is asked
to contact Tauranga Police on 07
577 4300. Information can also
be provided anonymously to the
organisation Crimestoppers on
In a statement, Ms Williams' sisters
Melanie and Jacqueline Williams
said it was great that police were
showing they were dedicated to
solving Luana's disappearance.
"Events over the last 27 years
have had a crazy and stressful e ect
on the family and have greatly
attributed to ill health. What is
really sad is that our father passed
without any resolution.
" e hardest thing has been seeing
a hand reaching out to clench
the heart, soul and guts from our
"A lot has been said over the
years and a lot has been reported
in the media, not all of it accurate.
Anything said in the past, is in the
past and we want to move forward,"
the statement said.
"Knowing it was never a closed
case has helped and we've always
lived in hope that someone would
bring us some answers."
e sisters said anyone who had
information would have come
forward by now if they had a
"It may be those people now have
children of their own. ey should
ask themselves whether they could
put their children in our shoes,
to go through what we have been
through, and with that thought in
mind we hope that they dig deep
and nd the conscience to do the
right thing." --- APNZ
Luana Deborah Laverne Williams
Police offer $50,000 for
information about 1986 cold case
An elderly Mamaku
man o ered diversion
on a rearms charge has
been under "enormous
strain" for many months,
according to his lawyer.
Max Winders, 77,
had previously denied a
charge of leaving a loaded
rearm in circumstances
as to endanger the life
of others, namely under
a bed with a bullet in its
chamber, between March 28 and April
4 this year.
A defended hearing was scheduled to
take place in the Rotorua District Court
Instead police prosecutor Sergeant
Steve Coleman told the court police had
o ered Winders diversion, which meant
he would avoid a criminal conviction.
On that basis Winders' vacated his
earlier not guilty plea and replaced it
with an intimated guilty plea.
Winders' lawyer, Murray McKechnie,
said his client had already
completed a rearms
through the New Zealand
Mountain Safety Council,
which was his main
Judge Maree Mackenzie
remanded Winders at
large until December 18,
to complete his remaining
diversion conditions. His
appearance on that day
has been excused.
Outside court, Mr McKechnie told
the Rotorua Daily Post the police had
o ered diversion because they knew the
charge was not appropriate.
"It was the police who initiated the
diversion proposal, many months after
Mr Winders had been charged, brought
before the court and placed under
enormous strain --- both he and his wife.
"He's never been in trouble with
the authorities in his life and this
has caused a great deal of upset."
--- Rotorua Daily Post
A Kapiti woman has escaped
a custodial sentence for her part
in a savage dog attack which left
two Otaki woman physically and
Kelly Murray, 21, appeared today
before Judge Gerrard Lynch in
the Levin District Court. She was
sentenced to three months' home
detention and 75 hours' community
service, with a recommendation
that the term be carried out at an
animal shelter like the SPCA.
Murray was also ordered to
pay each of the victims $500 for
Judge Lynch read out parts of
the victim impact statements in
which Glenys Richardson, 67, who
su ered a deep bite to her thigh,
said it was a huge challenge for her
now when a dog approached, and
she also felt dis gured.
Both victims were attacked by
the roaming pitbull terriers outside
their Moana Street homes on
November 28 last year.
Julie Harrison, 48, su ered the
rst attacked when a two-year-old
pitbull went for her followed by a
9-month-old of the same breed.
She lost a nger tip, part of her
nose, had tendons severed, and her
forearm su ered lacerations and
muscle damage. She managed to
get to her front door, dragging one
of the dogs, its teeth locked on her
thigh. e animal only let go when
she slammed its head in the door
"I was literally a dog's breakfast,"
she told the Horowhenua Chronicle
earlier this year.
Hearing Ms Harrison's
screaming, Mrs Richardson went
to her rescue only to be met by one
of the marauding dogs. It latched
onto the back of her right thigh,
destroying part of her hamstring,
and parts of her index nger
and thumb. One of the dogs was
lunging with pieces of esh in its
mouth. Mrs Richardson said she
had seen bits of her esh on the
Both women have received
extensive medical treatment for
Judge Lynch said that while
Murray did not own the dogs she
was actually in control of them. She
allowed them to roam.
In his summing up Judge Lynch
took into account Murray's
remorse and her willingness to pay
reparation for harm the victims had
He also noted the fact that shehad
now parted from her partner and had
a three-year-old child to support.
e dog's owner, Floyd Richards,
25, escaped a custodial sentence
when he appeared for sentencing in
Levin District Court in August.
He was sentenced to 200 hours'
community service and four
months' community detention,
ordered to pay $3400 reparation
and given a curfew which allowed
him to continue working so he
could pay the money.
Richards had been working out of
the region at the time of the attack
and left the dogs in the care of
Murray. ey were jointly charged
under the Dog Control Act.
--- Wanganui Chronicle
Woman sentenced over savage dog attack
Diversion offered on
f irearms charge
of the Wanganui Chronicle
Bright pink rubbish bags will line the
kerbs throughout the Ruapehu district
from next Tuesday after thieves stole
thousands of green bags.
Ruapehu District Council waste
minimisation o cer Steve Carson said
that in February there had been a spate
of break-ins at transfer stations where the
green rubbish bags had been targeted.
" is forced council to cease stocking
and selling rubbish bags from transfer
stations which was unfortunate as it
deprived people of the convenience of
being able to purchase rubbish bags
from these locations," he said.
After the thefts council had the
pink bags made to replace the green
ones. Mr Carson said the sale of the
o cial rubbish bags was a vital source
of funding for the district's kerbside
recycling and solid waste services.
"When people buy an o cial rubbish
bag the cost contributes towards a range
of services associated with its collection
roadside and its disposal."
Council realises o cial rubbish bags
are expensive for some people but
sur veys indicate most people prefer
this user-pays approach rather than
paying higher rates to cover the cost
of the ser vice, he said. From January
12, 2014 only pink bags will be
accepted for roadside collection and
at transfer stations from January 13.
efts force change to
pink rubbish bags
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