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Run over teen named
Police have named the Canterbury
youth who was killed early yesterday
after a vehicle hit him. He was
Joshua Jamie Gardiner, of Woodend.
e 17-year-old was lying asleep on
a semi-rural road on the outskirts
of Rangiora when he was struck by
a four-wheel-drive vehicle, about
3.40am. --- APNZ
House fire suspicious
Police were guarding the remains
of an abandoned Christchurch house
which was destroyed in a suspicious
re early today. Emergency services
were called to the Patten Street
property in Avonside about 1.15am.
southern re communications shift
manager Karl Patterson said. It was
well alight by the time re crews
arrived and the house was "extensively
damaged", he said. It took just under
an hour for two appliances to control
the re. --- APNZ
Fire clears hotel
A pizza oven re sparked an
evacuation of the Langham Hotel
last night. Fire ghters were called
to the hotel just before 9pm after a
pizza oven in a ground restaurant
caught re. A Fire Service
spokesman said the blaze, which was
contained in the ume of the oven,
was sending ames out the roof of
the building. Fire ghters used an
aerial appliance to extinguish the re.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
An Air New Zealand ight from
Auckland to Tauranga was diverted
to Hamilton yesterday afternoon
after a problem with the aircraft's
landing gear. An Air New Zealand
spokeswoman said ight NZ2710
was diverted due to an issue with
the automatic system controlling the
landing gear. e landing gear was
lowered manually. e aircraft was
being checked. --- APNZ
No one sought for attack
Police investigating the discovery
of a woman with a knife embedded
in her abdomen say they are not
seeking anyone in connection
with the investigation. e
injured 48-year-old was found by
her husband at a Knights Road
property in Lower Hutt on Tuesday
afternoon. She was taken to Hutt
Hospital in a serious condition and
received treatment. --- APNZ
Child gets stuck
A child was taken to Auckland's
Starship Hospital after being wedged
between a vehicle and a house in
Westmere last evening. ere were
no major injuries and the child,
whose age was unknown, was taken
to hospital as a precaution. "I think
what's happened is that mum's driven
up the driveway, opened the door
and the child's been wedged between
the door of the car and the house, a
police spokesman said. --- APNZ
Numbers in Keno draw No 9578: 5,
10, 12, 24, 27, 31, 34, 36, 37, 47, 48, 50,
52, 53, 60, 62, 65, 67, 77, 80. Draw No
9579: 1, 2, 3, 7, 15, 17, 18, 23, 25, 31,
34, 36, 39, 40, 47, 58, 61, 68, 69, 70.
MPs to get 'restrained' 2.2% pay rise
A west Auckland police o cer has been
suspended from duty after allegations
were made that he exposed himself
to a female colleague at a recent work
It has been learned that Henderson-
based sergeant Brent English was
investigated after a junior policewoman
relatively new to the force complained to
management about his behaviour.
e allegations included claims he
approached her at a police function,
exposed his private parts and made a
suggestive comment to her.
Waitemata police bosses began a
criminal investigation into the allegation
and suspended Mr English.
Several sources con rmed yesterday
that the investigation was complete and
it was unlikely criminal charges would
be laid. However the le was now being
reviewed by the police legal unit.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Police sex claims
A man accused of a murder in
Christchurch earlier this month
continues to undergo psychiatric
A 24-year-old is yet to enter a plea to
a charge that he killed a 54-year-old at
Momorangi Crescent in Redwood on
e accused was arrested soon after
the 2am incident and at his rst court
appearance was remanded in custody to
Suppressions cover both men.
Today, at the High Court in
Christchurch, Crown prosecutor
Christopher Lange asked for a further
remand to allow the accused to be
given a psychiatric assessment under
the Criminal Procedures (Mentally
Impaired Persons) Act.
Justice Graham Panckhurst remanded
the man without plea to February 7 to
allow time for the psychiatric assessments
to be completed and reports to be made
available. --- APNZ
e Remuneration Authority
has approved a "restrained" pay
rise for Members of Parliament,
$3500 more a year and raising
Prime Minister John Key's salary by
e authority, which oversees the
public sector's pay rates, recommended
a rise of 2.2% to MPs' base salaries,
backdated to July.
is means Mr Key's salary would
jump from $419,300 to $428,500 and
his deputy, Bill English, would rise
from $297,400 to $303,900.
Cabinet ministers would receive
$268,500, up from $262,700, and
Opposition leader David Cunli e
would get the same. e base salary
for backbench MPs would rise from
$144,600 to $147,800.
Mr Key had told the authority
restraint and leadership in the public
sector were needed. In a letter, he
said an increase of 1.4% would
be appropriate, in line with the
consumers' price index.
e authority said that MPs were
entitled to a pay rise of 2.8%, but it
decided to apply a lower rate of 2.2%
"given the continued need to restrain
public-sector expenditure as the
economy improves after the global
e authority worked out base
salaries for backbench MPs by
considering the pay of public
servants with jobs of similar
complexity and responsibility. It then
deducted the value of their employer
superannuation subsidy and travel
Senior MPs are not paid according
to market rates, and get a much-
e authority said the gap between
pay levels in the private sector and in
ministerial positions in Parliament
was now much greater than in the past
and it would review this increasing
gap over the next year.
Meanwhile, ministers received the
same pay rise as other MPs.
Mr Key said he did not support
ministers receiving higher pay rises
than other MPs.
"Ministers, like other MPs, are not
'employees' as such and there is an
element of public service and sacri ce
involved in them taking on these
Travel allowances are trimmed to
$6500, so the increase to an MP's pay
package is e ectively 1.96%.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Someone is shaving Bear and the cat wants
it to stop.
Bear, a four-year-old manx cat, has had
strips of fur shaved o during its rounds of
his Christchurch neighbourhood and now it
is reluctant to go outside its Bromley home.
Owner Mark O cer said the bizarre
incidents over recent weeks have upset his
usually lively moggy.
"It's causing him some distress. He doesn't
want to go outside any more," he said. "He's
lost a bit of his mojo."
Mr O cer and his partner, Gina, have
three other cats after relocating from their
damaged Waltham home on the day of the
February 2011 earthquake.
He said they were staying with Gina's
mother, who also has a cat, and all the animals
get along ne.
e shaving incidents began about ve
"I'm at my wit's end. Who would do such
a thing? If you found a strange cat on your
property surely you would just shoo it away,"
Mr O cer said.
" ey would have had to hold him down to
shave him. It's really bizarre."
He said he had contacted the Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals but was
told that because cats are wanderers there was
little the society could do. " ey said the onus
was on me to keep my cat inside."
Mr O cer said he hoped publicity would
bring an end to the incidents.
--- APNZ- e Star
Cat shaving puzzle
PICTURE: Christchurch Star
Mark O cer and his cat shaved cat Bear.
Earthquake Recovery Minister
Gerry Brownlee appears to have
backed o his threats to step in
and take a Christchurch City
Council planning decision o its
e council yesterday postponed
a vote on the Government's land
use recovery plan that would
allow more buildings on existing
sections in urban areas.
Mr Brownlee said he was deeply
disappointed with the council's
lack of action and that if a meeting
with Mayor Lianne Dalziel and
council today did not lead to
some resolution he would have
no alternative but to approve
the plan without the council's
endorsement, Radio New Zealand
" e responsibility I've got under
the Cera Act is to produce recovery
plans and in this case we've been through a
fairly exhaustive process of consultation, then
followed by comment, and the process has been
led by the various councils.
"So, at a sign-o point, I've very very
comfortable that it is representative of the
It is understood the 90-minute meeting held
in private resulted in a positive outcome and Mr
Brownlee will not step in.
Yesterday, council nance committee
chairman Raf Manji said amendments were
needed to the minister's plan and it should
be included in the district plan
review next year so local people
can have a say.
" en at least they will feel
like they were consulted rather
than waking up one morning
and nding out that all kinds
of things can be built across
from their backyard," Radio NZ
Mike Coleman, who is an
advocate for residents in the hard-
hit eastern suburbs, is pleased the
sign-o has been delayed.
"It looks like, if it goes through,
property developers and others
can intensify surburbia anywhere
across Christchurch without any
Mr Coleman said the change
would take away people's power
and was totally inappropriate.
Meanwhile, one of the biggest
shake-ups of the council's senior
management team in 10 years has been
e proposal includes the creation of six
new second-tier roles reporting to the chief
executive and the disbanding of six existing
general manager roles.
Acting chief executive Jane Par tt said on
Friday the proposed reorganisation will ensure
the council has the structure to cope with the
$40 billion rebuilding of the city.
Consultation with senior sta on the proposal
runs for two weeks and a nal decision is due by
mid-December. --- NZN
A Facebook predator who
duped teenage boys into on-line
relationships has been sentenced
to two years and two months'
Natalia Burgess, 29, was sentenced
in the Manukau District Court this
She had previously admitted two
charges of obtaining by deception and
one of interfering with a computer
According to the agreed summary
of facts the Auckland woman created
several personas of females aged 18 to
20 on Facebook and Bebo.
She used the pro les to
communicate with teenage males and
request access to their social media
and bank accounts.
In April 2008 she began a
relationship with a 16-year-old, 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 that
she could update his relationship
After several months she told him
she had a daughter and asked for
money to help with her care. e
victim and his mother gave Burgess
e summary said Burgess did not
ha ve a daughter.
She also asked for access to the
boy's bank account, and when he
refused said she would not repay any
In 2011, she began a relationship
with a 13-year-old boy, pretending to
be agirlaged16to18.She was27at
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, accessed his Facebook
account without permission and sent
messages to his friends pretending to
Burgess changed his password,
denying him access to the account,
before returning control after a few
She also pleaded guilty to a charge
of obtaining by deception after going
to a Wellington home for young
pregnant women in 2006 when she
was not carrying a baby.
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. --- APNZ
Facebook predator sent to prison
A woman charged with attempted
murder after she allegedly ran over a man
before driving the car into the Waikato
River, has received continued name
e 44-year-old Hamilton woman
was excused from appearing in the High
Court at Hamilton this morning where
Justice Sarah Katz granted continued
interim name suppression.
However she suppressed the reasons
for allowing the suppression.
e charge relates to an incident in
Hamilton on Sunday which left the man
in hospital with serious injuries.
e woman is due to reappear in the
High Court on December 3. --- APNZ
Workers slip in share of wealth
Workers in developed nations are getting a
smaller slice of the economic pie, raising fears
that rising inequality will stoke social and
e Organisaton for Economic Co-
operation and Development has found labour
in developed nations is continuing to lose out
to capital in the battle for a share of national
income --- and New Zealand workers have one
of the lowest proportions, Radio New Zealand
e OECD study looked at 30 developed
nations, and found that in 26, labour's share
dropped from 66% to 62% between 1990 and
e fall is attributed to rms shifting jobs to
low-wage economies, ever-cheaper technology
and reduced unionisation.
New Zealand workers have less than half
the share of national income. Only in Mexico,
Turkey and the Slovak Republic did workers get
less, Radio NZ reported.
Council of Trade Unions economist Bill
Rosenberg said greater protection for labour
was needed, along with higher taxes on capital.
But the head of a free market think tank
argued investment in education was the key.
New Zealand Initiative executive director
Oliver Hartwich said New Zealand must have a
a much better educated workforce.
"It's the only way and the only chance we still
have to justify high wage levels," he said.
Voting begins today in a citizens-initiated
referendum on whether the Government
should sell part of its stake in power companies
and Air New Zealand.
e non-binding referendum asks the
question: "Do you support the Government
selling up to 49% of Meridian Energy, Mighty
River Power, Genesis Power, Solid Energy and
Air New Zealand?"
e postal vote closes on December 13.
Voters should post their papers back no
later than December 12 for them to arrive on
time, chief electoral o cer Robert Peden said
" is is a postal vote, so once people have
ticked the answer they want, they can simply
return their paper by post in the envelope
"Everyone's voting papers should arrive by
November 29," Mr Peden said.
"If you are on the electoral roll and don't get
a voting pack, you can request a replacement
voting paper at www.elections.org.nz."
Despite the referendum, the Government
has already sold part of its stake in the Mighty
River Power, Meridian Energy and Air New
e referendum is required under law after
the Labour and Greens-led Keep Our Assets
coalition secured 327,224 signatures in a
petition this year. --- APNZ
Assets referendum opens
Women smoking for weight loss
Health researchers are concerned that middle-
aged women are taking extreme measures like
exercising compulsively or smoking to help
control their weight, a sur vey says.
ere are also concerns some are su ering
from negative body image and are trying to trim
down despite being healthy.
e sur vey of weight control practices in the
New Zealand Medical Journal showed most
middle-aged women were using weight control
methods that were consistent with public health
Of the 39% of women who said they were
trying to control their weight, most cut down
on meal sizes and on fats and sugars.
But researchers said there was particular
concern some were exercising compulsively or
smoking to keep their weight in check.
One of the study's authors, Associate Professor
Caroline Howarth of Otago University's
human nutrition department, said 15% of the
2500 women sur veyed exercising "in a driven or
compulsive way was a worry".
"It's been linked with being really
preoccupied with weight; it's also been linked
with the development of eating disorders," she
said. "One of the other concerning ndings
was smoking as a way of controlling weight ---
we know that for women the fear of gaining
weight is one of the main barriers to quitting
Dr Howarth said it was also a worry that a
number of underweight and healthy-weight
women felt they needed to lose weight.
She said it had been thought research
linking media images of the ideal thin gure
to negative body image and eating disorders
applied to adolescents, but there were healthy
older women clearly still wanting to be
Healthy Food Guide nutritionist Claire
Turnbull said middle-aged women faced
metabolic and hormonal changes that were
di cult to deal with.
" e reality is when you hit middle age it's
a really di cult time for women. ey may
have been ne their whole lives but they're
thinking, 'I eat quite well but I'm getting
Ms Turnbull said women knew smoking
was unhealthy but some would take desperate
measures to look slim.
"Being slim is more important to them than
the risk of lung cancer."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Jail term for
Lithuanian money launderer Rokas
Karpavicius has been sentenced to six
years and three months in prison, with
a minimum period of imprisonment of
He was found guilty last month of
importing an LSD-laden Harry Potter
book into New Zealand and money
laundering, but not guilty of conspiracy
and other drugs charges.
During his trial the Crown alleged he
supplied large quantities of drugs to the
New Zealand market in collaboration
with Auckland criminal Ronald Terrence
Brown and others.
Karpavicius's ngerprints were found
on a Harry Potter book which had LSD
concealed in the spine, the court was
told. Because of the vast sums of money
being made, the Crown said, Karpavicius
employed cash mules to launder his drug
money in order to get it back to Europe.
He was found guilty of three counts of
money laundering and of importing a
class A controlled drug, but not guilty of
conspiracy to import a class A controlled
drug and not guilty of two counts of
importing a class B controlled drug.
e jury could not reach decisions on
two other charges of importing a class
B controlled drug, which relate to the
alleged importation of granite statues
containing large quantities of MDMA,
or ecstasy. --- APNZ
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