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Paparoa Range School Blackball pupils Kian Muir, left, Tommy Newman, Emily Berry and Kahya Pownceby
show the goods they created for their joint market day with the Dobson school, on December 16. e boys built
planes, tanks and boats out of aluminium cans, while the girls made crayon moulds and egg seedling cups.
disappearance of Luana Deborah Laverne
Williams 27 years ago have interviewed a
former prison o cer who claims Williams
told her she was a police informant and
gave sexual favours to disgraced former
detective Brad Shipton.
Shipton and a second detective --- who
Williams allegedly claimed also had sex
with her --- later headed the investigation
into her disappearance.
Janey Bowen, a prison o cer for 25
years and the widow of a policeman, made
the claims in a 2011 a davit she gave to
documentary maker Bryan Bruce and has
since given further details to police.
Shipton denies ever having met Williams.
Bowen claims Williams said she knew
Shipton, who was a detective sergeant
when he was sentenced in 2005 to eight-
and-a-half years' jail for a 1989 gang rape
at Mt Maunganui.
He was found not guilty of raping Louise
Nicholas in Rotorua in 1985 and 1986, and
not guilty of kidnapping and indecently
assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Rotorua in
He was granted parole in November
2008 after serving a third of the sentence.
Williams, 26, was last seen at her
Tauranga home on June 5, 1986.
Her boyfriend, Stephen Prole, who had
been with another woman near their home,
reported her missing the next day. Williams
had a history of drugs and prostitution and
had been in Arohata Prison in Wellington
on drug charges.
Bowen claimed Williams had suggested
that crimes "such as drug dealing were
minimised by certain police in Tauranga in
return for sexual favours".
Bowen approached Bruce after an
episode of e Investigator about the
case. Bruce handed her a davit to police
and Detective Inspector Mark Loper
interviewed Bowen last year.
e Herald understands that she gave
further details, including that one of
ve telephone numbers Williams put
for ward for authorisation was checked
by Wellington police and found to be a
private police number.
Bowen claims Williams said the number
Shipton was interviewed by police last
year as part of an "expanded" inquiry
ordered by Police Commissioner
Peter Marshall after complaints to the
Independent Police Complaints Authority
by Williams' family and Bruce.
e other o cer Bowen says Williams
named was Detective Inspector Phil
Seaman. Seaman and Shipton took over
the inquiry into Williams' disappearance.
Police initially treated it as a missing
persons inquiry, but upgraded it to a
murder inquiry in 1994.
Seaman concluded Williams had
He committed suicide in 2009 after
becoming ill. e police this week
announced a $50,000 reward for
information in the cold case, citing
information new to police that had "taken
the investigation in a di erent direction".
Police declined to say whether Shipton's
role in the case was part of the inquiry.
"We have a number of persons of interest,"
Detective Inspector Mark Loper told the
Herald. "I will not be drawn into comment
"Inquiries at the prison have formed part
of the ongoing investigation."
Shipton's lawyer, Bill Nabney, did not
respond in time for this article, but in
August, Shipton emphatically denied
knowing Williams before or during her
time in prison and said the rst time he
became aware of her was when he was
asked to investigate her disappearance.
--- New Zealand Herald
Shipton linked to cold case
Ready to market
Talent shows dominated ratings for
publicly-funded tv programming in
the past year, but one commentator is
concerned their commercial success is
at the expense of "important but boring"
New Zealand's Got Talent was the
most-watched NZ On Air-funded show
in the year to July 2013, according to the
agency's annual report.
e TV One show featuring former
model Rachel Hunter drew an average
audience of almost 900,000 viewers
aged ve and over, and a 22% audience
share over the year.
e series also topped online viewing,
with 725,000 on-line streams, closely
followed by TV3's e X Factor NZ,
with 721,000 streams
e two shows also received the
highest funding, with each receiving
$1.6 million grants for a series.
It is the rst time NZ On Air has
reported on-demand streaming for
TVNZ and MediaWorks programming,
as well as broadcast ratings.
Media commentator Tom Frewen said
the "important but boring" programmes
receiving less funding in favour of shows
that attracted better ratings.
Not only that, they were being pushed
to the sidelines in terms of time slots,
such as political programmes e Nation
and Q and A which aired on Saturday
and Sunday mornings. e programme
airs for the last time tomorrow.
"In a country like New Zealand the
audience for programmes that are
important but boring is very small but
they're very important," Mr Frewen said.
"You've got this dialogue that's really
important to the functioning of a
democracy but it's sort of sealed o .
It's available, but who's going to watch
television on a Saturday morning?
"It's about time they had another look
at it and said 'what's happening here
with our public broadcasting money, are
we getting any public broadcasting for
it'? And increasingly we're not," he said
Mr Frewen also felt that funding
programmes which attracted the largest
ratings failed to identify real talent.
" e two biggest breakthroughs as far
as New Zealand artists are concerned
--- Lorde and Flight of the Conchords
--- never got any NZ On Air Funding,
and Flight of the Conchords tried.
"I just don't think that form of
funding produces the best talent,
the talent will come out anyway
and they really don't need to do it."
'Boring' talent shows in gun
e Department of Conservation could be facing
one of its worst possum infestations in decades,
partly because workers who helped with pest
control were sent to ght bush res in Australia.
DOC fell short of its target for poison drops
over the past year, which meant the conser vation
estate was less protected before a season in which
conditions were expected to be ideal for the
proliferation of possums and stoats.
Director-General Lou Sanson told Parliament
this week that a plan to carry out pest control over
2832ha in Northland was cancelled because the
department's forest re ghters were sent to battle
Tasmanian bush res in January.
Up to 40 workers were sent to Australia.
An operation in Haast was postponed because
poor weather prevented access. Another in
Fiordland did not take place because beech masting
--- the period every four to six years when beech
trees produced much more seed than usual, leading
to an explosion of stoat and possum populations ---
did not occur.
Mr Sanson said that this year, beech trees were
producing huge amounts of food for possums and
controlling them would be di cult, especially in
the South Island.
"It is a mast year this year, and it's one of the
biggest beech seedings we've seen in 20 or 30 years
... we know we're going to have to do a lot more
"I was at Arthur's Pass at the weekend and you
could see all the puddles were full of beech seed
... It's the South Island beech areas that worry us."
DOC said it was taking advice on how it would
respond and would try to do the very best with
the resources it had. O cials said pest control was
hindered by the cost of gaining consents for 1080
Mr Sanson said the pesticide was not as
controversial as it used to be --- many iwi were now
encouraging its use --- but the consent process was
still long and expensive. In a worst-case scenario,
the consent process cost half of the department's
budget for a 1080 operation.
--- New Zealand Herald
explodes after controllers
sent to fight Aust fires
An early childhood teacher has been
stripped of her registration and censured
for serious misconduct after a child
was yelled at for wetting her pants
and shoved out a door, the teachers'
e charge of serious misconduct was
brought by the New Zealand Teachers'
'Council's Assessment Committee over
two incidents in April 2012.
On the rst incident, the teacher yelled
at a child for wetting her pants, the
e teacher, whose name was
withheld, then went behind the child
and physically shoved her out a door,
using such force that the child " ew out
the door" and landed on her hands and
knees on a deck, the committee said.
e teacher was also charged with
causing emotional distress to the child
by making her cry for wetting her
In the second incident, which occurred
only one day later, the teacher used an
"inappropriate management strategy"
by yelling at a child, forcing them to
apologise when they did not wish to
and telling another sta member not to
sympathise with or comfort the child,
the committee said.
e matter was dealt with "on the
papers" by the New Zealand Teachers'
Disciplinary Tribunal when the teacher
declined to participate "in any material
However, in an earlier e-mail response
to the charges against her, the teacher
said she understood the incidents
"looked and sounded bad on the paper
and in discussion".
"But no matter what I said in response,
to me clearly I wasn't going to be
listened to as I felt like the black sheep
of the centre and no matter what I did
and said it wasn't good enough.
e teacher said she recalled both
incidents "and both did happen, but not
to the point I shoved the child out the
"I was going through a really tough time
in my personal life with relationship/
nances and work issues which came to
the point I had no one to talk to.
"I was bottling this up and I just got to
a point of real depression.
"On the day of the meeting I did hand
in my resignation as I had to leave....
due to my relationship (having) gone
bad and felt I wasn't wanted as a sta
member at work and I was going to lose
my job no matter what happened at the
meeting." --- APNZ
e trial of a man accused of an
$853,000 fraud against Seventh
Day Adventist Church members
and their pastor came to an abrupt
end in the Dunedin District Court
Damas Tutehau Flohr, 69,
pleaded guilty to seven charges of
causing losses by deception. He was
convicted and remanded in custody
for sentence next month.
e Crown case was that, during
between about December 2008 and
December 2009, Tahitian-born
Flohr repeatedly asked for and was
given money by his Dunedin pastor
and almost a dozen other church
members, some of whom e ectively
handed over their life savings.
Flohr said the money was for legal
costs and other fees needed to free
up millions of dollars held in an
account at the New York Mellon
Bank. ose funds were said to
be from an oil pipeline contract
in Nigeria. Because some of the
church members had known him
for many years and were family
friends, and because he was a fellow
church member, they felt sorry for
him. ey accepted he was having
nancial di culties and continued
to give him money, which was
then transferred overseas through
Western Union. ey all believed
him when he said they would get
their money back.
Flohr denied all seven charges
until early yesterday afternoon
when, after extended discussions in
the jury's absence, defence counsel
Max Winders asked for the charges
to be put again.
--- Otago Daily Times
e nal stage of the
Government's partial asset sales
programme, involving Genesis
Energy next year, looks increasingly
unlikely to proceed.
Speculation the sale may be
shelved has mounted in recent
days ahead of a citizens-initiated
referendum over the next
three weeks which asks voters
whether they support the sale
of 49% of Mighty River Power,
Meridian Energy, Air NZ and
With the $3.9 billion selldowns of
the rst three of those companies
already completed, market sources
are questioning whether there will
be su cient investor demand for
Genesis shares next year.
A senior investment banking
source close to the programme told
the Weekend Herald yesterday that
the Genesis sale was "hardly likely"
to go ahead as planned.
is week, Brian Gaynor of
Milford Asset Management said
there was not "a chance in hell" the
Genesis sale would go ahead unless
shares in Mighty River Power and
Meridian, which have traded below
the price investors paid for them,
He has also said the only way
the Government would be able
to sell them next year was if they
were priced so "unbelievably low"
as to o er huge ongoing dividend
returns for investors.
Yesterday, Prime Minister John
Key said the Genesis sale was still
on track for next year.
He also accepted that the
referendum that began yesterday
would go against the Government's
partial privatisation programme.
--- New Zealand Herald
Cabinet Minister Judith Collins
has accused Labour leader David
Cunli e of sexism after he referred
to her as a "trout" in an opinion
Mr Cunli e made the comment
in a blog post on the website e
He wrote: " e original brief
was to respond to a post by Judith
Collins. My post was going to
be about snapper, not trout. But
considering that issue, along with
Judith's leadership aspirations, has
oundered, I'll try another hook."
Asked to respond on Twitter,
Mrs Collins said: "Imagine the
outcry from Labour if one of Nat
male MPs called a Labour woman
When challenged on her
comment, she accused Mr Cunli e
of being a "recidivist sexist" and
added: "It's a sexist comment and
you'd certainly know that if one of
(National's) male MPs said it."
Mr Cunli e has previously
apologised for making a sexist
remark about the minister. He told
Radiolive in 2011 that the human
species would be extinct if Mrs
Collins was the last woman on
earth. He later said the comment
was in bad taste.
--- New Zealand Herald
Claims Genesis sale
will not go ahead
Church member in Nigerian
scam case changes plea
Robert. January 24,
1987, to November 23,
What we keep in
memory is ours un-
--- Mum, Dad and Elliot.
WOOD, Kim Ngahuia.
--- One year has passed.
In loving memory of
Kim, loved partner and
soul mate to Bruce,
loved mother of Eamon,
Malachy and the late
Faith Wood. Grand-
mother to Nissassa and
Dayton. Step-mother to
Rana and Carly, in the
arms of mother nature
and mother moon. May
you rest in peace. Many
great memories you left,
gone but not forgotten,
so we charge our glasses
to you, love always.
--- Your family, friends
and Cyruss your dog.
Hazel (nee Campbell)
and Peter Skates were
November 24, 1943.
love from your family
on this very special
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Phyllis (nee Dwyer)---
August 11, 1928 to
November 21, 2013 ---
Peacefully at Anthony
after a brave battle.
Dearly loved and treas-
ured wife of the late
Henry Edgar, loved and
cherished mum and
mum-in-law of Kay and
Ian, Anne and Bill, Jane
and Pat, Sue, Tony and
Wendy, and much loved
grandma of Clark,
Lauren; Elliot, Bryar;
Finn, Tara; and "Blue".
Special thanks to the
staff at Anthony Wild-
ing for their care and
love, especially during
these last months. Mes-
sages may be addressed
to the family of the late
Kath Clarke, c/o PO
Box 39001, Christ-
church 8545. In lieu of
flowers donations in
memory of Kath to the
Order of St John would
be appreciated, and may
be made at the service.
A Funeral Mass for Kath
will be held at Ss Peter
and Paul Catholic
Church, 56 Nicholls
Road, Halswell, Christ-
church, on Tuesday,
November 26, at 11am,
followed by interment at
Shands Road Cemetery.
Recitation of The
Rosary will be held in
the Church on Monday,
November 25, at 7pm.
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Cunliffe calls Judith Collins a 'trout'
An autistic boy who went
missing yesterday has been found
drowned in a swimming pool near
his Feilding home.
William Archer, 11, was
discovered dead in the pool
about 11.15pm, only a few doors
down from his family house,
senior sergeant Marc Clausen
Police and the local community
had been searching for the child
from about 3pm.
Autistic boy found drowned
Teacher yelled at child who wet her pants
Children born prematurely not only
risk becoming overweight adults, but
they may also hand a legacy of obesity
to their own o spring, warn Auckland
And although early-born males
are far more likely than premature
females to pile on unhealthy fat in
adulthood, world-leading research from
the University of Auckland's Liggins
Institute has revealed that a second
generation of children is at greater risk
of being overweight compared to other
"So an environmental insult has an
impact in the next generation - it has a
heritability about it which is quite scary,"
research leader Associate Professor
Paul Hofman told the Weekend Herald.
Professor Hofman was discussing
ndings by his team which have just
been published by the science journal
PLOS ONE, after a study of 52 adults
in their mid- to late-30s, and 61 of their
children, aged from 5 to 10.
Although all the adults were o spring
of mothers treated with steroids, 21
began life after normal pregnancy
terms, but the other 31 were born
--- New Zealand Herald
Premature babies at risk of becoming obese adults
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