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A man charged with murder after
the discovery of a woman's body at a
Wellington property early yesterday
allegedly broke a protection order to
reach her. e 46-year-old, who has
interim name suppression, appeared
in the Wellington District Court
this morning. e injured man and
the body of a 38-year-old woman
were found by police at a property in
the suburb of Woodridge. e man
faces charges of murder, breaching a
protection order and entering entering
a building with a knife with the intent
to commit a crime. He was remanded
to a secure hospital facility, to assess
his tness to stand trial. He will appear
in the High Court in Wellington on
December 9. --- APNZ
A man who died in a forestry
accident in the Bay of Plenty has
been named. David Charles Beamsley,
63, from Murupara, died in what
appeared to have been a tree-felling
accident yesterday afternoon, police
said. Emergency services were called
to the incident o Tangiharuru
Road, Kaingaroa at 5.15pm. e
accident was being investigated by the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment. --- APNZ
Dead girl named
A six-year-old girl who was
killed in an Auckland house re
on Tuesday night has been named.
Anaseini "Hope" Ma'asi was one
of eight children, all under the age
of 13. Senior re investigator Mike
McEnaney said a smoke alarm went
o when the re started. e Fire
Service arrived within four minutes
of being called, Mr McEnaney said.
Crash claims life
A man, believed to be in his 40s,
died and three others su ered
moderate injuries after a two-car
collision on State highway 1 at
Pamapuria, about 10km south of
Kaitaia, about 3.20pm yesterday. e
road was closed with tra c being
diverted. e deceased was believed
to have been the driver of the car
that was extensively damaged and
ended up on its roof.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Masked man robs dairy
Armed police swooped on a north
Dunedin dairy after a shop assistant
was confronted by a masked man.
e woman, in her 20s, was alone
in the Quarry Store in North Road
when the man entered about 2pm
on Tuesday. Police said the woman
was forced into a back room by
the man, who then made o with
cash, cigarettes and a cellphone. e
o ender ed on foot, carrying a
cardboard box, but it was not known
in which direction he made o .
--- Otago Daily Times
Numbers in Keno draw No 9588: 10,
14, 19, 24, 30, 32, 37, 38, 39, 40, 43, 50,
58, 61, 62, 64, 69, 71, 75, 78. Draw No
9589: 3, 5, 6, 10, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28,
31, 32, 37, 40, 46, 48, 57, 58, 62, 77.
Homeless families resort to red zone
Police have released the name of a
soldier whose body was found in barracks
at Burnham Military Camp on Saturday.
He was Jonathan omas Hosken, 28,
of Auckland, who was based at Burnham.
Police said there were no suspicious
circumstances and the death had been
referred to the coroner. --- APNZ
Dead soldier named
More cost-cutting at the city council in
Christchurch has led to the cancellation
of team Christmas parties.
Acting chief executive Jane Par tt
said yesterday due to " nancial
challenges"facing the city council in
the post-earthquake environment, team
parties, which typically cost $25 "per
head"had been cancelled.
However, a $10,000 party for all sta
was still going ahead she said.
at would pay for the council's 3194
employees "two drinks"maximum, Ms
Par tt said.
ere would be food but no gifts, she
e city council could not say yesterday
how much would be saved by axing
Since Lianne Dalziel was elected mayor
in October she has cut back on spending,
including banning free lunches for city
e Christmas party move move has
been welcomed by second term city
councillor Glenn Livingstone.
He said the di erent council teams
could still have parties but they have to
pay for it themselves. --- APNZ- e Star
e housing situation in
Christchurch is now the worst it has
ever been, forcing some families to
squat in empty red zone houses.
People being forced out of
rental accommodation because of
earthquake repairs cannot now a ord
alternative accommodation, welfare
"I've never ever known it (housing
situation) to be like this. It is the
worst it has ever been.
"Usually there is always hope but
now it feels as if there is no hope
left out there," Christchurch City
Missioner Michael Gorman said.
Mr Gorman said squatting in red-
zoned houses was not unusual for the
homeless --- but he was now aware
of families who were moving into
Mr Gorman said a mother with two
teenagers was squatting in a Bexley
red-zoned house because they could
not a ord to rent a home.
ey been previously been in a
rented property but had to leave that
for earthquake repairs and could not
nd anywhere else a ordable.
A security rm working for the
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Authority found the family when
patrolling the area.
Mr Gorman became aware of the
situation when the family went to the
City Mission for food.
A Canterbury Earthquakes
Recovery Authority (Cera)
spokesman said they were not
aware of any families who had been
"formally" evicted from the red zone
but said their security patrols nd
people squatting or trespassing and
"move them on".
Christchurch Methodist Mission
spokeswoman Mary Richardson
said housing situation in the city
"continues to shock" her.
"It just continues to shock me the
level of homelessness or even just the
"People are living on the street but
it is also the living in garages or living
in a car up a drive because there is no
room in the house, but you can still
use the toilet," she said.
Labour's housing spokesman Phil
Twyford said the situation was
predicted to get worse saying the
Government's "hands-o approach"
was producing "unnecessary
"About 80,000 homes are not yet
repaired and the occupants will need
temporary accommodation," he said
" ere are another 15-30,000
temporary workers that will have to
be housed, as well as another 4000
homes needed just to accommodate
the population increase over the next
But Housing Minister Nick Smith
said the Government was committed
to solving the housing crisis but said
there was no "silver bullet".
He said in his experience in
Government portfolios "people
always want more"and this was no
"Rents are still signi cantly less to
what they are in Auckland," he said.
--- APNZ- e Star
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An elderly woman is in serious
condition after a house re in
Christchurch this morning.
Fire Ser vice south communications
shift manager Karl Patterson said
emergency services were called to the re
Fire ghters discovered the 87-year-old
woamn inside and pulled herout.
" at person has been transported
to hospital by ambulance in a serious
condition," Mr Patterson said.
e cause of the re was being
investigated, he said.
Two re trucks were sent to the blaze,
which was reported to emergency
ser vices by a neighbour.
While the house was extensively
damaged, the property --- believed to be
a at --- was not destroyed, Mr Patterson
No one else was at the property when
the re occurred. --- APNZ
A cat-burglar with a penchant
for footwear is behind the
disappearance of about 50 shoes
Tamara Graham's cat Tabby
started bringing home shoes at
night about a month ago. She and
her atmate would wake to nd
a trail of shoes scattered up the
driveway most mornings.
"My atmate was concerned
at rst, with the shoes turning
up. She thought it was someone
hanging around the house," she
It was not until they caught
Tabby in the act one night that
they realised what was going on.
e cat has brought back all
sorts of shoes from gumboots to
Crocs, individual shoes to pairs,
kids to adults and even a boxing
glove. He drags those that will t
through the cat door while the
rest remain on the drive or in the
" e crazy thing is that there
are pairs sometimes so he
must be going back because
he couldn't carry two," Miss
" e most we've counted in one
night is seven shoes."
Miss Graham visited her
immediate neighbours to see
if any of the shoes belonged to
them and initially managed to
return most of the footwear but it
seems the adventurous feline has
since gone further a eld.
She has printed yers to deliver
around the neighbourhood in the
hope of returning the shoes.
Tabby, which is thought to be
about eight years old, turned up
at Miss Graham's house about a
year ago and made itself at home
but started collecting shoes only
"It's weird that he's started
doing it. We don't know what's
triggered it," she said.
"Apparently it's a sign of love ---
bringing gifts home."
She has sought advice from
pet stores and veterinarians but
no one can explain the cat's
Miss Graham has begun
locking Tabby in at night and is
considering buying a collar with
a camera to nd out where his
adventures take him.
"It's just something he likes to
do," she said.
"Some cats are hunters they kill
things and bring them home. His
thing is shoes."
In July last year, the Bay of
Plenty Times reported on Paddy
Warren and Patrick Roscoe's cat
Sara, which stole about six shoes
in a week.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Cat collars shoes in night raids
PICTURE: Bay of Plenty Times
Tabby the shoe stealing cat with some of the booty.
A Kiribati islander, seeking refuge
in New Zealand from rising sea
levels, will not get another chance to
apply for refugee status.
Ioane Teitiota, who has been living
in New Zealand illegally since his
work visa expired at the end of
2010, was seeking leave to appeal
an immigration tribunal decision
denying him refugee status.
However, in a decision delivered
on Tuesday, Justice John Priestley
refused Mr Teitiota leave to appeal
and con rmed the tribunal's decision.
Mr Teitiota and his wife moved
from South Tarawa six years ago
to New Zealand, where their three
children were born.
He did not want to return home
because of the combined pressures of
over-population and sea-level rise.
In his decision, Justice Priestley said
that because Mr Teitiota has chosen
to remain illegally in New Zealand,
he cannot apply for an immigration
permit on humanitarian grounds.
Further, changes to citizenship
law in 2005 mean his three children
can't claim New Zealand citizenship,
even though they were born in New
Justice Priestley said humanitarian
concerns and issues related to
migrants and refugees have to be
considered by individual states and
the international community.
However, he said protections o ered
under the Refugee Convention aren't
available to these migrants and
refugees, such as Mr Teitiota and his
At a hearing in the High Court at
Auckland last month, Mr Teitiota's
lawyer Michael Kidd said the
tribunal failed to take into account
the position of Mr Teitiota's three
children in making its decision.
Mr Kidd said Mr Teitiota's
children would su er serious harm
if they had to return to Kiribati,
where salt water is a ecting crop
growing areas and climate change is
resulting in overcrowding and land
However, lawyer for the Ministry
of Business, Innovation and
Employment, Rebecca Savage, told
the court there had been no error
of law or approach in the tribunal's
e tribunal said in its June
decision that it found the man
" e tribunal nds that the limited
capacity of South Tarawa to carry
its population is being signi cantly
compromised by the e ects of
population growth, urbanisation, and
limited infrastructure development,
particularly in relation to sanitation,"
the tribunal said.
" e negative impacts of these
factors on the carrying capacity of
the land on Tarawa atoll are being
exacerbated by the e ects of both
sudden onset environmental events
(storms) and slow-onset processes
But the tribunal found there was no
evidence that conditions on Kiribati
were so bad that the man and his
family would face imminent danger
should they return. --- NZN
Islander refused refugee status appeal
e Greens say the police
did not try hard enough
when they investigated
the GCSB for illegally
intercepting Kim Dotcom's
Norman laid the complaint
under the Crimes Act
after the Government
Bureau admitted it had
acted illegally when it
monitored the internet
tycoon's phone calls.
e investigation concluded GCSB
sta had broken the law but there was
no criminal intent involved, so charges
Documents show three GCSB
sta refused to be interviewed and
another changed his story during the
Dr Norman says there is a stark contrast
between the way the police conducted
the investigation and their inquiry into
the teapot tape incident during the 2011
"In the teapot tape case they
got warrants, intercepted text
communications, went to
Vodafone and demanded
text messages and raided
media o ces," he told
Radio New Zealand today.
"In the GCSB case, when
they ran into obstacles they
didn't get warrants, they
didn't demand e-mails,
they didn't force anyone to
hand over information, and
they didn't try very hard."
Dr Norman doesn't
accept the conclusion that
there was no criminal
" ey intended to intercept Kim
Dotcom's, and they did," he said.
" e law says you can't intercept
private communications --- the police
gave the GCSB and 'out card' that they
didn't intend to break the law because
they thought what they were doing was
Dr Norman has laid a complaint
with the Independent Police Conduct
Authority, which is investigating the way
the police handled the investigation.
Because of that, neither the police
nor Police Minister Anne Tolley will
comment. --- NZN
Police didn't try hard
enough --- Greens
e Court of Appeal has thrown out
a case by a Northland man who argued
that Maori should not be subject to road
Neil George Phillips wanted to take
a case to the Court of Appeal to argue
the Land Transport Act did not apply to
people of Maori heritage.
"His argument is to the e ect that
he is subject only to tikanga Maori, or
customary law, and thus the District
Court had no jurisdiction to determine
the charge," the court justices said in
their judgment, released yesterday.
Phillips had earlier been found guilty
in the Kaikohe District Court of careless
driving and was ned $350. A High
Court judge dismissed the subsequent
e Court of Appeal justices said the
legal foundation for Phillips' argument
had been rejected by the Supreme Court
as "plainly unarguable".
" e leading decisions a rm that
parliament is sovereign and its legislation
applies to all New Zealanders irrespective
of race." --- NZN
Verbal trespass notices have been served
on ringleaders of a brawl between more
than 30 people outside McDonald's in
Ashburton on Sunday morning.
Franchise owner Dave Whalley said
he had met his security rm, Talbot
Security Group, to deal with several of
the 15- to 30-year-old males involved
in the brawl at the McDonald's and
Harvey Norman car park.
" at means we are acting in
trespassing certain individuals who were
the ringleaders of the situation," Mr
Talbot Security Group managing
director Dean Talbot said several verbal
trespass notices were handed out, along
with others issued on Sunday. e
notices stand for two years, he said.
"Talbot Security has identi ed a
number of people involved in the
incident on Sunday and this information
will be passed on to Ashburton police,"
Mr Talbot said.
Senior sergeant Grant Russell said
he had requested video of the incident
footage and it would be reviewed before
police made a decision to investigate the
actual incident or not.
"But that doesn't mean there will
necessarily be charges to come out of it,"
Mr Whalley had reviewed the footage,
saying it was extremely violent and
brutal. --- APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
30 in Ashburton brawl
Seven people have been treated after
coming into contact with a chemical
at a South Island Fonterra plant this
Fire Service spokesman Karl Patterson
said emergency services were alerted to a
chemical leak at the dairy co-operative's
Clandeboye factory north of Timaru
Initial reports were that the chemical
was chlorine and people at the plant had
been overcome by fumes.
An ambulance communications centre
spokesman said seven people were being
treated at the scene.
ey were going through
decontamination showers before being
taken to Timaru Hospital.
e plant had been evacuated.
According to Fonterra's website,
Clandeboye is one of its largest sites
and processes up to 13.2 million litres of
milk per day.
" is equates to more than 40% of all
milk collected by Fonterra in the South
Island, making the site home to New
Zealand's largest liquid load carrying
eet of trucks," the website said.
In August, Fonterra wrongly
suspected that 38 tonnes of whey
protein --- used to make a range of
products including infant formula
manufactured by Nutricia --- had been
contaminated with a botulism-causing
Dairy products, including infant
formula, were withdrawn in more than
seven countries as a result of the scare.
Seven hurt in chlorine spill
Man faces sex trial
Former Gisborne osteopath Richard
Davis will stand trial in the High Court
next June on sex charges relating to
complaints made by about 13 women.
Davis, 53, will remain in custody ahead
of his trial. --- APNZ-Gisborne Herald
Police are helping the Defence
Force review the death of an army
private who drowned during a
training exercise last year.
A police spokesperson has
con rmed police are "assisting
the New Zealand Defence Force
(NZDF) in reviewing material
in relation to the death of private
"At this stage we have no further
comment to make."
e 29-year-old ri eman died
during a training exercise on Lake
Moawhango, near Waiouru, on
September 25 last year.
He was just weeks away from
being discharged from the army
when he fell out of an under-
in ated Zodiac. His lifejacket
failed to in ate because a used gas
canister had not been replaced.
e Defence Force was
prosecuted by the Ministry
of Business, Innovation and
Employment in relation to the
death, and pleaded guilty to one
charge of failing to provide a safe
In sentencing, Judge Stephen
O'Driscoll said Mr Ross was let
down by the widespread failures in
safety protocols which amounted
to a "systemic failure" by the
e key failure was Mr Ross's
faulty life jacket but the judge also
criticised a lack of safety checks,
training, and operational errors.
NZDF was convicted and
discharged, as a ne cannot be
imposed on a Crown entity.
e Ross family had been paid
$241,000 in reparation. --- APNZ
Police called in over soldier's death
One of the country's biggest
rest homes has been stung for
letting two elderly residents lose
a substantial amount of weight
without proper intervention.
One of the residents at Ryman
Healthcare's Edmund Hillary
Retirement Village in Remuera
lost 10kg between January this year
and an audit in September, but a
doctor wrongly reported in June
that the person's weight was stable
and the rest home failed to call in
Another lost 4kg in two months
from July to September but the
home did not weigh the patient
weekly or monitor food and uid
intake as required, and did not
notify a doctor.
e audit is one of a rst batch
of 88 full rest home audits posted
on the Ministry of Health website
yesterday at the start of a six-month
Associate Health Minister Jo
Goodhew has said the ministry will
keep posting audits after six months
only if people bother to read them.
Other audits found.---
Failings in managing pressure
sores at a number of homes.
Expired medications still being
Failings in diabetes manage-
Care plans failing to specify
actions to deal with issues such as
pain management, shortness of
breath and depression.
Ryman chief executive Simon
Challies said the Edmund Hillary
home, the country's second-biggest
aged care site, reviewed how it was
monitoring weight for all residents
after the audit.
changes by plus or minus 2kg in a
month, we put in place a plan for
more frequent monitoring, add
nutritional supplements and refer
to the GP for further action," he
A sampling of 27 of the rst 88
audits found one that failed 13 of
the 101 required standards, but
also three that had no failings at all
among the limited issues audited.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Kaikohe police have arrested three
Rebel Gang members over the armed
robbery of a security van outside a
supermarket in September.
ree rearms and a Harley Davidson
motor cycle were seized from a Kaikohe
address, while further ammunition and
part of a methamphetamine laboratory
were seized from a rural property.
Kaikohe police executed several search
warrants early yesterday morning as part of
their investigation into the Rebels Gang.
e gang was believed to be responsible
for the armed robbery of a security van
outside the New World Supermarket in
Kaikohe on September 23.
e three men, aged 26, 36 and 37,
will face a variety of charges when they
appear in the Kaikohe District Court
today, including armed robbery, theft
of a motor vehicle, arson and unlawful
possession of rearms.
Detective sergeant Chris Fouhy said
the armed robbery was a stark reminder
that gangs such as the Rebels were
involved in more than drugs and stolen
property. --- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Arrests over security van robbery
Rest home audits show lapses in care
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