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Police are investigating the
disappearance of an Australian man
while visiting Hamilton. e 38-year-
old man was last seen near Grey
Street about 9pm on Saturday. He is
described as a slightly built Caucasian,
and when last seen was wearing a grey
tracksuit with a tennis logo on the left
breast of the top. Detective senior-
sergeant Ross Patterson said he may
have been on the streets near Steel
Park and on Cook Street. --- APNZ
Conser vation park
e public can now make
submissions on a proposed new
Conservation Park on Great Barrier
Island, put forward by Auckland
Central MP Nikki Kaye. Conservation
Minister Dr Nick Smith said the
proposal would upgrade 12,100
hectares of stewardship land into a
Conservation Park, making it the
largest DOC Park in Auckland. " e
proposed park contains the largest
area of forest in New Zealand that
is free of possums and mustelids like
stoats that pose such a high risk to our
native birds. "I encourage the public to
read the discussion paper and ensure
they have their say on the proposed
boundaries, name and approach to the
new park's management." --- APNZ
A man accused of trying to
kidnap a woman after a dispute at a
Tauranga house yesterday remains
behind bars. Jarred Karadas Kaea,
38, from Tokoroa, who appeared in
Tauranga District Court today, faced
charges of kidnapping, aggravated
burglary, and assault with intent
to injure. He is also charged with
a breaching a protection order,
wilful damage, and driving while
disquali ed. Police opposed bail, but
Kaea did not make a bail application
today and was remanded in custody
by Judge Peter Rollo. Kaea, who is
yet to enter pleas to the charges, is
due back in court on January 23.
APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
e largest private collection of
Lord of the Rings lm memorabilia
has gone under the hammer in
Los Angeles. e collection was
assembled over the past decade
by a single collector and is second
in scope only to director Sir Peter
Jackson's o cial archive. It was
expected to fetch almost $2 million
at the sale at Julien's Auction house
in Beverly Hills. e battle axe used
by John Rhys-Davies' Gimli the
Dwarf went for more than $217,000
over the asking price, selling at
$217,293, while Frodo's orc-seeking
sword Sting sold for $188,307.
Milner's son caught
her crushing up pills
Greenpeace has opened its
case against the Environmental
Protection Agency and Texan
oil giant Anadarko in the High
Court at Wellington.
e organisation alleges the
Agency (EPA) failed in its role
to properly consider whether
permission should have been
granted to Anadarko to drill for
oil in the Taranaki Basin.
Anadarko, which began drilling
about 185km o the coast of
Raglan about two weeks ago, are
second respondents in the case.
Today's case is the beginning
of a judicial review sought by
Greenpeace into the process
in which the EPA granted
the company permission to
undertake oil drilling.
During his opening today,
Greenpeace lawyer Isaac Hikaka
submitted key documents
and sections of reports stating
possible impacts and emergency
response plans to a possible
oil spill were not considered
by the EPA before it granted
Anadarko permission to drill.
Included in the "gap" in
documents were a comprehensive
and detailed impact assessment,
emergency oil spill response
plan and appendices referred in
documents considered by the
EPA during the process.
Without considering these
documents and reports, the EPA
was unable to ful l its role, and
erred in the law, Mr Hikaka said.
It also meant the public did not
have a complete understanding of
the issue during the consultation
process, he said.
Mr Hikaka also told the court
Maritime New Zealand, in its
role to uphold marine protection
laws, had received the the full
package of documents.
" e EPA and therefore the
public through the consent
process needs the same
information (as Maritime New
Zealand) on what the impact
on the environment and existing
interests will be," he said.
e case, which is before Justice
Alan MacKenzie, continues.
Helen Milner's son caught her
crushing up pills the night she's rst
accused of murdering her husband, a
court heard today.
"I called her a murderer," Adam Kearns
told the High Court at Christchurch.
"I knew what she was doing. I basically
said, 'You're sick, you're sick in the head.
I don't want you as my mother any
Milner denies murdering Phil Nisbet,
47, on May 4, 2009 in a case that police
originally ruled suicide.
Mr Kearns --- then aged 18 --- told the
court his mum had talked several times
about killing Mr Nisbet, even discussing
methods, including putting crushed
glass in mashed potatoes and poisoning
him with drugs and sleeping pills.
Initially, he "laughed it o --- along
with everyone else".
"I didn't think my own mother would
be capable of that. I didn't think she'd
have it in her to do it."
e talk of getting rid of Mr Nisbet
started out "very subtly", but became
more concerted and more detailed over
time, Mr Kearns said.
e night he stumbled across his
mum allegedly crushing up a green/
blue powder on the kitchen bench and
putting it into clear capsules, he said
she looked "shocked to see me... a guilty
She then broke down in tears, and
allegedly told him, "I'm not going to do
it, I'm not going to do it."
at night, April 15, 2009 Mr Nisbet
was admitted to hospital for a second
time that day, feeling unwell.
e delivery driver thought he'd
su ered an allergic reaction to a spider
He was "pale as a ghost" that night, Mr
e Crown claims Milner had just
tried to murder him.
Milner denies murdering her second
husband by giving him a fatal overdose
of the antihistamine and sedative
Phenergan, and possibly nishing him
o with a pillow over his face.
e Crown said she was unhappy in
her marriage and motivated to murder
by the prospect of cashing in the
$250,000 life insurance policy.
Milner plotted the best ways to kill
her husband; buying drugs under false
names, asking friends for views on
poisoning methods, and even o ering
to pay $20,000 for a hit man to kill Mr
Nisbet, it is alleged.
Within days of allegedly seeing his
mum with the crushed up powder, Mr
Kearns moved out of the Christchurch
home and told Mr Nisbet that Milner
was trying to kill him.
He laughed it o , he said.
Within days of Mr Nisbet's death, Mr
Kearns went to police with his concerns.
"I couldn't live with it any more," he
He gave them a cellphone and
drew their attention to a series of text
messages between him and his mum.
e jury heard a series of messages
where Mr Kearns said Milner was
talking about "getting rid" of her
"I told him 'you're going to move
out', he got all shitty. Might go into
after hours soon, I've had enough," she
apparently said to Mr Kearns in a text
on April 14, 2009 --- the day before the
Crown says she rst attempted to kill
Crown prosecutor Brent Stanaway
asked Mr Kearns what the 'after hours'
"I think that was talking about the
chemist," he said.
e next day, she allegedly warned her
son, "You can't tell anyone what I want
Asked what that meant, Mr Kearns
says it was a "threat", and wanting him
to help cover her tracks.
e trial, before Justice David Gendall,
continues. --- APNZ
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A Maketu teenager, accused of
shooting dead a 46-year-old man in a
local park, has been granted bail.
Tyrone Daniel Flavell, 19, faced one
count of murder when he appeared in
Tauranga District Court today.
Isaac Dale Bushell's body was
discovered in a park at Beach Rd,
Maketu after leaving a party nearby
about 1.45am yesterday.
Police did not oppose bail for Flavell,
who has been bailed on a raft of
strict conditions, including regularly
reporting to police.
For legal reasons the location of
where the defendant has been bailed to
has been suppressed.
Flavell's next court appearance is
in the High Court at Tauranga on
--- New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Police examine the site where a 46-year-old man was found dead in Maketu.
Maketu murder-accused granted bail
A never-before-seen painting by
Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards
has been stashed in a drawer in a
swanky Auckland bed and breakfast
for the past seven years.
e watercolour is expected to cause
a stir internationally, with experts
saying it could be worth several
hundred thousand dollars.
e guitarist, who turns 70 this
month, painted it while recuperating
at Auckland's Cotter House in 2006
after falling out of a tree in Fiji.
He gave it to owner Gloria Poupard-
Walbridge as a parting gift --- but she
has kept if o the walls at her ve-
star Remuera lodge because she says
Richards' signature, penned in a thick
black marker, has ruined the picture.
"It was pretty good picture until he
signed it with a felt pen and stu ed it
up," she said yesterday.
e gregarious hostess said it had
been consigned to a drawer beneath
some linen because she could not
bring herself to frame it.
"I am surrounded by beautiful objects
and I don't want to seem o ensive but
I have so much beautiful art I don't
have enough room to hang other art
that isn't worthy."
Poupard-Walbridge said she loved
the tranquility of the painting and was
now holding on to it for sentimental
Painted over several days on a
$3.95 canvas and a small table easel,
the delicate pastel and watercolour
depicts a water scene at sunset, with
a steamship at full throttle. Seagulls
soar above the ship, the smoke
e ect created by careful artistic
Poupard-Walbridge said not many
people were aware of Richards' talent
as an artist. A chance conversation
with an art student working as a
gardener at Cotter House had spurred
the rocker into sketching and painting.
She said it re ected a time of healing
and peace as he rested with his family
during a three-week stay at the lodge.
He would often spend hours in
the stately ballroom painting and
strumming his acoustic guitar.
She said Richards was hurriedly
signing photographs when he signed
the painting with the same marker
pen and handed it to her as a parting
gift. She said she might consider
auctioning it one day.
Webbs managing director Neil
Campbell said the painting had
the potential to attract big interest,
especially from the large Rolling
Stones fan base.
Keith Richards' pastel watercolour
e painting was created at an
interesting period in Richards' life, and
works outside an iconic performer's
traditional sphere of talent were often
In the past week, an A4 piece of
paper with the original, handwritten
lyrics to Bruce Springsteen's Born to
Run sold at auction for $280,000.
"It's cool to think his hand and
mind created something so soft and
thoughtful, said Campbell.
He said Webbs would be keen to
market the work internationally.
e Rolling Stones will perform in
Auckland next April and Poupard-
Walbridge contacted the band's New
Zealand promoters to o er them
the lodge for their stay but was told
accommodation had already been
"It is a pity Keith won't be coming
back to stay with us because he and
his family were such nice people," she
said. " e neighbours liked them, too,
and would call the lodge to say if there
was any photographers lurking about,
which meant his wife, Patti, could slip
out and do some shopping or go to
the hairdressers when the coast was
" e Rolling Stones have a
reputation of being rather wild but
Keith was an absolute gentleman."
--- New Zealand Herald
Keith Richards' artwork discovered in NZ
Drunk patrons will not be allowed
in bars from next week, and if they
are caught, the bar-owner will face
a ne of up to $5000.
Police will also lm punters, to
prove their intoxication.
e new rules are among tougher
alcohol measures under the Sale
and Supply of Alcohol Act which
take e ect from December 18 and
are intended to reduce alcohol
harm in the community.
A 4am closing time for all on-
licence premises has been well
publicised, but other changes are
not widely known.
ese include police having the
power to ban shot-glass drinks
or the use of glass vessels after a
certain time, and $250 on-the-
spot nes for people who drink in
a public place or use a fake ID.
Bars are now forbidden to serve
intoxicated people. Under the new
law, drunks will not be allowed
to be in a bar and the bar-owner
can be ned up to $5000 for any
Police already patrol bars, but
drunks will now be judged by
tougher standards and o cers will
have video cameras at the ready
to lm them, said Inspector Gary
Davey, of Auckland city police.
e lm would be given to the
Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing
Authority --- a district court judge
and three other members --- which
could impose nes.
Said Mr Davey: "Police will
be moving towards video-based
evidence. So rather than just the
police o cer's word against the
licensee's word ... it's to show the
authority for them to make up
their own mind.
"We're trying to establish a level
of evidence we sometimes have
struggled with in the past when
people have disputed whether
they're intoxicated or not."
Two cameras had been bought
for the city's enforcement team,
Mr Davey said.
e lming would not be done
Filming had been used
occasionally, but "not on a
Guidelines had been agreed with
the industry to help determine
who was drunk and who wasn't.
e de nition of intoxication
had changed, Mr Davey said.
"You can have less to drink
now and still be deemed to be
intoxicated for the purposes of this
act. In the past, it had to be quite
a high level of intoxication. It's
brought that level down now."
e criteria used to establish
intoxication are: appearing to
be a ected by liquor, impaired
behaviour, impaired co-ordination
or impaired speech.
Someone who fails two of these
tests will be considered intoxicated.
Auckland Council's manager of
alcohol licensing, Rob Abbott,
said licensing inspectors would
also inspect bars. Unlike police,
they would not have to identify
themselves on entering licensed
" is means they can make
some initial obser vations ... while
Hospitality New Zealand chief
executive Bruce Robertson said
the changes were signi cant, and
members were worried about
several compliance issues.
" ere's a risk to their livelihood
in terms of the three-strikes-and-
you're-out penalty," he said.
" ey (regulators) have wide
powers to impose conditions.
e industry is looking for the
enforcement agencies to take a
reasonable approach and not apply
conditions that are unreasonable
or won't genuinely make a
di erence to reducing alcohol
Police lming patrons was not
something he wanted to see
happen often. " ere would be
issues around privacy, I suspect ...
"Again, we are looking at agencies
to take a practical approach to this
--- their approach should be to get
compliance, not prosecutions."
People should be aware of the
pressures the industry was under.
"If they are asked to leave, they
are being asked to leave because
they have got themselves into a
state which is putting the bar at
risk." --- APNZ
Police to film
Prime Minister John Key is
standing by his decision to lead
the delegation of New Zealanders
to Nelson Mandela's funeral in
South Africa, despite not being
active in opposing the 1981
Mr Key has come under criticism
for not taking with him any
New Zealanders who were at the
heart of the highly divisive and
in uential protests against the
whites-only South African rugby
team playing in New Zealand.
He has previously been quoted
as saying he was "mildly pro-tour"
and has avoided speaking at length
about the topic.
His response this morning was
no di erent, telling TVNZ's
Breakfast programme: "I'm not
going to bother going into it
because if I do it will create a
whole lot of other stories".
"I can go through the whole
thing but the bottom line is, I'm
opposed to apartheid. I didn't go
and protest against the 81 tour, I
didn't go to any of the games. I was
about 20 years of age and I had a
whole lot of other things to do at
He said he had selected the
members of the delegation after
taking advice from the Ministry of
Foreign A airs and Trade.
"I thought David Cunli e should
come and that was really based
on the view that, if you look at
Mandela and his life, he was a guy
that could have been very bitter but
actually everything that personi es
Nelson Mandela was unity ... so
it seemed a bit churlish not to
have the leader of the opposition
"In terms of the protesters, of
course we could have had some.
It wasn't that we were particularly
shunning them, but in the end we
thought the grouping that we got
---s the former Commonwealth
Secretary General, the Prime
Minister of the day Jim Bolger, and
Pita Sharples is the representative
of indigenous people --- we had
the combination about right."
Anti-apartheid protest leader
John Minto said the delegation
was heavily weighted with those
who supported the 1981 tour,
apologists for South Africa's
apartheid regime and opposed
to New Zealand's anti-apartheid
"In all conscience they should
resign from the delegation," he
Mr Minto said he would not be
attending the funeral.
Mandela, South Africa's former
president and anti-apartheid hero,
died on Friday after a lengthy
illness. --- APNZ
Key standing by decision to lead
delegation to Mandela funeral
Airport taxi drivers go on hunger strike
Disgruntled taxi drivers have
begun a hunger strike and rally at
Auckland International Airport
Over 100 drivers from ve
companies have assembled outside
the airport's corporate o ce on
John Goulter Drive this morning to
push their demands for easier access
to customers at the International
"We're stepping it up from here
on," said Manmohan Singh, the
spokesman for the Auckland
Taxi Association that represents
protesting drivers from Goldline
Taxis, President Taxis, VIP Cabs,
Silver Cabs and Auckland Black
Talks between the ATA and
airport broke down last month
when demands including relocating
taxi ranks at the international
terminal and raising the minimum
fare from $20 to $35 were declined
by the airport.
Drivers were missing out on fares
and now struggled to make a living,
said Mr Singh.
e strike follows another last
month where driver walked o the
It was not blocking access to
airport facilities for customers.
Auckland International Airport
could not be reached for comment.
--- New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Striking taxi drivers outside Auckland International Airport.
A 15-year-old boy who
su ered a serious head
injury in the Tararua
Ranges near Wellington
yesterday has been
airlifted out this morning
after bad weather
prevented rescuers from
moving him sooner.
Police said the boy
was part of a group of
about 40 Rudolf Steiner
students taking part
in an outdoor training
programme near Tutuwai
Hut in the Tauherenikau
Valley when he fell
and was knocked
He su ered a large cut
to the top of his head.
Emergency ser vices
were called but heavy
winds prevented the Life
Flight Trust helicopter
from getting to the
A land rescue team,
which included a
instead walked into the
ranges and spent the
night with him.
e helicopter managed
to y into the area about
8am today and collect the
boy. --- APNZ
Injured boy airlifted
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