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Boat burns, sinks
A 15m boat sank in the
Marlborough Sounds early today
after a re on board. Fire Service
southern communications centre
shift manager Karl Patterson said the
boat, the Aqua Luna, was reported
on re near the shore of the Bay of
Many Coves about 2am. e Picton
re brigade and paramedics went
to the vessel's aid in a Marlborough
Coastguard vessel and found it
burning ercely. Two people on board
su ered smoke inhalation and were
treated by paramedics at a nearby
resort. e burning boat drifted north
to Chaucer Bay where it eventually
sank. e re was not being treated
as suspicious. --- APNZ
Body found in water
e death of a man whose body was
found oating in the Marlborough
Sounds yesterday is not considered
suspicious, police say. e man's
body was discovered in Greville
Harbour o D'Urville Island
yesterday afternoon by a couple who
were moored on their yacht nearby.
ere was a second yacht moored
about 100m from them which police
believed the deceased man had come
from. --- APNZ
Crossing crash fatality
e 73-year-old old, killed
yesterday when his car collided with
a freight train at a level crossing
near Auckland, has been named by
police. Ronald Charles Murphy, of
Coatesville, was the sole occupant
of the car and died at the scene after
the incident at the intersection of
State highway 16 and Joyce Adams
Place in Waimauku. --- APNZ
Crash sur vivor critical
A man has been own to
Wellington Hospital in a critical
condition after a car rolled on the
beach at Castlepoint in coastal
Wairarapa yesterday. e 22-year-old
was one of three occupants in the
car when it rolled near the lagoon
shortly before 6pm, police said. e
other two occupants were uninjured.
Smoke break escape
A dangerous criminal escaped from
the Dunedin Central police station
while on a smoking break. Tohu
Maanaiama, 27, ed the station and
remained at large in the city for ve
hours, before police located him at
an associate's home last Wednesday.
Inspector Greg Sparrow said in a
statement yesterday: "We can con rm
that the man was in the company of
a sta member in a locked yard at
the back of the police station. e
man took an opportunistic decision
to escape when another sta member
exited through a security gate that is
always locked, unless in use." Police
would be not be drawn on whether
the sta member was from the CIB.
--- Otago Daily Times
Numbers in Keno draw No 9620: 1,
6, 12, 14, 20, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, 35, 39,
41, 43, 50, 54, 57, 58, 60, 67. Draw No
9621: 3, 14, 17, 18, 20, 23, 27, 33, 36,
43, 54, 55, 58, 63, 65, 66, 69, 70, 72, 75.
SAS soldier convicted of equipment theft
Property owners in the Port Hills
residential red zone have an extra three
months to decide whether to accept the
Crown's o er to purchase their land.
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Minister Gerry Brownlee today
announced an extension of the deadline to
August 31, instead of March 31, next year.
" is extension follows a previous
extension from January 31, to March
31, 2014, in recognition of the delays
in announcing the result of a review of
zoning in the Port Hills until last week,"
Mr Brownlee said.
"It's now become clear that we need to
give those red zoned property owners ---
particularly those whose properties have
gone red in the review --- more time in
which to carefully consider the Crown's
o er, get all the advice they need, and to
make an informed decision."
As a result of the review announced
last week, the zoning changed for 270
properties --- with 237 properties going
from green zone to red, and 33 properties
going from red to green, brining the total
number of red zone properties in the
Port Hills to 714. --- APNZ
Port Hills red
Colin Craig says the
Conservative Party will not be
pushing for the repeal of the
gay marriage law or legalised
prostitution after next year's
election, but would try to get the
anti-smacking law overturned.
e party's position is that
such issues should be decided by
referendum. e smacking issue
had been put to a referendum
but the gay marriage issue and
legalising prostitution had not.
"Until we have had referendums
on those other two, I can't see how
we can overrule the conscience
vote in Parliament.
" e real mandate to change
those things has to come from
the people," Mr Craig said.
e 2009 referendum asking
should a smack "as part of good
parental correction be a criminal
o ence in New Zealand" resulted
in a 56.09% turnout with 87.4%
It was a response to a 2007
act which abolished the use of
reasonable force by parents as
justi cation for disciplining
children, although police have
the discretion not to prosecute
in the use of force against a
child when it is considered
to be so inconsequential that
there is no public interest in
"I do think there is a mandate
from the people to change that
and I do think that is something
we could reasonably ask for a
Mr Craig said the smacking law
was clearly not working because
child abuse rates had not gone
On the questions of same-sex
marriage, he said it would be
"rather naive to think you are
going to change the rede nition
of marriage" given the
over whelming vote in the House
on it in April, with 77 votes in
favour and 44 against.
" e only way it would change
is if it went to a referendum of
New Zealanders and they said by
clear majority 'change it'."
e law legalising prostitution
was passed in 2003. A petition
to force a citizens' initiated
referendum was begun by two
former United Future MPs
and now Conservative Party
members, Larry Baldock and
Gordon Copeland, but they
failed to get the requisite number
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
seek to repeal
A Special Air Service soldier has
been found guilty of stealing service
property but not guilty of several
other charges at an Auckland court-
martial this morning.
e 29-year-old, who can not be
identi ed, was charged with stealing
weapons accessories, which he had
o ered for sale at an Auckland gun
He was also charged with unlawful
possession of ammunition, explosives
and thunder ashes found during a
search of his garage.
After deliberating for about two
hours, a panel of three military
members returned their verdicts this
ey found him guilty on charges
of stealing two JPoint sights ---
one with an ACOG mount --- and
guilty of unlawful possession of 11
He has previously admitted to the
court-martial at Papakura Military
Camp to failing to follow written
orders by storing a privately-owned
rearm in his barracks room, but
denied the rest of the allegations.
He was found not guilty on charges
of stealing a pistol holster, an alternate
charge of unlawful possession of
the holster, unlawful possession
of Semtex explosive and unlawful
possession of live ammunition.
Making submissions before
sentencing this afternoon, the soldier
told the court that his life had been
"hell" since the allegations.
"I even felt remorse for even joining
the army . . . just to be treated like
this, in this manner."
As a result he had spent long
periods con ned to his barracks and
was eventually assigned to a marae
near Waiouru military camp, where
he had no job description and took
instruction from civilians.
"I was kind of hating life," he said.
"It also made some pretty big
gaps between me and my comrades
with all the rumours going around
without facts to back them up."
Furthermore, it had made it
di cult for him to ful l his parental
responsibilities to his child because
he did not have a xed address.
Prosecutor Captain Mike Mercer
said the man should be sentenced
to detention and dismissed from
" is unit requires high standards
and in this o ending (the man) has
fallen short of those high standards."
Defence lawyer Melinda Mason
said the hardship he had already
su ered should be taken into account
when imposing sentence.
"He has ser ved his country on a
number of occasions and been on
tours constantly. He is a person that
we should be grateful to have in the
He had previously been described
as an "exemplary soldier". --- APNZ
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Heads turn when Hank takes to the
street on his skateboard.
No wonder --- Hank is a three-year-
old bulldog who became obsessed
with the board after being adopted a
couple of years ago by Queenstown
couple Glen Powell and Harriet
"As soon as he saw the skateboard,
he was obsessed," Ms Latchem said.
His usual style is to put two or three
legs on the board and use the others
to gather speed.
Standing next to the board, he is able
to ick it so it changes direction, but
sometimes a wall or workshop door
get in Hank's way.
His rst skateboard was one he
purloined from Mr Powell, but his
present board was given to him by
a local skate shop, impressed by his
Sometimes, Hank's activities
tired him out too much, so that the
skateboard had to be hidden, Ms
A quick internet search reveals
bulldogs and skateboards make a
perfect pair because of the breed's low
centre of gravity.
--- Otago Daily Times
Hank's obsession no bull
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
A 68-year-old man has been caught
with $1.5 million of methamphetamine
in his luggage after being tricked by
Nigerian internet scammers.
e Aucklander has been charged with
importing and possession of a class A
drug for supply.
He lost tens of thousands of dollars
over several years in an online fraud and
went to Papua New Guinea last month
in the belief he would be given a large
sum of money as repayment.
e cash never arrived but he was again
promised a large payment if he carried
a laptop back to New Zealand. He was
also showered with gifts during his ve-
day stay in Port Moresby. He could not
t them into his own luggage so his
hosts gave him two extra bags to carry
Customs o cers at Auckland
International Airport discovered 1.5kg
of methamphetamine concealed inside
the luggage he was given, which led to
a ve-week joint investigation with the
Organised and Financial Crime Agency
of New Zealand.
Two more caches of the class A drug,
weighing 1.2kg, were found hidden in
e total amount seized in Operation
Gatsby has a street value of $2.7m.
Detective senior sergeant Lloyd Schmid
said a lot of the drugs had been sent here
from the Philippines and Cameroon
through the international mail system.
Ten people have been arrested and
charged with the importation and
possession of class A drugs for supply,
which carries a maximum sentence of life
imprisonment. One of the accused also
faces charges over a cannabis growing
house discovered during the police raids.
Mr Schmid said the leaders of the
alleged drug ring were Nigerian
expatriates based in Auckland and
Woodville, near Palmerston North.
" is investigation demonstrates the
New Zealand drug market is being
targeted by organised crime syndicates
from every corner of the globe."
e unusual Operation Gatsby case has
prompted police warnings on the twin
dangers of internet scams and luggage
Maurice O'Brien, the Customs
investigations manager, said people
travelling overseas should never carry
bags that do not belong to them and
"remain vigilant at all times in respect of
their personal security and that of their
Sharon Armstrong has only recently
returned to New Zealand after being
arrested in April 2011 when 5kg of
cocaine was found hidden in her luggage
at Buenos Aires Airport.
e Wellington woman believed she
was taking a secret business contract ---
not drugs --- to London where she was
to give it to a man she had been dating
on-line for six months.
New Zealanders are also being
targeted frequently by ever-changing
on-line scams and tricked into sending
thousands of dollars overseas.
Detective senior sergeant Aaron
Pascoe, head of the Auckland nancial
crime unit, regularly deals with the
victims of on-line scams.
He said victims who stop sending
money are often contacted by criminals
pretending to be law enforcement
o cers who tell them the money has
been recovered and they should travel
overseas to collect it.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
$1.5m of P
e family of a pilot killed when
his helicopter crashed and burned
in North Canterbury on Wednesday
have described him as a loving, kind
and loyal man who loved ying,
hunting and motorcycles.
David Stanley Jones, 48, of
Woodend, died when his Robinson
R22 helicopter crashed near the base
of Mount Percy, inland from Domett,
shortly before 9.30am.
Police said it was likely Mr Jones was
killed instantly in the high-impact
crash, which caused the helicopter to
burst into ames on impact.
Mr Jones was the pilot and sole
occupant of the helicopter, owned by
his company Heli Max, which was
being used for agricultural work at
In a statement, his wife Jane and
children Jonny, 19, William, 17, and
Charlotte, 14, said the crash had
been a huge shock and they were
struggling to come to terms with the
"We all remember him as a loving,
kind and loyal family man. Dave
loved ying, and he had been ying
for about 18 years."
e family said Mr Jones got his
commercial pilot's licence 12 years
ago, and his agricultural spraying
licence in 2005, when he started Heli
"He enjoyed all sorts of helicopter
work --- mustering, hunting, frost
protection, agricultural spraying and
"He loved hunting deer and chasing
pigs and would often take members
of the family out with him on
hunting trips. Away from ying he
loved to get out on his motorbike or
go for a cruise in his boat. He loved
his machines and his toys.
"But it was his family that meant
the most to him --- he loved his
children and was a great father. We
will miss him terribly."
Mrs Jones said her husband had
started his business from nothing and
had grown it into a success.
"He was one of the rst operators to
have his helicopter on a trailer. He'd
pull up at a service station with the
helicopter on the back and people
would just stare.
"It was always funny to see this big
guy getting into this little helicopter,
but he loved the R22 and never
wanted anything else.
"He had a lot of respect from other
people in the industry --- they all
regarded him as very skilled and very
good at what he did."
Eldest son Jonny said his father was
"a good bugger to be around" and a
great father. e chopper was "part
of him" and he was always safety-
Son William said his dad was
"a great guy" who was good with
machinery and knew what he was
doing, while daughter Charlotte said
he always made them laugh and had
a great sense of humour.
Mr Jones's father, Stan, and
brothers Richard and Stan, said the
close family, who had just lost Mr
Jones's mother three months ago, was
"It has also brought back to us the
loss of David's older brother, Chris,
who died in a helicopter crash in
1987 near West Melton. e impact
of this loss is awful."
Father Stan said his son was "a
cheeky bugger" who loved his bikes
and gadgets. "David was passionate
about his motorbikes, and used to race
them around the farm at Mossburn
and also raced them competitively. "
Brother Stan said was genuinely
a very careful pilot. " at's why the
crash is such a mystery."
Brother Richard said losing him
was a tragedy for the family.
"It's not that long ago that I had
three brothers, now I only have one."
Close friend Mike Brooklands said
there was always a smile on David's
"It didn't matter what you were
doing with him you just felt
comfortable and at ease. He came
alive when he was in the chopper."
Family meant most to crash pilot
Pilot David Jones with his Robinson R22 helicopter.
officer on sex counts
A former St John ambulance
o cer has been accused of
stupefying and making an
intimate visual recording of a
Christopher Roger King,
47, of Waipukurau, in central
Hawke's Bay, rst appeared in
court in August of this year
but was granted interim name
suppression until 5pm yesterday.
He is facing three charges of
unlawful sexual connection, two
of indecent assault, and one
each of disabling/stupefying
and making an intimate visual
All charges are denied.
e charges relate to four
di erent women and date back
to January 2010.
e alleged o ending against
the teenage girl took place in
Waipukurau on July 24 this year.
He had since resigned from St
At an earlier appearance
this year he was granted name
suppression on the basis of
adverse e ects on his family,
but no fresh application for
suppression was made yesterday.
At yesterday's appearance in
the Napier District Court, King's
lawyer, Bill Calver, said the
charges were denied and would
"No new information has come
to light, no fresh application for
name suppression will be made,"
Mr Calver said.
Yesterday's appearance was for
a case review hearing, however,
this was adjourned so that all
charges could be heard together
at another date.
Crown prosecutor Jo Reilly told
the court there were three sets of
proceedings against King which
will all run together.
Judge Bridget Mackintosh
remanded him on his current bail
to reappear in court for a case
review hearing next year.
" e purpose of that is to bring
all of the matters together so they
can all be dealt with in the same
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
A man accused of shooting his ex-wife
in the head during a domestic dispute
has been sentenced to 10 years, six
months years in prison.
Sione Ma Vaioleti, 61, was found
guilty in November of attempted murder
after he shot his ex-wife in her bedroom
in the early hours of June 16, 2012.
In the High Court in Auckland
this morning Justice John Priestley
sentenced him to 10½ years' in prison
with a minimum non-parole period of
three years and six months.
e court heard Vaioleti was living with
his former wife in their Manukau home
with two of their six grown children.
In the early hours of June 16, 2012,
Vaioleti had returned from a night
drinking with his friends drunk and
shouting that his ex-wife tell him where
a stash of money was hidden.
When she would not tell him where it
was, he punched her in the head.
Vaioleti then retrieved a pistol and
brought it into the bedroom, hit the
victim in the head and shot her in the
e bullet caused "massive destruction"
to her teeth, jaw and became lodged in
the back of her neck, Justice Priestley
In a victim impact statement read out
by a Victim Support worker, the victim
said she had "always been scared" of her
ex-husband but she never thought he
would do "something like this".
"I just had to sit there and wait for it to
happen. I've never been so frightened, I
just couldn't do anything.
"I didn't think I would see my children
e 61-year-old woman, who has
severe diabetes, spent a month in
hospital where she was "too scared to be
alone", the statement said.
Since then, she has su ered depression
and mood swings, and the damage to her
jaw is so extensive she cannot repair her
Moving house to escape the shooting
scene had also been a signi cant nancial
burden, the court heard.
"Sometimes I don't feel strong enough
and it makes me angry. I used to be a
trusting person. I'm not like that any
"I forgive him, but I will never forget
what he has done to me."
Crown prosecutor Natalie Walker said
Vaioleti had pushed the pistol into his
victim's mouth before shooting her.
Justice Priestley accepted that was
"probably" what had happened.
Vaioleti will be eligible for parole after
three and a half years. Once he has
ser ved his sentence he will be deported
to Tonga. --- APNZ
10 years for shooting
Prime Minister John Key's o ce has
distanced itself from a sta er who sent
photographs to controversial website
e website published photographs
yesterday of rubbish and cigarette
butts left over after the Press Gallery's
Christmas party at Parliament.
Jason Ede, who works in a
communications role in Mr Key's o ce,
was seen by Labour Phil Go and New
Zealand Herald political editor Audrey
Young taking the photographs yesterday
e article, titled Press Gallery Party
Aftermath, criticised the press gallery
for leaving a mess and smoking on
Mr Key's o ce said Mr Ede took the
photos in a personal capacity.
A spokeswoman said: "It is our
understanding Mr Ede took pictures
of the aftermath of the press gallery
function and sent them to a blogger. Mr
Ede did this o his own bat."
She added: "In terms of the function,
a number of sta from the Prime
Minister's o ce attended and enjoyed
themselves and we appreciate the media
putting on such a good function."
Mr Go said: "It shows that there is
underlying network of people who get
Whale Oil to do their dirty work for
" at network goes as high as the
Prime Minister's o ce."
Press gallery chairwoman and Herald
deputy political editor Claire Trevett said:
"It seems a bizarre thing to do, especially
because the photos do not show anything
particularly startling about the after-
e ects of a party of 600 people.
"It does make me wonder what other
contributions Mr Ede might have made,
as well as whether this is sanctioned by
the Prime Minister in any way.
"As for the cleaners, we are grateful
to them for their extra e orts after the
Gallery party and have shown that with
a token of appreciation, as we do most
Labour Party deputy leader David
Parker said the publication of Mr Ede's
pictures showed the link between the
website, run by blogger Cameron Slater,
and the National Party.
" is raises serious questions about
the source of many of Cameron Slater's
"We can now safely assume future
leaks regarding con dential government
information and political attacks
National wants to distance itself from,
come from John Key's o ce."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
PM's office rejects Whale Oil link
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