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Greymouth-raised doctor turned author Clarence Fernando has taken a few memories of life on the
West Coast and added a touch of murder for his new novel, e Fall. Mr Fernando, who now lives be-
tween Australia and Christchurch, said he wrote the story over six years. e storyline concerns a young
doctor and is set in a ctional town. "It's a little bit of everything. It's very much a small town story."
Books can be bought from www.clarencefernando.com.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Doctor pens murder mystery
Labour Leader David Cunli e says
he has been given a written police
warning about a tweet he posted on
the day of the Christchurch East
by-election urging people to vote for
Labour candidate Poto Williams.
Mr Cunli e says he has taken the
warning on board and will not repeat
e tweet said: "If you are resident
in Christchurch East don't forget
to vote today - for Labour and Poto
At the time he had about 6400
followers on Twitter. e tweet was
referred to the police by the Electoral
Commission --- electioneering is
banned on election day.
e Electoral Commission said
it believed the post constituted a
breach of section 197 (1)(g)(i) of
the Electoral Act because it was a
statement published on polling day
"advising, or intended, or likely to
in uence electors as to the candidate
for whom they should or should not
vote in the byelection".
"It was an inadvertent mistake
which I regret," Mr Cunli e said.
"I took steps to rectify the error by
immediately deleting the tweet and
Labour also noti ed the Returning
O cer as soon as possible." He said he
would like to acknowledge his mistake
by doing something to help the people
"I intend to make a $1000 donation
to the Stepping Stone Foundation
which provides counselling ser vices to
earthquake-a ected children."
Graham McCready, the retired
accountant who initiated the private
prosecution against Act leader John
Banks over 2010 donations to his
Auckland mayoral bid, earlier vowed
to take a private prosecution against
Mr Cunli e over the tweet if the
police did not prosecute.
Cunliffe warned over election tweet
e brother of a New Zealand
woman who disappeared in Australia
more than 30 years ago is not
con dent police will revisit her case,
despite yesterday's arrest of a man for
murdering another woman linked to
New Zealanders Linda Davie and
Marion Sanford and Australian Mary
Louise Wallace all went missing from
the same part of Sydney in the early
eir bodies have never been
found but police have acknowledged
similarities between the incidents.
Yesterday, 61-year-old Robert
Adams was charged with Ms Wallace's
murder and remanded in custody until
e 33-year-old nurse disappeared
from Sydney's north shore in the early
hours of September 24, 1983.
She had dinner and drinks with
nursing colleagues before leaving with
a man who o ered her a lift home.
Police from the Unsolved Homicide
Team said they had "comprehensive"
evidence against Adams.
Detective Chief Inspector John
Lehmann said he was known to police
and had been the subject of intensive
Ms Davie's brother Nigel said it was
"potentially" good news, but police
had told him they were not con dent
the cases were linked.
However, he said police would
probably work more on the cases if
new evidence came up.
" ere's always hope there I suppose,
but who knows. It's a long time to not
know anything. I always think of her."
Ms Davie, a 22-year-old aspiring
model left New Zealand to live with
her boyfriend in Sydney in 1980.
After her disappearance she mailed a
letter to her boyfriend saying she was
going away for a few days. She never
Me Sanford went missing about 10
weeks earlier, in January 1980.
She sent her brother a letter saying
she had gone to meet friends and
would be back at the Cammeray
home they shared within a week.
But the 23-year-old, who was
working as a prostitute in Kings Cross
to pay o her debts, vanished without
Ms Davie and Ms Sanford were
declared dead at an inquest in Sydney
Detective Sergeant Robert George,
who started working on the case
in 2008, told the inquest about the
similarities between the disappearances
of all three women, including the area
they disappeared from, their ages and
general description. --- APNZ
Cold case murder arrest could be linked to NZ woman's murder
Cyclist shot with paintball gun
An Australian tourist su ered a serious
eye injury when he was shot with a
paintball gun while cycling near Hanmer
Springs last night.
e cyclist was about 4km out of town
on State Highway 7, on his way to Nelson,
when he noticed a vehicle approaching
about 6.10pm, police said.
"He was hit in the right eye by what
he thought was a bird. He slowed, lost
balance and fell of his bike."
e tourist looked back and saw what
appeared to be a white or light-coloured
van driving away from him.
When the man picked up the sunglasses
he had been wearing, he noticed both
lenses had come out and there was paint
on the inside of the frames.
"He realised he had been shot with a
paintball gun," police said.
e man was taken to Christchurch
Hospital with a serious eye injury. Police
are making inquiries into the van, which
was possibly lowered, including checking
surveillance cameras. Anyone with
information is asked to contact Hanmer
Former Solid Energy chief executive
Don Elder and former chairman John
Palmer will again face questions over
their role in the company's near collapse,
this time from Auditor-General Lyn
Ms Provost wrote to Labour's state
owned enterprises spokesman Clayton
Cosgrove yesterday con rming she
would speak to Dr Elder, Mr Palmer
and current chairman Mark Ford about
the state coal miners' troubles.
She said that despite a report by
management consultancy Deloitte into
Treasury's monitoring of Solid Energy
there were "still some unanswered
questions relating to Solid Energy's
management and governance".
Ms Provost said the results of her work
would be included in a brie ng her o ce
would give to Parliament's commerce
committee when it hears Solid Energy's
nancial review in February.
Issues she would cover included:
consideration of risks associated with
heavy investment in the Stockton mine
on the West Coast
¬Monitoring of the company's non-
¬ Why management and the board
believed coal prices would remain
higher than the market consensus view.
¬ How management and the board
responded to a drop in coal prices.
Mr Cosgrove welcomed Ms Provost's
"I just wish Tony Ryall and Bill
English and the toadies from the
National Party on the commerce select
committee who blocked any inquiry
would have admitted, 'hey we've lost 700
jobs, there's $394 million worth of debt
and the near collapse of an export award
winner maybe there's a few lessons to be
learned here maybe we should look at
e Government and Solid Energy's
banks recently agreed on a restructuring
deal which will see the dramatically
streamlined company concentrate
on its core business of coal mining.
Alternative fuel investments which were
partly blamed for its near collapse are to
be sold o . --- APNZ
HINES - FEENEY. ---
Jann and Tony, and
Noeleen and Pat are
proud to announce the
engagement of Gareth
and Chloe with best
wishes for their future
GRAY, Verna. --- Two
years have gone by now
and it still feels like
--- Lots of love from
Alessandra, Erika, Tony
Quali ed FD Since 1973
LANGI Lavinia Manui
passed away suddenly as
the result of an accident
at Taylorville on
December 16, 2013,
aged 43 and 15. Dearly
loved wife and mother,
and son and brother of
Aho, and Hola, Salesi,
Mele, Meleane, Kavana
and John. Messages to 6
Rigg Street, Blaketown
7805. A Family Service
to celebrate the lives of
Lavinia and Lesili will
be held in the Church
of the Latter Day Saints,
Dawson Street, Mana-
kau on Sunday at 7pm,
followed by a funeral
service on Monday at
11am, then burial at the
Services Ltd. (03) 768
134 Tainui St
Ph 768 0250
438369.--- At Margaret
Wilson Home, Timaru
on December 20, 2013,
aged 91 years. Dearly
loved husband of the
late Beryl, dearly loved
and respected father and
father-in-law of Robbie
and Jan, Marjorie and
John Millar, Elizabeth
and Ian LePage, June
Dunn and Phill, Helen
and Phil Richards, Lau-
rence and Carol. Well
respected and loved
grandad of his many
grandchildren and great
grandchildren and a
loved uncle of all his
nieces and nephews. A
celebration of Fred's life
will be held at Bett's
Chapel, cnr North and
Butler Streets, Timaru
on Monday, December
23rd at 1.30pm, fol-
lowed by interment at
the Timaru Cemetery.
Thank you to the staff at
Margaret Wilson for
their care of Fred. "A
gentleman now at rest".
Message c/- PO Box
772, Timaru 7940. Betts
F uneral Services
van der GOES,
Marian. --- Peacefully
at her Karitane home on
December 18, 2013.
Special girl for Ray,
dearly loved by Fiona
and Toby, and Tim and
Rachel, treasured Oma
of Houston, and Chef
Eddy. Beloved sister of
Harmina and Graeme,
John and Cathy, and
Kenneth and Glenda,
and cherished by all
their families. Life with
her has been a privilege
for us all. A service will
be held in Hope and
Sons Chapel, corner
Andersons Bay Road
and Oxford Street, Dun-
edin at noon December
23. In lieu of flowers
donations to the Otago
would be appreciated
and may be left at the
service. Messages to
leave a message at
Hope and Sons Ltd,
Sausage stoush sizzles on
For most people the smell of snarlers sizzing
on the barbie is an essential part of the Kiwi
Not for some residents of Mt Maunganui's
Within hours of a new barbecue going up in
the residential area just a decent frisbee throw
from the Mount itself, the Tauranga City
Council had received complaints.
"It was only up for about three hours and I
had a couple of calls complaining about it,"
said city councillor Clayton Mitchell. "It went
in around 7am and my phone was ringing by
"People were saying it was disgraceful,
but I think it is an asset. It did not cost the
city anything and the family that donated it
wanted people to enjoy the area."
Pilot Bay residents had tried to veto to
barbecue by complaining about the "smells
and sounds" it would generate.
It was eventually built more than 50m north
of the original proposed site, closer to the
Mount and on the beach side of the boardwalk.
e barbie has had its supporters though.
Earlier this month about 25 people turned
up for a protest cook-in to highlight the
"ridiculous" concerns of critics.
e group was formed by Tauranga historian
and cultural adviser Buddy Mikaere, who
used Facebook to spark debate about beach
residents hampering the possible instalment
of a public barbecue.
"It's ridiculous because barbies, beaches,
kids doing stu --- it all goes together," Mr
By yesterday families were already enjoying
it, cooking up a storm after an afternoon swim.
ey told the Bay of Plenty Times they
could not believe people had protested about
cooking at the beach.
"We love it down here. We all meet up here.
It's a great place to get together with family
and friends," Jayden Jones said.
" e barbecue is a great idea, it adds to the
A man used a pair of hedge
clippers to attack his dog because
he was angry the animal had
urinated on a mat in the kitchen,
the Dunedin District Court heard
Jason Karl Blackler, a 44-year-
old painter, had been drinking
alcohol with his partner at their
Green Island home when the dog
wet the mat and Blackler became
enraged. He picked up a pair of
hedge clippers from the garage,
calling for the dog which was by
then cowering under the deck.
He chased the animal down the
driveway, trapping it against the
fence then began chopping and
stabbing at it, injuring the dog's
upper chest and shoulder area.
When Blackler's partner
screamed at him to leave the dog
alone, he sat down in the garage
and rolled a cigarette. And when
his partner said he had "really hurt
the dog", Blackler replied "Should
head and nish him", prosecutor
Sergeant Chris George told the
e police arrived and found the
defendant and his partner inside
the garage arguing. When the
o cers opened the garage door,
a masti cross dog came at them,
growling and snarling and headed
directly towards the police dog.
Police sprayed the dog to get
it under control and Blackler
came out of the garage swearing
and yelling. He was aggressive
and confrontational, ordering
the o cers from the property.
He ignored instructions to calm
down or he would be sprayed and
continued to advance on police
who pepper-sprayed and arrested
e animal sustained life-
included a large laceration to its
shoulder and two to three puncture
wounds to the chest.
Blackler admitted obstructing
police and wilfully ill-treating the
dog so as to cause it serious injury
and prolonged su ering.
He was remanded for sentence on
February 20 and Judge Dominic
Flatley refused to grant him bail.
e judge said the incident was
"a violent, disgusting attack" on an
animal --- "your dog".
Given hurting animals could
indicate psychological di culties,
he was "unsure what's going on
here"and said he was not prepared
to grant bail. --- APNZ
Man refused bail for dog attack
Black Widow murderer Helen Milner's
rst husband has broken his silence on
their marriage --- and revealed how she
almost destroyed his relationship with their
Mark Robert Kearns and his second wife
Dawn said Helen Milner was motivated by
money and fuelled by lies.
Speaking at his Christchurch home last
night, Mr Kearns described a manipulative
woman who said what she needed to to get
what she wanted.
"She got what she deserves," said Mr
Kearns, after a jury found Milner guilty of
murdering second husband Phil Nisbet in
Mr Kearns and Milner split 20 years ago
after seven years of marriage.
He said Milner lied in the Family Court to
gain custody of their two sons --- then told
them he'd moved to Australia and did not
want anything to do with them,
"It was bullshit. I did my absolute best for
the boys and had no-show. It was not just
the lies to me ... No matter what I spent
with lawyers - 20-odd grand for a children's
lawyer --- she managed to put a stop to all
e truckie couldn't bring himself to attend
He followed it through the media and kept
a watchful eye on the emotions of his sons,
who both gave key evidence against their
"I had a gut feeling all the way throughout
that she was guilty," said Mr Kearns.
"I said that to anyone that asked me ---
she's done it."
Dawn Kearns said her relationship with
her husband was lucky to sur vive Milner's
e orts to break them up.
"She tried all sorts of tactics too. Not trying
to kill him, but she wanted to get rid of him,
get him out of the house.
"It was money right through with her. It's
always been money.
"Like the time she took her car to the
(Waimakariri River) burnt it out and
claimed insurance. She did that too --- got
full insurance on the car."
e Crown argued Milner poisoned
Mr Nisbet then faked his death to look
like suicide, motivated by a $250,000 life
Financial advisor Stephen Westcombe
told Milner's trial in the High Court at
Christchurch that she was with Mr Nisbet
when the policy was taken out in 2007.
"I'm not 100% certain but it may have been
Helen Milner that lled out the form on Mr
Nisbet's behalf. I do believe Helen lled in
Her murder conviction means she's
ineligible for the life insurance payout, which
was put on hold after insurers AXA were
told of the homicide investigation into Mr
Nisbet's death by his sister Lee-Ann Cartier.
"We are in the process of determining
the legal recipients of the proceeds of the
insurance policy," a spokeswoman for AMP,
which merged with AXA in 2011, said
Financial Services Council chief executive
Peter Neilson said such cases are rare.
"If you purposefully burn your own house
down after taking out a re insurance policy
then you cannot be a bene ciary of your
own actions regarding an insurance claim,"
"On the other hand, that doesn't mean to
say anybody's else should be tainted by that
"So it may be someone else may have some
eligibility based on the circumstances on the
person has died."
Milner was found guilty of one charge of
murder and one of attempted murder.
She was found not guilty of a second
charge of attempted murder.
She will be sentenced in February.
Mr Kearns, meanwhile, will continue
to work hard on strengthening his good
relationships with his sons Adam, now 22,
and Greg, now 24.
He hopes they can get on with their lives
and make up for lost time.
"You've got to put it behind you and move
on." --- APNZ
Black widow's dark
First husband tells of lies and deception
One of two South Otago men has
admitted several charges from a home
invasion at Kaka Point earlier this
Zane Tiatoa Currie, 19, was remanded
in custody to March 14 after pleading
guilty to a joint charge of unlawfully
entering a house at the Esplanade, Kaka
Point, on December 8.
Currie also admitted trying to
avoid arrest by intentionally injuring
Barry Hessan and assaulting Ronald
Gabolinscy with intent to injure him,
and stealing $165.96 of alcohol from
Rosebank Super Liquor in Balclutha.
But he denied that he, along
with Daniel Tipene Te Moananui,
intentionally caused grievous bodily
harm to Pamela Paterson at Kaka Point.
He elected a jury trial on that charge.
Currie, who was before Judge Dominic
Flatley in the Dunedin District Court
yesterday also admitted an unrelated
charge of disorderly behaviour likely to
cause violence at Balclutha on December
1. On that charge, he was sentenced to
one month's jail. --- APNZ
South Otago man in custody after home invasion
A 10-year-old girl was
airlifted to hospital after
a tumble from the top of
a hay bale near Hastings
last night left her with a
badly broken arm. She fell
from the round bale about
10pm. She was own to
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