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Wairarapa's soccer fraternity is
in shock after the body of a star
player and coach was found wedged
in rocks at Castlepoint yesterday.
Searchers retrieved the body of
Miroslav Tvaroh, 34, of Greytown,
from Castle Rock a rocky outcrop
on the Riversdale Beach side of e
Gap at 7.45am after it was spotted
by an Amalgamated Helicopters
crew, at low tide. e Czech national
had been reported missing by his
partner Simona on Christmas Eve
after he failed to return from his
solo drive to the coast. His Mazda
stationwagon was found near a
church on Jetty Road.
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Crash victim named
the early hours of Christmas Day has
been named by police. e death of
Sandy Paul Waenga Brown, 21, from
Paua, takes the holiday road toll to
one after the Northland crash about
2.30am. Two women were hurt in the
smash, on State highway 1 near Paua
Station at Te Kao, one seriously, and
were admitted to hospital. --- APNZ
Man shot in stomach
A man is in a serious condition
in hospital after being shot in the
stomach early yesterday. e man,
in his 20s, is believed to have been
shot by a .22-calibre ri e, at a house
in Motueka about 4am. e armed
o enders squad was called to the
home in Pah Street, after reports of
a man being shot. O cers cordoned
o the area and entered the property,
where they found a man with
gunshot wounds to the stomach.
He was taken to Nelson Hospital
in a serious condition. Police are
investigating. --- APNZ
Shot tourist critical
A German tourist is ghting for
his life after being accidentally shot
while he was hunting goats near
Gisborne on Christmas Eve. e
22-year-old was taken to Gisborne
Hospital in a critical condition after
being shot in rural Waihirere about
5.45pm, police said. e man was
in New Zealand on holiday and
Interpol has been asked to make
contact with his family in Germany.
It was not con rmed who red the
shot. --- APNZ
Big Wednesday draw
ere was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 427.
Successful numbers were 12, 13, 19,
20, 30, 31; coin toss, heads.
Numbers in Keno draw 9644: 3, 15,
16, 18, 27, 30, 35, 37, 38, 40, 45, 46,
55, 57, 59, 60, 63, 68, 75, 77. Draw No
9645: 1, 4, 7, 10, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 22,
26, 31, 34, 39, 44, 46, 55, 57, 65, 67.
Draw No 9646: 3, 7, 9, 11, 15, 17, 20,
25, 35, 37, 38, 44, 45, 48, 52, 54, 58,
70, 72, 73. Draw No 9647: 2, 3, 8, 9,
11, 13, 30, 35, 37, 39, 45, 53, 55, 57, 58,
65, 68, 73, 77, 79. Draw No 9648: 1,
11, 12, 19, 22, 23, 26, 33, 39, 42, 43, 54,
55, 58, 62, 63, 69, 70, 76, 79. Draw No
9649: 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 20, 21, 23, 26, 38,
42, 43, 44, 46, 52, 60, 63, 70, 73, 76.
Search for British tramper stepped up
A post-mortem examination is to be
carried out on the body of an elderly
Te Kaha man, found in bushclad hills
behind his home in the eastern Bay of
Reginald Brooking had not been seen
since late last ursday afternoon.
On Monday morning, search and
rescue volunteers and family members
found the body of the 81-year-old, who
had been the subject of an intensive
search since his disappearance.
A post-mortem examination was to be
conducted today to ascertain the cause of
his death, sergeant Mike MacKenzie of
Opotiki police said.
" ere are no suspicious circumstances
and we believe Mr Brooking died of
natural causes. e matter will be referred
to the coroner," Mr MacKenzie said.
--- APNZ-Gisborne Herald
A member of a Whanganui Rotary
club had a good deed thrown back at him
when a member of the public demanded
a Christmas food parcel.
e man, who did not wish to be
named, is a member of the Rotary Club
of Whanganui South and was involved
in delivering more than 20 food hampers
to needy families last Monday --- just in
time to help them out at Christmas.
After the man had nished his delivery,
he went home and shortly afterwards
received a phone call from a woman
"She just said, 'I want a food hamper'."
e man explained that Rotary did not
decide where the food went --- the club
was given a list of names and addresses
of people recommended by Birthright
Whanganui, Whanganui Budget
Advisory Services, and Tupoho Social
"I told her there were no hampers left,
but she just kept demanding one." e
man said he was 'horri ed' and did not
know how the woman got his number.
e food for the hampers was mostly
donated, but the Rotary also spent $600
on food, including vegetables, a chicken,
a pavlova and other goodies. e man
said the incident had taken some of the
joy of Christmas away for him. "I was
amazed that someone could act this way,"
he said. --- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Teams of expert alpine searchers
are today being own into the
Nelson Lakes National Park to
begin a ground search for missing
British tramper Andrew Ian Wyatt.
Bad weather has prevented
searchers getting to the area before
Four ground teams, one dog team
and a communications team were
being own by Air Force Iroquois,
search co-ordinator Constable Dave
It was not expected that any
information would come out of the
search area until later today.
e search would start from Blue
Lake towards Waiau Pass and Moss
All of the search and rescue
volunteers will remain in the area
until Sunday if required, when it was
expected the weather would again
Mr Cogger said he was in daily
contact with Mr Wyatt's parents
in Cornwall, who were extremely
concerned for their son's welfare.
British police were providing
support for the family.
Mr Wyatt arrived in New Zealand
on November 21 with the intention
of walking the Te Araroa Trail,
which linked tramping routes from
Cape Reinga to Blu .
e last known sighting of him was
on December 15 when he left Blue
Lake Hut about 6am, Mr Cogger
Police were very keen to speak to
anyone who was tramping in the
Blue Lake, Sabine Valley, D'Urville
Valley area of Nelson Lakes
National Park between December
13 and 19.
Mr Wyatt had failed to ll
in log books at Department of
Conservation huts, Mr Cogger said.
Mr Wyatt is 180cm tall, with
ginger hair and was carrying light
equipment. --- APNZ
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PICTURE: Wanganui Chronicle
Princess Jury is after help to resue her Steer B.Day
Heavyweight help needed to rescue stuck steer
Wanted: Heavy earthmoving
equipment to help rescue
Princess Jury's "baby" from the
e Whanganui woman's "baby"
is B.Day, a tame two-tonne steer
which has been stuck in mud
next to a creek since Christmas
Ms Jury has called on
neighbours, animal control, the
Fire Service, SPCA and even the
army --- but no one has been able
to help her because ve-year-old
B.Day is just too heavy.
Now she is getting desperate.
"I don't want to have to put him
down just because it's Christmas
and everyone is on holiday," she
"What we really need is some
heavy earthmoving equipment
but all the earthmoving
companies are closed for the
Ms Jury said all seemed normal
on the morning of Christmas
Eve but in the afternoon she
couldn't nd B.Day --- so named
because he was born on Ms Jury's
She found him stuck down a
small gully on her land, uninjured
but buried to the top of his legs in
thick black mud.
"I don't know how he got there.
I'm guessing he probably stood on
the edge of the bank to get some
tasty tid-bit, and he slipped."
Neighbours and animal control
sta had been "amazing",
spending a large chunk of their
Christmas Day trying to help the
Ms Jury said B.Day was not
distressed and was still eating and
drinking, but time was running
out for her "gentle giant", which
is a hereford-jersey cross.
"He's a very friendly animal ---
kids love coming to feed him, he's
just so lovely and calm."
--- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Nearly 40% of New Zealanders believe
GST should be charged on all purchases
made on foreign shopping websites, a
survey has shown.
e Government is estimated to miss
out on up to $300 million in sales tax
But New Zealand retailers struggling
to compete with overseas sellers ---
whose sales are exempt from GST when
they are for less than $400 --- will have
to wait for any decision on a potential
Revenue Minister Todd McClay said
the Government wanted to see what
other countries do rst and a discussion
document on the issue, due before
Christmas, has been delayed until next
New Zealanders ocked to the shops
yesterday for the annual Boxing Day
sales --- but many are increasingly buying
cheaper on-line from overseas.
A Herald-Digipoll sur vey this month
found that almost 55% of the 750 New
Zealanders polled had bought goods
from foreign websites.
Of those surveyed, 53%said the $400
exemption should not be removed as the
tax would be too inconvenient to collect.
Surprisingly, just under 40% --- 38.5%
--- agreed with the view of the Retailers'
Association that the 15% GST should
be applied to all overseas on-line
purchases to level the playing eld for
Trade Me spokesman Paul Ford said a
law change would not be great news for
clients who buy stock from overseas to
sell on the auction website.
Retail industry sources said because
more than 50% of the public opposed
introducing GST on on-line purchases
under $400, the Government would be
reluctant to move on the issue during an
Mr McClay said he was not surprised
by the poll result and it re ected the
competing interests of consumers and
While he has o cials working on
that and other issues related to taxing
the digital economy, the minister said
the issue would remain in the too-hard
basket for the time being.
"If we're to nd any solutions, it's going
to be really important we nd one that
will work both for the retailers of New
Zealand and consumers. It's not clear
how that can be done yet."
Mr McClay decided to delay release of
the discussion document after a recent
visit to Europe, where he spoke with the
European Commission and a number of
other authorities about taxing on-line
ose talks included consideration
of wider issues around tax base erosion
and pro t shifting (BEPS), or in
simple terms large international rms
funnelling revenue from one country to
another to minimise tax.
Mr McClay said that tax on on-
line purchases was "not an issue New
Zealand can solve by itself ".
"I probably came away (from Europe)
with the view that they're all concerned
and considering the issue, approaching
it slightly di erently, and none of them
have a solution at this time.
"Based on that, I have asked o cials to
do a bit more work."
Labour Party revenue spokesman
David Clark said the Government "needs
to explain to New Zealand businesses
why they should be disadvantaged by
having GST collected when overseas
business don't face that challenge".
"It seems it would be pretty simple to
speak with Amazon and other suppliers
to ask them to collect GST since they
collect, as I understand it, sales taxes
for individual states in the US. If that's
true, then it's obviously an ideological
decision from the Government not to
John Albertson, of the Retailers'
Association, which has been lobbying
for action on the sales-tax issue, said
there were viable solutions, particularly
given recent technological advances in
systems for paying by credit and debit
"If we can't collect a tax from the card
issuer (banks) as part of that payment
process, I would be surprised."
If an agreement could be reached with
Paypal as well as banks to collect sales
tax, Mr Albertson said, "you've got most
of the payments".
"It will require legislation and it will
require some technology to be imposed
on the banks. at will have a capital
cost but I'm sure if the Government is
going to collect $200-300 million a year,
they can see their way clear to defray the
costs to the banks."
Consumer NZ chief executive Sue
Chetwin was unavailable for comment
yesterday, but told Radio New Zealand
this year that getting banks to collect
GST on behalf of on-line retailers
would be fraught with di culties and
was "doomed to fail".
She said it would be unworkable, as
banks cannot tell whether a person
is overseas shopping or sitting at a
computer in New Zealand.
Ms Chetwin was also concerned that
banks would charge a fee for collecting
the tax --- another cost to be passed on
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A wider range of non-lethal
weapons for police make general
arming of o cers a more distant
prospect, says the o cer overseeing
the use of force.
Police national operations manager
Superintendent Barry Taylor says the
latest gures on use of non-lethal
weapons by police show o cers
exercising judgment in using the
current options available --- pepper
spray and tasers.
Police are boosting their non-lethal
options with trials for more powerful
versions of pepper spray and tasers
taking place over the past few months.
e police have also expanded their
arsenal of non-lethal options with
the inclusion of a solid sponge round
which can be red up to 35m away,
in icting damage akin to a powerful
punch. e round --- red from a gas-
powered launcher --- is only issued to
armed o ender squad specialists.
e new gures show force was
used in just 0.2% of face-to-face
encounters between the police and
Tasers have been red and its
electrical charge used on 349
occasions between March 2010 and
June 2013. In the 2646 times in which
police have had to resort to tasers,
"laser painting" resolved the situation.
e laser to "paint" a subject
alerts them to the prospect of being
shot with a weapon which uses an
electrical charge to disrupt signals
between the muscles and the brain.
e period of study has seen the
proportion of discharges drop --- the
voltage is discharged one in every
seven times the taser is presented, a
drop on the one-in-six ratio at the
Pepper spray was used more
frequently with police resorting to
it in 5181 cases over the time period
Mr Taylor credited improved
training systems with a new simulator
allowing police to practise situations
they would face on the street.
"With the introduction of the
simulator in training, it's helped
with judgment. Using the simulator,
o cers in training are put into a
scenario where they don't know what
the outcome is going to be."
He said o cers were forced to react
--- and then grilled afterwards on
the reasons for pursuing a course of
action. ey were compelled to use
the least amount of force and had to
justify any employed.
"I rmly believe our training is very
relevant, very good and heading in
the right direction."
He said the sponge rounded out
the police's non-lethal arsenal. A trial
on a more powerful pepper spray
had been completed and was being
evaluated. e more powerful Taser
was still under trial.
But there were no plans to expand
further --- and there was no discussion
around arming police with pistols.
" ere is no intention to become a
fully armed constabulary," he said.
Lawyer Marie Dyhrberg, who
has campaigned against tasers, said
she was "heartened" by the e ort
shown in gathering and monitoring
statistics around Taser use. She said
the new gures appeared to re ect a
growing police con dence over when
the weapons were to be used.
She said it also likely re ected a
public awareness around the e ect
Ms Dyhrberg said the di erence
in use of Taser based on ethnic
groups suggested police examine the
situations in which it is used.
Figures over the three-year study
period showed Maori were 35%
more likely to face a taser and Paci c
islanders 64% more likely.
"What I would like to think is the
police hierarchy are really seriously
looking for options to avoid arming
the police with guns."
Police Association president Greg
O'Connor said every o cer on the
street should have a pistol on his hip.
He said he believed Jan Molenaar
--- who became besieged with
weapons in Napier --- would not have
killed senior constable Len Snee if
the o cers who knocked on his door
had been armed as a matter of course.
Mr O'Connor listed other shooting
incidents in which police had been
wounded or killed as also avoidable.
"It will take one of these incidents
where police are forced to watch their
fellow o cers or a member of the
public be shot before we take action."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Police non-lethal arms proving their worth
ree icebreakers head
to trapped vesssel
ree icebreakers are on the way
to an area o the coast of Antarctica
to help free a vessel carrying 74
people, including a scienti c
expedition team, which is stranded
in thick sheets of ice, o cials said
West Coast Blue Penguin Trust
chairwoman Kerry-Jayne Wilson,
of Charleston, is among those on
e Russian ship MV Akademik
Shokalskiy has been trapped
since Tuesday when ice pushed
by strong winds surrounded the
vessel, according to an Austrialian
professor who helped organise the
"We're surrounded by sea ice,
we just can't get through," Chris
Turney, a professor of climate
change at the University of New
South Wales said in a video posted
on You Tube.
"Everyone is safe, the vessel is
perfectly safe. But we can't make
a passage forward," he said in the
video posted overnight.
ree ships with icebreaking
capability have been dispatched
to help dislodge the vessel, which
is located about 1500 nautical
miles south of Hobart, Tasmania,
the Australian Maritime Safety
e rst icebreaker, a Chinese
vessel called the Snow Dragon,
is expected to reach the ship this
afternoon, Prof Turney said.
A low-pressure system has hung
over the stranded ship, Prof Turney
said, creating blizzard conditions
with wind gusts at times reaching
in excess of 70kph.
e ship's passengers include
some 50 scientists and tourists,
many of them Australian, and some
20 crew members, mostly believed
to be Russian.
e ship departed New
Zealand on November 28 on
a privately funded expedition
which commemorates the 100th
anniversary of an Antarctic journey
led by famed Australian explorer
Douglas Mawson. --- Reuters
e MV Akademic Shokalskiy.
A police car was rammed by a driver
in a stolen truck, who then escaped
by driving the wrong way along the
Auckland motorway overnight.
Police were alerted to a person seen
stealing the light truck from a west
Auckland car yard about 12.30am, police
A patrol car spotted the the truck
and tried to stop it shortly afterwards,
however the truck rammed and disabled
the car before driving away.
Other police patrols pursued the truck
until it drove on to the North-western
Motorway and travelled west from
Te Atatu Road in the eastbound lanes,
At this point the pursuit was abandoned
due to to the risk to the public.
e truck was seen to leave the
motor way at Lincoln Road, and was
found abandoned in an industrial area
shortly after wards, police said.
Despite an extensive search of the
area the driver has not been found and
inquiries were continuing.
No one was hurt when the police car
was rammed, however the car was badly
damaged. --- APNZ
Police car rammed
by stolen truck
A Taupo man will appear in court today
after being arrested for a family violence
incident in Waitahanui.
Police were called by family members
after a female was assaulted and
threatened with a rearm about 4.20pm
yesterday, senior sergeant Fane Troy said.
Armed police found the 32-year-old
man in the area and he was taken into
custody without incident.
He will appear in the Rotorua District
Court today facing charges relating to
"Any kind of violence towards people
is not okay. Police applaud those family
members who intervened in this matter,"
Mr Fane said. --- APNZ
Farmers are rejoicing at the Christmas
rain, even though holidaymakers might
not share their enthusiasm.
Federated Farmers' adverse events
spokeswoman Katie Milne said Santa
delivered farmers the best present of all
"I admit what's good for us farmers
may not be great for those in a tent, but
every raindrop pushes back the prospect
e rain would give farmers an excuse
to take a break from the farm and spend
some time with family, she said.
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