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New Zealand sweated under
its third-warmest temperatures
on record last year, according to
Niwa's annual climate summary.
e country also su ered one of
its worst droughts on record.
Niwa's principal meteorology
scientist Dr Mike Revell said
the national average temperature
last year was 13.4degC, 0.8degC
above average and the third
warmest on record since 1909.
e hottest year was 1998,
followed by 1999, he said.
"I think it indicates that there's
been a signi cant upward trend
in the temperatures.
" ere's no guarantee that next
year will be warmer again, but
we are expecting temperatures to
continue to increase.
" e general drift of
temperatures over the past
100 years . . . I think you could
probably fairly safely associate
that with global warming."
Above average northerly winds
last year, bringing warm air from
the tropics, contributed to the
warmer average temperature
across the country, Dr Revell
" e winter was the warmest
we've ever had, so although
the year itself was the third
warmest, the actual winter was
the warmest that we've had since
1909," he said.
e southerlies which hit
Wellington in June were some of
the worst on record, while the big
drought which crippled farmers
for the rst three months of the
year was alleviated in April by
heavy rain, Dr Revell said.
" at was one of the worst
droughts we've experienced for a
Of the six main centres,
Auckland was the warmest last
year, Tauranga was the sunniest,
Christchurch was the driest,
Wellington was the wettest, and
Dunedin was the coldest and
Last year was the warmest year
on record for Tauranga, and the
third warmest year on record for
Over 2013, eleven tornadoes
and four waterspouts occurred,
from as far south as mid-
Canterbury to as far north as
While they didn't cause any
injuries or deaths, they were
considerable damage caused
to individual properties and
2013 was the driest year on
record for Dargaville, Toenepi
(near Morrinsville), Taupo and
Turangi, with these locations
each recording between 67% and
72% of normal annual rainfall.
was recorded in parts of the
eastern South Island including
Marlborough, North Canterbury
and North Otago. Ranfurly,
Alexandra and Lumsden all had
near-record high annual rainfall
e highest air temperature
was 35.1degC, recorded at
Clyde on January 5, and at
Gisborne on both January 9
e lowest air temperature
was -12.1degC recorded at Lake
Tekapo on June 28.
e highest con rmed wind
gust was 202kph, recorded at
Mount Kaukau (Wellington) on
e top daily rainfall was
346mm, recorded at Mount
Cook Village on January 9.
e wettest location was
Cropp River (West Coast) with
10870mm of rain falling last
e driest location was
Lauder, Central Otago, with
a mere 453mm of rainfall
Whakatane was the
sunniest location, recording
2792 sunshine hours.
2013 was third
warmest on record
A policeman's speed gun went into
overdrive as a driver was clocked at
207kph just north of Timaru.
Senior constable Alister Doonan said
he was parked on the side of Seadown
Road when he spotted a Nissan Skyline
hurtling along, about 3.15pm on
"I saw him coming and I knew he was
going for it," Mr Doonan said.
"But I wouldn't have picked him at this
Mr Doonan said the radar locked in on
the Nissan and recorded the incredible
gure --- more than twice as fast the
road's 100kph limit.
It was the fastest speed the veteran of
more than 30 years had recorded. e
previous highest was 196kph and he
also recalled a few drivers in the 170kph
Mr Doonan said Saturday's incident
happened on a at section of a regional
road where he often parked with the
e driver pulled over, Mr Doonan
said. ere were two passengers in the
car, but neither had the correct licence to
take the wheel.
So he followed him home and handed
him a 28-day suspension of his driving
A 21-year-old local man will appear
in the Timaru District Court next week
on one charge of driving at a dangerous
speed. He faces a minimum six-month
ban from getting behind the wheel.
Unexpected harbour trip
A Dunedin woman was "shaken but okay" after the car she was driving "slid o " Portobello
Road, nearDunedin, and rolled down a 2m bank to rest on its roof in Otago Harbour at
7.25am yesterday, sergeant Ben Butter eld said. Police inquiries into the incident were
continuing, he said.
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
e partner of high-pro le
netballer Noeline Taurua is
ghting a legal battle with the
Department of of Conservation
over claims he cleared
conservation land and built a
deck illegally at his luxury lodge.
Edward James Goldsmith, a
41-year-old company director
and partner of Taurua, a former
New Zealand netballer and
former Waikato-Bay of Plenty
Magic coach, has denied DOC
charges of knowingly and
without authority interfering
with the natural features of a
conversation area and knowingly
and without authority erecting a
deck on that area.
A three-day hearing began
in the Rotorua District Court
It is alleged that between
2012 Goldsmith carried out
unauthorised excavation and
development within the Lake
Okareka Marginal Strip --- an
area of conservation land that
runs between his lakeside Black
House on the Point lodge and
Goldsmith told Judge
Christopher Harding he was
unemployed but was not eligible
for legal aid as he was deemed
asset-rich, so he had no choice
but to represent himself.
He was assisted in court
yesterday by Taurua.
Department solicitor Mike
Bodie said Goldsmith used
earthmoving machines to clear
vegetation from the lakeside
land, replacing it with a lawn and
a white sand beach. He also built
a timber deck to enable visitors
to get on and o boats. Mr Bodie
said Goldsmith had no authority
to carry out these works.
Department ranger Paul
Cashmore told the court he met
Goldsmith in 2008 to discuss his
request to develop the lawn and
beach. at request was declined,
Mr Cashmore said that
on December 13, 2012, the
department received a complaint
so he and ranger Tom Mayne
visited the property.
ey found an excavator, a
pile of fresh spoil dumped on
indigenous vegetation and a
recently-built deck, all within
the marginal strip. While there
a truck arrived to deliver a load
Mr Mayne said he served a
notice on Goldsmith, telling him
to stop work.
During cross-examination, Mr
Mayne con rmed a conversation
in which Goldsmith told him
he did not know where the
boundaries of the marginal strip
Goldsmith told the court that
he had asked for an on-site
meeting with the department,
himself and other boat owners
on the lake, but that never
Goldsmith told Judge Harding
the prosecution had "an element
e hearing continues, with
Goldsmith expected to open his
Black House on the Point is
advertised on website Bookabach
as "New Zealand's best holiday
house" at a rate of $695 per night
for up to six people.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
DOC court action over lodge deck
Name suppression has lifted for convicted
Wellington accountant Imran Mohammed
Kamal, who played a key role in the ctitious
invoice writing scheme of former Inland
Revenue Department o cial Brent Gilchrist
and former associate Scott Anderson.
Kamal's company, Accountants First, received
and paid fake invoices from Gilchrist and
Anderson's IT company. e invoices were
paid into Kamal's own o shore bank account
and he would keep 90% of the funds, dividing
the rest between the others as a "fee" for their
involvement, the IRD said in a statement.
On his Linked In pro le Kamal lists having
worked as a senior accountant and auditor for
Deloittes and was twice nominated, and once
a nalist, for the Wellington region's chartered
accountant of the year in 2003 and 2007.
Accountant's First describes Kamal as "a
lateral thinker and business strategist". His
"visionary ideas are geared toward prospects for
growth," according to the rm's website.
e IRD'S group tax counsel Graham Tubb
said Kamal was a "key player" in the tax evasion
"Accountants First Ltd also altered tax
invoices in an attempt to hide the o ending,
and used the o shore bank account in a tax
evasion scheme, redirecting the funds back into
New Zealand through paying for work done on
Mr Kamal's house."
e IRD welcomed the Wellington High
Court's decision to lift name suppression as of
"By acting as he did, Kamal has abused the
trust placed in him and also used his knowledge
and his position to try and cheat the system,
but for all that, he still failed and will bear the
consequences," Mr Tubb said. " e public can
be con dent that Inland Revenue will take
action, including in some cases the removal of
the right to act as a tax agent for others."
Kamal was sentenced to three months' home
detention and 150 hours' community work
in February last year. e order to lift name
suppression was made on December 19.
Last year, Gilchrist got 10 months' home
detention and Anderson was sentenced to three
and a half years' jail. --- APNZ
Tax fraudster named
Aust detective heads to NZ over murder
An Australian police detective is heading to
New Zealand as part of a murder investigation.
On New Year's Day, New Zealander William
Stevenson, 47, was found dead in his burned-
out car, which was pushed back from the side
of a road at Wellsford, near Bendigo in central
Two people are facing charges over his
A homicide squad detective would be
travelling to Auckland this week as part of the
investigation, a Victoria police spokeswoman
told NZ Newswire.
Mr Stevenson had been living in Kerang in
He had been missing since Christmas Day
with his disappearance reported after he failed
to turn up to work.
Wellsford man Darren Lewis, 46, has been
charged with murder and Kerang woman
Danielle Antionelle Kerr, 36, has been charged
with being an accessory to murder.
Both have appeared in the Bendigo
Magistrate's Court and been remanded in
custody to reappear on May 28. --- NZN
sex abuse case
A 71-year-old man will appear in
court on 95 charges of historical sexual
o ending against 10 boys.
Police are seeking more information
about Leonard James Mulholland, from
Palmerston, after his initial appearance
in the Dunedin District Court in
He will reappear in the Oamaru District
Court on January 29 on the charges,
which related to alleged indecent assaults
between 1980 and 2010 in Dunedin
and Otago when he was working as a
washing machine repairer serviceman in
Dunedin, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to
contact detective Warren Duncan of the
Oamaru police. --- APNZ
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