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A 13-year-old Balclutha girl died
after a boat capsized in rough weather
at Surat Bay near Owaka yesterday
afternoon. e girl was aboard with
her father, a 48-year-old Balclutha
man, and a 13-year-old male friend.
e trio, on a shing trip, headed out
in a 3.6m aluminium boat. Police said
about 300m from the shore the boat's
engine started to fail and cut out. It
was swamped before capsizing about
1.30pm. e man and the boy made it
to shore safely but the girl's body was
found about half an hour later.
--- Otago Daily Times
A Swiss tourist su ered a suspected
broken arm when she tried to dodge
a boulder on the upper slopes of
Mount Ngauruhoe yesterday. A
rescue helicopter was called after
the 27-year-old Swiss woman was
hit by the rock. She was descending
when a climber above her dislodged
the boulder. She managed to avoid
the most of the rock but in trying to
protect herself su ered a suspected
compound fracture to her arm and a
cut to her head. --- APNZ
A Palmerston North farmer was
rescued on Tuesday after su ering a
medical problem and activating his
personal locator beacon. e 75-year-
old farmer had been rounding up
stray sheep in steep terrain when
he su ered a medical problem. He
activated his beacon and a rescue
helicopter was dispatched to search
for him. He was found, in a creek
100m down a gorge in the Pohangina
Valley, police said. --- APNZ
A woman was stabbed during a
ght in a street with another woman
in Masterton on Tuesday night. Police
received a call about 8pm. Ambulance
sta treated the woman in her 20s,
who was bleeding profusely from
a stab wound on her arm. She was
taken to Wairarapa Hospital and
transferred to Wellington Hospital in
a stable condition. Another woman
would appear in court this week.
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Norovirus on cruise ship
Cleaners are sanitising a cruise ship
before the next group of passengers
embarks after about 60 of 3500
passengers and crew contracted
norovirus. e Diamond Princess
docked in Tauranga yesterday at
the end of a 10-day cruise from
Australia. It is due to leave from
Auckland today but check-in will be
delayed while the ship is sterilised.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Big Wednesday draw
ere was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 430 last
night. Successful numbers were 5, 17,
32, 33, 39, 49; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9688:
39, 48, 50, 53, 56, 57, 64, 65. Draw No
9689: 4, 6, 14, 23, 26, 27, 29, 31, 35, 43,
51, 52, 59, 63, 64, 65, 74, 75, 77, 80.
Family slaying shatters Dunedin
e death of two cats and the
disappearance of at least seven others
has horri ed residents of a Welcome Bay
Seven households have lost a total of
nine pet cats in the past year. Two have
been found dead with dog bite marks
and another seven have vanished.
Resident Rachel Lattie is among those
determined to do something after she
found her pedigree manx Neela dead
under a tree on her front lawn, just before
e 5kg cat had four large deep
puncture wounds, which indicated she
had been bitten across the back by a big
dog, she said.
A vet con rmed the injuries were
consistent with a dog bite.
Mrs Lattie put yers in her neighbours'
letter boxes and soon heard from other
people who had found themselves in a
similar situation and believed dogs were
"While it is far too early for us to even
consider getting another cat, we are
terri ed of getting a new cat when it
might be killed by this dog. I couldn't go
through this again," she said. " e whole
neighbourhood is being held hostage
She is now trying to arrange a
neighbourhood meeting to work out
what can be done.
Resident Vicki Nogaj lost two cats last
year. e rst went missing about May
and has not been seen since.
e family then went to the SPCA and
adopted another moggy named Bella
but only six weeks later she was dead.
Bella's body was found on a neighbour's
property with puncture marks in it, early
Mrs Nogaj said cats were wandering on
to a property where dogs lived and were
being attacked. e family was now too
scared to get another cat.
Michelle Sunnex also had one of her
cats go missing and now lived in fear her
other cats would su er the same fate.
Tauranga City Council animal services
team leader Brent Lincoln said he had
received one call about dogs in the area
but nothing could be done as they were
fenced in. --- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
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PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
e crime scene at 9 Kiwi Street, St Leonards, in Dunedin.
Police have released the names of
the two children shot dead in St
Leonards, Dunedin, last night.
A homicide investigation has
been launched after the bodies
of Bradley, nine, and Ellen, six,
Livingstone were found with that
of a 51-year-old Milton man.
e man, believed to be the
estranged father of the children,
Edward Hamilton Livingstone, was
known to police and had breached
protection orders put in place to
keep people close to him safe.
Police were alerted after
neighbours reported gunshots
coming from the Kiwi Street house
" e armed o enders squad was
deployed and in clearing the house
discovered the bodies of three
people --- one male adult and two
children," Dunedin Clutha Waitaki
area commander Inspector Gregory
Sparrow said in a statement.
All three appeared to have
sustained gunshot wounds and a
shotgun was found at the scene.
e children lived at the
house with their 49-year-old
mother, believed to be Katharine
Livingstone, who was home at the
e man breached protection
orders at least twice last year. e
particulars of those orders including
who he was prohibited from
contacting and why are unclear at
However, he appeared in the
Dunedin District Court on at least
Dunedin police commander Greg
Sparrow said the man, who worked
at Otago prison, was well known to
" e family had been known
to us for a number of domestic
incidents. What I can tell you is
that he had been arrested on two
previous occasions for breaching a
protection order and we'd put him
before the court."
Mr Sparrow said in August last
year the man was given diversion
and in September he was discharged
A neighbour of the family said
the man had previously threatened
to kill them, but Mr Sparrow said
he could not con rm that.
Police were not looking for anyone
else in relation to the incident, Mr
e scene had been cordoned
o and contained and police had
launched a homicide investigation,
A neighbour told Radio New
Zealand the distraught mother
ed to their house when the man
arrived armed with a gun.
After hearing a number of shots,
the neighbour's husband ran to the
property to confront the shooter,
but was unable to wrestle the gun
from him. Shots were red into
the air, and the man was forced to
retreat, the broadcaster reported the
neighbour as saying.
St Leonards School, the only
primary school in the area, was
preparing to o er support to
students and parents.
"We are a really close-knit
community so we're putting some
support in place and are here for
anybody until we o cially nd
out," principal Jo Wilson said.
" e school will be open today for
anybody who wants to come in."
Ms Wilson said the "horrible"
news had come as a blow to the
--- APNZ-Otago Daily Times
Auckland Mayor Len Brown's
wife is the latest person to be
targeted by Graham McCready for
private prosecution, with the former
Wellington accountant alleging she
was party to her husband's alleged
bribery and corruption o ences.
Mr McCready said he would le
papers against Shirley-Anne Inglis
He alleges that gifts in the name of
Ms Inglis were a "laundering exercise"
to avoid Len Brown having to declare
them on his register of interests.
"By accepting these freebies,
Ms Inglis became a party to her
husband's alleged o ending and in
the interest of justice she ought to be
Ms Inglis could not be contacted
Earlier this week two charging
documents were sent to Auckland
District Court by Mr McCready that
stated that between November 2010
and November last year, Mr Brown
accepted for himself and his wife
three complimentary hotel rooms
and ve free room upgrades from Sky
City and Sky City Grand Hotels.
e gifts, worth about $4600 by
Mr McCready's calculations, led to
"favourable consideration" from Mr
Brown towards Sky City and parent
company Sky City Casinos, the
Mr Brown has refused to comment
on Mr McCready's allegations.
He previously said 98% of the hotel
rooms were organised by his wife,
with assistance from his o ce. None
of the upgrades or free rooms were
He said he was "not totally focused"
on the upgrades taking him over the
$300 limit for gifts that need to be
disclosed under council rules.
Some legal experts doubt that Mr
McCready will succeed in his legal
bid against the mayor and his wife.
Otago University electoral law
specialist Professor Andrew Geddis
said a prosecution will not necessarily
go ahead even if papers had been
"A District Court judge then has
to look at those papers and decide
whether they disclose enough
evidence to warrant a case continuing
and the problem is that there doesn't
seem to be any evidence at all to back
up the allegations," he told Radio
"All there is really is a connection
in time between Len Brown getting
these hotel rooms and doing things
that are to do with the Sky City
Hotels rooms could constitute a
bribe, but it would have to be shown
that the rooms were provided because
of his o cial actions, Prof Geddis
"You have to show that Sky City
intended that these hotel rooms be a
reward to Len Brown for what he's
done and Len Brown received them
knowing that's why Sky City was
giving him these things."
Wellington lawyer Graeme Edgeler,
also with electoral law expertise,
said proving bribery and corruption
crimes would be di cult to prove
unless there were witnesses.
"We just don't have anything like
that in this case," he told Radio NZ.
"My guess is no one from Sky City is
probably going to be prepared to le
a written a davit for Mr McCready
to furnish evidence in a form that the
court can accept it."
Mr McCready is known for his
pursuit of public gures through the
courts and has a proven track record
in bringing successful prosecutions
where others have failed.
In 2009 Mr McCready laid a
prosecution against Labour MP
Trevor Mallard, who was found
guilty of ghting in a public place
over a Beehive stoush with National
MP Tau Henare.
More recently Mr McCready laid
electoral fraud charges against Act
leader John Banks, a prosecution
since taken over by the Solicitor-
General. It will head to trial this year.
Mr McCready has also been in the
dock himself, last year admitting a
charge of blackmail. --- APNZ
Mayor's wife target in latest legal action
PICTURE: Getty Images
Len Brown and wife Shan Inglis just after the mayor's re-election.
Kim Dotcom's new
political party has had
a bumpy start after
a potential strategy
document was leaked.
is prompted the rushed
resignation of a journalist
because of a con ict of
Mr Dotcom unveiled
the name and branding
of his new Internet Party
yesterday, which the
internet entrepreneur will
fund with his signi cant
Hours later, a draft document
containing possible campaign strategies
was published by blogger Cameron
Slater, including a proposal for free wi
for an entire electorate.
Mr Slater also claimed that
parliamentary press gallery journalist
and Scoop editor Alastair ompson
was working for the Internet Party --- a
breach of press gallery rules. e blogger
said Mr ompson was the party's
secretary and had registered a domain
After this claim, Mr ompson
handed in his resignation from Scoop,
an independent news website.
Scoop's majority owner, Selwyn Pellett,
said he was not aware of the extent of
Mr ompson's involvement with the
party. He said the journalist was "clearly
no longer independent" and could not be
Scoop's editor while actively involved in
Mr Dotcom's party.
e author of the leaked document,
blogger and former Mana political
adviser Martyn Bradbury, stressed that
it was an early draft of possible strategy.
"I am a political consultant, this is what
I do, this was a proposal I
was asked to submit," he
wrote on his website the
e "Internet Party
strategy white paper" said
the new party should
focus on just two or three
electorates and attempt to
become "kingmaker" in the
general election this year.
ose electorates could
include Upper Harbour,
Auckland Central, and one
other. It said Mr Bradbury
could run in the Auckland
Central seat, and that he would be a
strong candidate because the party
would appeal to "a uent apartment-
Mr Bradbury later wrote on his blog
that he was just "kick(ing) around ideas".
Mr Dotcom cannot run for Parliament
because he is not a New Zealand citizen.
Mr Bradbury has written articles that
were supportive of Mr Dotcom's party,
including a blog on Tuesday titled
"National have the most to fear from
Kim Dotcom's new Internet Party". He
did not disclose his connection to the
An o er of free wi for a electorate
could fall foul of electoral laws on
Mr ompson said this morning that
he had not completely severed ties with
On Twitter, he wrote: "To clarify I have
not left @ScoopNZ. More like I am
having a sabbatical inside the business I
founded 17 years ago as a client."
He con rmed he would become
interim secretary for the Internet Party
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Party kicks off
with a leak
Abandoned yacht race
costs Govt $100,000
Organisers of a new Auckland
to Blu yacht race will get to keep
$100,000 in taxpayer funding
despite the cancellation of next
month's inaugural event.
Minister of Business, Innovation
and Employment Steven Joyce
announced a year ago that the
event, billed as New Zealand's
version of the Sydney to Hobart
race, would receive $440,000 in
However this year's event was
cancelled in September with
organisers citing uncertainty over
the number of boats that would
commit to taking part.
In its response to an O cial
Information request, the ministry
con rmed last month the
organising company had received
$100,000 of that money.
It does not have to pay it back.
Green MP Julie-Anne Genter
said the funding appeared to be "a
pattern with this Government".
" ere's money for yacht races,
even ones that aren't going to
happen but at the same time core
services are being cut. It really shows
the priorities of this Government
are with the elite, with the people
who are like John Key and his
mates, the people who can a ord to
throw money at yacht races."
Dave Mee, of race organiser
SMC Events, said his company was
working on a revised business plan
for the race and a decision whether
the race would go ahead in 2015
was still at least a month away.
If the event did not go ahead
next year, there was still a chance it
would occur in later years.
"Events, particularly in yachting,
sometimes take three, four or ve
years to get momentum."
He said the initial $100,000 had
been spent "on a whole host of
things" including paying Australian
consultants to investigate whether
the Blu port wharf was suitable
for mooring racing yachts.
He said the company's spending
was reported to the ministry and
the Invercargill City Council,
which had also paid over $100,000
of ratepayers' money towards the
Asked whether the spending was
value for money for taxpayers, he
said his company had "probably
invested sta time well beyond the
money we've received".
Mr Joyce said the Government
had "pulled the pin" on the event
and it would not receive any more
taxpayer funding until organisers
had demonstrated a sound business
plan to get it successfully under way.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Uetaha Dahtanian Rans eld-Wanoa
Mower death charge
A 72-year-old man has been charged
with reckless driving causing death
after a four-year-old boy was killed by a
lawnmower in Hastings last October.
Uetaha Dahtanian Rans eld-Wanoa,
described by his family as "clever" and
"bubbly", was playing at Kirkpatrick
Park in Camberley when the accident
At the time police said they understood
the boy had been playing with older
cousins when he was hit by a tractor
towing a rotary mower.
e boy's grandmother, Donna Hutana,
said at the time she did not want to
imagine how horri c the accicent would
Her grandson was a "very, very clever
little boy" who was "bubbly" and loved
computer games, she said.
"He was full of joy and bounce."
e charged man will appear in the
Hastings District Court on February 12.
An evangelical Christian pastor
from New Zealand accused of
importing more than 9kg of
methamphetamine and heroin into
Darwin was ignorant and gullible
--- and innocent, her barrister says.
Bernardine Prince, 41, was
arrested in May last year for
importing a commercial quantity of
drugs into Australia.
She had been travelling in Kenya
and Cambodia for ve weeks for
a Christian organisation called
Oasis of Grace, for which she was
Prince was on her way back to
Australia when her luggage was
delayed in Singapore, and when her
bags arrived in Dar win a customs
o cer detected traces of drugs on
seven vinyl backpacks inside them.
He discovered packages sewn
into each one containing crystal
methamphetamine and heroin
powder, with a combined weight of
more than nine kilograms, Crown
prosecutor Glen Rice said.
e drugs have a street value of up
to $2 million.
Prince had been taken advantage
of, her barrister Jon Tippett, QC,
"We know ignorant, innocent
people are preyed upon in our world
too often by people who (value)
their innocence because they
don't display characteristics . . . of
nervousness or self-consciousness,"
he told a Darwin Supreme Court
jury in his opening statement
" e people behind this don't care
about her, she's just rubbish to be
thrown away. She's nothing."
Prince told police the vinyl
backpacks and some beaded
handbags had been given to her
by a Kenyan woman known only
as "Mummy Rose" who suggested
she sell the handbags, allegedly
made by African women, to her
congregation in Australia to raise
Prince said Mummy Rose and her
son helped her pack them into her
e backpacks were made by
Kenyan men, Prince told police, but
Mr Rice said this was implausible.
" e bags were commercially
produced bags that might be made
anywhere; in fact, they were tagged
as having been made in China," he
Additionally, the cardboard used
to pack the drugs was Cambodian,
meaning the backpacks were not
obtained in Kenya at all, he said,
or else were packed with the drugs
during the four days Prince spent
in Cambodia on her return trip to
During the trial a drug expert
would testify that the heroin in
the bags had a South-east Asian
chemical pro le, Mr Rice said.
e trial continues. --- AAP
Pastor accused of drug-running
Child Youth and Family is investigating
a video in which a six-year-old boy
appears to be drinking from a beer bottle
as part of a Neknominate dare.
e video of the boy, posted on
Instagram, shows him sculling a drink
from a Heineken bottle.
A voice in the background eggs him
on: "Keep going, keep going."
A relative of the boy told One News that
the contents of the bottle was actually
zzy juice and that the clip was a "p---
take" of the Neknominate social media
craze, in which people are nominated
to scull an alcoholic drink before daring
someone else to do the same.
A CYF spokeswoman said the video
was alarming and they were now trying
to make contact with the boy's family.
Police have also condemned the video,
saying it was disappointing that the clip
appeared to encourage binge drinking.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
CYF probes boy's drinking game dare
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