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Greymouth police support o cer Sue McIntosh outside the back of the station, which is having $1.5m spent on it to spruce it up,
as well as get it up to earthquake strengthening standards. West Coast police area commander Inspector John Canning said that the
work was expected to be completed by the start of April.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Police station gets $1.5m of work
Authorities missed many red ags before
Bradley and Ellen Livingstone were killed
by their father in their Dunedin home.
e missed chances to stop Edward
Livingstone, 51, from harassing and
threatening his family meant a protection
order against him was fatally compromised.
Livingstone shot and killed his children
and then himself on Wednesday night, eight
months after he and their mother, Katharine
Webb, split. She had a court order to keep
him away from her and the children.
Despite that order, he called and emailed
her. He wrote "your beautiful (sic)" on her
Facebook page. He followed her in his car.
e order did not restrain him, resulting
in two court appearances facing charges of
breaching a protection order.
e court heard Livingstone was having
a "traumatic" time after the break up of his
marriage, was having counselling and was
e judge who sentenced him after the
second breach was told Ms Webb felt
harassed and feared for the safety of her
children. She installed a panic button
beside her bed because she was terri ed of
Friends say they contacted police to
raise concerns over threats he had made
about killing his family. And Livingstone's
employer said it was obvious he was having
a hard time in his personal life.
ose who knew the family and that
Livingstone's behaviour was setting o so
many warning bells have been left wondering
why no one saw that he was capable of the
fatal confrontation at his former home.
e protection order was issued on May
5. In August, Livingstone breached it by
contacting Ms Webb. It is understood he
emailed and phoned her.
He admitted the charge and as it was his
rst o ence he was granted police diversion.
On September 14, he rang Ms Webb's
cellphone several times, then rang her
landline and left a message. He was charged
a second time with breaching the protection
order and again admitted the charge.
" at you phoned her and left a message
is in direct contravention of the terms of the
protection order," Judge Stephen Coyle told
Livingstone at the sentencing hearing.
It was accepted that the content of
the message was not threatening ---
Livingstone had left a message apologising
for his previous behaviour.
But the contact had been frightening for
" e victim impact statement indicates
that she realised the calls were from you
and because of the frequency of the calls on
the cellphone, she became very anxious and
fearful, and she felt alone and unprotected,"
the judge said.
"She remains fearful that you will breach
the protection order and describes feeling
constantly harassed and fearful for her safety
and that of the children.
"She states candidly that she cannot take
much more of the contact from you and the
breaches of the protection order."
But Livingstone was granted a discharge
Judge Coyle noted Livingstone had sought
psychiatric help after his rst appearance.
" e e ect of the separation on you
has been traumatic and has led to you
having some issues which have required
medication," he said.
"Following this second incident, you
have again approached (your doctor) and
the letter from him indicates that he has
changed the medication you are receiving
and that you are now more stable.
"It is clear, therefore, that at the time of
the circumstances leading to this o ending,
while you were receiving treatment for your
mental health issues, the medication you
were receiving was not quite levelling you
out to the point where you were able to
totally control and manage your behaviour,
and things again got on top of you and you
reacted spontaneously and in contravention
of the order."
Police opposed the discharge, but
Judge Coyle said a conviction could cost
Livingstone his job which would outweigh
the gravity of the o ending.
It now emerges that Livingstone, while
apparently contrite and remorseful in court,
had sinister and violent plans for his ex-wife.
He told friends in August, three months
after the protection order was granted, of his
plan to murder his children and then take
his own life.
"He told me in August what he wanted to
do," a source said.
"He made his mind up months ago. He
told us what he wanted to do was that he
wanted to kill his family, leave them in their
bed, take an overdose of sleeping tablets,
pour petrol around the beds, and light it.
"He was consumed with revenge. e
kids were Katharine's life --- they were
the centre of her universe --- and he knew
killing them was the worst thing he could do
to her, and that's why he did it."
Ms Webb had told neighbours that if they
heard the panic alarm sounding they should
phone police immediately, "because it was
him doing something".
e source said that one night, Livingstone
chased Ms Webb in his car.
"She came o the St Leonards main road,
saw his car parked on the street, and as he
saw her, he chased her all round St Leonards
in her car. She had the kids with her. She
was terri ed.
"She ended up turning her lights o
--- because it was dark --- and going up
someone's driveway." Ms Webb then phoned
friends who contacted police.
e friends said that o cers did not follow
up or interview them after the incident.
Since the murder-suicide, police have
repeatedly refused to answer questions
about their involvement with the family.
ey will not say how many times Ms
Webb or others contacted them with
concerns or complaints about Livingstone,
nor will they say how they responded.
ey have also refused to address the claim
that they did not follow up threats made by
" e circumstances leading up to the
tragic events of yesterday are subject to
investigation on behalf of the coroner,"
Inspector Greg Sparrow said in an emailed
"Based on the information available to
us at this time police (are) satis ed that all
reports made to police regarding this family
were responded to appropriately. Police
will not be responding to unsubstantiated
claims through the media. Out of respect
to the family at this tragic time we will not
be discussing speci c details through the
e source said that on Wednesday night,
Livingstone went to the Kiwi St house he
once shared with Ms Webb and the children.
He used a "secret key" that Ms Webb
did not know about to let himself into the
house through a side door. He was carrying
a petrol can and a shotgun.
Ms Webb ran for help, screaming "he's got
a gun" as she ed to her neighbour and close
friend Chris Foot's home.
"Protection orders are supposed to protect,"
the source said. "And in this case, it didn't.
at family has been so let down by police
and the system."
--- New Zealand Herald
Authorities miss 'red f lags'
Higher petrol prices and more
fuel-e cient engines have
prompted Kiwis to ditch bigger
gas guzzlers in favour of smaller
vehicles, industry experts say.
New data from the Motor
Trade Association (MTA)
shows the top-selling cars
between 2009 and 2013 were
e results of a previous
review, carried out in 2011,
showed a much wider spread
in the most popular types of
Toyota's Corolla continues
to dominate the new and
used market, but traditional
--- like the
Subaru Legacy and Holden
Commodore, the only car with
more than four cylinders in
the top 10 --- have slipped in
MTA spokesman Ian
Stronach said the price of 91
octane petrol in 2009 was $1.63
a litre, but by the end of 2013, it
was close to $2.20 a litre.
"With petrol costs increasing
around 35% in that time, it was
entirely predictable that there
would be a swing to smaller-
AA motoring a airs manager
Andrew Bayliss said people had
been turning away from bigger-
engined cars in recent years.
" ey're looking for
something more fuel-e cient
and obviously small four-
cylinder are cars are very much
in vogue. But also, so are SUVs
--- they suit the Kiwi lifestyle,
but you can also have quite
economic diesel engines in
some of them as well."
making had played a part in the
"But I think the reality is
people are being hit in the
pocket with fuel costs, so why
buy a car that does 14 litres per
100km when you can buy one
that does 7 litres?"
Mr Bayliss said the Australian-
made Commodore and Ford
Falcon had historically been
two of New Zealand's best-
e Falcon has dropped o the
list entirely, down from eighth
place, while the Commodore is
hanging in at 10th place, down
from third, "probably largely
due to the police eet".
Other familiar names have
dropped out of the top 10
altogether, including long-time
favourites such as BMW's 3
Series and Subaru's Impreza.
Giltrap Group joint managing
director Michael Giltrap is
uniquely placed to observe the
shifts in the market --- his
company's 14 brands include
top-seller Toyota and dwindling
He said the statistics had
shown a trend towards diesel
vehicles and four-cylinder cars
for a period. at was driven
by both emissions and petrol
prices, which was "part of the
equation, but not all of the
" e pure performance levels
that a four-cylinder can deliver
has increased so much more in
the last ve (to) 10 years, so the
requirement for big engines is
not so great."
Another trend was that people
who used to buy mid-sized
vehicles were now buying SUVs
- both as a lifestyle choice and
because they were fashionable.
Utes like the Toyota Hilux
rst time, at fth place --- were
now being bought as "lifestyle"
vehicles too. --- APNZ
Gas guzzlers being parked up
A New Plymouth district
councillor has taken down a
video of an altercation involving
roadside window washers after
being threatened by a family
member of one of the men
Councillor Murray Chong
said he was driving through an
intersection in New Plymouth's
CBD yesterday when he
witnessed an altercation between
two roadside window washers
and a van driver around 5.30pm
yesterday. He then lmed the
incident on his iPhone.
During the video, one of the
irate men approaches Mr Chong
while he is lming, defending
"I'm a window washer...I don't
smoke drugs bro," he says.
"I put food on my f******
family's table. I'll f****** kill you,"
he later threatens.
Police told 3News one of the
window washers was aged 17.
He was charged with common
assault, assault on a police o cer
and resisting arrest.
e other washer was 15. He
was charged with disorderly
behaviour and would likely be
referred to Youth Aid.
Mr Chong said he took the
video o YouTube after being
threatened by a family member
of one of the two young men.
However, the video had been
reposted by other YouTube
" e video that's out there ---
that people know that we don't
need window washers."
e aggressive nature of some
window washers "ruined it for
everyone", Mr Chong said.
e council received three to
four complaints a week about
the behaviour of the washers at
intersections, and more washers
were "cropping up" over summer,
the statement said. --- APNZ
Video removed after threats made
Golden Wedding Anniversary
Italo Giovanni (John) Rubbo
Patricia Joy Hill
Married on 18 January, 1964
Sacred Heart Church, Petone
Congratulations with love and best wishes
from all your family and friends
Quali ed FD Since 1973
(Chook). --- One year
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Someone kind and true
Who will never be
For we thought the
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Kenneth John. ---
Twelve months have
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taken from us.
Our memories of you
can never be taken away
Miss you a lot.
--- Mum, Dad, Peter,
Lynette and Gillian.
Kenneth John. ---
January 18, 2013.
One year ago today.
A golden heart stopped
beating, hard working
hands laid to rest.
God broke our hearts to
prove to us he only takes
--- Sherryl, Jason and
Kylie, Nathan and Jess,
Darren and Amanda and
Angela and Gordon. ---
January 19, 2002. Tragi-
cally taken from us
twelve years ago.
Forever in our hearts
--- Love Mum, Dad and
Passed away peacefully
at Reefton Hospital on
January 16, 2014, aged
90. Dearly loved and
devoted wife of Lew,
much loved mum
and mother-in-law of
Raymond and Julie,
Shelley, Lindsay and
Leanne, and Rhonda,
treasured grandma of
Krystle and Gavin,
Sheldon, Annikka and
Tim, Gabrielle and
Kelly, Morgan and
Suzie, Daniel, Pamela,
Laura, and Beth, special
great grandma of Ciara,
Liam, Olivia, Deegan,
and Braxton. Messages
to 10 Anderson Street,
Reefton 7830. A service
to celebrate Marj's life
will be held in St
Church, Reefton on
Monday at 2pm, fol-
lowed by burial at
Burke's Creek Ceme-
tery. Westland Funeral
Services Ltd. Phone
(03) 768 0250. FDANZ.
A crash between a car
and cyclist in the Bay of
Islands has left one person
with serious injuries.
Emergency services were
currently at the crash
scene, on Kapiro Rd in
Kerikeri Police said they
were called to the incident
just after 8am. --- APNZ
Car, cyclist collide
A replacement ferry
brought in to provide
cover for Interislander's
was back in action last
night after it broke down
in Wellington yesterday,
less than a week into
e Stena Alegra,
replacement ship, was
cleared to resume service
following the problem
"Around 5am this
morning, the freight-
only sailing su ered a
partial loss of power
on its departure from
a ected some of the
control systems for one of
" e source of the fault
has been identi ed and
repaired and the ship
will resume ser vice at
5pm this evening for
its scheduled passenger
sailing from Wellington,"
KiwiRail said in a
e fault resulted in
the cancellation of the
freight-only sailing from
Wellington and the
9.05am passenger sailing
from Picton. --- APNZ
Seven backpackers visiting one of Hawke's Bay's most
popular and pristine tourist locations were victims of a
daylight theft this week.
e group of young travellers from Taiwan, South
Korea, Japan, Germany and France went swimming at
Maraetotara Falls, halfway between Havelock North
and Waimarama, on Wednesday unaware they would be
the targets of brazen thieves.
Frenchman Benoit oury said he left the swimming
hole about 5pm, after a few hours in the water, to
nd windows of his van and a fellow backpacker's car
e 27-year-old has been living in Hastings for three
months and working on an orchard. He lost his French
passport, credit cards and $200 cash, all of which had
been left inside the vehicle.
He said it was his second trip to Maraetotara Falls
after seeing its "beauty" earlier in the year.
" ere are many families, children up there. You don't
expect that people would be smashing in windows," said
the tourist who was on his rst trip to New Zealand.
e seven travellers have been staying at Nottingley
Villa, a Hastings backpacker facility, for several months.
Most of them have been working on Hawke's Bay
orchards over summer.
Nottingley Villa owner Lee Ta ord said it has been
a "bountiful season" for thieves with so many break-ins
at the falls, carpeting the carpark in "50% gravel, 50%
glass". --- APNZ
Visitors victims of daylight
thefts at popular tourist spot Auckland
Die-hard music fans
willing to breach bail
conditions and jump
fences were among a
small number of trouble
makers at yesterday's Big
Senior sergeant Jason
Greenhalgh said only
seven arrests were made
at the Auckland event.
"Two of them were
for breaches of bail
conditions and there
were ve intoxication
Eight people had to
be evicted from the
Western Springs venue,
including two fence-
jumpers, he said.
Overall, the crowds
"It certainly was well-
run and well-managed,"
Mr Greenhalgh said.
According to police
records, about 33,000
attended the day's
ere were no
problems with revellers
after the event, Mr
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