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A man who was forced to drive for
more than 1km after a gunman hopped
into his vehicle has told of the terrifying
Kieran Colmer was driving to his
parents' house after work when a man
carrying a gun opened his passenger
door and got in, instructing him to
e 22-year-old said he could
concentrate on only one thought during
the ordeal on Sunday afternoon.
"I just drove and tried not to get
shot," said Mr Colmer of his role in
the high-speed chase which led to part
of Takanini, in South Auckland, being
"At the end of the day you just do what
the guy with the gun says." e o ender
was travelling north on State highway 1
when police tried to pull him over about
12.30pm. A pursuit was called o when
his speeds exceeded 170kph.
After he got stuck in tra c coming o
the Takanini/Manurewa o -ramp, the
man abandoned his car, pointed his gun
at police and walked to the top of the
row of tra c --- where he spotted Mr
e gunman opened the passenger
door and got in.
Police said the gunman ran into a
family member's house. He was caught
when he tried to ee the house.
Yesterday, a 45-year-old Waikato
man appeared in the Manukau District
Court on six charges. He did not enter
any pleas and was remanded in custody.
e most serious charges were
kidnapping and using a rearm against
the police. He was also accused of
unlawfully possessing an AK-47 ri e.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
'You do what the guy with the gun says' --- motorist
Radio Live presenters were told to
stay away from public places and not to
attend their children's sporting events
or do their own shopping as the station's
management sought to shut down the
media storm around John Tamihere
and Willie Jackson's questioning of a
female talkback caller during the Roast
e instructions from Media Works
group communications manager Rachel
Lorimer to Tamihere, Jackson and
fellow hosts Karyn Hay and Andrew
Fagan are contained in an e-mail in
a sworn a davit led by Tamihere as
part of a lawsuit that alleges breach of
contract and defamation over his exit
from the company.
e controversy was sparked by
an interview Jackson and Tamihere
conducted with a caller called "Amy",
who said she went to school with
alleged victims of the Roast Busters.
Comments made during the interview
led to a social media campaign aimed at
Radio Live sponsors.
Tamihere is seeking damages of over
$620,000 in a suit led with the High
Court on December 23 last year.
A copy has been obtained of
Tamihere's statement of claim and
sworn a davit.
Tamihere claims Media Works had
agreed to renew his $10,000-a-month
contract for 2014 and he is suing for
the full amount after the contract was
not renewed following the scandal.
Tamihere alleges Media Works
intentionally damaged his reputation.
e company failed to follow an agreed
strategy to manage the publicity around
his departure from his talkback show,
instead announcing via a tweet linked
to a story on its website that Alison
Mau would replace him as Jackson's co-
host in 2014.
Tamihere alleges Media Works also
failed to publish the ndings of an
internal complaints review process
that found Jackson and Tamihere's
inter view with "Amy" had not breached
any broadcasting standards.
Tamihere claims the e ect was to
allow the public to think Tamihere
had been red for misconduct over his
role in the inter view but that Jackson
had done nothing wrong. Tamihere's
defamation claim is for $500,000 in
damages plus costs.
A Media Works spokeswoman said
the company opted not to renew
Tamihere's contract at the end of 2013,
as was its right. "Our position is that
his allegations have no substance," she
said. "We will le our defence to the
proceeding in due course."
An e-mail chain in Tamihere's
a davit reveals that Media Works
went into "damage control mode" after
advertisers reacted to a social media
backlash following the Amy inter view
by pulling their advertising from the
"I need your full support to ensure
we don't provide further oxygen to this
story", Media Works' general manager
for talk brands Jana Rangooni wrote in
an e-mail dated November 8.
Her directive "not to discuss the
Roast Busters story" did not meet with
universal approval. Hay, who co-hosts
the 7pm-10pm weeknight show with
Fagan, replied that not talking about
Roast Busters "will make us look like
we have obviously been gagged". She
suggested avoiding talking about the
story would "make it bigger than just
fronting it out sensibly".
"I can assure you fronting it out
sensibly is not working", Mrs Rangooni
As well as being directed not to discuss
Roast Busters, Radio Live's presenters
were instructed not to discuss the fact
that they had been banned from talking
about Roast Busters.
"I do not want this editorial directive
discussed on air or with anyone outside
this e-mail group as it in itself could
be another "angle" in the continued
storm raging," Mrs Rangooni's e-mail
Mrs Lorimer's e-mail --- forwarded by
Mrs Rangooni --- advising presenters
how to hide from the media was sent
later that day.
" e last time I saw something
like this it resulted in Paul Henry's
resignation from TVNZ, for no very
good reason," it said.
Tamihere's lawyer, Mark Ryan, said
he had a strong claim against Media
"Media Works had an internal
investigation which completely cleared
Mr Tamihere of any wrongdoing. at
information hasn't been made public."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
sues for $620,000
Federated Farmers chief
executive Conor English said
he would not rule out a career
in politics when he steps
down as head of the group in
July, although he thought the
prospects of joining brother Bill
in Parliament were slim.
English, the youngest of six
brothers, including Finance
Minister Bill English, said
he would resign from the
organisation on July 23 --- a day
before his 50th birthday --- to
pursue other interests.
"After a great Christmas break
and a great deal of thought,
I have decided it is time for
me to move on and do other
things," English said.
By July, English
would have been
Farmers for six
years as chief
for 10 years
including a stint
in the 1990s when
he worked as a
He worked as a
and adviser in
Parliament from 1995 to 1999.
English said the timing was
right given Federated Farmers
president Bruce Wills would
step down in July as well.
"Agriculture in New Zealand
is just full of opportunity, and
out and participate
in some of that
relaxed. I'm talking
to a range of
people about a
range of things,
really." Asked if he
would consider a
career in politics,
"Probably not, but I'm not
ruling anything in and I'm
not ruling anything out."
During his tenure at Federated
Farmers English said farming
had undergone a big change
where demand for products
had shifted from the more
traditional markets in the west
to the newer markets of the
" e fundamental change ...
is that we have have had this
big shift away from producing
stu and sending it to markets
where there is more supply
"Now we have diversi ed
our markets, and the free trade
agreement with China has
made a di erence. Today there
is more demand than supply,
so that has translated into
improved prices." English said
agriculture in New Zealand
is on a strong footing and
the prospects are "very, very
positive". --- APNZ
English to step down from
Federated Farmers role
A State primary
school is giving
each of its students
an iPad for their
own use --- and says
were enough to pay
for the project.
About 250 new
iPad minis were
given to children
starting the new year at Te Akau ki
Papamoa, a decile 4 school in Bay of
A further 45 tablets have been ordered
for late enrollers.
So far the school has invested about
$50,000 to ensure all its senior students
have their own device. ey retail for
about $450 each.
Hundreds of schools around the
country have implemented "bring your
own device" (BYOD) policies, where
students are either told or allowed to
bring electronic devices such as iPads or
laptops to assist their learning.
Principal Bruce Jepsen said that
concerns about such policies creating a
"haves" and "have-nots" situation meant
his board of trustees chose a di erent
He said another problem with students
bringing their own devices was the
variety, which could hinder teachers
trying to corral a classroom full of
di erent technology.
e school already had about ve iPads
in every classroom --- around 150 across
its 500 students.
received an iPad
plan is to extend
the programme to
the junior school
schools would balk
at the cost, Mr
Jepsen said it had
been possible with
careful budgeting and some fundraising.
A Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust
subsidy will pay 50% of the initial
$101,000 cost. But Mr Jepsen insisted
the school was committed to the
initiative with or without assistance,
with another $60,000 budgeted for that
"( e grant) means we are able to
progress the second phase of rolling out
to the junior school a lot quicker."
Katrina Cruze, who has two boys at the
school, said the scheme would expose
the students to technology that would
play a huge part in their lives. And that
would happen regardless of their family
"You have parents dropping the kids
o in Range Rovers, and parents walking
because there's no car. And they're all
getting that same start."
Mr Jepsen said security was an issue.
e eventual aim was for students to
take the iPads home with them, but for
now they were being stored at the school.
He said it had a CCTV and alarm
system, and was patrolled by security
guards. --- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
School gives iPad
to every pupil
Hospital is on alert
after an outbreak of the
stomach bug norovirus.
More than one ward
has been a ected by the
virus, the hospital said,
with sta and patients
also becoming sick.
Viral gastroenteritis, or
norovirus, is a stomach
bug which causes nausea,
cramps, diarrhoea and
Several people have
been admitted to
Middlemore with the
illness in the last few
days, it said, with some
patients transferring the
bug to other patients and
"As of today, there are
11 patients and three sta
a ected," the hospital
said in a statement.
It has called on people
to avoid visiting the
hospital if they are
showing signs of the
illness, and to make
sure they are thoroughly
washing their hands.
"We are asking that
anybody who is visiting
patients at Middlemore
Hospital be well and
show no symptoms of
illness and have been
symptom-free for at least
two days," it said today.
"Visitors to a ected
wards of the hospital
may be asked to wear
gloves and gowns before
entering. We do not
children in to the hospital
during a norovirus alert.
"We are also asking
that visitors perform
rigorous hand washing
with soap and water
before and after visiting
gel is not e ective for
continues to provide
protection for other
hand hygiene measures."
e public is also
being advised to wash
their hands with soap
and water after using
the toilet and before
An elderly paedophile sexually
violating children in his weekend
home in Masterton has been
named and sentenced to home
Geo rey Cyril Trethewey, 89, was
convicted of more than 40 counts
of historic sexual o ending against
children as young as seven, in the
Wellington District Court last
He had initially been granted
name suppression but it had lapsed.
Wellington police detective
Dave Bealing believed the former
podiatrist had a part-time practice
"He had a house that he was using
as a weekend home in Masterton
and he was bringing children over,"
said Mr Bealing.
He said o ending took place in
Wellington and Wairarapa over at
least three decades but the victims
that the police knew of so far, were
not from Wairarapa.
e o ences occurred from 1973
to 1991 and possibly later than this,
against children aged seven to their
early teens, he said.
"I believe there may be other
victims and I urge them to get in
contact with me." Trethewey plead
guilty to 42 charges, which included
attempted rape and sexual violation
against children under twelve years
He was sentenced to 12 month's
home detention and also ordered
to pay $30,000 in reparation for
emotional harm to his victims.
Mr Bealing said police laid
charges after receiving a complaint
from a female in 2011.
"An investigation located a
further nine women and one
man who also made complaints."
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
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