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Police investigating a murder in
Hamilton are inter viewing a 19-year-
old man who handed himself in to
police in Auckland this morning.
Police had been searching a number
of Auckland properties looking for the
man following the murder of Sedrick
Tilley Tiatia at a Chartwell house,
police said. Mr Tiatia, 38, was found
at the house yesterday afternoon. He
had subjected to a serious assault and
despite the e orts of ambulance sta ,
he died at the scene. --- APNZ
Dead man named
A man who died at Matatoki
Quarry on Monday has been named
as 47-year-old Morrinsville resident
Gavin Wayne Stewart. Emergency
services were called to Matatoki
Quarry Road, near Kopu, just after
1pm. He is believed to have been hit
by a truck. --- APNZ
Ryder ruling reser ved
A decision on whether the man
accused of assaulting cricketer
Jesse Ryder outside a Christchurch
bar last March will have his case
dropped has been reserved. e
38-year-old defendant, who has
name suppression, is seeking to
have his case thrown out because of
pre-trial publicity. Defence counsel
Jonathan Eaton QC has lodged a
stay application in the Christchurch
District Court. At a behind-closed-
doors hearing before Judge Brian
Callaghan yesterday, all details and
evidence heard was suppressed.
Prosecutor Catherine Butchard
appeared for the Crown. --- APNZ
Pair rescued from cliff
A couple have been rescued from
a west Auckland cli face after a
woman fell while the pair were
trying to avoid a king tide. e man
and woman, thought to be in their
20s, were own o a steep cli in
Anawhata yesterday after the woman
slipped and fell about 10m. She
was "extremely fortunate" to have
sur vived with only minor injuries,
Westpac rescue helicopter crewman
Tinny Cannell said. e woman,
thought to be from the Auckland
area, was taken to Auckland City
Hospital with cuts and bruises, he
said. e man was unhurt. --- APNZ
Big scrub fire
Fire ghters were kept busy by a
10ha scrub re north of Wellington
yesterday. e hills behind Taita
College billowed smoke as re ghters
and helicopters with monsoon
buckets battled the large blaze, Fire
Service central communications shift
manager Craig Dally said. Emergency
services were called about 2.40pm
and took about three hours to get the
re under control. Crews remained
at the scene and stayed overnight
dampening down hot spots. e re
did not threaten property and no-one
was injured, Mr Dally said. --- APNZ
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Diversion ends in tragedy for tourists
A Tahiti-born conman jailed for
defrauding fellow Seventh Day
Adventists of $853,000 in a Nigerian
oil scam was highly likely to commit
similar o ences in the future, a Dunedin
District Court judge said yesterday.
Damas Tutehau Flohr, 69, was
sentenced to four years' jail but,
"alarmingly", still carried the "delusional
view these schemes, which can only
be described as scams, will deliver up
riches", Judge Michael Crosbie said.
Flohr, who had a commerce degree
from the University of Canterbury, had
charmed and pressured fellow church
members in Dunedin out of $853,215 in
2008 and 2009. He used his friendship
with his pastor and others to obtain large
amounts of money he said was needed to
free up millions of dollars being held for
him in a New York bank.
But the millions never eventuated and
seven of his fellow church members were
poorer by a total of $853,215.
e possibility of the victims being
repaid was negligible, given Flohr's age,
lack of assets and inability to earn a
living, Judge Crosbie said.
But despite his guilty pleas, he clearly
still believed there were mythical millions
waiting for him in the Bank of New York
Mellon. --- Otago Daily Times
e Crown has dropped its civil lawsuit
against protesters who damaged the
Government Communications Security
Bureau listening station at Waihopai in
ree protesters were acquitted of
causing intentional damage during a
protest at the site in 2008. e Crown
then led suit for damages worth
$1.2 million, Radio New Zealand
Adrian Leason, Father Peter Murnane
and Sam Land entered the grounds
of the station and de ated the dome
covering two antenna, claiming it was
helping what the United States called
the "War on Terror".
ey were acquitted in a criminal trial
and will now not face civil action either.
e three accused always said they
did not have enough money to pay the
damages sought against them.
No comment was available from the
Attorney-General. --- NZN
A diversion to look at sh turned
tragic for a minivan load of tourists
in Southland yesterday afternoon.
e driver, a Hong Kong man aged
about 50 was killed and nine injured
when the van collided with a bridge
barrier, left the road and came to rest
in the Mataura River.
e van, was about 4km along
Nokomai Road, between Athol and
Lumsden o State highway 6.
Senior sergeant Brian Benn, of the
southern district command, said the
man's Canadian wife, 52, two teenage
daughters and sister were among the
nine passengers --- a group of friends
and family thought to be living in
Hong Kong --- who managed to
help each other scramble out of the
e passengers unsuccessfully
attempted to pull the driver, who
was thought to have died on impact,
from the minivan, Mr Benn said.
e tourists left Queenstown
about 10.30am and were heading
towards Te Anau, but "took a
diversion" to take photos of sh and
Apart from the two teenagers the
passengers were all aged between
about 45 and 55.
One woman was own to Dunedin
Hospital with suspected chest
injuries, accompanied by another
member of the party who acted as an
e deceased man's wife was
own to Southland Hospital with
suspected spinal cord injuries. She
was in a moderate condition last
St John Queenstown station
manager Craig Downing said a
Chinese man was also own to
Southland Hospital with lacerations
and a head injury.
Mr Downing said the remaining
patients were taken to Southland
Hospital to be assessed.
--- Otago Daily Times
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e Prime Minister
arrived at Waitangi's Te
Tii Marae this morning
anked by security guards
and accompanied by
Mr Key was supposed to
have been welcomed on
to the marae at 10am but
was delayed more than 90
minutes by a group calling
for his sacking.
e reworks promised
by protesters opposed to
deep sea mining were surprisingly absent
from the powhiri, with many holding
signs that were more environmentally
focused than demanding the Crown
honours the treaty.
e marae, which is packed with
media, has been calm this morning with
e diverse group of Maori, Pakeha,
Paci c islanders and members of the
Mana and Greens parties converged
on Te Tii Marae at Waitangi to protest
against deep-sea drilling in the Far
North and to raise other environmental
e group, which began a hikoi at
Cape Reinga, were largely peaceful and
good-natured but some members began
shouting at Mr Key's sizeable entourage
that included a number of National
ey were led on to the marae by kuia
Titewhai Harawira and her daughter,
Hinewhare, who was yesterday ejected
from the marae during a visit by
Governor-General Lieutenant General
Sir Jerry Mateparae.
Hikoi organiser Reuben Taipari-Porter
said the group wanted to voice their
concerns about deep-sea drilling.
Gary Little of Herekino, in his 60s, said
he was marching "for New Zealanders'
Mr Little, who has no
Maori ancestry, said it was
the rst time he had taken
such action at Waitangi.
He said he was proud to be
"I'm opposed to deep
sea drilling, the problem
is the Government isn't
listening," he said.
Labour leader David
Cunli e, who recently
relations between his party
and Maori, was to go on to
the marae after Mr Key.
Locals from Te Tii Marae said the
occasion had been "fairly low key
and tame" compared with previous
Among the rst politicians to arrive at
Te Tii Marae was Green Party co-leader
She was with the hikoi of about 70
protesters opposed to deep sea oil
drilling and mining.
"We support the kaupapa of the hikoi.
is is about protecting our oceans. John
Key is not listening to the community
about this and the community is
bringing it to him. at's the right thing
to do," she said.
At the head of the hikoi when it
arrived at the marae entrance, the Mana
Party's Annette Sykes red a salvo at
Maori judges and lawyers, who she said
were "given elite status" while poor and
dispossessed Maori were "left outside".
Inequality in the Maori world was now
a "fundamental issue", she said.
Government ministers including
Economic Development Minister
Steven Joyce were forced to wait outside
the marae shoulder to shoulder with the
protesters but with little apparent ill-
feeling until the hikoi was taken on to
the marae by Titewhai Harawira.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
e man found guilty of kidnapping
and murdering Hamilton woman
Rae Portman will serve at least 21
years in jail.
Paraire "Friday" Te Awa, 33, was
sentenced in the High Court at
Auckland today to life imprisonment
with a minimum non-parole period
of 21 years.
Dean Michael Addison, 36, will
serve 12 years in jail for kidnapping
and two drugs charges. He must serve
a minimum term of six years rather
than being eligible for parole after a
third of his sentence.
e men were found guilty at a jury
trial last year but Te Awa's lawyer
Peter Kaye said his client felt "utterly
hopeless" ahead of his lengthy prison
"He continues to deny any
responsibility at all for the murder
of Ms Portman. He maintains totally
his innocence of the charges," he told
the court today.
Ms Portman, 32, went missing in
June 2012 after last being seen in a
Mount Albert hotel. Her body was
found dumped in a pit and covered
in rubbish bags on an Ardmore farm
near Auckland three months later.
She was four months' pregnant when
she was killed.
e court heard that Te Awa
hog-tied, gagged and covered Ms
Portman with a sheet. He put her in
the back of a car, before driving from
Papakura to Hamilton where he
strangled her with a motorcycle strop
at an industrial site.
Addison ordered the kidnapping
of Ms Portman, who was involved
in drug dealing, to teach her a lesson
o ending described by Crown
persecutor Kieran Raftery as "cruel"
Justice Kit Toogood said the
slightly-built Ms Portman would
have felt unbearable stress in the nal
moments of her life. In the car she
was crumpled into a small space and
would have found it hard to breathe.
"(A) description of the methodical
and unemotional way in which you
ended Ms Portman's life was chilling,"
he told Te Awa.
" e evidence that shortly after
the murder you appeared in a calm
and relaxed state . . . all suggest a
considerable disassociation from the
reality of taking the life of another
person. For those reasons I consider
you extremely dangerous."
Justice Toogood said he accepted
that Addison did not intend for Ms
Portman to be murdered, but he
was the "mastermind" behind what
"You are responsible for setting the
tragic events in motion. Your lack of
remorse borders on callous."
Ms Portman's mother Rebecca
Norton read a victim impact
statement in which she recalled
Addison's behaviour after the
He was a pallbearer at the funeral
and was welcomed Ms Portman's
family's house, telling her brother
Ben he would nd out who was
responsible for the murder.
Addison's wife was also shing for
information about what Ms Norton
"To me you are just as guilty of
her murder as Te Awa," Ms Norton
told Addison. "What do I feel about
Dean Addison? Nothing. What goes
around comes around."
e family house had since been
blessed to remove their sense of
Ms Norton described the stress she
has been under since her daughter's
death, saying she had post-traumatic
stress disorder over losing a "beautiful
woman" and her unborn grandchild.
She warned against getting involved
in the drugs under world. "In the end,
it's every man for himself."
Addison was also convicted of
supply of methamphetamine, and
possession of a precursor substance
for the purpose of manufacturing
A third man, Lee Rigby, is serving
a prison sentence for his part in the
kidnapping. At last year's trial he gave
evidence for the Crown. --- APNZ
Rae Portman's killer gets 21 years
PICTURE: Bay of Plenty Times
Wayne Cutforth with his three-quarter replica of the Supermarine Spit re.
A replica of one of the world's
most celebrated aircraft is nearly
ready to take to the skies after
a 16-year labour of love by
Tauranga pilot Wayne Cutforth.
e Spit re sits proudly in
his hangar at Tauranga Airport,
a testament to what can be
achieved by someone with a
passion for aviation.
Mr Cutforth said he had been
mucking around with aircraft all
his life, starting with models and
progressing to radio-controlled
aircraft and the real thing.
en one day back in the 1990s
he said to himself, "Bugger it, I'll
build an aeroplane."
He was drawn to the Spit re's
legendary qualities and bought
three-quarter scale plans put out
by Frenchman Marcel Jurca.
Working in his spare time, the
drawings were translated into
templates which then became
the real thing. Now the replica
of the plane that won the Battle
of Britain only needs its avionics,
propeller and a few bits and
e spray painter and aero club
pilot reckons he would have spent
about $100,000 on the aeroplane,
once it was ready for lift-o at a
still undetermined date.
"It is hand-made and built o a
set of drawings --- it is not like a
His knowledge of ying and
aptitude for things mechanical
meant the biggest challenges were
sourcing materials and nding
"It is like doing a great big
model, but you have got to know
Whenever he got stuck, Mr
Cutforth picked the brains
of Tauranga's knowledgeable
fraternity of aviation bu s,
including two aircraft engineer
Building the fuselage and wings
were the most time-consuming,
while setting up the undercarriage
and other specialised stu needed
the right advice.
e project looked so daunting
in 1998 that he deliberately
focused on one section at a time.
"Otherwise you would have a
With the project now drawing
to an end, he is savouring the
prospect of taking the aircraft
through its paces.
e replica was fully aerobatic to
plus 6Gs and minus 4Gs.
Running the engine in the
hangar drew favourable comments
about the noise it produced.
"Yeah, I was quite happy with
that," Mr Cutforth responded.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Replica Spitfire nears completion
A man accused of killing a New
Zealander in a Samoan prison cell has
been cleared of his murder after a judge
overruled a jury's verdict, it has been
Hans Dalton, 28, was being held in
Tafaigata Prison when his body was
discovered head- rst inside a water
drum on Boxing Day 2012.
His cellmate Jonathan Patrick Crichton,
22, was yesterday acquitted of his murder,
after initially being found guilty by the
four-person court assessors, or jurors.
Supreme Court Judge Lesa Rapi Va'ai
overruled the verdict, citing section 100
of the Paci c island nation's Criminal
Procedure Act 1972, which gives him
the power to do so, the Talamua news
Judge Va'ai said he would deliver
written reasons for his ruling on Friday.
A tearful Crichton --- who is serving
a life sentence for a 2012 murder ---
hugged his crying lawyer after the verdict
was announced, it was reported. He also
hugged Mr Dalton's mother Christine
Wilson, as well as Mr Dalton's brother
and nephew who had own from New
Zealand to attend the trial.
" ank God it has ended and I feel
strengthened by the court's decision,"
Crichton is reported as saying afterwards.
Mr Dalton, who had mental health
problems, was being held in a Tafaigata
Prison cell after becoming aggressive
when he lost access to his medication.
He had been on holiday in Samoa when
the island nation was hit by a cyclone.
Sta at the hotel he was staying in
called for medical assistance but when
Mr Dalton could not be calmed, he was
taken to the prison.
Prosecutor Precious Chan said Mr
Dalton was placed in the cell with two
other prisoners, including Crichton,
overnight on Christmas Eve 2012. His
condition worsened on Christmas Day,
and he again became aggressive.
It was in the early hours of Boxing
Day that his behaviour grew louder, and
he reportedly began swearing, calling
out, and punching the door and wall,
preventing Crichton from sleeping and
riling him into anger, the prosecution
He was later found head- rst inside a
44-gallon drum half- lled with water
--- used to ush the toilet --- inside his
prison cell. --- APNZ
A teenager who shot a crossbow bolt
through a cat's head will be having "a
big joke" with his mates after being
granted diversion and permanent name
suppression today, an animal advocacy
e 18-year-old Wainuiomata man
was charged with ill-treating an animal
under the Animal Welfare Act after the
incident last October.
e young man, who did not appear,
was granted diversion in the Hutt Valley
District Court yesterday after completing
He was granted name suppression after
concerns were raised about threats made
to him and his family over the internet.
Wellington Cats Protection League
president Susan McNair said this sent
the wrong message about animal cruelty.
"If you can get away with it, what does
that say to the next person? It's like 'I can
do whatever I want. I don't have to pay
anything, nobody's going to know it was
me'. It'll be a big joke between his mates.
"People should know who he is so they
can let him know how disgusted they are
Moomoo the cat was left with a bolt
through his head after the incident.
He had to have surgery at Massey
University Veterinary Teaching Hospital
to remove it. --- APNZ
An angry Kim Dotcom has
labelled the Prime Minister a
"spin master" after discovering
potential evidence in the upcoming
$6 million damages hearing has
Mr Dotcom said that Crown
lawyers admitted the information
had been deleted by the Govern-
ment Communications Security
Bureau --- winning fresh calls
for an inquiry into the agency by
Labour and the Greens.
e tycoon, who faces extradition
to the United States on copyright
charges, pointing to an assurance by
John Key on the GCSB last year. At
the time, the Prime Minister told
Parliament: " is is a spy agency.
We don't delete things. We archive
Mr Dotcom said yesterday: "He
told the New Zealand public in
Parliament that the GCSB doesn't
delete things. He said it archives
Mr Dotcom said the GCSB's
lawyers told him information sought
as part of the court process ahead of
the damages hearing had been "aged
o " its systems. e term means the
information had been deleted.
Mr Dotcom quoted Crown lawyers
as saying "some communications
have automatically aged o . We
propose to include .
communications still recoverable".
He said: "Look at Key's
wobbly spin of the facts, trying
to explain this away as yet
another misunderstanding. is
Government has serially broken the
law in my case and now they did it
Mr Dotcom, who is becoming
politically active through his
Internet Party, said: "I hope
the public can see that and will
kick him out of government
at the next election. Send him
back to his buddies in America,
where government law breaking
and overreach has become the
He said an independent inquiry
into the case would see Mr Key and
others "in court over the injustice
they have done to me and my
Mr Key said the information
was "raw intelligence" which was
required by law to be deleted.
"Essentially, legal documents that
are created by GCSB are held in
their system and archived forever.
Raw intelligence has to actually,
by law, age o the system if it's no
longer relevant or required."
Green Party co-leader Russel
Norman said information sought as
part of a court process is meant to be
preserved --- and doing otherwise
was "basic contempt of court".
"If it is true, then they are a rogue
agency operating in contempt of
the law and courts."
He said Mr Key was attempting
to distance himself from his
statement in Parliament, saying the
comments were made "in the most
"He has misled the House."
He said an independent inquiry
into the GCSB would be part of
an coalition negotiations after the
Labour associate spokesman on
security issues Grant Robertson
said he was concerned about the
implications of Dotcom's claims.
"If true, it speaks of an agency
that has operated where they don't
believe they need to pay attention
to the law." He said people would
ask why they should "trust an
agency like this if it's not going to
comply with the law ". --- APNZ
Dotcom on attack over deleted files
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