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Woman un t for trial
e attempted murder trial of
an Invercargill woman has been
adjourned after the judge found her
un t to stand trial. Sucharitta Milton,
33, appeared at the High Court in
Invercargill yesterday, charged with
the attempted murder of her three-
week-old baby in September last
year. Senior sergeant Steve Aitken
said the court was satis ed on the
evidence given under section 14 of
the Criminal Procedure (Mentally
Impaired Persons) Act 2003 that
Milton was mentally impaired and
un t to stand trial.
--- Otago Daily Times
Elderly woman run over
An elderly woman died after being
hit by a car in Hamilton yesterday.
Emergency services were called to
the Horsham Downs Shopping
Centre in Rototuna about 10.20am.
Inspector Freda Grace said the
woman was pushing a shopping
trolley across a pedestrian crossing in
the car park when she was hit. She
su ered serious leg injuries and was
taken to Waikato Hospital where she
died a short time later.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Crash victim named
e elderly woman who died in a
head-on crash north of Wellington
on Tuesday has been named by
police. She was 84-year-old Gloria
Adair Good, of Waikawa Beach at
Levin. --- APNZ
Appeal thrown out
A Mongrel Mob member found
guilty of murdering a Rotorua
teenager by running him down
with a utility vehicle has had his
second appeal thrown out. Kawerau
Mongrel Mob member Quentin
Pukeroa was convicted and jailed
for the 2009 murder of 16-year-
old Jordan Herewini in Murupara.
His rst appeal was dismissed by
the Court of Appeal last year. He
went to the Supreme Court which
dismissed his second appeal in a
decision released yesterday.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Tannery fined for leak
Tasman Tanning has been ordered
to pay a total of $163,000 for a toxic
gas leak which saw six employees
receive medical treatment and two
being placed in medically-induced
comas. At sentencing yesterday in
the Whanganui District Court, the
company was ned $73,000 and
ordered it to pay $90,000 reparation
to the six workers treated, inclusive
of reparation payments the company
had already made.
--- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Big Wednesday draw
ere was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 440 last
night. Successful numbers were 2, 15,
20, 26, 33, 48; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9828: 1,
3, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 19, 21, 32, 36, 41,
42, 49, 56, 58, 60, 61, 64, 69. Draw No
9829: 5, 7, 11, 20, 22, 23, 31, 33, 36, 39,
41, 44, 45, 46, 51, 53, 54, 62, 68, 75.
Police cleared over fatal chases
Maori Television will today appoint
Paora Maxwell as the station's new chief
executive after months of wrangling and
controversy to nd a new boss for the
It is understood Maori Television
board chairwoman Georgina te Heuheu
will be accompanied by board members
to front sta at the station to announce
the appointment of Mr Maxwell, who
accepted a contract o er over the
It is understood the former children's
television producer will start his new job
Sources at the station believe Mr
Maxwell's appointment was moved
forward to today to avoid taking the
gloss o the station's 10th anniversary
A senior sta member said some sta
were anxious and disappointed while
others were "fatigued and resigned to the
" ere's been a feeling that it was
all inevitable, if anything, everybody's
feeling exhausted by it all."
e person said there were concerns
a petition opposing Mr Maxwell's
appointment that circulated last year
would reveal who signed it, although it's
understood former chief executive Jim
Mather blacked out the names in it.
" ere are quite a few people who
are clearly not happy about it so there
could be a few resignations," the person
Another source said there was an
element of fear that Mr Maxwell could
rein in the station's editorial department,
particularly after its Native A airs
programme highlighted nancial
discrepancies at the Kohanga Reo
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
head Maori TV
A homeless man who died violently
behind an empty shop on Dominion
Road had lost his wife and daughter
and his business before succumbing to
alcoholism and life on the streets, an
e body of Maqbool Hussain, 49, was
found at the garage he lived in behind a
former green grocery store in Balmoral
this week after su ering what police
described as a violent death.
Detective Inspector Chris Cahill said
Mr Hussain had been fatally assaulted
sometime between 6.30pm on Saturday,
March 22 and midday on Monday,
Police are still looking for his killer.
Mr Hussain had been living in the
same spot for the better part of a year.
"He had hit hard times and lived in what
some would call rough circumstances,"
Mr Cahill said.
Mr Hussain was originally from
Pakistan but had lived in New Zealand
He is survived by his estranged wife
and daughter, who live overseas.
Mr Hussain is the third homeless
person in Auckland to meet a violent end
in the past 12 months.
Auckland City Missioner Diane
Robertson said the streets were not safe
for homeless people at night.
"We get very concerned for people who
are sleeping rough.
"A lot of people feel quite vulnerable on
the streets and when something like this
happens it makes them feel a lot more
"I think anybody who's sleeping
rough and sleeping in exposed places
are vulnerable to being attacked. When
people are asleep they're at their very
most vulnerable because they can't
actually see if something's coming."
e problem was not Auckland's alone,
Ms Robertson said.
"Whether they're sleeping rough in
Wellington or Christchurch I think
anywhere that you have people who're
sleeping rough (they're at risk.)"
Earlier victims were Steven Harris, 54,
was stabbed to death in Myers Park in
central Auckland on September 4, 2013,
and Edwin Linder, 42, died on August
3, 2013, after being savagely beaten in
Mills Lane, central Auckland. --- APNZ
Police have been cleared over two
pursuits which claimed the lives of
ve young people last year.
e Independent Police Conduct
Authority (IPCA) found the crashes
in Auckland and Whanganui were
caused by the drivers.
e rst crash happened on Massey
Road, Mangere, following a police
pursuit on May 11.
Driver Dominic Stehlin, 19, and
passengers Viane Gaga, 18, Uesetini
To'o To'o, 18, and George Lomia, 20,
In the second incident, 21-year-
old learner driver Ayla Nelson-Boyd
was killed when a car crashed in
Whanganui on November 16.
IPCA chairman Judge Sir David
Carruthers said police had complied
with the law and police policy in both
"Both incidents were caused
by the actions of the drivers and
subsequently ended in tragedy," he
e rst pursuit started after Mr
Stehlin, an unlicensed driver who
had been prohibited from driving,
failed to stop for a red light and
sped along Great South Road in
e pursuit continued along State
highway 20, where he momentarily
lost control of his car and struck the
Mr Stehlin regained control of the
car and continued driving at speeds of
up to 160kph, but police abandoned
the pursuit in accordance with police
A second pursuit started after Mr
Stehlin overtook a patrol car at the
Massey Rd o -ramp. e pursuit was
abandoned after he showed no signs
e car lost control at a right-hand
bend 500m further down the road.
e car struck the kerb and slammed
into a parked Toyota Hilux on the
other side of the road.
Mr Stehlin and Mr To'o To'o were
e other two passengers died later
e IPCA found police complied
with the law and police policy
in starting the pursuits and with
regards to communication, manner of
driving, on-going risk assessment and
abandonment of the pursuits.
" is was a tragic accident caused
by the actions of Mr Stehlin, who was
driving dangerously and in excess of
the blood alcohol limit for a person of
his age," Sir David said.
" ese actions resulted in the loss
of life for four young people," he
e IPCA said the second incident
happened after Ms Nelson-Boyd
failed an alcohol test at a checkpoint
in Whanganui and had her keys
con scated by police.
Later that night, she got a spare set
of keys to her car and drove six friends
to a party in Bulls.
When she returned to Whanganui,
o cers in a patrol car suspected her
car was overloaded because of the
angle of its headlights.
Ms Nelson-Boyd failed to stop
when police activated their warning
lights, and continued to evade police
When the patrol car turned into
Swiss Avenue, the o cers saw her car
had collided with a tree.
O cers immediately noti ed the
police dispatcher and requested an
ambulance before helping the car's
Sir David said the pursuit lasted
just over two minutes in a residential,
well-lit area of Whanganui.
"Police complied with the law and
police policy in commencing the
pursuit and regularly assessed the
level of risk throughout the pursuit,"
"While in these instances the
authority has not found any breaches
of police policy, the authority is
continuing its discussions with police
about a review of policies connected
with the pursuit of eeing drivers," Sir
David said. --- APNZ
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Tram 17 is the last of its kind
from the Wellington electric
tramcar eet, built in 1904.
It has been through two World
Wars, seen people come and go
and trends change --- and now it
will be restored.
It sits in a workshop in
Gladstone --- waiting patiently
for wheelwrights Greg and Ali
Lang to give it new life.
Tramcar 17 was built by the
British Electric Car Company
of Tra ord Park, Manchester,
England under order for the
Wellington City Corporation in
Part of a variety of four-foot
gauge electric tramcars to start
with, it was later rebuilt along
with sister trams 13 to 20 as a
larger-capacity combination car
with a closed saloon as well as a
section of open seating.
It was operational until the late
1940s when it was taken out of
e Wellington Tramway
Museum has given the Langs the
job of conserving tram 17 while
"minimising any likely threats
to the fabric and heritage values
of the tramcar" and "enabling
the tramcar to be presented and
interpreted in an authentic form
that recognises its signi cance".
e aim is to have it operational
at the Wellington Tramway
Museum in Paekakariki.
Mr Lang said they are trying
to keep the tram as true to its
original form as possible, which
means keeping the majority of
the structural elements - save for
some parts which are completely
"It will be operational so it
needs to be sturdy," Mr Lang said.
Luckily the Wellington
Tramway Museum has "bits
and pieces" from similar trams
that have now disintegrated ---
making the Langs' job slightly
Making the job di cult is
sourcing the equipment for
everything apart from the
running gear (trucks) for the car.
is includes electrical
equipment such as motors,
controllers, resistance banks and
ere are no seats and ttings
and some doors are missing so the
Langs will have to source these
elements from trams and tram
museums in other countries.
Mr Lang said another di culty
is that any knowledge of the
tram structure is now largely
gone so they need to be careful
to document details of the tram's
structure while taking it apart.
e Langs expect the job to take
two years --- 4500 hours of work.
Ali Lang agreed that the
proposition was a tough one but
"once you get into the work you
can look back and say --- I did
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Two years of work ahead to restore tram
PICTURE: Wairarapa Times-Age
Greg and Ali Lang, of Gladstone, restoring Tram 17, the sole sur vivor of Wellington's rst electronic
trams, built in 1904. Below: Tram 17 in Cuba Street, Wellington.
On the eve of his Internet
Party launch, Kim Dotcom
has admitted owning a
rare copy of Adolf Hitler's
e Internet Party
launches its on-line push
for members today, but in an
interview with 3 News last
night, the German internet
entrepreneur said he had
bought a rare signed copy
of Hitler's autobiography
at an auction four years ago.
"I'm a (video game) Call of Duty player
right. It's all about World War Two and
how you play and I'm a big fan of that.
I've bought memorabilia from Churchill,
from Stalin, from Hitler."
But Mr Dotcom denied his ownership
of the book meant he subscribed to
Hitler's Nazi ideology.
"Well let me make it absolutely clear,
I'm not buying into the Nazi ideology.
I'm totally against what the Nazis did."
A spokesman for Mr Dotcom said the
Megaupload founder, who is ghting
a United States bid to extradite him
on internet piracy charges, decided
to go public over the book before his
He and his camp were aware of
"insinuations" that Mr Dotcom owned
the book which were "part of an ongoing
smear campaign that's been fomented
by various bloggers and opponents"
including Whale Oil blogger Cameron
" at's where it's been coming from by
and large. It didn't take a lot of rocket
science as it were what the general thrust
of these things were. It's something that
we thought we should front-foot."
Mr Dotcom indicated his copy was
dedicated to the man Hitler shared a
prison cell with when he wrote the book,
"so it was one of the rst prints and
probably the rst book he signed".
In April 2011, British auctioneer
Mullocks sold a rare signed rst-edition
Mein Kampf for about $35,000 to a
buyer reported as being
at edition was dedicated
by Hitler to Hermann
Esser, a founding member
of the Nazi Party who
was an inmate with Hitler
in Landsberg Prison. Mr
Dotcom said his World War
Two memorabilia including
Mein Kampf were worth a
lot of money, "and I think in
another 100 years that book
will probably go up in value
Jewish Federation of New Zealand
president Stephen Goodman said
Mr Dotcom's ownership of Nazi
memorabilia was upsetting and could
cost him support in New Zealand.
"We're always disappointed that
anyone wants to make pro t out of the
su ering of others and making pro t out
of Nazi war memorabilia shows great
disrespect to those who su ered."
Internet Party chief executive
Vikram Kumar said Mr Dotcom's
admission would not a ect today's party
e Internet Party formally launched
its bid to sign up the 500 members
necessary for registration at midday
today and will be the rst party approved
to use online and smartphone technology
to do so.
Mr Kumar said the launch at Mr
Dotcom's Coatesville mansion will also
see the release of a 10-point "Action
Agenda" giving prospective members the
rst detail of the party's policies.
Mr Dotcom's Mein Kampf admission
comes days after he and Mana Party
Leader Hone Harawira con rmed they
had been in talks over a potential alliance
to contest this year's election.
But Mr Harawira yesterday said
his party would work co-operatively
with any party that was committed to
changing the current Government "and
I don't think the Internet Party is ready
to take that stand at the moment".
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
e vintage steam locomotive AB795, seen here, and its sister AB778 sit
exposed to the elements in Kingston.
Kingston Flyer price drops
e asking price of $2.5 million for
the Kingston Flyer has dropped for
the rst time since the historic steam
train operation was shut down and put
up for sale almost a year ago.
Owner David Bryce, of Renwick,
said yesterday the new asking price of
$2.1m was because he had withdrawn
some residential land from the
Mr Bryce said he had "no plans"
when asked if the land, newly
separated from the Flyer package,
would be marketed in a separate sale.
Mr Chisholm said the reduced
land area of seven titles and asking
price of $2.1m made the sale more
attractive for someone looking to
buy the Kingston Flyer business and
associated land and buildings.
New Zealand travel consultant
David Rowell, of Seattle, is
understood to be aware of the matter
as it came up during discussions after
his o er in February to buy the $2.5m
priced package for $1.25m, which Mr
Other interested parties have been
advised of the new package now
available, Mr Chisholm said.
e updated Tourism Properties
listing on-line said the Quotable
Value rateable land value and
improvements value of the remaining
79.7051ha of land and associated
buildings totals $1,050,000.
--- Otago Daily Times
Water was o in parts of Tawa
yesterday morning after a major water
pipe burst under the south end of Main
Road. e 300mm main burst near the
intersection of Main Road and Oxford
Street, a spokesman for Wellington City
Council said. e ow of water had
damaged a large section of tarmac on
Main Road, so motorists could expect
disruptions while the pipe and the road
were repaired. --- APNZ
Water main bursts
e brother of pilot Daroish
Kraidy, whose plane is missing o
the Coromandel coast, says he may
yet be found alive.
e 53-year-old's aerobatic
biplane disappeared from radar
detection shortly after take-o on
Tuesday morning, and neither he
nor his homemade plane has been
Mr Kraidy's brother Deon, 51,
said last night that he was still
holding out hope for Daroish.
Speaking from his home in
Hoedspruit, South Africa, Mr
Kraidy said there was a chance
his brother had crash-landed
somewhere and was still alive.
e family in South Africa were
mostly holding together "all right"
as they awaited further news,
although their father "is not taking
it very well".
Today, searchers from police
are focusing one three di erent
locations around Coromandel.
e Auckland police launch
Deodar III and the police
national diving squad will focus
on Wainuiototo Bay, near where
another search team spotted
what looked like a small oil slick
yesterday morning. e oil slick was
not located yesterday but the police
diving squad will today conduct a
grid search of the area for any sign
of the missing aircraft.
Daroish Kraidy has a 21-year-
old son in New Zealand and a
24-year-old daughter in Australia.
He divorced his wife "not too long
ago", his brother said.
As well as Deon, his sister and
father also live in his native South
Deon --- who is also an aviator and
runs a ight training school --- said
Daroish was a "very experienced"
pilot who used to be a jet pilot in
the South African Air Force.
He had been a pilot for about 35
years, Deon said, and had lived in
New Zealand for the past "13 or
14" years. He had represented New
Zealand at the Precision Flying
No distress beacon had been
activated from Mr Kraidy's plane.
Pilot's family clings to hope
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