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Baby death inquiry
Waikato police are investigating
the death of a four-month-old baby
boy on Saturday night. e boy
was reported dead at a house in Te
Awamutu shortly after 9pm. Senior
sergeant Peter van de Wetering
said the death had been reported
to the coroner. "Investigations will
continue to establish the cause of it."
Man hurt in lift well fall
A man was seriously injured in a
lift well fall at Speight's Brewery in
Dunedin this morning. A St John
ambulance spokesman said the Fire
Service called for an ambulance to
assist at the Rattray Street brewery
at 9.12am. "We believe a person had
fallen down a lift well." e man was
taken to Dunedin Hospital.
--- Otago Daily Times
Rock fall victim named
An elderly passenger killed after
rocks hit the car she was in has been
identi ed as 75-year-old Heather
Joy ompson, of New Plymouth.
She was on her way to a reunion in
Waihi with her sister when rocks
struck the car on State highway 3,
near Waitomo on Friday morning.
Police have identi ed the
motorcyclist killed in Friday night's
crash in the Bay of Plenty as Rotorua
man Aterea Paurini Daulton Moke,
29. e scene on State highway 33,
south of Paengaroa was examined
by police, who said they believed a
second vehicle may have unknowingly
struck Mr Moke after he had come
o his motorcycle. --- APNZ
Christchurch was shaken by a
shallow 4.0 magnitude earthquake
yesterday. e 8km-deep quake
struck 10km south-east of the city at
10.25am, GNS Science said. More
than 1000 people reported feeling
the quake. ere had been no reports
of damage. --- APNZ
Two Lotto players in Auckland and
Christchurch won $1 million each
in division one of draw No 1399 on
Saturday night. Successful numbers
were 4, 10, 13, 19, 21, 24; bonus 31.
Strike numbers were 4, 19, 13, 10.
One ticketholder from Napier won
$608,230 in Strike Four. Powerball
number 6. e Powerball prize was
not struck and is now $7.5 million.
e Winning Wheel winner from
Auckland spun for $100,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9834: 12,
13, 19, 24, 28, 36, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46,
51, 54, 57, 63, 64, 73, 76, 79, 80. Draw
No 9835: 2, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 17, 37,
38, 42, 47, 48, 60, 64, 65, 66, 72, 73, 79.
Draw No 9836: 1, 4, 10, 19, 21, 22, 25,
31, 43, 51, 55, 56, 58, 68, 71, 72, 73, 74,
78, 79. Draw No 9837: 2, 4, 5, 14, 17,
22, 23, 29, 30, 34, 35, 36, 39, 46, 50, 55,
69, 73, 77, 78.
Paroled Pora 'over whelmed'
Five people were injured in a two-car
crash in Wairarapa yesterday.
Police said the vehicles collided at the
intersection of Perrys Road and East
Taratahi Road, between Carterton and
Masterton, about 10.50am.
An ambulance communications
spokesman said one person su ered
moderate injuries and four people
su ered minor injuries.
Two patients were taken to Masterton
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Five hurt in crash
A New Zealand wingsuit pilot has died
after crashing into a eld following a
jump from a helicopter over Switzerland's
Dan Vicary, 33, died alongside fellow
wingsuit pilot Ludovic Woerth from
France on Saturday. A third man was
Alongside his wingsuit pursuits Mr
Vicary, from Invercargill, was also a
professional base jumper and skydiver.
He lived in Switzerland with his
wife Lisa Hutchins. e couple had
recently celebrated their third wedding
Mr Vicary had completed more than
450 wingsuit ights, 6000 skydives and
750 base jumps.
He was well known in the adventure
sport world and tributes were being
posted on his Facebook page from
around the globe.
Jonathan Touchard said losing Mr
Vicary was "truly devastating and a big
hit in the face". He said the 33-year-
old had an "awesome and positive"
Mark Williams said Mr Vicary was
"an inspiration to all who push life's
"People like him, that live his dream,
should inspire the world to be a better
place to live," Dani Lo said.
Mr Vicary visited New Zealand earlier
this month, spending time in the South
Island lming wingsuit ights.
He enjoyed his time here, writing about
the trip on his Facebook page.
"New Zealand was incredible --- as
always I was blown away by beautiful,
untouched scenery out there in the
Southern Alps," he said. --- APNZ-New
Teina Pora is "overwhelmed" by a
Parole Board decision that will see
him released from prison after more
than 21 years, his lawyer says.
Following a hearing in Auckland
today, the Parole Board said Pora was
being released on parole because he
no longer posed an undue risk to the
safety of the community.
Pora's lawyer Jonathan Krebs said
afterwards that they were extremely
happy with the decision.
"It was an emotional moment for
"He's got a bit of time until the
Parole Board decision actually kicks
in but he's overwhelmed.
"It's been more than 21 years since
he was locked up and so now he
understands that he's going to go to
bed each night in the community - it
will take a little period of adjustment
" e big message from the Parole
Board today is that they trust him,
they don't want him back. ey wish
him well and hope that he takes all
the opportunities that have been
a orded to him to reintegrate back
into the community," Mr Krebs said.
Pora will be released at an
e Parole Board said the reasons
for its decision would be released
as soon as they were available and
it would not be making any further
Pora has been granted leave to
appeal against his convictions to the
Privy Council in Britain.
He was declined by the High Court
on Friday after Justice Graham Lang
ruled that at present there was no
recognised jurisdiction to grant bail to
a sentenced prisoner pending appeal
to the Privy Council,
Pora, 38, has spent 21 years behind
bars for the 1992 rape and murder of
Susan Burdett in Auckland.
e board today raised concerns
about the levels of media interest
Pora's case had attracted and as a
result had added a condition to his
release that he did not interact with
the media, Mr Krebs said.
Pora remained a convicted murderer
and his parole was granted with strict
conditions, Mr Krebs said.
At his rst trial in 1994, Pora was
found guilty of the murder of Ms
Burdett, who was beaten with a
softball bat in the bedroom of her
south Auckland home.
Pora had confessed to police but a
retrial was ordered as doubts began to
emerge about his involvement.
However, at the retrial in 2000, Pora
was again found guilty.
After Pora's rst trial, serial rapist
Malcolm Rewa was convicted of
raping Ms Burdett.
His DNA was found at the scene
and at Pora's re-trial the Crown
argued the two acted together.
But Mr Krebs said that ignored the
fact they were associated with rival
gangs and that Rewa had an erectile
at the retrial jury was not told of
Rewa's problem was down to error on
the part of Pora's then lawyer, he said.
Pora is due to face the Privy Council
in October or November.
Tim McKinnel, a private investigator
working with Mr Krebs on Pora's
behalf, said it was the eighth Parole
Board hearing they had attended with
"It's a challenging process for him
and it's just sheer relief for him to
know that he's got a date and that's
something he'll focus on now, although
very much at the forefront of his mind
is the Privy Council appeal," he said.
Planning for the appeal would
be easier with Pora's release, Mr
"At a practical level some of the
conditions will be eased in terms of
our communication with him and
we'll be able to sit down with him
whenever we need to so that'll help."
Ingrid Squire, also a lawyer
representing Pora, said although it
was a happy day for them and Pora's
family, they had not lost sight of the
fact that Ms Burdett's family had lost
"Our thoughts, as always, go out to
the Burdett family."
Pora's release date had yet to be
announced, however it would not be
this week, Mr Krebs said. --- APNZ
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If re chiefs had not gone
"missing in action" during the
major event they had trained their
whole lives for, Alec Cvetanov
believes his wife might have been
pulled alive from the rubble of the
Canterbury Television building.
e six-storey Christchurch
o ce block collapsed in the
February 22, 2011 earthquake,
killing 115 people.
A much-awaited coroner's
report into the deaths of eight
people who survived the collapse,
but died before they could be
rescued, is out today.
e 20,000-word report
clears "outstanding, courageous,
and sel ess" search and rescue
teams of contributing to the
deaths of Tamara Cvetanova of
Serbia, Cheng Mai of China,
Japan's Rika Hyuga, and Jessie
Redouble, Emmabelle Anoba,
Ezra Medalle, Reah Sumalpong
and Mary Amantillo, all from the
But father-of-two Mr Cvetanov,
who managed to speak to
his trapped wife six times via
cellphone and told rescuers of
her exact location, says Coroner
Gordon Matenga then contradicts
himself by saying, "more
people, more resources, better
communication and a better
structure . . . may have improved
the chances of saving more lives".
Mr Cvetanov, 53, says better
communication and direction
from top brass would have saved
"I believe the outcome would
have been much better. at
doesn't necessarily mean that
Tamara is rescued, but more
people would have been."
e inquest in late 2012 heard
that crucial rescue gear was
not made available to all CTV
rescuers as they scrambled over
the mountainous debris of twisted
steel and shattered concrete.
e New Zealand Fire Service,
which runs the USAR teams,
was meant to be the lead agency
at the site, given the re, which
broke out in the lift shaft.
Two USAR teams scrambled
from the North Island were
separated from their gear ---
against international guidelines
--- and arrived after a team from
Australia. Rescuers working on
the eastern side of the collapsed
building where Dr Cvetanova was
known to be alive, did not know
about critical cutting equipment
and listening devices being used
on the western side.
Had the gear been made
available, Mr Cvetanov believes
his wife, a 42-year-old Serbian
paediatrician who was studying
English at the King's Education
language school on the fourth
oor of the building, could have
been pulled out alive.
Such organisation and decisions
should have been made by Fire
Service executive o cers.
But Mr Cvetanov says the 13
executive o cers in the city that
day went "missing in action".
ey failed to take charge of the
disaster zone, set up an incident
control point, and manage
resources and manpower.
Coroner Matenga found it
"di cult for me to understand"
why they failed to step up.
" is goes to the heart of what
happened," Nigel Hampton, QC,
who represented the Cvetanov
and Hyuga families at the inquest,
" e people on the ground
did superb work, did everything
possible within their constrictions
to get out trapped people.
"Where they were let down, in
terms of personnel, in terms of
resources, equipment and so on,
was in the structure above them.
"Why would 13 executive
o cers not impose an incident
control point at the site and not
take command of that site? As
Captain (Ernesto) Ojeda said, the
coroners only expert, why would
you not want to play in the game
that you trained for all your life?
Why would you go missing?
When they go missing, then all
those command structures and
the control that should have been
there, go missing as well."
e coroner made eight
recommendations aimed at
improving New Zealand's future
search and rescue operations.
e Fire Service says it has
already either completed, or
started work, on all of those
recommendations. --- APNZ
Coroner slates Fire Ser vice brass
PICTURE: The Star
CTV sta comfort each other as rescue personnel work to rescue people trapped in the collapsed CTV
Nearly three-quarters of
New Zealanders believe
the gap between rich and
poor has increased under
six years of National
Government and almost
two-thirds feel they are
no better o or have gone
backwards, a Herald-
Digipoll survey suggests.
Forty-four per cent of
the 750 New Zealanders surveyed this
month said the gap between the rich
and poor had got a lot bigger over the
past six years.
A further 30% said it had got a little
bigger. Just over 22% said it was about
the same, and only 3% believed the gap
One-third of those sur veyed felt they
were now better o nancially since
National became the Government,
30% said they were about the same and
virtually the same number said they were
worse o . Eight per cent were unsure or
did not know.
Labour leader David Cunli e said
people "really know in their heart of
hearts that gap has widened too far".
"It's borne out in all the data and there's
no hiding it and it's a terrible thing for
New Zealand. It undermines the New
Zealand way of life, New Zealanders
know it and they're not going to vote for
more of it.
" at's why things like a capital gains
tax and a lift in the top marginal tax rate
will provide resources that can be given
to give a hand up to the more vulnerable
and help close up some of those gaps."
rough a spokesman, Deputy Prime
Minister Bill English said the fact the
poll showed most New Zealanders
felt better o or the same about their
situation "is encouraging given they
have been through a large
recession and the global
nancial crisis in the past
But the fact that three-
quarters believed the wealth
gap was widening showed
"they are concerned that
others may not be doing
so well --- despite the best
available data showing no
evidence of rising income
inequality over the past decade".
While it increased in the late 1980s
and early 1990s, and decreased between
2004 and 2007 because of Working for
Families, income inequality has gone
up and down in o cial measures since
aftermath of the global nancial crisis
and there is no clear trend higher or
But Labour Party nance spokesman
David Parker said income inequality
in New Zealand remained above the
OECD average, "and we know that the
income measure of inequality excludes
capital gains, which are unusually
untaxed in New Zealand".
" e entrenched inequality that comes
from long-term income inequality gets
worse every year and you see that in
falling home ownership rates."
Mr English said that while "a number
of families are still nding their situation
challenging, on average wages are rising
a bit faster than the cost of living,
interest rates remain not far o 50-
year lows, the Government is ensuring
more houses are being built and we're
investing billions of dollars to support
" e best way to help low-income
New Zealanders is through a growing
economy that supports more jobs and
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
growing --- poll
A pensioner scammed out of more
than $140,000 by a woman he met
on a legitimate dating site is ashamed
and embarrassed that he was deceived
for almost three years.
Police say he is one of thousands of
New Zealanders being sucked in, and
today the man is sharing his story to
prevent others being nancially and
e elderly man, who spoke on
the condition his name was not
published, is one of an increasing
number of people being tricked by
ey prey on the emotional
vulnerability of lonely or older people
and police say they are making
phenomenal amounts of money from
New Zealand victims.
e man met his scammer after he
signed up to a dating website. He said
he was very lonely at the time and
was desperate for companionship.
A woman who claimed she lived
in a small town in west Africa made
contact with him.
"We seemed to hit it o straight
away and she started to tell me about
her situation, which didn't sound the
best," he said.
e woman claimed she had little
money and lived with her young
daughter and elderly aunt in a town
that was fraught with danger.
As she and the victim became
closer, she suggested travelling
to meet him in New Zealand.
He was thrilled, and although he
was hesitant when she asked for
money to renew her passport and
for ights, he was assured she was
genuine because of their "natural"
But each time she purportedly set
o for New Zealand, something
went wrong. She told the man of
visa and passport issues and being
detained for trying to travel with a
large number of gold bars without
an export licence. Each time, she
needed more cash to get her out of
She never came to New Zealand,
but kept in constant contact with
the victim. He was soon sending her
money for her daughter's school fees,
uniform and swimming lessons.
He paid for a new laptop for his
"friend" and was sending regular
amounts to "maintain her".
e woman also conned him out of
$1000 each week, supposedly to pay
a security company to store her gold
bars, which she said were worth more
than $US28,000 ($32,320).
ere were times when he
questioned the woman or suspected a
scam, but each time she would come
up with a plausible explanation.
e requests for cash would stop for
a time, but as soon as she had his trust
again, she would slowly convince him
to keep making deposits.
He made the deposits through
money-transfer companies, and when
he was turned away from one because
it was concerned about how often he
was sending cash to Africa, he found
"I was sending her a lot of money
and getting into a lot of debt," the
He sold a large amount of property
to pay o that debt, but it did not
stop him sending the woman more
He is now $10,000 in debt.
Police were alerted to his frequent
money transfers and went to see him.
At rst, he did not believe what
they were telling him. He went
online to confront the woman, and
she "explained it all".
After several days going back and
forth with the Auckland city fraud
squad, he nally realised he had been
e man has now cut all contact
with the woman and is trying to
rebuild his life.
He feels lost, and cries as he tells his
story and realises the enormity of the
Detective senior sergeant Aaron
Pascoe said the man was one of
an ever-growing number of New
Zealanders being tricked through
"People used to rob banks, but they
don't any more, because with the
internet there's a more-modern way
to try to get money from people.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Pensioner loses $140,000 in love scam
Arguments surrounding non-
scienti c evidence which will be
heard during Mark Lundy's murder
re-trial, were heard in the High
Court at Wellington today.
e double-murder accused was not
at court today during submissions.
Justice Alan MacKenzie
suppressed all details surrounding
the evidence discussed and
submissions from the Crown and
defence lawyers about the evidence.
A second pre-trial focusing on
scienti c evidence would be held
Lundy will face a retrial for the
murders of his wife Christine and
seven-year-old daughter Amber, in
Wellington on February 9 next year.
Last year Law Lords at London's
Privy Council quashed his
convictions and ordered a new trial.
In 2002, Lundy was sentenced to
a jail term of at least 20 years after
being found guilty of killing his
wife and daughter.
He was released on bail last
October to a location that is
suppressed. --- APNZ
Lundy case evidence hearing
Business high- yers Eric Watson
and Mark Hotchin have accepted a
substantial payout and called o their
defamation case against Bruce Sheppard.
e men sued Mr Sheppard, an
advocate for shareholders and now
an associate member of the Financial
Markets Authority, for $7 million
for defamatory statements made on
television and radio at the height of anti-
Hanover Finance sentiment in late 2009.
About 16,000 people with investments
totalling more than $500 million lost
most of their money following the failure
of Hanover and related companies and
the sale of assets to Allied Farmers.
NZ Warriors co-owner Mr Watson
and fellow former Hanover director Mr
Hotchin have accepted a retraction and
apology in what is believed to be a six-
gure settlement, which would make it
among the highest against an individual
in New Zealand legal history.
e parties agreed on a joint statement
in which Mr Sheppard acknowledged
the statements he made in inter views in
2009 "may wrongly have implied that the
plainti s were involved in transactions
that were criminal or fraudulent".
"Mr Sheppard acknowledges that any
such inference, which was not intended,
was incorrect and remains incorrect at
the date of this statement and he retracts
any such inference and regrets it."
e statement said Mr Hotchin and
Mr Watson accepted the comments
were not motivated by ill will.
e judge-alone trial, originally due
to start next week and since put back to
October, had been keenly anticipated.
Victoria University law professor Bill
Atkin said Mr Sheppard would almost
certainly have footed the plainti s' legal
bills and might also have paid out general
damages after conceding he had defamed
them. Prof Atkin said: " e statement
also shows some give and take because the
plainti s have withdrawn the suggestion
the defendant was motivated by ill will,
which used to be called malice. Such ill
will can negate a privilege defence that a
defendant might mount."
Last March, Messrs Watson and
Hotchin accepted a six- gure settlement
from the Shareholders' Association over
Mr Sheppard's comments.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Payout settles libel suit
dies on trail
A mountain biker su ered a cardiac
arrest and died while taking part in the
Nzo Moonride in the Whakarewarewa
Forest at the weekend.
St John ambulance was called to the
trail about 5.30pm on Saturday.
A St John Ambulance northern
communications spokesman said the
person su ered a cardiac arrest while on
e person was dead when ambulance
sta arrived. A spokesman from the
event con rmed the person had died but
did not want to comment further.
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
A 35-year-old Te Kuiti woman died
instantly, and a child survived, in a
single vehicle collision in Bay of Plenty
e vehicle was travelling east on State
highway 41 near the intersection with
State Highway 32 when the driver lost
control on an easy to moderate left hand
bend, police said.
e vehicle collided with an Armco
barrier on the opposite side of the road,
then slid a further 140m before colliding
with a tree and coming to rest in bush
on the left side of the highway. A six-
year-old passenger received only minor
injuries and was helped from the vehicle.
Excessive speed appeared to be a factor,
police said. --- APNZ
Crash claims life
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