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Hunter shot dead
A 25-year-old hunter was shot
dead by a member of another
hunting party in Southland
yesterday. e man had been hunting
in Longwood Forest, 45km west of
Invercargill, yesterday morning when
he was shot in the chest. Police were
still investigating who had red the
fatal shot. --- Otago Daily Times
A motorcyclist was killed in a
crash involving a truck in Flatbush,
South Auckland, on Friday night.
Emergency services were called to
the scene at Stancombe Road shortly
after 7pm. A St John spokeswoman
said the motorcyclist died instantly.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Injured hunter rescued
A hunter reported missing in Te
Urewera National Park has been
found with a suspected broken
knee. Searchers began looking for
Northland man Tom Gordon, 58, on
ursday, after he failed to reunite
with his hunting party in the park on
Wednesday afternoon. e man was
own to hospital. --- APNZ
ree men armed with a rearm
and a knife robbed a Hamilton TAB
on Saturday night, police say. e
incident happened at the Frankton
premises on King Street, just before
10pm. Cash and personal items were
stolen, detective senior sergeant
Mark Greene said. Investigators
were keen to hear from anyone who
might have seen suspicious activity
in the area at the time. --- APNZ
Boy found safe
A nine-year-old epileptic boy who
was missing on Saturday night has
been found safe and well, police say.
Linkin Kuka left his west Auckland
home on Saturday morning to play
with a friend, and was expected
home in the afternoon. When he
did not arrive home by 5.30pm, his
family contacted police. He was later
found at a friend's home.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Four share Lotto
Four tickets, sold in Lower Hutt,
Hamilton, Papatoetoe and Orakei,
won their holders $250,000 each in
division one of Lotto draw No 1401
on Saturday. Successful numbers were
7, 10, 22, 24, 29, 38; bonus 36. Strike
numbers were 38, 7, 29, 34. ere
were two Strike Four winners, from
Nelson and Auckland, each taking
home $170,906. Powerball number
9. ere was no division one winner.
e Winning Wheel ticket was sold
in Palmerston North. e winner
from Auckland spun for $200,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9862: 6,
13, 14, 16, 25, 27, 43, 44, 45, 47, 50, 56,
60, 61, 66, 74, 76, 77, 78, 80. Draw No
9863: 3, 13, 18, 21, 25, 27, 28, 29, 33,
43, 44, 45, 54, 57, 61, 65, 68, 73, 77, 79.
Draw No 9864: 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 24,
29, 33, 34, 40, 45, 49, 50, 51, 55, 62, 68,
73, 80. Draw No 9865: 2, 4, 6, 15, 18,
23, 26, 27, 33, 34, 37, 41, 50, 52, 53, 54,
59, 60, 63, 75.
Pora released from prison on parole
Hundreds of New Zealanders
facing nancial ruin have ed the
country, leaving a quarter of a billion
dollars in unpaid bills behind them
--- and they cannot be forced to pay
According to the Ministry
of Business, Innovation and
Employment, 833 people left New
Zealand over the past decade for all
points of the globe, where they led
for bankruptcy to dodge compulsory
repayments. One such owed
Figures released under the O cial
Information Act show that since
2003, $225m debt has been racked
up, with just $308,700, or 0.13%,
repaid to unsecured creditors.
Labour commerce spokesman
Clayton Cosgrove says the
magnitude of debt is serious, and is
calling on the Government to forge
reciprocal deals with countries to
claw back money owed and help
average New Zealanders who have
been "done over".
e amount of overseas bankruptcy
debt has gone from $19m in 2008 to
$40m last year.
Insolvency and Trustee Service
national manager Robyn Cox said
most of those owing money headed
to Australia; 696 people led for
bankruptcy from across the Tasman
in the past decade.
e second-largest group of expat
New Zealanders in nancial strife
headed to Great Britain, followed by
the United States and Japan.
Others led for bankruptcy
from countries including Qatar,
Zimbabwe, Bulgaria, Finland and
the Ivory Coast.
After they le for bankruptcy,
very little money ows back to
New Zealand. e Insolvency Act
has no jurisdiction outside New
Zealand and authorities rely on the
individual choosing to pay back any
Records reveal that in 2007, no
money was repaid and in 2003, just
$184.36 was returned to creditors'
bank accounts. e most paid in any
one year was $86,185.65, in 2008.
In comparison, the 26,634 people
who led for bankruptcy in New
Zealand over the past decade were
subject to strict rules governing
personal nances in order to repay
their debt. ese included getting
permission to leave the country.
Mr Cosgrove said there was
a role for the State to attempt
reciprocal enforcement, starting with
"Surely there is a role for the
Government to use its muscle to go
to the Aussies and see if they can't
help in a reciprocal deal to pursue
these guys, who are basically doing
An arrangement for "dead-beat
parents" dodging child support
payments existed between the
countries and this model could be
used to get money from bankrupts,
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Debt fugitives owe $250m
A 28-year-old chef has appeared in
court over an attack on woman in a
central Auckland cemetery.
Victor Mykhailov appeared in
the Auckland District Court today
on charges of rape, unlawful sexual
connection, aggravated wounding and
e charges relate to an attack on a
woman at the Symonds Street cemetery
on March 15.
e woman su ered serious injuries in
Mykhailov was remanded in custody
He was charged with abduction,
aggravated wounding, sexual violation by
rape and four counts of unlawful sexual
connection over the March 15 attack in
the Symonds Street cemetery, police said.
Mykhailov, an Auckland resident, was
arrested on Saturday.
e attack featured recently on the
television show, Police Ten 7 and
detective sergeant Geo Baber said the
response after the show provided some
crucial information and the investigation
gained momentum from there.
e 34-year-old woman had her clothes
ripped from her body in the attack and
she was beaten and sexually assaulted for
about an hour before her attacker left.
e woman, battered and bleeding and
wearing only her shoes, managed to walk
to the street and asked a taxi driver to call
police before stumbling to the Langham
Hotel for help.
e attack was "very, very nasty" and
the victim su ered injuries including a
broken nose, bruising, cuts and serious
damage to her eye.
e victim spent days in hospital
recovering. --- APNZ
Convicted murderer Teina Pora
has been released from prison on
parole this morning, his lawyer has
Pora was granted parole late last
month, having earlier been denied
bail by the High Court at Auckland.
at application was made ahead
of a scheduled Privy Council hearing
in London later this year, where Pora
will appeal against his convictions
for the rape and murder of Auckland
woman Susan Burdett.
Pora's lawyer Jonathan Krebs said
Pora was released today, but he was
unable to say much more because of
a parole condition that forbids Pora
having any direct or indirect contact
with the media.
"I just hope the media and everybody
else leaves him alone and allows him to
get on with the process of reintegration
into the community after 21 years."
At his rst trial in 1994, Pora, now 38,
was found guilty of the murder of Ms
Burdett, who was beaten with a softball
bat in the bedroom of her south
Auckland home in 1992. Pora has since
spent about 21 year behind bars.
He had confessed to police but a
retrial was ordered as doubts began to
emerge about his involvement. After
that rst trial, serial rapist Malcolm
Rewa was convicted for raping Ms
His DNA was found at the scene
and at Pora's re-trial in 2000 the
Crown argued the two acted together.
Pora was again found guilty but has
now been granted leave to appeal
against the convictions. --- APNZ
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Four major United States
record labels are suing
Megaupload founder Kim
Dotcom and his associates
in an almost identical suit
led by six Hollywood
movie studios earlier last
Music labels Warner
Music Group, UMG
Recordings, Sony Music
Entertainment and Capitol
Records are suing for
copyright breach of sound
recordings, from which
they say the defendants generated more
than $US175 million in illicit pro ts,
while causing more than $500 million
in harm to copyright owners, according
to a statement by Recording Industry
Association of America.
Like the studio case, the record labels
have named Megaupload and associated
company Vestor Ltd, Dotcom, Mathias
Ortman and Bram van der Kolk. e
record labels are seeking a jury trial.
"According to the results of a
worldwide investigation by the
Department of Justice and the Federal
Bureau of Investigation, defendants'
copyright infringement scheme has
been wildly successful for defendants,
while causing widespread and extensive
harm to copyright owners," according to
papers led in the US District Court for
the Eastern District of Virginia.
" e massive copyright infringement
caused by defendants' lawless conduct
has harmed plainti s in ways that
cannot be fully measured and cannot be
fully remedied by monetary damages."
e civil case is the latest
Dotcom and his associates
were arrested in January
2012 at his Coatesville
mansion, and Megaupload
was shut down.
Dotcom, Finn Batato,
Ortmann and van der Kolk
last month lost a bid in the
Supreme Court to access
US government evidence
against them ahead of an
extradition hearing to the
US to face charges of mass
and money laundering of more than
Like the movie studios, the record
labels led their case in Virginia
because Carpathia Hosting, which
provided internet hosting ser vices for
Megaupload, is based in Dulles, Virginia.
e record labels similarly cited
Megaupload's 'abuse tool' as not
functioning in the way the defendants
represented to "frustrate copyright
owners' use of it and ensure that the most
popular infringing les would continue
to be broadly available on Megaupload
ey did so because "Megaupload's
business model depended on widespread
copyright infringement," the record
e record labels are seeking actual
damages and the defendants' pro ts, or
statutory damages for the infringement,
and an order permanently restraining
Dotcom and his associates from acting in
a way that may infringe their copyright.
A leader of Auckland's
believes she may be in
the rst batch of 800
State house tenants being
targeted for possible
eviction after the Social
takes over State house
allocation from today.
Dr Huhana Hickey, who
chairs Auckland Council's
Advisory Group, pays
market rent of $399 a week
for her three-bedroom
State house in Papatoetoe
because of her income of
about $52,000 a year as a
health researcher at AUT.
All State house tenancies
will be legally reviewable
from today under a Social
Housing Reform Act
passed last year, ending the
historic policy that a State
house was "a house for life".
A Cabinet paper says
the rst 800 tenants to be
reviewed in the nancial
year starting this June will be those
paying market rents who have no
children and are in "areas of adequate
supply of alternative housing options".
Dr Hickey, 52, ticks the rst two boxes,
although it is not yet known how the
ministry will de ne an adequate supply
of alternative housing.
e Cabinet paper says 27 of the
rst 800 tenants are "permanently and
severely disabled"and a further 136 are
aged 65 or over. Social Development
Minister Paula Bennett and Housing
Minister Nick Smith said in the paper
that they had decided not to exempt
disabled and elderly people from reviews,
at least initially.
"As reviewable tenancies become
embedded and we learn more about
clients and their situations, we will
consider whether there is any need for
exclusions of certain groups from the
reviewable tenancy process," they said.
Dr Hickey, who uses
a wheelchair because of
multiple sclerosis, is a
quali ed barrister and was
working part-time at the
Auckland Disability Law
Centre when she quali ed
for her State house in 2008.
She paid market rent from
"I wouldn't have
quali ed except that I had
disabilities and there was
no suitable housing in the
private sector," she said.
Another disabled tenant
had been in the house
before her, with ramps and
a modi ed bathroom.
She said she would be
happy to move into a
private rental but could
not nd one with the
modi cations and with
a fenced yard for her
mobility service dog, Finn.
"You need security of
housing for the elderly
and disabled because our
situation is not going to
change," she said.
Social Development Ministry general
manager Marama Edwards said no
disabled or elderly people would be
asked to leave state houses unless they
were able to do so.
" e review process will be carried out
carefully and will consider all peoples'
individual circumstances. Only people
who can a ord to and are able to sustain
moving into private housing will do
so. No one will have to leave a State
house without alternative housing being
available to them," she said.
Community housing agencies will
also become eligible for the same
income-related rent subsidies as
Ms Edwards said the ministry received
27 responses from community agencies
in response to a request for information
from agencies interested in providing
social housing, which closed this week.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Ministry takes over
State house allocation
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
It took more than 90 re ghters from Invercargill, Gore, Mataura, Pukerau, Tapanui, Riversdale and
Wyndham to control a re at Livestock Supplies, in Gore, last night.
A re destroyed an industrial
building in Gore last night.
It took more than 90 re ghters
about four hours to bring the re
in Railway Street under control.
It started about 6.30pm in
Livestock Supplies and by 7pm
plumes of dark smoke lled the
air above the Mataura River.
Fire Service Southland area
commander Bruce Stubbs said
the building was destroyed by the
re and sta had concerns about
the integrity of the outside walls.
e cause of the re was
undetermined, but investigators
would begin work on the site this
morning, he said.
Fire Service shift manager
Andrew Norris, of Christchurch,
said 11 appliances from
Invercargill, Gore, Mataura,
Pukerau, Tapanui, Riversdale and
Wyndham, as well as a hazmat
truck, attended the re.
Sta from Livestock Supplies
said they were not ready to speak,
when contactedlast night.
Southern district command
centre deployment co-ordinator
senior sergeant Brian Benn, of
Dunedin, said police evacuated
several houses, bars, cafes,
supermarkets and the town's
movie theatre because of concerns
about the toxicity of the smoke.
Mr Stubbs said a strong easterly
wind had made conditions
di cult for re ghters.
e wind was blowing in the
direction of a building where
lpg cylinders were stored, which
added to the danger, he said.
e re was 50-60m in size and
the heat had partially collapsed
Fire ghters were expected to
stay at the scene for some time,
A Gore resident said the re
was an "inferno" and he could
smell the smoke from his house
about 2km away.
Price Bros Ltd managing
director Ewen Price was about
to leave his Railway Esplanade
business when he saw a "glow".
"I sort of looked out and I could
see what looked like a ame," Mr
"It took hold pretty quickly.
Within 20 minutes or so, it was
really under way."
He believed the easterly wind
helped the re take hold and the
building was ablaze by the time
the Fire Service arrived.
--- Otago Daily Times
Firefighters battle huge blaze in Gore
e Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge arrived at Christ-
church's Council buildings late this
morning to cheers from hundreds
e royals walked to the entrance
of the building where they were
met by Mayor Lianne Dalziel and
Ngai Tahu elders.
A karakia was sung as the couple
walked up the walkway towards the
In a nod to Canterbury's colours,
Kate was wearing a red jacket with
black buttons, a red pencil skirt and
black belt and black shoes.
Her husband also continued the
theme with a red tie and a navy suit.
e duchess was wearing a Luisa
Spagnoli skirt suit for the occasion.
Following their o cial greeting to
the garden city, Prince William and
Kate entered the council building
to greet sta .
After that they headed to the
site of the Canterbury Television
building to greet more than 100
relatives of quake victims.
Despite a loud welcome on their
arrival, it was a sombre atmosphere
on the corner of Madras and
Cashel Streets as the royals paid
their respects to those lost in the
Relatives had attached bouquets
to a wire fence bordering the site,
and many were holding framed
photos of their loved ones.
ere was special wheelchair
access for those injured in the quake
to gain access to the site, which is
surrounded by empty sections and
new buildings --- a familiar sight in
the post-quake cityscape.
Police line the street and are
visible on nearby rooftops, and
crowds are also gathered down the
roads leading to Latimer Square
where Prince William and Kate
will do a public walk around after
Members of the public were
wrapped up warm in coats, scarves
and thick jumpers to wait in the
biting Christchurch cold this
Many are wearing red, white and
blue and waving Union Jack ags
like crowds that have met the royals
throughout the country over the
last eight days.
e duke and duchess spoke
at length with families of quake
Jayden Andrews-Howland, 15,
was killed in a bus. Jane-Marie
Alberts, 44, died in the PGC
building collapse. Maysoon Abbas,
61, died in the CTV collapse, and
Ian Foldesi, 64, was killed by falling
rocks on the Port Hills.
e conversations were cordial,
with smiles, rather than tears,
marking the occasion.
Mr Foldesi's family brought his
labrador dog Tetley, which found
his body, to the site.
e dog, which had a Union Jack
scarf tied around its neck, had been
lying on the grass but leaped up for
its royal guests.
Ms Alberts's family at the occasion
included her niece, Summer Oliver,
who was injured in the PGC
e duke and duchess was
scheduled to meet just four families
but the couple chose to cross the
grass to meet many more people,
including CTV receptionist Mary-
Anne Jackson who ed the building
just before it collapsed.
An elderly woman in a wheelchair
gave Kate a bouquet of owers.
A group of children asked
William how their New Zealand
trip had been.
"It's going well so far, no dramas,"
A cheer went out from the crowd
as the royal couple arrived by
van at the site with Ms Dalziel,
Earthquake Recovery Minister
Gerry Brownlee and Canterbury
Earthquake Recovery Authority
chief executive Roge r Sutton.
Some of the children among the
families of quake victims clapped as
the couple stepped into the grassed
Cathedral Anglican Bishop
Victoria Matthews and a choir song,
Hine e Hine, greeted the couple
at the Transitional Cathedral, a
cardboard design by prize-winning
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.
William said to the bishop as they
entered the tranquil setting, "Yes, it
is beautiful". --- APNZ
Royals meet quake families
A re in Porirua, described by police as
an arson, was discovered only when an
occupant of the house got out of bed to
use the toilet early yesterday.
" e occupant of a house in Champion
Street has gone to use the toilet and
discovered that her kitchen was ablaze,"
detective sergeant Christiaan Barnard
After raising the alarm, the woman
and the other two people at the at were
able to escape without su ering serious
injuries. e re was extinguished by the
" e re was limited to the kitchen
area, which su ered smoke damage," Mr
Barnard said. --- APNZ
A three-year-old boy was own to
hospital after being hit by a car near
Nelson yesterday afternoon.
Police say the boy was struck by an
oncoming car when he ran out between
two vehicles on Commercial Street in
e boy was own to Wellington
Hospital with suspected head injuries.
Boy hit by car
Dog bites man
A man was bitten by a dog while police
were attending a dispute between him
and his neighbour on the Whangaparaoa
Police were called to the property
to attend to the confrontation about
During the incident one of the
neighbours was bitten on his leg by
another man's dog, police said.
e dog has since been seized by
Animal Control o cers. --- APNZ
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