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A youth who threatened to post naked
photographs of a 14-year-old girl on
the internet if she did not have sex with
him has been sentenced on a charge of
The youth, 17, had convinced the girl
to send him sexually explicit photos of
herself via Snapchat.
He had been convicted and remanded
to yesterday after earlier admitting the
Dealt with by Judge Josephine Bouchier
in the D unedin District Court, he was
sentenced to five months’ community
detention and 12 months’ super vision.
The police summary said the defendant
was at his home communicating with
the victim via social media, between 9pm
and 11pm one night earlier this year.
‘The victim was previously unknown to
The defendant initiated topics of a
sexual nature and during the interaction
convinced her to send four photographs
of herself in various stages of undress via
As he was sent photographs, the
defendant encouraged the victim to send
more explicit photographs.
After receiving the photographs
through Snapchat, he was able to
screenshot the explicit images and save
them to a gallery on his cellphone.
When the victim became aware
the defendant had saved the naked
photographs and asked him to delete
them from his gallery, he threatened
her, stating that unless she had sexual
intercourse with him he would post the
naked photographs of her on the internet.
She reported the matter the next day.
During the reporting process, the
defendant was texting her, threatening
that unless she replied within a certain
time he was going to post the naked
photographs on the internet.
In explanation, the defendant stated
he thought he was able to obtain sexual
favours from the girl as she would not
want her naked photographs on the
Counsel Sarah Saunderson-Warner
said the defendant ’s naivety and delayed
social development were relevant to
the offending and an explanation for
him having “internet experiences rather
than more direct human interactions”.
He had received assistance for social
anxiety. Presentence material included a
The defendant had shown genuine
remorse and continued to be remorseful
for what he had done. He had family
support and was a first offender.
There was no opposition to Crown
counsel Robin Bates’ request for
destruction of the cellphone, Ms
“The police have had it since the day in
question. The images were saved on the
phone ‘and nowhere else’.”
With reference to the presentence
report, Judge Bouchier noted the
defendant said what he had done was
“pure stupidity”. He had not thought the
victim would go to the police.
His then regular use of synthetic
cannabis might have contributed to the
The judge also noted the victim said
she was “really scared” of the defendant
and that he might come after her and her
Imposing community detention (with
curfews) and supervision, the judge said
it was the most appropriate sentence
“given the defendant ’s first offender
status, his age and his early guilty plea”.
Special conditions of super vision
require the defendant to undergo
treatment and counselling as directed.
He is not to use or possess any internet-
capable device unless under the direction
of a probation officer or an approved
He is not to have contact, either directly
or indirectly, with the victim; and he is
not to possess or consume alcohol, illicit
drugs or any mind-altering substance.
The names of both the defendant and
the victim were suppressed.
There was also an order for the
destruction of his cellphone.
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The wife of a New Zealander missing on
Malaysia Airlines MH370 is spearheading
a new victims’ group pushing authorities to
release” information about the ill-fated
flight so it can be analysed by independent
Danica Weeks’ husband, Paul, was one
of 238 people on the Boeing 777 when it
vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to
Beijing on March
Mrs Weeks is on the committee for a
new group called Voice 370 — made up
of MH370 families. It already has more
than 300 members and has written an open
letter to the leaders of Malaysia, Australia
and China appealing for help to find their
“It has been 61 days since our lives took
this unimaginable turn and not knowing
what has happened to our loved ones gets
more painful as
each day goes by,” Mrs Weeks said.
“Until we find out what happened, we
cannot move on, we cannot grieve, and
it consumes our thoughts 24/7; it ’s a
harrowing, distressing and
“ We as a group are solely committed to
finding our loved ones and so far we have
been dissatisfied with the investigation
and with the release of the five-page
preliminary report that only raised more
questions than it answered, so we hope the
authorities take heed of our requests.”
The letter, signed by Mrs Weeks and
relatives of 10 other victims, was sent on
It said: “Our purpose is to support each
other, with the sole intention of finding
MH370 and our loved ones.
“ Due to the lack of physical evidence
that MH370 ended in the southern Indian
Ocean, the families are in urgent need for
the conclusion based on Inmarsat data
analysis that the aircraft ’s flight ended in
that ocean to be reconsidered to confirm
its accuracy. Further, if Inmarsat ’s analysis
is unable to rule out other flight paths as a
possibility, that fact must be acknowledged.
“Given the lack of tangible evidence of
what happened to MH370, in our view
data analysis that only indicates a probably
southern flight path is an insufficient basis
to support a definitive conclusion that no
other flight path was possible.”
Inmarsat is a company whose satellite
network was used to help deduce the
supposed final route of MH370. That data
was a major factor in the search being
moved from Malaysia to an area four hours’
flying time off Western Australia.
Voice 370 is “imploring” authorities to
release the raw satellite data “so that it can
be subject to broader analysis by relevant
“The satellite data is the only lead we have
and is key in identifying MH370’s flight
path. In view of the lack of emergency
locator transmitter activation, zero detected
debris and the lack of convincing ‘pings’, we
feel it is necessary that the data be subject
to independent third-party review.
“It is our hope that with out-of-box
thinking the whole world can help to look
for the plane. ”
The group has also asked that any
non-governmental search organisations
contracted to hunt for MH370 be overseen
by the Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution (WHOI),
the world’s largest private, non-profit
oceanographic research group.
“In our view WHOI is not a commercial
entity and its successful location of Air
France 447 demonstrates that it has the
experience and expertise to conduct the
search for MH370 in an ethical manner. ”
The group thanks all the countries
involved in the search for their “unrelenting
efforts to help” so far.
Mr Weeks, 37, was travelling to Mongolia
to start a new job as a mechanical engineer.
He leaves sons Lincoln, 3, and Jackson, 1.
Auckland businessman Ximin Wang, 50,
was also on the flight
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Flight 370: Widow’s fight
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Danica Weeks and her two sons Lincoln, right, and Jackson.
New Zealand has been named as one of
the 10 happiest places in the world — but
we are not as happy as our neighbours across
Australia has topped the OECD Better
Life Index, while New Zealand is in 10th
place — behind Scandinavian countries,
the United States and Canada.
The OECD compared 36 countries
according to 11 measures considered
essential to well-being, from health and
education to local environment, personal
security and overall satisfaction with life.
Australia tops the rankings when all
measures are given equal weighting. The
bottom three countries in the index were
Greece, Mexico and Turkey.
The report said the average New Zealand
household disposable income is per capita
$US21,773 a year, less than the OECD
average of $US23,938 per year.
“But there is a considerable gap between
the richest and poorest — the top 20% of
the population earn five times as much as
the bottom 20%.”
New Zealand is above the OECD average
in how many of us are in paid employment,
with 72% working.
And we are pretty well educated, with 74%
finishing high school — about the OECD
Kiwis have a life expectancy at birth of
81 years, one year higher than the OECD
average of 80 years. Life expectancy for
women is 83 years, compared with 79 for
men, the report said.
New Zealand is relatively unpolluted
compared to other OECD countries and
there is a strong sense of community, with
96 per cent of people believing they know
someone they could rely on in time of need,
the report said.
“In general, 85% of people in New-
Zealand say they have more positive
experiences in an average day (feelings of
rest, pride in accomplishment, enjoyment,
etc.) than negative ones (pain, worry,
sadness, boredom, etc.), more than OECD
average of 76%,” the report said.
Americans came in at seventh on the index,
but were top ranked for income — with
the highest disposable income per capita, of
US$39,531 per year. Australia ranked highly
for environment, civic engagement, health
and jobs — but despite their laid-back
reputation, fell short in work-life balance.
Next in the rankings after Australia were
Norway, Sweden in Denmark.
The OECD’s Better Life initiative aims
to focus statistics on measures that shape
quality of life, for a better understanding of
what drives the well-being of people and
nations. It also allows users to create their
own Better Life rankings based on the
measures which matter most to them.
Happiest countries: 1 Australia, 2 Nor way,
3 Sweden, 4 Denmark, 5 Canada, 6
Switzerland, 7 US, 8 Finland, 9 Netherlands,
10 New Zealand.
New Zealand 10th on happy place list
New Zealand ’s multimillion-
dollar glacier tourism industry
is potentially under threat by
ongoing glacial retreat, according
to a university researcher.
University of Canterbury
Geographer Dr Heather Purdie
said she has been monitoring
Fox Glacier since 2005 and was
increasingly concerned about the
impact that climate-driven glacier
retreat would have on glacier
tourism and regions reliant on
Steepening ice slopes, increased
debris cover and an increase in
rock fall hazard were just some
of the challenges facing glacier
tourism operators at Fox and
Franz Josef, she said.
“The termini of the Fox and
Franz Josef Glaciers are drawing
increasingly close to their previous
minimum which, coupled with
thinning, indicates that retreat
will continue for the near fu ture.”
associated with retreat
such as steepening ice slopes
included increasing the use of
helicopters to access flatter parts
of the glacier and extending access
tracks up valleys. However, such
solutions came at a cost, not only
in monetary terms, but also in
terms of increased environmental
disturbance, Dr Purdie said.
acceptable degrees of adaptation
would be ongoing, she said.
Scientists, policy makers, and
tour operators needed to work
together, sharing knowledge,
ideas and experience, to find
a balance between utilisation,
safety, and conservation, she said.
The Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change noted that
predicted glacier shrinkage and
retreat would reduce visitor
numbers in tourism-dependent
towns like Fox Glacier and Franz
Access and viewing points would
potentially become increasingly
unsatisfactory as glaciers retreated
into steeper, more inaccessible
terrain, Dr Purdie said.
However, despite the dramatic
changes in glacier length and
thickness, glacier tourism has
been maintained in New Zealand
and was as busy as ever.”
The introduction of boat tours
instead of walking tours on
Tasman Glacier means that a
century on, tourists can still visit
the glacier,” she said.
Up to 400 tourists a day were
guided to the glaciers last summer.
station to get new life
Abandoned since its then-owner Leo
Gao became the “runaway millionaire”, a
former Rotorua ser vice station will soon
be resurrected as a takeaway joint.
It has been five years since Gao and
Kara Hurring fled New Zealand after
Westpac accidentally gave Gao a $10
What was then his BP ser vice station
on the corner of Otonga and Old Taupo
Rds has remained empty since.
In the past few months it has been
given a lick of paint and the building
on the forecourt has been converted to
a food outlet.
Rotorua restauranteurs Connie and
Kwok Choy Cho hope to open the new
takeaway outlet in two to three weeks.
Called Super Lucky, it will sell Chinese
and roast meals as well as fish and chips,
Mrs Cho told the Rotorua Daily Post.
The couple also own China Town
Restaurant on Amohau St, which caters
mainly to tourist groups.
Mrs Cho said they had been renting
the building for “two or three years” but
due to lack of funds had been unable to
open their new business until now.
They would be employing three or four
staff to work in Super Lucky, she said.
She said the couple were aware of the
site’s history through the media.
The “runaway millionaire” case
attracted worldwide attention after the
bank error in early 2009.
Days after applying for a $100,000
overdraft for the struggling ser vice
station, Gao realised the bank had
mistakenly given him a $10m limit.
Gao transferred cash into overseas
bank accounts before fleeing New
Zealand with Hurring, his girlfriend at
He eventually was caught and pleaded
guilty to seven charges of theft and was
sentenced in 2012 to four years and
seven months’ jail.
Glacier tourism under threat
A ferocious dog attack on a golden cocker
spaniel being walked by a Masterton man in
his 70s left the spaniel with multiple puncture
wounds to his throat and the man exhausted and
badly shaken from trying to fight off the attacker.
Keith Bain, 71, had been walking Zack, a
young dog owned by his niece, along Masonic
St, Masterton, about 9.30am on Thursday when
a dog described as a pitbull leapt the front fence
of a residential property and attacked.
“It latched on to Zack’s throat. I tried to get
between the two of them and I was kicking out
at the dog and screaming for help. Zack was
yelping his head off.”
A man rushed to Mr Bain’s aid and managed to
drag the attacking dog off Zack at which point
an exhausted and shocked Mr Bain collapsed on
to the roadway. But that was far from the end of
the matter, as the pit bull, who had been tossed
aside by the good Samaritan, rallied and came
bounding back at Zack.
Three staff from a nearby office heard the
commotion and set out to help but had to retreat
to safety as the dog threatened them, leaping
back over the fence from where it had come.
During the melee, one of the women who had
tried to help fell and injured an ankle and an
ambulance had to be summoned to help her.
Police were called, as well as Masterton District
Council rangers. Mr Bain said 1-year-old Zack
a “lovely, friendly dog” suffered throat injuries
and had to be rushed to a vet. His treatment cost
$240. He is now recovering.
Mr Bain said Zack had been on a leash while
being walked. He said the attack dog had no
collar and was roaming free inside the property.
He had been left wondering what could have
“ What if that dog had decided to attack a
young mother with a child in a stroller, what ’s
to say it wouldn’t have happened? I wonder
what you have to do to keep safe. Carry mace or
The owner of the attack dog was quickly
identified and Masterton District Council
rangers rounded up the pit bull, seizing it. It will
be destroyed. Council spokesman Sam Rossiter-
Stead said dog attacks in Masterton were not
becoming more frequent. Attacks on people will
likely be fewer this financial year, ending June 30,
than any of the last five years.
Shocked, shaken but ‘could have been worse’
A dog has killed a male kiwi that was living
in the wild just north of Wellington.
The kiwi, named Otautahi, was released into
the Rimutaka Forest Park in July 2012 and
had been monitored by volunteer trackers
since then, Rimutaka Forest Park Trust
spokeswoman Melody McLaughlin said.
“ He was important to the population as he
was a young male of breeding age, and was
probably killed while searching for a mate.”
Greater Wellington Regional Council, which
manages the adjoining Wainuiomata Water
Collection and Recreation Areas, will provide
more signs in the area to remind dog walkers
of their responsibilities.
“Kiwi are synonymous with what makes
us New Zealanders, they are resilient birds
provided we control introduced predators such
as stoat and ferret and man’s best friend, our
dogs,”Ms McLaughlin said.
“If the dog had been kept on a lead Otautahi
would still be alive.”
Kiwi killed in dog attack in Rimutaka Forest Park
The replacement ferry
Stena Alegra will be
out of action today
after an issue with its
Kiwirail has confirmed
the ferry’s 3.30am and
9.05am sailings have been
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