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Death probe continues
A second person has been charged
over the robbery of an Ashburton man
whose body was found in an industrial
area of the town on Sunday morning.
Police said a 24-year-old Ashburton
man would appear in the Timaru
District Court today charged with
assaulting Arran Gairns with intent to
rob on Saturday. They would continue
to investigate other people of interest
in relation to the unexplained death of
Mr Gairns. A 26-year-old Wellington
woman appeared in Timaru District
Court yesterday on a charge of
assaulting Mr Gairns with the
intention to rob him on Saturday. She
entered no plea and was remanded on
bail to the Ashburton District Court
on June 23. — APNZ
Fears held for escaper
Police fear for the safety of an
escaper as their search enters a third
day. The search for Stephen Uriah
Maddren, 25, who ran from the Otago
Corrections Facility with no shoes
and wearing only track pants and a
top, was called off for the day about
5.30pm yesterday. Maddren fled on
Tuesday while being transferred after
his remand hearing in the Dunedin
District Court. — Otago Daily Times
Boy, two, run over
A two-year-old boy was badly hurt
when he was run over by a four-
wheel-drive vehicle in Kaitaia’s main
street yesterday. The child, whose
condition was initially described as
serious, was flown to Auckland’s
Starship Hospital by rescue
helicopter. Police said the driver of the
Mitsubishi Pajero, a 47-year-old local
woman, had pulled into a parking
space just south of the Post Office.
She then reversed a little and hit the
boy. — APNZ-Northern Advocate
Almost 11,000 children’s helmets
sold at Kmart stores across New
Zealand have been recalled after tests
showed they failed to meet safety
standards. The helmets have straps
that could fail to hold the protective
head gear in place in a fall or accident,
the department store said yesterday.
The recall affects 100,000 helmets
sold across Australia and New
Zealand in the past two years. No
injuries had been reported. — APNZ
Death not suspicious
The death of a man whose body
was found in a creek in Whangarei
yesterday is not suspicious, police
say. Police were called after the body
of the 60-year-old man was found
about 9.30am. A post-mortem
examination would be carried out in
Auckland today. — APNZ
Big Wednesday draw
There was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 450 last
night. Successful numbers were 12,
16, 25, 27, 32, 45; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9968: 1,
11, 15, 19, 24, 27, 30, 33, 34, 39, 40, 42,
45, 46, 49, 61, 66, 73, 75, 80. Draw No
9969: 2, 3, 4, 17, 19, 25, 39, 46, 49, 56,
65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 71, 72, 75, 77, 80.
Police plead for news of German tourist
Police were justified in shooting
a Hawke’s Bay man left paralysed
as a result, an independent report
The police officer who shot
David Taite in 2011 in central
Hawke’s Bay was lawfully
justified given the dangerous
circumstances he faced, an
Independent Police Conduct
Authority has found.
According to the report released
today Taite was well known to
police, had a “significant and
serious criminal history ” including
a conviction for the attempted
murder of a police officer.
In the six weeks prior to the
incident in the early hours of
Thursday, October 20, 2011,
Taite had made a number of
threats that had been reported to
police. On October 19, an Otane
resident phoned police to report
a sighting of Taite. Two police
officers travelling from Hastings
were advised of the call and as
they turned off State highway 2
into Higginson Street in Otane
they passed a Nissan station
wagon. Suspecting that Taite was
in the car the officers followed
the vehicle on to State highway
2 before signalling the Nissan
to stop about 100m south of
Taite, the passenger, gave a false
name and became agitated.
He got out of the Nissan and
called out that he had a gun and
was going to kill the officer. At
this point the officer, who was on
the radio, got out of the patrol car
and drew his Glock pistol, telling
Taite he was armed and that
Taite should get on the ground.
Ignoring this instruction Taite
moved towards the officer, who
then fired a single shot at Taite’s
chest. He put his hand inside
his trousers and replied that he
had a grenade and was going to
blow everyone up. Concerned
about this new threat and the
safety of those around him, the
officer struck Taite in the face,
stunning him. Both officers then
Authority chairman Judge Sir
David Carruthers said the officers
involved did all they could to
manage a difficult situation.
— APNZ-Hawke’s Bay Today
Police shooting justified
Wellington man Rajeshwar
Singh will spend at least 16 years
behind bars for murdering his
estranged wife while he was on
bail for breaching a protection
order she had taken against him.
In the High Court at
Wellington this morning, Justice
Ronald Young sentenced Singh
to a mandatory life sentence with
a minimum non-parole period
of 16 years, and a concurrent
sentence of three months’ jail for
breaching two protection orders.
Singh, 47, a taxi driver,
pleaded guilty in May to killing
Sar wan Lata and two charges of
breaching protection orders.
In November last year, he
stabbed her to death after
bypassing her Woodridge home’s
new locks and an elaborate
warning system of vases and
chairs that a fearful Ms Lata had
He had been granted bail the
previous month while facing a
charge of breaching a protection
order. The order prevented him
from seeing her or being near
her house, but he had been
constantly near her home in the
weeks leading up to the murder.
Justice Young said a probation
officer report showed Singh had
a deeply worrying attitude to
“ You considered that you were
entitled to kill her. You had a
callous disregard for your wife,
and her family,” Justice Young
“ You did not understand, or did
not appreciate, that men do not
control women. Your wife was
perfectly entitled to not live with
Aggravating factors included
the home invasion — in breach of
bail conditions and a protection
order — and that the murder
was planned. He had also been
stalking her before the murder.
“ You went there for the express
purpose of killing her. You killed
your wife because she did not do
as you wanted. ” — APNZ
by man on bail
An international hunt is under way
for a German tourist who may be
missing in New Zealand.
On February 2, Anja Schulze,
31, e-mailed a friend overseas to
say thank you for a gift they had
sent her. Since then, her friends in
Switzerland have had no contact
with her and, fearing something
sinister may have happened, they
reported her missing.
The missing person report was
passed on to Interpol, which sought
help from police in New Zealand.
At this stage police are trying to
find out where Ms Schulze may have
travelled. They are keeping an open
mind and see no reason to suspect
she has fallen victim to foul play.
Ms Schulze’s family in Germany
have not reported her missing but
her lack of contact with close friends
including Katharina Niese prompted
the call to police.
“ We are looking for our friend
Anja Schulze. Unfortunately, we
have no contact since February 2014
and also cannot reach (her),” Ms
Niese wrote on the Facebook page
of a Swiss news organisation.
“ We are very worried for (her). I
hope we find her and nothing bad
happened . . . just thinking positive. ”
Ms Schulze was born in Berlin but
was living in Zurich, Switzerland
before travelling to New Zealand.
On Facebook Ms Niese said her
friend planned to live and work
in New Zealand for a year before
travelling on to Australia.
Detective Fran Moore of the
national police missing persons unit
said Ms Schulze arrived in Auckland
on December 7.
“ We know from friends that she
told them she travelled around the
(North Island) east coast, she walked
the Tongariro track,” she said.
“The next confirmed thing was that
she crossed the Cook Strait on the
Bluebridge ferry on January 29.
“On January 31 she messaged
a friend saying she was going to
Golden Bay. But where she said she
was heading to, it doesn’t appear that
she actually went — they are not
aware of her.”
The last time Ms Niese heard from
Ms Schulze was on February 2.
Ms Moore said the tourist had
been listed as a missing person but
a full investigation had not been
“O ur best hope of finding her is
with help from the public and from
other young travellers who might
have travelled with her.”
Ms Moore said tourists sometimes
changed their travel plans and not
tell friends and family back home.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Prime Minister John Key
is confident Education
Minister Hekia Parata did
not hit a staff member,
as alleged by Labour MP
Trevor Mallard yesterday.
“ If it comes to a stoush
between Trevor Mallard
and Hekia Parata I know
who I’d believe — it
certainly wouldn’t be
Trevor Mallard,” he said.
The issue was raised at the
education select committee
when it was looking at
rejected the allegation by
Mr Mallard, who used
to question her yesterday
about violence in her office.
She had never hit a staff
member “in my current
employ or in my previous
employ”, she said.
Mr Key accused Mallard
of making it up.
If it had happened it would be a very
serious matter and Ministerial Ser vices
would have taken it up, Mr Key said.
“That hasn’t happened.”
During an exchange before a select
committee yesterday, Mallard questioned
Parata about the last time anyone was hit
within her office.
Ms Parata took exception to the
question, saying: “Mr Mallard, no-one
has been hit within my office or any staff
of my office.”
Mr Mallard repeated the question,
prompting Ms Parata to say she took
“absolute offence to any suggestion that
that has occurred”.
Mr Mallard later returned to the
question, asking whether it was accurate
to say Ms Parata had never struck an
employee of Ministerial Ser vices.
Ms Parata said it was “totally
inappropriate” of Mr Mallard to use a
select committee process to pursue his
own political agenda.
“ It is absolutely untrue, there is no
basis in fact whatsoever.”
Later, Ms Parata reiterated she had
never hit a staff member “in my current
employ or in my previous employ. I’m
aware that there has been a rumour but
there is no substance to it.”
She said she was offended
by the question.
Outside the committee,
she said: “I can tell you
categorically that I have
never hit a staff member
in my current employ or in
my previous employ.
“I think it is really
and inaccurate. ”
She said she was “aware
there has been a rumour
but there is no substance
Mr Mallard told reporters
after the committee that
he believed a former staff
member had left the office
after being hit on the head.
He said he had heard the
allegation indirectly from
“a very good source”.
Speaking in Tonga
yesterday, Mr Key said he
accepted the word of his
minister and she had said it
did not take place.
“She is not going to lie to
a select committee.”
Ministerial Ser vices, which employs
ministerial office staff, would not say if
any former staff member of Ms Parata’s
claimed to have been hit. But it said
that there had been a personal grievance
from one of the staff who was employed
in her office.
Opposition MPs have previously
questioned high staff turnover in Parata’s
office. Ministerial Ser vices confirmed in
2013 a personal grievance claim had
been lodged by a worker in her office,
although that is believed to be unrelated
to Mr Mallard’s allegation.
Ministerial Ser vices would not
comment on the outcome of the 2013
case or whether there had been any
further complaints from staff in her
office. A spokesman said the department
did not provide details of employment
There was also a relationship break-
down between Ms Parata and former
Education Secretary Lesley Longstone,
who left with a $425,000 payout.
Mr Mallard said he believed the
allegation had substance “because of the
sources that I’ve heard it from”, although
he refused to elaborate.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A 14-tonne gun turret from a ship
used during battle in World War
Two has been restored and is now on
display in Maungatapere.
Work on the gun from the HMNZS
Achilles, a L eander-class light cruiser
famous for its role in the Battle of the
River Plate, has been completed at the
Packard and Pioneer Museum.
“The rot has been stopped.
Effectively the turret has been saved,”
museum manager Richard Easton
“It’s a piece of New Zealand history
that has been saved, a very important
piece of history. ”
HMNZS Achilles was
commissioned in 1933 and ser ved
with the Royal Navy until transferred
to the Royal New Zealand Navy in
About 60% of her wartime crew of
680 men were New Zealanders.
“S he saw action notably alongside
the Exeter and Ajax in the Battle of
the River Plate. Four young sailors
were killed when she took a direct
hit, and a direct hit usually results in
fatalities,” Mr Easton said.
The ship was sold to the Indian Navy
in 1948 and scrapped in 1978.
The gun turret, housing two four-
inch guns with a range of 15km,
was based outside since the late
Graeme Craw acquired the former
Maungatapere dairy factory shop and
milk powder stores after the factory
was closed in 1988.
“ It was exposed to the elements,” Mr
Over two years it has been
sandblasted, had the rotten panels
repaired, primed, sandblasted again,
primed again, then heavily coated in
epoxy marine coating in battleship
grey, its original colour.
The project was accomplished thanks
to cash or donations of labour and
materials. Mr Easton said that, had
the museum had to pay for the full
cost of the restoration, it would have
“run into the tens of thousands”.
“Thanks to all the people who came
on board with it to help with the
restoration, this World War Two gun
turret has been saved for ever,” he said.
— APNZ-Northern Advocate
Blast from the past shipshape
PICTURES: Northern Advocate
A gun turret from the cruiser HMNZS Achilles that saw action in the
World War Two Battle of the River Plate, where the German pocket
battleship Graf Spee was eventually scuttled, is prepared for restoration at the
Packard and Pioneer Museum. Above: The gun turret before it was repaired.
Below: The finished job after extensive sandblasting and layers of primer and
“completely misused” its drug and
alcohol policy to drug test 190 staff after
cannabis plants were found on company
grounds, the union for employees says.
Carter Holt Har vey has been ordered
to pay compensation to 76 union
members who took a case over the
compulsory tests to the Employment
The workers are seeking $2500 each
— a total payout of $190,000 — for the
testing at a Nelson site last May.
The authority has ordered the company
and union enter into mediation for a
final compensation figure.
Tests were undertaken after two
cannabis plants were found on the
grounds outside sawmill buildings on
the Eves Valley site, near Nelson.
Site manager Darryn Adams said
all employees should be subjected to a
“reasonable cause” drug test because the
site was accessible only by staff and not
easily accessed by the public.
during the testing
the Engineering, Printing
Manufacturing Union (EPMU) pointed
out to the company it was breaching its
policy and operating procedure.
The authority ruled that, despite
knowing that breach, the company
continued the tests because it believed
staff could have been in danger.
EPMU spokesman Alan Clarence
said it was “galling” that the company
continued with the tests in order to send
a strong message to its staff.
Testing the workers would also not
have uncovered the owners of the
marijuana plants, Mr Clarence said.
“It was a complete overplay of the
company ’s position and using their
position of power to enforce urine
testing on their whole workforce. ”
The testing, by the New Zealand
Drug Testing Agency, involved a tester
standing behind male employees as they
urinated into a cup. Women staff were
allowed to give their sample in private.
One employee was found to have a
“non-negative test ”, but there was no
suggestion he was responsible for the
CHH told the authority it was justified
in testing the employees because it was
reasonable to assume that whoever
planted the cannabis worked at the
The company conceded the testing
was not in strict accordance with its
procedures but said it was motivated by
a strong desire to protect its employees
and so the testing was justified.
But one worker, Aaron Sim, told the
authority it felt like they were seen as
guilty until proved innocent.
“It is a very intrusive and demeaning
thing to be required to do when it is not
for medical purposes.”
Staff understood the company had a
reasonable cause testing policy, but that
was to be used only in cases where a staff
member was behaving as if they were
under the influence.
“So for the great majority of us that
meant there was no reason to think we
would ever be tested outside of random
“Then suddenly every one of us was
herded up and made to give urine
samples for testing.”
Hickey said CHH’s approach was
“ wrongheaded”, but Mr Adams acted
with honesty and openness.
The company knew it was acting
against its own policy, but continued on
nonetheless, she said.
Nobody from Carter Holt Har vey was
available for comment. — APNZ
Drug test overstepped mark: union
No charges will be laid against a group
of rugby players accused of raping
a young woman while they were in
Whanganui for a match last year.
An investigation began when a
complaint was made about a rape by
members of the South Canterbury rugby
team — in Whanganui for a Heartland
Championship match — at the
Kingsgate Hotel early on September 8.
Detective senior sergeant Neil Forlong
said the police investigation into the
incident was now complete.
“ Despite these exhaustive inquiries,
independent legal advice from Crown
Law as well as our own legal team,
it has been determined that there is
insufficient evidence to support sexual
assault or related charges being laid
before the court,” he said.
“ However, should any new information
come to light, police will consider this as
“This was a lengthy and methodical
investigation which included more than
30 people being inter viewed. ”
The investigation team received full co-
operation from all those spoken to, Mr
“ We have also spoken with the young
woman and her family and informed
them of our investigation outcome.”
No charges over rape claim
The driver of a camper van which
crashed into a vehicle, killing an
Auckland woman, has appeared in court.
Cody James Dickey, of Newark,
California, appeared in the Hamilton
District Court today where he entered
guilty pleas to charges of carelessly
driving causing the death of Robyn
Derrick and careless driving causing
The court was told Dickey and his
wife had been travelling around New
Zealand for a week in a camper van
before the crash on State highway 25
near Whenuakite, in Coromandel, on
The couple had been due to leave the
country the following day.
Dickey’s lawyer Mike McIvor told
the court Dickey was travelling in wet
conditions and thought he saw two sets
of headlights heading towards him as he
went around a bend.
The two vehicles collided. Mrs Derrick
was killed and her husband Philip was
flown to Auckland Hospital. He has
since been discharged.
Mr McIvor said Dickey was “shocked”
and “devastated” and “really doesn’t
know where to go”.
He said Dickey had no savings and
did not have any notable assets in the
United States but had managed to raise
$4000 through family and friends for an
emotional harm payment.
Mr McIvor wondered if there would
be any worth in his client attending
a restorative justice session as it was
unclear whether Mr Derrick was ready
to do so.
He asked the court convict Dickey and
order he make the payment of $4000 for
emotional harm so he could leave the
Community Magistrate Sue Hovell
said two families’ lives had changed as a
result of the accident.
“ Mr Derrick has lost his wife and and
as he puts in his victim impact statement,
his best friend,” she said. “ That ’s a
tragedy. However, any restorative
justice conference does help the healing
process.” S he stood the matter down to
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
US man admits fatal crash charge
Hackers pose as
dad in costly scam
An Auckland doctor lost
$300,000 after a Nigeria-based
fraudster hacked into his father’s
e-mail account and, posing as the
father, asked for the transfer of
The doctor, who works in
emergency medicine, is fighting
to get the cash back and wants to
warn others to be vigilant about
Speaking about his ordeal
during International Fraud
Awareness Week he was angry
and frustrated that he had been
so easily duped.
The doctor, who spoke on the
condition of anonymity, was
holding just over $300,000 of
family money in an account in
New Zealand. The money had
been earmarked to buy property
in Auckland or Britain where the
doctor’s parents live.
A decision was made to make
an offer on a property in England
and the doctor spoke to his father
on the phone about transferring
the money to an account in
“He told me verbally to send
the money over, but later sent
an e-mail saying not to do it as
the offer had been rejected,” the
“ Twelve hours later I got
another e-mail sounding like
it was continuing on from that
conversation. It said good news,
the offer has been accepted so
send the money through. I had
an ongoing conversation with
who I thought was my father.”
The doctor transferred the
money to a bank account that
appeared to have been set up
in his father’s name. As he was
communicating with his father
from his legitimate Yahoo.co.uk
e-mail address, he had no reason
to suspect anything was amiss.
When he spoke to his father
days later he realised he had been
He believes the fraudster used a
phishing technique to gain access
to his father’s e-mail account in
which a fake password prompt
was sent to “confirm” the user’s
The fraudster then used those
details to access the e-mail
account and monitor the father
and son’s conversation before
stepping in and pretended to be
the older man.
The doctor contacted both his
bank and the one he transferred
the money to, as well as the police.
He is waiting to find out if there
is any way to recoup his loss.
“ My main error was that I
didn’t make the telephone call
to my dad for confirmation. But
I’m pretty busy, I don’t have the
time to speak to my parents on
the phone all the time. I think I
should have though,” he said.
“ We are all frustrated, it ’s a
massive chunk of money. I feel
somewhat stupid, but when I go
and read back through the e-mail
chain (the scammer) was pretty
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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