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A veteran who was lucky to
sur vive 60 missions in Lancaster
Bombers during World War Two
was present on Sunday for the
unveiling of new markings on a
Lancaster now to be known as “a
lucky aircraft ”.
The markings, from a legendary
Lancaster that flew more than
100 missions, were unveiled on an
Avro Lancaster kept in the Motat
Aviation Hall in Auckland.
Nose markings from The
Captain’s Fancy have been
replicated in time for the
Normandy bombings 70-year
commemorations, and to honour
the 6000 New Zealand Bomber
Command veterans who ser ved in
World War Two.
The Captain’s Fancy was
described as “a lucky aircraft”
by the president of Bomber
Command Association Ron
Mayhill for continually making
successful missions, when the
average Lancaster completed 14
mission before being lost.
After the war, members of 75
Squadron wanted to see the
aircraft return to New Zealand;
however, it was sent to be
scrapped in 1947.
Maurice “Nick” Carter, now
93, ser ved with the Bomber
Command in 75 (New Zealand)
Squadron and in 156 Pathfinders
Squadron. He flew 60 missions,
and said he felt lucky to have
sur vived so many flights.
“I’m very lucky. I did 60 trips,
you were lucky if you did 10 when
the casualty rate was 70%,” he
Mr Carter said his missions
were completed before The
Captain’s Fancy entered ser vice.
He said he does not think
about his time ser ving, but when
he attended air force occasions
such as this unveiling he took a
moment to reflect on what he did.
He said it brought back
memories to be so close to the
Lancaster bomber at Motat.
“It’s very interesting, you do sort
of forget about it. ”
Mr Carter was a spotter in the
plane, in charge of talking to the
gunners about what he could see
on the ground.
He said his health was good and
his only complaint was a “crook
in my neck”. He made a donation
to Motat of a large painting of a
Mr Carter was one of around
100 veterans, veterans’ families
and special guests who attended
A caricature of Captain Rreilly-
Ffoul of the Arntwee Hall from
the popular comic strip Just Jake
was painted alongside the bomb
tally of the aircraft, to look just
like the original The Captain’s
The caricature was painted
on the original aircraft before
its 39th operation. The captain
painted was thought to be flight
sergeant Lethbridge, who — at
that point — had flown the most
missions in The Captain’s Fancy.
Squadron Leader Jonathan Pote
said The Captain’s Fancy made
it through all those missions in
Europe because it was “ lucky,
obviously, but also maintained
well by ground crew ”.
He said ground crews were
often forgotten in all their hard
work, and were working in
He paid tribute to the officers
of 75 Squadron who contributed
to the remarkable fact that, of
the 30 planes of the Royal Air
Force which reached 100 flights,
the New Zealand squadron had
Royal New Zealand Air Force
chaplain Squadron Leader Stuart
Hight blessed the new markings
on the plane in memory of the
members of the air force who
died in battle.
Motat ’s Lancaster was presented
by the French Government to the
people of New Zealand in 1964
in recognition of the 6000 New
Zealanders who ser ved in the
RAF Bomber Command during
World War Two. Almost 2000
New Zealanders died ser ving in
the Bomber Command.
Motat’s Lancaster ‘lucky aircraft’
PICTURES: New Zealand Herald
World War Two Bomber Command veteran Maurice Carter at the unveiling of new nose markings on
the Lancaster at Motat in Auckland at the weekend. Below: The new nose art.
Serious injuries in crash
A person was taken to hospital
with serious injuries last night after
a vehicle struck a wall in New Lynn.
Police said the serious crash unit
was investigating the crash on Great
North Road. No further details were
available. — APNZ
Pedestrian, 80, killed
A woman has died after being hit by
a car while on a pedestrian crossing.
The 80-year-old was believed to be
crossing from east to west when she
was struck in Ngaruawahia yesterday.
She died in Waikato Hospital. “ The
crash is still under investigation so
it is too early to say what caused the
incident,” Inspector Freda Grace, said.
“ We don’t believe speed or alcohol
were factors in the crash and the
37-year-old male driver stopped at
the scene and is co-operating with
police.” — APNZ
Otago escaper caught
Seven days on the run ended
yesterday afternoon in Milton.
Stephen Maddren, 25, was found
curled up in a hot water cupboard
in a shearers’ residence. He escaped
from the Otago Corrections Facility
at Milburn, the first inmate to do so.
Maddren appeared in the Dunedin
District Court yesterday afternoon.
Maddren faced two new charges,
the burglary of a shearers’ quarters
yesterday, and escaping on June
3. He was remanded in custody
without plea to Tuesday.
— Otago Daily Times
The man whose body was pulled
from Wellington Harbour on
Monday has been identified.
Graham Hutcheon, 57, from Upper
Hutt, was believed to be a passenger
on an Interislander ferry on Sunday
night. A post-mortem examination
was completed yesterday, and police
are awaiting the final results. Police
are also searching his vehicle, which
was found a short distance from the
ferry terminal. — APNZ
$100m fraudster appeals
The man responsible for the biggest
fraud in the country’s history asked
the Court of Appeal to reduce his
sentence. David Ross, described by
the sentencing judge as a liar and a
thief, was jailed last November for
10 years and 10 months for running
a Ponzi scheme in which investors
lost more than $100 million. At
sentencing, Judge Denys Barry said
the scale of Ross’s offending was
unprecedented and many of his
victims were elderly, frail and ill. He
ordered Ross to ser ve at least half of
his sentence before becoming eligible
for parole. Ross appealed against the
minimum term on the grounds it was
manifestly excessive or inappropriate.
Justices Christine French, Jillian
Mallon and Geoffrey Venning
reser ved the decision. — NZ N
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No Crown Law
advice on Banks
Wild winds and heavy rain overnight
has left a trail of destruction in Auckland,
Northland and the Coromandel, with
surface flooding, falling trees, roofs
ripped off and power outages to 48,000
One child was taken to hospital with
minor injuries after a tree smashed
through a roof in Manly, Whangaparaoa,
about 1.10am. But the storm moved
south past Auckland by 7am.
Emergency ser vices were over whelmed
by more than 600 calls since midnight.
Vector crews worked throughout the
night to attend to numerous faults after
two wind gusts up to 145kph swept
through the city, one at 11pm and
another at 1am. Some 40,000 customers
were still without power in the Auckland
region late this morning. — APNZ
Storm cuts power
A 12-year-old girl swept away by a
flooded Blenheim river while walking
to school this morning was saved by two
Police say a tragedy was averted when
a 17-year-old man and another man
leaped to the girl’s aid.
The girl was swept away by a raging
Taylor River, near High Street, about
The two men chased her along the river
bank and eventually recovered her from
the water near Beaver Road, police said.
The girl has been taken to hospital in a
The teenage rescuer has also been taken
to hospital suffering mild hypothermia.
The other man did not require medical
Senior sergeant Dan Mattison said the
quick actions of the teenage boy and the
other man involved in the rescue had
saved the girl’s life. — APNZ
Detectives investigating John Banks
chose not to seek advice from the
Government ’s key legal advisers over
whether to charge the Act MP.
Instead, they opted to get internal
advice in a move which the Police
Association says could be linked to cost-
Police investigated Banks — who said
this week he will give up his seat in
Parliament on Friday — in 2012 over
donations to his 2010 mayoral campaign
but decided against prosecuting. It took
crusading litigator Graham McCready
to wrestle his private prosecution
through the courts and force the matter
But the case cost taxpayers regardless —
new information shows $44,810 was paid
to the lawyer who took it through trial
after taking over the case in November.
He was assisted by Crown Law staff who
did 557 hours of work on the case.
It also shows the majority of the Crown
Law Office’s involvement in the case did
not come until this year and that there
was no work on the case in 2012 — the
time when police originally investigated.
A spokeswoman for the Crown Law
Office said: “Please note that Crown
Law was never consulted by the police
on the decision not to prosecute. Neither
Crown Law nor the Solicitor-General
were asked for advice by the police in
relation to this matter.”
The police executive summary for the
original investigation — which produced
the material eventually used to find
Banks guilty — stated the investigating
officer’s view and asked that the file be
reviewed by the internal legal section.
Police Association president Greg
O’Connor said the Crown Law Office
would generally be called on for advice
in complicated or high-profile cases.
He said “fiscal constraints” meant more
careful decision-making around what
material was externally reviewed.
“In a constrained financial environment
all decisions are scrutinised.”
He said the Banks case would lead to
a change in police practice in handling
political complaints. “ The general feeling
is these things are political spats.”
Politicians may now understand that
“the environment has changed”, he said.
“Be careful what you wish for.”
Police have refused to comment on
their role in the case until after Banks is
sentenced on August 1.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Bug kills rest home residents
Five elderly residents of a
Christchurch rest home have died
after an outbreak of strep A.
Six female residents, aged between
86 and 97 years, were rushed to
Christchurch Hospital on May 30
after contracting the infection.
Five of them have subsequently
died, with one remaining in hospital
in a stable but serious condition.
The rest home, owned by Ultimate
Care Group, has swabbed and tested
the other 70 residents, but none have
But as a preventative measure, all
other residents have been given a
course of antibiotics, Ultimate Care
Group general manager operations
Ron Spraggon said.
“Our focus has been on preventing
the spread of it and at this stage there
has been no other cases, so it has been
contained,” he said.
“The families have been very positive
towards the facility and particularly
the staff, knowing the circumstances
they have been operating under. ”
It is still not known how the infection
made its way into the Addington rest
home, and Mr Spraggon said his team
is investigating its origins.
Strep A is spread by droplet, or by
direct contact with an infected wound.
Canterbury DHB acting chief
executive and executive director
of nursing Mary Gordon, said the
DHB’s response has been focused on
“ Patients and staff at the rest home
and staff at Christchurch Hospital
as well as relatives of the patients
have been contact traced, had throat
swabs and have been provided with
antibiotics as a preventative measure,”
“The response to this outbreak has
been a real team effort with staff from
the rest home, public health, infection
control, Christchurch Hospital, and
our labs working swiftly to contain
this outbreak. ”
DHB staff have passed on their
condolences to the families of the
individuals who have died.
“All those caring for the elderly
in the health sector work as hard as
possible to keep those in their care
well and to prevent instances like this
There are no new cases to date but
results from throat swabs show three
hospital staff members have tested
positive for strep A, two of the three
staff had skin swabs which showed
the outbreak strain.
Strep A is more commonly associated
with sore throats, rheumatic fever and
“ Most infections are relatively
mild illnesses such as strep throat or
impetigo but on rare occasions, such
as when the infection is in a frail
elderly person, an infant or someone
with a weak immune system, these
bacteria can cause severe and even
life-threatening complications,” Ms
Gordon said. — APNZ
Concerns about potential legal
action over an upcoming Auckland
concert by The Eagles has not hurt
demand, with the show selling out in
Promoters said more than 30,000
tickets to the band’s March 14 show
at Mount Smart Stadium sold out
“ in minutes” after going on sale this
It will be the band’s first New
Zealand show in more than 20
years, and promoters confirmed
that a second concert was “ under
But a legal threat hangs over the
show, with reports the Warriors were
considering action over the booking of
the rugby league club’s stadium on a
key weekend next season.
The NRL club claims it was not
consulted by Auckland Council before
the concert was announced, despite
being principal tenant and having
priority rights to the ground once the
“ I’m scratching my head that we
could be in this situation — I find
it extraordinary,” Warriors co-owner
Eric Watson said. “I’m hoping there
is some rational explanation along the
way but we need to work out what the
options are for the club. ”
Mr Watson confirmed legal advice
had been sought and the club was
investigating all options.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Eagles tickets sell out in minutes
The Eagles whose Auckland show sold out in minutes.
The Prime Minister’s office has
been left red-faced after John
Key ’s personal briefing notes were
accidentally sent to a reporter,
revealing details about a killing that
were not yet public.
The e-mail, sent to the Newstalk
ZB newsroom, also mentioned
a secret, taxpayer-funded visit
by United Nations ambassadors
to Queenstown as part of New
Zealand’s UN Security Council bid
and gave candid details about Mr
Key ’s talking points for media on a
wide range of issues.
It was sent by one of Mr Key’s
four press secretaries before a media
conference yesterday afternoon, and
was also addressed to chief of staff
Wayne Eagleson and the Prime
Minister’s foreign affairs adviser,
The e-mail showed Auckland
police had briefed Mr Key ’s office
about the suspects in a homicide in
Henderson yesterday morning.
It included details which police
were expected to reveal at a
press conference later in the day :
“It ’s not public yet that the two
suspects in custody are 12 and 13”.
Mr Key was given talking points
on the murder, including: “Our
condolences go out to the family
of the person killed”, “Clearly this
is a terrible tragedy”, and “People
will be shocked that the suspects
are so young”.
The briefing e-mail warned Mr
Key TV3 had been filming 11
UN diplomats and support staff
given a free trip from New York
to Queenstown — a potential
source of embarrassment because
the Government said it would not
throw money at its bid for a UN
Security Council seat.
Mr Key appeared to be told
to play down the visit by saying
it was “focused on sustainable
TV3 later revealed the UN
group had been taken sightseeing,
shopping and on a Shotover Jet
The Prime Minister told reporters
the cost of New Zealand’s bid was
dwarfed by the amount spent by
Australia and other countries.
The briefing e-mail suggested
New Zealand had been caught
unawares by Australian Prime
Minister Tony Abbott ’s proposal
to form an international coalition
of centre-right Governments —
including New Zealand — to
oppose United States plans for
stricter climate change policies.
Mr Key was advised to say :
“I ’ve not talked to Tony Abbott
about this” and to emphasise New
Zealand’s record on climate change
One of his talking points was:
“This Government takes climate
The briefing notes also warned
Mr Key not to get involved in a
battle between the Bay of Plenty
Regional Council and community
groups over whether the wreck of
the Rena is to be left on Astrolabe
“It’s likely to be a contentious
decision and quite likely to be
the subject of legal appeals, so
essentially stay as far removed as
possible from it,” the notes said.
The briefing said journalists
“appeared to be confused about
the situation” and told him to
clarify that the council had not yet
agreed the Rena would stay on the
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Slip reveals Key PR secrets
Boy, 13, on
A 13-year-old boy has been charged
with murder over yesterday’s death of
Auckland dairy owner Arun Kumar.
Mr Kumar, 57, was allegedly stabbed in
the neck during what police described as
an aggravated robbery at Railside Dairy
Two boys, aged 12 and 13, were spoken
to by police yesterday afternoon.
Police last night said the 13-year-
old had been charged with aggravated
robbery and murder. The 12-year-old had
been charged with aggravated robbery.
Both boys were placed into the custody
of a secure Child Youth and Family
facility, ahead of their court appearance
in the Waitakere Youth Court this
afternoon, police said.
It is understood the Kumars owned the
dairy for about five years.
Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford expressed
his deep concern over the stabbing.
“This is an awful tragedy for the family.
People involved in small retail businesses
are vulnerable to this kind of attack.
“ We need to do more about this
challenge, but at the moment our
thoughts and focus are with the family.”
Waikato police are searching for a
tractor that was stolen after a pursuit
ended in a crash on Monday night.
Police were called after a Nissan
Skyline was seen driving dangerously in
Te Aroha about 11pm.
The pursuit crossed the Hauraki Plains
and ended in Orini when the Nissan
crashed into a paddock.
The occupants, who did not appear to
be injured, fled on foot and a police dog
was unable to find them.
Yesterday morning a farmer living in
the area noticed his John Deere tractor
“ We suspect the occupants from the car
have stolen the tractor,” senior sergeant
Pete van de Wetering said.
“The tractor is not registered for the
road and could be a hazard so police are
urging drivers anywhere in this area to
be careful. ”
The tractor is green with a front end
loading device and a fertiliser spreader
attached. Police were unsure whether the
Nissan was also stolen.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
after car chase
A Supreme Court decision has cleared
the way for hundreds of leaky home
owners to reclaim for compensation
after having their cases dismissed.
Remuera couple John and Helen
Osborne are celebrating a “victory for
common sense” after fighting a eight-
year battle to get compensation for the
cost of rebuilding their leaky home.
The couple bought a leaky home in
1997 but did not realise the full extent
of the problems until 2006.
The pair filed a claim with the
Weathertight Homes Tribunal in 2007,
only to be told they were not eligible for
compensation because their claim was
lodged after the statutory 10-year time
limit for when the house was built.
The couple argued that the 10-year
limitation on claims should start not
when a building is physically finished,
but later, when the building work is
issued the final code of compliance
certificate by the council.
The pair fought the decision in the
High Court and Court of Appeal, failing
both times, before taking their fight to
the Supreme Court, the country’s final
court of appeal.
In a landmark decision, the Supreme
Court yesterday handed down a ruling
in favour of the Osbornes. “ There is a
declaration that the Osbornes’ c laim is
eligible,” the judgment stated, which also
offered the couple compensation for all
three of their court cases.
The decision is being heralded a
“ victory for common sense” by the
Osbornes’ lawyer, Tim Rainey.
“It’s great to see a straight-for ward,
commonsense approach adopted by
the Supreme Court, something that we
thought should have been adopted much
earlier, but we’re very grateful it’s finally
happened,” Mr Rainey said.
He said the test case would have huge
implications for the other 369 leaky
home owners who have had their cases
rejected on similar grounds.
He estimates the value of their claims
at $80 million to $90 million, “and
potentially much, much more”.
The Osbornes themselves accepted an
out-of-court settlement from Auckland
Council following last year’s Supreme
That settlement was conditional on
the Supreme Court not handing down a
ruling on the case, and is therefore now
void, but Mr Rainey said he’s confident
the council will still pay. — NZ N
in leaky homes case
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