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Watties recalls spaghetti
Watties is recalling a batch of its
300g spaghetti in tomato sauce
product over concerns about a
possible packaging defect. The recall
was for cans with a batch code
starting with the first seven digits
FJH08145 and did not affect the rest
of its spaghetti range. The product
had a possible packaging defect,
which could cause failure of the
inside tin layer and affect the food.
People were advised not to eat the
product. — Otago Daily Times
A Raetihi woman who admitted
the manslaughter of her nine-
year-old son will be sentenced in
the Whanganui District Court
on August 1. Claudine Michelle
Herewini was to stand trial this
month, but pleaded guilty to the
charge of manslaughter several
weeks before her trial was to begin.
Her son, Antony Christensen, was
found dead in his bed on December
7, 2012, and following the detection
of class B drug methadone in the
post-mortem examination, Herewini
was arrested and charged.
— APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
A former Wellington school bus
driver and Scout master has been
arrested and charged with historic
sex offences against young boys.
Godfrey Ball, also known as Geoffrey,
was arrested by Masterton police
for alleged historic sexual offences
against boys between 1964 and
1985 while living in Wellington.
Ball, 78, appeared in the Masterton
District Court yesterday facing 12
representative charges including
indecent assault and doing an
indecent act. His three victims were
aged between seven and 16 during
the period of the alleged offending.
Ball has been remanded in custody to
June 23 for a bail hearing. — APNZ
Long wait after crash
A man spent eight hours overnight
at the bottom of a bank after he
crashed his utility vehicle by Lake
Rotorua and could not find his
cellphone to raise the alarm. The
man suffered a back injury and mild
hypothermia. The 45-year-old was
on his way to work on Sunday night
when he realised he had left his meal
at home. He turned around and was
driving back when he failed to take a
bend and crashed down a bank. He
found his phone after first light and
called for help. He crashed about
1.6km north of Unsworth Road
about 11.30pm on Sunday and was
found about 8am on Monday.
— APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Big Wednesday draw
There was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 452 last
night. Successful numbers were 2, 6,
14, 19, 21, 22; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9996:
51, 60, 63, 68, 70, 73, 75, 78. Draw No
9997: 5, 10, 13, 19, 21, 24, 32, 36, 40,
43, 48, 50, 53, 54, 57, 70, 72, 73, 75, 80.
Cunliffe vows to stay on
The Defence Force could be
behind a series of mystery booms
that resounded over Auckland
About 4pm residents from Piha
in the west to Whangaparaoa in
the north-east reported hearing
and feeling large thumps, bangs
But emergency ser vices received
no reports of damages.
Several residents have sent
e-mails to APNZ today saying
four or five bangs, sounding like
thunder or an earthquake, started
about 4pm and continued every
quarter of an hour until after
One e-mailer said the air
force was carrying out bombing
practice around the Kaipara
A Defence Force spokesman
said the air force base had denied
it was to blame.
“ But there is a Kaipara bomb
range, so it is possible.
“There is also a navy explosive
range up at Whangaparaoa.
However, it would be unusual for
them to have an explosion that
A Fire Ser vice spokesman
yesterday said there had been no
reports of damage anywhere.
just been mass
confusion as to what it was.”
Geonet had also confirmed to
the Fire Ser vice there was no
earthquake, he said.
A spokeswoman for the
northern communications centre
said it had received a handful of
calls, “ but nobody knows what it
is”, she said.
Weather Watch analyst Philip
Duncan was supporting the
theory of a meteor strike, saying
on Twitter the bang came from
felt/heard two of the
explosions over Auckland earlier
I’m also going with a poss
meteor coming in,” he said.
Two held over mugging
A man accused of assaulting an
eight-month-old baby who has
since died has been charged with
the infant ’s murder.
The 33-year-old, who has
reappeared in the Hamilton
District Court today.
He was remanded in custody
until his next appearance on July
8 in the High Court at Hamilton.
Police initially charged the
man with assaulting the child
following an incident at their
house on Sunday.
He last appeared before the
court on Tuesday where he
sought bail through his lawyer.
The man was remanded in
custody and has since been
charged with the infant ’s murder.
The baby boy was admitted
to Waikato Hospital with head
injuries and was later moved to
Starship Children’s Hospital, but
died overnight on Monday.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Baby murder charge
A former Labour Party president
says it is too close to the election
to think about any change in the
party, following a controversy
involving leader David Cunliffe and
businessman Donghua Liu.
Mike Williams said this morning the
letter in support of Mr Liu’s residency
application that Mr Cunliffe forgot
he wrote was “forgivable, but this
close to the election it ’s not good”.
The revelation of the letter came
just a day after he said he had never
advocated for the businessman.
“It’s not good, but it’s too close to
the election to do anything about
it, he’s just got to fight back,” Mr
Williams told Newstalk ZB.
The issue was “a storm in a teacup”,
he told Radio New Zealand.
He said an MP should not be
expected to remember every letter he
had written on behalf of a constituent,
especially in west Auckland where
immigration and housing were
However, he said if the polls
continued to lag in the low 20s then a
shake-up could be a possibility.
“At that point you’ve got people
losing their seat, and nothing focuses
the mind of an MP more than the
thought of losing their seat.”
Acting Prime Minister Bill English
told Radio New Zealand it was up to
Mr Cunliffe’s caucus to decide if he
should remain as the party’s leader.
Mr English said he might not
remember a letter he had written 10
years ago on behalf of a constituent,
but this was no ordinary constituent.
“The issue here is that Mr Donghua
Liu is not someone who’s just
popped up suddenly in the public
Mr English said he had no
knowledge of the letter, and as far as
he knew the National Party was not
involved in making it public.
Prime Minister John Key said he
believed Labour had had a lot more
than $15,000 in donations from Mr
He also acknowledged he had known
for some weeks that Mr Cunliffe had
written a letter supporting Mr Liu’s
application for residency.
Mr Cunliffe has issued a veiled
warning to his caucus against any
move against him, saying he has the
support of Labour Party members
and affiliates and any who break ranks
could be viewed as scabs — workers
who break a strike by crossing the
Some senior Labour MPs were
understood to be weighing up
mounting a coup against Mr Cunliffe.
From tomorrow, Labour’s caucus can
change its leader by majority. Sources
said if there was a move against Mr
Cunliffe, it would not be immediate
and could depend on the next round
But he issued a warning aimed
at anyone considering such a move
last night: “I’ve tested directly and
through others with a large number
of my caucus colleagues that I have
the support of my caucus and my
party and our affiliates, and that we
are driving to the line,” he said on
“In the Labour movement, you
know, there are some words we use
for strike breakers.”
It was a reference to “scabs” — a
very a strong word in Labour circles,
and effectively a warning caucus
could face a backlash from the party’s
membership and affiliates who had
given strong support to Mr Cunliffe.
Any move against Mr Cunliffe is
likely to centre on Grant Robertson,
although there was doubt whether he
would be willing to take on the role
heading into an election Labour will
struggle to win and without the wider
endorsement of members.
Mr Robertson had no comment on
yesterday ’s developments “other than
to say I support the leader”.
MPs were disappointed about the
letter, saying it was “not helpful”.
Several also felt it had damaged Mr
Cunliffe’s chances of being able to
campaign strongly against Prime
Minister John Key on credibility
However, those spoken to were
divided on whether a change three
months out from the election would
damage Labour’s chances more
than help. Mr Cunliffe secured
only one third of caucus support in
the leadership election against Mr
Robertson and Shane Jones last year
and many MPs were already ner vous
about Labour’s election prospects
after Mr Cunliffe failed to fire in the
Publicly most MPs said Mr Cunliffe
had their support or refused to
comment at all.
Cunliffe supporter Sue Moroney
mounted a defence of Mr Cunliffe
in Parliament, accusing National of
focusing on attacking him instead of
issues that mattered to voters.
Mr Cunliffe said the situation
differed from former National
Williamson’s inter vention with police
on behalf of Mr Liu.
A poor result on a new political poll
has added to Labour ’s woes.
Labour has dropped six points to
23% in the stuff.co.nz/Ipsos political
poll. National rose to 56% — a result
that would let it govern without a
The poll showed results for Mr
Cunliffe as preferred prime minister
slipped two points to 11%, while
results for Prime Minister John Key
to remain as prime minister rose three
points to 51.4%.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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The husband and children of
murdered Auckland woman Blessie
Gotingco say they hope her death
will act as “a catalyst for change” to
improve the criminal justice system.
The family spoke during a protest
outside the High Court at Auckland
yesterday, as the man accused of
killing Mrs Gotingco stood in the
About 20 supporters and family
members took part in the protest,
holding signs reading “Justice for
Blessie”, and “shame on the judicial
Husband Antonio Gotingco held a
large framed photograph of his wife,
who disappeared on her way home
from work on Saturday, May 24.
The body of 56-year-old mother-
of-three was found in an area of
bush at the Birkenhead-Glenfield
cemetery on Eskdale Road two days
Outside court yesterday, Mrs
Gotingco’s son John said the family
were pleased that people had come to
support their call for justice.
“ We feel we’re not going through
this situation alone.
“ My mother’s death, while tragic, we
hope it will be a catalyst for change
for how to deal with crime in New
Zealand,” he said.
Mr Gotingco said he was thankful
for the support of the community.
“ I just want to see justice for my wife
and safety for all.”
The family did not want to be in
court for the accused’s appearance,
protest organiser and Birkdale resident
Tracey Clarke said.
Inside, the man accused of her
murder was granted continuing
name suppression by Justice Timothy
The move angered supporters, who
described themselves as “numb” after
hearing the decision.
Suppression was also opposed by
Crown prosecutor Aaron Perkins.
The defendant disrupted proceedings
by swearing loudly from the dock, and
was removed by security and taken
down to the cells.
He did not enter a plea, but a three-
week trial was scheduled for March
next year. The suppression order lasts
The man will next appear for a pre-
trial hearing in August. — APNZ
‘I just want to see justice for my wife’
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Antonio Gotingco carries a photo of his wife, Blessie, leaving the High
Court at Auckland yesterday.
The decision to put Timaru couple Jean
and the late Allan Hubbard’s businesses
in statutory management and the global
economic crisis caused the collapse of
South Canterbury Finance in 2010, not
the actions of three defendants on trial
in the Timaru High Court, their counsel
Defence counsel Pip Hall, QC, was
opening the defence for the three
accused — former SCF directors Ed
Sullivan and Robert White and former
chief executive Lachie McLeod — who
have denied 17 charges between them.
The charges relate to the $1.8 billion
collapse of South Canterbury Finance
(SCF), including the payment by
taxpayers to investors of $1.5 billion
from the Government ’s crown retail
deposit guarantee scheme.
Timaru-based financier Mr Hubbard
founded and was closely associated with
SCF, until he and some of the couple’s
companies were placed in statutory
management in June 2010. He then
resigned as chairman of directors of
SCF was put in receivership on August
In opening comments for the defence,
Mr Hall said the Crown had said at
the start of its case in March the three
defendants had ignored or overridden
controls, which amounted to serious
criminal offending and was the primary
reasons SCF failed, costing the taxpayer
The Crown said in “a headline-
grabbing description” this was the
biggest fraud trial in New Zealand’s
Mr Hall said the primary reason
SCF failed had not been proven in any
evidence heard so far from the Crown.
In fact, other reasons had played a
significant role, including the global
economic crisis and the decision
to place the Hubbards’ companies
and charitable trusts in statutory
The most serious charge related to the
defendants allegedly obtaining entry
into the crown retail deposit guarantee
scheme by providing false information
in two prospectus.
During the trail, the Crown had
“ watered down” that claim by saying they
obtained benefit by premature entry in
to the scheme, a “significant shift”.
The Crown also used the figure of
$1.5b from the taxpayer through the
guarantee scheme, but at least half
had been recovered and funds were
continuing to be recovered. The final
figure would not be known until after
the trial, Mr Hall said.
The defence would be presenting
evidence to better inform the court of
the circumstances surrounding some of
the transactions related to the charges
and documents the Crown produced to
support its case.
The High Court trial before Justice
Paul Heath started on March 12, and
was expected to take three to four
months. However, delays, partly due
to legal arguments over witnesses and
evidence, has delayed it and it will now
continue into early August.
The trial continues today with further
evidence from forensic accountants.
Mr Hubbard was killed in a car crash
at Hilderthorpe on State highway 1
just north of Oamaru on September
2, 2011, when a car driven by his wife
was involved in a collision with a four-
wheel-drive vehicle and trailer. Mrs
Hubbard was injured.
He faced 50 charges laid in June 2011,
but a stay of prosecution was entered
after his death. — Otago Daily Times
Defence opens case in SCF trial
Dotcom book not
journalism — judge
Research material on
Kim Dotcom may have to
be supplied to the Crown
after a judge ruled a
journalist ’s book was not a
Journalist David Fisher
internet mogul for his book
The Secret Life of Kim
Dotcom: Spies, Lies and
the War for the Internet,
and the Crown wants to
use the research material for a court case
against Mr Dotcom.
Mr Dotcom says the police raid on his
Coatesville mansion breached the Bill of
Rights and wants damages for breach of
privacy and trespass against goods and
Both the Crown and Mr Dotcom made
ahead of the case’s hearing.
The Crown asked Mr
Fisher for the research
material, but he declined,
saying handing it over
“ would have a chilling
effect on the general
public’s right to freedom of
A journalist ’s material is
usually protected by the
Privacy Act and Mr Fisher
said his research fell within
the definition of news
But Justice Helen Winkelmann said
the book was not affiliated with a news
outlet and could not be construed as a
She ruled that Mr Dotcom should
ask for the material and, if it is relevant,
supply it to the Crown. — NZ N
James Takamore will be laid to rest in
Christchurch on the seventh anniversary
of his death, but the location is being
kept a closely guarded secret.
Denise Clarke has been fighting a legal
battle for seven years for her partner ’s
body to be returned to the South Island
since it was taken by Mr Takamore’s Bay
of Plenty family and buried with his
The final legal hurdle was won 18
months ago after the Supreme Court
dismissed a bid for Mr Takamore’s body
to be kept at the Bay of Plenty burial
Mr Takamore was interred at a marae
at Kutarere in accordance with tikanga,
or Maori customs and tradition, after he
died from an aneurism in August, 2007.
Since then Ms Clarke, the executor
of his will, has been battling to have his
body returned to Christchurch, where he
lived with her and their two children for
Today she said she would not be
revealing publicly where the burial
would take place.
“ I don’t really want anybody knowing.
I don’t want (Mr Takamore’s family)
causing any more trouble.”
A ser vice had been arranged for the
date, Ms Clarke said.
It was confirmed this week that
arrangements had finally been made for
Mr Takamore to return to Christchurch.
“ I’m more relaxed now, that ’s for sure,
now that I know the date,” Ms Clarke
“It was always in the back of my mind
— just so worrying. It’s been such a long
Her children were also relieved at the
latest developments and that they would
be able to get “closure”, she said.
She had not heard from Mr Takamore’s
family and did not expect to.
“ I’m just very relieved it ’s finally
coming to an end.”
Mr Takamore was originally from
Taneatua, in the Bay of Plenty, and had
returned to the North Island only twice
in 20 years since moving to Christchurch.
He had specified in his will that he
wanted to be buried, but did not say
Ms Clarke had intended for him to
be buried in Christchurch, but before
that could happen the Takamore family
collected his body and buried it in Bay
Both the High Court and the Court
of Appeal ruled it was unlawful for Mr
Takamore’s family to take his body, but
his sister Josephine Takamore appealed
to the Supreme Court.
Ms Takamore was unable to be
contacted this morning. — APNZ
to be reburied
after seven-year battle
A man who posed for his
official driver’s licence photo
with a colander on his head says
he did so to highlight the “absurd
concessions made to religions”.
The man, named only as Russell
from Christchurch, said he posed
for the photo as a “Pastafarian” —
a member of a light-hearted faux
The New Zealand Transport
Agency yesterday confirmed the
licence was genuine.
Appearing on Campbell Live
last night, Russell conceded the
photo was humorous but said
there was serious intent behind it.
“ I guess the best way to make
people think is to make them
“ I am complying in every
respect with the New Zealand
law concerning drivers’ licences,
I am simply claiming the same
privileges afforded to those who
claim to believe in a magic man
in the sky, they can wear religious
headwear, this is my religious
headwear,” Russell said.
“There are absurd concessions
made to religions, this might be
a very minor one, but I certainly
think it’s ridiculous . . . the
“ I think people’s beliefs inform
their actions and guess you can
see for example in Iraq right now
what people’s beliefs are doing to
their actions — I’m completely
opposed to that.
“This is just one little poke at
the whole thing I guess.”
Serious intent in fun photo
Explosions rattle Auckland
Police have detained two men
they believe bashed, robbed and
dumped an unconscious New
Zealand hiker in Poland.
Aucklander Gordon Johnson,
60, was lured into a car he
believed was a private taxi
while waiting for a bus in rural
Its occupants bashed, robbed
and left him two hours’ drive
away across the border of
Slovakia on Sunday.
Today, police chased two men
suspected of stealing fuel from
a gas station, local newspaper,
Weekly Podhalanski reported.
Local police say the men, a
25-year-old from Myslowice and
36-year-old from Sosnowiec,
are suspects in the assault and
kidnapping of Mr Johnson.
They were driving a red BMW
matching a description from
Mr Johnson — when they were
stopped by police, the paper
A spokesman for police in
Zakopane is quoted as saying the
men are also suspected of being
behind two other robberies, on
June 11 and 15.
His partner, Coro Daniel,
said Mr Johnson was left with
a broken nose, a suspected
fractured jaw, facial stitches and
hideous,” she said. “ I just want to
get him the hell out of there. ”
Mr Johnson was unable to
fly until he received medical
clearance due to a concussion.
“ He was abducted across the
border to another country and
left for dead,” Ms Daniel said.
“ It was high up in the hills,
and it ’s cold there. They took his
clothing and everything.
“Somehow he managed to get
to the nearest farmhouse and the
lady there phoned the police. It
was a two-hour journey back to
Two men in the car took turns
assaulting Mr Johnson despite
his frequent offers of his wallet
and money, Ms Daniel said.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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