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Smash claims life
A person has died in a three-vehicle
collision on State highway 2 at
Apata in Bay of Plenty. A person was
trapped in a van in the crash, which
happened 300m north of Apata
Station Road at midday. Police said
that person was cut free. Northern
fire communications shift manager
Scott Osmond confirmed someone
died at the scene. Three people were
taken to Tauranga Hospital with
serious and moderate injuries.
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Crash sur vivor serious
A 21-year-old Hamilton woman
has serious injuries after her car left
the road and crashed about 100m
down a slope in Waitomo yesterday.
The Waikato-King Country Westpac
rescue helicopter was called about
5.20pm. A spokesman said the
woman used her cellphone to direct
emergency staff to her whereabouts.
She was the only person in the car.
She was flown to Waikato Hospital.
No other vehicles were involved.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Body remains found
A 20-year-old cold case has been
solved after forestry workers in the
Brynder wyn Hills discovered the
remains of a missing Northland man.
On Wednesday workers planting
pines found the remains close to
a tree stump in an area on the
northern side of the Brynder wyn
Hills about 400m from the summit
at 1.30pm. They alerted police, but
due to fading light officers decided
to leave the recovery until yesterday.
Some cards including a bank card
were found which helped police
quickly identify the man who had
been reported missing in September
1994. — APNZ-Northern Advocate
$1.7m in Poppy Appeal
More than $1.7 million was raised
during the 2014 Poppy Appeal.
The money, which goes towards the
support of veterans, ex-ser vicemen
and women, and their families,
showed the generosity of New
Zealanders, the Royal New Zealand
Returned and Ser vices’ Association
(RSA) said. All poppies for the 2015
Poppy Appeal will be New Zealand-
made, after Christchurch RSA was
last month announced as the RSA’s
official poppy supplier. — APNZ
Sealord Group has appointed
former McCain Foods boss Steve
Yung as its new chief executive,
replacing Graham Stuart who is
leaving after seven years in charge
of New Zealand’s second-largest
fishing company. Canadian-born
Mr Yung takes over from Mr Stuart
at the Nelson-based fishing firm
next month. He has with 30 years’
experience in the food industry, and
will be based in Auckland. — APNZ
Numbers in Keno draw No 10068:
13, 20, 28, 31, 35, 36, 38, 49, 50, 52, 55,
58, 64, 66, 67, 68, 69, 71, 76, 77. Draw
No 10069: 2, 16, 21, 26, 29, 30, 33, 45,
48, 51, 57, 61, 62, 63, 65, 66, 69, 75,
Brownlee hands over aviation security duties
State highway 1 on the Brynder wyn
Hills in Northland reopened to both
lanes of traffic today.
The road was reopened at 10.15am, the
New Zealand Transport Agency said.
Temporary speed restrictions of 50kph
on the stretch would in place for the next
NZTA regional journey manager
Jacqui Hori-Hoult said it had been a
huge team effort to reapir the damage
done to the road.
The highway was closed when heavy
rain last weekend caused an underslip
affecting 20m of the main road link
between Northland and Auckland.
Elsewhere in the region traffic was
flowing well on a temporary State
highway 1 diversion around the
Maromaku slip near Kawakawa through
State highway 1, and State highway 12 at
Kaihu was open to a single lane.
The discovery of what appeared to be
explosives has caused the closure of a
popular Dunedin scenic drive.
Contractors discovered the items on
John Wilson Ocean Drive, and notified
“They found what appears to be some
explosives,” acting senior sergeant Ben
Butterfield, of the Southern District
command centre, said.
That prompted the closure of the road
to pedestrians and vehicles and the
partial closure of several holes at the
Chisholm Park Golf Club.
“At this stage we are just trying to
establish what the items are and talk to
the contractors before establishing what
the items are. ” — Otago Daily Times
Brownlee is giving up the aviation
security share of his portfolio
while the Civil Aviation Authority
investigates his deliberate bypassing
of airport security yesterday.
Mr Brownlee was running late for a
flight at Christchurch Airport when
he and two officials sidestepped
security screening by entering the
gate lounge through an exit door,
which was attended by an airport
He denied telling the staff member
that there was no issue with them
going through the door.
He did not consider it a major
matter until he was contacted by
the authority. He then offered his
resignation to Prime Minister John
Key — which was swiftly rejected.
The Labour Party appeared to give
the matter little weight, not calling
for Mr Brownlee’s head, and joking
in the House about the chances of
Mr Brownlee running anywhere.
The Director of Civil Aviation,
Graeme Harris, confirmed the
alleged security breach.
“The primary focus for the CAA is
to determine the facts of the incident
and take action to prevent something
like this happening again.”
It remains unclear what law or rule
may have been broken. A security
area breach can apply only if the
person refuses to identify themselves,
or refuses to leave if asked by a
The law contains a general trespass
offence but it cannot apply if
permission to be there was granted
which Mr Brownlee claims it
Mr Brownlee has delegated the
aviation security aspects of his
portfolio to Associate Transport
Minister Michael Woodhouse.
If passengers board a plane without
being screened, the plane and
departure lounge are meant to be
cleared and everyone should pass
through security again.
Mr Brownlee said he would fully
co-operate with the investigation.
The Prime Minister said he was
“ very disappointed”, but it was not a
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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An unemployed Auckland man who
purchased $50,000 worth of firearms
then passed them to gang members and
other criminals has been jailed for nearly
Peter James Edwards purchased 72
rifles and shotguns in just 18 months,
then modified them by cutting down the
barrel or stock and adding pistol grips
The pistol-sized firearms, which are
easily carried and concealed, are highly
prized in the criminal fraternity and the
case has highlighted how easily guns can
fall into the wrong hands.
Edwards, 58, was today sentenced in
the Auckland District Court after earlier
pleading guilty to supplying firearms to
unlicensed individuals, supplying a pistol
and supplying methamphetamine.
The gravity of his offending was
“extremely high”, Judge Nevin Dawson
“A large number of seriously dangerous
weapons were supplied to Head Hunters
gang members by you and they would
have had them for devious purposes,” he
“The extent of harm from your
offending is hard to assess but the risk to
the community is very high. ”
Edwards had sold methamphetamine
to his daughter, starting on her 19th
birthday, something Judge Dawson
described as “thoroughly scurrilous
behaviour” and an “abuse of trust ”.
“ Your excuse that you were helping her
is simply outrageous.”
Edwards’ offending was at the high end
of the scale, Judge Dawson said, giving
only a minimum reduction for an early
guilty plea and calling his remorse “pre-
He sentenced Edwards to a total of five
years and 10 months in prison.
His lawyer Graeme Newell said
there had been a “ limited degree
of commerciality” in relation to the
meth supply charge and his client had
no relevant criminal history in New
He also argued his client had recently
gone through a knee replacement and
a prison sentence could add “further
Edwards has 53 previous convictions
in Western Australia.
Critics say firearm record-keeping in
New Zealand is poor after the system of
licensing each firearm was abandoned in
1982 in favour of registering gun owners
The result is that police have no idea
how many guns — legal or illegal —
there are in the country or how many
stolen or modified guns are in circulation.
Edwards held an A-category firearms
licence and bought 67 firearms from
Gun City stores in Auckland and
Christchurch between May 2012 and
He spent $50,000 on firearms alone
but also bought 16,000 rounds of
ammunition, pistol grips, folding stocks
He modified the firearms in his shed,
often removing the serial numbers, then
sold them to criminals including patched
members of the Head Hunters who are
not able to legally purchase firearms.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Cars are a lot tougher to cut
through than they used to be.
Dunedin firefighters found that
out during a training exercise at
yesterday at the Carisbrook site.
Crash scenes were simulated,
with fire officers posing as crash
Fire crews then used rescue
equipment to cut the victims
from the wreckage, a skill many of
the staff do not get a lot of time
“Some of our personnel are in
roles where they will rarely get
the opportunity to use the rescue
tenders,” Willowbank station
officer Mark Leonard said.
“It’s great be able to practise
in a controlled environment,
and provide them with direct
The days begin with a lecture,
where they learn to deal with the
changes in modern car technology.
“Cars these days are a lot more
reinforced, especially on the sides,
making them far harder to cut
through,” station officer Mark
Townsend said. “ They are also
equipped with airbags, which can
be a real hazard for us.”
The exercises, which are run
annually, will continue until next
Monday, giving all of D unedin’s
170 firefighters a chance to
practise their skills.
“This is by far the most effective
way for us to practise without
actually doing it,” Mr Leonard
said. — Otago Daily Times
Firefighters hone rescue skills
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Firefighters from Willowbank, Lookout Point, Mosgiel and St Kilda stations take part in a training
exercise cutting “patients” from vehicles in a simulated motor vehicle accident beside the Carisbrook site
New privacy research reveals
the alarming reach of our digital
footprint, with some companies’
client files extending to records of
casual chats with staff, social media
“friends” and deleted CVs.
Seventy-five media studies students
made Privacy Act requests for data
held on them by banks, social media
companies and loyalty cards. It
generated a treasure trove of personal
information stored by companies
such as Trade Me, F ly Buys and
One Card — much of it without the
“One student was shocked to read,
in her gym file, detailed notes on
conversations she’d had with the
receptionist, including information
on her boyfriend and stress she’s been
experiencing about exams,” a report
on the project said.
Another found that a website
kept a list of all the people she
had claimed to be in a relationship
with long after she had deleted the
“ Likewise, a student found Trade
Me Jobs stored information such as
CVs and cover letters for a period of
time after they had been ‘deleted’. ”
Lecturer Kathleen Kuehn, who
set the assignment in her third-year
course on media, technology and
sur veillance at Victoria University in
Wellington, said most students were
surprised by the quantity and types
of personal information held about
One found their bank held
information on a conversation on
“ life’s future plans and dreams”, Dr
“I wanted the students to analyse
how they participate in different
types or modes of sur veillance in
their everyday lives, and get them
thinking about why privacy matters.”
She also found that categorising
people based on data collected
about them could limit their
Trade Me’s communications and
community officer, Paul Ford, said
website explained that “we store
information ‘behind the scenes’ in
our database once the member has
deleted it. This is held for a maximum
of 62 days and then it is permanently
He said the policy ’s wording was
being changed to clarify this, because
it was at present vague.
The Office of the Privacy
complaints in the 2012-13 financial
year. Typically more than 60% of
complaints are from people seeking
access to their personal information.
Netsafe chief technology officer
Sean Lyons said “deletion” of
computer files meant different things
to different people and users of a
website should check its terms and
“If you think you’re deleting
something, you possibly need to
check what delete means. ”
Many people professed concern
about privacy, but often easily
waived it on-line. Joining a new
website was when a user could most
easily impose limits on sharing, he
“It becomes hard to retroactively
take that back and say, ‘I don’t want
to do it’.”
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Intimate data kept on companies’ files
Government minister Jonathan
Coleman knew the FBI was
interested in Kim Dotcom before his
officials granted the tycoon residency
a revelation which has led to
accusations he misled the public.
The accusation comes after
Immigration New Zealand
released a statement making it clear
they told Dr Coleman about the
Federal Bureau of Investigation
the day before the critical residency
decision was made.
Dr Coleman — now Defence
Minister — is now facing calls to
come clean on exactly what he was
told the day before Mr Dotcom was
granted residency by Immigration
It emerged last week Mr
Dotcom was given residency in
2010 despite the New Zealand
Security Intelligence Ser vice urging
Immigration NZ to tell its minister
the FBI was carrying out a criminal
investigation into him and wanted
the help of New Zealand police.
Dr Coleman was briefed by
Immigration NZ chief executive
Nigel Bickle on October 28, the
day before Mr Dotcom was granted
Dr Coleman distanced himself
from the decision, saying it
was made by officials. He said:
“ Ministers had absolutely no
knowledge of any pending FBI-NZ
Immigration NZ has now issued a
statement saying Dr Coleman was
told before Mr Dotcom got residency.
An Immigration NZ spokesman
said “the general information about
the FBI was passed to Mr Bickle
who then passed it to the minister”.
The spokesman said a detailed
information” was given to its
intelligence manager, Theo Kuper.
Mr Kuper did not give
the classified briefing to the
Immigration NZ officer making
the decision but told him of FBI
interest in Dotcom because of
his Megaupload ownership, the
“This information formed the
briefing to the head of Immigration
New Zealand, Nigel Bickle, and
in turn Mr Bickle’s briefing to the
then Minister of Immigration,
Jonathan Coleman, on October
28, 2010, to tell him under the no
surprises policy that residence had
been approved in principle.”
Labour associate security and
intelligence spokesman Grant
Robertson said Dr Coleman had
not been straight with the public.
“It’s quite clear the minister has
misled here. He was told. I think
people want ministers to be upfront.
He’s deliberately fudged his answer
and that ’s misleading.
“Dr Coleman needs to come clean.
We need to see a full explanation of
Dr Coleman’s office rejected
requests for an inter view yesterday.
A spokeswoman said he did not
have time because he was heading
from Wellington to Auckland to
give a speech — and then refused
to say where he was speaking.
A spokeswoman for the Prime
Minister said: “ The Prime Minister
has full confidence in Minister
It has also emerged Mr Dotcom
has been granted the status of
“permanent resident ” of New
Zealand, given to those who have
shown “a commitment to living
permanently in New Zealand”.
The original investor residence
granted in 2010 had a three-
year term — and then became
“permanent residency ” because Mr
Dotcom stuck to the conditions of
being allowed into New Zealand,
Immigration NZ said.
“Unconditional residence can be
granted to investor-plus applicants
after three years if they provide
Immigration NZ with evidence
they have continued to meet
“Immigration NZ can confirm
that Mr Dotcom met all the
requirements of the investor
plus policy and has been granted
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Coleman told of FBI
interest in Dotcom
A boy killed in a head-on car smash
near Pahiatua on Wednesday was the
about eight weeks ago.
Cheyenne Ihaka, 16, died when two
cars collided head-on about 11.35pm
about 5km south of Pahiatua.
He was an unlicensed driver driving a
Ford Falcon. His passenger, aged 17, was
The other car, a Mazda, was driven by
Sheree Painter, who was on her own.
Ms Painter is the wife of Eketahuna
senior rugby coach Wayne Roache. She
was taken by ambulance to Palmerston
North Hospital with leg and stomach
injuries and was reported to be “stable”.
The passenger from the Ford was also
in a stable condition with leg and neck
Police said the Ford crossed the
centreline colliding head-on with the
Mazda and Mr Ihaka had died at the
The crash continues a tragic series of
road smashes, including Cheyenne’s
father A J Ihaka.
Ms Painter’s son, Jonathan Painter,
will stand trial in October after the
car he was driving collided with a
Wairarapa commuter train at Wiltons
Road last year, killing Grace Diedrichs,
— APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Boy’s death in smash
follows soon after dad’s
A flight attendant who worked for
Air New Zealand for 24 years has
been charged with bringing 25g of
methamphetamine into the country
concealed in his uniform jacket.
Douglas Wayne Reimer, 49, appeared
in the Manukau District Court
yesterday facing the charge of importing
The former flight attendant previously
appeared in court in May when he
was granted interim name suppression
because his father was terminally ill.
Suppression was lifted yesterday and
defence lawyer Bruce Hesketh said his
client ’s father had now died, and Reimer
did not want to cast suspicion over his
Court documents show police allege
Reimer arrived off a flight from Los
Angeles at Auckland International
Airport at 6am on May 15.
He signed an air crew declaration
form, declaring he was not bringing any
illegal goods in to New Zealand.
He went through Customs where he
was subject to a “second inter vention”
and his baggage was selected to be
x-rayed, the police summary of facts
said. The x-ray showed a concealment
within the uniform jacket he had been
wearing on the flight.
Police allege that on further inspection,
a customs officer found two zip-lock
bags within the jacket containing crystal
methamphetamine with a street value of
Reimer said he had been approached
by a man in Los Angeles, from whom he
bought the drugs.
Police said Reimer told them he then
went back to his hotel room, where he
made the concealment within his jacket.
Air New Zealand would not comment
on the specific case because it is before
the courts. Reimer did not enter a plea
and will be back in Manukau District
Court in September. He was released on
bail. — APNZ
Drugs found in Air NZ uniform
North Island shaken
A series of earthquakes have shaken the
lower North Island this morning.
Three quakes in quick succession
rocked Waipukurau in central Hawkes
Bay shortly after midnight, while a
separate quake shook close to Eketahuna
a few hours later.
The strongest of the earthquakes hit a
magnitude of 4 about 5km north-east of
Waipukurau at 12.15am.
It was the second of three early morning
quakes, rocking the town at 12.10am
with a magnitude of 2.4, and 12.28am
at 2.5 magnitude. All three struck at a
depth of between 10km and 12km.
More than 60 people reported they
felt the strongest of the three quakes to
Geonet, which described it as a moderate
Meanwhile, residents in Eketahuna
also received a jolt to wake them up this
morning, with a 3.4 magnitude quake
striking at 7.22am.
It was centred at a depth of 28km.
Woman badly hurt
A woman is reportedly in a serious
condition following an overnight crash
on an Auckland motor way.
The woman and two other people were
injured after a car hit a barrier on the
North-western Motor way just after 1am
near Newton Gully flyover.
She was thrown out of the car, 3 News
The two other people suffered
moderate injuries. All three were taken
to Auckland City Hospital.
It was unclear at this stage what caused
the crash, but police said more than one
car was involved.
Meanwhile, four cars crashed on
Auckland’s Southern Motor way this
The crash occurred near Walter Strevens
Dr overbridge in the northbound lanes.
The motorists involved suffered minor
injuries, police said. — APNZ
Fire damages home
A house fire in Dunedin that blazed
throughout the night, has been put out
by fire crews.
Southern fire shift manager Tim
Reynolds said fire ser vices were called
to the house in Chamber Street in the
North-east Valley at 11.50pm yesterday.
“ When we arrived the house was well
involved in fire. ” Six appliances and the
command unit from D unedin attended,
and were still on standby at 6am today
to monitor hot spots. He said one person
was taken to hospital for minor smoke
inhalation. — Otago Daily Times
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