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The death of a tabby cat —
shot numerous times near its
central D unedin home — has
appalled its owners.
Seventeen-year-old Bungle sits
on the couch seemingly oblivious
to the incident which claimed
the life of its sister, Pansy.
On Saturday night the
Fernando family noticed
swelling on the side of Pansy,
which never wandered far from
its Elm Row home.
The much-loved family pet,
which came with the family
from the United Kingdom
eight years ago, was later taken
to a veterinarian.
The cat was shaved and the
vet noticed more than a dozen
holes, possibly caused by a
pellet gun, around its body.
One of those pellets had
pierced its stomach, and despite
intravenous antibiotics the cat
died on Tuesday.
“I can’t believe someone would
disturbing,” Amy Fernando said.
Family members were now
concerned about their pets and
others in the area.
Last year it was reported
CCTV footage showed a man
brutally smashing a stolen pet
rabbit against a wall before
tossing its lifeless body over a
fence in nearby Arthur Street.
Miss Fernando had laid a
complaint with police and the
SPCA and hoped the “sick
culprits” would be found.
— Otago Daily Times
Family disturbed by cat’s killing
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Sisters Milly, left, and Amy Fernando, at home with Bungle, whose sister Pansy (inset) died this week, after being shot.
An archer who shot two fallow deer at
Masterton’s deer park would have had no
difficulty killing animals used to being hand-
fed by children and visitors.
On Monday last week, a shooter using
either a crossbow or hunting bow killed two
fallow deer at Queen Elizabeth Deer Park,
dragging the carcases over the fence, probably
loading them into a car, police said.
Senior sergeant Mike Sutton said police
recovered an arrow or crossbow bolt in the
deer park. Police are seeking information
from anyone who may have seen anything
relating to the death of the deer.
The deer in the park are owned by Wairarapa
Deerstalkers and president Martin Amos
said it was not the first time deer had been
stolen from the park.
“It’s happened once before, a long time ago,”
“The person was caught and ended up going
to prison for two and a half years.”
He said one of the deer that was taken this
time was “quite a good stag”.
Mr Amos thanked police for trying to
solve the crime. “ They have the arrow and are
investigating where it may have been bought.”
He said the club was going to install security
cameras around Queen Elizabeth Park as a
deterrent to future poachers who “may think
twice” before killing another deer. It is not
known if the thief will try to sell the venison
on the black market.
Surfing the internet reveals deer meat sells
for just over $6 a kilo.
An adult fallow deer buck is typically 140-
160cm in length with a 85-95cm shoulder
height, and weighs 60-100kg.
King and Henry Masterton hunting supply
store owner Tony Roseingrave said either
a crossbow or a longbow would be “very
effective” against a fallow deer at close range
such as the distance between the fence and
the deer in Q ueen Elizabeth Park, especially
if a “ broad head” arrow was used.
A hunter at the store, who did not want to
be named, said he was “disgusted” at the idea
of shooting nearly tame animals.
He said he regularly took his grandson to
the park to hand-feed the deer.
Asked how difficult it would be to use a
bow at night-time, he said it would not have
been difficult with animals like these.
“ To be honest, he probably held out some
food and they came up,” he said.
“There’s hunting — and there’s this.”
Masterton district councillor David
Holmes, who farms on Lees Pakaraka Road,
discovered a fallow deer carcase on the road
outside his property last Thursday. It had
been butchered, with just the carcase and
“Someone had definitely killed the animal
and taken what they wanted. ”
He said six weeks ago he discovered the
carcase of a cattle beast on his road, processed
in the same manner.
— APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Poacher bags tame deer
ACC has back-tracked on
proposed cuts to petrol levies,
cutting them 2c to 7.9c per litre,
rather than 4c cut proposed earlier
The levies are proposed to take
effect in 2015-16 and the changes
follow a public consultation period
after the announcement in May.
The current ACC petrol levy is
9.9c per litre. An earlier proposal
was for a cut to 5.9c per litre.
This year’s budget featured an
announcement from the Government that it
planned to slash ACC levies by $480 million
from next year, with motorists to get a cut of
$130 a year on average.
The ACC then released its recommendations
for public consultation proposing deeper
overall cuts, saying that based on its funding
requirements, businesses, workers and motorists
should see cuts of up to $650m next year.
yesterday said the combined value of levy
cuts recommended had not changed and the
organisation was still recommending that the
Government implemented “across-the-board
levy cuts” next year.
“But we have recommended changing how we
apportion levy cuts across ACC motor vehicle
levies, which include licence levies and the
ACC petrol levy.”
Applying a large chunk of motor vehicle levy
cuts to the petrol levy would disadvantage those
who travelled low mileage in their vehicles, and
who therefore bought less petrol,
Ms Rebstock said.
“As a result, we’re now
recommending that the petrol
levy be cut to 7.9c per litre, rather
than 5.9c per litre as we originally
“ To balance this smaller cut to the
petrol levy, we’re recommending
bigger cuts to annual licence levies.
“ In the final wash, vehicle owners
will benefit from the same overall
level of levy cuts that we originally
proposed. The cuts will just be
spread more fairly across annual licence levies
and the petrol levy.”
ACC would not, however, be recommending
cuts to motorcycle levies, which were already
heavily subsidised by other vehicle owners, Ms
Risk rating, which would see car owners
pay a levy which reflected how their vehicle’s
design affected injury outcomes in a crash,
remained part of the levy changes ACC was
recommending to the Government.
While owners of safer cars would benefit
the most from the renewed proposals, all car
owners would pay lower levies if the cuts were
implemented, Ms Rebstock said.
Proposed levy changes for 2015-16 .—
21% reduction to average work levy.
5% reduction to earners’ levy.
40% reduction to combined average motor
Petrol levies cutting from 9.9c to 7.9c a litre.
Outgoing National MP Claudette
Hauiti admits using her parliamentary
charge card to buy petrol for her personal
car in a further breach of the rules on
Ms Hauiti has clarified some of the
details of her misspending, confirming
on Radio Live that she had spent a total
of $1178 on petrol on her parliamentary
card. She said she had already repaid all
the amounts misspent.
Ms Hauiti announced this week she
would step down from Parliament, days
after revelations she used the charge card
for personal spending, including a $200
fee related to flights to Australia.
Earlier, she said she regretted what had
happened but had nobody to blame but
herself because she had not known the
rules and should have.
She confirmed she had also used the
card for petrol for her own car and rental
cars. She did not know exactly how much
was spent and said she had mistakenly
believed it was within the rules because
the travel was largely for work purposes.
She surrendered the card earlier this
year and the Parliamentary Ser vice had
assured her there was no more to repay.
She said most of the misspending was in
her early months as an MP.
“The refunds were paid over a period
of time, so when costs . . . were brought
to my attention I paid them back. I
genuinely thought they were within
She was seeking more detailed
information from the Parliamentary
Ser vice. She also clarified that the $200
relating to Australian flights was a fee to
change one, not for tickets her mother-
in-law had paid for to attend a family
Asked if she believed she had paid too
high a price for what had happened, she
said she regretted it but was not making
excuses for herself.
“There is no one else at fault here. There
are no excuses for not knowing the rules.
And that is the price you pay because this
is the job we are in. Our Prime Minister
has always reinforced transparency and I
absolutely agree with that. ”
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Combined value of cuts unchanged
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