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Publication:

CPL

Date:

09 Aug 2000

Page:

1

Headline:

Gunshot injures man in Woolston

Author:

HENZELL John

Subjects:

FIREARM OFFENCES;ACCIDENTS;ASSAULT ( CHRISTCHURCH CITY )

Section:

NEWS

Sub Section:

NATIONAL

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Police search houses in Silvester Street after a man was shot.

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A man has suffered serious head and chest injuries after reportedly being blasted with a shotgun in a Woolston street.
Residents around Silvester Street heard three separate shots about 7.50pm last night. Sergeant Roy Appley, of the Christchurch police, said there had been a "huge" number of people in the area at the time of the shooting, but he could not say whether it had been a party or a sporting event. Silvester Street backs on to Woolston Park.
An ambulance had to be escorted by members of the armed offenders squad (AOS) to the scene, from which a man with head and chest gunshot injuries was taken to Christchurch Hospital. Hospital staff would not release details of his condition.
Police cordoned the area around Silvester Street, began talking to potential witnesses, and started door-to-door inquiries. Other streets were reopened for traffic but police said they planned to cordon off Silvester Street all night.
Soon after the shooting, AOS members and police dog handlers raided two houses near each other in Emmett Street, Shirley. Police would not confirm that the searches in Shirley were connected and said that in any event, "there was nothing positive as a result".
A car fire was reported in Chapmans Road, an industrial area near the scene of the shooting, about 15 minutes afterwards but it was not known whether it was related to the incident. It was extinguished by a single unit from Woolston fire station. The fire is not thought to have fully engulfed the vehicle.

Publication:

CPL

Date:

05 Aug 2000

Page:

3

Headline:

Twist of irony in jail term

Author:

HENZELL John

Subjects:

FRAUD;LEGAL PROFESSIONS;PUNISHMENT ( CHRISTCHURCH CITY;BANKING;FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS )

Section:

NEWS

Sub Section:

NATIONAL

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A disgraced Christchurch lawyer who was jailed for a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud on Thursday was a former president of the New Zealand Party who campaigned for harsher sentences for fraud.
Malcolm James McDonald, 51, was sentenced in the Christchurch District Court to four and a half years jail for his role as what Judge Graeme Noble described the "ideas man" in a fraud in 1997 and 1998 that involved over $4 million of properties and cost banks about $1.5 million.
In 1984, McDonald had been a solicitor and the president of the New Zealand Party when it contested the general election against National and Labour. In May 1984 he wrote a letter published in The Press saying that, if elected, the party would bolster police powers to battle "dishonesty and social welfare frauds in particular".
"It will ensure harsher penalties are imposed where appropriate," he wrote.
"New Zealand today is far too soft on all offenders; we will ensure that our legal system and police force impose the necessary penalties to reduce crime and dishonesty."
By the following year, the party started by businessman Bob Jones had "gone into recess" and, in 1987, McDonald had been struck off the roll of solicitors and barristers after a finding by the New Zealand Law Practitioners' Disciplinary Tribunal.
The tribunal found that he had breached his fundamental duty as a solicitor in a case that involved $339,000 being lent without security. McDonald pleaded guilty to "misconduct in his professional capacity and to negligence or incompetence of such a degree or so frequent as to reflect on his fitness to practise as a barrister or solicitor or so as to tend to bring the profession into disrepute", tribunal chairman Ted Thomas, QC, said.
The tribunal accepted there was no dishonesty but found McDonald was "not a fit and proper person to practise as a barrister or solicitor", struck him from the roll, and ordered him to pay costs of $25,735.
At the time of the offending for which he was jailed this week, McDonald was working as a law clerk for a Christchurch firm but abused the trust of his employers, other lawyers, and professionals, and used a forged letterhead to engineer a fraud that netted him and a co-offender about $175,000 each. He organised a false paper trail to cover his offending and gave his co-offender money to disappear.

Publication:

CPL

Date:

03 Aug 2000

Page:

29

Headline:

Generic e-mail messages. Go birdwatching;Cathartic guestbooks. Thin

Author:

HENZELL John;MARSHALL Robin

Subjects:

NETWORKS;BIRDS;EATING DISORDERS ( MID CANTERBURY-BANKS PENINSULA;ENTERTAINMENT;WILDLIFE RESERVES )

Section:

FEATURES

Sub Section:

COMPUTERS

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Generic e-mail messages _ www.bl.net/forwards/menu.html
Has the latest rash of computer viruses prompted a workplace ban on those cheesy and endlessly- forwarded joke e-mails which seem to make up 90 per cent of electronic traffic between companies? Do you miss them, from their American- inspired homilies down to the >>>>>>-ridden missives? You do? Then visit this site, where Brian Larson (the BL of BL.net) presents his collection of forwarded e-mails. The whole range is here, with over 30 messages ranging from the differences between men and women, the full collection of lines that Bart has to write on the blackboard at the start of the Simpsons, a schmaltzy heart made up of the word "love", and morality tales of a kind which would make even the Readers Digest editorial board gag. _ John Henzell
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Go birdwatching _ www.birdlands-sanctuary.co.nz
This is a good- looking site featuring Banks Peninsula's very own Birdlands Sanctuary. You can learn what the sanctuary does, learn about its history and facilities, and which birds you are most likely to see. There's also a section on the fauna in the area. Visitors can take walks in the area, have picnics, take a guided tour, and even camp at the sanctuary. If you want your very own, private sanctuary in your back yard you can choose from a variety of bird feeders available for sale. _Robin Marshall
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Cathartic guestbooks _ www.whowouldyoukill.com
This site enables those with a beef against various US television show characters to vent their anger and, if the guestbooks on this site are anything to go by, there are a lot of people out there who have way too much barely repressed aggression. One might be tempted to remind them that, hey, they're only characters and not real, but one suspects the point would be moot. Maybe this site will help them? The organisers of this site seem to have a sense of humour since they list the e-murderees from Ally McBeal as Ally herself, Billy, and then "that stupid singer" before continuing with the rest of the cast. You can also nominate the method of death, which for one Ally enemy involved "wiring her mouth open and then feeding her mayonnaise and bacon grease until she explodes ..." _ John Henzell
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Thin www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/Castle/1895/page2.html
Looking for some diet tips that really work? The Anorexic with Pride website, created by a 19-year- old who calls herself Empress Anorexia. She started out at 126lb and decided to trim to 106lb. Well, that was obviously just too bulky and her new goal is a mere 85lb. Find out what she eats and why, and find out about negative calorie food, and low cal, low fat recipes "to satiate those cravings! They help to fill you up, and leave you feeling guilt free". The proof is in the pudding, I guess._Robin Marshall

Publication:

CPL

Date:

02 Aug 2000

Page:

3

Headline:

Fletcher buys back-country lake property

Author:

HENZELL John

Subjects:

FARM STATIONS;EQUESTRIAN SPORT;COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE ( NORTH CANTERBURY )

Section:

NEWS

Sub Section:

NATIONAL

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Former Fletchers boss Hugh Fletcher and his wife, Chief Justice Sian Elias, have bought a majority holding in a prominent back-country property near Lake Sumner.
Lakes Station, a 5986ha property 50km west of Hawarden, was put up for sale by tender in December by the Macfarlane family, who have held it since 1924.
The Fletchers bought a 75 per cent stake in the property in May, with the long-term manager and part-owner Ted Phipps retaining the rest.
Mr Fletcher described himself as semi-retired and said he planned to pursue his horse-riding interests at the property, although his wife's job would limit their ability to visit it for the next 10 years or so.
"It's a gorgeous property and it would be lovely for riding over," he said.
"We want to continue to develop the property in the manner he (Mr Phipps) has been over the last 25 years as a sheep and cattle station. We bought it as a farming venture but we want to preserve the natural beauty of the property as well.
"We don't have any intentions other than to build a bit more accommodation for people who work on the property and also a place for ourselves. It's a bit short of accommodation."

Publication:

CPL

Date:

28 Jul 2000

Page:

3

Headline:

TransAlta 'penalising frugal elderly'

Author:

HENZELL John

Subjects:

ELECTRICITY;PRICES;AGED ( CHRISTCHURCH CITY )

Section:

NEWS

Sub Section:

NATIONAL

Caption(s):

PHOTO: JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON Helen Challis has done her sums, and is angry at the answers.

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Christchurch's pensioners are crying foul at TransAlta's "outrageous" price changes, which they say penalise them for living frugally.
Helen Challis, 74, of Upper Riccarton, said she had calculated how much she will pay when TransAlta introduces a new pricing regime which increases the fixed daily charge but reduces the cost per kilowatt- hour. In winter and summer, she stands to pay almost $7 a month more than she is doing now.
"I'm an old woman in a small, cosy home, heated only by electricity, and my only income is my pension. How can you justify such a huge increase," she said.
"How am I, and hundreds of others in the same situation, going to find this extra money. It is so unfair and outrageous to be penalised for using less electricity. All my friends are more or less my age. Some have money and some don't and they've had the same reaction."
Mrs Challis sent a "please explain" letter outlining her situation to TransAlta and since speaking out on the issue had found a groundswell of support in the community for her stand.
Age Concern caregiver Laurie Squires said another change to come in next month is a 5c higher daily charge for those on the night and day rate, compared to the residential one rate.
She said the change was unwarranted, since providing an electricity connection did not depend on the rate.
Those who are most likely to be hit are those who are on the night and day rate because they have modest incomes, such as the elderly and those on benefits. That group includes her 78-year-old mother.
"All she's got is her pension. She has no savings. Five cents a day is $1.50 over a month and when you're on a pension and you still have to pay insurance and rates, that can be quite a bit," she said.
"I know through my work with Age Concern that a lot of pensioners go to bed at 6.30pm to save electricity.
"I don't see how TransAlta can justify it. It's increasing profits at the expense of the people who can least afford it. It's always those on low incomes who get hurt. I think if the power companies were still owned by local authorities, people would be able to post their opinions at election time but they're no longer able to do that."
TransAlta spokesman Mervyn English said the company lost money providing power to those who used small amounts of electricity and those users were effectively subsidised by commercial and residential customers who used more.
The company wanted to keep all its customers but faced competition for the larger-scale customers, without which it could not support its losses on minor users. Even with the increase in daily charges, it would still make a loss on some residential customers.
Mr English said he hoped industry pricing reforms would allow TransAlta to at least partly reverse the increase in the fixed daily charge.

Publication:

CPL

Date:

27 Jul 2000

Page:

29

Headline:

Adventures in Internet dating;High-flying holidays .. or just plain weird;Paint your house

Author:

ARMSTRONG David;HENZELL John;MARSHALL Robin

Subjects:

NETWORKS;RECREATION;PAINT INDUSTRY ( RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS;RESTORATION AND RENOVATION;TOURISM;SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR )

Section:

FEATURES

Sub Section:

COMPUTERS

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Adventures in Internet dating _ www.waytoopersonal.com
Ever wondered what happens when people advertise on an on-line dating site? Here is a kind of history of one 26-year- old woman's attempt to find friends on the Web. She ended up trawling through hundreds of replies, some genuine, some arrogant, some sad, and some quite nuts. She's posted many of the replies for all to read, along with her own interpretation of the sub-texts and running commentaries of what she thinks of each _ often very frankly and displaying her own touch of arrogance. Don't take it too seriously _ it's basically a humour site with a very personal edge. More seriously, she also offers advice on placing and answering such adverts._David Armstrong
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High-flying holidays _ www.whereintheworld.co.uk
Want a holiday a little more exotic than the beachside campground at Kaiteri? Did you cash in your dot- com shares at the right time? If you answered yes, this site specialising in unusual holidays is for you. How about a flight in a MiG-25 Foxbat, a soviet fighter plane capable of travelling at 3000km/h, aerobatics generating G-forces of almost 5, and an ability to fly to 24,000m? It's yours for a mere $US11,900. For the less well-heeled, there are a variety of other options, down to a Russian Air Force trainer for $US2695. Cheaper again is a dogfight in a 400km/h Marchetti fighter in the US, which for $US795 allows you to control the aircraft, something the MiG pilots forbid. As the site says: "Forget the PlayStation, this is a game for the big boys". _ John Henzell
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... or just plain weird _ www.unlv.edu/Tourism/wacky.html
Should it be a surprise that this collection of the tacky, dubious, curious, and occasionally amusing hospitality-orientated websites should originate at a Las Vegas university? This site is a real linkfest, some outdated, taking tackmeisters to 70s relic Disco Vlad's dancing city, Hobbit House B&B, the tacky postcard archive, the Leisure Suit convention, the travels of a Mr Potato Head across North America, the Gallery of Regrettable Foods, the tackiest place in America, and Star Trek and Elvis-themed Las Vegas Weddings. On a different, er, tack, there is also one link dubbed "And the bride wore ..." which encapsulates the worst fashion mistakes of the American wedding industry in topics which include the tag: "Dear wedding lady, my butt isn't big enough ..." _ John Henzell
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Paint your house _ www.resene.co.nz
If you're about to paint your house this site is a must. Resene has gone to a lot of trouble to provide plenty of information on pretty much everything to do with painting. And the most fun part _ you can download Resene's EzyPaint program, find a house that looks similar to your own, and paint it with your own colour scheme. The download takes at least an hour with a 56K modem, so you should set it going, then while it downloads head off to watch something like Changing Rooms on TV for inspiration. You can devise colour schemes for interiors as well; bedrooms, kitchens, and lounge rooms are not safe from your varied palette. All fun aside, there's also a wealth of information for everyone _ from individuals painting their own house to professional companies. Anything you've ever wanted to know about paint is likely to be here: this is a very useful site and EzyPaint a great program to while away the hours while deciding on a new colour scheme. _Robin Marshall

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