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Synthetic cannabis must be banned in NZ before somebody is killed by it…

 

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A Dunedin father says he was tossed around his house “like paper” by his son trying to go cold turkey from the synthetic cannabis product, K2.

Wayne McFadyen has a simple message for people smoking synthetic cannabis.

“Stop smoking that s***.”

His 24-year-old son is in Wakari hospital, sedated and in isolation following a psychotic episode earlier this week.

Mr McFadyen contacted the Otago Daily Times following the incident, saying “I have to do something otherwise it falls on deaf ears”.

His son smoked K2 for a month, developing a two-packet-a-day habit, but decided to go cold turkey after seeing the effects it was having on friends, Mr McFadyen said.

“His thinking and behaviour just went haywire. He couldn’t control himself and ran around our house at a 100 miles per hour, would jump up, and be crying ‘help me dad, help me dad’.”

“That was pretty heartbreaking.”

His son also felt suicidal, could not eat or sleep, attacked a neighbour, and repeatedly headbutted a garage, Mr McFadyen said.

“I am 148kg and he would be lucky if he was 70kg, but he was throwing me around like a bit of paper.

“I haven’t seen anything like it.”

His son was admitted to the care of mental health authorities after his wife made a call to St John, and police were called to assist because of safety concerns.

Mr McFayden said police had called the family several weeks before, after his son was found with a mate, stoned on K2 in a car covered in vomit.

Mr McFadyen said young people seemed to smoke it for a brief buzz, and the “fact the cops can’t touch them because it is legal”.

“I know people who smoke dope who don’t do this sort of thing. Maybe they should legalise marijuana and get rid of this other crap.”

As for retailers of synthetic cannabis “they should smoke it solidly for four hours and see what they think about that”.

His son, who he said has ADHD but was not on any medication, would now spend at least the next week in hospital for assessment.

“You know what he said to me? – ‘I am dying from the inside Dad, I am dying from the inside’.”

Dunedin-based toxicologist Dr Leo Schep, of the National Poisons Centre, said psychotic episodes was “one of the major symptoms we note with users”, along with paranoia, and anger.

He was also aware of five recorded instances of renal failure, and one case of a first-time user becoming a paranoid schizophrenic.

“We are also starting to believe there may be long-term effects. It is scary stuff.”

Meanwhile, a man who smoked synthetic cannabis was arrested after allegedly punching his partner and threatening her with a hammer and a wrench.

The 42-year-old man was arrested in Dunedin on Tuesday night and charged with possession of a weapon, and assaulting a female.

Senior Sergeant Brian Benn said the man allegedly smoked K2 before a verbal altercation about a funeral they had attended.

His partner was allegedly punched in the face, threatened with a hammer and then chased around the home with a wrench.

He was given a registrar’s adjournment yesterday to appear in the Dunedin District Court in a fortnight.

Mr Benn said police regularly had people in “our care who are behaving strangely, and that may be as a result of having [synthetic cannabis] prior to their arrest”.

Acknowledgements:  NZ Herald

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10879684

The legend and remembrance of the Anzacs on April 25 every year in New Zealand and Australia…

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Anzac Cove, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey Photo taken by User:Adam Carr, May 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The legend of the Anzacs and the Gallipoli Peninsula

ANZAC Day Parade

ANZAC Day Parade (Photo credit: edwin.11)

 landing at what is now called Anzac Cove on the coast of modern Turkey, is engraved on the psyches of New Zealanders and Australians at a very young age. If any commentator is looking at a point in our collective Anzac histories, that is where it started – from a military disaster yes, but a performance by many thousands of heroes. Tomorrow is Anzac Day, April 25,  and up and down and across both countries dawn parades will be held at war memorials  in little townships, towns,  suburbs and city centres. Bugles will play the Last Post and other well known military tunes, and old diggers and their descendants will later assemble at local RSA’s  and RSL clubs to remember those who have passed away and have a couple of rums in their memory. From the Gallipoli landing on April 25 1915, other infamous WW1 battles; through the many battles and landings  in Europe and the Pacific in WW2;  Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and many other United Nations led or sanctioned military actions, such as East Timor(Timor Leste), those who were injured or made the ultimate sacrifice will be remembered for ever. Lest we forget!

Each year on 25 April – Anzac Day – New Zealanders (and Australians) mark the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings of 1915. On that day, thousands of young men, far from their homes, stormed the beaches on the Gallipoli Peninsula in what is now modern Turkey. For nine long months New Zealanders, Australians and allies from France and the British Isles battled harsh conditions and Turkish opponents who were desperately fighting to protect their homeland.

By the time the campaign ended, over 120,000 men had died: more than 80,000 Turkish soldiers and 44,000 British and French soldiers, including over 8500 Australians. Among the dead were 2721 young New Zealanders, about a quarter of those who had landed on the peninsula.

In the history of the Great War, the Gallipoli campaign made no large mark. The number of dead, although horrific, pales in comparison with the number that died in France and Belgium during the war. But for New Zealand, along with Australia and Turkey, the Gallipoli campaign played an important part in fostering a sense of national identity.

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Homeless Kiwis, not vagrants or bums, denied help from the Australian state – so much for the Anzac spirit…

 

  • Homeless Kiwis who arrived in Australia after 2001 get no help from the Australian state – many are living under a bridge in Sydney…

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    They are not vagrants or bums but homeless New Zealanders who have previously lost their jobs because of the economic situation in Australia. But because they came to Australia after 2001 the Australian Government changed the law and will not give these people any state assistance, no welfare benefits or student loans to retrain and seek other forms of work. They don’t have any regular income and can’t afford rental accomodation around Sydney. They are not in a position to return to their families in New Zealand, and many are too ashamed to let their families know how low their situations have deterioated to. They left the NZ to join the greener grass on the other side of the ditch – the Tasman Sea. Most were in good employment but during 2007-2009 employers started laying off their employees. Once their money ran out, they found things extremely difficult; couldn’t afford to continue living in their apartments and rental housing. Now they are living under a bridge with no future prospects.

    On Thursday of this week, April 25, Australians and New Zealanders will celebrate ‘Anzac Day’ and the sacrifices their old soldiers made in Gallipoli during WW1 and all wars since. Anzacs fought together and supported each other in times of hardship, but Julia Gillard the prime minister of Australia has refused the urgings of the NZ Government to give some support to those Kiwis. So those unforunate New Zealanders who are not vagrants or bums will have to continue living under that Sydney bridge.
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    Shame on you Australia. In NZ Australians or any other permanent residents would get all the rights and assistance that NZ citizens are entitled to.
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    The shameful Julia Gillard

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/8542785/Homeless-Kiwis-live-under-a-Sydney-bridge

    http://huttriverofnz.blog.co.uk/2013/04/22/they-are-not-vagrants-or-bums-but-homeless-kiwis-who-have-been-refused-help-for-the-australian-state-15777263/

Story: Ngati Porou

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Mount Hikurangi – The mountain of Ngati Porou

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The Waiapu River – The river of Ngati Porou

http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/ngati-porou

http://www.ngatiporou.com/Matauranga/history/

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The David Bain case…

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The David Bain Case


On June 20 1994, horrified New Zealanders awoke to the news of the Bain family murders. Five people had been shot as they lay sleeping at 65 Every Street, Andersons Bay, Dunedin. The news bulletins said one family member had survived and as yet, no one had been charged. From the outset there was strong speculation that the father Robin Bain had killed his family, then himself, sparing only eldest son David, but four days later, New Zealand got its second big shock that week, when police arrested 22-year-old David Bain, and charged him with killing his family.


This was to be the start of one of New Zealand’s most complex and controversial murder investigations and the notoriety it has since gained, has not been seen since Arthur Allan Thomas’s conviction for murdering Harvey and Jeanette Crewe and his subsequent pardon with $1 million compensation.

crime.co.nz gives the reader as many of the facts and theories as it can assemble, including the views of police who investigated the killings and other police who investigated the investigation – from Joe Karam, David Bain’s staunchest supporter and from James McNeish whose book says there seems no question that David is guilty. crime.co.nz gives you the information. Read it and decide for yourself.

The Victims 
Robin, Margaret, Arawa, Laniet and Stephen.  read story…
Those involved in the case 
The primary people involved in the David Bain Case.  read story…
The case for the prosecution 
The murder theory according to the Prosecution.  read story…
The court decision 
David Bain convicted of the murder of his parents, his two sisters and his brother.  read story…
New Allegations Vs The Facts 
Allegations made after the trial and the facts as known at this time.  read story…
Alternative murder/suicide theory 
The Robin Bain murder/suicide theory  read story…
The Crime Timeline 
A possible timeline on events surrounding the phone call to emergency services.  read story…
David Bain – A Profile 
A profile on David Bain’s life.  read story…
Joe Karam launches appeal for Bain 
In January 1996 Joe Karam became involved in the campaign to free David Bain.  read story…
Opinions of the remaining Bain family 
What do David Bain’s relative’ think?  read story…
Public Perception a Myth? 
A book review by Greg O’Connor.  read story…
A Dunedin Opinion 
A local’s opinion on the two books by G. Stephenson  read story…
The strange behaviour of Nicholas Greet 
Nicholas Greet’s behaviour has still not been fully explained – what was his purpose?  read story…
The evidence of Dean Cottle 
Should Dean Cottle’s Evidence have been admitted?  read story…
The police investigation into the handling of the case 
Investigating the Investigation  read story…
Police Commissoner Peter Doone – Statement on report findings 
NEW ZEALAND POLICE NEWS RELEASE  read story…
Summary of findings in Bain review 
Bain review findings summary  read story…
James McNeish comments 
Why James McNeish wrote ‘The Mask Of Sanity’.  read story…
David & Goliath book review 
Published by Reed Books, a division of Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd. First Published: 1997 Author: Joe Karam  read story…
The Mask of Sanity book review 
Published by David Ling Publishing First Published: 1997 Author: James McNeish  read story…
Police to sue author Joe Karam 
Police officers have filed defamation action against Karam and Reed Publishers.  read story…

Longfin eels(manaaki tuna) will become extinct unless commercial fishing is halted – report claims…

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Longfin eels (manaaki tuna) will be driven to extinction if a halt is not put on their commercial fishing, says a report that has divided environmentalists and industry members.

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright has called for a moratorium on the commercial harvesting of New Zealand’s longfin eel and for the Department of Conservation to step up its protection.

Massey University water ecologist Mike Joy said the report’s findings “totally vindicate” what campaigners for the eel had been saying.

“It’s been so frustrating dealing with the Ministry for Primary Industries so it’s nice to have some independent support.”

Dr Wright says the need for action is urgent.

“I am confident that the weight of evidence shows we need to act urgently to save this species.

“The longfin eel can live to more than 100 years old and breeds once at the very end of its life, travelling thousands of kilometres into the Pacific to do so. This long slow life cycle makes it very vulnerable.

“It is critical that we stop fishing longfin eels. It is not just fishing that is a problem, but stopping it is the only action that has immediate potential to reverse the decline of this extraordinary creature.”

Spokesman for the commercial eel fishing industry Bill Chisholm said the report appeared to ignore that eel stocks were recovering. “The best available scientific data clearly demonstrates that longfin eels have been increasing over the last decade. The Parliamentary Commissioner’s report is therefore 10 years out of date.”

Levin Eel Trading Company owner Mark Kuijten could not be contacted yesterday but told the Manawatu Standard last month that a moratorium would make it difficult for his business to survive.

“There are so many longfin in the waters around here it is not even funny,” he said.

“Since the quota system was introduced in 2004, things have improved.

“If my fishermen weren’t throwing them back because there’s so many, I’d be the first to say we have to do something.”

Dr Joy said he disagreed with the view that the eel, known to Maori as tuna, were in abundance and stocks were healthy.

The Department of Conservation has classed the eel as being in decline or threatened.

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy said it was an important issue. “I welcome this report and it will be carefully studied by the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Department of Conservation before we make any decisions.”

There are 75 commercial eel fishers in New Zealand, and three processing plants. Export earnings are around $10 million a year.

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/8566516/Longfin-eels-will-be-driven-to-extinction

http://www.longfineel.co.nz/

http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/native-animals/fish/facts/eel/

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Pike River coal mine – no individual found accountable claimed enquiry…

 

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    Pike River Coal

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    :no:The Pike River coal mine public enquiry into the deaths of 29 miners in the mine near Greymouth on New Zealand’s South Island late in 2010 found that no individual was accountable. Then who is?

    It is now owned by a state owned company, is still insolvent and in receivership. There is only one million dollars in the kitty and roughly another 20 million dollars owing to creditors. The Pike River Coal Company itself is responsible and accountable for the deaths of the 29 miners and fundamental breaches of health and safety laws. But who will pay the piper – the fines that will be dished out for breaches of the Act? The former CEO, Peter Whittle, will have to answer a number of charges before the District Court in coming weeks.

    Some say the NZ Government’s Labour Department should be held accountable for allowing the company to operate the way it did. The lack of permanent mine inspectors is also claimed to have contributed to the tragedy as well. A series of explosions over four days and on-going high levels of gas in the mine prevented any consideration of retrieving the bodies of the trapped and dead miners during the last three years.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-18/an-mining-company-found-guilty-in-nz-pike-river-mine-disaster/4637502?section=business

    http://huttriverofnz.blog.co.uk

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Damming of sections of Hurunui River branches will be prohibited by Canterbury Regional Council

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English: The historic Hurunui Hotel in Hurunui, New Zealand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Mountainbiker crossing the Hurunui River in New Zealand upstream of Lake Sumner. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Canterbury Regional Council plan will prohibit the damming of popular back country waterways the north and south branches of the Hurunui River.

The Hurunui-Waiau River regional plan aims to balance the need for irrigation for farmers while preserving healthy river flows and water quality.

The council has accepted recommendations of a hearings panel after months of public consultation and the plan is expected to be finalised soon.

North Canterbury Fish and Game officer Tony Hawker said on Thursday the upper reaches of the Hurunui River are pristine fishing and tramping destinations, and it has fought for their protection for years.

However, Mr Hawker said he is not as happy with other parts of the plan that allows for more water to be taken from the river for irrigation and increase the allowable levels of nitrogen.

The plan is also responsible for the land from Kaikoura, south to Waipara, and west towards the Southern Alps.

One of the regional council’s commissioners, Peter Skelton, says the amount of land that can be irrigated in the area is likely to increase from 30,000 hectares to 100,000 hectares if the plan is adopted.

Mr Skelton said this means that nitrate levels in the Hurunui River would be allowed to increase by 25%.

A main contributor to nitrate levels is run-off from dairy farms. However, Mr Skelton said scientists have said that the river can cope. He said phosphorous is the main problem in the Hurunui and those levels are not being allowed to increase.

Federated Farmers‘ dairy chairperson Willy Leferink said he is excited by the plan and believed that farmers would stick to the regulations.

From Saturday, there will be a 15-day appeal period before the plan is finalised. However, any appeal can only address legal matters, not the content of the plan.

It is one of several local catchment plans included in the over-arching Canterbury Water Management Strategy and the first to get to this stage.

 

Acknowledgements © 2013, Radio New Zealand

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The David Bain Family Murder Case, 1994, Dunedin, New Zealand…

The David Bain Case

English: David Bain after he was proven innocent

English: David Bain after he was proven innocent (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


On June 20 1994, horrified New Zealanders awoke to the news of the Bain family murders. Five people had been shot as they lay sleeping at 65 Every Street, Andersons Bay, Dunedin. The news bulletins said one family member had survived and as yet, no one had been charged. From the outset there was strong speculation that the father Robin Bain had killed his family, then himself, sparing only eldest son David, but four days later, New Zealand got its second big shock that week, when police arrested 22-year-old David Bain, and charged him with killing his family.


This was to be the start of one of New Zealand’s most complex and controversial murder investigations and the notoriety it has since gained, has not been seen since Arthur Allan Thomas’s conviction for murdering Harvey and Jeanette Crewe and his subsequent pardon with $1 million compensation.

crime.co.nz gives the reader as many of the facts and theories as it can assemble, including the views of police who investigated the killings and other police who investigated the investigation – from Joe Karam, David Bain’s staunchest supporter and from James McNeish whose book says there seems no question that David is guilty. crime.co.nz gives you the information. Read it and decide for yourself.

The Victims
Robin, Margaret, Arawa, Laniet and Stephen.  read story…
Those involved in the case
The primary people involved in the David Bain Case.  read story…
The case for the prosecution
The murder theory according to the Prosecution.  read story…
The court decision
David Bain convicted of the murder of his parents, his two sisters and his brother.  read story…
New Allegations Vs The Facts
Allegations made after the trial and the facts as known at this time.  read story…
Alternative murder/suicide theory
The Robin Bain murder/suicide theory  read story…
The Crime Timeline
A possible timeline on events surrounding the phone call to emergency services.  read story…
David Bain – A Profile
A profile on David Bain’s life.  read story…
Joe Karam launches appeal for Bain
In January 1996 Joe Karam became involved in the campaign to free David Bain.  read story…
Opinions of the remaining Bain family
What do David Bain’s relative’ think?  read story…
Public Perception a Myth?
A book review by Greg O’Connor.  read story…
A Dunedin Opinion
A local’s opinion on the two books by G. Stephenson  read story…
The strange behaviour of Nicholas Greet
Nicholas Greet’s behaviour has still not been fully explained – what was his purpose?  read story…
The evidence of Dean Cottle
Should Dean Cottle’s Evidence have been admitted?  read story…
The police investigation into the handling of the case
Investigating the Investigation  read story…
Police Commissoner Peter Doone – Statement on report findings
NEW ZEALAND POLICE NEWS RELEASE  read story…
Summary of findings in Bain review
Bain review findings summary  read story…
James McNeish comments
Why James McNeish wrote ‘The Mask Of Sanity’.  read story…
David & Goliath book review
Published by Reed Books, a division of Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd. First Published: 1997 Author: Joe Karam  read story…
The Mask of Sanity book review
Published by David Ling Publishing First Published: 1997 Author: James McNeish  read story…
Police to sue author Joe Karam
Police officers have filed defamation action against Karam and Reed Publishers.  read story…
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The 1989 Karla Cardno child murder in Taita, Lower Hutt

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English: View of Wellington Harbour from Oriental Bay (New Zealand) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The  Karla Cardno child murder:  Too close to home for me…


This page is dedicated to Karla’s grandfather, John, whom the writer had the pleasure of meeting on several occasions. He and his family have suffered terribly and only through their eyes does a person start to understand what it is like to lose a loved one to murder. John is a remarkable individual and a battler. His love for his granddaughter is something this writer will never forget.


The Cardno family’s nightmare began on the evening of Friday 26th May 1989 when 13 year old Karla set off from home to go to the Taita shops. These shops were only a few blocks away and it was a journey she had made many times before. As time passed, Karla’s mother became concerned that she had not arrived home and went looking for her. As she came to the intersection of Churton Crescent and Taine Street, she found the bicycle Karla had been riding to the shops, and after checking the surrounding streets, she hurried home to phone the police about her daughter’s disappearance.

The police had received disturbing reports from witnesses in the local video parlour who had seen Karla that night in a highly distressed state in the shopping centre. Fears for her safety were now valid. Police began a large scale search including a door to door canvas, questioning all residents in the surrounding area. By Sunday, 28th May, Karla had still not been found.

The Police inquiries led them to question Paul Joseph Dally who was living in Churton Crescent, Taita. He

Police began a large scale search including a door to door canvas, questioning all residents in the surrounding area. By Sunday, 28th May, Karla had still not been found.

told police he was at home with his wife and three children on the night Karla disappeared. When the police approached him, he was vacuuming the boot of his car. Upon further investigation, it was established that Dalley‘s wife and kids had left him three weeks before.

Witnesses told police they had seen Dalley at different times on the Saturday and Sunday after Karla’s disappearance around the Pencarrow coastal area. He was re-interviewed and attempted to commit suicide by pill overdose.

Police then conducted a comprehensive search of Dally’s home, where forensic examination of the hair and fibres taken from the house were found to be those of Karla.

On the 8th of July, 1989, Paul Dally was charged with murder. He confessed to killing Karla and led police to her body on a beach at Pencarrow Head, at the entrance to Wellington harbour.

He was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. It is believed that Dally was put under protection from other inmates while in jail, however his victim had no such protection from him….

http://www.crime.co.nz/c-files.aspx?ID=8

Note:  Paul Joseph Dally is still in prison, and continually fails to gain parole.

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