Body of missing Waiau man believed to be found

Source: New Zealand Police

Police have found a body which is believed to be that of missing man Kenneth Kidd.

The 94-year-old, of Waiau, was reported missing yesterday.

His body was found at Waiau River, near Lower Flat Road, Waiau, late last night.

It is believed Kenneth was fishing at the river.

Police extend their sympathies to Kenneth’s family and friends.

The matter has now been referred to the Coroner. 


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Serious crash, Ngaere

Source: New Zealand Police

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 – 10:48pm

Police are attending the scene of a serious crash in Ngaere, near Stratford.

The single-car crash occurred at 10:20pm on Cheal Road.

One person has been critically injured.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area.


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Social worker recruitment

We’re leading a new way of working to support children who need care, creating a major shift in emphasis.

We have a number of social worker positions available now and invite dedicated and passionate social workers to play their part in helping change the way New Zealand protects children.

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Teddies for tamariki

Children in Manawatū experiencing anxiety will be comforted by weighted teddy bears after a generous donation from a local charitable trust.

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Pay equity ratification

A pay equity deal delivering significant pay increases to Oranga Tamariki social workers has now been ratified.

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New cards helping tamariki

The roll-out of a new payment card is helping social workers to more easily support children and young people in our care.

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Gráinne’s update – October 2018

Gráinne highlights two significant events for Oranga Tamariki – the first Annual Report, and our inaugral hui with iwi and Māori organisations.

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Remand Options Investigation Tool – Evaluation

This report summarises evaluation findings on the Remand Options Investigation Tool (ROIT), designed to support youth justice professionals.

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Learning to be myself

Lakiesha is a young aspiring social worker. She shares with us some of the values and life lessons she learnt living in a kaupapa-Māori home in Whangarei.

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Building on the commitment to tamariki Māori

We gathered with iwi and Māori organisations for the first national hui since Oranga Tamariki was formed.

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A new way to support tamariki

We’re partnering with Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services to support tamariki who have offended to make positive life decisions and cultural connections.

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Care Continuum – Overseas Jurisdictions: Evidence Brief

An overview of out-of-home care services for children overseas.

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VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai

If you’re a young person or child in care, and would like to connect with others who have had similar experiences, you should check us out at VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai. A big part of what we do is organise fun and engaging events for people with care experience. We’re an independent connection and advocacy service, separate from the Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, and we’re here to support you and be 100% on your side.

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Man seriously injured after incident in Panmure

Source: New Zealand Police

Police are investigating after a stabbing in Panmure late last night, Tuesday 22 January.

Police were called around 11pm to reports of a man stabbed outside a Tripoli Road address.

A man was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Enquiries are ongoing.


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Update – incident in Queenstown

Source: New Zealand Police

A mother and son remain in Dunedin Hospital after the incident at Shotover Jet base in Queenstown yesterday afternoon.

The pair, from Wellington, are both in a serious but stable condition.

Emergency services were called to the area around 1pm yesterday when a tree fell on the group.

Police continue to make enquiries into the incident.


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Jakarta Post: Free radical cleric linked to Bali bombing – why now?

Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir … controversy over presidential plan for his early release. Image: YouTube still

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo says a radical Muslim cleric linked to the 2002 Bali bombings would only be released from jail if he pledged loyalty to the state and its ideology, following news he would be freed unconditionally sparked criticism – including a stinging editorial in the country’s national English language daily.

President Widodo had declared last week that Abu Bakar Bashir, 81, would be freed on humanitarian grounds, citing his age and poor health.

But a presidential statement said yesterday it would be a “conditional release”.

READ MORE: Indonesia backtracks on ‘unconditional’ release of Bashir

Condemning the release decision, The Jakarta Post said: “The timing and circumstances of the President’s decision are so suspicious that one wonders whether his health condition was a factor at all.”

Bashir was convicted in 2010 under anti-terrorism laws for links to militant training camps in Aceh province and jailed for 15 years.


Although linked to the Bali attacks and a bombing at Jakarta’s Marriott Hotel in 2003, Bashir was never convicted for them and denied those ties.

The Jakarta Post’s editorial board published the following opinion article:

‘Wrong on so many levels’
“There is nothing wrong with granting an old and ailing felon conditional release or even a pardon on humanitarian grounds. But President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo’s decision to approve the early release of 81-year-old terror convict and firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Bashir is wrong on so many levels.

“It is not impossible to pardon the ailing cleric on humanitarian grounds, but the timing and circumstances of the President’s decision are so suspicious that one wonders whether his health condition was a factor at all.

“The call came only months before the April presidential election in which Jokowi will square off against his old rival, Prabowo Subianto, in a bid to secure a second term.

“Prabowo has been touted as the more Islamic candidate by hardline Islamists, while Jokowi is struggling to convince voters he is not a communist, even after naming the leader of the nation’s most influential Islamic institution as his running mate.

“Given the political backdrop, it is too easy to believe the move was just another attempt by Jokowi to win Muslim votes.

“Yusril Ihza Mahendra, the lawyer for the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin campaign, has dismissed such speculation. Mahendradatta, Bashir lawyer, has also claimed that his client’s release has nothing to do with politics, that it is not a ‘political gift’ from Jokowi.

“The claim is hardly convincing. Bashir’s lawyers had long cited Bashir’s deteriorating health as the primary reason for his release, or him being put under house arrest. The government had ignored the request. So why the change now?

“Moreover, the Jokowi administration has been far from transparent in explaining the legal basis for Bashir’s release.

“Days after the decision was made public, officials said it was unclear if Bashir was pardoned or granted conditional release. It is hard to say which.

Presidential pardon not sought
“Neither the cleric nor his lawyer have ever sought presidential pardon. The cleric is neither eligible for conditional release, despite having served two thirds of his prison sentence, because he refused to sign a letter of loyalty to the state ideology Pancasila — a requirement for all terror convicts.

“Yusril argued Jokowi could just change or ‘ignore’ the policy, as it is only stipulated in a ministerial regulation, not a law. While it is possible to tweak the regulation, one wonders why Jokowi needs to go through all that for Bashir.

“This leads to another issue: fairness.

“The President has often pledged to not interfere with the law. Only recently, Jokowi cited the exact argument to reject calls for him to grant clemency to a housewife jailed for inadvertently exposing the man accused of sexually abusing her.

“Jokowi is also merciless to drug convicts. Last July, a terminally ill Pakistani drug convict on death row died in prison. The man claimed innocence and Jokowi refused to free him despite his health condition and plea for justice.

“The President has the prerogative to pardon convicts, but he is obliged to justify his action before citizens. His decision on Bashir was poorly timed, legally flawed and insensitive. It sent all the wrong messages to many of his supporters as well as the international community.”

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Stabbing incident, Whanganui

Source: New Zealand Police

Source: New Zealand Police

Stabbing incident, Whanganui

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 – 5:00pm


Police are attending a stabbing incident on Wicksteed Street, Whanganui.

Multiple people have been injured.

The incident was reported at about 4.15pm.

One person has been taken into custody.


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MIL-OSI Australia: ANAO audit report into Biometric Identification Services project

Source: Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) requested the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) conduct a review into the agency’s Biometric Identification Services (BIS) project in February 2018.

The ACIC acknowledges the report, which was made public today, is very thorough and comprehensive. The ACIC notes the findings of the report and commits to implementing changes in response.

The ACIC has bolstered its program management office to ensure a consistent, high-level approach to the delivery of projects. This includes governance and risk management, contract management and records management.

The ACIC will continue to focus on connecting police and law enforcement to essential criminal intelligence, policing knowledge and information through collaborative national information systems and services.

The ACIC thanks the ANAO for its professionalism and the thorough approach taken in its review.

Michael Phelan APM
Chief Executive Officer

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission



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MIL-OSI Australia: Suspicious email warning

Source: Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission is aware of a suspicious email circulated on January 18, falsely claiming to be from Commission staff.

The email is sent from the address legalright @, which is not an email address used by the Commission.

Recipients are advised not to open any attachments and to delete the email.

The Commission has reported the email to relevant law enforcement.

Information on how to identify scam emails, and what to do, is available at

If you need to contact the Commission please find our legitimate contacts at

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MIL-OSI Australia: Canadian man faces court for indecent acts on international flight

Source: Australian Federal Police

A 28-year-old Canadian national will face court today for allegedly performing indecent acts on a flight from Hong Kong to Adelaide last night (Thursday, 17 January).

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will allege that the man, who was travelling to Australia on a student visa, indecently assaulted two female cabin crew members.  He was restrained by crew and passengers and handcuffed for the remainder of the flight.

AFP and Australian Border Force (ABF) officers boarded the plane on its arrival into Adelaide to escort the man off the flight where he was later arrested and charged following interviews with witnesses.

AFP State Manager South Australia Commander Peter Sykora said any form of serious criminal behaviour on board an airline would be subject to the full force of the law.

“No one should be subjected to abusive acts in the course of carrying out their job as we will allege happened to these female cabin crew members,” Commander Sykora said.

“This should serve as a reminder to the community that authorities will not tolerate abhorrent behaviour, whether it’s in the air or on the ground.  The penalties can be severe.”

The man was transported to the Adelaide City Watch House and charged with two counts of Act of Indecency in the Third Degree (s.59 Crimes Act 1900 ACT) and one count of Act of Indecency Without Consent (s 60 Crimes Act 1900 ACT). The maximum penalty for these offences is 10 and 7 years respectively.

The man was remanded in custody overnight and is expected to appear before the Adelaide Magistrate’s Court today (Friday, 18 January) for a bail hearing.

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