Cam nabs lowlife staff

A retirement village set up an elaborate hidden-camera sting to catch one of its workers, after residents complained that they had lost thousands of dollars.

The undercover trap caught out care worker Denise Neal, 51, who worked at The Poynton in Takapuna between 2012 and 2014 in a role of “utmost trust”, on call for elderly residents during the night.

Court documents show retirement village bosses became suspicious when nearly $4000 went missing over 15 months from people who lived in the spacious, upmarket apartments. But there was no evidence as to the identity of the culprit.

At the end of July last year, managers turned to Scope Investigations, which set up several hidden cameras in the flats of absent residents.

In one room they even left two $10 bills under a fruit bowl to lure the thief.

Over a week, the footage caught Neal entering three of the apartments – using her master key – and snooping around, opening bags and checking diaries.

She often used a torch or the light from her cellphone so as not to cause alarm. The covert cameras even filmed her putting on blue plastic gloves while she scoured the rooms.

And she did not miss the $20 bait, which she was shown scooping up and putting in her pocket.

People will write off one occurrence of money going missing, perhaps two, but when it keeps happening, the thief is on a a slippery downward slope.   Read more »


Feral ratbags picking on pensioner

Some feral ratbags have robbed a 77 year old pensioner 5 times in the last 20 months.

An elderly Thames widow has been the target of five burglaries in the last 20 months, including two in the last two weeks.

Victim Rangi Wilton, 77, can’t understand why the “stupid” thieves keep targeting her – but police believe it’s because they see her as vulnerable.

Only alcohol and an amount of money were taken in the last two burglaries.

“They just stole all my booze that I had for my kids, you know, for when they come home,” she said.

“They’re coming home for Christmas.”

Photos of Wilton’s late husband, who was a wood chopper and a member of the Thames darts club, children and family hang on the walls in the sun-drenched lounge as Wilton plays cards at her dinning table and talks about the spate of burglaries.

The first burglary happened in November 2013 and the last burglary occurring at the beginning of the month while Wilton was out visiting a friend in Thames.

Measures had been made to make Wilton’s modest home in Harvey Cr more secure, such as a steel cage door, but these have not deterred the thieves.

“The padlock was there and everything and they ripped the door open,” Wilton said.

“I had security up and I had locked the door. It’s terrible.” Read more »


Let’s cut short this pathetic media circus


Dear New Zealanders

New Zealand belongs to a group of countries that includes Canada, the UK, the USA and Australia, more recently referred to as “the club”.  They operate communications surveillance bases.

In the course of their work, they have the potential to monitor all communications (more or less), and pick and choose what may be of interest depending on a set of criteria that are by and large the same but may change over time depending on emerging threats to national security. Read more »

Is there anything that Kim Dotcom won’t steal?

Kim Dotcom is wanted in the US on copyright, money laundering and racketeering charges.

He claims he is innocent and hasn’t stolen a thing, nor made any money from stolen works.

But it isn’t just the US studio who he thieves from, it appears he has also directly stolen or plagiarised the BBC’s award wining show Top Gear.

On 21 November 2004 Top Gear went to air with episode 5 in series 5. In that episode was a piece where Jeremy Clarkson had to drive a diesel Jaguar S-type around the Nurburgring in under 10 minutes.

After much practice, Clarkson took a diesel Jaguar S-Type around the Nürburgring at 9:59, just under ten minutes. His instructor, Sabine Schmitz, exclaimed “I could do that in a van”. She then took the Jaguar out and recorded a lap time much quicker on her first try, at 9:12.

At the start of the clip was an overview of the Nurburgring by Clarkson.   Read more »

Anger grows over employees being docked pay when customer steals

This story popped up yesterday, where a Masterton Gull/Night and Day francise had been docking workers’ pay every time a customer filled up with petrol and drove off without paying.

Angry customers are calling for a boycott of service stations which dock workers for customer drive-offs.

The calls came after it was revealed today that at least four low-paid workers at Masterton’s Night ‘n Day store, which also operates a Gull service station, were docked hundreds of dollars in wages after customers fled without paying.

Masterton Night n’ Day franchisee Nick Lucas did not respond to questions today on whether he would scrap the controversial  policy of charging staff for drive-offs, which he defended yesterday as standard industry practice.

Both Gull’s and Night n’ Day’s head offices were distancing themselves from the controversy.

“It doesn’t read well and our sympathies are with the staff members, it’s not our policy and it’s not Night n’ day policy that’s been implemented here,” said Gull New Zealand general manager Dave Bodger.

Night n’ Day chief executive Tony Allison thought it likely he would be encouraging Lucas to drop the policy.

Meanwhile, workers at other companies said they had been docked pay for drive-offs. A worker at a Hutt Valley Caltex station, who asked not to be named, said he had been docked between $50 and $150 five or six times in two years. “I asked my boss, how are we supposed to stop the drivers? And he said… you’ve got to try to do your best to stop them getting off the forecourt.” He sometimes worried about his safety chasing drive-offs down the road, he said. “But you don’t want to pay for the drive-off so you just try and catch them.”

Neither the Caltex station nor its head office responded to requests for comment.

When there is employee negligence, I can understand it.  But there are drive-offs at every petrol station all over the country, and most of those are situation where staff are dealing with customers and they are doing the job they are meant to do.  How they are supposed to close the till, run out of the building and stop a car that drives away is beyond me.   Read more »


MEDIA ADVISORY: Glenn Greenwald is a fraud

I’m getting sick of having to do your job for you.   Why are you calling Greenwald a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist?  He’s nothing of the sort.  Five minutes of research would have told you that.

Step 1:  Go to and search for his name.

Would you be surprised to find he doesn’t come up as a winner?

Step 2: Check what he has actually won:


Yes, but Cam, you say, he was working for the organisation that won a Pulitzer.

So was the receptionist.  And the guy cleaning out the toilets.  I don’t think they go around claiming themselves Pulitzer prize winners.

Step 3: Search a bit deeper (by the way, this is what a REAL email looks like)   Read more »

Dud judge buys Maori privilege story to save royal ratbag from conviction

Being a member of the bro-racracy and Maori royalty has paid off for for a royal ratbag who has escaped conviction because one day he may be the Maori King…a made up position of now real standing.

The son of Maori King Tuheitia Paki has been discharged without conviction today on charges of burglary, theft and drink driving, after his defence successfully argued a conviction would ruin his chances of succeeding to the throne.

Korotangi Paki, 19, had previously pleaded guilty to all the charges, which related to two separate incidents dating from March this year and October 2013.

His drink driving charge — in which he blew a reading almost double the legal adult alcohol level — was only revealed in court today after Judge Philippa Cunningham lifted a suppression order.

Defence for Paki, Paul Wicks QC, said the consequences of a conviction would outweigh the seriousness of the crime, because it would render the teen — who will become a father in September — ineligible for the role of king.

However, police prosecutor F. Gul Qaisrani, opposed a discharge without conviction, saying it would send the wrong message to society.   Read more »

Anonymous Labour donors are getting nervous

A lonely David Cunliffe waitsAndrew Geddis writes

… if you go back to the financial returns from political parties for 2007, there is listed a donation to Labour of $150,000 from “Palmer Theron, Solicitors, on behalf of an undisclosed client” (as well as two other donations of $50,000 and $30,000 from other law firms on behalf of similarly “undisclosed clients”). For balance, you might also note that in that year National reported $40,000 in anonymous donations, as well as $513,000 from three trusts that it had been using to launder donations previously. Read more »

Three strikes for Maori King’s son?

A reader writes

Hi Cam,

King Tuheitia’s reported approach is quite refreshing. Solid leadership to make his son front up and not apply for name suppression.

Even better would be for the King to support ACT’s three strikes for burglary policy.

I won’t hold my breath, however.

If implemented, Korotangi Paki’s two burglary convictions, now entered, would mean that if he is convicted of burgling again it will be 3 years in the big house for the ratbag.

Let’s hope he mends his ways and straighten’s up – for al our sake, but also for the sake of the child he has recently sired.

I tell you what, I would support a Maori king that got behind a 3 strikes policy for burglary.

By the time you get your 3rd conviction, you’re either no mate of Darwin’s or you made a clear decision to take the risks.

Either way, bye bye.

Maori King gets his wish: No name suppression for his son

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

Second in line to throne behind his hotel smashing brother, Maori Prince Korotangi Paki pleads guilty to charges of burglary.

Newstalk ZB reports

The Maori King’s son Korotangi Paki has pleaded guilty to burglary and theft charges.

Korotangi Paki stood in the Auckland District Court surrounded by an entourage led by the King’s spokesman Tuku Morgan. Read more »