Thursday, December 30, 2010

Earthquake Update

We have received an email from the building manager that Powell Fenwick Consultants Limited, the owner's consulting engineers, are producing a report for the Council stating that the building is safe and any damage is superficial and does not affect structural integrity.

We hope that any disruption is kept to a minimum and that we are able to enter our offices again shortly.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Offices damaged by latest quakes

Hello everyone,

I'm sorry to have to report that the Boxing Day quakes have managed to do what the September ones didn't: our offices have sustained physical damage and have to be closed in the interim while building inspectors make their assessments.

It is somewhat fortunate that this has happened during the holiday period, however, it may be that we are unable to return to the building in the forseeable future and are unable to continue work on any files.

Hopefully this situation will be resolved sooner rather than later.

We will be looking to make alternative arrangements in the interim so that we can still conduct business in the New Year.

All enquiries to 0800 366 989.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Holiday Hours

The office will be closed during the Statutory days of 24-28 December and 01-04 January. All emails and phone messages will be checked during this period although we may not respond until we return. All calls can be made to:

0800 366 989

If your matter requires URGENT attention, please press 0 at the voicemail prompt to be transferred.

We wish all our Clients the very best for the Holiday Season and look forward to being of service again in 2011.

Also, we have some exciting news to share shortly. Watch this space.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Man gets home detention for GPS tracking his ex-wife

A man who had a tracking and remote shutdown device planted in his former wife's car had an "adjustment disorder," according to his lawyer.

Christopher Robinson, 36, of Lower Hutt, was today found guilty on six charges of breaching a protection order and one charge of making a false statement.

He was sentenced to 6 months' home detention, to be served at his parents' home in Dannevirke.

Judge Stephen Harrop called the offending "insidious" and "cunning".

Rest at Dominion Post dated 23 November 2010.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Serious Fraud Office investigates Southern Canterbury Finance

The Serious Fraud Office is investigating South Canterbury Finance (SCF) for allegedly not disclosing tens of millions in loans while it was covered by the Crown Guarantee Scheme.

Chief executive Adam Feeley said the SFO has grounds to suspect SCF failed to disclose to investors, and later the Government, at least four significant loans to related parties.

SCF allegedly funnelled tens of millions of dollars of investors’ money out of the company to related parties.

Some of these suspect transaction took place while SCF was covered by Crown Guarantee Scheme and could have affected its acceptance, Feeley said.

Rest of article by Ben Heather at Stuff News dated 19 Oct 2010.

Friday, August 27, 2010

KPMG Fraud Barometer

The recent 6-monthly fraud barometer report issued by KPMG Australia indicates little change in the six month period to June 2010.

Highlights:

  • Most common victim: Commercial business
  • Most common perpetrator: Staff member

Around half of those frauds involved manipulation of accounting data to misappropriate funds.

Download the report here.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Warning: Txts may b used against u

You may think when you delete your text from your phone that it's gone - but moves are under way to force telcos to keep texts for up to a year.

That would make the texts searchable by police, divorce lawyers and even other members of the public, using the Official Information Act and other laws.

Leading the charge to keep texts stored is the Office of the Ombudsman, which is receiving complaints from people wanting government bureaucrats to release details of texts used by their departments.

Deputy Ombudsman Leo Donnelly said the public's right to know about decisions and actions undertaken by government workers via text messaging was going to be a "growing issue".

Police are also pressing for telecommunication companies to be forced to store texts for longer.

Rest of article at Stuff News dated 22 Aug 2010.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Police launch website to help search for missing people

From Stuff (18 Aug 2010):

There are more than 350 long-term missing persons in New Zealand, not including the recent high profile disappearances of Carmen Thomas, Emma Campbell and Raymond Piper.

In an attempt to help detectives solve some of the outstanding files, police have today launched a dedicated missing persons' website.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Woman jailed for hiring hitman

A takeaway shop worker has been jailed for seven years after being found guilty of hiring a hitman to beat up her boss so she could take over his business.

In the High Court at Auckland yesterday, Justice Rebecca Ellis ordered 28-year-old Tania Aziz to serve a minimum of three and a-half years as the judge did not consider the normal parole period (two years) sufficient for the harm Aziz caused Brian Johnson, the Weekend Herald reported.

Rest of article on Stuff News dated 07 August 2010.

Tarot card readers used in missing girl case

It was recently reported in the Miami Herald, that a former private investigator to the family of a missing girl in Florida had regularly 'consulted' a team of tarot card readers to get leads.

You can read the story here.

The article briefly mentions that the team of tarot card readers had also provided leads on other missing persons cases including that of Haleigh Cummings who vanished in February 2009.


As of now, August 2010, neither Haleigh Cummings nor Caylee Anthony have been found which leads one to question the efficacy of consulting so-called 'psychic investigators'.

There is no room for fiction in a factual investigation.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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