Auckland Council to pay $25m after losing leaky building case

Auckland Council has been ordered to pay more than $25m to property owners after it lost a case involving the leaky Nautilus apartment tower in Orewa.

Following a six-week trial in late 2014, High Court judge Justice Murray Gilbert ordered the council to pay compensation to owners with interests in the 150-unit building, which has been plagued by a number of construction defects since its completion in June 2004.

Issues with the building included a lack of water-tightness in the structure's roof, cladding and balconies.

The council was deemed liable in place of the now defunct Rodney District Council, which issued code compliance certificates for the building based on statements provided by the head contractor, Australian-based Brookfield Multiplex, which is now in liquidation.

The court found RDC was aware that Brookfield had prevented independent monitoring of the construction, and had then developed the statements without suitable third-party input, falsely claiming their standards complied with relevant Building Code requirements.

The litigation was conducted by Auckland firm Rainey Law, in conjunction with Christine Meechan QC of Bankside Chambers.

The Nautilus building in Orewa


Do you know this man? Police desperately want to find him

Police are, for the second time, asking for public help to find a man they allege robbed an Auckland liquor shop with a machete.

Police allege that around 9.15pm on November 10 last year, the man entered the Russell Road Liquor Shop in Manurewa and threatened staff with a machete, fleeing with cash.

"This photo clearly shows the man's face and we believe someone out there will be able to identify him," says Detective Matt Kay of Manurewa CIB.

"Help us catch this man who has terrified a shopkeeper with a dangerous weapon. This behaviour should not be tolerated in our community and we need your help to find him as soon as possible."

Anyone who recognises the man or who has information about the incident should contact police on 09 261 1300.

You can find out more information on this case on tonight's episode of TVNZ's Police Ten 7 at 7.30pm on TV2.

Police allege this man robbed an Auckland liquor shop with a machete.



Girl, 11, describes hearing scream in 'Blessie' murder trial

A young girl has described hearing a high-pitched scream on the night Auckland mother of three Blessie Gotingco was allegedly raped and murdered.

The trial began yesterday for a 28-year-old man, whose name is suppressed, and he has chosen to represent himself after dismissing his lawyer.

The Crown says the man drove off the road on to the footpath in his silver BMW to run down Mrs Gotingco, 56, with his car in the suburb of Birkdale, before forcing her into the car and taking her to his nearby apartment where he raped and killed her.

Mrs Gotingco's body was then allegedly dumped at a cemetery the next morning and was found by police two days later.

Today, jurors heard from an 11-year-old girl who was at a nearby house when the man allegedly ran down Mrs Gotingco with his car.

The girl told court she remembered hearing a car coming down the street and then heard a high-pitched scream, before hearing the car drive away.

Another witness, a woman who lives near the accused, described seeing a tall man from behind holding an empty rubbish bag the morning after Mrs Gotingco disappeared, and noted that the garage of his apartment was half open.

A jury of seven men and five women are hearing the case and it is expected to take three weeks.

The girl described hearing screaming on the night Blessie Gotingco was allegedly raped and murdered. Source: 1 NEWS