Graphic warning: SPCA's 2017 list of animal cruelty shame released as it appeals for help from public

The SPCA has catalogued its worst examples of animal cruelty from 2017 as it appeals for more help from the public to run its inspections.

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The 2017 "List of Shame" includes a labrador which starved to death, a duck with its beak blown off with a firecracker and a horse left with a deformed and engorged eye.

SPCA chief executive Andrea Midgen said they need public support to continue to help animals in need.

The SPCA has released its most shocking animal abuse cases in 2017, which it says is marked by horrifying violence. Source: 1 NEWS

"We receive almost no government funding to run the SPCA Inspectorate, which costs approximately $9 million every year.

"We know this list is very upsetting, but this is the reality of what our Inspectors see in their jobs ... these horrific cases of neglect and violence towards animals reinforces the vital need for the SPCA's work.

We have some very significant serial offenders that really need to be spending time behind bars - Greg Reid of the SPCA

"The SPCA is here to stand up for any animal that is physically abused, abandoned, neglected, tortured and in pain - it is a very big job and we need all the support we can get."

Greg Reid of the SPCA says repeat animal cruelty offenders should be jailed.

"Offending against the Animal Welfare Act does provide for imprisonment, and I'm trying to think of the last case that we actually had an imprisonment sentence," Mr Reid told 1 NEWS.

The law was changed some time ago, but Mr Reid said as with any law, "it takes a while for the regulatory system or the courts to catch up with the law.

"And that's unfortunate because we have some very significant serial offenders that really need to be spending time behind bars frankly."

Mr Reid said he doesn't think the SPCA is dealing with more repeat offenders "but we do have, unfortunately, a small proportion that are repeat offenders and they are consistently there".

"There is going to be a point where we're going to need to have the courts and judges take seriously the penalties. We are going to be needing to start to get tough on some of these repeat offenders."  

THE LIST

Sully, who was nursed back to health after being rescued by the SPCA.
Sully, who was nursed back to health after being rescued by the SPCA. Source: Supplied

1. Sully, a spaniel/poodle cross was left in a dark room and was suffering malnutrition and matted fur.

2. A man who kept 600 chickens, roosters and ducks in appalling conditions - they were so hungry they were trying to eat the dead bodies of other birds.

LAbrador cross Tasha, who collapsed from starvation and later died.
LAbrador cross Tasha, who collapsed from starvation and later died. Source: Supplied

3. Five-year-old Labrador cross Tasha collapsed from chronic starvation before she was taken to a vet - she died the same day.

4. A mallard duck was found outside Middlemore Hospital with its beak blown off by a firecracker - vets believe it may have been that way for three days and they had to put it to sleep.

Kasey and Keita, who were found living alone in a dirty house, visited only once per week.
Kasey and Keita, who were found living alone in a dirty house, visited only once per week. Source: Supplied

5. Two dogs, Kasey and Keita, were left alone inside a house filled with rubbish, faeces and very little food or water - the owner told the SPCA he only visited them at the house once per week.

6. Jimmy the dog was dumped at a beach with a terrible eye injury which looked to have been caused by blunt force trauma - SPCA remarked on his loving temperament.

7. A woman was convicted after several of her animals including a goat, cow and a cat had to be euthanised for various injuries and medical issues - she had done little to alleviate them.

Frosty the horse was in considerable pain after eye removal surgery, and his head was badly swollen when SPCA inspectors found him.
Frosty the horse was in considerable pain after eye removal surgery, and his head was badly swollen when SPCA inspectors found him. Source: Supplied

8. Inspectors found a horse, Frosty, left in pain with a swollen head after undergoing eye removal surgery - he had to be euthanised.

9. Lemuska the staffy was hit by a car and suffered very bad injuries to his hind legs - his owner didn't take him to the vet and after being seized, he had to be put down.

Four kittens found dumped inside a rubbish bag by the SPCA - dumping animals is a crime under the Animal Welfare Act
Four kittens found dumped inside a rubbish bag by the SPCA - dumping animals is a crime under the Animal Welfare Act. Source: Supplied

10. Four dumped kittens were found in a rubbish bag - fortunately they were OK, and were nursed back to health by the SPCA.

11. A horse called Sandfly had a dental procedure go horribly wrong - the equine dentist cause serious damage to his dental tissue with no pain relief.

Greg Reid of the SPCA makes the call after the society released a list of the worst animal cruelty cases in 2017. Source: 1 NEWS



Government reveals details of emails between Clare Curran and Derek Handley

Details of the email exchange between former Digital Services Minister Clare Curran and Derek Handley were revealed today during Parliament's Question Time. 

Ms Curran said she was not aware of RNZ's policies surrounding meetings with Minister's at the time.
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The messages were sent over the role of chief technology officer, with Ms Curran using her private Gmail account to send the emails. 

An offer to Mr Handley for the role was retracted by the Government last week, resulting in a $100,000 pay out to the entrepreneur. 

Acting State Services Minister Grant Robertson told the House the following about three exchanges between the pair about the role. 

First exchange

August 11: 

"Derek Handley emails Clare Curran about the chief technology officer position and questions about the role of the CTO, including resourcing for the role and potential conflicts of interest."

August 14

"Clare Curran replies to that email, confirming a call to discuss these matters."

August 15

"Derek Handley replies to that, confirming times for the call."

Second exchange

August 19

"Clare Curran emails Derek Handley regarding logistics around the next step on the process of appointment, including the content of any public statements that might be made, and refers to contract discussions with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)."

August 20

"Derek Handley responds to that email to Clare Curran about those issues, including the contact he has had with DIA and management of conflicts of interest."

Third exchange

August 21

"Clare Curran emails Derek Handley regarding issues that would be on the work plan of the chief technology officer and attaches some relevant background documents on those issues.

"On the same day, Derek Handley responds to Clare Curran, acknowledging the material and referring to the discussions that he is having with DIA."

Derek Handley says he’ll donate the compensation but is disappointed at the way the issue was handled. Source: 1 NEWS

The chief technology officer was intended to "drive a forward-looking digital agenda for New Zealand", said the then Minister for Government Digital Services Clare Curran, when the role was announced last December. 

The new Minister for Government Digital Services Megan Woods said the Government have put a "full stop" on the process.

Ms Curran was stripped of her position as Minister for Government Digital Services after not disclosing a meeting with Mr Handley previously.


Over 20 vehicles vandalised overnight in suburb on Auckland's North Shore

More than 20 vehicles have been damaged overnight in an area on Auckland's, North Shore.

Police say a number of vehicles' tyres have been vandalised in Birkdale's, Tiri Tiri Road and Woodhams Street area.

Anyone who has had their car damaged is urged to report it to police if they haven't already done so.

Police are making area enquiries and conducting scene and forensic examinations and are interested to hear from anyone who may have information.


John Healy says people drastically underestimate the risks of leaving kids or pets in their car.
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Vodafone's 'unlimited' mobile plan comes under Commerce Commission scrutiny

The Commerce Commission has started an investigation into Vodafone's "unlimited" mobile plan launched in July which has a number of restrictions listed on the plan's promo page.

The NZ Herald reports the question is whether the "limited" factors are sufficiently prominent. 

The news outlet's online report says the ComCom refused any comment while its investigation was open.

The restrictions are listed on Vodafone's Unlimited Mobile promo page, but only after you click a link labelled "Important things to know".

Vodafone's "Unlimited Mobile" plan is $79.99 a month and NZ Herald says like "unlimited" plans launched earlier by rivals Spark and 2degrees, it has a number of limits.

These include speed being reduced from 4G to 3G if a customer downloads more than 22GB of mobile data within a month, and streaming video restricted to standard definition.

A spokeswoman for Vodafone said the company is "working through the details with the Commission and will co-operate fully with their investigation".

The regulator last month laid 10 charges against Vodafone under the Fair Trading Act for billing beyond the date of some customers' notice period.

In another legal action, the commission is targeting Vodafone's Fibre X marketing campaign.

More companies have gone into streamlining health and safety features such as picking up your arrival using  your phone and printing out your name tag ready to go when you arrive.
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Watch: 'We need to fix the bloody road' – MPs engage in heated exchange over deadly stretch of highway into Tauranga

A heated debate in Parliament over a stretch of road near Tauranga ended with the Transport Minister being asked to commit to driving the road himself. 

State Highway 2 between Katikati and Tauranga has seen numerous serious crashes and deaths.

In the last six years to March 2018, 21 people have been killed on the 37-kilometre stretch of road between Katikati and Tauranga.

In Question Time today, National MP Jami-Lee Ross asked Mr Twyford: "Why did he make the funding decision to reduce the State highway improvement budget... a project that would have saved lives on a stretch of road that has seen 86 serious and death crashes in the recent past years?"

Mr Twyford rejected that he made the decision, and said he agreed "with the people of Tauranga that we need to fix the bloody road, the number of crashes is unacceptable".

"We are investing $65 million right now on State Highway 2 between Waihī and Ōmokoroa to make this stretch of road safer."

Hundreds of campaigners marched across Wairoa Bridge today. Source: 1 NEWS

It comes after protesters blocked part of the road in Tauranga on the weekend, calling for major safety upgrades. 

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller asked the Minister to commit to driving from Ōmokoroa to Tauranga, "to experience first-hand that road, like my constituents do every day?"

"I can't commit to that," Mr Twyford said. "Because I am busy making sure that the Transport Agency... gets on with re-evaluating that project so that we can make the safety improvements on that highway that that Government failed to do over nine years and has spent the last nine months scaremongering about."

$100 million will be spent on safety between Waihi and Omokoroa, but protesters say a four-lane highway must be built.

The Transport Minister agreed it needs to be fixed, as National’s Todd Muller challenged the Minister "to experience the road first-hand". Source: 1 NEWS