'It's been a long time coming' - Teina Pora's private investigator welcomes fresh bid to try Malcolm Rewa over Susan Burdett's murder

The private investigator who worked on the Teina Pora case says the police's decision to re-try Malcolm Rewa over the murder of Susan Burdett has been a "long time coming".

Rewa was tried twice in 1998 for the Auckland woman's murder. 

In both trials the jury was unable to reach a verdict over Ms Burdett's murder in 1992.

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Teina Pora was convicted of raping and murdering Ms Burdett when he was 17 and was imprisoned between 1994 and 2014, but maintained his innocence.

After more than 20 years in prison, his convictions were quashed by the Privy Council in March 2015 after concerns were raised about the manner in which his confession was obtained by police.

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Tim McKinnel, the private investigator and former police detective who spent years campaigning on behalf of Mr Pora, told 1 NEWS questions had to be asked over Ms Burdett's murder once Mr Pora's convictions were quashed. 

"It shows us police are now looking at the evidence around Susan's murder objectively and thoroughly perhaps for the first time in a long time," Mr McKinnel said. 

"Teina having his convictions quashed and being found innocent was a really important step for Teina of course but we thought it was an important step for Susan and her family but it wasn't the end.

"For us the end is the police exhausting all lines of inquiry, looking at all of the evidence and making a decision about that evidence and the decision today suggests they are doing that."

Police said today that after Teina Pora's conviction for the murder of Ms Burdett was quashed, the decision to not pursue further prosecution of Mr Rewa was reviewed at police request. 

Commissioner of Police, Mike Bush, said today that, "I can confirm that the Solicitor-General has agreed to make an application to the High Court to re-try Mr Rewa.

"The family of Ms Burdett have been advised of this development. Mr Rewa has also been advised."

Tim McKinnel is welcoming the police's fresh bid to re-try Rewa over the murder of Susan Burdett. Source: 1 NEWS

Tertiary institute has registration cancelled by NZQA over 'poor quality education'

Linguis International Institute, a private tertiary institute in Auckland in Christchurch, has had its registration cancelled by The New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

This comes after enrolments were put on hold while the institution was being investigated.

"NZQA has identified serious concerns at Linguis in relation to educational performance and compliance with NZQA rules. As a result, NZQA has cancelled the registration of Linguis as a PTE ( private training establishment)," said NZQA's deputy chief executive, quality assurance, Dr Grant Klinkum in a statement

Dr Klinkum said NZQA takes extremely seriously its role in ensuring quality education is delivered to students and that New Zealand qualifications are robust, credible, and internationally recognised.

"NZQA will not tolerate poor quality education provision. Where providers are not meeting the standards we expect of them, we take action to ensure system integrity."

Radio New Zealand reports the authority's most recent audit of Linguis, dated November last year, was based on NZQA visits to the institute in 2015 and described problems with marking, students' poor English-language skills and widespread evidence of high rates of plagiarism.

Linguis offered education and training in English Studies, National Diploma in Business (Level 5 and 6) and Diploma in Business (Level 7), with a total of 81 students across two campuses in Auckland and Christchurch. 

Dr Klinkum said NZQA is working to transfer Linguis students to high quality tertiary education organisations who will provide a full package of learning and support. 


Auckland man, considered dangerous, still at large after escape

A man considered dangerous is still at large after escaping custody last weekend.

Shane Wikaira, 25, fled from Corrections staff in Epsom, Auckland on May 13 at around 10am and shortly after allegedly stole a silver Toyota Starlet from Gardner Road in Greenlane, Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Armstrong says.

The car's registration is BPH283 and Wikaira may still be using it or could have obtained another vehicle.

Wikaira is from the Counties Manukau area but also has links to Thames, Hamilton and Rotorua.

Police have asked anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact them, but warned the public he is considered dangerous and should not be approached.

Police are looking for a 25-year-old man who escaped Corrections custody this morning in Epsom, Auckland.
Shane Wikaira is thought to be in South Auckland. Source: Supplied