Northland gunman's final text: 'This life is a continuous struggle without end or point and I'm done with it'

A long-time friend of gunman Quinn Patterson, who killed a mother and daughter at a Whangarei property yesterday, says he wasn't a monster.

Leah Cameron had known Patterson for seven years and says he suffered from deep depression and needed help.

Reporter Helen Castles is in Whangarei with the latest on the shooting of two women on Wednesday. Source: 1 NEWS

"He had a history of depression and in the past he had taken medication for it. Nothing really seemed to help that much and he would have these episodes, these little depressive episodes.

"He isn't the easiest person to deal with because he can be very confrontational," Ms Cameron told 1 NEWS reporter Helen Castles.

It's believed Patterson shot mother and daughter Wendy Campbell, 60, and Natanya Campbell, 37, and wounded a third man.

The fly-over shows smoke still rising from the burnt out home after yesterday's fatal shootings. Source: 1 NEWS

He is believed to have died, although police have not provided details on whether his body has been recovered. 

Ms Cameron said Mr Paterson was a recluse who struggled socially but that he was gentle, kind and intelligent. 

She says he had been very worried he was going to be evicted and that put even more strain on his mental health.

"A couple of weeks ago he contacted me and he was in a bit of a state - depression - he said a lot of it was the fact he hadn’t had any sleep and he was under constant pressure about trying to work out what to do with the house."

Ms Cameron shared a final text she received from Mr Paterson which included the lines:

"Looking over my life I see everything I love torn from me. This life is just a continuous struggle without end or point and I'm done with it.

The tiny rural settlement near Whangarei has been left in shock following yesterday's fatal shooting. Source: 1 NEWS

"Each day I wake up and I realise to my dismay that I'm still here."

Where can I get support and help?

Below is a list of some of the services available which offer support, information and help.

Lifeline 24/7 – 0800 543 354
Kidsline (aimed at children up to 18 years of age, available 24/7) – 0800 54 37 54
Depression Helpline 24/7 - 0800 111 757
Healthline - 0800 611 116
Samaritans - 0800 726 666 (for callers from the Lower North Island, Christchurch and West Coast) or 0800 211 211 / (04) 473 9739 (for callers from all other regions)
Youthline - 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz
What's Up (for 5-18 year olds; 1 pm to 11 pm) - 0800 942 8787
www.depression.org.nz - includes The Journal online help service
www.thelowdown.co.nz - visit the website, email team@thelowdown.co.nz or free text 5626 (emails and text messages will be responded to between 12 noon and 12 midnight).
 


 

Leah Cameron doesn't excuse her friend's behaviour, but wants people to understand him. Source: 1 NEWS



New Zealand retains triple A credit rating

The credit agency Moody's has today maintained the government's credit rating and expressed confidence about the future of the economy.

The rating remains at triple A, with the outlook described as stable.

Moody's analyst Matthew Circosta said the international ratings agency expects the coalition government will remain committed to fiscal discipline, with the Budget staying in surplus.

But it says the government has the flexibility to increase spending in areas such as education and housing.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson said the rating was very pleasing.

"What they've said is that the underlying fundamentals of the New Zealand economy are strong, that the approach that the coalition government's taking to being responsible with our budget management.

"But investing in areas like infrastructure and improving social supports are the right thing to do, that we can manage to do that within the finances we've got."

Moody's said the very high strength of New Zealand's institutions was a key factor in underpinning the credit rating.

The assessment comes just days after official figures showed growth in the economy increasing to 1 per cent in the three months to June.

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American tourist dies in skiing accident on Mt Aspiring

An American tourist has died while skiiing on Mt Aspiring this afternoon.

Police say the skiing accident at Mt Aspiring happened at about 1.30pm today.

Two visitors to New Zealand were skiing from the top of Mt Aspiring, downhill toward the Bonar Glacier.

One of the skiers got into difficulty, has fallen on the slope and was fatally injured.

The other skier gave first aid to the injured man, but he unfortunately died at the scene.

The Rescue Coordination Centre were advised of the beacon activation just after 1.30pm today.

Police and Search and Rescue teams have been working to locate the skiers this afternoon.

Emergency services are now at the scene and an investigation is underway.

The victim is a 35-year-old American citizen.

Police are currently in the process of talking to his next of kin.

Mount Aspiring towers over the southern alps in New Zealand. Source: istock.com

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Man charged with multiple assaults in Invercargill

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in relation to several assaults in Invercargill today.

The man, who has been remanded in custody, is due to appear in Invercargill District Court on Tuesday 2 October.

The man has been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and assault. Further charges are likely.

Between 1.30 and 2.30am today, the man allegedly assaulted four people at two different properties.

A 17 and 23-year-old man, and a 26-year-old woman sustained minor injuries from the incident at the first property, while a 30-year-old man sustained serious facial injuries at the second location.

Police are not looking for anyone else in relation to either incident.

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Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS


First images of wreck believed to be Captain Cook's Endeavour revealed

Researchers exploring whether a shipwreck off the coast of Rhode Island could be the vessel that 18th-century explorer Captain James Cook used to sail around the world have released images of the vessel.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, which is leading the search effort, and the Australian National Maritime Museum identified the vessel.

It's one of 13 shipwrecks that have been known for years to be in the harbor near Newport, Rhode Island.

Archaeologists were meeting today in Newport to talk about their recent fieldwork.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project also described the site as promising but said it'll still take a lot more work and money to identify it.

Nearly 250 years ago, Cook ran aground on Australia's Great Barrier Reef during a voyage to the South Pacific.

His ship was the Endeavour, an awkward little vessel that improbably helped him become the first European to chart Australia's east coast.

It was the ship in which the explorer charted New Zealand and Australia between 1769 and 1771.

The Endeavour was also part of the fleet of 13 ships the British scuttled during the Revolutionary War in 1778 to blockade Newport Harbor from the French.

It was listed in the records under a different name, the Lord Sandwich.

The nonprofit Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project located documents in London identifying the groups of ships in that fleet and where each was scuttled


Archaeologists are almost certain they've located the scuttled ship. Source: 1 NEWS


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