Stores agree to pull P-pipes from sale after plea from Northland locals

Two stores in the Far North that were selling P-pipes have taken them off the shelves after a plea by locals.

The glass pipes are commonly used to smoke methamphetamine.

Erana Paraone and partner Wiremu Keretene, who are campaigning against the drug, this week politely asked the manager of the Kawakawa Coin Save shop to stop selling them, filming their approach in a video that's gone viral.

To their delight the owner of Coin Save has agreed.

"It's really awesome to have their support, I'm so happy, it's exactly what we wanted," Ms Paraone said.

"They've also taken the P-pipes off the shelves in Kaikohe Coin Save shop as well - they are managed by the same person."

Ms Paraone said the couple were under no illusion that pulling the pipes from sale would stop people smoking meth, because they could use other utensils.

But having them on open display, especially at a child's-eye level, normalised the use of the drug and implied it was acceptable, she said.

"The majority of our children come into these shops because everything's so cheap and it's easy to buy clothes and toys. We just don't want our children to see that [the pipes] on the shelves any more."

The couple had been inspired to take action at the request of whānau who were trying to help family members addicted to meth.

"It's the underlying issues, poverty, unemployment, upbringing over generations ... that all add up and this is why people are turning to the drugs, just to escape their misery really.

"Where I live, in an isolated community out in the country, all the youth are taking it. I try to work with them and tell them 'look it's no good', but you can't help them 'til they're ready," she said.

A lot of people in her family and community working long hours and shift work were using meth to stay awake for work, including long-haul truck drivers, Ms Paraone said.

The Far North couple say they are now working on a petition to ban the importing of the glass P-pipes nationally.

"For our whānau we'd do anything - that's what inspired us to make changes in our town, and hopefully with the video and the outcome people can be inspired to do the same for their town.

"All it takes is going in, be humble, and ask if they can take [the P-pipes] down," Ms Paraone said.

- By Lois Williams

Wiremu Keretene (left) and Erana Paraone (right) with the Coin Save worker.
Wiremu Keretene (left) and Erana Paraone (right) with the Coin Save worker. Source: Facebook/Erana Paraone


Kiwi woman killed alongside two children in ‘horrific’ Perth homicide ‘provided strength, hope and inspiration’ - former boss remembers

Fundraising efforts to pay for the funerals of three former New Zealanders killed in Perth have now met and exceeded their target, as the 19-year-old accused of committing the crime remains locked up in a mental health unit.

Michelle Peterson, 48, her son Rua, 8, and daughter Bella, 15, were all killed on Sunday, with Australian police describing the scene as "horrific".

Michelle's son Teancum, 19, stands accused murdering his mother and two siblings and remains in a secure mental health unit at Graylands Hospital awaiting a court date next week.

A fundraising page set up to pay for the funeral of the family has reached and exceeded its target of $20,000, with tributes and well wishes flowing in from the numerous donors in both English and Te Reo Māori.

WA Today reports the family had only moved to the home, in the suburb of Ellenbrook, about six months ago, and that they were all well-liked.

Michelle Peterson, 48.
Michelle Peterson, 48. Source: Michelle Peterson/Facebook

Michelle volunteered at a non-profit centre helping people overcome substance abuse problems, and former boss Carol Daws said Michelle "provided strength, hope and inspiration" to those who she worked with.

"Her work positively impacted on many lives, and her loss is being very keenly felt across our organisation and will continue to be into the future," Daws told WA Today.

"Her death, and those of her children is an immense tragedy for her family."

Bella Peterson, 15.
Bella Peterson, 15. Source: Supplied

Bella was a student at Ellenbrook Secondary college and loved playing rugby - a friend said she was "a very good sister, and was always looking after her little brother" and she had many friends outside of her own school.

Rua Peterson, 8, on his fifth birthday.
Rua Peterson, 8, on his fifth birthday. Source: Michelle Peterson/Facebook

Rua shared his big sister's love of rugby, receiving an All Blacks jersey-shaped cake on his fifth birthday, but he was also a little shy at heart, sometimes preferring his own company.

He posted videos on his YouTube channel of Asian martial arts demonstrations, as well as one video of himself playing Tiki Taane's 'Always On My Mind'.

Teancum, after graduating high school, reportedly spent more time with his twin brother on his father's side (he was a Petersen-Crofts), working with him as a labourer.

The family were active members of a local church, with neighbours describing them as "polite and friendly".

Teancum Peterson-Croft, 19.
Teancum Peterson-Croft, 19. Source: Facebook

But other neighbours said the sound and sight of police sirens had grown more frequent in past months, and a number of loud altercations had taken place at the Peterson home.

Friends described Teancum as "a little bit weird" and said he sometimes had anger issues.

His behaviour had become erratic and he presented at a local hospital's emergency department in a psychotic state the day before he allegedly killed his family.

Doctors there ruled his issues were not medical in nature and he was sent on his way - hours later his family was killed.

Western Australia police have defended their actions, with Commissioner Chris Dawson confirming Teancum was known to police.

"I am confident that the actions taken by police officers have been appropriate in the circumstances," he said.

"Police officers are trained to deal with any situation that they are tasked to deal with but you cannot adequately prepare someone despite training for tragic events such as what took place last weekend."

In court yesterday, Teancum appeared delusional, interrupting the judge with non-sensical statements as he was read the charges against him.

"A criminal wanted to take me out bush - he did it, and he came back for my family," Petersen-Crofts said.

The magistrate told him he didn't need to say anything, but he replied: "I have to 'cos mamma is with me".

the magistrate said Teancum would be sent to a psychiatric facility, to which he replied: "I was painting a picture of Jesus and stayed there for two months".

"He punched me in the head so hard ... I left because I had to ... I was that scared he was going to kill me.

"Mamma told me to save myself."

WA Health Minister Roger Cook told WA Today that procedures will be examined during the police investigation, including what police they knew about Teancum's behaviour before the deaths, and what they did about it.

The Ellenbrook Murders
The Ellenbrook Murders. Source: 1 NEWS


Designer dog 'Bowie' stolen from Auckland hamburger store reunited with tearful owner thanks to microchip

The owners of a stolen Cavoodle dog have shed "tears of joy" after being reunited with their designer pooch - three months after it was stolen from the entrance of an Auckland hamburger store.

Bowie, the now 9-month-old Poodle, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cross, was returned to her owner, Jo, by the Manukau Auckland Council Animal Shelter today.

Last night, Auckland Council had received a call from a family Bowie had followed home in the South Auckland suburb of Manurewa.

Thanks to Bowie having been microchipped, the staff at the Manukau Animal Shelter could track down the number of her owner.

"Bowie's mum Jo was contacted from this information she was elated and came straight to the shelter," Auckland Council Animal Shelters said on their Facebook page.

"There were lots of tears of joy and smiles from the staff.

"Again this proves that microchipping is critical for every dog to have, it helps reunite dogs with owners in all situations even when having been stolen."

On April 18, Bowie was stolen while tied up outside a New Lynn Burger Fuel.

Jo, Bowie's owner, was inside the store when CCTV captured someone unhooking the leash and carrying the dog away.

A givealittle reward page was set up for the safe return of Bowie that generated over $1300.

Bowie, the now 9-month-old Poodle, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cross, was returned to her owner Jo by the Manukau Auckland Council Animal Shelter today. Source: Facebook / Auckland Council Animal Shelters