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8 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, July 14, 2016 www.times.co.nz Bring this coupon www.focushearing.net Don’t buy a hearing aid without talking to FOCUS HEARING IN ASSOCIATION WITH FOCUS HEARING JH9967-V2 Receive $300-$500 Cash Back on selected hearing aids Bring this coupon into Focus Hearing to claim this special offer ADD ROOM, ADD VALUE Call for an obligation-free design, measure and quote. Phone 0800 SHADES or 0800 742 337 or visit www.shadesdirect.co.nz 12 MONTHS INTEREST FREE 30% Deposit Lending Credit Criteria and Terms & Conditions appy. For more details contact your local Shades Direct agent. THE OUTSIDER Aluminium Awning System 99% UV Protection Engineered for very high wind zones 5 YEAR Warranty JE0340 YOUR PROMOTIONAL MARKETING PARTNER Showroom: Cnr Smales & Springs Roads, East Tamaki Ph: 09 265 0300 firstname.lastname@example.org JE0656 KC11529 BOTANY CRIME WATCH PATROL needs more volunteers to help patrol your community. Contact Margaret 021 324 126 email@example.com View our website at www.crimewatchpatrols.co.nz 115 Harris Road, East Tamaki. Ph 274 6357 or 0800 COBBLE E: firstname.lastname@example.org OPEN SATURDAYS to 12 NOON Free quotes for laying. Wide variety of other shapes & colours. See website for more info: www.cobblestone.co.nz CP0839-v4 COBBLESTONE FACTORY MUDDY CAR, TRAILER, OR BOAT TRAILER PARKING? USE OUR PARKING PAVERS! ALL PRICES INCLUDE GST $5 each 8 per square metre (500mm x 250mm x 70mm) or $250 a pallet (60 per pallet = 7.5 sqm) Keep up with us on Facebook... facebook.com/TimesOnlineNZ The man behind the 1080 infant milk formula contamination scare has had an extra 15 months added to his jail term after last month pleading guilty to five drugs charges Jeremy Kerr – from Mellons Bay – was sentenced in March in the High Court at Auckland to eight-and-a-half years in jail. He appeared in the same court for sentencing on the drugs charges. Last month Kerr admitted one charge of supplying a class C drug, and four charges of possession of a class C drug with intent to supply it. Media reported that in 2011, police carried out a search of Kerr’s storage units and found thousands of BZP and TFMPP party pills and equipment used to press the pills. Although Kerr claimed the pills were only worth $2 each, market value placed them at $20 to $40, or a total of up to $1.2 million, according to a summary of facts, Stuff reported. Kerr was sprung by police following a sting on other associates who had been subject to a surveillance warrant as part of a large scale operation called Operation Ark. At the 1080 scare trial it was heard his blackmail attempts cost businesses and the Government $37 million. Kerr, 60, had the country on high alert in 2014 after he posted anonymous letters to Fonterra and Federated Farmers threatening to contaminate baby formula milk powder with 1080 poison, unless the Government agreed to stop using the pest poison by March 2015. It was revealed in March that Kerr’s blackmail attempts had cost Fonterra, Federated Farmers, supermarket chain Foodstuffs, police, the Government and other dairy companies $37 million in investigation and increased security costs. Justice Geoffrey Venning in March ruled following a disputed facts hearing that the Crown had proved “beyond reasonable doubt” that Kerr sought to gain financially when he wrote anonymous threat letters to Fonterra and Federated Farmers in 2014. He owed nearly half a million dollars to creditors. Following that hearing, Justice Venning said that despite Kerr’s “altruistic” intent to change Government policy surrounding indiscriminate 1080 use, it was inconsistent with the content of the letters. The letters were accompanied by samples of infant formula contaminated with 1080.The businessman received about $100,000 in royalties a year from Feratox, a ground-deployed poison alternative to 1080, the court heard at an earlier hearing. Sentencing judge Justice Geoffrey Venning said Kerr’s drug offending was purely for monetary gain and he had made a “bad business decision”. Court sentenCing Jail term extended for 1080-scare man Many tears were shed recently after the Orlando shooting and the US Senate rejected gun- control measures. At the time of writing this is still an ongoing issue. You may be forgiven for thinking ‘what will it take’? In New Zealand a firearms licence is required by anyone wishing to possess or use firearms. This includes arms dealers, their employees and anyone under 18 years of age who wants to use or possess an air gun. If you are 18 years or older you do not need a licence to own or use an air gun unsupervised. You do need a standard firearms licence to use pre- charged pneumatic air rifles with an exception being the airsoft and paintball sports. Recently the CAB was asked: “Isitlegaltobuyagunonthe internet?” The answer is yes, however the buyer must have a NZ Firearms Licence. Selling a gun to someone who does not have a valid licence carries a maximum penalty of a $1000 fine or three months in prison. It is the responsibility of the seller to check that the buyer has a current licence. Anyone who buys a gun without a licence can be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. This carries a maximum penalty of a $5000 fine or four years in prison. A person visiting New Zealand who wants to bring firearms with them to go hunting will need to obtain a visitor’s firearms licence and an import permit for the firearms brought in to the country. Police have seven basic rules: ■ Treat every firearm as loaded. ■ Always point firearms in a safe direction. ■ Load a firearm only when ready to fire. ■ Identify a target beyond all doubt. ■ Check the firing zone. ■ Store firearms and ammunition safely. ■ Avoid alcohol or drugs when handling firearms. ■ Imitation firearms – it is an offence under the Arms Act to possess or use an imitation firearm without lawful proper and sufficient purpose. Blank- firing imitation firearms may be considered “firearms” under the law. Contact a local Police Arms Office to check this out. ➤➤ Botany Citizens Advice Bureau, rear Food Court entrance, Botany Town Centre, phone 271-5382 or 0800-267- 222 for free, confidential and informative help. Jeremy Kerr Citizens AdviCe BureAu Are internet gun sales legal?
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