Central Leader : January 19th 2011
3 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 19, 2011 NEWS SUNDAY 13TH MARCH 2011 START TIME 9.30AM rOunD THe BaYs PORTS OF AUCKLAND www.roundthebays.co.nz ENTER NOW! SUPPORTING THESE GREAT CHARITIES IN BRIEF Deal saves picnic A last-minute sponsorship deal has saved the annual Scottish Family Picnic Day in the Auckland Domain. The event is set to take place on Sunday and came under threat after it was denied funding by the former Auckland City Council last year, even though it had supported the picnic in the past. But a deal with Fletcher Construction has been reached to fund the event, which will feature pipe bands, haggis eating, songs, poetry readings and plenty of fun for the family. The Auckland Burns Association started the event in 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns and decided to put on an event in the domain near his statue. The Family Picnic Day starts at 10.30am with a piping demonstration and wraps up at 4pm with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Artwork on show Five central city residents have been selected to display their artwork at Waiheke Island's national small sculpture exhibition later this month. Waitemata artists Chris Mules, AD Schierning, Deborah Crowe, Mt Albert artist Lonnie Hutchinson and Onehunga artist Jim Wheeler will be displaying their sculptures at Waiheke Community Art Gallery from January 28 to February 24. The works are being showcased in conjunction with Headland Sculpture on the Gulf, which is a biennial three week open air exhibition. Viewers are invited to walk a sculpture trail following a section of Waiheke's coastline, starting at Matiatia Ferry Terminal. Twenty-six sculptures have been selected from more than 100 entries nationwide and an overall winner will be announced on the opening night. Death scene: A 52-year-old man appeared in the Auckland District Court earlier this week on two charges of murder. Last Friday Auckland police discovered the body of a man lying on the driveway of an upmarket Mt Albert address and a second man died a short time later after being seriously injured. Photo: GRAHAME COX Man on murder charges By RHIANNON HORRELL, IMOGEN NEALE and IAN STEWARD THE name of a 52-year-old Chinese man charged with the murder of two Auckland men at a Mt Albert mansion is expected to be made public on Friday. The man made his second appearance in the Auckland District Court on Monday after the incident where the pair were killed on January 14.Police launched a double homicide investigation follow- ing discovery of the two men at a grand three-storey home on Stilwell Rd in Mt Albert. It is believed an Asian fam- ily bought the house several years ago. Detective inspector Bruce Shadbolt says police were called to the address just after 11am. One man was found dead lying in the driveway of the property and a second man was found to be seriously injured and died a short time later. They have been named as 44-year-old Zhou Wu, also known as Michael, and 53-year-old Yishan Zhong, also known as Tom. Mr Wu lived in Remuera and Mr Zhong was from the North Shore. The pair visited the Stilwell Rd address on Friday morning and Mr Wu is the registered owner of a car which was parked outside the house. Two weapons were found at the scene and a for- ensic examination has been carried out. Mr Shadbolt says police are not seeking anyone else in relation to the incident. A post-mortem was also carried out over the weekend and police have yet to release details of how the pair died. The accused has been remanded in custody until February 7 for a pre- committal conference. No plea was entered by the man on Monday. A neighbour, who does not wish to be named, arrived home at 12.10pm last Friday to the unfolding drama. He says his neighbours at the house had lived there about two years and kept to themselves. They always seemed to be coming and going. There were some expensive cars parked there but I don t think they were into drugs or anything, he says. Neighbours also reported seeing a man in blood- saturated pyjamas being led away by police. The man wasn t handcuffed. Former Labour Cabinet minister Michael Bassett lives next door to the house. He says it used to belong to striptease parlour owner Barrie Cardon, who bought it from Sir David Henry. Mr Bassett says the 1920s house sold in 2007 or 2008 and Bayley s listed its capital valuation at $2.67 million. The 3238-square-metre estate is near Mt Albert Grammar, has five-car garaging, an internal lift and spa pool, a workshop and a summer house.
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