Case 12: The Rainbow Warrior (PART I)

AUCKLAND CITY, AUCKLAND. In April 1985, Fernando Pereira said goodbye to his children in the Netherlands, his departing words were, “Just take care of your mom, I’ll do my trip and I’ll be home soon”.

With goodbyes said to his loved ones, Fernando travelled to Hawaii and reported for duty. 

Fernando boarded the ship that would be his home for the next six months as he travelled around the globe - the Rainbow Warrior.

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Listener Choice for an Upcoming Episode

  1. Sophie Elliott - 22-year-old Sophie Elliott was stabbed to death by ex-boyfriend Clayton Weatherston. 2008. DUNEDIN, OTAGO.
  2. Hayden Poulter - NZ's first serial killer. 1997. AUCKLAND CITY, AUCKLAND.
  3. Beverly Bouma - a 45-year-old mother of four is shot dead after four masked and armed men burst into their secluded farmhouse. 1998. ROTORUA, BAY OF PLENTY.

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History I: Mount Eden Prison

In 1856, on the lower slopes of Mt Eden - a wooden stockade was built to house the overflowing at the Queen Street Goal. Sixteen of the most troublesome prisoners were transferred to the stockade in September 1856. Three of these men were serving a life sentence, one for stabbing a ship captain in the Bay of Islands, one for rape in the Auckland suburb of Newmarket, and one for killing a Maori with a piece of wood in Chancery Lane, a street in Auckland.

In 1865, completion of a new building on the site allowed the now decrepit Queen Street Goal to be demolished. Using mostly prison labour, construction continued, expanding the facilities further.

By the mid 1870s, prisoners had completed the outer stone wall, the wall that still stands today. In 1882, prisoners began excavation work on a building; Mount Eden Prison was officially opened in 1888.

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Case 11: Harvey and Jeannette Crewe (EPILOGUE)

PUKEKAWA. WAIKATO. On the 2nd of March 1971, Arthur Allan Thomas, having been found guilty of double murder, was driven from the Auckland District Court, 30km north, over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Exiting at Albany, the police van eventually got onto Paremoremo Road.

The ‘paddy wagon’ drove another 5km before taking a left, soon after the van pulled over. When Arthur exited the vehicle he was greeted by, what would be his home for the foreseeable future, Paremoremo Maximum Security Prison.

The song that ends the podcast today is courtsey of Folksong NZ: Mist on the Waitako

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Case 11: Harvey and Jeannette Crewe (INVESTIGATION)

PUKEKAWA. WAIKATO. 22nd of June 1970. 2.20pm. Tuakau police constable Gerald Wyllie answered a call from Owen Priest. Owen explained that Harvey and Jeannette Crewe, farmers in Pukekawa were missing. There were bloodstains in the kitchen and lounge. 

Furthermore, Rochelle; the Crewe’s 18 month old daughter was found to be without her parents in the house for five days. Although, most peculiar, it appeared Rochelle had been fed and looked after for those five days. 

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Case 11: Harvey and Jeannette Crewe (PROLOGUE)

PUKEKAWA. WAIKATO. Pukekawa is a small district in the Waikato, approx. 66km from central Auckland. In the early years of NZ, Pukekawa was used as a battleground for the early NZ wars. By the early 1900s, Pukekawa was known as a ‘rural Pakeha settlement’. The area was known to have fertile soil; over time it became a popular farming spot. 

By 1970, Pukekawa was a small, albeit affluent farming community. On the 22 June 1970, the small community of Pukekawa was shattered by one of New Zealand’s most infamous crimes.

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TCNZ Observes World Suicide Prevention Day

The 10th of September 2019 is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD). As you may be aware, NZ is one of the highest rates for sucide in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in particular youth suicide. 

For these reasons, as well as feeling extremely troubled and saddened by these numbers, we are going to do the only thing a podcast can do, talk about it - TCNZ is observing World Suicide Prevention Day. 

If you are suffering from depression, suicidal ideation or just need someone to talk to; resources are available:

FOR NZ:
Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
Lifeline 0800 543 354 or 09 522 2999 or free text 4357 (HELP)
Suicide Prevention Helpline 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOK0)
Youthline 0800 376 633 or free text 234
Samaritans 0800 726 666.

IF ELSEWHERE:
Visit https://yourlifecounts.org/find-help/ to find your country.