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WAIKATO Police are renewing calls for public assistance in
their investigation into the disappearance of Kim Richmond
more than five months ago.
The 42-year-old (pictured left) was last seen in the early
hours of July 31, 2016 when she left her Wharepapa South
farm, in a silver 2014 Ford Ranger utility, registration number
She was wearing a Highlanders rugby jersey, blue jeans,
brown leather jacket and brown leather boots.
“Unfortunately it has been a long time since Kim went
missing and we believe it is unlikely that she will still be found
alive,” says Detective Paul Galletta.
“ The investigation into her disappearance, which is com-
pletely out of character, is very much still an active one and
we’re focused on finding her and establishing the circum-
stances around what has happened.
“Finding Kim’s vehicle is of utmost importance to us.
“We ask that people please keep an eye out for a Silver 2014
Ford Ranger utility with the registration number HKD553.”
“We also want to hear from you if you think you may have
seen Kim any time after July 31, 2016,” says Mr Galletta.
Police would also like to hear from anyone who may have
sighted someone throwing items out of a vehicle on SH46 in
late September or early October.
“Around that time, two bank cards and a farm card belong-
ing to Kim were found on the roadside between Rangipo and
SH47 near Otukou.
“Subsequent checks in the area carried out at the time by
police specialist search teams discovered nothing further but
somebody may have seen something which could point us in
the right direction,” says Mr Galletta.
“ This has been a trying five months for Kim’s family and
friends and we thank them for their support in our investi-
“If you think you may have even the smallest piece of in-
formation about Kim or the vehicle which may help us in our
investigation, please come forward.”
If you have seen the vehicle, or have information about it or
Ms Richmond, please contact Te Awamutu Police on 07 872
0100 or contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police renew calls to find Kim
PIOPIO’S public loos have featured in a list of
standout toilets across the country.
Convenience and character – turns out that’s
what we Kiwis look for in a public loo.
Fresh cut flowers, the existence of toilet paper
(as opposed to none), art, architecture, music
and even attendants also make for a memorable
Public toilets often get a bad rap, a few deserv-
However, rather than name and shame the less
than salubrious throne homes, AA Traveller staff
decided to find out which were the best and why.
While myriad reasons for the thumbs up were
stated, unsurprisingly, cleanliness topped the
chart of why any specific public loo was good
throughout the country in rural locations like
Piopio, small towns and in cities.
The AA Member survey revealed a handful of
top locations from the Bay of Islands in the north
right through to the deep south which stood
out – with one of them particularly unique – the
award-winning, Friedensreich Hundertwasser-
designed toilet in Kawakawa.
AA Traveller spokesman Rhys James says
he’s not surprised the Hundertwasser facility in
Kawakawa continues to make a mark – 17 years
after it was opened.
“When we travel, we don’t really think about
loos until we actually need them and then they
become really important.
“ The Hundertwasser toilets, while essentially
just being a practical facility to take care of those,
are probably the only loos in the country that
truly become part of the journey. No one really
expects art in a public toilet, but Kawakawa has
that and then takes it to the next level with the
entire building fitted out like a giant installation
in a gallery.”
The Hundertwasser facility also has a page on
Wikipedia – likely a global rarity for a specific toi-
let – and is on many global lists as one of the best.
Another award winner that features strongly
in the survey is the Taupo Superloo. While it’s
only open from 8am till 5pm and requires a small
fee to access, its central location and the fact it’s
serviced has created many happy travelling fans
from throughout the country. And, if you really
need it, there’s a free WiFi signal beaming in
PIOPIO’S toilets at the northern entrance to town are popular with travellers. So much so that
the village amenities at Kara Park have been voted among the standout loo facilities around
New Zealand by AA Traveller.
Loos among country’s best
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