Saturday, June 13, 2009

Teenager seriously assaulted in Christchurch

Police are appealing for witnesses to a brutal bashing in Christchurch last night which put a teen in intensive care in hospital.

The 19-year-old was rushed to intensive care after he was seriously injured on Shirley Road outside Shirley Primary School at 11.30pm.

The teen's condition had improved today and he would be transferred to a ward, Detective Senior Sergeant David Harvey said.

Police investigating the bashing hope to speak to the victim in the next few days.

A scene examination had been completed but police had not yet identified four youths last seen walking in an easterly direction towards Emmett Street and Marshlands Road.

"Anyone who knows the identity of these persons should to come forward," Mr Harvey said.

Police also wanted to hear from a man and woman who helped the victim the man after the assault.

"We would like to speak to these persons and thank them for the assistance they have given to the victim."


Fifth weekend road death

The death of man in his 60s near Paeroa this morning has pushed the weekend road toll to five.

Police said the man was driving along Rangiora Road, State Highway 26 near Paeroa and drove into an embankment.

Yesterday a 22-year-old man died at the scene of a two-car collision on Auckland's Upper Harbour motorway.

On Friday, two teenagers died in Whangarei after their car rolled down a bank on Anzac Rd in suburban Morningside and into the front yard of a property.

Also on Friday, a woman died at the scene after her car and a truck collided near Dargaville, 58km south west of Whangarei.


Man charged after hostage stand-off

A two hour stand-off this morning between armed police and a man who took two women hostage in Runanga, 8km north east of Greymouth, has ended peacefully.

A 26-year-old man was arrested and appeared in Greymouth District Court this morning. He was remanded to reappear in Christchurch District Court on Monday.

Sergeant Brent Cook of Greymouth police said the man was arrested after the stand-off with the Armed Offenders Squad between 2.40am and 4.40am.

Mr Cook could not confirm whether the man was armed.


Man killed in Auckland crash

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A 22-year-old man died at the scene of a two-car collision early today on Auckland's Upper Harbour motorway.

Police said the crash happened soon after 1am near the Greenhithe Bridge.

The dead man was driving west and hit an oncoming car, Sergeant Steve Salton said.

Speed was believed to be a factor in the crash.

The driver of the second car was taken to North Shore Hospital and was in a stable condition.


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Man dies after crashing into Otara fence

Last updated 16:16 07/06/2009

A man is dead after crashing into a fence in Otara today.

Police said they believed the man had suffered a heart attack, causing him to crash in Alexander Crescent in south Auckland about 2.40pm.

He died in an ambulance en route hospital.


NZ Mururoa veterans want compensation

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Last updated 11:40 07/06/2009

New Zealand veterans exposed to radiation from French nuclear testing at Mururoa Atoll are hoping the Government will take a lead from a British court judgment and pay them compensation.

Last week the High Court in London announced veterans from New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Britain could sue the British Ministry of Defence for compensation for radiation exposure from British nuclear testing in the 1950s.

The High Court clearance came about because of cutting-edge research by New Zealand scientist Dr Al Rowland, who proved the radiation New Zealand sailors were exposed to in the South Pacific and Australia between 1952 and 1958 caused illnesses including cancer and chromosome damage.

Mururoa Veterans Society president Peter Mitchell said today the New Zealand Government should also allow compensation for the New Zealand sailors affected by radiation exposure in 1973.

He said 500 New Zealand sailors were exposed to radiation when the Government sent the frigates Otago and Canterbury to Mururoa to draw world attention to French atmospheric nuclear testing.

The exposure has had lasting effects because they were not told the dangers of being so close to the nuclear explosions he said.

"Nobody told us that many of us, and our children and grandchildren, would subsequently suffer radiation effects."

The society approached the Government last month for compensation but Minister for Veteran Affairs Judith Collins wrote back setting out pensions and benefits currently available, Mr Mitchell said.

Because of the British High Court decision the UK government is now exposed to a potential compensation bill running into hundreds of millions of dollars if the 1000 veterans of tests in the South Pacific and Australia prove their illnesses are a result of the nuclear exposure.

The British MoD argued that the group had waited too long to lodge its claim and was excluded under limitations regulations.

But giving his verdict in the High Court in London last week, Justice David Foskett said Dr Rowland's scientific study involving veterans in New Zealand had provided new evidence of the potential health impact of the tests.

This was "crucial and pivotal" for any potential case against the MoD, he said.

The MoD would be allowed to appeal, the judge said, but he urged ministers to consider a settlement rather than drag out legal proceedings further.

The veterans took part in the programme on the Australian mainland, Monte Bello islands and Christmas Island between 1952 and 1958 and have claimed that is the reason they suffer cancer, skin defects and fertility problems.
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Many of them are terminally ill and seven have died since the hearing at London's High Court in January.

Dr Rowland's study compared the frequency of chromosome translocations in a group of 50 nuclear-test veterans with a control group of 50 men of similar ages and lifestyles.


NZ has 14th confirmed case of swine flu

Last updated 15:43 07/06/2009

Another case of swine flu has been confirmed in New Zealand, taking the total to 14.

Today's confirmed case is a 46-year-old who travelled to New Zealand from North America on May 31 and became ill last Tuesday. The person had travelled with a previously confirmed case.

Meanwhile, a child that was suspected to have caught the disease off another confirmed case at a South Auckland child care centre has been cleared.

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service is awaiting the results of 24 other suspected cases from the centre after a one-year-old boy travelled back from Australia with swine flu.

The results of the 24 other suspected cases should be known tomorro w.

Nationwide, there are 11 probable cases and 92 suspected cases, up from 68 yesterday.

All of the cases have either been infected overseas or from close contact with a traveller.

As at 6pm on Friday, there had been 21,940 cases of swine flu in 69 countries worldwide, including 125 deaths.

Australia has had 1020 confirmed cases.


Friday, June 5, 2009

Woman hit by truck seriously injured

NZPA June 6, 2009, 9:54 am

A woman is in hospital with serious injuries after a Waikato crash this morning.

Police said the woman was hit after walking between a truck and trailer unit at Waitoa, 11km northeast of Morrinsville.

The incident happened at 6.50am. Police ask witnesses call Hamilton police on 07 8586200.

Melting Key highlights environment day

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NZPA June 5, 2009, 8:26 pm

A melting John Key held the world in his hands today.

An ice sculpture of the prime minister holding a globe accompanied Oxfam campaigners marking World Environment Day at Auckland's Britomart today.

They were collecting signatures for their Feel The Heat petition.

The petition will be sent to Mr Key before he goes to the UN Climate Change conference in Copenhagen in December.

Oxfam wants emission levels in New Zealand to drop to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, as well as provide help for developing countries who are suffering from developed nations' emissions.

The scuplture was made by world-renowned ice carver Victor Cagayat from the Philippines.

Zimbabwean actor Brian Manthega (ex-Shortland Street) was also campaigning at the event.

"I'm told climate change affects developing countries worse and I am from a developing country."

He said changing weather patterns in Zimbabwe showed climate change was affecting his home country.

Two men stabbed at after-ball party

Last updated 13:45 06/06/2009

Police are hunting a man who stabbed two others after a private party was gatecrashed by up to 200 young people in Whangarei last night.

Detective Sergeant Steve Simpkin, of Whangarei, said police had been called to an address in Lake Ora Road in suburban Kamo.

"It was a small party as a private after-ball function for one of the high schools.

"There was a large number of grossly intoxicated people there.

"It was gatecrashed by 150 to 200 people, a number of fights broke out and a number of people were assaulted and bottled and the two people were stabbed."

The victims, who were not students, were taken to hospital but their injuries were not regarded as life-threatening.

Mr Simkins said inquiries were continuing.