Sunday, October 18, 2009

Men stabbed in 'fight over woman' - police

Stuff, Herald

Two men are undergoing surgery this afternoon after a stabbing incident in Papakura in Auckland.

Senior Sergeant Steve Greally said it was believed the men were stabbed while they were fighting over a woman.

The stabbing wounds were not life threatening and the police were yet to take statements off the men involved, he said.

Taihape back on rail map

Sunday October 18, 2009

ONE News, TV3

News that Taihape is being put back on the rail map has been given the thumbs up by locals.

The central North Island town has been reinstated as a stop after it was dropped from the train timetable in 2005 due to falling numbers, KiwiRail said.

Taihape will be re-appear from October 23.

Rangitikei District Mayor Chalky Leary said the news was "really good," but questioned why the rail stop had not been used over the last three years.

Leary expected trains would only stop for about 10 minutes but said the town believed it would still be good for the local economy, and would give people another travelling option.

"It seems silly, it (the train service) was going right through from National Park to Marton. If you wanted to get off halfway through it was tough luck."

He said the most spectacular part of the main trunk line is the area between Taihape and Marton which included the Rangitikei Valley.

He said the stop would allow more people from Taihape to go through this area.

Tranz Scenic marketing manager Richard Keenan said the stop was being reinstated because they had been impressed with Taihape's commitment to regular train services, including enthusiasm for events and attractions which will add to the appeal of Taihape as a destination.

Hunter missing in Nelson Lakes National Park walks to safety

Stuff, TVNZ

LATEST: A hunter who was missing in the Southern Alps south of Nelson has made his way to safety, say police.

Tony Manson, 35, walked out of the area, south to a farmhouse about 9am this morning.

A search was launched after he failed to arrive at a pre-arranged time at the Sabine Hut, at the southern end of Lake Rotoroa, yesterday.

Mr Manson had been hunting alone while other members of his party hunted the western side of the lake.

Sergeant Mike Fi tzsimons of Nelson Search and Rescue said Mr Manson had walked out to a farmhouse about 9am this morning.

"He was disorientated and that probably had quite a bit to do with the fact he didn't have sufficient equipment or experience."

Mr Manson didn't have a compass, GPS system or map with him," Mr Fitzsimons told NZPA.

He said if Mr Manson had had the right equipment he could have made it to a hut 4km away, instead of tramping about 20km to the farmhouse .

Two search and rescue teams looked for Mr Manson last night, and five more teams were sent to the area this morning.

Maori Party aims for 18 seats

Stuff, TV3, TVNZ

The Maori Party plans to have 18 seats in Parliament by 2017, which will include all the Maori seats, its president told a group of Maori Party supporters today.

About 200 leaders and supporters attended the Maori Party's annual general meeting in Auckland today.

Leaders, members and MPs discussed the party's role in Parliament to date and its future plans.

Maori Party president Professor Whatarangi Winata said the party had been active in Parliament to date and had delivered 180 speeches since the beginning of the term.

The party wanted to increase its membership to have more influence in legislation, but co-leader Tariana Turia said for this to be done, more people needed to "cough up" more funds, particually those who were "well heeled".

She said she was disappointed about the recent Rugby World Cup bids but was otherwise pleased with how the Maori Party was working with National.

She said she expected the party to be able to see out its term with National and had a good relationship with Prime Minister John Key and his party.

"We do have a respectful relationship (but) we don't have to agree with one another," she said.

"The most important thing is the Maori Party is sitting at the same table as whoever is in Government."

The leaders discussed the climate change and the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), and while Mrs Turia said she was personally opposed to the ETS, because it would effect forestry, fishing and farming, three areas essential to the Maori economy, the Maori Party supported the bill because that was what their supporters wanted.

Man assessed by mental health after ramming dairy

Stuff TV3

A man who allegedly forgot to take his medication has been arrested and assessed by mental health services after he rammed his car repeatedly into the front of a Whangarei dairy early today.

The 48-year-old local man was arrested after he drove his car into the front of the dairy at about 2.20am, police said.

Whangarei police Sergeant Howard Clement said it was believed the man stopped taking his medication, causing him to act "mental."

The damage to the dairy was estimated to run into thousands of dollars.

The man's car lost its bumper during the incident, Mr Clement said.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Teen killed in crash named

Herland, Stuff, TV1 TV3

10 October 2009

A Whangarei teenager is dead after a car he was travelling in collided with another car and rolled down a bank last night.

Whangarei police said Andrew Thomas Ellwood,19, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 7.20pm.

He was a passenger in a car that was travelling along Whangarei Heads Road.

Police said the car crossed the centre line and hit an oncoming vehicle and went 2.5m down a bank.

Mr Ellwood and two other occupants were trapped in the car. Mr Ellwood was conscious when emergency services arrived but died shortly afterwards.

The two other occupants of the car were taken to hospital with serious injuries but were now in a stable condition.

The oncoming car had two adults and a child who were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Police said they believed speed was a factor in the crash.


Rugby sevens included in Olympics

Herald, TV3
Sat, 10 Oct 2009 10:23a.m.

The New Zealand Rugby Union says it is "delighted" at the news sevens rugby will be included in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Chief executive Steve Tew said the decision has come after a six year campaign to get the sport re-admitted into the Olympics, after over 80 years exclusion.

"We are obviously delighted. Sending our best athletes to participate in the Olympics games is a fantastic step for rugby."

The International Olympics Committee (IOC) voted in Copenhagen, Denmark early today (NZT) to support the inclusion of rugby sevens for both men and women at the 2016 Rio Janeiro Games

Tew said he believed the IOC wanted to "refresh the games and look into the future, basically sevens is part of the movement".

"Given New Zealanders shared passion for rugby and the Olympic Games, I am sure all Kiwi rugby fans would be excited at the prospect of our sevens team representing New Zealand on the Olympic stage," Tew he said.

The International Rugby Board delivered a 20-minute presentation that helped secure a comprehensive 81-8 vote in favour of the sport's inclusion in the games for the first time since 1924, the Guardian reported.

IRB secretary general Mike Miller, and president, Bernard Lapasset with a panel of players that included Jonah Lomu argued that the inclusion of sevens in the Olympics would help broaden the spread of countries that could win medals, grow the sport in new territories, and appeal to sponsors and fans, the paper reported.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Souped-up' car wanted in relation to driveby shooting

ODT stuff

Sat, 3 Oct 2009

A "souped-up" Subaru is being sought in relation to an alleged driveby shooting in Otara on Wednesday night.

A 23-year-old male is still in a critical condition in Middlemore Hospital after being shot in the stomach while walking along O'Connor St about 8pm on Wednesday.

Counties Manukau police communications spokesperson Ana-Mari Gates-Bowey said a silver Subaru, "souped up with tinted windows and mag wheels" is wanted in connection to the shooting.

It was believed the car drove towards the Flatbush area after the man was shot. She said police were waiting for the victim to recover from major surgery on his stomach to get more information on the incident.

Police were still investigating the shooting and did not have a description of the offender, and had not arrested or charged anyone in relation to the shooting Detective Senior Sergeant Pete Jones said police were keen to speak with more witnesses and with anyone who had information on the attack.

"We know that there are more people out there who know what's happened and we are keen for them to speak to us.

"Anyone who saw the car in the Otara area between 7.30 and 8pm on Wednesday night is asked to contact police.

Dizzee Rascal 'naughty but nice'

tuff, TV3, yahoo

Dizzee Rascal describes his latest album as "naughty but nice" - a bit like himself.

Aside from releasing his fourth album Tongue in Cheek in New Zealand this week, it was also announced Rascal will be playing at the Big Day Out in Auckland on January 15.

The 24-year-old East Londoner's latest album has made him become the first British solo artist to ever have two consecutive No 1 on his own independent label.

The 10-track album still has aspects of his signature grime style, but also brings in hip-hop, reggae, house and even a hint of disco.

It flits between the schizophrenic club track Bonkers, which he worked on with UK DJ Armand Van Helden, to the sleazy swagger of Dance Wiv Me to the frantic pace of Road Rage which is based on Mills' own experiences of crashing into a police car.

"It's an up-tempo, fun party album, but quite edgy because it's me, basically naughty but nice, it's a bit rude."

When pressed about what is naughty in the album, he says sex has a big part in it, but it is not totally smutty.

"We're covering sex, there's naughty songs in there about a few of my little escapades, then there are the more serious tracks talk about social commentary, the economy and that."

He is particularly proud of the fact he has remained on his own label Dirtee Stank, and mentions about four times in the interview his three singles, Holiday, Bonkers and Dance Wiv Me have topped the UK charts.

He also boasts his music video for Bonkers was shot with a camera that captures six different angles at the same time.

"It's never been used in a music video before they've used it in one film or something like that. It's colourful and powerful, you know what I mean, and it's futuristic looking."

Another video, Holiday, has a particularly American hip-hop music video feel to it - complete with girls in thongs - but was shot in Ibiza, a place Mills calls "a nice holiday spot and a good place to play".

The album is about having fun and partying, he says.

He has recently branded himself a pop star, reflected in this album, which is more accessible.

When asked if the new branding and style might upset old fans, he says there are other things they could be upset over.

"The fact that I'm on TV will alienate some of my older fans but that's the way it goes, it's not a new thing for successful artists to upset old fans."
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While his fan base has increased dramatically, he says it's not always easy.

"I'm busier than I've even been and enjoying life a lot more, I get recognised wherever I go. Sometimes it's good, sometimes when I'm eating at a restaurant and there is a queue of people waiting for photos, it's a bit crazy."

Included in his fan base is Prince Harry who went to a festival he was performing at in the UK.

"We had a laugh and that and he was on the side of the stage dancing around with his friends."

Asked how he is going to celebrate the release of the album, he says he does not know yet, he's still trying to find a new way of celebrating going No 1, again.

* Tongue 'n' Cheek is out now. Dizzee Rascal performs at the Big Day Out on January 15.