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A court in Northern Ireland has heard about a man who resisted police and called a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) officer, originally from New Zealand, a “fat Australian cunt,” the Derry Journal reported.
District Judge Barney McElholm told the man in the dock: “If you called a Kiwi an Australian you are very lucky he was a disciplined police officer.”
“Most Kiwis wouldn’t react too well to that [they’d rather be called a ‘fat c***’, than a ‘fat Aussie’.]” http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/76517787/have-you-heard-the-one-about-the-kiwi-police-officer-mistaken-for-an-aussie
Blessie Gotingco killer claims police planted evidence
The Crown had alleged that Robertson, 28 at the time of the alleged murder, ran Mrs Gotingco down and broke her leg as she walked home from a bus stop. He threw her into his car and drove her to his nearby home where he raped her then stabbed her to death. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11584054
Police Appeal for Witnesses to Fatal 4WD Crash Near Dargaville
Forty-two-year old Anne Talijancich was killed, the 44-year-old male driver survived with injuries.
Two children, a girl aged 10 and boy aged two, were taken to Auckland Starship Hospital. The girl is in a serious condition and the boy is said to be in a stable condition. https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/police-appeal-for-witnesses-to-a-fatal-4wd-crash-on-muriwai-beach-q10626.html
Tourist driver charged after head-on crash
A 45-year-old tourist, who was allegedly driving his rental van round a bend on the wrong side of the road when it collided with an oncoming car yesterday, has been charged with careless driving and causing injury, said Queenstown police, refusing to provide the tourist’s nationality.
The driver of the oncoming car suffered cuts and bruises, and one of the van’s four occupants, a 15-year-old boy, was knocked out and taken to Lakes District Hospital. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11584096
Who is dumping their industrial waste in our waters again? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11576955
Kiwi mountain biker McGarry’s father says sudden death “just doesn’t make sense”
The father of mountain biking ace Kelly McGarry cannot comprehend how his super-fit son could die from a cardiac arrest at the age of 33.
Another “unexplained” death reported in Wellington area
A woman in her 30s was found dead in her Constable St home in the Wellington suburb of Newtown Tuesday night. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/76509144/The-death-of-a-woman-in-her-30s-in-a-Wellington-house-is-so-far-unexplained-say-police
Auckland motorway gridlocked from smashes which close northbound lanes
Perfidious police say no one was seriously injured in three serious crashes near Auckland today. One of the crashes involved multiple cars and a truck rollover have caused a major backlog on the country’s busiest motorway.
In a separate incident a truck rolled on the Takanini northbound onramp and NZTA warned it too had caused “significant delays”.
It followed a one-car crash on the Southern Motorway ahead of spaghetti junction.
Two in hospital after vans collide
Two people have been taken to hospital after vans collided on State Highway 1 north of Dunedin, causing delays.
Car crashes into freight train south of Featherston
Let’s have a guess: No one was injured!!
“The car was written off but the train wagon only incurred minor damage including a broken air pipe. The driver of the car was not injured in the crash.” http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/wairarapa-news/76473048/car-crashes-into-freight-train-south-of-featherston
Deceased Wallacetown murder-accused granted final name suppression
A Southland man accused of murder, who was executed while in custody, has been granted final name suppression. He had been accused of murdering a toddler in Wallacetown, near Invercargill, in October.
Justice Nicholas Davidson made the order in the High Court at Invercargill on Tuesday morning. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/76473921/deceased-wallacetown-murderaccused-granted-final-name-suppression
Oamaru crash likely caused by tourist driver
An Oamaru woman suffered minor injuries after a 57-year-old Chinese woman driving a camper van allegedly failed to give way at an intersection about 1pm on Wednesday, police said. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11584136
Car crashed into home in east Auckland
A one-week-old baby escaped injury when a car crashed through the front of a brick house in east Auckland. The family moved in to the house two weeks ago. http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/76463546/car-crashed-into-home-of-new-flatties-in-east-auckland
NZ dumped an additional 200,000 tonnes of human excreta in coastal waters last year
The number of visitors arriving in New Zealand continued to break records. Some 444,900 tourists arrived in December, the highest-ever monthly figure.
The biggest increase was in visitors from China, up 11,000 (43 per cent) from December 2014.
Statistics New Zealand said annual visitor arrivals reached a record 3.13 million, up 10 per cent from 2014.
The tourists produced about 200,000 tonnes of human excreta last year, which Mr Key dumped in our rivers and coastal waters.