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Violent attacks intensify on Asian students in New Zealand

Posted by te2ataria on March 29, 2016

At least four attacks on Asian students reported in Auckland last week

“The spate of aggravated robberies have targeted international students —using extensive violence to take handbags, phones, laptops, bank cards and shoes,” according to a report.

In the latest series of attacks, multiple male and female Chinese and Japanese students studying at University of Auckland and Unitec have been targeted.

In the most recent incident, which occurred on Monday evening, four youths were arrested after trying to steal a handbag from a young [Asian] woman who was walking along Khyber Pass near the corner of Broadway in Newmarket.  The young woman was pushed to the ground [and was left heavily bruised] during the incident, police said.  http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/police-concerned-student-assaults

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How safe is our health system?

Posted by te2ataria on March 29, 2016

‘Patient died after falling on her head during a Wellington Hospital examination’

Tracy Lee Whitchelo, 39, who had myasthenia gravis, a muscle-weakening auto-immune disorder, fell in Wellington Hospital during an examination, hit the back of her head, and later died after surgery for a brain bleed. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/78342041/Patient-died-after-falling-on-her-head-during-a-Wellington-Hospital-examination

Stroke patient died after doctor’s mistake
A male patient suffering stroke from a clot in an artery was erroneously given a double dose of clot-busting drug that led to a brain bleed and killed him.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11613360

Killed, seriously injured … on NZ death roads

Police fix Easter Weekend road fatalities at 4
Police say only four people were killed on the roads over Easter. [In 1990, when police did not manipulate the road toll, 17 people were killed on the roads during Easter Weekend.] http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11613035

Driver killed after crashing into rock on West Coast
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/78346393/Driver-dead-after-crashing-into-rock-on-West-Coast

Woman in critical condition after crash in Templeton
The victim is in a critical (!) condition in ICU at Christchurch Hospital.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11613312

A family of 8 have been left without a vehicle after their van was crashed into by a driver during yet another police pursuit.
The Mataki family van was hit by a motorist being pursued by police. They used the vehicle to transport their six children around to various sporting and job commitments. http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/78308012/A-family-of-8-have-been-left-without-a-vehicle-after-their-van-was-crashed-into

Ministry of Transport (heavily doctored) Road Toll:

29-03-2016 doctored road toll

http://www.transport.govt.nz/research/roadtoll/

  • Blog estimate: About 900 people are killed on NZ roads each year. [Most probably] up to 220 road fatalities have occurred in NZ since 1 January 2016.

Other News in Drips

Potentially toxic pink substance discovered in Whangamata Harbour


An unidentified pink substance was discovered in the upper reaches of the Whangamata Harbour this morning. Photo / Supplied/ via NZherald

Good Riddance: NZ Post cutting [only] 500 jobs “to offset falling mail volumes
The thieving, incompetent and abusive NZ Post says the cuts will “remove layers of management to enable New Zealand Post to make and act on decisions faster”.  http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/78335239/NZ-Post-plans-to-cut-another-500-jobs-in-bid-to-offset-falling-mail-volumes

The 18th known victim: 13-year-old drowned at the Hunua Falls (south Auckland)
The body of the missing 13-year-old Lilatoni Vetemotu, who disappeared swimming at the popular south Auckland waterhole, was found last night, police said. [At least 18 people have now drowned at the falls in the recent years, with the Auckland Council proving utterly incompetent to prevent the deaths.] http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11613192

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