Children’s Commissioner says putting children in police cells ‘solitary confinement’

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The Children’s Commissioner has called for an end to placing young people in police cells while on remand, calling it “solitary confinement” and “not acceptable”. Police figures show 2167 children aged 10 to 16 have been placed in police custody so far this financial year.  Of those, 157 spent more than 24 hours in police cells, Ministry of Social Development figures show. Oranga Tamaki said two days was the average stay. In Canterbury, 127 children were placed in police custody in the last year, down from 151 in 2015/16, but up from 123 the previous financial…

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Christchurch dairy attendant swings bat at robbers

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 Sujan Burra was robbed the day he took ownership of his Christchurch dairy.  The Woolston Discounter, on Ferry Rd, has been held up almost every month since.  After a knife-wielding robber in a skull mask stole cash earlier this month, Burra put a baseball bat under the counter and a lock on a gate at the end of the counter.  So when two offenders came in on Saturday night – the sixth robbery since September – he was prepared.  READ MORE: * Attendant locks herself in ‘safe room’ during tenth theft in eight months * Christchurch dairy…

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Deadline up for Canterbury District Health Board to clear surgery backlog

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The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has sought help from private hospitals and other DHBs in its scramble to meet elective surgery targets.  The board faced a potential $24 million Government penalty if it did not get a backlog of 3248 surgeries done by Sunday. Time is up, but the board was unable to confirm if it had delivered.  “At this stage we are working towards achieving this,” CDHB general manager for planning and funding Carolyn Gullery​ said on Thursday.  A recovery plan the CDHB gave the Ministry of Health in January outlined how it would address…

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Earthquake-prone Te Omanga Hospice in Lower Hutt looking for $10m to rebuild

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How do you raise $10 million dollars? That is the challenge facing Lesley Slieker as the Te Omanga Hospice in Lower Hutt prepares to demolish its current building and build a new one on its Woburn site. The hospice was found to be earthquake-prone after the 2013 Seddon earthquake, which rocked the Wellington region, but it survived the Kaikoura earthquake in November unscathed. The Hutt City Council set a 2018 deadline to strengthen the property, which is actually four different buildings joined together. READ MORE: * Hospice buys Britannia House…

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Earthquake damage a possible source of E-coli in Lower Hutt water

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A dead seagull that somehow got into the Waterloo Pumping Station once famously contaminated Lower Hutt’s drinking water. That was in 1991. The more recent source of contamination still has experts scratching their head. Lower Hutt residents have long been proud of the water that comes from the Waiwhetu Aquifer. Aquifers are under pressure from development and contamination all over the world, but Lower Hutt’s water supply has always been regarded as pristine. READ MORE: * Hutt authorities to continue treating water * Boil water notices plague West Coast* Power…

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Mongrel mobster ‘Fats’ gains control of his health after shocking diabetes diagnosis

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Former Mongrel Mob member Anaru ‘Fats’ Moke is a living, breathing example of how, with enough effort, you can turn you life around – in more ways than one. A year ago, the now 44-year-old former mobster from Lower Hutt was at a crossroads with his type-2 diabetes, which had become so bad he was at risk of going blind and losing his legs. But now, after making a solid effort to improve his sedentary lifestyle, the odds that he will be around to see his 11 children grow up are…

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Decision on district nurses’ move to health hub expected to take months

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A final list of tenants for the new section of Blenheim’s health hub could be months away as conflict over the relocation of district nurses continues. District nurses opposed the move from Wairau Hospital, in Witherlea, to the former Floor Pride Civic Theatre building in central Blenheim, which they felt was unnecessary and could hinder their work. The Marlborough Primary Health Organisation expected to confirm a final line-up of tenants after a Nelson Marlborough District Health Board meeting in March. But New Zealand Nurses Organisation regional co-ordinator Daniel Marshall said negotiations between…

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Secrity guard tackles crowbar-armed burglar

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A rugby league-loving security guard made the perfect tackle in Warkworth when he dropped a burglar armed with a crowbar. The alleged thief was caught red handed stealing donated electrical goods from the Warkworth Hospice shop. Selling donated goods and furniture at a weekly garage sale on their Woodcocks Rd property in Warkworth, the hospice had been broken into at night several times over the last few months.  While a security camera operates in the goods area it was being covered up during the break-ins. Eventually head of InSite Security Chris Martin came on board and set up a silent…

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BP rammed in an attempt to steal cigarettes

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A stolen ute was used to drive into the front of a BP in an attempt to steal a large quantity of cigarettes.  Police were called to the BP station on Kimbolton Rd in Feilding at 1:40am on Sunday after the ram-raid occurred. A spokeswoman said police pursued the vehicle once it had left the BP, but the offenders abandoned the ute and fled on foot.  They have not been located.  There were no staff on duty at the time of the incident.  Police were carrying out a forensic examination on Sunday morning…

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Hope Walk in Hamilton for suicide

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In bright yellow clothing, in the pouring rain, they set off on their walk. There were a few smiles, but no cheering. The mood was eerie, as if many were lost deep in their own thoughts.  Chris, who was one of more than 300 people who walked around Lake Rotoroa in Hamilton on Saturday to raise awareness on suicide and promote suicide prevention, said she was thinking of her children. Her ex-husband, the father of her son and daughter, committed suicide in 2012. Just like his father did, and two of his uncles, and a brother. READ…

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