Murderer Sainey Marong arrived in New Zealand on a fake passport

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The man who murdered a Christchurch sex worker arrived in New Zealand on a fake passport and was due to be deported. Sainey Marong, 33, was found guilty of murdering Renee Duckmanton in the High Court at Christchurch on February 23. He strangled her during a dispute after having sex in the back of his car on May 14, 2016. He dumped her body on the side of a rural road the next day and set her on fire.  Stuff can reveal Marong arrived at Auckland Airport on a flight from Hong…

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Strike action the ‘next option’ if nurses reject latest pay offer from DHBs

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Public hospital nurses will consider strike action if they reject a new pay offer from the District Health Boards (DHBs), a union adviser says. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), which represents 27,000 nurses, has been in mediation with the DHBs to negotiate an improved offer since January 31. The last agreement expired on August 1, 2017 and the DHBs’ last offer was rejected in December. On February 26 the DHBs returned with a revised offer, but stuck to the same annual percentage increases for salaries – a 2 per cent yearly increase for registered nurses,…

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Wellington Free Ambulance confirms $300k debt for DHB-funded patient transfer service

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Wellington Free Ambulance (WFA) has confirmed its patient transfer service went into the red by $300,000 as it heads into another round of pay negotiations with its union. The admission substantiates claims from a long-time WFA paramedic who raised concerns about inefficiencies in the service, which is used to ferry patients to and from scheduled hospital appointments.  To meet demand, WFA used taxis “at massive costs” or ambulances reserved for emergencies when no others were available, the paramedic claimed. “This ultimately means staff lose valuable meal breaks often running over their legislated driving hours and…

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Young girls flashed in Khandallah

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Young girls in the Wellington suburb of Khandallah have been flashed by a man. A 12-year-old girl was flashed by the man on Cockayne Rd, then two young girls were flashed on nearby Punjab St on Sunday afternoon, police said. The “chubby” man, in his 30s or 40s, was last seen walking across Nairnville Park. He was described as wearing a purple cap, beige shorts, and a dark t-shirt. Police were in the area trying to find him. Crime Petrol Dial 100 || Adhuri Suhagrat || 6 July 2017

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Babysitter left bruises on crying Christchurch baby’s face

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A South Canterbury father has been ordered to do a parenting course as part of his sentence after his attempts to quieten a crying baby left bruises on the infant’s mouth and cheeks. Nathan Ruru Gray has a son of his own, but the bruises were inflicted on a 17-month-old baby he was looking after. He was at the Christchurch address on home detention at the time, but now lives outside Timaru. This weekend he began a four-month community detention sentence in South Canterbury. On Friday Christchurch District Court Judge Brian Callaghan…

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Euthanasia: What’s done around the world

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Twins. Both deaf. Both facing the onset of blindness. Belgian brothers Marc and Eddy Verbessem lived together and shared a special sign language known only to themselves and their family. Terrified of never being able to see each other again and facing what family members called intolerable suffering, the twins opted instead to end their lives through euthanasia. The 45-year-olds died together in 2013, after a lethal injection administered at Brussels University Hospital. READ MORE: * Euthanasia debate * We should offer euthanasia to those who want it * Should Kiwis have the…

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Pies stolen in Huntly robbery

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A trio of hungry men stole pies and cigarettes in an early morning heist of a Huntly dairy.  The three broke into the Bridge Street Dairy around 8am on Sunday.  No staff were in store, which was closed at the time.  The three men then left in a stolen vehicle.  Police have since found the stolen vehicle at Lake Puketirini​, after which four people fled on foot.  One man has been arrested and charged with aggravated robbery.  Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Huntly police on 07…

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Why Do Firearm Injuries Drop During NRA Conventions?

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A man examines weapons at the 143rd NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Indianapolis in April 2014. People are injured by firearms every day, but fewer gun-related injuries per capita happen during a certain yearly event: the National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits, according to a new study that looked at eight years’ worth of data. A team of scientists spearheaded the research, published today (Feb. 28) in The New England Journal of Medicine, after wondering whether the attendance of more than 80,000 people at the conference every…

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Jailhouse lawyer Arthur Taylor declined parole until 2019

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Jailhouse lawyer Arthur Taylor will have to stay in prison for at least another year after being declined parole on Thursday.  Taylor, 61, has spent a large portion of his life behind bars for a range of offending. His most recent lag was for drugs and kidnapping charges.  In February this year, he went before the Board where he argued he was now ready for release. While in prison, Taylor made a name for himself launching a number of legal battles with Corrections and other government departments.  READ MORE: * ‘Jailhouse…

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Wig-wearing murderer Phillip John Smith has no rights to hairpiece, court rules

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Convicted murderer Phillip John Smith’s wish to wear a wig in prison is not protected by the Bill of Rights, a court has ruled. Smith won a $3500 government payout in June 2017 after High Court Justice Edwin Wylie ruled the Department of Corrections had ignored his “fundamental right to freedom of expression” by barring him from wearing a toupee. The ban was put in place after Smith, who is balding, used the wig to disguise himself when he fled to South America while on temporary release. The Attorney-General, on behalf…

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