Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Op Dallington # 6

Op Dallington # 6

New Zealand Police National News Release
1:36pm 21 December 2008
The investigation into the death of Christchurch woman Ngatai (Mellory) Manning is now into its third day and the primary focus is establishing who was the last person to pick her up that evening.

"We have had two people come forward last night who have assisted in showing her movements earlier in the night," Detective Inspector Greg Williams said.

"One of those persons has brought her into town after picking her up walking along Blenheim Road at about 9.17 pm. The other was a client who picked her up at around 9.30 p.m. from the corner of Peterborough Street and Manchester Street."

The client told Police that Mellory directed him to the car park of the old Caledonian Hotel in Caledonian Street St Albans.

"I have directed a search of that car park and environs and that was commenced this morning. We will also be visited homes that adjoin this property" DI Williams said.

Police believe Mellory was dropped off back in Manchester Street at about 9.55 pm.

Call data from the phone located in Mellory's bag indicate that the last known text that she made was at 22.43 hours Thursday night 18 November.

"Mellory's watch is currently being examined by ESR and one of the key aspects is to establish if it has stopped because of contact with the water. At this stage I can say that it has suffered some water damage and that that time that it has stopped is 10.59."

DI Williams said there was a possible sighting of her back at the corner of Peterborough and Manchester Street at about 10.15 p.m.

"Regardless of that her known action is this text at 10.43 p.m. so the team is currently focussing in on action between 10.15 pm to 11.30 to try and identify any vehicle that she might have got into.

"I am very pleased that we have had one of her clients that night come forward. It is important that we respect the confidentiality of these people and ask that any other person who might have employed Mellory that evening or the night before the come forward."

DI Williams said one thing that has helped people recall Mellory was the distinctive clothes that she was wearing that night, specifically a blue bikini top with dots and a short red skirt. She could have been wearing black ankle length boots of black high heeled shoes with two straps.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice.

Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne under a bus More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog