Police are currently coordinating a search
for a male after he came out of his kayak, near Turihaua
Point, north of Gisborne. This was reported to police at
4.40pm this afternoon.
It appears that a male and female
where about 1 kilometre out from the beach when they have
got in to difficulty. A nearby boat has rescued the female
and returned her to shore.
Currently the Eastland
Community Rescue helicopter is searching the area, along
with a fixed wing aircraft and Surf life Saving boats from
Wainui in an attempt to locate the male. It is believed
that the male is in his mid 20's and was not wearing a life
At this stage, it is still a Search and Rescue
operation and this will be reassessed in several hours.
further update will be made when more information is
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Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand
The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.
To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.
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