Logging accident - Rescue Helicopter - 16 January 2014
Today at 10:30am, the TrustPower TECT rescue helicopter was
dispatched to Ruatoki where a tree feller was hit by a punga
that was dislodged by a tree he was falling.
The 39 year
old male received shoulder, back and leg injuries, was
treated at the scene by St John paramedics before being
flown to Tauranga hospital for further
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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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