Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

New Zealand Herald

Homicide Inquiry - Goldie Stolen - Todd Outburst - Maori Crashes - Transrail Death Rate - Big Time Rugby - Travel Company Collapse - Dog Attack - Police Informant Pay

HOMICIDE INQUIRY: A man written off as a missing person four years ago may have been murdered during a bungled drug deal in rugged bush south of Auckland. Detectives yesterday launched a murder inquiry into the disappearance of 26-year-old Aucklander Jason Raymond Kearney, who vanished in the Hunua Ranges on Saturday, August 17, 1996.

- GOLDIE STOLEN: Well-organised thieves took only seconds to disable a security camera and wrench a treasured Charles Goldie painting from a wall in the Auckland Museum yesterday. The lightning-fast robbery was over and the painting gone before museum staff realised anything had happened.

- TODD OUTBURST: Olympic authorities have dismissed a burst of outrage from the Deputy Prime Minister over the Mark Todd issue as the equivalent of somebody ringing radio talkback. But Jim Anderton's criticism of Todd and the NZ Olympic Committee yesterday was the highest-level tongue-lashing since the drug scandal blew up.

- MAORI CRASHES: Maori and Pacific Islanders are three times more likely to need hospital treatment after a road crash than Europeans. Road safety experts put the finding in the Land Transport Safety Authority's travel survey down to a number of socio-economic factors.

- TRANSRAIL DEATH RATE: The death rate for Tranz Rail workers was at the upper level of an international comparison, the ministerial inquiry into the company's safety record was told yesterday. The Land Transport Safety Authority's general manager for policy, Alan Woodside, said Tranz Rail had three workplace deaths a year from 1996 until 1998.

- BIG TIME RUGBY: The crowd waiting on the wharf at Matiatia on Waiheke Island fell silent as the crowing voice commanded attention. "Excuse me, all you Auckland people," it said. "We're from Christchurch. How do you feel now?"

- TRAVEL COMPANY COLLAPSE: The collapse of an Auckland-based adventure travel company has brought warnings for would-be travellers to be extremely careful when buying travel insurance. Several people who booked holidays through travel wholesaler Sun Travel have been told they may have to pay twice, because their insurance does not cover the possibility of a wholesaler collapsing.

- DOG ATTACK: The Rotorua youngster attacked by two dogs has returned home from hospital and now has a tough decision to make - a trip to Disneyland or 10 days of sun, sand and rollercoasters on Australia's Gold Coast. The dilemma has delighted Jarrod, aged 8, who has been offered the choice by the Koru Care charitable trust, who whisk away terminally ill children and those who have suffered major traumas to the holiday spots each year.

- POLICE INFORMANT PAY: Police paid more than $1.5 million to informants in the past five years. The figure was revealed in response to an Official Information Act request. In the past financial year, police paid $302,920; in 1998-99, $251,969; in 1997-98, $355,422; in 1996-97, $266,029; and in 1995-96, $358,397.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Brexit & Huawei Clusterfudges

Come December 2019, the West’s social democracies could be gone through quite a few changes at the top. More>>

ALSO:

UN Rights Declaration At 70: We Are All Born Free And Equal

On Article 1 of the UDHR: Dignity is the foundation of all human rights. Human beings have rights, and should be treated with utmost care, precisely because each one possesses intrinsic worth. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The (Delayed) Judgment Day For Theresa May

When under stress, British PM Theresa May reportedly eats peanut butter straight from the jar. Crunch time is looming... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Politely Fake Political Obituaries (And The Paris Discord)

One unfortunate side effect of “personality politics” is that when prominent politicians die, the niceties we observe at the death of private individuals get automatically extended to them as well... More>>

ALSO:

Unique And Vanishing: NZ Biodiversity Losses Match Global Crisis

One might think that it is buffered from some of the effects of biological erosion, especially since people only arrived less than 800 years ago. But as we show, the impact on wildlife has been catastrophic. More>>

Your Name Here(ish): Sponsor A Section On Scoop.co.nz!

Scoop.co.nz has just launched Section Sponsorships - the newest way for you to gain exposure for your brand to Scoop’s high value audience of 500,000 monthly readers. More>>

ALSO: