Update on Ōmāpere homicide investigation

Update on Ōmāpere homicide investigation

Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Attribute to Detective Inspector Rhys Johnston, Northland Police:

Police can advise that a man charged in relation to a homicide investigation launched in Ōmāpere last week has died.

Police were called to attend the Northland Region Corrections Facility this morning where he had been located deceased.

Enquiries are currently underway into the circumstances of the man’s death.

The man was next due to appear in the Whangārei High Court on 28 October and this matter will be withdrawn from the Court in due course.

Both deaths have been referred to the Coroner and Police will continue to investigate all circumstances.

Police are now in a position to name the man who died at the Ōmāpere property last week.

He was Keith Stuart Clark, aged 73, of Ōmāpere.

Our thoughts are with all of the families involved.

ENDS.

Jarred Williamson/NZ Police 
 

Health Investigations – Difficulties in diagnosing acute aortic dissection outlined in report

Source: MIL-OSI Submissions

Source: Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Morag McDowell today released a report highlighting the difficulty in diagnosing acute aortic dissection without failsafe diagnostic tools.
A woman in her forties complaining of severe ongoing chest pain was taken to the Emergency Department of her local hospital by ambulance. She was assessed and monitored in ED, where she underwent a range of diagnostic testing and an X-ray. She was given strong pain medication.
The woman was diagnosed with a heart rhythm condition caused by irregular heartbeats, and discharged the same day.
Sadly the woman died later that night from acute aortic dissection. An acute aortic dissection is a tear in the inner layer of the large blood vessels branching off the heart.
The Commissioner considered that the appropriate standard of care was provided by the district health board (DHB).
“It is clear that aortic dissection is a relatively difficult and rare diagnosis for clinicians to make,” said Ms McDowell.
“As a healthcare provider, the DHB is responsible for providing services in accordance with the Code. In this case, no broader system issues at the DHB were identified,” said Ms McDowell.
The Commissioner recommended that the DHB use an anonymised version of this case as an educational tool to be incorporated into staff training, and that the DHB liaise with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine about the use of the a developing diagnostic tool, for consideration of implementing its use in ED once its usefulness has been proven.
“I hope that the recommendations made will aid in minimising such outcomes for other patients and their whānau,” said Ms McDowell.
The full report on case 20HDC00480 is available on the HDC website

Local Government – Naenae pool plans unveiled

Source: MIL-OSI Submissions

Source: Hutt City Council

Draft design plans for Naenae’s new Pool and Fitness Centre and been unveiled, giving locals their first opportunity to see what the new $68 million facility will look like.
The scope for the design was shaped by three months of community engagement, with a Community Advisory Group involved throughout the project.
Mayor Campbell Barry says Council heard loud and clear from the community and aquatic sporting groups on what they wanted to see.
“The new Naenae Pool is the community’s pool, so it’s our job to make sure that the detailed design reflects that,” says Mayor Barry.
“The community has said we should retain a 50-metre pool and ensure there is lots of seating for schools and big events. We’ve also heard that the new building should be more accessible and include outdoor picnic and play spaces.
“Importantly, we’re making sure that the zoom tube is included, too, and that there is a party room for birthdays and other special occasions.”
The design team worked with mana whenua and local Maori artists to build in the local cultural narrative. They’ve also worked with sustainability experts to ensure the new pool contributes to Council’s Carbon Zero target. The new pool is set to be one of the most environmentally friendly in New Zealand.
“Council has been able to tackle other key priorities that improve accessibility, increase safe access through Walter Mildenhall Park, and make better connections with Hilary Court. The aim is for the new pool to be built in a way that supports the revitalisation of Naenae’s town centre, and I think the designers have achieved that,” says Mayor Barry.
“This will be the last opportunity for public submissions before we proceed with construction, so it’s important that anyone who is interested in the new pool gives us their feedback now.”
You can review the designs and complete feedback forms at the Coco Pop Up and Naenae Markets on Saturday mornings up to and including November 6 between 10am-12pm, and at Naenae library every day until November 8. To take part online, go to: www.huttcity/naenaepool

Charges laid following New Lynn firearms incident

Update on Ōmāpere homicide investigation

Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Attribute to Detective Senior Sergeant Megan Goldie, Waitematā CIB:

Police have made multiple arrests in relation to a firearms incident at an Astley Avenue address in New Lynn on Sunday.

Five men,  who are members of the Head Hunters gang, were located at a Henderson address by Police and taken into custody.

All are due to appear in the Waitākere District Court today.

The men are aged between 22 and 40 and have all have been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

A man remains in a serious condition in hospital following the incident.

Police remain at the scene at two addresses – both at a New Lynn residential address and at an industrial address on View Road in Henderson.

The Police investigation remains ongoing into this matter and we cannot rule out further charges being laid at this stage.

ENDS.

Jarred Williamson/NZ Police

Bay Link traffic on the move to progress underpass and flyover

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Road users will soon be driving over sections of the new Bayfair underpass, with a significant change to the road layout near the Bayfair roundabout scheduled for November.

The change to road layout will relocate the two northbound lanes of State Highway 2 closer to Golf 360 on the Matapihi side and the southbound lanes will move closer to the Bayfair Shopping Centre.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Regional Manager Infrastructure Delivery, Jo Wilton, says the traffic switch will enable the creation of a work zone in the middle of SH2 (north of the Bayfair roundabout) to progress the next steps of the pedestrian and cycling underpass and components of the Bayfair flyover.

“Work will proceed on the underpass’ central section, additional piers of the four-span Bayfair flyover and the flyover’s northern embankment.”

Construction of these elements will be highly visible to all road users, says Ms Wilton.

“The underpass’ central section, comprised of a 60-metre open-air trench, will connect the two completed underpass entrances, which got underway in May. The next stage of the Bayfair flyover will see two more piers constructed; one located next to the underpass’ central trench and the other near to the existing pier, which is located in the centre of the Bayfair roundabout.”

A major traffic switch of this kind typically takes up to two weeks to complete, says Ms Wilton.

“While the specific dates for the change in road layout will be shared closer to the time, there will be a series of night works ahead of time to complete the necessary preparation, as well as for the switch itself and the required follow up work. This includes completing the new road area, barrier realignment, new line-marking and the removal of old line-marking.”

Lane closures will be necessary during night works. Where possible, two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction until the switch is complete. The traffic switch is not expected to impact the existing pedestrian and cycling route throughout the site.

In the event of unsuitable weather or other unforeseen circumstances, work may be postponed.

Waka Kotahi would like to acknowledge Bayfair Shopping Centre and Golf 360, and thanks local businesses, residents and motorists for their patience while this work is underway.

The Bayfair flyover and the pedestrian and cyclist underpass are expected to open to the public on completion of the project.

For more information about the Bay Link project or to subscribe to updates, visit nzta.govt.nz/baylink(external link)

Indicative map of the new road layout (November 2021) near Bayfair roundabout.

View larger map [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Fatal crash, McLaren Falls Park

Update on Ōmāpere homicide investigation

Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

One person has died after a single-vehicle crash at McLaren Falls Park this morning.

Police were notified that a car had crashed into a tree at around 7:50am.

The sole occupant of the vehicle died at the scene.

The Serious Crash Unit attended the scene, and enquiries into the circumstances of the crash are ongoing.

ENDS

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Update on COVID-19 cases — 18 October 2021

Source: Covid-19 New Zealand Government Announcements

Read the latest update on cases from the Ministry of Health.

There are 60 new community cases today:

  • 57 in Auckland, and
  • 3 in the Waikato.

As at 10am, 36 of these cases are linked — 18 of which are household contacts — and 24 remain unlinked, with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the outbreak.

Update on today’s COVID-19 cases | health.govt.nz (external link)

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Since August, the Government’s response to lockdown hardship has been more piecemeal and inadequate than it was last year. Why?

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)

Since August, the Government’s response to lockdown hardship has been more piecemeal and inadequate than it was last year. Why?

Heartwarmingly, this latest lockdown is showing how much our communities care for each other: teachers for their students, church leaders for their congregations, and rangatira for their hapū and for, well, everyone. Whānau, family, friends and charities are doing what they can to give hope to children and young people during lockdown, and to ensure they are warm, with access to online education and appropriate nourishing food.

But they can only do so much.  Government – the only actor with the power to ensure all families are flourishing, free from the toxic stress of poverty – has not done enough to prevent, or even reduce, lockdown-expense despair and educational exclusion for low-income children this time around. Families face high unexpected bills for power, internet access and groceries – particularly as food-in-schools programmes are halted. But in the face of abundant evidence that the stop-gap measures initiated in the first 2020 lockdown for low-income families were nowhere near enough, this year, unbelievably, the Government has done even less.

Let’s look at what-might-have-been. Since early 2020, the Government’s economic response to the pandemic could – and should – have aimed to elevate children’s wellbeing. Given food insecurity was already affecting one in five children in Aotearoa pre-Covid, last year Government could have reformed welfare and Working for Families (WFF) as long-promised, in response to Covid. Given how vital internet access is for education (even outside of lockdown), last year would have been a good time for the Government to resource, champion and achieve universal digital inclusion. Home building by the state should have been ramped up exponentially. With those basics in place, we would have started to ensure all children in Aotearoa could thrive, develop, play, learn and grow free from poverty, as is their right, and their families would have had the financial resilience to better weather this current lockdown.

But of course, none of those things happened. Instead, last year children already in deprivation bore the brunt of the early pandemic while property investors saw their wealth balloon. Last November, the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction Jacinda Ardern was warned by her officials that “the most severe negative effects” of the pandemic were likely to be felt by families who were “already disadvantaged”. A recent Child Poverty Action Group research review, on the first year of Covid-19, confirmed this: family stress, caregiver loneliness, homelessness and foodbank use spiked with the initial lockdown, and then – worryingly – stayed high. Inequality increased in rates of chronic school absence and infant immunisations. CPAG modelling suggests child poverty increased by around 10% in the year to March 2021, on a key government measure.

Lack of income is a major factor in all this distress and opportunity loss. Yet the Government’s response has been “we don’t need to do as much as we did last year”. Unlike last year, the Government has introduced no lockdown-related benefit increases since lockdown started in August, nor have they doubled the Winter Energy Payment. The small, partial benefit increases in July were insufficient even prior to the Delta lockdown. The upshot: until the end of September, in spite of a harder lockdown, many families received just the same weekly benefit incomes as they had at the same time last year. Yet rent, power and fruit & veg prices keep breaking records.

It’s hard not to conclude that the Government is conscious of its neglect of children and young people. They’re smoke-screening their stubborn lack of action: hiding behind their support for foodbanks as if you can pay for digital schooling with bread; talking about next year’s benefit increases at Question Time as if they’re already distributed; obfuscating with “watch this space” and “we’re monitoring need” as if communities aren’t desperate. It’s gob-smacking.

The upshot: Thousands of children are without access to basic education and quality food. Their caregivers are dealing with the distress of disempowerment due to lack, prevented from giving their children what they know is best for them. Deprivation is further entrenched by government neglect in response to lockdown, inviting despair and mistrust – at the very time as trust in the government is vital for public health initiatives to work. And very directly, Prof Michael Baker and other public health experts have called for increases in economic support for those in poverty and hardship, to ensure everyone has the means, as well as the will, to comply with restrictions. As Dr Renee Liang points out, paediatricians see the effects of inequity and child poverty daily, and know “the populations most affected by Covid and most likely to die from it are those living under socioeconomic strain and indigenous populations”. 

Communities via foodbanks are being asked to pick up the pieces of Government failure. Shamefully, the size of unmet community need is hundreds of times greater than the additional $20-odd million given to charity foodbanks this lockdown. That amount of new support is less than one percent of the $3 billion handed out in wage subsidies and business support so far in this lockdown alone.

If the wage subsidy is a high trust model, then Government over-reliance on foodbanks is possibly the lowest-trust model there is. Food insecurity is caused by lack of income: parents and caregivers know what groceries their families need but are being denied the income to make those decisions. Sector research shows only 25% of food providers can regularly source fresh fruit and vegetables. Plus you can’t pay your rent and power with groceries. 

We agree with Treasury that the Government will not meet all their self-set child poverty reduction targets next year. We have all been let down by a government who talks the talk but barely walks the walk for children in poverty. We need to see welfare reform fast-tracked and universal digital inclusion put in place asap.

Meanwhile, whether or not they’re still in lockdown, families need more income now, as they deal with ongoing Covid-related debt and worry. The Government has multiple delivery options until genuine welfare reform kicks in: ensuring all low-income families are eligible for all Working for Families payments, and bringing forward next year’s benefit increases, would be a start. This month, the Winter Energy Payment ended, with families losing $30 each a week. Reintroducing this vital payment as an acknowledgement that lockdown is tough would help to rebuild hope and a sense that the Government cares, at the same time as it’s requesting all sorts of difficult actions. It would also help to rebuild the trust in the Government which is so vital as we all continue to deal with the social, economic and health fallout of this crisis.

60 community cases of COVID-19; 5 new border cases; 89 percent of Aucklanders complete one vaccine dose

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health

There are 60 new community cases today; 57 in Auckland and three in the Waikato. As at 10am, 36 of these cases are linked – 18 of which are household contacts – and 24 remain unlinked, with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the outbreak.

Cases

  • Number of new community cases: 60
  • Number of new cases identified at the border: Five
  • Location of new community cases: Auckland (57) Waikato (3)
  • Location of community cases (total): Auckland 1,943 (1,350 of whom have recovered); Waikato 45 (3 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered)
  • Number of community cases (total): 2,005 (in current community outbreak)
  • Cases infectious in the community: 25 of yesterday’s 51 cases have exposure events
  • Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious: 26 of yesterday’s 51 cases
  • Cases epidemiologically linked: 36 of today’s 60 cases
  • Cases to be epidemiologically linked: 24 of today’s 60 cases
  • Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 1,841 (in the current cluster) (140 unlinked from the past 14 days)
  • Cases in hospital: 30 (total): North Shore (5); Middlemore (12); Auckland (13)
  • Cases in ICU or HDU: Five
  • Confirmed cases (total) *: 4,696 since pandemic began
  • Historical cases: 171 out of 2,881 since 1 Jan 2021

*One case reported yesterday has been reclassified as under investigation as a possible historical case and has been removed from the case total.

Contacts

  • Number of active contacts being managed (total): 1896
  • Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements): 83%
  • Percentage with at least one test result: 75%

Locations of interest

  • Locations of interest (total): 455 (as at 10am 18 October)

Tests

  • Number of tests (total): 3,773,075
  • Number of tests total (last 24 hours): 20,809
  • Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours): 7,490
  • Tests rolling average (last 7 days): 24,355
  • Testing centres in Auckland: 19

Wastewater

  • Wastewater detections: Ongoing detections at most sites across Auckland

COVID-19 vaccine update

  • Vaccines administered to date (total): 6,344,212; 1st doses: 3,572,298 (85%); 2nd doses: 2,271,914 (66%)
  • Vaccines administered yesterday (total): 29,661; 1st doses: 6,253 2nd doses: 23,408
  • Māori: 1st doses: 376,983 (66%); 2nd doses: 254,631 (45%)
  • Pacific Peoples: 1st doses: 230,361 (80%); 2nd doses: 170,091 (59%)
  • Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total): 2,294,199: 1st doses: 1,271,322 (89%); 2nd doses: 1,022,871 (71%)
  • Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total): 11,259: 1st doses: 2,005; 2nd doses: 9,254

NZ COVID Tracer

  • Registered users (total): 3,305,233
  • Poster scans (total): 438,013,153
  • Manual diary entries (total): 18,490,337
  • Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday: 2,040,250
New cases identified at the border

Arrival date 

From 

Via 

Positive test day/reason 

Managed isolation/quarantine location 

14 October

USA

Direct

Day 0 / routine

Auckland

14 October

Lebanon

United Arab Emirates

Day 0 / routine

Auckland

14 October India United Arab Emirates Day 2 / routine Auckland
14 October Greece To be advised Day 3 / routine Auckland
15 October United Kingdom United Arab Emirates Day 0 / routine Auckland

Northland update

A number of testing sites remain open around Northland today, including at the Three Furlongs Bar and Grill in Kaiwaka – on the boundary between Northland and Auckland. This site will also be open for testing tomorrow.

Auckland update

A staff member at Remuera Gardens retirement village in Auckland has been confirmed as having COVID-19 and was at work whilst infectious.

Public health staff are confident the risk of infection is low but, as a precaution, testing is being arranged for all staff and residents. Both staff and residents at the village have very high vaccination rates.

Public health staff in Auckland are continuing to urge anyone who is moving around Auckland in Level 3 to get a test if they have symptoms of COVID-19.
 
There are 19 community testing centres available for testing across Auckland today.A full list of sites and opening hours can be found on the Healthpoint website.

Mobile surveillance testing of residential facilities is continuing, including emergency housing, transitional housing, boarding houses, motels and community housing providers. So far, testing has been completed at approximately 50 sites.

Waikato update

There are three new cases in Waikato. One is linked to known cases, while interviews and investigations are continuing to determine any link for the other two cases.

Investigations are also continuing to determine the links of two cases reported last week and two cases from yesterday.

Waikato DHB’s website and Healthpoint have up to date information on community testing centres in the region. Pop up testing sites have opened in Hamilton, Whatawhata (west of Hamilton) and Kihikihi (near Te Awamutu).

Yesterday there were 4,020 tests undertaken in Waikato and almost 1,489 doses of vaccine administered.

Maritime NZ: 6-year review of recreational boating fatalities released

Source: Maritime New Zealand

The importance of wearing a lifejacket on a boat and planning for the unexpected has been highlighted in a report evaluating the key contributing factors into 92 recreational boating accidents between January 2015 and December 2020.

The accidents claimed 98 lives between them.

The report released by Maritime New Zealand catalogues a significant number of on-water fatalities, many of which were preventable.

Sharyn Forsyth, Maritime NZ Deputy Director and Chair of the Safer Boating Forum, says the report makes for sombre reading.

“Each year a number of people die while participating in recreational boating, an activity pursued for enjoyment, or for the benefit of friends or family.

“The tragedy at the Manukau Bar with the loss of three lives over the weekend is a horrific lead-in to Safer Boating Week, which runs this week.

“We had hoped these lives could have been saved. Our heartfelt sympathies are with the families of those lost.

“Each accident is tragic and has its own unique set of circumstances, but the common factors across these accidents can help highlight ways that similar incidents may be prevented in the future.”

The report found a majority of those who died in recreational boating accidents died from drowning after they ended up in the water from either falling overboard, or the vessel capsizing or being swamped (filling with water).

The highest number of accidents occurred on small power boats, small powered and unpowered dinghies or inflatable boats.

Most recreational boating accidents happened suddenly, and people were in the water before they had time to use emergency equipment that was not already being worn.

“35 people died after falling overboard from a vessel that remained upright and floating. These deaths are likely preventable if the deceased was wearing a lifejacket.

“Behind each death is someone’s whānau and friends, who unfortunately never had an opportunity to farewell their loved ones.

“We owe it to their families and friends to understand these circumstances to ensure we can do all we can to prevent senseless deaths on the water,” says Ms Forsyth.

Maritime NZ will use the information to help inform New Zealand’s Recreational Craft Safety Strategy. It will also support the work of non-government organisations who focus on water safety and share our aim to prevent recreational boating deaths on the water. 

Recreational Boating Fatality Report – 2015-2020[PDF: 3.3MB, 63 pages]

The report found:

  • 92 recreational boating accidents resulted in 98 deaths or persons missing or presumed dead. The key causes are:
  • Accidents occurring suddenly and often without warning
  • Multiple people entering the water unexpectedly in challenging conditions
  • People falling overboard while alone on the vessel
  • No way to call for help
  • A lifejacket available but not worn, or improperly used
  • Most accidents occurred on inland waters or coastal waters less than two kilometres from shore.
  • The victims of these accidents are overwhelmingly male, and primarily over the age of 45.
  • Both Maori and Pacific people are over represented compared to their participation numbers, with Maori victims making up 16% of fatalities (v 12% of participation), and Pacific victims making up 10% of fatalities (v 3% of participation).

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