UPDATE: Arrests following Alexandra assault

UPDATE: Arrests following Alexandra assault

Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Police have made four arrests following the alleged assault of a man, and the unlawful taking of his vehicle in Alexandra on Saturday.

A 29-year-old man has been charged with wounding with intent to injure, impeding breathing/blood circulation and unlawfully taking a vehicle.

Two 52-year-old men, and a 41-year-old man have been charged with unlawfully taking a vehicle.

They are all due to appear in the Alexandra District Court on Wednesday.

Police continue to ensure the victim has support and would also like to thank the public for their assistance.

As the matter is now before the Courts, Police can make no further comment.   


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Mangere homicide – man charged with Murder

UPDATE: Arrests following Alexandra assault

Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Attribute to Detective Senior Sergeant Kevin Tiernan, Counties Manukau CIB:

Police investigating the death of a man on Saturday evening, who died after arriving at Middlemore Hospital with critical injuries, have today charged a man with Murder.

Misiona Talafu Petelo, aged 19, from Papatoetoe, died following a shooting incident which occurred earlier on Saturday evening on Massey Road in Mangere.

Police have been providing support to his whanau at this difficult time.

Earlier today a 31-year-old man was arrested after handing himself into Police.

He has been charged with Murder and will be appearing in the Manukau District Court tomorrow.

Police enquiries are ongoing however as the matter is now before the courts, Police are not in a position to comment further.


Nick Baker/NZ Police

Safer speeds for SH35 coming into effect this week

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

New safer speed limits for State Highway 35 between Te Puia Springs and Tokomaru Bay will come into effect this Friday 22 October.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency consulted with the community and people who use SH35 regularly in 2019 on proposed new speeds for the beach and township sections of the road between Gisborne and Te Puia Springs.

“Our top priority is to improve safety on our roads so that everyone can get to where they’re going safely,” Director of Regional Relationships Linda Stewart says.

“Even when speed isn’t the direct cause of a crash, it’s always a factor in the severity and can be the difference between a person being killed, seriously injured, or walking away unharmed.”

Between 2010 and 2019, were 20 crashes on this section of SH35. One person lost their life, three people were seriously injured, and another seven received minor injuries.

“During our consultation in 2019, we received feedback that the road between Tokomaru Bay and Te Puia Springs should also be included, and that the Te Puia Springs township speed limit should be reduced further than what was proposed,” Ms Stewart says.

“Every day around 1,100 vehicles travel this road with a mix of regular commuters, tourists, and a large and increasing number of heavy commercial vehicles. It is an important highway for communities and businesses operating in the region.

“While we can’t change the challenging geography that the road traverses, we can make sure the speed limits are safe and appropriate for the road and its environment.”

From 22 October 2021, the new speed limits will be:

Confirmed speed limit changes for State Highway 35 Te Puia Springs to Tokomaru Bay

Location Current speed limit New speed limit
Te Puia Springs Township – from 80m west of Waipiro Road (existing speed limit change) to 180m north-west of Cemetery Road 70km/h 50km/h
Open road section between Puketiti Road and Te Puia Springs – from 180m north-west of Cemetery Road to 350m south of Puketiti Road 70km/h and 100km/h 60km/h
Open road between Tokomaru Bay and Puketiti Road – from 350m south of Puketiti Road to 470m west of Beach Road (Wharf Road) (existing speed limit change) 100km/h 80km/h

Alongside safer speeds, Waka Kotahi is also undertaking resilience improvements at various sites along SH35.

“We’d like to thank everyone that provided their feedback on the proposed speed limits, as well as Gisborne District Council and Police who we worked closely with throughout the speed review.

“By making the change now, we can help prevent more crashes on this road and reduce the risk of further tragedy.”

More information on the permanent speed limits and our consultation summary, including the submissions can be found at:

SH35 Te Puia Springs to Tokomaru Bay speed limits

Safer speeds are a key part of Road to Zero 202030, New Zealand’s road safety strategy, which sets an ambitious target of reducing deaths and serious injuries on New Zealand’s road by 40 per cent by 2030.

Road to Zero – NZ’s road safety strategy

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Compliance update – 18 October 2021

Source: New Zealand Police (National News)

Tāmaki Makaurau, Northland and parts of Waikato compliance update:

Since Alert Level 3 came into place, 26 people have been charged with a total of 27 offences in Tāmaki Makaurau, Northland, and parts of the Waikato, as at 5pm yesterday (Sunday 17 October 2021).

Of these, 17 were for failing to comply with order (COVID-19), 7 were for failure to comply with direction/prohibition/restriction, two were for assaults/threatens/hinders/obstructs enforcement officer and one was a Health Act breach.

In the same time period, 28 people were formally warned.

Police have received a total of 4,717 105-online breach notifications relating to businesses, mass gatherings or people in Tāmaki Makaurau, Northland, and parts of the Waikato.

Checkpoint figures:

As of 11.59pm yesterday, a total of 725,209 vehicles have now been stopped at the checkpoints on Auckland’s northern and southern boundaries, with a total of 9459 vehicles having been turned around.

10,258 vehicles were processed at the checkpoints yesterday with 140 of those vehicles being turned around.

A total of 56 out of 1766 vehicles were turned away at the Northern checkpoints yesterday, while 84 vehicles out of 8492 were turned around at the Southern checkpoints.

As at 11.59pm last night, 41,722 heavy vehicles have been stopped and 1213 of them have been turned around attempting to leave Tāmaki Makaurau, with 2 of those turned around yesterday.

It’s important to remember that travel across an Alert Level Boundary remains restricted and you will be turned-away if you don’t have the required evidence for permitted travel, as outlined on the Covid-19 website.


Jarred Williamson/NZ Police

New Zealand primary sector best performer in global emissions survey

Source: MIL-OSI Submissions

Source: Federated Farmers

The New Zealand agriculture, land use and forestry sector has been ranked No 1 of 32 nations for the way it is getting to grips with climate change issues.
“With environmental NGOs and commentators regularly pointing the finger of blame at our farmers it’s pleasing to see an independent and in-depth assessment tell a very different story,” Federated Farmers President Andrew Hoggard said.
For its just-published Net Zero Readiness Index (NZRI), global consultancy KPMG examined 103 indicators of commitment and performance on decarbonizing in 32 countries, which together are responsible for around three-quarters of global emissions.
It ranked our overall national performance at No 9, with Norway, the UK and Sweden taking out the top three places.
But on the agriculture, land use and forestry league table, New Zealand was at No 1, with the report’s authors noting our high levels of forest biomass, low levels of food loss, a comparatively high number of agricultural clean tech companies and the He Waka Eke Noa government and food and fibre sector climate action partnership.
Other comments in the report on the global agricultural scene also resonated with Federated Farmers, Andrew said.
“Unlike so many other studies and commentaries, KPMG recognises that feeding the world has to be balanced with emissions reductions.
“And particularly pertinent to New Zealand, the Net Zero Readiness Index report says gene editing could allow significant progress for food producers in the drive to limit global warming, ‘but many governments are opposed’…with their views ‘often based on older and less sophisticated genetic modification technologies’.”
The report noted that reducing methane is a big issue for New Zealand, given livestock agriculture makes up a large share of our economy. Andrew said the technologies KPMG identified, such as low-emission feeds, future breeding programs and methane vaccines, will be key for our farmers, who already boast the lowest emissions in the world per kilogram of meat and milk produced.
While New Zealand ranked No 1 for agriculture, land use and forestry in the NZRI’s sector analysis on decarbonization action and preparedness, we didn’t do so well for the four other sectors. For electricity and heat we ranked 6th of 32; for transport we were 30th; for buildings 19th, and for industry 15th.

Update on Ōmāpere homicide investigation

UPDATE: Arrests following Alexandra assault

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.


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: Arrests following Alexandra assault

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.


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.

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