Central Leader : December 15th 2010
6 CENTRAL LEADER, DECEMBER 15, 2010 NEWS A hands-on tall ship sailing experience is the perfect gift for the person who has everything! Spirit of New Zealand January Sailings HALF DAY SAILINGS Fri 7th Jan - 9am-12pm / 1pm-4pm Mon 17th Jan - 9am-12pm Adult $55 Child $45 Family $190 (2x adult & 2x child) ANNIVERSARY DAY REGATTA Mon 31 Jan Adult $155 (incl. lunch & racing) For bookings & further details call 09 373 2060 www.spiritofadventure.org.nz Share some Christmas Spirit SOFA SALE 40% OFF up to floor stock Crest furniture, 24 Bruce McLaren Road Henderson, 09 8386561 20% discount on fabrics for reupholstery orders placed before end of January 2011. Providing effective diagnostic imaging in your community. The Affiliated Provider of radiology to Southern Cross. • Computed tomography (CT, CAT scan) • Ultrasound scans (including ACC, 3D/4D pregnancy scans $70, shoulder injections) • X-ray (ACC, medical, immigration) • Pregnancy scans now FREE OF CHARGE for NZ residents Keep your medical costs down without compromising quality. All referral forms accepted. Immediate reporting of your x-ray/scan if required. Phone 09 638 5169 290 Dominion Rd Mt Eden (near ASB and Valentines) firstname.lastname@example.org Carol Beaumont MP Working with and for our Community 62A Princes Street, Onehunga, Auckland. Tel: 09 6360090 Fax: 09 6360091 3347164 AB Home Decor Sale - 3 days only!!! Unique and beautiful gifts in time for Christmas at up to 60% off retail prices Thursday 16 Dec 3pm - 9pm Friday 17 Dec 3pm - 9pm Saturday 18 Dec 10am - 3pm Greyfriars Presbyterian Church Memorial Hall 544 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden Bring this ad for a further 10% discount CLEARANCE DEPOT NEW/USED/END OF LINES/LIQUIDATION STOCK Hours: Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm, Sat 10am - 3pm While stocks last 637 Rosebank Rd, Avondale PH 815 1589 Wooden stools from $50 Huge variety of office & Household items new & used at HEAVILY DISCOUNTED PRICES!! $20 Pots set of 3 4 colour choices Wishing trees for the kids Christmas trees are pop- ping up in Kmart stores across the city as part of the annual Kmart Wishing Tree appeal. Generous Kiwis can place a gift under a wishing tree for those in need, which are then dis- tributed by the Salvation Army. Salvation Army terri- torial public relations secretary major Robert Ross says Christmas can be a tough time for some New Zealanders. The gift of a toy to the Kmart Wishing Tree appeal is actually a gift of kindness to a family in need and who may well be suffering severely. He says many people are still struggling in the current economic cli- mate, with 28,000 famil- ies regularly seeking food from the organis- ation. Kmart New Zealand manager Sue Smith says it is hoping for a record 30,000 gifts to be placed under the wishing trees between now and Christ- mas Eve. Last year 26,593 gifts were distributed to fam- ilies. A gift tag is provided to identify the age and gender of a suitable recipient and the present does not need to have been purchased from Kmart. As I was saying -- 19 deaths ago Okay, okay. So I ve said it before -- but that was 19 deaths ago. That s how far our crisis over police pursuits has gone in the past 12 months. And before you reach for your keyboard to have me on about it -- maybe rerun the letter you sent last time -- look at it again this way. What would be the official reaction if 19 police had died in those crashes? Or 19 Members of Parlia- ment? Or 19 judges ? What would be your reac- tion if, say, three members of your family had died that way -- or even one. I know what some readers are going to ask: Do I want to give hoons and crooks a licence to roar off, leaving frustrated police hamstrung because of a ruling that they can t chase? Well don t bother about that either. Of course I don t. It s just that I can t believe that there isn t some method of stopping cars in their tracks. Maybe I am still fasci- nated by a boys annual I once read which described a scien- tist who had invented a gadget which threw out a beam and froze a car engine solid in a second. Well if at the time I read that you had predicted just one piece of the items we now live with, flights to the moon, unmanned drones, even this computer and the rest, I would have been astonished and more than a little worried about your state of mind. So surely someone, somewhere can produce the equivalent of that engine solidifier. Anything but the apparent present option of continuing deaths. As it stands, you or yours could be the 20th. Think about that. And if you feel I ve got it wrong again, I m not alone. Read this earlier report from the Independent Police Con- duct Authority written after 25 died as a result of pursuits in five years, not 19 in this year -- so far. The authority questioned whether police should start high-speed chases for minor offences such as speeding and property theft or for suspicion of a crime, saying the risk of someone being killed is too high. In one case, three teenagers died after police chased them at speeds of up to 200kmh when they failed to stop. The pursuit was found to be within police pol- icy. That critical report found that at that stage about five people died each year during police pursuits and another 18 were seriously injured. Yet chases rarely uncovered evi- dence of serious crime. The only thing that s changed is the number -- it s just short of multiplying by four. The Independent Police Conduct Authority said police should base their decision to enter a pursuit on known facts not simply speculation about a driver s reason for fleeing. Pursuits can begin over relatively minor offending, or general suspicion, and end in serious injury or death, authority chairwoman Jus- tice Lowell Goddard said. The authority analysed 137 pursuits reported to it during the five years to December 2008 and found that 24 people were killed and 91 seriously injured in those chases. Another 122 suffered minor injuries. One in four of about 2000 police pursuits each year ends in a crash. After the pursuits surveyed, 481 charges were laid, mostly relating to the suspect s driv- ing during the chase. At that stage Wellington motorcyclists Marty Collins and Brent Russell welcomed the authority s concern. They said that too often law-abiding members of the public were becoming col- lateral damage in pursuits. Totally innocent parties, they had good reasons to worry. Marty Collins spent nine days in a coma and nearly died and Brent Russell lost the top of a thumb, fractured his pelvis and right arm and injured his wrist and knees when their motorcycles were struck by a police car as the officer did a u-turn to chase a speeding motorist. Overseas jurisdictions are moving to restrict pursuits, with some areas allowing police to chase only violent offenders. The authority s report said research in North America suggested violent-offender- only policies caused a dra- matic fall in pursuit-related injuries and deaths, but no corresponding increase in crime. Shouldn t we be asking them how they did it? Latest figures from police commissioner Howard Broad show that 11,000 drivers have fled from police in the last five years and 33 deaths have followed. Talking about police, what an interesting appointment of the new commissioner. Peter Marshall, a real action man, is coming back from a Solomons secondment to that job after four years in which he apparently gave great leadership in a tsunami with 53 deaths, used a ceremonial sword to beat off 13 machete- waving intruders and has coped with wandering crocodiles. Another publication has reminded readers that Marshall caused waves when he broke ranks over denials that police had blocked protesters off from the president of China on a visit here in 1999. Marshall said their denials were wrong and wouldn t stand up as evidence. There were some who believed his move to the Solomons was a sequel. If that s true, there s a real Lazarus back-from-the-dead quality about his return. If I was a betting man I d have lost a few dollars believ- ing Deputy Commissioner Rob Pope would be the man -- despite the continuing misgivings in some quarters about the jailing of Scott Wat- son for the Sounds murder. He led that police inquiry before promotion. A former NZ Assistant Commissioner, Marshall was at one time an armed offenders squad man, and spent two years after the 9/11 attack to set up an New Zea- land police liaison office on counter-terrorism. Maybe he ll have some ideas about those police chases and the current pres- sure to give our police guns. The Pansy Wong affair bubbles on but I think a few people may be losing some sleep over it. Somebody is going to lose big time before it s finished. The candidates: If Labour is right that the inquiry was a whitewash when it ended with Pansy Wong and hus- band refunding $474 to meet travel made wrongly on her MP allowance account, then Speaker Lockwood Smith and his public service inquirer don t look good. And the Wongs still have an issue to be resolved. If that inquiry was kosher, then Labour s Pete Hodgson -- who seems to be sharing the party s rottweller collar with Trevor Mallard -- runs the risk of looking as if he exag- gerated in his first allegations of a big time travel scam. The prime minister might wonder if he acted a little too quickly in sacking her as a minister.
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