Friends leave woman behind in bush
about 9.45pm. She was found by Hamilton Search and Rescue who brought her out at 6am.
Another group of lost trampers in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park rang police about 7.30pm. The police were able to locate them via that cellphone link.
Matamata sergeant Craig Thorne also wanted to remind people that with Christmas upon us there has been a steady increase in reported domestic violence.
‘‘This can be because of a number of reasons ranging from warmer, muggier days to the financial stress of Christmas and school holidays,’’ he said.
‘‘Families need to respect each other and look after one another throughout these trying times and if need be, walk away and get some clean, fresh air and that can make all the difference.’’
He also wanted to remind residents with Christmas parties and festivities taking place to plan their rides, organise a sober driver and be prepared.
‘‘There is no excuse for drinking and driving,’’ he said. A Matamata fire crew responded to an alarm activation at Country Lodge. Although they could smell smoke, they found nothing.
A fire crew responded to a rubbish fire on Kowhai St.
A fire crew responded to an alarm at Silver Fern Farms in Te Aroha.
A fire crew responded to a small rubbish fire behind the Memorial Centre, which was out when they arrived.
Fire crews responded to wheelie bin fires on Weka St, Karaka St and Pukatea Pl. Matamata fire chief Kevin Curtis suggested residents should only put their black and yellow recycling bins out on the day of collection and not the night before. ‘‘We have an element in town that are taking pleasure in lighting these,’’ he said.
A fire crew assisted ambulance staff with lifting a patient.