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Women won’t pay dam­ages

The two New Zealand women or­dered to pay more than $12,000 in dam­ages for al­legedly help­ing per­suade pop singer Lorde to can­cel a per­for­mance in Is­rael say they will not pay. Jus­tine Sachs and Na­dia Abu-Shanab were found by a court in Is­rael to have caused “emo­tional dis­tress” to three tick­ethold­ers. Sachs said they would not pay, but would be raising money for a char­ity in Gaza.

Zealan­dia weasel trapped

A weasel which found its way into Welling­ton wildlife sanc­tu­ary Zealan­dia has been caught. The fe­male weasel was found in a trap. The an­i­mal’s foot­prints were de­tected on Oc­to­ber 1, launch­ing a sanc­tu­ary-wide in­cur­sion re­sponse which in­cluded set­ting dozens of traps baited with rabbit meat and eggs.

Bus crashes into shop

Sev­eral peo­ple were in­jured yes­ter­day when a bus crashed into a shop in the North Shore sub­urb of Birken­head. Po­lice said a man was taken by am­bu­lance to North Shore Hos­pi­tal with mod­er­ate in­juries and two chil­dren were taken to Star­ship hos­pi­tal as a pre­cau­tion. A woman was also caught up in the drama. The bus driver and pas­sen­gers were not in­jured. Three stu­dents in­side the shop also es­caped harm. Pas­sen­ger sought in fa­tal car fall

Po­lice are look­ing for a pas­sen­ger who was in the same car as Auck­land teen So­siua Helotu Ula, who died af­ter fall­ing out of the ve­hi­cle in Porirua on Sun­day. Se­nior Sergeant Chris­ti­aan Barnard said he be­lieved Ula, 19, fell out of a black Mercedes. Po­lice have seized the ve­hi­cle. The driver was ar­rested and has ap­peared in court charged with driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and sup­ply­ing metham­phetamine. Barnard said po­lice were also look­ing for the driver of a sil­ver Mazda RX8. Crew­man named, search off

A crew­man who fell overboard from a fishing ves­sel off the Welling­ton coast has been named, as au­thor­i­ties aban­doned a search be­cause of bad weather. Sealord em­ployee P¯atahi Rewi Hawaiki­rangi K¯awana Jnr has been iden­ti­fied as the miss­ing crew­man who fell from FV O¯ t¯akou, near Cape Pal­liser, on Thurs­day morn­ing. The 25-year-old deck­hand, from Hawke’s Bay, had been a crew mem­ber for the ves­sel for two years.

Greens want drug-check­ing

The Green Party wants drug-check­ing le­galised in time for sum­mer fes­ti­val sea­son, af­ter last sum­mer where 21 per cent of pills were not what fes­ti­val­go­ers thought they were. Non-profit group Know Your Stuff NZ has covertly carried out drug-test­ing at mu­sic fes­ti­vals for the past three sum­mers. Green Party drug-re­form spokes­woman Chloe Swar­brick said the group helped peo­ple avoid un­nec­es­sary tragedy. Mak­ing the ser­vice le­gal was com­mon­sense, as fes­ti­val-goers were un­likely to stop tak­ing drugs, she said.

Se­rial child sex of­fender caught

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for help to find a se­rial child sex of­fender with more than 110 con­vic­tions. Dar­ren Al­bert Jolly has two war­rants for his ar­rest for breach­ing his pro­ba­tion con­di­tions. Jolly, 52, has as­so­ci­ates in Whang¯arei, Auck­land, Nel­son and Christchurch. His of­fend­ing dates back to the 1990s.

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