Sawmill death

Bay of Plenty Times - - Nation -

The per­son who died from a work­place ac­ci­dent near Master­ton yes­ter­day morn­ing was a fe­male staff mem­ber at a sawmill. The woman was a mem­ber of the team at Kiwi Lum­ber on Nor­man Ave, Wain­gawa. Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the ad­dress at 8.35am. WorkSafe NZ was to be no­ti­fied. Kiwi Lum­ber spokes­woman Liz Read said it was a “dev­as­tat­ing day for the team” and for ev­ery­one in the busi­ness. “The team are en­tirely fo­cused on sup­port­ing the fam­ily and the peo­ple who were with her at the time of the ac­ci­dent,” she said. “It’s just an ex­traor­di­nar­ily tragic ac­ci­dent.” Carter­ton Mayor John Booth said any death in the com­mu­nity was a tragedy, whether in the work­place, on the roads, or some other way. “Know­ing the tight com­mu­nity where it’s hap­pened, they will be feel­ing it deeply,” he said. “One death is one death too many.”

Knife threat de­fused Po­lice ne­go­ti­ated with a knife­man who took a woman hostage for 40 min­utes be­fore he let her go. West­field Manukau was evac­u­ated af­ter the man grabbed an un­known woman and held her at knife­point for about 90 min­utes about 8.30am yes­ter­day. Coun­ties Manukau Area Com­man­der In­spec­tor Adam Pyne said the vic­tim was “picked ran­domly”. The scene was evac­u­ated. Po­lice ne­go­ti­ated for about 40 min­utes be­fore the man dropped the knife, which had a five-inch blade. “The vic­tim in this mat­ter is un­der­stand­ably shaken but for­tu­nately was not harmed by the al­leged of­fender,’” Pyne said. The man has been charged with kid­nap­ping.

‘Jun­ketro­bil­lia’ auc­tion Act leader David Sey­mour is auc­tion­ing his piece of “jun­ketro­bil­lia” from a brief tax­payer-funded trip by two se­nior MPs to Ja­pan when the All Blacks played there. Speaker Trevor Mal­lard and shadow leader of the House Gerry Brown­lee flew to Ja­pan busi­ness class and spent about 48 hours there be­tween Novem­ber 2 and 4, at a cost of $24,000. The trip in­cluded meet­ings with po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness lead­ers, pro­mo­tion of aca­demic links be­tween the na­tions, and watch­ing the All Blacks beat Ja­pan’s Brave Blos­soms. Sey­mour has been crit­i­cal of what he called a jun­ket that had more to do with watch­ing sport than talk­ing diplo­macy. In a tongue-in-cheek post on the auc­tion site Trade Me, Sey­mour is of­fer­ing a Brave Blos­soms scarf at a “buy now” price of $1000. “Trevor Mal­lard and Gerry Brown­lee went on a $24k 24-hour diplo­matic mis­sion to Tokyo when the ABs just hap­pened to be play­ing there and all I got was this scarf . . . Trev tried to buy my si­lence with the gift of an au­then­tic Can­ter­bury Brave Blos­soms scarf from the trip. Since he’s the Speaker of Par­lia­ment it was kind of an of­fer I couldn’t refuse, but you can ben­e­fit as the owner of this unique piece of Kiwi jun­ketro­bil­lia, and raise money for a great cause.” Pro­ceeds go to the Make A Wish Foun­da­tion.

Bombs away

The Air Force has tested 14 bombs, each weigh­ing 227kg, at its weapons range in north­west Auck­land. It says the oper­a­tion at the Kaipara range over the past week has been to en­sure staff re­main pro­fi­cient in an­ti­sur­face and anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare. The 14 bombs were dropped from a P-3K2 Orion air­craft. The train­ing also helped the ex­plo­sive ord­nance per­son­nel, who were there to ex­plode any bombs that did not det­o­nate.

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