After their missing cat was found with its ears chopped off, Auckland owners still cautious

An Auckland family are still living cautiously six months after their missing cat was found with its ears chopped off.

In May this year, eight-year-old Pippi went missing from her family home on Auckland's North Shore.

Six weeks later she was found by an SPCA inspector just down the road from her home - with her ears chopped off.

SPCA Inspector Raj Patel described the incident as a deliberate act of cruelty.

"When I first came across Pippi, and we responded initially it was sort of shock and disbelief," Mr Patel told 1 NEWS.

To make matters worse the person responsible for the violence was never found.

"We had no leads as to who did it or what instrument they used, definitely a little frustrating to have no leads that we can investigate any further."

Pippi's owner Kelly Lightner said the whole episode had been shocking.

"It's been really freaky to know that someone in our neighbourhood could do this."

"The kids were really freaked out about wanting to make sure the cats were locked in all the time – obviously we can't do that, we've got a backyard, they like to go outside, lay on the deck."

But she said the incident has made them more vigilant.

"We've made sure that we know where they are every night and we certainly check them out in the mornings, I've got another cat as well and the two of them will pretty much hang out together the entire time."

Ms Lightner and her family are happy she's back to her old 'loving' self after an emotional reunion in June.

"I was at work one day, one of my teammates happened to see on her Facebook feed, and said 'oh my god, this poor cat'.

I looked at her and because she's such a unique looking cat, definitely by her face and by her eyes I went, 'Oh my gosh, that's Pippi'," said Ms Lightner.

"When I went up to the cage I was calling her, as I was walking up she couldn't see me, and as I was calling her she came right up to the end of the cage and was meowing.

"They opened the door and just jumped up into me and she was just all over me," she said.

"It was really sad to see her – she's such a loving cat – and to actually see that anybody could do that too her, it was quite an emotional day."

The Lightner family remain thankful that the piece of their family that was missing, has fitted back into place.

If you'd like to support the SPCA you can donate here.

Pippi and her family are living a happy life despite never finding out who in their neighbourhood mutilated the beloved cat this year. Source: 1 NEWS



Police Taser man after tourist's vehicle carjacked during dangerous Canterbury police pursuit

A man has been charged after leading police on a chase through Canterbury yesterday afternoon in which he threatened a tourist and stole their rental vehicle.

The 29-year-old man will appear in court on Monday facing charges including aggravated robbery, assault with a weapon and driving charges.

At about 4.20pm yesterday police received reports of a man driving dangerously in the Waikari area on State Highway 7.

Police say numerous motorists called them about the man's driving, which included passing on blind corners, passing on double-yellow lines speeding and tail-gaiting.

The vehicle was located and police signalled him to stop but he failed to do so. The driver then led police along State Highway Seven and onto State Highway One for 26 minutes.

Police say the driver was spiked near the Waipara township and the tyres deflated however he continued to drive for a further eight kilometres south on State Highway One.

He then came to a stop near the Amberley township before getting out of his vehicle with a baseball bat, threatening a parked motorist - a tourist to New Zealand, and stealing his rental vehicle.

He then drove the stolen rental vehicle away again from police. This stolen car was later spiked in Tulls Road.

He continued to drive for a further 11 kms before finally stopping at Revells Road, Tuahiwi.

Police say for a second time, the driver got out of the car, brandishing the baseball bat, and threatened police. The man was Tasered and subdued by a police dog.

The man received medical treatment after being arrested. 

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Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS

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Kiwi company halves waste at Rhythm and Vines festival with reusable designer cups

A Kiwi company is looking to make festivals more sustainable, one plastic cup at a time.

Twenty-thousand festival-goers are currently at Rhythm and Vines festival in Gisborne, where they will bring in the New Year.

However, that many people in one place can make for a lot of mess.

Globelet CEO Ryan Everton is looking to change that by supplying the festival with designer reusable cups made from recycled plastic.

The 25-year-old said the cups, which the company sells, can be taken home as a memento or returned for cash, where they can be washed and used again.

"RNV would have used 100,000 disposable cups, they now use 20,000 reusable Globelets," he said.

Mr Everton said 100 per cent of the Globelets are accounted for, "I think 0.07 per cent end up in a bin".

The cups are used at more than 3000 international events, including 95 per cent of New Zealand's festivals.

Rhythm and Vines was one of the first to adopt the idea a couple of years ago.

Rhythm and Vines operations manager Dan Turner said the festival went from 36 tonnes of waste in 2014 to 14 tonnes of waste in 2016.

However, not all drinks come in cups, there are special teams on site to collect cans.

Single use plastic is kept to a minimum at Rhythm and Vines and a huge emphasis is put on recycling.

A majority of festival waste comes from campground equipment, such as tents left behind at the festival grounds.

Mr Turner said the tents are recycled with the help of the Gisborne Council, where they are pushed out to schools who use them, or given to local community groups.

Thousands of people in one place makes for a big clean up but one company aims to make festivals more sustainable. Source: 1 NEWS