Ambitious crowdfunding raises $2m for Otago chocolate business

An ambitious crowd funding effort to support chocolate making in Dunedin has quickly reached its goal, with $2 million worth of pledges received in just a day and a half.

The Own the Factory campaign came about due to the imminent closure of Dunedin's Cadbury chocolate factory.

The 3,500 people who pledged a minimum of one hundred dollars each are now shareholders in the new Otago chocolate business.

Campaign organiser Jim O'Malley says the share float will enable the company to move to bigger premises next year, and gradually hire more staff.

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Boy, 4, found dead in sewage pond after going missing from West Coast farm

A four-year-old boy has been found dead in an effluent pond after going missing from a West Coast farm today.

Police received a report Reuben Nolan had disappeared from a farm in Hari Hari, West Coast, just before 1.30pm today.

Police, local volunteers, family, neighbours and friends joined the search for the boy, whose body was found in an effluent pond at 4pm.

Police would like to extend their condolences to the family for their loss.

Reuben's death will be referred to the Coroner, and his family is being assisted by Victim Support.

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Police appeal for sightings after man found dead on Auckland road

A body has been found on an Auckland road after being hit by a vehicle, but police believe the man may have already been deceased before the incident.

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Police were called to the scene on Popes Road, Takanini, at 7.20pm after reports that a pedestrian had been hit by a car.

Police say initial indications are that the man was already deceased on the road when hit by the driver who contacted emergency services.

Police are investigating and no further information is available at this time.

Anyone who saw a man wearing a red checkered shirt and jeans hitchhiking along Popes Road earlier this evening has been advised to contact Papakura Police on 09 295 0200.

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Police searching for elderly woman with Alzheimers missing on Waiheke Island

Police and family are concerned for an elderly woman who has gone missing on Waiheke Island.

Sylvia Henley suffers from Alzheimers disease and may be confused.

Ms Henley has not been seen since this morning.

She may be wearing a light blue dressing gown and slippers.

Anyone who may have seen Ms Henley has been advised to call 111.

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Canterbury University threatened with legal action by one of its students over car parking fees - 'you are going into debt over this'

Canterbury University is being threatened with legal action by one of its law students over car parking.

Canterbury University student Kelly Phillips has accused the university of cashing in on staff and students' parking fees.

Students are currently paying $400 a year for parking, while staff are paying double the amount.

"It just means you've paid for a spot, but you're not guaranteed you're going to get it," Ms Phillips said.

While the parking is fluid, the fees are set - and rising - by 15 per cent a year.

Canterbury University is unique from most universities in that it has the space on its 80-hectare Ilam campus to provide parking, but it comes at a cost.

"If you have to borrow an additional $500 a year to pay for parking, you are going into debt over this," Ms Phillips said.

She claims the university has collected more than $1.3 million in parking fees from students and staff last year alone.

"Where is the money going? What is it being used for or is it just revenue gathering?"

But Canterbury University Vice-Chancellor Rod Carr claims the university "is not seeking to make money out of car parking".

"It is seeking simply to cover the full whole of life cost of providing carparking on campus," Mr Carr explained.

He says the parking fees are going towards tar sealing, drainage, potholes, lighting and security at the university.

However, Ms Phillips says it "doesn't add up".

She claims that when she asked under the Official Information Act for a breakdown of parking-related expenditure, it could not be provided.

"The Local Government Act basically says that where an entity has the ability to charge a fee for service, it cannot exceed the cost of actually providing that service," she said.

Mr Carr responded, "If you've got the opportunity as a law student to get a learning experience at the taxpayer's expense, you should probably seek that out".

Ms Phillips has since engaged a barrister to help find out where staff and students' parking fees are going.

A uni student is claiming the university’s has collected over $1 million in parking fees. Source: 1 NEWS