Auckland Grammar pays $20k to family of student whose jaw was broken by bullies

Prestigious Auckland secondary school Auckland Grammar has paid out $20,000 to the family of a bullied student whose jaw was broken in 2005.

The teen was attacked twice with the second attack breaking his jaw, Stuff reports, and the attacker was suspended for six weeks.

The case was taken to the High Court, which issued a decision this week saying the boy and his parents were unhappy with the way the school handled the incident.

Stuff reported that the $20,000 payout was not enough to cover the legal fees of the family, who owed a further $15,000 to their lawyer Derek Cutting.

Justice Anne Hinton noted that "he [the teen] was horribly wronged".

"The appellants have settled the claim which they understandably brought against the school, and obtained vindication," she wrote.

"I recognise the matter cost them more than the dollar settlement they received, but that is unfortunately not uncommon and they were warned of that possibility both at the outset and along the way."

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Auckland Grammar School Source: Google Streetview



Armed police at the scene of a fight in Lower Hutt where a man was killed

Armed police are at the scene where a man was killed in a fight in Lower Hutt last night.

The 29-year-old victim was attacked near the intersection of High Street and Burcham Street, in Taitā, at around 7.45pm.

The man's body will be removed from the scene for a post-mortem examination this afternoon while a scene examination on High Street continues.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch said one man, an associate of the victim, was charged with assault and has since been released on bail.

Police are still seeking a second man, who was seen leaving the area in a silver station wagon, in relation to the incident.

Police have since seized the vehicle for testing after is was spotted nearby on Pringle Street.

It's believed items of interest may have been discarded by the occupants of the vehicle, and police are asking residents in the surrounding areas of Burcham Street, Macky Street, Pringle Street and Churton Crescent to search surrounding areas for anything which may be relevant to the investigation.

The man has been described as being of Māori descent with a solid build, dark curly hair and facial tattoos.

He was last seen wearing a black top and pants, and may have received a facial injury in the incident. 

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw either the silver station wagon or any suspicious activity shortly after 7.45 pm has been urged to contact police.

Armed police are at the scene where a man was killed in a fight in Lower Hutt last night with police hoping to remove the body from the scene this afternoon. Source: 1 NEWS


Asbestos from burnt building in Wellington not being monitored by the council

Dust from an asbestos-contaminated building gutted by fire is being managed by the building's owners, Hutt City Council says.

However, neither the council nor WorkSafe are doing ongoing monitoring themselves.

On Thursday it was revealed that dust samples from cars parked near the Chair Solutions building on Hutt Park Road in Gracefield had tested positive for chrystotile, a type of white asbestos.

Local workers - who paid for the testing - were angry they could have been exposed to the contaminant since the fire at the end of July.

The council's manager of trade waste, Gordon George, said two specialist firms had been managing the asbestos.

"ATL Group did initial monitoring and management of the site and Accurate Consulting took over the work. This work has been contracted by, and is being paid for by the property owner.

"There may have been less need to spray foam suppressant on the site due to a period of fairly high rainfall. With the recent few days of dry weather, council understands Accurate Consulting has recommenced dust suppression methods as needed."

However, the council was not doing ongoing monitoring itself.

"Council monitors the asbestos aspect of the site by reviewing air quality data provided by Worksafe and the previous contractor. To date, there has been nothing in this data to cause council concern."

A WorkSafe spokesperson said the site had not been a workplace since the fire and did not come under its jurisdiction.

"The Hutt City Council has issued a notice requiring the building owner to remedy any contamination. It is for the building owner and the Hutt City Council who issued the notice to ensure that the notice is being complied with, not WorkSafe.

"We are advised that regular monitoring was undertaken by an independent third party for five weeks (ending one week ago) and the results have not shown elevated levels of asbestos. We have not been advised why the testing was halted."

By Ruth Hill

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Chair Solutions which suffered a fire in July has asbestos in the roof. (Rebekah Parsons-King) Source: rnz.co.nz

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'I adored you from the day I met you' - Ariana Grande pays tribute to ex-boyfriend Mac Miller

Ariana Grande posted a tribute Friday to her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller a week after the hip-hop star's death, saying she's sorry she couldn't save the "sweetest soul" who for so long was her "dearest friend."

Grande posted a video of Miller laughing on her Instagram page Friday (local time), and shared her first words on his death.

She writes, "I adored you from the day I met you when I was nineteen and I always will. I can't believe you aren't here anymore," and goes on to say "I'm so mad, I'm so sad, I don't know what to do. You were my dearest friend for so long."

Paramedics found the 26-year-old Miller unresponsive in his Los Angeles home on September 7 and declared him dead soon after. An autopsy has been performed, but no cause has been announced.

He spoke frankly of his struggles with depression and substance abuse in his music.

Miller and the 25-year-old Grande, who is now engaged to "Saturday Night Live" star Pete Davidson, were in a two-year relationship that ended earlier this year.

She posted a wordless black and white photo of him on her Instagram post last weekend, but had not made any statements.

She ends Friday's Instagram post by saying "above anything else, I'm so sorry I couldn't fix or take your pain away. I really wanted to. the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. I hope you're okay now, rest."

FILE - In this July 13, 2013, file photo, Rapper Mac Miller performs on his Space Migration Tour at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. Los Angeles County coroner’s spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, that investigators have performed the autopsy and released the Miller's body to the family, but a cause will not be announced until the results of toxicology tests that can take weeks or months. Miller was found dead in his Los Angeles home last week. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)
Rapper Mac Miller performs on his Space Migration Tour at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. Source: Associated Press


Auckland fares badly in quality of life survey

Aucklanders have the poorest sense of quality of life of people in eight New Zealand cities, a survey has found.

The Nielsen 2018 Quality of Life survey showed Tauranga had the best quality of life among the eight cities surveyed, with 91 percent of residents saying their quality of life was good.

Tauranga also scored highest for health, emotional wellbeing and appreciation of the natural environment.

Hutt City and Wellington were not far behind Tauranga in the quality of life stakes, with 90 and 89 percent of residents respectively saying their quality of life was good.

Only 79 percent of Aucklanders said their city was a great place to live, while 94 percent of Wellingtonians thought their city was a wonderful place to be.

Porirua residents had the dimmest view of their city, with just 72 percent saying it was great place to reside.

Just under half of respondents said housing costs were affordable - and Aucklanders were most likely to say housing was not affordable.

Housing was rated as most affordable in Dunedin, followed by Hutt City, Christchurch, and Tauranga.

Despite the high life satisfaction rating, Tauranga residents were most likely to say their city had become a worse place to live in the past 12 months. The two main reasons cited were increased traffic congestion and population.

At 83 percent, Tauranga's score for traffic frustration was significantly higher than any other city, with Auckland coming in next at 36 percent.

Christchurch residents said their city had become better over the past year more than residents of other cities, with 56 percent seeing improvements.

Good relationships, finances and health and wellbeing were the main reasons people cited for positive quality of life ratings.

Poor financial situations, health, and housing quantity, quality and cost were the main factors behind people giving negative quality of life ratings.

Just under a third of respondents living in the eight cities felt their quality of life had improved over the past year, while 13 percent felt it had declined.

Dunedin residents were most likely to see a decrease in quality of life.

Snapshots from the survey:

Overall quality of life comparisons with other cities:

Tauranga 91 percent

Hutt 90 percent

Wellington 89 percent

Dunedin 87 percent

Porirua 85 percent

Hamilton 84 percent

Christchurch 84 percent

Auckland 83 percent

Is your town a great place to live?

Wellington 94 percent

Dunedin 87 percent

Tauranga 86 percent

Hutt 81 percent

Auckland 79 percent

Hamilton 75 percent

Christchurch 73 percent

Porirua 72 percent

Do you feel a sense of pride in the look and feel of your area?

Wellington 89 percent

Dunedin 73 percent

Tauranga 66 per cent

Auckland 62 percent

Hamilton 53 percent

Hutt 50 percent

Christchurch 44 percent

Porirua 43 percent

Are your housing costs affordable?

Dunedin 65 percent

Hutt 58 percent

Christchurch 57 percent

Tauranga 56 percent

Hamilton 51 percent

Wellington 50 percent

Porirua 47 per cent

Auckland 41 percent

Reasons for positive quality of life rating

Lifestyle

Christchurch 40 percent

Tauranga 39 percent

Wellington 36 percent

Dunedin 35 percent

Hutt 34 percent

Porirua 33 percent

Auckland 32 percent

Hamilton 31 percent

Appreciation of natural environment

Tauranga 13 percent

Auckland 8 percent

Porirua 8 percent

Dunedin 8 percent

Wellington 7 percent

Hutt 5 percent

Christchurch 4 percent

Hamilton 3 percent

Health and Wellbeing

Dunedin 45 percent

Christchurch 45 percent

Tauranga 43 percent

Wellington 42 percent

Auckland 41 percent

Hamilton 41 percent

Hutt 40 percent

Porirua 40 percent

Relationships

Wellington 49 percent

Christchurch 49 percent

Tauranga 48 percent

Dunedin 45 percent

Auckland 44 percent

Hutt 44 percent

Porirua 44 percent

Hamilton 41 percent

Why has your city become a better place to live over the previous 12 months?

Improved amenities

Auckland 37 percent

Hutt 35 percent

Dunedin 32 percent

Tauranga 31 percent

Christchurch 24 percent

Wellington 22 percent

Porirua 20 percent

Hamilton 19 percent

Growth - economy and business

Tauranga 15 percent

Dunedin 12 percent

Hamilton 8 percent

Christchurch 7 percent

Porirua 7 percent

Hutt 5 percent

Wellington 3 percent

Auckland 3 percent

Good roads/roads being upgraded

Christchurch 16 percent

Tauranga 14 percent

Auckland 10 percent

Hamilton 10 percent

Hutt 8 percent

Wellington 6 percent

Dunedin 4 percent

Porirua 3 percent

Why has your city become a worse place to live over the last 12 months?

More traffic and traffic congestion

Tauranga 83 percent

Auckland 36 percent

Hamilton 32 percent

Wellington 29 percent

Hutt 25 percent

Dunedin 19 percent

Christchurch 7 percent

Increase in population

Tauranga 25 percent

Auckland 9 percent

Dunedin 7 percent

Hamilton 4 percent

Porirua 4 percent

Christchurch 3 percent

Hutt 2 percent

Wellington 1 percent

Infrastructure failing to keep up with demand

Tauranga 17 percent

Dunedin 9 percent

Auckland 7 percent

Hamilton 5 percent

Porirua 5 percent

Wellington 5 percent

Christchurch 2 percent

Hutt 2 percent

Homelessness

Wellington 44 percent

Tauranga 20 percent

Hamilton 19 percent

Hutt 16 percent

Dunedin 13 percent

Auckland 11 percent

Christchurch 9 percent

Porirua 7 percent

Crime rate increased

Hamilton 33 percent

Porirua 22 percent

Auckland 16 percent

Hutt 14 percent

Christchurch 12 percent

Tauranga 2 percent

Wellington 1 percent

Dunedin 0 percent

Lack of maintenance

Auckland 14 percent

Hutt 8 percent

Porirua 6 percent

Christchurch 6 percent

Dunedin 6 percent

Hamilton 5 percent

Wellington 2 percent

Tauranga 2 percent

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Auckland city night skyline with city center and Auckland Sky Tower, the iconic landmark of Auckland, New Zealand.
Auckland skyline at night (file picture). Source: istock.com