'Highly infectious' - measles warning issued in Canterbury

Health officials have issued a measles warning after a Christchurch man contracted measles while holidaying in Bali.

Results from laboratory testing released today confirmed the 23-year-old man has measles.

Dr Ramon Pink, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, says measles is highly infectious.

"The measles virus spreads easily from person to person through the air, via breathing, coughing and sneezing. It starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. This is followed by a rash that spreads over the body," Dr Pink says.

A list of places in the Christchurch area that may have been exposed to measles is listed below:

- Countdown at Northwood, Sunday 14 May (5 to 6pm)
- Waiting room at ProMed Edgeware, Monday 15 May (11am to 1.15pm) and Tuesday 16 May (11am to 1.15pm)
- Southern Community Laboratory Blood Test Centre at Forte Health, Monday 15 May (1pm to 3pm) and Tuesday 16 May (12noon to 2pm)
- Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department, Tuesday 16 May (3.45pm to 9pm)

People who aren't fully immunised are being asked to keep a close eye out for measles symptoms and anyone who was in the areas listed above are urged to phone their doctor if they are concerned.

The case is currently in isolation and his infectious period ends on May 21.


Measles Source: Breakfast

Watch: 'Reckless' Blenheim rider disqualified after dangerous wheelie stunt down main street

Social media has been the downfall of a man who drove a motorcycle in a reckless manner twice through Blenheim's busy streets.

The 23-year-old man has been sentenced to 40 hours of community work and disqualified from driving for six months after his actions on December 29 and February 10.

Police were alerted by a member of the public to footage on social media, which included the man pulling wheelies on his off-road motocross-style bike on McKendry Street in December and the narrow Market Street in February.

In the latter incident, the man pulled a wheelie for 90 metres on a popular market day.

"Market Street was busy with pedestrians and vehicles," senior sergeant Peter Payne says.

"This was a reckless act which put the safety of the public in jeopardy."

A man has been disqualified from driving after a video of him doing a wheelie down a central Blenheim street in February was posted on social media Source: Fairfax


Double-barrel shotgun pointed at Auckland bar staff during robbery

Two men armed with a sawn-off side-by-side double barrel shotgun threatened staff at an Auckland bar before stealing cash.

Police are appealing for witnesses and sightings of the getaway car being abandoned after the aggravated robbery on Great North Road, Point Chevalier yesterday morning.

The robbers inside the bar. Source: Supplied

It happened at about 10.55am and police say the bar staff were left shaken but not injured.  

The robbers were last seen leaving in a silver Subaru Legacy, travelling west on Great North Road. 

The robbers move through the bar. Source: Supplied

Shortly afterwards, a 2001 silver Legacy that had been stolen from Parnell six weeks ago was found on Kiwi Street, Point Chevalier, where it had been set on fire. 

Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe said this afternoon forensic examinations are ongoing and police want to hear from anyone who saw the vehicle in the past six weeks.

A robber wields the gun as the raid continues. Source: Supplied

Both offenders were described as Maori or Polynesian, aged 20 to 30, and of solid build. 

The robber holding the gun was wearing a black New Era cap with a white or grey peak, and a grey sweatshirt with a large triangle on the back. 

The other wore a distinctive black hoodie with The Game logo on the front and was carrying a Pams branded chilly bag. 

Police want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed what happened, who saw the car being abandoned in Kiwi Street, or who has any information about those responsible.

The two robbers enter the bar. Source: Supplied