Kiwi should get longer, 12-year jail term for killing Aussie teen, court told

The New Zealand man who killed promising teenage sportsman Cole Miller in Brisbane should have his jail term increased to 12 years, a court has heard.

Lawyers for Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath today argued in the Court of Appeal in Brisbane that the seven-year sentence given to Armstrong Renata for the single-punch death in 2016 was inadequate.

Mr Miller was struck from behind by Renata while on a night out in the Fortitude Valley nightclub district.

The 18-year-old suffered a massive brain trauma and his family made the heartbreaking decision to turn off his life support two days later.

"What we have here is bordering on the worst example of that type of offence ... here the starting point needs to be something that resembles ... that maximum penalty," barrister Carl Heaton QC said.

Under his current sentence Renata, 23, who pleaded guilty to a single count of unlawful striking causing death, will be able to apply for parole in less than four years.

The father of Cole Miller bravely fronted media after turning off his son's life support. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Heaton argued in court that Justice Helen Bowskill had erred by using manslaughter cases as a guide in setting Renata's sentence.

He said the offence of unlawful striking causing death was more serious, and deserved a harsher punishment.

A 12-year sentence would require Renata to serve 80 per cent of this time behind bars before he can apply for parole.

Defence lawyer John Allen QC said it would be "unusual" to approach the sentence by working down from the maximum penalty, and that this was not justified in Renata's case.

The court has reserved its judgement.

New Zealander Armstrong Renata, 23, punched and killed 18-year-old Cole Miller in a Brisbane nightclub in January 2016. Source: 1 NEWS



Dunedin Botanic Garden staff catch man allegedly performing indecent act in women's toilets

Police are praising the "vigilance and quick actions" of staff at the Dunedin Botanic Garden, after they assisted in catching a man who was allegedly performing an indecent act in the women's toilets yesterday afternoon.

Police say a 47-year-old Timaru man was apprehended by staff allegedly performing an indecent act in the lower garden women's toilets.

The man is currently before the courts.

Police are continuing their investigation into other recent incidents at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens and encourage anyone noticing suspicious activity in that area to report it to them immediately.

They ask the public to call Dunedin police on (03) 488 0642 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with any information.

Dunedin Botanic Gardens. Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Sun shines on 1 NEWS weatherman Dan's te reo efforts with 'big improvement'

The sun's shining on 1 NEWS weather presenter Dan Corbett's efforts to use te reo in his broadcasts during Māori Language Week and a big improvement last night has been praised by viewers.

Dan made a few stumbles on Māori words in his first attempt at the language on air on Monday night and put these down to a "brain freeze moment".

Dan, who adlibs his weather reports rather than scripting them, said he'd put some of the Māori words in the autocue to help him along for the rest of the week.

Last night he delivered a faultless intro to the weather in te reo and used several Māori words to describe weather conditions through his report - such as mahana for warm.

Viewers noted his progress as they commented via Facebook.

"How cool was Dan’s second attempt tonight! Absolutely nailed it - ka pai!" Sarah McBride messaged.

Lizzy Stubbington wrote: "Great improvement from last night Dan, you showed great tenacity and delivered like a pro tonight."

While Joe Sauvao enthused: "Good on you TVNZ Weather man. You stuck to te reo and improved."

Our weather presenter is weaving te reo into his Māori Language Week broadcasts and viewers reckon he's doing an awesome job Source: 1 NEWS

Dan's use of Maori has even persuaded viewer Annabel Kateto stick with 1 NEWS.

"So awesome to see 1 News truely embracing Te wiki o Te Reo Māori. the support given to Dan Corbett too is awesome, and should always be encouraged. A really cool effort from everybody at 1 News and something you should be proud of and celebrate. I’ve never really cared which news I watch but I’ll watching 1 from now," she said. 

Marianna Beech was similarly impressed.

"I so love Dan speaking in te reo Maori. Kai pai Dan. I understood every kupu you said. I know it has to be trying for you but you make me proud. I've never heard the weather said in te reo before..well not counting Te Karere. Big ups TV One for giving it your best," she wrote.

Jenny Clements wrote that she'd love to see subtitles with te reo on the news so non te reo speakers "can learn as we hear".

Dan says he's been taking te reo classes over the winter and this year thought he'd give it a go during Māori language week.

It seems 1 NEWS viewers are overwhelmingly glad he did.

Viewers reckon Dan Corbett is showing great tenacity sticking to speaking te reo during Māori Language Week. Source: 1 NEWS

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Police called to Massey High School in Auckland after students from another school attempt to enter grounds

Police attended an incident at Massey High School in Auckland today after students from another school attempt to enter the grounds.

The high school posted about the incident to Facebook this afternoon.

"Massey High School advises that there has been an incident at lunchtime today where several students of another school attempted to enter our grounds.

"The school has followed our standard procedures in this instance and the matter is now at an end. We would like to clarify that there have been no injuries and the school has not been placed in lockdown," the post reads.

An assistant principal of Massey High Schol told 1 NEWS it was a "small incident" and is under control, and that students left like a normal day.

Massey High School. Source: 1 NEWS


Body of missing man pulled from river near Invercargill

The body of a man who went missing on Sunday has been pulled from the Aparima River in Riverton.

Police say the body of Jamie Stephen Boniface was recovered from Aparima River by local divers and the coastguard around 10am.

Mr Boniface, 28, went missing after the dingy he was in overturned on Sunday afternoon.

A police emblem on the sleeve of an officer.
A police emblem on the sleeve of an officer. Source: 1 NEWS