Petrol may be 'temporarily unavailable' in some places following pipeline disruption, BP warns

BP is warning motorists fuel supplies may run low in some places following last weekend's fuel pipeline disruption.

The problems are mainly affecting availability of premium petrol. 

BP said in a statement they have been, along with others in the industry, managing the supply of fuel out of Auckland's Wiri terminal following reduced operating capacity of the Marden Point Oil Refinery to Auckland pipeline due to the September outage, and increased seasonal demand.

The false-alarm outage last weekend is also a factor in the shortage. 

The Government investigation will have the ability to compel oil companies to provide information. Source: 1 NEWS

BP New Zealand Managing Director Debi Boffa says: "We are doing everything we can to ensure as little interruption as possible to our customers".

BP is trucking fuel into the Auckland region from other terminals and closely monitoring fuel supply at each site.

"Unfortunately some products may still be temporarily unavailable," Ms Boffa said. 

"We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause our customers."

The move raises fears about the pipe's long-term future after it was shut for two weeks by a leak in September. Source: 1 NEWS

NZ fire service issues warning about highly flammable Christmas trees

Fire and Emergency New Zealand says people need to be very careful with real Christmas trees, as they attend a number of structure fires each year at this time of year involving the festive centre pieces.

National Risk Reduction Manager Rob Saunders said data showed FENZ had been called to 12 structure fires involving Christmas trees over the past six years, plus one so far this year already.

"Anecdotally, though, we know the numbers of incidents we attend is higher," Mr Saunders said.

"In addition, we have attended a large number of the other incidents related to people burning their old trees at the end of the season."

Mr Saunders urged people to be cautious with their Christmas lights and to keep their trees well watered.

Last month, a US government agency has created a comparison video showing how quickly a dried out Christmas tree will burn up if ignited, compared with a well-watered one.

The video, created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, put two identical trees side by side and sets them both alight at the same time.

The dry tree goes up very quickly, with flame engulfing the tree in under 10 seconds.

Fire and Emergency's Christmas safety tips:

• Regular watering will prevent the tree from drying out and make it safer for tree lights or electrical tree decorations.
• The Christmas tree is best securely positioned in a cool place away from busy areas, stairs and doors – especially doors leading outside.
• Turn tree lights off before you go to sleep or when you go out.
• If your tree becomes dry and starts shedding needles you should remove it from the house. Don't take the risk!
• Dispose of your tree appropriately. Don't leave it beside the house or garage.



Babysitter sentenced to five years jail for manslaughter of baby Aaliyah who died after suffering two skull fractures

A sentence of five years jail has been handed down for a 20-year-old woman for the manslaughter of a one-year-old baby girl two years ago, with no minimum non-parole period.

Shayal Sami was today jailed for five years over the death of baby Aaliyah Chand. Source: 1 NEWS

Shayal Upashna Sami, 20, was babysitting Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand in January 7, 2015.

She faced trial for murder in the High Court in Chrischurch, but the jury found her not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter.

Today Shayal Sami was in tears as she was sentenced for inflicting multiple blunt force injuries to the child, including two skull fractures.

In their victim impact statement the little girl's parents, Dev and Anjani Chand told the court through tears: "Aaliyah filled our home like a princess in a palace".

Shayal Sami was sent to jail today for the manslaughter of baby Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand. Source: 1 NEWS

"We can never hug and kiss her, tuck her in bed, nobody should ever have to watch their daughter pass away and then have to bury them."

Aaliyah's mother addressed this directly to Shayal Sami: "Shayal you have put us through unbearable pain and left us serving a life sentence".

"We were not there to protect her from you, when you inflicted injuries on our beautiful child. Shayal we put you in the position of trust and you failed us and you failed Aaliyah."

Anjani Chand told Shayal Sami "we were not there to protect her from you". Source: 1 NEWS

Crown Prosecutor Mark Zarifeh listed the multiple injuries inflicted with force, telling the court the aggravating factor is: "This was a breach of trust as Aaliya was in the defendant's care".

However, Defence Lawyer Jonathon Eaton told the court his client: "Still maintains that she didn't do anything".

Sami's young child, who she was pregnant with at the time of the death has already been weaned and sent back to Fiji.

Her lawyer told the court: "Because of the charge she hasn't been allowed to be alone with her own child which has a been a very significant penalty".

Shayal Upashna Sami,
Shayal Upashna Sami Source: 1 NEWS

Sami will be immediately deported back to Fiji once she has served her sentence for manslaughter.

Shayal Sami was sentenced over the death of Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand. Source: 1 NEWS