Police not ruling out 'further charges' against Breakers' star Corey Webster

Police say they are not ruling out pressing further charges against New Zealand basketball star Corey Webster following a late-night incident in an Auckland bar this week.

Webster, who plays for the New Zealand Breakers in the ANBL and the Tall Blacks, was charged with assault following reports of a fight at The Takapuna Bar on the North Shore early on Wednesday.

Police said a 28-year-old man was arrested and charged with assaulting another man.

Tuesday was the guard's 28th birthday.

The Breakers confirmed Webster's arrest, and stood him down for a game for breaching the "club's values".

Today, Senior Sergeant Michael Rickards said their investigations were continuing.

"We are speaking with several people as part of our investigation and are not ruling out the possibility of further charges against the accused," he told 1 NEWS.

The club said Webster hadn't immediately informed them of what happened. 

Police said the victim was not seriously injured.

Dillon Boucher says the troubled NLB star isn’t being suspended for the charges currently against him. Source: 1 NEWS

Webster was granted bail and is due to appear in court next week. 

The troubled guard did inform the club of his arrest but chief executive Dillon Boucher says his communication was “inadequate”.

Tauranga man ordered to pay over $700 after shooting neighbour's dog with shotgun

A Tauranga man has been prosecuted by the SPCA, after shooting his neighbour's dog with a shotgun.

Logan Bragg was found guilty in the Tauranga District Court on September 12, and on Friday was ordered to pay $721.50 to the family, $221.50 towards costs and $500 in emotional reparations to the family.

The incident dates back to 26 March 2017, when Mr Bragg shot the eight-year old boxer named Bourbon in the rear end.

Bourbon's owners found him walking with a bleeding rear and back leg. Veterinary examinations found numerous small entry hole wounds, consistent with that of a shotgun.

Due to his age, Bourbon's owners made the decision to have him humanely euthanised.

Mr Bragg then left a voicemail message on the owners' answering machine, saying that he had "pissed on my furniture again," describing the weapon used to shoot him.

Mr Bragg claimed that Bourbon had charged him in an aggressive manner, a defence that was thrown out by the judge due to the age and docile nature of the dog.

"SPCA is pleased that this sentence includes payment of emotional reparations to Bourbon's family, who were distraught at what their beloved family pet went through," SPCA CEO Andrea Midgen said in a statement.

"It is unacceptable to inflict this level of suffering on an elderly animal simply because they walk onto your property. The defendant should have spoken with his neighbours about Bourbon's behaviour rather than resorting to violence."

Eight-year-old Boxer Bourbon after being shot by his neighbour's shotgun
Eight-year-old Boxer Bourbon after being shot by his neighbour's shotgun Source: SPCA



Hot compost caused medical event at Wairarapa school where students needed to be treated by medics

The medical event at a Wairarapa school where students and staff had to be treated by paramedics on Friday was caused by hot compost that was delivered to a neighbouring property, and a wind shift.

Wairarapa Area Commander Inspector Scott Miller said the fresh compost, which was heated to 80 degrees Celsius, caused the strong sulphur smell that people experienced at South End School.

The supplier of the compost, who hadn’t experienced this issue in 50 years in the business, confirmed to police that the product can cause a strong sulphur smell.

Emergency services were called to South End School on Friday afternoon. Source: 1 NEWS

“What we have confirmed, just after 1pm on Friday, one of the neighbouring properties next to the school, had a type of fertiliser, compost really, delivered,” Inspector Miller said.

“That compost was fresh and as part of that, was actually hot, part of the process for compost is to heat it up to 80 degrees Celsius.”

“That creates a sulphur smell, that sulphur smell can be very strong.”

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At roughly 1.20pm, the first children began to feel ill as a result of the smell.

Inspector Miller said that most of the children who felt sick were at the rear of the school, closest to the delivery of compost.

He added that there were unlikely to be any lingering effects for the children who felt most ill.

Emergency services were called to South End School on Friday after reports of an unpleasant smell.

Paramedics treated 40 other people, children and adults, with minor symptoms after being called to South End School.

Over 100 people also had to go through a decontamination process.

There were reports of a plane flying overhead at the time, but police ruled that out as the cause.

A number of children from South End School fell ill on September 21. Source: 1 NEWS


Jacinda Ardern says she's not the gold standard for raising a child

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has downplayed a portrayal of her as trailblazing mother and national leader in New York, saying she is “not the gold standard” for raising a child.

After delivering a speech about child poverty at UNICEF's social good summit, Ms Ardern appeared on a panel where she was praised for inspiring women juggling motherhood and a career.

“Thank you for putting in that caveat, because anytime anyone remarks on the fact that I’m only the second leader in the world to have a child in office, I’m reminded I’m lucky, I have an incredible support network around me,” she said.

“I have the ability to take my child to work, there’s not many places you can do that, I am not the gold standard for bringing up a child in this current environment because there are things about my circumstances that are not the same.”

Ms Ardern told the panel flexible working arrangements, extended parental leave and spaces at workplaces for breastfeeding made it easier for mothers but there needed to be a cultural shift.

Ultimately, we can provide all of that but unless there is a culture that accepts that children are part of our workplaces, then we won’t change anything,” she said.

“If I can do one thing and that is change the way we think about these things, then I will pleased we have achieved something.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has downplayed a portrayal of her as a trailblazer, telling a panel in New York she is “not the gold standard” for raising a child. Source: 1 NEWS

Vehicle ban confuses whitebaiters and beachgoers in Kāpiti

Whitebaiters on the Kāpiti Coast north of Wellington are scratching their heads and asking why signs and bollards have been put up banning them from driving along the beach to their prime fishing spot.

They have long used the Waikanae Beach Estuary, which borders a protected Scientific Reserve, as an entry point, despite bylaws banning vehicles.

The Kāpiti Coast District Council - who put up the signs - said it was taking a harder line on the rule which had been in place since 2009.

However, it confirmed it would continue to issue vehicle permits for whitebaiters.

Last year 21 permits were issued and numbers were expected to be similar this year.

John Robinson who lives at Waikanae said the rules were confusing.

"The [district council] is issuing permits which it has no authority to do so.

"That council can issue permits for people to drive along the sand dunes but it issues permits for people to drive along the damp sand which is under the control of the regional council.

"I just wish they'd stop muddying the water."

Council regulatory services manager Natasha Tod said the signs had gone up as a response to increasing concern from residents that people were driving along the beach.

"Since 2009 our beach bylaw has prohibited people driving along most of the coastline from the Waimeha stream north of Waikanae, down to Fisherman's Table south of Paekakariki.

"There are a couple of exceptions to this and one of them is the ability in the bylaw for council to issue permits for particular purposes and since 2012 this has allowed a small number of whitebaiters to have vehicle access to some parts of the beach for the purpose of whitebaiting."

She said both the regional council and the district council had responsibility over the beach.

"Down to the mean low-water springs mark - the area between mean high-water and mean low-water both the district council and the regional council have some area of responsibility for."

A regional council spokesperson said it did not issue permits and would only consider allowing beach access to the public under a resource consent.

Mr Robinson said the path was very close to the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve, which was Department of Conservation land.

"It's a precious area, there's the shellfish and the birds - some birds would nest there if they weren't bothered so much. We've seen Oyster Catchers there chasing us away from a nest where a vehicle can drive by. It must be protected it's a really valuable area."

"It's also a lovely area for the public to walk across without vehicles going to and fro, in the whitebait season it's like a parking lot in there."

Vehicles are not allowed within the Scientific Reserve.

DOC operations manger for the region Jack Mace said attempts to enforce this rule were difficult because of the permits being issued by the district council.

"It has always been illegal for vehicles to drive on the beach within the reserve.

"Attempting to enforce this in the past has been difficult when people have been permitted to drive on the adjacent beach, and has led to physical threats to our rangers."

He said it was a good move by the district council to erect signs, reminding people that beach access by vehicle was illegal.

"We understand that during whitebait season especially this may be unpopular with some people, however the wider community have made it clear that they expect us to protect the reserve."

The district council said a review of its beach bylaw would get underway next year and vehicles on beaches would be considered as part of that.

- by Emma Hatton


Waikanae Beach. (Dan Cederholm) Source: rnz.co.nz