1 NEWS Maori Affairs Reporter
The father of one of the two Marlborough Sounds murder victims says he wants a planned meeting between himself and the convicted killer, Scott Watson, "done and dusted" so he can "move on".
Watson was convicted in 1999 of murdering Olivia Hope and her friend Ben Smart and sentenced to life imprisonment with 17 years minimum non-parole, but has always maintained his innocence.
Watson's lawyers returned to court in Christchurch today in a bid to let a journalist in on a planned meeting with the father of Ms Hope, Gerald Hope.
Mr Hope just wants his questions answered face to face.
"My wish is to have this meeting done and dusted so I can move on. It's always in the back of your mind," he said outside court today.
"None of us like going to court, even though we're on the right side of the court. It's draining. It's draining on my wife, it's draining on my friends and it's draining on me. But it's just a matter of getting it done, seeing it through."
Mr Hope said: "Circumstantial evidence leaves too much doubt and I think meeting with him and I could clear that up."
Watson's lawyers argued in court that Corrections' decision to reject the request by North and South's Mike White to record and report the meeting is illogical and unreasonable.
Corrections warned that granting the request could result in a flood of other prisoners seeking interviews.
The judge hearing the case has reserved her decision.
New Zealand 12-year-old Melinda Stokes has cooked her way to a coveted role on a US Food Network show called Chopped Junior.
The programme, which has just screened in the US, saw Melinda cook a three course meal which took her to second place in the episode.
Melinda has been living in New York for nearly two years and beat around 5000 other kids to appear in the show. She was the only New Yorker in this year's contest, and the first Kiwi to ever compete.
"I'm going to win Chopped Junior because I’m a Kiwi, but not a fruit", was part of Melinda's introduction on the show.
The programme then refers to Melinda's New Zealand heritage several times, including when one of the mystery ingredients is revealed as kiwifruit. Melinda made kiwifruit whipped cream for her dessert, which was homemade ice-cream and a flaxseed cupcake.
For each course the children are given a basket of mystery ingredients and have to cook for three celebrity judges, who 'chop' one contestant at each course.
"My main meal was the best. I combined my chicken with the salad, the other kids put their salads on the side," Melinda said.
Melinda's mother is former TVNZ'er Sarah Bradley, who worked for One News as a reporter, and presented Good Morning for six years. She now works for the United Nations in New York.
Like mother like daughter, Melinda described the experience as "very fun because you got cameras in your face. I even had to jump over a camera when I was cooking!"
Judges told her "it was wonderful watching you cook today" but Melinda was eventually 'chopped' in the final round.
Despite that, she said she was good friends with the winner and said the experience was "terrifying but awesome."