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Police 'disappointed' as stats show staff are getting snapped by speed cameras at twice the rate of last year

Police staff have received more speed camera tickets in the first half of this year than they did during all of 2017, leaving their road policing head "disappointed".

Police's Road Policing Driver Offence Data statistics, released this month, shows the total number of police vehicles caught speeding by cameras each year.

Some of the incidents involve vehicles being driven in the line of duty to urgent jobs, and those tickets are waived, but if police are unable to justify the camera detection, they receive a fine like anyone else.

In 2015, the total number of offences not waived was 220, in 2016 it was 263, and last year it was 244.

This year, the statistics show police staff have already exceeded last year's total as of June 30, with a total of 260 offences recorded.

If police continue to be caught speeding at this rate, the total for 2018 could reach 520, which would nearly equal the 524 recorded in 2011 - the highest number of offences recorded in a year since 2009.

A disclaimer included with the release says "police employees who travel in excess of the speed limit are treated no differently to members of the public, and depending on the circumstances may be subject to further disciplinary action".

Police National Manager for Road Policing Superintendent Steve Greally told 1 NEWS he was "disappointed".

"Police staff are well aware of the risks of exceeding the speed limit when driving," he said.

"Police officers are trained in, and undertake, urgent duty driving but there is no excuse for speeding when not undertaking these duties.

"I am disappointed and I expect a higher standard from our staff."

A police spokesperson stressed that the figures include infringements involving all Police employees, both constabulary and non-constabulary, as well as non-Police employees who are authorised to drive Police vehicles for a particular purpose.

Police said they do not maintain an internal register of the officers who receive speeding fines.

The way police decide which fines are waived changed in 2014 - before then, any speed camera photo of a police vehicle with flashing red and blue lights on was deemed to be on duty, and the fine was waived automatically, but officers are now asked to explain the situation in all cases.

This change led to a significant rise in the number of detections, but the number of offences not waived stayed about the same.

The average number of speed camera detections against police vehicles (which were not waived) between 2009 and 2017 was was 357 per year.


A digital speed camera in place on a New Zealand road.
A digital speed camera in place on a New Zealand road. Source: 1 NEWS

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Meka Whaitiri says she accepts PM's call to sack her as she faces media barrage on return

Meka Whaitiri accepts Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s decision to sack her as a minister, saying she is committed to self-improvement as she returned to parliament.

Ms Whaitiri was sacked as Customs Minister after an investigation by ministerial services into an alleged assault of a staffer during an event in Gisborne in late August.

The Prime Minister says she took action after an investigation deemed an incident did happen. Source: 1 NEWS

She batted away repeated questions from the media about the investigation and its findings, which she disputes.

“It’s been a debilitating time, but I really want to reflect on what I need to do to improve myself, to regain the confidence of the prime minister,” she said.

“I’m absolutely gutted, but I accept the prime minister’s decision but I’m going to work really hard and reflect on what I need to do to improve myself.”

“I can’t talk about the report until it’s released but like I said, I accept the prime minister’s decision.”

Ms Whaitiri, the MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, said she was grateful for the support from Māori caucus and others.

“Willie has declared and so have my Māori caucus members that they continue to have confidence in me to do the job that I was elected to do,” she said.

“You know, I’ve got a lot of work to do here on behalf of the people of Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.”

“I’m very humbled by the support of the Māori caucus and those that have sent support but I’m here to do a job.”

“As I travel throughout the electorate we’re having meetings and I will tell them when I see them face-to-face my plans going forward.”

Whaitiri says she is determined to earn the Prime Minister’s trust back, and work hard for her electorate, after her sacking as a minister. Source: 1 NEWS

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Fair Go: Relief at last for Taranaki woman who went two years without a flushing toilet or sewage system

Around 18 months ago Waitara woman Vicki Gundensen came to Fair Go with a unique problem.

"Yeah I had no toilet or sewage," she says as she showed us around her section. Vicki has a kitchen, living area, bedroom - everything a house needs apart from a bathroom, toilet and shower.

Vicki purchased the section two years ago. She put her life savings, $80,000, into it and checked with a number of people about whether the sewage was hooked up.

"Between the neighbour behind me, the real estate (agent), the previous owner and the photo I got from the [New Plymouth District] Council, I really did think the sewage was here."

The Council photo showed the pipe going into her house. Then when she went to dig for it she couldn’t find it.

"This is really frustrating. I've been digging all day," she said.

"I rang that fella at Council and he said it's definitely there. It was there in 2010."

She was puzzled.

"Maybe someone's pinched it," she says with a laugh.

"Then [the Council] rang me up and say oh really sorry; sometimes people make a mistake. That was their answer; they had made a mistake."

Vicki Gundensen’s sewage connection didn’t exist. The Council’s David Langford says the map has a disclaimer accepting no responsibility for its accuracy because it’s based on historic information.

"We encourage people to get a LIM report. The reasons for that is LIM reports are prepared with a higher degree of accuracy."

Following her appearance on Fair Go, Vicki received a phone call from the Council and ultimately a visit from some contractors.

"The very next day the Council rang me and had people coming around to get quotes to put the sewage on."

So Vicki went shopping.

"I went out and bought a toilet."

The Council paid for her sewage connection. The first flush was ceremonial.

"Oh it was exciting and we all stood around. My sister in Australia wanted to hear it flush so I flushed it for her."

Vicki wanted to thank the New Plymouth District Council. She tells us from her loo, she loves her throne so much she keeps the door open.

"It’s a loo with a view," she says with a wide grin.

Around 18 months ago a Waitara woman came to Fair Go with a unique problem. Source: Fair Go


Sanitarium loses court battle over Weetabix import

Sanitarium has lost its argument that a British goods importer breached the Fair Trading Act by importing a product similar to its own iconic product, Weet-Bix.

The cereal giant took Christchurch store A Little Bit of Britain to the High Court over its British cereal Weetabix, arguing it breached the Fair Trading Act.

Sanitarium claimed customers could be misled into thinking the imported version was in fact its own Weet-Bix product.

Justice Gendall today released his reserved decision which said there was no chance of customers being misled, given the cereal was only on sale at a British speciality goods store.

However he did find importing the item with a similar name breached the Trade Marks Act and the store would need to cover up the Weetabix brand if it was going to sell the cereal in future.

The judge has asked both sides to make submissions on whether either side should be liable for costs.

Because of the Trade Marks Act breach, the 108 cartons being held by Customs will have to be destroyed.

The judge made the point that the cereal was already past its use-by date and would not be able to be sold anyway.

RNZ has approached the owner of the A Little Bit of Britain store for comment.

Sanitarium said this was the outcome it was looking for as it would protect its brand and prevent any confusion.

A statement from the company said the outcome would allow 'A Little Bit of Britain' to continue selling Weetabix in a way that respected the Weet-Bix brand.

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Sanitarium is trying to block the importation of Weetabix.
Source: 1 NEWS