Senior Constable Dion Masters says he's been copping a fair bit of flak from his colleagues after the incident in which the suspect got away - and he got a flat tyre.
Seany Snowden owes her life to Faye and Tim Murray, who run Hope House in the Far North.
Stanley Tuho, 52, disputed driving badly while under the influence, saying he only crossed the white line.
The Minister of Economic Development's comments follow a recent Air NZ decision to cut flights between Kapiti Coast and Christchurch.
Grace Morgan, 16, was diagnosed with the potentially-fatal illness, associated with tampon use, in July.