Manukau Courier : December 16th 2010
6 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 16, 2010 NEWS Gentle Quality Dentistry 140 Chapel Rd, Botany Downs www.chapelparkdental.co.nz 272 8488 • ACC Estimates • Treatment for under 18 years • Interest Finance Dr Debbie CHIU BDS (Otago) Member of NZDA Dr Teresa Brinkley Super goldcard holders welcome • Open Late Nights & Weekends • Emergency Care at Normal Rates • Braces/Teeth Straightening FREE A hands-on tall ship sailing experience is the perfect gift for the person who has everything! 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Great Family Show In December 7pm Wed - Sun Booking Recommended stardome.org.nz / 09 624 1246 MT WELLINGTON Entrance Aranui Road, Opposite Sylvia Park, Mt Wellington, Auckland cityimpactchurch.com WITH PASTORS PETER & BEV MORTLOCK CHRISTMAS EVE 8PM ~ 9PM SUNDAY 26TH DEC 10AM SERVICES ~ SATURDAY 6PM SUNDAY10am & 7pm As I was saying -- 19 deaths ago Okay, okay. So I ve said it before -- but that was 19 deaths ago. That s how far our crisis over police pursuits has gone in the past 12 months. And before you reach for your keyboard to have me on about it -- maybe rerun the letter you sent last time -- look at it again this way. What would be the official reaction if 19 police had died in those crashes? Or 19 Members of Parlia- ment? Or 19 judges? What would be your reac- tion if, say, three members of your family had died that way -- or even one. I know what some readers are going to ask: Do I want to give hoons and crooks a licence to roar off, leaving frustrated police hamstrung because of a ruling that they can t chase? Well don t bother about that either. Of course I don t. It s just that I can t believe that there isn t some method of stopping cars in their tracks. Maybe I am still fasci- nated by a boys annual I once read which described a scien- tist who had invented a gadget which threw out a beam and froze a car engine solid in a second. Well if at the time I read that you had predicted just one piece of the items we now live with, flights to the moon, unmanned drones, even this computer and the rest, I would have been astonished and more than a little worried about your state of mind. So surely someone, somewhere can produce the equivalent of that engine solidifier. Anything but the apparent present option of continuing deaths. As it stands, you or yours could be the 20th. Think about that. And if you feel I ve got it wrong again, I m not alone. Read this earlier report from the Independent Police Con- duct Authority written after 25 died as a result of pursuits in five years, not 19 in this year -- so far. The authority questioned whether police should start high-speed chases for minor offences such as speeding and property theft or for suspicion of a crime, saying the risk of someone being killed is too high. In one case, three teenagers died after police chased them at speeds of up to 200kmh when they failed to stop. The pursuit was found to be within police pol- icy. That critical report found that at that stage about five people died each year during police pursuits and another 18 were seriously injured. Yet chases rarely uncovered evi- dence of serious crime. The only thing that s changed is the number -- it s just short of multiplying by four. The Independent Police Conduct Authority said police should base their decision to enter a pursuit on known facts not simply speculation about a driver s reason for fleeing. Pursuits can begin over relatively minor offending, or general suspicion, and end in serious injury or death, authority chairwoman Jus- tice Lowell Goddard said. The authority analysed 137 pursuits reported to it during the five years to December 2008 and found that 24 people were killed and 91 seriously injured in those chases. Another 122 suffered minor injuries. One in four of about 2000 police pursuits each year ends in a crash. After the pursuits surveyed, 481 charges were laid, mostly relating to the suspect s driv- ing during the chase. At that stage Wellington motorcyclists Marty Collins and Brent Russell welcomed the authority s concern. They said that too often law-abiding members of the public were becoming col- lateral damage in pursuits. Totally innocent parties, they had good reasons to worry. Marty Collins spent nine days in a coma and nearly died and Brent Russell lost the top of a thumb, fractured his pelvis and right arm and injured his wrist and knees when their motorcycles were struck by a police car as the officer did a u-turn to chase a speeding motorist. Overseas jurisdictions are moving to restrict pursuits, with some areas allowing police to chase only violent offenders. The authority s report said research in North America suggested violent- offender-only policies caused a dramatic fall in pursuit- related injuries and deaths, but no corresponding jump in crime or vehicle offending rates. Shouldn t we be asking them how they did it? Latest figures from police commissioner Howard Broad show that 11,000 drivers have fled from police in the last five years and 33 deaths have followed. Talking about police, what an interesting appointment of the new commissioner. Peter Marshall, a real action man, is coming back from a Solomons secondment to that job after four years in which he apparently gave great leadership in a tsunami with 53 deaths, used a ceremonial sword to beat off 13 machete- waving intruders and has coped with wandering crocodiles. Another publication has reminded readers that Marshall caused waves when he broke ranks over denials that police had blocked protesters off from the president of China on a visit here in 1999. Marshall said their denials were wrong and wouldn t stand up as evidence. There were some who believed his move to the Solomons was a sequel. If that s true, there s a real Lazarus back-from-the-dead quality about his return. If I was a betting man I d have lost a few dollars believ- ing Deputy Commissioner Rob Pope would be the man -- despite the continuing misgivings in some quarters about the jailing of Scott Wat- son for the Sounds murder. He led that police inquiry before promotion. A former NZ Assistant Commissioner, Marshall was at one time an armed offenders squad man, and spent two years after the 9/11 attack setting up a New Zea- land police liaison office on counter-terrorism. Maybe he ll have some ideas about those police chases and the current pres- sure to give our police guns. The Pansy Wong affair bubbles on but I think a few people may be losing some sleep over it. Somebody is going to lose big time before it s finished. The candidates: If Labour is right that the inquiry was a whitewash when it ended with Pansy Wong and hus- band refunding $474 to meet travel made wrongly on her MP allowance account, then Speaker Lockwood Smith and his public service inquirer don t look good. And the Wongs still have an issue to be resolved. If that inquiry was kosher, then Labour s Pete Hodgson -- who seems to be sharing the party s rottweiler collar with Trevor Mallard -- runs the risk of looking as if he exag- gerated in his first allegations of a big time travel scam. The prime minister might wonder if he acted a little too quickly in sacking her as a minister. Girl Guides miss record They may not have broken a world record but Girl Guides across the country are still counting their latest project a success. Trying to smash the record for the world s longest bra chain was GirlGuiding New Zealand s advocacy proj- ect for 2010. It aimed to raise awareness of breast can- cer and organisers says it s been a wonderful success . Although not breaking the record, they did increased awareness, detection and prevention of breast cancer among Girl Guides and their communities. The Pink Star Chal- lenge and the collection of bras to support the Dargaville Guides was a massive concerted effort. But various disrup- tions, including the Can- terbury earthquake, stopped the Guides reaching a record- breaking 200,000 bras by the November 27 dead- line. They collected around 130,000 bras, short of the 166,000 record. It took Australia three years to collect that amount so GirlGuiding NZ is counting it a suc- cess to have collected as manyasitdidinsucha short period of time. Huge numbers of girls have also earned their Pink Star Challenge badge during the project. Now GirlGuiding NZ has handed back the reins to the Dargaville Guides, the initiators of the world record attempt. They will con- tinue to collect bras in an effort to break the record. Postie Plus and Ben- don Outlet stores are no longer collection points for bras from members of the public and the freepost address is no longer available. But people can still contribute -- go to www.brachain.co.nz on how to help the Dargaville girls. Take a picnic to marae for fun day An end of year cel- ebration and family pic- nic is on at Manurewa Marae on Saturday. Entertainment includes sports and games, music, free pony rides and saus- age sizzle. Hana Koko will also pay a visit. There won t be any food stalls so families are encouraged to pack a pic- nic. The end of year celebration s on Decem- ber 18, 10am to 2pm, at Manurewa Marae. Phone 267-8768 for more information.
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