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Cut to ease flooding
A digger from Westroads opening a cut to the sea at the old Saltwater Creek mouth yesterday afternoon to ease flooding in Paroa.
West Coast Regional Council engineer Paulette Birchfield said heavy rain yesterday morning had restricted the flow in the creek,
backing it up and flood low-lying areas of Paroa. “ The cut was made a couple of hours after high tide to allow some of the floodwaters
to discharge next to the rock bund, and due to the forecast of more heavy rain, to potentially mitigate some of the effects of any
Police want students’
Facebook ‘fight club’
page shut down
A Facebook page has been set up for
Auckland children to post videos of vicious
schoolyard fights and brag about their
Concerned police have contacted the social
networking giant in a bid to have the page
But two schools involved have said the
videos are historic and they will not be
laying complaints, infuriating anti-bullying
campaigners who have accused the schools of
A fight between two boys allegedly from
Green Bay High School had some 50
comments from people encouraging the
violence and tagging their friends in posts.
The page, which the Herald has chosen not
to name, appears to have been created last
month and features five videos of fighting
involving girls and boys, most wearing
their school uniforms with some of the fights
taking place on school property.
One video of a fight between two boys
allegedly from Green Bay High School
has almost 50 comments from people
encouraging the violence and tagging their
friends in posts.
One wrote: “ This is a awesome page who
ever put it up. Yr cool [sic].”
Others were less impressed. One person
said he hoped the page was closed down.
The page had 797 “likes” last night and its
creator said more videos would be uploaded
once the page reached 1000 likes.
It is not clear who is behind the page and a
Herald inquiry went unanswered.
Schools mentioned on the page include
Henderson High School, Waitakere College,
Lynfield College, Kelston Girls’ College and
Green Bay High School.
Lynfield principal Steve Boviard said
he believed a video allegedly showing the
school’s students was old, and he would not
be making a complaint to Facebook.
“If I knew for certain it was Lynfield and
I knew who the person was I would look
at contacting Facebook, but it can be quite
difficult. It’s not like you can just ring and say
you don’t like something.”
Kelston Girls’ College principal Linda
Fox said she believed a video of the school’s
students, in which one girl punches another
in the head repeatedly, was about five years
“These sites have been going on for quite a
while now, and it ’s not just in West Auckland,
or New Zealand,” she said.
“I can’t see the point of having these sorts
of websites but it seems to be something that
young people like to set up. ”
She said if the video was new, she would
have talked to the student.
A Waitemata police spokeswoman said
content was being monitored.
“ We have reported the site to Facebook and
have been in contact with several relevant
parties, including schools ... police take
incidents of this nature seriously.”
As the matter involved children under the
age of 17, police would not make any further
Green Bay High School declined to
comment, while Henderson High School
and Waitakere College did not respond.
Chief Human Rights Commissioner David
Rutherford condemned the site. “ Bullying in
schools is a nasty and serious matter. If this
violence is happening on school grounds,
school management should deal with it and
serious assaults should be reported to the
“Stopping violence and abuse like this
requires any bystanders to stand up and say
‘It is not okay ’.”
Patrick Walsh, the chairman of Online
Safety Advisory Group, which last month
released guidelines on digital behaviour in
schools, said principals should take action.
“It ’s not just the students involved, it’s
about the bystander effect. It ’s wrong and
inappropriate for people that know an assault
is taking place to stand there and video it as a
form of entertainment.
“ To have it online normalises it and it
should be taken down.”
Netsafe executive director Martin Cocker
said people depicted on such sites were
“revictimised every time people view a video
of a fight and by the existence of the content ”.
It has also emerged that police have
contacted Facebook over a video of two female
students from Rangeview Intermediate
School fighting, which was viewed more than
80,000 times this week. The clip has been
Facebook could not be contacted for
New Zealand Herald
Sex-romp pair no longer working for firm
The two office workers caught in a high-
profile sex romp with the lights on are no
longer employed by the Christchurch firm
they were with at the time, NZME News
Ser vice has learned.
It was not the first encounter between the
50-year-old married senior manager and the
English-born 25-year-old woman, sources
have also revealed.
The pair has not returned to work since
the late-night romp on January 30 that was
witnessed and filmed by dozens of drinkers at
Carlton Bar and Eatery across Papanui Road
Insurance industry insiders say that both are
no longer working for Marsh Ltd.
Confidentiality agreements prevent all
parties from speaking, it is understood. The
man, who has two teenage children to his
wife, who found out about the affair only
after seeing the images on Facebook, refused
to comment when approached at his Sumner
home this week.
“I’ve got nothing to say,” he said.
Marsh bosses launched an employment
investigation after the sex session made
A spokeswoman for Marsh said the
company “could not provide any comment ”
on the conclusions of their internal inquiry.
It is not known whether the wife is standing
by the man. She did not respond to queries
from NZME News Ser vice this week.
The younger woman involved in the affair is
also keeping a low profile.
She has moved out of the house where she
had been staying close to her fiance.
After the footage went viral, the fiance —
a Christchurch builder — phoned a radio
station to defend the woman as a “a really
nice person” and claim that they had split up
some six months beforehand.
NZME News Ser vice understands that
the pair — who met while travelling in
Australia — had been “on a break” at the
time and that the engagement had not been
officially called off.
“S he is a beautiful person but she’s been such
a silly girl who has made such a silly mistake
that has had such massive repercussions for
so many people,” a source close to events said.
“Her and her fiance were deeply in love.
They had bought a house together and were
doing it up and were a really happy couple.
“ When she got her new job (at Marsh)
everything changed. She became moody and
quiet and (the fiance) didn’t know what was
“S he asked to have some space, and for them
to have a break. It had been like that for a few
months before the whole thing blew up.”
Sources also say the romp had not been the
pair’s first encounter.
“S he kept telling (her fiance) ‘I don’t know,
I just don’t know...’ and all the while carrying
on behind his back,” a source said.
“S he obviously wasn’t ready to settle down.
The whole thing is very upsetting. ”
The woman is said to have been “mortified”
by how the affair was exposed so publicly.
“S he is not proud at all,” said one person
close to her.
“S he wants to just cut all ties with everyone. ”
A Commonwealth Games cyclist is
devastated after his prized medal was stolen
during the burglary of his Auckland home.
Tim Pawson dedicated 10 years of his life
in training to eventually become part of the
third-placed 100km time trial team in the
1994 games in Victoria, Canada.
He’d managed to keep the medal safely
hidden in his Mt Eden wardrobe for the past
21 years, but sometime during daytime on
Tuesday a burglar busted through the door
of their home.
“ It looked like they’d used a crow bar to
prise it open and they ’d just gone through the
whole house,” Mr Pawson said.
“ Every single drawer was out and everything
from the drawers was out on the floor and all
the usual stuff that you would expect to be
gone that someone can sell quick like iPad,
laptop, stereo — but not the speakers —
and some jewellery, sports watch.”
Then he went to his wardrobe and saw his
clothes all clumped together. “My medal was
He went into shock, then denial and began
hunting for it.
“I told him we could buy a new one but
when I told him my medal had gone he
stopped crying because he realised ‘oh well
you can’t replace what you’ve lost ’ and then
he got even more upset because it can’t be
replaced,” he said.
New Zealand Herald
Games medal theft devastates cyclist
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