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Hit plot woman may
A woman accused of arranging
an assault hit on her police
officer husband may escape any
punishment over the alleged
The defendant, in her 40s,
appeared in North Shore District
Court yesterday and initially
pleaded not guilty to the charge,
electing trial by jury.
However, after the lunch break
the court heard the police would
consider her for diversion.
Diversion allows mainly one-off
offenders to address the causes of
their actions through completing
several tasks, after which the
police withdraw the charge.
The defendant faces a charge
of attempting to procure the
commission of an offence, namely
assault with intent to injure.
It is alleged the incident took
place in January and according to
court documents the complainant
is a police officer.
Dianne Hale granted the woman
After initially suppressing
all details of the hearing, she
eventually relaxed the order
to cover the identity of the
defendant, her family situation,
employment and the police’s
summary of facts.
Defence lawyer Ian Tucker
addressed the court earlier in
support of the suppression bid.
He said his client had not yet
told her employer about the
charge and was fearful she would
lose her job if she did.
She will be back in court in
two weeks when police will have
made a decision whether or not
to offer her diversion.
The scheme usually involves
restorative justice, an apology
letter, reparation to the victims
and/or counselling. — NZ ME
Scissor-doors and green credentials
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
BMW Group New Zealand training manager Lance Roskilly with the BMW i8 in Dunedin, on Wednesday.
Until recently, there was no such
thing as a guilt-free supercar.
The high-performance, fuel-guzzling,
carbon-emitting W16, V12 and even
V8 engines in most supercars leave
most environmentalists grinding their
Now BMW has produced a car that
sits comfortably among both motoring
enthusiasts and greenies.
It is the $278,000 BMW i8 — one
of the world’s first environmentally
considerate sports coupes — and it is
on display at Cooke Howlison BMW
At first glance under the hood, the
i8 may not appear to be your typical
supercar. Compared with most, it only
has a three-cylinder, turbocharged
1.5-litre rear-mounted petrol engine,
but it has a powerful for ward-mounted
electric engine working in tandem
It does not sound like much, but
when you punch the pedal to the
carbon-fibre floor, the leading edge
technology allows both engines to
send 266KW of power and 570NM of
torque to all four wheels of the 1485kg
Top speed is restricted to 250kph and
it will go from 0-100kph in a little over
Unlike other supercars, when this one
is fully charged and fuelled it offers a
range in the vicinity of 600km — about
the distance from Milton to Kaikoura.
While the engine performance is
impressive, it is perhaps on the outside
that the car comes into its own as a
The unique styling and design with
scissor-doors and space-age wings
certainly turns heads in D unedin.
It is one of those cars where you
feel like the centre of the universe —
everybody looks to see who is inside.
Top Gear named it Car of the Year
and it has been earmarked as one of
the world’s future classics.
BMW New Zealand managing
director Nina Englert said the i8
represented the ultimate statement
when it came to green motoring.
“ You can now have your cake and eat
it too - sports performance motoring is
now greener than ever.
“They are tailor-made innovative
vehicles, constructed from a clean sheet
and as such are quite literally born
“ BMW i has made sheer driving
pleasure even more sustainable,
and enthusiasts now have another
option to consider when it comes to
environmentally considerate personal
BMW Group New Zealand training
manager Lance Roskilly, of Auckland,
has had the pleasure of minding the car
during its display tour around the Otago
region during the past two weeks.
He said the car was simply
spectacular to drive.
“Let’s be honest — it’s not a
Lamborghini, it ’s not a Ferrari.
We’re not talking about that sort of
acceleration. “If we want that, we’ve
got M3s, M5s and M6s that will
“This is all about being a hybrid
sports car that has exceptional
looks and still drives to 100kph in
4.4 seconds, which is impressive by
If you want to buy one, you will
have to be quick. BMW allocated
only 10 i8s to be sold in New Zealand
for 2015, and only two remain. Mr
Roskilly said it was possible a further
10 would be allocated next year. “ It ’s
a fairly bespoke car. People just want
one. ” — Otago Daily Times
A BMW i8 sets a blistering pace.
Destiny Church’s bid to make its
private school part of the State system
The church says the rejection is
disappointing as its case was compelling
“ We have other schools in New
Zealand that are Christian-based or
religious-based, and it seems okay for
them to be integrated,” spokeswoman
Anne Williamson said.
“ We would like that opportunity to
move our school for ward with more
funding through integration.”
Destiny ’s school is within the church’s
sprawling “City of God” complex in
Private schools that become integrated
are able to retain their special character
usually a religious or philosophical
belief — but receive a large boost in
The Ministry of Education’s rejection
of Destiny ’s proposal comes after the
evangelical church was earlier turned
down to run a charter school.
It is the third official put-down of the
church, after an earlier application to
integrate the school in 2009 failed.
Ms Williamson said the reason for the
latest integration application was to give
more south Aucklanders an opportunity
to send their children to what was a
very successful school. “ We now need
to reassess and look at some options and
regroup and that ’s what we are currently
Asked what those options were, and
if they included a legal challenge, Ms
Williamson declined to elaborate.
“ We just want to see more children
have the opportunity to participate in
The ministry’s head of sector
enablement and support, Katrina Casey,
said the application was declined late last
year. She did not give the main reasons
for the ministry’s decision.
Integrated schools usually charge
compulsory fees called attendance dues
to meet property costs.
Destiny ’s application was opposed by
the Post Primary Teachers’ Association,
which was concerned about how
surrounding schools might be affected.
President Angela Roberts said smaller
schools such as Destiny ’s, with a roll
of nearly 190 last year, were relatively
expensive to run, which would place
more pressure on the overall public-
About 12% of the country’s 2500
schools are State-integrated and about
4% are private.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
follows bus crash
driver has been found guilty of
dangerous driving over a 2013
crash at Arthurs Point that
injured nine passengers.
Peter Anthony McEntyre,
65, formerly of Kingston but
now living on the Coromandel
Peninsula, denied nine charges of
dangerous driving causing injury.
After two days of a judge-alone
trial before Judge Tony Couch
in the Q ueenstown District
Court, McEntyre was yesterday
convicted and sentenced to pay a
total of $10,800 in reparation for
emotional harm to the injured
passengers, and disqualified from
driving for 15 months.
He was driving a Connectabus
from Queenstown to Arrowtown
with 30 passengers on October
26, 2013, when it skidded off
Gorge Road at the approach to
Edith Cavell Bridge. Only a tree
prevented the bus from plunging
into a swollen Shotover River.
The trial was concluded a day
earlier than expected after a
defence expert witness conceded
he had made an error in his
calculation of the bus’s estimated
speed before the crash.
In his decision, Judge Couch
said he had therefore relied on
the evidence of serious crash
unit investigator senior constable
Alastair Crosland, of Alexandra,
who had calculated the speed of
the bus at the beginning of the
downhill approach to the bridge
to be at least 72kph.
The evidence of Connectabus
owner and managing director
Ewen McCammon and Mr
Crosland indicated the bus’s
brakes were in “good” working
order before the crash, and in
“The defendant ’s argument that
the brakes simply failed on the
day was simply incredible, and I
don’t accept it.
“The only explanation is
that the defendant drove the
bus at too great a speed in the
— Otago Daily Times
Supermarkets are predicting a bumper
hot cross bun season in the lead-up to
Easter but are also offering the non-
crossed variety for those who love a
spicy bun but are less keen on Christian
Foodstuffs spokeswoman Antoinette
Laird said buns were available at the
company ’s New World and Pak ‘n Save
supermarkets without the cross all year
“Bun customers come from a range of
religious backgrounds and if they prefer
can opt to purchase our spicy fruit buns
which don’t include the traditional hot
cross bun design.
“Kiwis seem to have a penchant for
these little spicy buns regardless of
whether it is Easter, though obviously
popularity increases over the Easter
period,” she said.
A Progressive Enterprises spokes-
woman said non-crossed fruit buns were
available at Countdown supermarkets all
year, while hot cross buns were on sale
from January until the end of Easter.
The hot cross bun’s origin can be traced
back to the 16th century, and during the
reign of England’s Q ueen Elizabeth I, it
was decreed that they could only be sold
on Good Friday and Christmas.
Foodstuffs said it expected to sell four
million hot cross buns each week in the
lead-up to Easter. To supply a week’s
worth of the buns to its 189 nationwide
stores, Foodstuffs’ bakers go through
90,000 tonnes of flour and 150 tonnes of
sultanas, currants and mixed peel.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Cross-less Easter buns
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