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A woman from the Mount
Roskill Samoan Assembly of God
Church has died after contracting
Auckland Regional Public
Health Service clinical director
Dr Julia Peters said the woman was
admitted to hospital with serious
health issues and the typhoid
infection was a complicating factor.
The woman died in hospital this
Ten other confirmed cases of
typhoid, many from the Assembly
of God church group, are still
being treated in hospital.
All the members lived in
locations across central and south
The health ser vice is also warning
schools about a mumps outbreak,
in which 39 people have come
down with the condition this year.
Healthline fielded more than 60
calls related to typhoid over the
weekend and, of those, about 15
people described symptoms similar
to typhoid and were told to see
their GP or go to the emergency
Dr Peters said all the confirmed
cases were linked to a Pacific island
church community in Auckland.
Staff were following up with 60
other people who had been in
contact with the group, she said.
“It is a localised outbreak,” Dr
“Knowing that the cases are
connected gives us a clear direction
but this is still a serious situation
and we are following up other
Auckland had about 30 cases of
typhoid a year but they were usually
individual cases where someone
had been infected overseas.
“This is a local outbreak and at
this stage we do not know how or
when it got into Auckland.”
Dr Peters said the public health
ser vice was trying to find the
source but it was not always
possible, because some people
could carry the disease for some
time without passing it on.
Typhoid is spread primarily
through food and water but can
be spread person to person. Good
basic hand-washing is one of the
best means of protection.
Symptoms include a high fever
developing over several days,
headaches, general weakness and
muscle aches. Stomach pain and
constipation were also common
but some people got diarrhoea.
Rowers from St Bede’s College are in
hot water again after several were sent
home from the Maadi Cup regatta for
inappropriate social media activity.
Fairfax has reported that four boys
from St Bede’s were sent home for
“allegedly harassing a female rower” at
the regatta at Lake Karapiro.
Schools from all over the country
descend on Cambridge for the
competitive regatta, with St Bede’s
having now come under scrutiny
three times in the past four years for
St Bede’s rector Justin Boyle said in a
statement that the school investigated
the matter and found that the students’
social media activity had breached the
school’s code of conduct.
“The school took immediate steps to
have the posts removed when told of
Boyle confirmed that disciplinary
investigations had been undertaken,
but said it was important that there was
a “fair and thorough” investigation.
“This school has a strong sense of
responsibility to ensuring the well-
being and welfare of all boys at all times
including when they get it wrong.”
St Bede’s board of trustees and the
rector took ultimate responsibility for
the boys and their behaviour when they
were representing the school, he added.
The misconduct follows previous
drama in 2015, when St Bede’s
rowers Jack Bell and Jordan Kennedy
were barred from the Maadi Cup
after breaching security at Auckland
The row was sparked after the two
boys were caught riding on the baggage
conveyor at Auckland Airport’s
In that instance, St Bede’s also ruled
that the pair breached the school’s
code of conduct, but the families of
two boys successfully sought a High
Court injunction to allow their sons to
In 2014, eight St Bede’s boys were
involved in an incident at the Maadi
Cup in Twizel which allegedly included
dousing tennis balls in petrol and
setting them alight before throwing
them. They were also accused of pouring
petrol on the road to spell out “SBC ”
and drawing the shape of a penis and
lighting it so it burned into the road.
The boys were banned from attending
the regatta’s social events and made
to carry out community ser vice in the
town during school holidays, but were
allowed to compete in the regatta.
St Bede’s did not win any
medals at the 2017 Maadi Cup.
St Bede’s College rowers in trouble again
An electrical fault caused a garage and
sleepout fire in Selwyn Heights.
A Rotorua Fire Station spokesman
said the fire on Kea Street on Sunday
afternoon was well-involved by the time
fire ser vices arrived.
“ Nobody was at home at the time.
As the garage was gutted the main
focus moved to saving the house next
door which suffered minimal damage.”
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
Electrical fault blamed
for sleepout blaze
A Maori woman says she was shocked
after the words “black lady” were
scrawled on the receipt for her hot
The woman, who asked to stay
anonymous, went to Cypress Cafe in
Saint Heliers Bay on Friday with a
The friend made the first order for
both of them, and food was delivered
to their table.
When the woman, who is Maori, went
up to order a second drink, she claims
her hot chocolate was never brought to
When she went to collect it from the
counter, she said she found the words
“ black lady” written on her printed
She said she suddenly felt very
“ To be honest, I didn’t know how to
react, because it’s never happened to me
before,” she said.
“ I didn’t want to approach her, I just
left it, left the shop. My friend wanted
to approach the lady, but I told her to
She said the cafe should not label
people in such a confronting way.
“ Even if it was just to remember who
was who. Just ask for someone’s name,
that ’s easier.
“ For other people, if something like
that happens, don’t be like me and try
to shrug it off.
“ I wish I did, but I just didn’t know
how to approach them.”
When approached for comment,
Cypress Cafe owner Don Choa said it
He said he did not know the woman
or remember her or the incident and
was at the cafe all day on Friday.
“ You check for yourself, if you are a
reporter, check the background of this
“I think she is a troublemaker.
“I think you’re better to inspect her,
whether she’s criminal or something,
because she has said a not true thing.”
Mr Choa said he would not be asking
his staff about it.
“I don’t think so. We had a Korean
lady working here, so I don’t think any
“But we have many staff here, every
day is different.
“She’s (the complainant) a very ugly
woman, I think. If something had
happened, she had to complain to me,
but she contacts New Zealand Herald
“She’s a very bad woman, I fear.”
He said if a customer was unhappy,
they should talk to him.
When told about Mr Choa’s
comments, the woman said it was
surprising and hurtful.
“I mean, I have a photo of the receipt,
so clearly I didn’t lie about it.
“He doesn’t know me, and just because
my skin is dark, that doesn’t make me a
“It’s so hurtful to say that, or assume
I lied. He probably has cameras there,
that would have picked it up.
“I didn’t lie.”
The woman’s friend said she was
shocked the cafe would deny it.
“I assumed they ’d give some excuse, or
try to give a bad apology but this, oh
“ You’ve got to be kidding me. Surely
they have security cameras they could
“For me, that response just solidifies
the racist undertones. It’s now even
worse than we thought it was.
“I thought maybe just ignorance, but
this is actual out there prejudice.”
The friend said she was furious when it
happened, and ready to confront the cafe
workers, but her friend asked her not to.
— N ZM E -New Zealand Herald
after ‘black lady’
scrawled on receipt
A man shot by police officers in
Christchurch has denied pointing a
blank firing pistol at them.
Murray James Allan, 24, suffered
minor injuries after allegedly pointing
the imitation firearm at officers who
approached a car he was in about 2am
in Woolston on February 4.
When Allan, of the Parklands
area of the city, first appeared in the
Christchurch District Court, a bandage
covered his forehead above his left eye.
Allan appeared in court yesterday via
audio visual link from prison to plead
not guilty to three charges, including
carrying an imitation firearm, namely
a blank firing pistol, except for lawful,
proper or sufficient purpose, assaulting
a police constable with the blank
firing pistol, and possession of 9mm
He was remanded in custody for a
case review hearing on May 23.
Earlier, a judge granted a police
application to have the names of three
witnesses — all ser ving police officers
suppressed on the grounds of undue
hardship. They have not been named in
A 37-year-old man also allegedly in
the car that night has been charged
with possessing drug utensils.
Shot man denies charges
A marked police car has collided with
a car driven by an elderly woman in
The woman was taken to Hutt
Hospital as a precaution and the driver
of the police car was not injured, police
The serious crash unit is investigating
the accident which happened on the
corner of High Street and Daysh Street
at 9.45am on Sunday. — N ZN
Police car in collision
The driver of a car that hit a power pole
in Hamilton has been taken to Waikato
Hospital in a critical condition.
The crash happened at 6.15pm on
Sunday on Killarney Road near the
intersection with Allen Road, police
The serious crash unit is investigating.
Driver in power pole crash critical
A man has died diving off the coast of
Police say they were called to Tora at
11.47am on Sunday.
The body was recovered from the water.
It was understood the man was diving
with a companion. — NZ N
Diver dies off Wairarapa
While some may have once considered
football umpires and parking inspectors
fair game for a mouthful of abuse,
Dunedin City Council is hitting back at
From today, parking officers in the city
will be wearing body cameras, which
they will switch on if a member of the
public abuses them.
The council’s parking boss Peter
Hanlin said while it is rare for people to
become abusive, the cameras should act
as a deterrent.
“Generally the camera is inactive, and
hopefully it doesn’t need to be turned on
often. But if an officer feels they may be
at risk of physical or verbal abuse they
will activate the camera to record the
incident,” he said.
With the camera to be mounted to the
front of the officer’s uniform, members
of the public will be able to see what is
being recorded on a screen on the device.
Dunedin’s animal control staff will also
wear a body camera when working alone
or when they feel there may be an issue
with a customer.
Dunedin hits back at parking inspector abuse
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