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A west Auckland man accused of a
New Year's Day attack and attempted
abduction of a six-year-old girl appeared
in court yesterday, where he was granted
temporary name suppression.
e man entered no pleas to one charge
each of kidnapping and assault with
intent to commit sexual violation on
the girl at the Glendene Reserve on the
evening of January 1.
In the Waitakere District Court, Judge
Jonathan Moses said the man's name
suppression, imposed because of possible
identi cation issues, will be discussed at
his next appearance in February.
Police did not oppose defence
lawyer Lester Cordwell's suppression
Mr Cordwell did not make a bail
application and the man will stay in
Police have said the alleged o ender
was tracked down after information was
received following a public appeal.
Earlier, police said the child, who
required hospital treatment for scratches,
was recovering well. --- APNZ
Tourism New Zealand chief executive
Martin Snedden is ghting construction
of a concrete cycleway running past the
family holiday home even though it is
considered a boon for tourists.
Mr Snedden's involvement comes after
his wife, Annie, and other holidaying
neighbours objected to the track past
their lakefront holiday homes outside
Legal action was threatened as concrete
was poured, and the town's mayor called
in to nd a solution --- a special section
of track to "appease" those upset about
Instead of concrete, the 100m section
outside some of the objectors' homes
will be made of plastic matting, through
which grass will be seeded and grown.
e section will cost ratepayers about
an extra $10,000 --- but is intended to be
more pleasing to look at than concrete.
e row cast a shadow over a $240,000
gift by former transport company owners
Matt and Heather Purvis to extend the
lakeside concrete walkway 1.7km along
waterfront reserve at Five Mile Bay.
e track, popular with walkers and
cyclists, begins 10km away
in central Taupo.
While the donation and
the plan for the concrete
track were noti ed in
council agendas, letters to
houses in the area, council
press releases and media
coverage, objectors with
holiday homes say they had
no knowledge of it until
construction started in
Among them were the Sneddens and
their neighbours, Hawke's Bay lawyer
Peter Twigg and Wellington cardiologist
Malcolm Abernethy, who say they
should have been consulted.
Contractors pouring concrete were
met by Dr Abernethy, whose pleas to
halt were ignored until Taupo Mayor
David Trewavas arrived 90 minutes later
with a senior council o cer.
Dr Abernathy con rmed legal action
was considered at one stage.
Senior council o cer John Ridd said
the solution meant the path in that area
was now "limited to mountain bikes".
Mr Snedden dismissed the claim,
saying the strip would be
able to be used by all once
grass had grown through
to complete the path.
He also rejected any
con ict with his role
heading the Tourism
"I think this is a private
situation. I'm not the
dominant voice. I'm just
someone expressing an
He said a lack of consultation with
holiday home-owners was a major factor
" ey knew the residents here are
people who are not here for 52 weeks of
e home was a family retreat --- Mrs
Snedden had been going there for 50
years and he had for 30.
"If people want to treat us as outsiders,
they can --- but we've been here longer
e objection was not against the path,
which "goes nowhere".
"All it does is nish a little further on."
He said it was not properly suitable for
"You can't ride two bicycles side by side
on this path."
An e-mail by Mrs Snedden to the
council, supplied by the Sneddens,
raised concern about the danger posed
by cyclists to children and elderly. She
also said the narrowness of the reserve
in front of the holiday homes meant
"the impact of a concrete strip is visually
Mr Trewavas said he hoped those
objecting would help ratepayers meet the
cost, which included regular watering to
encourage grass to grow through the
" ey didn't like the aesthetics of the
concrete. ey preferred it to have a
slightly better look than concrete."
He said the solution was probably not
" is is a measure to appease some
people for the moment."
Deputy mayor Keith Crate said
those who lived in the area were irked
it was temporary residents who were
complaining. " ey only come here for
a week a year. It's arrogance."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Snedden in cycle track clash Train suspect in fire
A train is believed to have
ignited a large blaze that
destroyed a part of a crop and
threatened to spread into nearby
areas of Chertsey yesterday,
re ghters say.
Damaged brake pads found
lying next to the railway lines
were initially suspected of causing
the blaze after the northbound
train passed through the area
south of Chertsey about 2.30pm,
but Kiwi Rail said checks found
no problems with the train and
investigations are set to continue.
Ashburton principal rural
re o cer Don Geddes said
re ghters turned up to nd
several res scattered along a
1km stretch of the railway lines
being fanned into a nearby wheat
crop, ending just metres from
State highway 1.
Mr Geddes said 4.3ha was
engulfed by the blaze, spurring
rural volunteers from Lauriston,
Ashburton Rural, Willowby and
Pendarves along with brigade
volunteers from Ashburton,
Rakaia and Dunsandel into action.
Five water tankers and four
pumps were in full operation at
the scene, with re ghters using
nearby water races to help douse
the blaze in about 90 minutes.
" e main concern for us was
the embers being carried into
a hedge or paddocks over the
highway. Luckily we were able to
tarmac rebreak to stop that," Mr
Mr Geddes said it was not
common for trains to cause res
in at-lying areas.
A Kiwi Rail spokeswoman
said the driver of its southbound
freight ser vice noti ed emergency
services of the blaze after his
colleague passed through the area
"While our northbound train
could have caused the re, our
initial checks of the locomotive
and wagons haven't found any
problems. We will do further
checks," she said. " ere are no
brake pads missing and the ones
found could have been beside the
tracks for some time."
--- APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
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