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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Benji's back 

Benji Marshall has reportedly been given the all clear for next Friday's ANZAC test match against the Kangaroos:
BENJI Marshall is set to join Sonny Bill Williams on a star-studded New Zealand interchange bench in next Friday night's Anzac Test after yesterday being given a clearance to make his comeback for the Kiwis - provided he wasn't in the starting line-up.
In an act of selflessness by Wests Tigers, the NRL premiers have agreed to let Marshall return from a dislocated shoulder three weeks ahead of schedule in the Test - even though he won't be able to back up for them in next Sunday's match against Manly at Leichhardt Oval.


Page 1 of the Weekend Herald kicks off with a story about car parks....but it does feature an interesting quote from Invercargill's mayor Tim Shadbolt who says the $78,000 somone paid for a car park in A-Town "is just outrageous".
"It just goes to show the problem New Zealand is facing in terms of its population imbalance. If we [in Invercargill] get more than three cars at the lights, it's called a crisis here."

Page 3 of the same paper has an article about Shadbolt being "charged with careless use of a motor vehicle and will appear in the Invercargill Traffic Court at a date to be set".

Perahps no few enough cars ey Tim?

Seems you can't even have a minor fender-bender these days without being charged with careless driving.

Different if you're in the police and pack rape women though - then the police deliberately cover it up for 24 years...until it gets exposed on TV.

Auckland University is organising a march in support of rape complainant Louise Nicholas tomorrow.
New Zealand has some of the most stringent suppression laws in the common law world. There is a perception that suppression orders are being used to protect the rich, famous or powerful while others must battle for name suppression. Rape complainants must have enough confidence in the justice system to come forward.

Even though Nicholas's alleged attackers were found not guilty it does appear her stand has encouraged other women to come forward and expose the truly sick police culture that existed in Rotorua/Bay of plenty in the 1980s:
A former police officer extradited from Australia on historic rape and sexual abuse charges was today sent for trial in the High Court. The man, whose name is suppressed, faces allegations from two girls, then aged between 12 and 16, comprising four counts of indecent assault and one of rape, all in Rotorua in 1980.

And finally made the police take allegations against their own seriously.


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