Kapiti Observer : May 12th 2011
Your community partner for more than 60 years THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 IN BRIEF Dam site revealed, page 3 Inspired by a president, page 8 The delights of the Kermadec Islands, page 35 INSIDE Driveway smash A woman's weekend was ruined on Friday after a car filled with five teenagers smashed into the side of a vehicle on a Paraparaumu street, said police. Sergeant Ron Walker said police were called to Gray Ave in Paraparaumu Beach about 5pm, where an 18-year-old man had crashed into the side of a woman's car as she reversed out of her driveway. Mr Walker said the man was travelling at excessive speed and caused a large amount of damage. Nobody was hurt in the crash. The man was charged for dangerous driving, and is due to appear in Porirua District Court. Patient flown out A Paraparaumu man was flown to Wellington Hospital yesterday morning after suffering health problems. Life Flight crewman Logan Taylor said a 76-year-old man was picked up from a Millennium Hill house near Kapiti Coast Airport at 7am, where ambulance staff had been treating him. Mr Taylor said he believed the man had chest pains, and the crew took him to the emergency department at Wellington Hospital. Editorial (04) 298 5019 -- Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- firstname.lastname@example.org Tragic loss: Armed police stand guard over an Otaki house on Monday, where flowers had been placed as a memorial to a 23-year-old woman who was shot and killed. Screams follow shots By BEN STRANG and KARA LOK A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of an Otaki woman shot at a Ngaio St home on Sunday. The 23-year-old woman was treated by paramedics at the house, before being flown to Wel- lington Hospital in critical con- dition about 4.10pm, police com- munications manager Kim Perks said. She died in the early hours of Monday morning. Police arrested a 26-year-old Otaki man, who appeared in Levin District Court on Monday charged with murder and unlaw- ful possession of a .22 calibre rifle. The man, reportedly the wom- an's partner, showed little emotion when he appeared in the dock. Police were not revealing any details about the victim's injuries until a post-mortem had been car- ried out. The names of both the accused and the victim have been suppressed until the man's next court appearance on May 25. A woman who lives opposite the Ngaio St house said she was at home with her daughter on Sunday when the shooting happened. The woman, Kate, said her dog ran to her fence and was barking loudly at men who were running past. I went out and just heard this guy yelling he's been shot, he's been shot, he's been shot', and then two guys went running up a driveway.'' She grabbed her dog and went inside, where her daughter had called police after hearing the yelling. It wasn't just screaming either, it was a real panicked screaming that I haven't heard before.'' Two minutes after the call had been made police were on the scene, and two fire crews followed to cordon off the road. She said about 40 minutes after police were called the woman was taken into a rescue helicopter, which had landed on Rata St. A man who lives nearby said he heard two shots fired, but thought nothing of it because of the duck shooting season. Kate said it was a shock to the neighbourhood. We have elderly people, famil- ies, solo working people, young people, and we all get along really well. When we had the big storms a couple of years back we came together and made sure everyone had food and a place to stay. This is definitely not some- thing I would have expected . . .'' Train stops before it starts By BEN STRANG Yesterday's first full test of a refurbished Ganz Mavag train on the Kapiti line did not go to plan after the train broke down before it left Wellington Railway Station. Extensive mechanical refur- bishments, as well as an interior refit and new external paint scheme, were expected to go on show to commuters for the first time, until the train broke down. It didn't run because it had a mechanical fault,'' Greater Wel- lington Regional Council spokes- woman Zelda McKenzie said. She said the fault was found as the train was set to depart on the 11.14am service to Waikanae, and after a 15-minute delay passengers were put on to a replacement train. Ms McKenzie said the train was now expected to be available for staff training today. It should be running during peak times tomorrow. The two-car unit was sandwiched between older Ganz Mavag units, as it will be during its testing phase. It will be some time before the units run on their own. Ms McKenzie was unsure which carriage set had broken down. GWRC economic committee chairman Peter Glensor said the train had a similar feel to the new Matangi trains, which have begun use on the Johnsonville and Hutt Valley lines. Inside it looks and feels like a Matangi,'' he said. It has passenger demand- operated doors with improved obstacle detection, a full public address system and CCTV, new seating, including some flip-up seats in the wheelchair area, new flooring, plus a passenger information display screen telling passengers what the next station is.''An improved power supply sys- tem should ensure passengers do not get cold, while every window has been taken out and resealed to prevent leaks. He said the completely overhauled compressed air and brake system would help to boost reliability. Once we've finished the assess- ment, we'll be able to make a decision about whether it's viable and economical to refurbish the whole fleet,'' Mr Glensor said.
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