Kapiti Observer : May 19th 2011
5 THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011 3600035AA Fo o o 2 N P B i i g e by P a e P i a M ay F i ay 10.00 a 3.00 P MANA MP P 4 3 4 E . l tor t p rli t.govt. MP f Ma a K FAAFOI 2 St John investigate ambulance delay An investigation is being launched by St John ambulance service after a woman who was dying after being shot in Otaki had to wait 41 minutes for ambulance staff to arrive. Meanwhile, police are searching for a man with a moustache who was seen driving slowly down the road in the half hour leading up to the shoot- ing. A 23-year-old Otaki woman was shot at a Ngaio St house in Otaki Beach on May 8. Her 26-year-old partner has been charged with mur- der. An emergency call was received by Wellington s Emergency Communi- cation Centre at 4.06pm, but a heli- copter with an ambulance officer on board did not arrive until 4.47pm, St John said in a statement. The woman was flown to Welling- ton Hospital, where she died from her injuries the next morning. An internal investigation and debrief on this matter is currently under way and until it is concluded St John is unable to comment further on the incident, a statement from St John said. Detective Senior Sergeant Keith Borrell said police are seeking infor- mation about two vehicles seen in the area before the shooting. Our enquiries have revealed that there was a red vehicle which drove slowly up Ngaio St and past the address during the half hour prior to the shooting, he said. The driver of the car is believed to have had a moustache, and police would like to identify and speak to the man as a potential witness. Police also want to hear from anyone who saw a white trail bike in the area any time on the day of the mur- der. The man charged with murder and unlawful possession of a .22 calibre rifle is due to appear in Levin Dis- trict Court again on May 25. He and the victim have name suppression. Commuters in parks Shoppers resentful Ticketed: Joanne Chevis with the $15 she needs to pay for her parking fine after being ticketed in the car park behind Mahara Pl. By TASHA BLACK Shoppers and business owners in Waikanae are frustrated train commuters are snapping up free parking spots, leaving them to park in car parks with a time limit, resulting in fines for some. Residents say finding a spot to park has become hard since the train was extended to Waikanae in February. The Olive Grove Cafe worker Joanne Chevis received a ticket earlier this month after parking in the car park off Marae Ln, behind the cafe. Ms Chevis parked in the cen- tre of the car park, where the first four hours are free, but went over the time limit. She said, while the ticket was only $15 and she plans to pay it, it was frustrating because an alternative all-day free parking lot, next to Ngaio Rd, fills up with train commuters by 8am. When they put in that rail- way station they should have allowed for this sort of problem to happen. Ms Chevis said she was not the only one ticketed. I know the day I came out and got my ticket there were a lot of people standing around swearing. Of 30 parked cars on Tuesday last week, the Kapiti Observer found three with tickets. Ms Chevis has continued to park there, but moves her car every four hours during work. I know people who are going out there and rubbing chalk off their tyres, she said. I m frustrated more than anything. There should be park- ing for people who work around here or we should have some- thing to put on our windows to say we work around here. Kapiti Coast District Council regulatory manager Ken Smith said this was a possibility, and advised Waikanae shoppers and business owners to take their concerns to the Waikanae Com- munity Board. The Olive Grove Cafe staff thought ticket wardens had increased their work in the area, but Mr Smith said ticket wardens, run by Main Security, had not been instructed to increase their monitoring of Waikanae. They worked on a random basis throughout the district. Cafe owner Fleur Paige is equally frustrated. A lot of customers can t find a park to even get in here, she said. She suspects some train commuters, especially those around Otaihanga, drive up to Waikanae Station, so in the evening they don t get caught in traffic around Paraparaumu. Mr Smith said the district council wanted more people to use the commuter bus services and the regional council to promote the Kapiti Plus service, which allows commuters to use the bus services for free when they show a train pass. The council was considering a wider range of parking times aimed at assisting shoppers and local workers, Mr Smith said. The council was aware parking on the west of the station filled up quickly, he said.
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