Kapiti Observer : September 22nd 2011
Your community partner for more than 60 years THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 IN BRIEF Three-storey high expressway, page 3 Waikanae v USA, page 4 Finalists decided, but one in doubt, page 44 INSIDE Slow to learn An Otaki teenager has failed to learn from experience, being stopped twice in 24 hours for drink-driving at the weekend, police said. Constable Terry Moore said the 17-year-old man was stopped on Friday night in Waerenga Rd, Otaki, and blew 391 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. There is a zero limit for youths. Despite being suspended from driving, he was stopped by the same police officer on a nearby road the following night, and after blowing 339mcg, faces a second charge of excess breath alcohol. He was to appear in Levin District Court this week. Police follow leads Police are still investigating the robbery of Countdown Paraparaumu on Friday morning, where a sum of money was taken at knife point. Detective Sergeant Ian Martin said police were unable to give a description of the offender, who confronted a female staff member, but were following positive lines of inquiry. Editorial 04 298 5019 -- Advertising 04 298 5019 -- Fax 04 298 2073 -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- kapitiobserver.co.nz Rippa day for everyone Captain America: Sage Minarapa, captain of the junior eagles Otaki School rippa team shares a hongi with United States captain Todd Clever at a training session at Porirua Park. Practise time: Otaki School ''junior eagle'' Tamakapua Cook is hoisted up for a lineout by John Van Der Geissen, left, and Mike MacDonald of the United States rugby team. By BEN STRANG Otaki School's rippa rugby team got the deluxe tour of the Amer- ican Embassy yesterday morning before watching and mingling with the United States rugby team at their training in Porirua. The junior eagles'' as they were dubbed by American ambassador David Huebner, rep- resented the US at the Rippa Rugby World Cup in August, winning three of their six matches. The ambassador visited the team at Otaki School before the tournament, and then decided to bring the team to Wellington for a visit of the embassy, and to meet the nation's rugby team. Obviously the [United States] team are here for the Rugby World Cup, but I have been pull- ing them away and getting them doing things around the place, and they love it,'' Mr Huebner said. The school jumped at the chance to visit the embassy in Wellington, and principal Chris Derbidge said it was an honour for the team to be invited. The team performed a haka for the ambassador, and sang Te Hokinga Mai, which was written after Maori taonga was returned to New Zealand from the Te Maori art exhibition in New York in 1986. In return, Mr Huebner gave each of the players an ambassador's medal, which he said was very rare, and also presented them with a rugby ball signed by the American World Cup side. Mr Huebner then showed the team his office in the building, which, it was said, some of his staff had not even seen. The team travelled with the ambassador to the United States' rugby training at Porirua Park, where the rippa players met their senior idols. Eagles prop Mike MacDonald and lock John Van Der Geissen formed a mini lineout, hoisting the players up to catch balls. Then the US captain Todd Clever thanked the team for coming. Otaki supporter Mike Tahere said it was humbling for the team to be invited out for the day, and would be something they would never forget. The team play their final rippa rugby match together this Saturday before the Horowhe- nua-Kapiti Heartland rugby day at Otaki Domain about 3pm. Good Samaritan beaten By JOEL MAXWELL A Kapiti man left with head injur- ies following an assault in Wel- lington was a Good Samaritan who tried to protect a woman from attack, says a relative. Robert Bryden, 25, is in Wel- lington Hospital's intensive care unit in a serious condition, after the early-morning assault on September 15 at the northern end of Tory St. Mr Bryden is the grandson of Kapiti Coast District councillor Diane Ammundsen, who said he was in town with two of his friends on Wednesday night last week. My grandson doesn't usually go into town, but he decided to -- they saw a girl being beaten up and Robbie went to try and pro- tect her.'' When Mr Bryden and his friends left the bar where the alleged attack on the woman took place, they were set upon by a group of men, she said. Robbie ended up in intensive care with head injuries, and hasn't regained consciousness yet. We're proud of him -- he was trying to help and it's so grossly unfair that he got beaten up.'' Police have arrested 20 year old Lower Hutt man Ioritana Tuau in relation to the attack, who appeared in Wellington District Court on September 21 charged with assault. Tuau was remanded without plea on bail to reappear on October 5. Detective Senior Sergeant Donna Howard thanked the com- munity. Our enquiries are con- tinuing and we would still like to locate and speak to two witnesses, both Pacific Island males, aged in their early to mid 20s who were in the vicinity of Tory St at the time of the incident.'' One of them was of medium to solid build, about six foot tall, with brown spiky hair, wearing dark blue or black jeans, a blue or green t-shirt and white shoes, with a tribal tattoo on his right arm. Fairfax NZ has reported that one of Mr Bryden's companions suffered an ankle injury, requir- ing surgery, while the other escaped unharmed Contact police, 381 2000 or Crimestoppers, 0800 555 111.
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