Rodney Times : December 7th 2010
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Restrictions remain until fire danger levels have decreased. Cultural cooking fires such as hangi and umu, barbecues, fires contained within incinerators fitted with a lid or spark arrestor and fires within small braziers or similar heating devices are the only exceptions. Rose selected Christine Rose is the new Rodney electorate Labour candidate, selected last week. The former Auckland Regional Council Rodney representative was unsuccessful in the Auckland Council elections, standing for the Rodney ward councillor's seat won by Penny Webster. Mrs Rose of Huapai won't be battling against Rodney MP Lockwood Smith, however. Dr Smith says he will stand as a National Party list MP. National's Transport Minister Steven Joyce is tipped be selected by the party for Rodney. Gun seized A gun was seized by Conservation Department officers after they and police stopped a boat following reports of shooting at shags near Tiritiri Matangi Island. Police say there were no offences under the Arms Act but DOC is considering charges under the Wildlife Act. Police cleared after crash POLICE have been cleared of any fault after the pursuit of a motorcyclist and pillion passenger killed in the Dome Valley north of Warkworth in April. Findings released on Friday by the Independent Police Conduct Authority say police complied with law and policy in the pursuit involv- ing the death of learner rider Steven John Gorrie, 38, and passenger Makoto Izumi, 37. The two were killed after their 1200cc motorcycle collided with an oncoming car and exploded. However, the authority has recommended police adopt new data gathering methods for pursuits involving motor- cycles. A highway patrol officer identified as Officer A was on speed enforcement duty checking State Highway 1 north-bound traffic in the 80kmh restriction area on April 4 at about 6.45pm when he clocked Mr Gorrie's motor- cycle at 97kmh. The officer gave chase just as Mr Gorrie rounded a bend, where his motorcycle left the road and travelled along a gravel shoulder for about 110 metres before crossing the centre line, colliding with a Toyota Camry containing two people, it says. The car driver and passenger were not seriously injured. A burst of flames was seen by the police officer just after he rounded the corner. He reported the collision to the police Northern Com- munications Centre -- but not his pursuit as he considered he was not in a pursuit situ- ation. The authority agrees that under pursuit policy it was debatable whether this was a pursuit, but it treated the matter as such anyway. The report says Mr Gorrie had taken evasive action, believing or anticipating that he was being pursued, well before Officer A activated his lights''. Only about 20 to 25 seconds elapsed between the police car turning to give chase and the crash, Officer A estimated. Witnesses supported the police version of events. The Toyota driver told police he was in a line of traffic near a right-hand bend when he saw something black coming from his right side. It was fast, like a missile,'' he said. Within a split second there was a huge big bang.'' Mr Gorrie had a full class 1 licence to drive a motor vehicle and held a learner's class 6 licence for a motor- cycle. The authority found he breached his learner restrictions by riding a motorcycle exceeding 250cc, exceeding the 70kmh learner limit, carrying a passenger and not displaying a learner or L plate. A toxicology report states diazepam and methampheta- mine were detected in samples taken from Mr Gorrie. Sixteen people have been killed in pursuits this year, including two at the weekend in south Auckland. Christmas countdown: Santa will be seeking back-to-back wins in the supreme float award at the Kumeu Rotary Christmas Parade on Friday evening. About 12 wheelbarrow racers charge down State Highway 16 from Huapai to the Kumeu Village from about 6.30pm, with the parade featuring scores of floats starting at 7pm. The highway through Huapai-Kumeu is closed for the event. Contact Dale Wallace, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (09) 412-9611 for information.
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