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02:10, Nov 20 2012
TO THE FALLEN: Hamilton City Council says use of the cenotaph as a gym is not appropriate.

1. Mt Ruapehu could blow at any time - experts

Climbers and trampers were told last week to stay away from the summit zone of Mt Ruapehu amid fears that building pressure under the Crater Lake could lead to an eruption.

2. One killed in Waikato crash

Ann Brown, left, with Carol Dewdney, who queued for 21 hours with husband Brett to secure their slice of paradise
CAR BOOT CUPPA: Ann Brown, left, with Carol Dewdney, who queued for 21 hours with husband Brett to secure their slice of paradise.

A woman was killed and four others injured when the vehicle they were travelling in ploughed into a fence on Old Taupiri Rd, near Ngaruawahia. The woman who died was driving, police said. Two boys, believed to be aged five and seven-years-old, were taken to Waikato Hospital by ambulance with minor to moderate injuries. A man suffered minor injuries.

3. IRD mum a $225k fraudster

Ngaruawahia mum Anita Gail O'Connor spent five years fleecing the IRD out of more than $200,000 in a scam which saw her use company reports to dig out taxpayers' who had child support refunds available.


Anita Gail O'Connor

4. Hamilton traffic delays frustrate drivers

Hamilton roads are undergoing a transformation, much to the frustration of some motorists who are fed up with traffic jams at some of the city's key intersections. Frustrated drivers have complained about queues stretching from the new Ruffell Rd intersection to the Te Kowhai Rd roundabout at peak hours. Lines of traffic have backed up as far as the Boulevard-Te Kowhai Rd roundabout, with queues on both sides of the Te Kowhai rail crossing.

5. Region's car carnage

Emergency services are lamenting what seems to be a never-ending stream of fatal crashes that have so far claimed close to 40 lives in Waikato this year.The Waikato has the country's highest road toll - with 39 dead so far this year. And with the holiday season just around the corner, emergency services are gearing up for their most heartbreaking time of year. The message: keep the speed down, leave the booze alone and belt up.

6. 56 sections sold by lunch

Hamilton's latest subdivision in Rototuna became first-in-first-served scenario last week when 56 sections were gone by midday. Such was the demand yesterday for sections in the final phase of the Horsham Estate that sales opened more than an hour early, with only two sections left by noon. By the end of the day they had also sold.

7. Huntly man killed

The driver of a stolen vehicle that crashed near Katikati last week was an 18-year-old man from Huntly. He was killed when the Hyundai Accent he was driving collided with a Nissan Bluebird travelling in the opposite direction. The driver of the Nissan, a 54-year-old man from Waihi was taken to Tauranga Hospital in a stable condition with moderate injuries.

8. Children forced to watch porn

A Hamilton man, who cannot be named, was jailed last Monday for making his stepchildren watch porn, smoke cannabis and indecently assaulting them over a period of at least a year.The man, 34, who cannot be identified to protect the identity of the child victims, was  jailed for four and a half years on two representative charges of indecent assault of the two girls, aged 12 and 14, and two representative charges of assaulting the girls, both over a period between September 21, 2009 and September 23, 2010.

9. Sport group told to keep off Cenotaph

A personal training business ordered by Hamilton City Council to keep off the Cenotaph in Memorial park. The group had been using the Cenotaph - which honours New Zealand's fallen soldiers - to hold its boot-camp-style classes at lunchtime for several months.

10. Truck smashes into cows

A logging truck driver smashed into a herd of stray cattle on Sunday night before veering off the road and rolling onto a ploughed paddock.Taupo Fire Station officer Graeme Trainor said the middle aged driver was rattled, but fortunate not to sustain more serious injuries. The incident happened about 2.45am on State Highway 5 between Taupo and Rotorua.Mr Trainor said the driver had come around an easy bend before crashing through three young cows, which died at the scene. He then veered off the road, over a bank and flipped.