Last week's top 10 stories

01:52, Nov 12 2012
Greg King
PASSIONATE ABOUT JUSTICE: Greg King giving his closing address during the Ewen Macdonald case.

1. Teens final goodbye

Joshua Tanuvasa was farewelled by his family and friends at the Gateway Christian Centre on Wednesday. Over a thousand people attended the service for the 17-year-old who died suddenly while working out at Les Mills.

2. Home with his lover' s ashes

Canadian man Glenn Hamilton flew back to his home country last week with the ashes of his partner, Catherine Clarke, after the car he was driving collided with a truck and trailer unit. Hamilton plead guilty to the charge of careless driving and was convicted at Thames District Court and disqualified from driving for six months.

3. Tragic sadness to photo of best-dressed pair

Two days before Joshua Tanuvasa's unexpected death, 18-year-old Erin Barter passed away after a battle with cancer. The pair were photographed together at the Hamilton Girls' High School senior ball earlier this year as the best-dressed male and female. 

4. Missing Hamilton woman found

An elderly Hamilton woman who suffers from dementia was reported missing on Thursday morning and a large search and rescue operation was launched to locate her. Fortunately Dianna Winnie Mitchell, 75, was found walking along Te Rapa straight by her neighbour, Jaime Anderson.

5. Hunt for sex offender

Police are searching for a man after he exposed himself to young girls on two separate occasions during the most recent school holidays. East Hamilton community constable Craig Aplin said officers have been investigating two incidents that happened on the afternoon of Saturday, October 6.

6. Roundabout will get worse

Hamilton drivers were warned last week that a major intersection already experiencing traffic delays would get worse during peak times. Drivers who use the River Road-Wairere Drive intersection were strongly urged to avoid the junction from Monday with three days of road closures scheduled.

7. Tributes for dead lawyer Greg King

High-profile lawyer Greg King was found dead last week. Mr King's body was discovered lying face down on a grass verge in a quiet suburban street in Wellington about 10.30am, November 3. Mr King's death is a suspected suicide and has been referred to the coroner.

8. The Tron NZ's gay capital?

Could Hamilton be the future gay capital of New Zealand? That is the hope of Hamilton Pride as the group aims to bring Mardi Gras to the city.

9. Truck driver named

Truck driver Dave Budge died on Thursday after the unit he he was driving crashed on the Desert Rd.

10. Hamilton's main drag the loudest

Last week, the Waikato Times revealed Hamilton's noisiest street. The winner? The city's main drag, Victoria St. Mahoe St came in at a not-so-close second, followed by Norrie St. 


Glenn Hamilton with his partner Catherine Clarke
BEST FRIEND: Glenn Hamilton with the love of his life, Catherine Clarke.
Joshua Tanuvasa and Erin Barter at the Hamilton Girls' High School senior ball
PERFECT PAIR: Joshua Tanuvasa and Erin Barter at the Hamilton Girls' High School senior ball.