Jan 6

Port worker injured by falling container

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A Lyttelton Port Company worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said the injured driver had pulled a stack of seven shipping containers down, with one crushing the cab of his forklift. “You could certainly hear when that container came down. The noise is what got our attention.” The driver, aged in his 20s, managed…

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Oct 15

Boy drowns in cruise liner swimming pool

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A 6-year-old boy has drowned in one of the pools on-board the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Victory while at sea, the company said in a statement. The Carnival Victory was on the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise when the boy drowned in the midship pool. He was at the pool…

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Sep 5

Senior Manager sacked during corruption investigation

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Auckland Transport has sacked a senior manager at the centre of an ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption over road maintenance contracts. The council body’s chief executive, David Warburton, says the investigation has established “serious conflict of interest and performance issues” involving the official, who was stood down on leave a month ago…

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Jan 19

Air NZ manager sacked for serious misconduct

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An Air New Zealand crew member was sacked after she attempted to board a rival company’s plane to have a look inside, then “spoke sarcastically” when she was denied. Helen Watson, a flight services manager with 26 years experience, was dismissed in August last year and has now launched a personal grievance case…

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Sep 27

Fire-stopping mortar failure causes fatal fall

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A fire alarm technician died from head injuries after falling 10 metres when a section of a floor he was walking on collapsed under him. The section of floor that collapsed was made from a fire-stopping mortar. The technician was working in a plant room on the second level of a multi-storey commercial…

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Aug 17

Jonathan Kirkpatrick pleads guilty to AUT fraud charges

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Jonathan Kirkpatrick,53, the former chief executive of the AUT Business Innovation Centre has pleaded guilty to defrauding the university of more than half a million dollars. Kirkpatrick resigned after an internal investigation found “accounting discrepencies” totalling $665,000. He pleaded guilty to seven fraud related charges when he appeared in the Auckland District Court…

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Jul 7

Public Service CEO facing serious misconduct investigation

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Katrina Bach the CEO of the Government Department of Building and Housing is being investigated over allegations of verbal abuse and physical assault towards a junior female staff member of her department. The State Services Commission has confirmed that an independent inquiry had begun after “serious allegations” were made about the conduct of…

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