Port worker injured by falling container

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 to get out the cab by himself and was coherent when emergency services arrived. He was "lucky to be alive", the worker said. He had been with the [...]

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Boy drowns in cruise liner swimming pool

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 area with other family members at the time, the statement said. Police said the drowning appeared to be an accident and an investigation was under way. The boy was [...]

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Senior Manager sacked during corruption investigation

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 following an internal review of procurement and contract management procedures. Invoices, contracts and other documents dating back to 2010, when Auckland Transport was established as a council-controlled organisation, [...]

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Air NZ manager sacked for serious misconduct

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 against her former employer. Air New Zealand says it fired Watson after a disciplinary investigation found her actions amounted to serious misconduct. The airline alleges Watson, when waiting for [...]

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Fire-stopping mortar failure causes fatal fall

File PhotoA 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 building under construction. A space had been boxed out in the floor of the plant room when the slab was poured to accommodate [...]

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Public Service CEO facing serious misconduct investigation

Katrina Bach - it is a long way to fall from the top if the allegations are proven.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 Katrina Bach. It is understood Ms Bach was involved in [...]

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