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Detective Inspector Paul Basham said the woman was discovered in a bushy area, a short distance from a main running track in Alexandra Park, Mt Victoria, at the southern end of the town belt. "It is too early to say whether the death is suspicious. However we have a number of specialist police who are working to establish as quickly as possible what has happened,'' he said. "We ask that any member of the public who has been in this area or who has seen anything suspicious or unusual to please contact Wellington police.'' A man who was in the area this afternoon and wouldn't explain why he was there was arrested for obstruction, for refusing to provide his details, 3 News reported.



Christchurch police investigating the aggravated robbery of a Redwood bar have released security camera images from the incident. Three offenders forced staff and patrons at Coasters Tavern to lie down while they emptied out the safe, tills and pokie drawer on Friday night. Detective Sergeant Richard Quested said the images from the security cameras are providing police with a good line of inquiry.



A woman legally barred from Auckland's SkyCity is appalled the company is attempting to coax her back to the casino via text messages. Selina Watson and her husband gambled close to $50 million over 10 years as VIP customers at the casino. Husband Richard Watson, who worked as an accountant for over 30 years, is serving as six-year jail sentence after stealing nearly $5.5 million from his employers. "I was really, really angry when I received it," she told ONE News. The first message read: "Don't forget $50K sweepstakes draws in 27 July." A second message said, as a VIP customer, she could collect $60 bonus gambling dollars by visiting the casino. SkyCity issued a statement apologising to Selina and others who may have received texts, saying it was a computer glitch. As VIP customers with loyalty cards, the Watson's $50 million spending was recorded over ten years.

スカイシティのカジノでVIPカスタマーとして過去10年間で$50ミリオンのお金をカジノで浪費していたカップルが法的にカジノへの出入りを禁止されているにも関わらず、スカイシティから誘いのメール(テキスト)が送られていたことが暴露されています。彼らが浪費していたお金のうち$5.5ミリオンは会計士として働いていた旦那が雇用主から盗んだもので旦那へ6年の禁固刑が命じられていたことが背景にあるようです。スカイシティが女性へ送っていた最初のテキストに書かれていたのは;7月27日に5万ドルの抽選会があるのでお忘れなく。次に送られたテキストでは;VIPカスタマーの貴方だからカジノに来るだけで$60のギャンブルダラーをもらえるかもしれない… と出入り禁止の人々へ送るテキストとしてはあまりに不適切で、スカイシティはこのメールについて謝罪しています。



Chief executive of the Problem Gambling Foundation Graeme Ramsey said he is concerned the research could be used to keep problem gamblers just below the high risk level. "The danger here is that SkyCity could use that material for its own purposes to keep people gambling for longer periods of time at slightly less problematic levels," said Ramsey. SkyCity refused to show ONE News its research on how people gamble at the casino and there is no legal requirement for it to do so despite the information it could provide. "There is a greater onus for intervention if you have got more accurate research," said Ramsey. The programme analyses data collected from loyalty cards used by players.



A 27-year-old man remains in a critical condition after he was struck by a passenger train while crossing the tracks in Auckland this morning. The man was rushed to Auckland Hospital after he was hit by the train on the Porters Ave level crossing in Mt Eden at 8.50am. Initially he was conscious but his condition worsened and he was understood to be in an induced coma. The man was believed to have been listening to an iPod and ignoring the barrier arms when he crossed the tracks, said Senior Sergeant Junior Abraham. Two trains were going past at the time, a westbound freight train and a citybound passenger service.



A New Zealand base jumper has died in a jump in Switzerland while taking a holiday from his Taupo skydive instructor's job. Professional thrillseeker Alan Malcolm McCandlish, 31, died in the mountain region of Berner Oberland, about 200 km southwest of Zurich, at 10.40am on Saturday (local time). A statement from Bern police said he hit a ledge, plunged over the cliff and then fell onto another ledge. Other base jumpers had been with him and witnesses alerted authorities. He was found dead at the scene, police said.



Cheap land has been made available for Christchurch red-zone refugees. Eighteen low-cost sections are being offered to Christchurch homeowners having to move out of the residential red zone. The Canterbury Co-operative Land Trust was offering 18 sections on Rolleston's Dunns Crossing Road to red zoners for $113,000 to $139,000 - up to 40% cheaper than other sections in the area, trustee Grant MacKinnon said. MacKinnon said the savings were genuine and all the trust needed was 18 households to "take up the opportunity".



Quake-hit Canterbury could be seeing the first signs of recovery, with the embattled region recording the fastest growth in spending across the country, new figures show. The Paymark data released today show that Canterbury reported an annual growth rate of 6.8 per cent, soaring above the nationwide growth rate for June of 5.1 per cent. While the figures are "heartening", it still has a long way to go to reach its pre-earthquake position, Paymark head of sales and marketing, Paul Whiston said. If you compare that with the growth since 2008 in the Canterbury region, it sits at just 4.4 per cent," said Whiston. By contrast, Auckland/Northland's four-year growth was higher than the national average at 14.8 per cent and Wellington saw a 9.3 per cent increase.



Canterbury reported the fastest electronic spending growth in New Zealand during June, according to Paymark figures out today. A total of $404.1million was spent across the Paymark network in Canterbury last month, compared to $378.5 million last June. 



The North Island has been rocked by two large earthquakes in less than a week, but seismologists say the chance of "the big one" has not increased. Tuesday's magnitude 7 quake and the 5.7 jolt on Saturday were not linked, even though they were on the same plate, GNS seismologist Lara Bland said. "The only coincidence is that they're large, deep earthquakes - but in terms of whether one had been caused by the other, we don't see them connected in that way." The latest rattles did not increase the chance of a devastating quake crippling the North Island. "We definitely don't look at them as making it more likely - the risk is still the same.



Investment fraudsters have swindled more than $113 million from 2600 Australians in the past five years, a new report shows. The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) report says scammers are increasingly targeting educated retirees by using personal details taken from competition and promotional forms, and 'cold-calling' victims to convince them to buy non-existent or worthless shares and securities. Home Affairs and Justice Minister Jason Clare said while the five-year, $113 million figure was alarming, the real toll was likely to be much higher as many victims were often too embarrassed to go to authorities.



The Tribunal is hearing two claims that - if successful - may see it recommending the Government call a halt to its plan to sell shares in Mighty River Power later this year until underlying issues of Maori customary right and interests in water and geothermal resources are addressed. Mr Key this morning repeated his view that the claims lack merit because no one owns freshwater in New Zealand. However Taipari Munro, of the Whatariri Trustees in a submission setting out grievances about the use of water from Poroti Springs 20km southwest of Whangarei, disagreed. While he said local authorities and the Environment Court clearly shared the Prime Minister's view, when it came to the springs, "I don't accept what the Prime Minister says".



Results from the New Zealand respondents, provided to the Herald, found that of 200 workers surveyed, only 27 per cent would like to see their organisation's workforce become more ethnically diverse. Thirty-three per cent said they would not like it, and 40 per cent were not sure. Among North Island respondents, 27 per cent were in favour of greater diversity and 37 per cent against. The New Zealand respondents believed only about 20 per cent cent of employees in their organisations were from non-English speaking backgrounds.



When Dan Carter stripped off his All Blacks jersey in Christchurch last month, he had no idea he was also severing his association with team-mate Sonny Bill Williams. Despite maintaining he hadn't been kept in the loop by Williams, Carter said he held no grudges. ''I respect the decision he's made," Carter said. "Everyone makes decisions and they are never easy. ''I know I've been in that situation before. Different things drive different people - I just have to wish him well and I'm sure he'll be successful in whatever he does.''



The worst kept secret in New Zealand sport was confirmed today, with Sonny Bill Williams announcing at a media conference he is set for a stint in Japan. Williams was joined by Chiefs coaches Dave Rennie and Wayne Smith and All Blacks assistant Ian Foster in Hamilton, where he finally put an end to the saga surrounding his signature. Off contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union at the end of the season, Williams has agreed a deal with Japanese rugby side Panasonic Wild Knights understood to be worth $1.5 million for 12 matches. Williams told the conference he would be back in the NRL next year but refused to confirm at which club because he was yet to sign a contract. The former Canterbury Bulldogs second rower has long been rumoured to be returning to league with crosstown rivals Sydney City Roosters, with a view to switching back to rugby in 2014.



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