A woman who wanted to flee Christchurch after becoming
embroiled with a gang set fire in her own flat, causing a
flatmate to jump from a second floor window and a terrified
mum to escape leaving a young child behind.
A support carer mistakenly overpaid almost $70,000 who then
spent the lot within weeks before fleeing to his Russian
homeland, via a Rarotonga stopover, has been sentenced to
five months' home detention.
A restoration plan to save the
earthquake-damaged Christchurch Town Hall, to be voted on by
city councillors tomorrow, has been hailed as a "masterpiece"
by the internationally acclaimed building's architect.