Poor leadership and a "risk-tolerant culture" has been
uncovered at the New Zealand Defence Force by an independent
probe that has today made 20 urgent recommendations to
overhaul its lax health and safety policies.
When an ancient elm cracked in fierce gales last night and
crashed into her roof, terrified Shannon Swann leapt onto her
flatmate's knee, thinking Christchurch had been hit by
another massive earthquake.
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.