I have a busy week ahead of me.
Try not to miss me too much kids. I will be back before you know it.
Rotorua police say they spent more than 100 hours investigating a rape complaint before finding out it was false.
Tawhnee Marywin Butters, 23, unemployed, appeared in the Rotorua District Court this week and pleaded guilty to making a false rape complaint.
The police summary of facts said Butters went to the Rotorua police station about 4pm on October 14 and told police she believed she had been raped the previous night at the Rotorua Lakefront.
Butters initially told police she thought her drink had been spiked at a local hotel and therefore was not able to recall what happened. She complained of internal pain and had love bites on her neck which indicated she must have been the victim of a sexual attack.
She had a medical examination.
Three days later she gave a two-hour video interview and said her memory had returned and she could recall what happened.
She said she met an Australian man while drinking in a Rotorua bar but she could not give any identifying details about him.
Butters said that as she left the bar with the man she suddenly became unwell and started to hallucinate.
She attributed the strange colours and visions she experienced to a spiked drink. Butters said she went with the man to the Rotorua Lakefront and after she rejected his sexual advances he left.
She claimed she lost consciousness before waking up and finding a man going through her handbag. When she asked him what he was doing he sexually assaulted and raped her. She said it was not the Australian man she had gone to the lake with but described her attacker as a Maori man in his 20s whom she didn't know.
Three senior police officers were assigned to investigate the complaint and spent 114 hours on the investigation before determining the complaint was false.
When police visited Butters on December 2 she told them she had made up the complaint but would not say why.
A reparation order for $6242.48 was sought - the cost incurred for the medical examination and the amount of police time involved. Judge Phillip Cooper has suppressed other details of the case after an application by Butters' lawyer, Brian Foote.
Butters has been remanded for police diversion to be considered and will be sentenced on May 14.
Upon entering the Promised Land and encountering five well-entrenched kings, God told Israel, '...Do not be...dismayed...' (v25 NKJV). The word 'dismayed' implies being 'torn down by fear' and 'falling apart'.
Today Satan wants to tear you down by robbing you of your peace, your joy and your confidence. He will keep pouring on the pressure in the hope that you will fall apart. That's why God told Joshua to bring each king out of the cave and deal with him decisively by standing on his neck and then hanging him on a tree. Satan often works through our five senses but God has given us a sixth sense: faith. The Bible says, 'We walk by faith, not by sight' (2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV). Faith says, 'In spite of what I see, in spite of what I hear, in spite of what I feel, in spite of what I taste, in spite of what I smell, I believe everything's going to be all right because God is with me.' Your senses, which are susceptible to all that's going on around you, can be faith-killers. And unless you put them under your foot they will steal your dream, your confidence and everything else God has promised you.
Emotions are problem-driven, but faith is purpose-driven. If you allow your emotions to rule your life you will be up one minute and down the next. You say, 'But I thought life is supposed to be an up and down experience.' No, God's plan for you is to get down on your knees to pray, then get up in faith and do what He's told you to do.
When Israel entered the Promised Land there were five kings with armies determined to stop them. But God helped Joshua to defeat them and all five kings ran and hid in a cave. So Joshua told his soldiers to bring them out and put their foot on each of their necks. That day God's Word to His people was: '...Be strong and of good courage, for thus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight' (v25 NKJV).
What a promise! Are the forces of fear trying to take up residence in your mind today? Are they causing you to think the worst instead of believing God for the best? Are they telling you that you're unworthy to receive what He has promised, that you'll never fulfil the destiny God has in mind for you? With God, your victory is assured, but you have a part to play in it. You must go into that dark cave, bring each king out, place your foot on their neck and put them to death.
These five kings represent your five natural senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching, and God doesn't want you to live according to their dictates. Your senses are susceptible to every negative thing going on around you, but your faith can lift you above it and give you victory. But you can't just sit down and do nothing. Your passivity gives them the right to rule you. They have no power over you, except the power you give them. So put your foot down!
"She still tries to grab me in her sleep when I sneak out of bed at night which I think is a good sign. Never had that before!" Parore said.
A former circus elephant who fatally crushed its keeper yesterday lived most of its life in a small trailer and had "psychological damage,'' says an animal rights group.
The group that campaigned for 20 years to have Mila, formerly called Jumbo, released from the circus succeeded three years ago.
Director of Save Animals from Exploitation (SAFE) Hans Kriek worked closely with Mila, and said he had also worked with Helen Schofield, who died yesterday, to find a better home for the elephant.
Jumbo, now Mila, had been owned by New Zealand circus owner Tony Ratcliffe but had been sold to Loritz circus which had plans to build an enclosure for her.
Loritz circus relinquished responsibility for Mila and signed her over to the SPCA, after which she was transferred to Franklin Zoo as a temporary home.
Mr Ratcliffe told Radio New Zealand today he was the only person who knew how to handle Mila, and Franklin zoo had been ignorant of the elephant's capabilities.
"I am the last line of true elephant handlers - I doubt if Auckland zoo will be able to handle this situation. Their elephant handlers are not equipped to handle an elephant like this,'' he said.
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Ryan and Keri Topperwien have made the heartbreaking decision to bring their little boy home from London, cutting short the expensive drug trial they hoped would save his life.Three-year-old Chace has been battling a rare and aggressive form of leukaemia for more than a year and last month his parents flew to England to get him into the promising trial they prayed would keep him alive long enough for a second bone marrow transplant.But this week, Chace's pain increased so dramatically that his pain medication was quadrupled, and doctors told the Hamilton couple the cancer was progressing.Mr Topperwien said doctors recommended the couple bring their son home during a window of opportunity, before the acute myeloid leukaemia leaves him too sick to make the 24-hour flight."His pain has escalated quite a lot over the last four days," Mr Topperwien said. "It looks like the disease is progressing faster than we were hoping."He said it would be at least a month before they knew the results of the first 72-hour infusion of the drug Chace received last week.By then it could be too late to bring the boy back to New Zealand."He might not even last a month. We just don't want to get stuck over here."However, the couple remained hopeful that the drug, which inhibits the growth of cancer cells, could still work a miracle."Our goal at the moment is just to get home and if we're allowed we're going to carry on doing the blood tests they need for the drug trial."If Chace reaches the targets set by the trial doctors, including that his bone marrow gets down to 25 per cent leukaemic from the 90 per cent it is now, then the Topperwiens plan to fly back to continue the trial."If we're allowed. That's what our goal is. They [doctors] said it's not very likely but we can only ask."However, yesterday the family were still trying to get permission from the airline to make the flight home after their British doctor suggested Chace would need oxygen to travel, despite the fact that he had not needed it at any of stage of his illness.Mr Topperwien was still up after midnight (UK time) trying to sort the situation out so they could get on an afternoon flight today.The couple and Chace would fly home with Mr Topperwien's father, Rod, who had been visiting the family.Meanwhile, fundraising to help the family pay for the trial, which could cost $440,000 if all four rounds of the drug are used, continues despite the setback.Last month, wealthy expatriates Eric Watson and Owen Glenn donated $25,000 each to the cause and urged other well-off members of New Zealand's business community to do the same.This week, three of Mr Watson's colleagues donated a total of $10,000.Mrs Topperwien said the support they had received from both New Zealand and London had been the extra momentum the family needed to get through the past month."We will carry our boy onto the plane knowing that we have tried our absolute best, that we were terrified of coming over here, but came anyway," she said."Chace has taught us many things, to never give up being at the top of the list. We haven't, and we never will."
The name of a Tauranga man accused of setting up an internet dating profile in his ex-partner's name, claiming she was available for sexual liaisons, can now be revealed.
Name suppression has lapsed for sales manager Carl Sisson, 46, of Bethlehem, who has denied one charge each of breach of a protection order and forgery.
Sisson was further remanded on bail when he appeared in Tauranga District Court yesterday for a judicial intervention hearing.
He was due to be committed to trial next week. Police allege that on January 26 Sisson accessed the internet website NZDating.com and created a profile in the name of the complainant, which advertised her as someone seeking "lots of males" for sexual meetings in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.
It is alleged that as soon as the created profile went active with the woman's cellphone she began receiving calls from unknown men. Some of the calls were received while she was at work.
Police allege their inquiries with NZDating.com and Telecom established that the source of the profile was able to be traced back to Sisson's unique internet protocol address.
Every computer or device connected to the internet is assigned a unique identifying number known as an internet Protocol (IP) address and communications are traceable
1.Choose a personal theme tune early on and stick with it. This is extremely useful for the cinematic enhancement of dramatic life moments such as break-ups, anniversaries and celebrations. It will also provide comfort during time spent on runways waiting for Easy Jet flights to take off (approx. 98 hours in the average lifetime), childbirth and terrible sex. My theme tune for example, is Saturday Night Fever and when my daughters were born, there was only wah-wah guitar in my head. That and the vision John Travolta’s white nylon-clad buttocks. But that’s Pethidine for you.
2. Enjoy those perky nugga nuggas. One day you will be able to tune into Radio 4 with them.
3. Laugh often. Some day this will be accompanied by small amounts of wee.
4. Whereas I could floss my teeth with your underwear, you could raise a small family of baboons in mine.
5. When you kiss someone, kiss them like you could die. Abandon all reason, climb inside the moment heart and soul, surrender to love and all its possibilites, and then steal their wallet. (I have found that being a combination of Jane Eyre and the Artful Dodger is practically irresistible to men).
6. The same boy who is currently breaking your heart will one day be capable only of breaking wind. One day, he will be an unemployed security guard living in Leighton Buzzard with a wife he hates. One day, his hairline will receed. And also his gums. (N.B. Any similarity to persons living or dead is purely coincidental).
7. You are rubbish at sex and will be until you are at least 30.
8. When (if) you say, “I do”, it is perfectly normal to have an evil genius voice inside your head going, “Hehehe… or do I?”
9. The intangible feeling that you should either be doing something else, be somewhere else, living a different life or that you’ve forgotten something important, never, ever goes away.
10. It is still a man’s world.
11. Karaoke is a cure-all for all ailments for all women. There is, in fact, an underground insurgency taking place in karaoke bars around the world vis-a-vis the above fact of it being a man’s world. Fuck burning your bra. Wear a good one with decent support and SING SISTER SING!
12. If you decide to mother, do it unconditionally and with complete abandon. Thinking you can still do anything else leads to utter despair and an addiction to Jaffa Cakes
13. Also, if you decide to mother, during pregnancy, sandpaper your nipples daily. No one advises this but it is a genius idea and prepares you for the reality of breast feeding.
14. In mid-life, inexplicably, one armpit will start to smell worse than the other. (Or is that just me?)
15. Some day, you will really understand what sisterhood is all about and it will save you. Now sisterhood is all, “Can I borrow your Top Shop jeans,” and “Will you hold my hair back while I chunder up this WKD?” but one day, you will find solace in another woman’s empathic smile as you wipe baby sick off your jacket. You will love beyond measure those girlfriends who drag you out to celebrate your divorce. Sisterhood will save you when the blokes all start popping off earlier than us tough old birds. When we stop being in competition with each other and judging one another’s mothering/parenting/looks/size/shape/choices, women are awesome.
16. Whatever your age, if you have music in your bones, nothing will be as joyful as standing in a muddy field at sunset when the bass kicks in.
17. When you are a teenager, there’s a lot of hassle about best friends, boyfriends, bitchy friends, twitchy friends, new friends, old friends. In middle-age the only friend you need is good lighting.
18. That old saying about being a ‘Wise Woman’ in later years is actually a misreading of the term ‘Pies Woman’ which is what you become after you stop giving a damn what boys think.
19. Because I was born with all my eggs, as all women are, it means that when I was in my mum’s belly, you were there too. Remember your maternal grandmother’s story and pass it on. It matters.
20. One day you will look in the mirror and see me.
~ By Sara Bran
|21. If you decide to mother - cherish every moment of it because they don't stay squirrels forever.|
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Read these three Scriptures carefully: '...He shall reward every man according to his works' (Matthew 16:27 KJV); '...You will have treasure in Heaven...' (Matthew 19:21 NIV); '...You will be repaid at the resurrection...' (Luke 14:14 NIV).
God is keeping track of what you do for Him each day. You have more to gain by serving the Lord than you ever imagined. Yes, He will bless and reward you in this life, but nothing by comparison to what awaits you in the next one. When you know that, simple decisions such as how you spend your time, your money and your energy suddenly become opportunities with great promise. Once you understand that, you begin to live with an unshakable certainty that everything you do today - matters forever. And that truth can change your life for the better! Jesus said: 'Blessed are you when men hate you...exclude you...and reject your name as evil...Rejoice in that day and leap for joy...' (Luke 6:22-23 NIV).
Now Jesus didn't mean that when you're mistreated on His behalf, you'll be so happy you'll want to dance an Irish jig. No, He said, 'Great is your reward in Heaven.' Those six words reveal why you can rejoice in the worst of circumstances. You see, there's a direct connection between something you do for God on earth, and something 'great' He's going to do for you in Heaven. Jesus isn't asking you to enjoy misery on His behalf; that's masochism. He's saying that your rewards in Heaven, for certain actions on earth, will be so wonderful that simply knowing they're coming can transform how you live now. It can actually create spontaneous outbursts of joy!
The Bible says: 'Elisha returned to Gilgal, and there was a famine in the land. Now the sons of the prophets were sitting before him; and he said to his servant, "Put on the large pot, and boil stew...". So one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered from it a lapful of wild gourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, though they did not know what they were. Then they served it to the men to eat. Now it happened, as they were eating the stew, that they cried out and said, "Man of God, there is death in the pot!" And they could not eat it. So he said, "Then bring some flour." And he put it into the pot, and said, "Serve it to the people, that they may eat." And there was nothing harmful in the pot' (vv38-41 NKJV).
Notice what they threw into the pot to counteract the poison: 'flour' which represents God's Word, 'the bread of life.' Instead of letting your disappointments make you sour, reach for the Scriptures. Instead of letting resentment infect your attitude, turn to the Bible and let God show you how to deal with it. Don't let bad experiences leave a bad taste in your mouth. Who was threatened that day? 'The sons of the prophets' - those with great potential, those God planned to use.
How can you keep your heart right and your future protected? Jesus answers, '[Now] you are already clean because of the Word which I have spoken to you' (John 15:3 NKJV).
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New Zealand can afford to pay for 12 months paid parental leave.
Do you have a compulsive need to find a solution to every problem, and to control everything? Do you always have a back-up plan in case things don't go the way you think they should? Have you noticed that the more you try to 'fix' things, the more anxiety you experience?
The Bible says, 'The mind of the flesh [sense and reason] is death...But the mind of the...Spirit is life...' (Romans 8:6 AMP). 'Fixing' is the opposite of 'trusting.' Now God doesn't want you to be mindless or helpless, He just wants you to live by faith, not head knowledge. When you learn to trust God and operate in 'the mind of the Spirit,' you experience peace even when you're surrounded by tough circumstances. One of the pitfalls of human reasoning is that it causes you to become double-minded and stuck: 'A man of two minds [is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything.'
What frame of mind do you live in? Instead of always trying to figure everything out, learn to be comfortable not knowing and trust the One who does. Decide that each time you feel anxious you'll stop and pray: 'Lord, I'm not going to try to figure this out myself, I'm bringing it to You, trusting You for the answer.' When you stop struggling with the whens, wheres, whys and hows, you start experiencing God's peace in a way you never have before. You also put yourself in a position where God can intervene on your behalf. So stop trying to control everything.
"MEET THE COCKERS"
This time un-scripted - pure reality; first of it's kind in New Zealand... life as newly weds - NZ's risque; a mother, ex industry girl trying to fit into society while career searching, including relationship with typical kiwi country boy Drew Cocker. The reality show would include past, current, drama, family turmoil, court, extravort, scandal-etc.
2 weeks later..
According to the Stuff Entertainment website, NZ is set to get its very own version of hit US TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians with Sally Ridge & daughter Jaime (Sonny Bill Williams ex-flavour-of-the-month) set to star in their very own reality show.
4 the record Lisa and her mum R also very close knit.
Lisa has now determined that NZ's appetite for TV Reality is NZ's replica of The Kardashian's, & understanding that society is maybe not ready 4 some1 like Lisa back on their TV screens again (after Naked News - but this time as a wife with clothes on!) Lisa has also done her own 20/20 interview, Outrageous Fortune, Jonos Show, Nightline with Drew and with the profile life experience could have her & Drew's reality show create enough interest.
Lisa & Drew are marketing off the original script 2 the original TVshow idea "Lisa loves Cocker" 2 the most curious bidder.
Opinions in the Q's are most welcome; Drew & Lisa will answer every Q with their view 2 follow
The days of the wallet may be numbered as consumers and retailers look ahead to a new era of the "virtual wallet".
Paymark, which processes the bulk of New Zealand's electronic card payments, has joined forces with telecommunication companies to set up a system whereby people need only their mobile phones to make purchases, collect loyalty points and access public transport.
Cards kept in a wallet can be replaced by applications securely stored in the virtual wallet on the mobile phone.
At checkout, customers will be able to pay by holding their mobile phone within a couple of centimetres of the adapted payment terminal. The phone communicates with the terminal to complete the transaction, and banking information is transmitted.
New Zealand Retailers Association chief executive John Albertson said it was great to see New Zealand catching up with other countries by launching its own scheme.
"Certainly I can see a day where a significant portion of the market will be operating with the phone being a base for transactions," Mr Albertson said.
"It's one of those moves that's going to probably take time for all parties to really appreciate benefits. The early adopters are probably going to be the younger generation, who are... certainly happier working everything off their phone.
" Low-value transactions could be "just a pass of the phone over the terminal". But for higher-value transactions, there would need to be security measures such as a PIN number, Mr Albertson said.
Paymark chief executive Simon Tong said his company's collaboration on the new system with Vodafone, 2degrees and Telecom would focus on providing a product that was available to all and safe to use.
A trial is expected soon, with the goal being to have it in stores late next year.
2degrees chief executive Eric Hertz said: "Over the past decade, our mobile phone has swallowed our newspaper, our map and our camera to become an essential all-in-one device. The logical next step is to make it even more convenient by having it swallow our wallet, and making it the only thing you need to grab when you leave the house in the morning".
When it comes to bitterness, here are two things you need to keep in mind:
First, it is contagious. You are a part of the body of Christ. So what happens to you, and in you, affects those you are connected to, both positively and negatively. The Bible says, 'If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it' (1 Corinthians 12:26 NIV). A snake bite doesn't just affect the body part that gets bitten; the venom spreads through the entire system. 'See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many' (Hebrews 12:15 NIV). Don't get upset and leave the church God has placed you in. You need them and they need you. By overcoming bitterness you spread God's blessing to others.
Secondly, it can be overcome. Here's how: (a) Acknowledge and admit it. (b) Don't rehearse it in your mind or recite it to others. (c) Repent and renounce any attitude that's not Christ-like. (d) Ask God to give you self-control, then submit to His leadership. (e) Don't infect others and don't let them infect you. (f) Without waiting for admissions or apologies, verbalise to yourself, God and a trusted friend, your decision to forgive all wrongs against you. 'Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you' (Ephesians 4:32 NIV). This will set you free to enjoy your relationship with God, yourself, and others. (g) Look for practical ways to 'be kind...[and] tenderhearted' toward those who hurt you (Ephesians 4:32 NKJV).
There's a legend about a soldier being court-martialled before Alexander the Great. Believing the verdict was unjust, the soldier asked to appeal it. The conqueror informed him that there was no one higher to whom he could plead his case. 'In that case,' the soldier replied, 'I appeal my case from Alexander the Small to Alexander the Great.' In each of us there is a lesser self and a greater self struggling for supremacy. Your lesser self says, 'Not enough people believe in me. I'll never make it.' Your greater self says, 'My faith in God and in myself is enough; I can make it.' Your lesser self says, 'It's taking too long to realise my dream.' Your greater self says, 'Dreams are realised one day at a time.' Your lesser self says, 'Enough is enough! I've taken too many hits.' Your greater self says, 'I've come too far to give up now.' Your lesser self says, 'I don't have the strength to hold on to my dream.' Your greater self says, 'Hold on a little longer; the darkest hour is just before the dawn.' After speaking about being shipwrecked, stoned, imprisoned, betrayed, hungry, thirsty, sleepless, cold and naked, Paul, who was resolute in his purpose and relentless in the pursuit of it, writes: 'Who is weak, and I am not weak...' (2 Corinthians 11:29 NKJV).
Where does that kind of strength and tenacity come from? God! The assignment God gives you will never be greater than the grace He provides. So draw on His strength, keep pressing ahead, pursue your goal and you will prevail.
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One of the great themes of the Bible is - perseverance. Paul, who refused to quit, wrote: 'Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, 'The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.' Are you merely a starter, or are you also a finisher? When the enthusiasm for a new idea fades, when the odds against you increase and the results diminish, when it looks as if success is impossible, you must keep forging ahead. Admiral Robert Peary attempted to reach the North Pole seven times before he finally succeeded. Oscar Hammerstein produced five shows on Broadway that were flops before staging Oklahoma, which was seen by almost five million people during a record-breaking run of 2,212 performances. Quitting is more about who you are, than where you are or what you're up against. We all have our excuses. The truth is, external things don't stop us; it's what happens to us on the inside! Most of us stop ourselves from reaching our potential. We can pretend that people, things and situations outside of ourselves are to blame, but in reality most failures are just the result of a lack of bulldog-like tenacity.
Leonardo da Vinci said, 'Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star, does not change his mind.' You must have a mindset to tenaciously pursue your dream. The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying. There is no insurmountable barrier, except your own inherent lack of purpose and persistence.