17:24 Robert Dear (57) allegedly opened fire at a Colorado Springs abortion clinic. At least 3 dead. Shooter's family have expressed support for his actions

17:18 Police hunting 3 men after Sth Auckland stabbing last night. 27yr old man in hospital with serious injuries after assault, near Saloon Bar Pukekohe.

17:15 Another fire, Havelock in Marlborough. Choppers from Waikakaho blaze sent to Cullens Point. Fire started after a seagull hit a power line.

17:13 A 64 year old man killed when his ultralight plane came down shortly after taking off from an air strip near Townsville in Queensland this morning.

16:59 One person is in a critical condition and one is seriously injured after a tree fell on a van in Arthur's Pass today.

Fri, 18 May 2012

Christchurch Mother of 12 upset by public reaction

Michael Laws speaks to Olivia Carville, journalist from The Christchurch Press about the story of Shanita Araipu and her family. The single mother used to reside in a house nextdoor to murdered Jason Somerville. Shanita's family home burnt down in 2009 and they lost their second house to the February 2011 earthquake. Her story generated a wave of response yesterday, though most comments were about the number of children Shanita has, rather than her housing situation. She is due to meet with a ministry official today after the Ministry of Maori Affairs stepped in to help her situation. 18th May 2012

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