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Bridge pushed to fail
A University of Canterbury test
will push a prefabricated bridge
to failure point on campus as
part of a testing programme to
assess the seismic resistance
of bridges used on New Zealand
highways. The bridge is being
made to half-scale and
represents a typical 30m-long
highway bridge. It will be weight-
tested. Prefabricated bridges
have been used in seismically
stable areas but haven't been
commonly used in areas of high
seismic activity. The university
test will be a world first, tracking
how the structure performs
under seismic pressure.
ACC details stolen
The burglary of an ACC staff
member's home has resulted in
the leak of dozens of
Christchurch clients' personal
details. The home had been
broken into on August 3 and a
notebook with details of about
35 clients was taken.
The notebook was kept by the
staff member as an ''aide-
memoire'' for when she worked
out of Christchurch. The
notebook includes claim
numbers, accident details,
dates of birth and bank account
numbers. All of the staff
member's ACC clients had been
Community justice working
Changing lives: Senior Sergeant Roy Appley has led the community justice initiative for two years.
MORE THAN 80 per cent of all
offenders dealt with by the city's
community justice panels have
not offended again, new figures
The three-person panels have
been sitting at Nga Hau e Wha
marae and more recently, Riccar-
Canterbury District Victims
manager Senior Sergeant Roy
Appley said the problem-solving
approach taken by the panels pro-
vided a real'' opportunity to
Close to 200 offenders have sat
before the panels.
The offenders' honesty is one
reason for its success,'' he said.
From my 28 years in the police
this is one of the most worthwhile
things I've been involved in.''
His comments are in the latest
issue of Police Ten One magazine.
Mr Appley has led the initiative
for the last two years, first as a
pilot programme, more recently as
part of the Alternative Resolu-
tions workstream under Policing
The success rate has climbed as
the process becomes more refined.
Mr Appley selects cases for the
panels which are most appropri-
ate from a risk management per-
spective -- typically lower level
offences like shoplifting, minor
assaults and disorderly behav-
The offender must also admit
the wrong-doing. He then sits to
one side and a panel takes over,
drawn each week from a pool of 45
They ask the offender how they
came to commit the crime.
Time and again, I'm amazed by
what's disclosed,'' Mr Appley said.
The panel then devises a sanc-
tion which focuses on redressing
the harm and solving the problem.
This could include paying repar-
ation, writing a letter of apology
or taking a course of study.
Victims are involved in the pro-
cess as much as possible.
The possible sanctions are
unlimited. They are all geared
around what drives the offending
and what will stop it happening
Mentoring is often a component.
This can go on for weeks or
months after the initial hearing,''
Mr Appley said. The people we're
seeing need help to make sus-
tained change. All of us rely on
getting good, consistent messages
over time to do that.''
Other agencies, such as Hous-
ing New Zealand, Child, Youth
and Family, and Work and
Income are often part of the sol-
With five cases heard during
each four-hour panel sitting, the
process was as efficient as it was
effective, he said.
What I like about it is the real
opportunity to change lives.''
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