Bill Burr - Le Comédien

Before this Bio begins, I would like to say “What’s up!” to all the morning DJs glancing at this page while I sit across from you, pretending to be down to Earth.

I was born a freckled child in a land far away during a much simpler time. I did well in school until it counted.

As a freshman in High School I had dreams of going to Notre Dame and becoming a lawyer. By the time I was sophomore I was taking shop class and was considering getting into construction.
I ended up working in warehousing and unloading trucks. Other than stand up, that job was the most fun I ever had.

I am now a stand up comedian. I do a couple hundred shows a year. And I enjoy the travel.

I’ve done four hour-long stand-up specials: “Why Do I Do This”, “Let It Go”, “You People Are All The Same” and “I’m Sorry You Feel That Way.” I am currently on the road “writing” my next hour.

I host a podcast each week called The Monday Morning Podcast. I have an upcoming animated series on Netflix called: ‘F’ Is For Family.’ Occasionally I act in movies but only when they let me.

That’s it. Go fuck yourself.

$8 million Lotto winner comes forward!

A lucky punter has contacted the Lotteries Commission to claim Saturday's $8.1 million Powerball jackpot.

Unichem Stortford Lodge Pharmacy, in Hastings, sold the winning Powerball ticket in Saturday's draw.

Staff member Nan Woodham said the Lotteries Commission had called the shop manager to say a winner had been in touch.

"We don't have any idea who the winner is, but we really hope it's one of our regulars," Woodham said.

A spokesperson for the Lotteries Commission said while someone had claimed the ticket, until they had seen it they could not confirm whether a winner had been found.

The Hastings store has long held the crown as the luckiest Lotto store in the country, selling more first division-winning tickets than any other.

The latest prize was made up of $8 million in Powerball winnings plus an extra $166,667 – the ticket's one-sixth share of a $1 million first division prize.

Five other Lotto players from Waipapa, Auckland, Lower Hutt and Ashburton won $166,667 with Lotto First Division.

The tickets were sold at Waipapa Dairy, Flatbush Superette in Auckland, Amigo's Dairy, Stationery and Lotto in Auckland, Moera Corner Dairy and Lotto in Lower Hutt, and New World Ashburton.

After Strike Four was not struck on Saturday, it had jackpotted to $800,000 and would be won next weekend.

It was the ninth time this year that a Lotto player has scooped the top Powerball prize.

Interesting facts about the globe on which we live!

Our world is a pretty miraculous place that holds all of human life. However, there are some some things about our planet that most people don’t know – things that will change your your entire perspective on our planet. Enjoy these 21 mind blowing facts and gorgeous pictures of our plane :

The earth ISN’T round
What they taught you in school is wrong: the Earth isn’t round. Centrifugal force pushes outwards at Earth’s equator giving it a slight waistline. Looks like Columbus was correct! 

We are moving pretty darn fast.
Standing on the equator (you can go stand in a rain forest in Ecuador and you will be there), you would be spinning around Earth’s center at 1,000 miles per hour. At the poles, however, you would be standing still and turning in a circle. Isn’t it great to think that we are always going for a ride?

It can get rather HOT!
Even though we are in the middle of Global Warming the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth’s surface was actually in 1922 – it was 136 degrees F or 57.8 degrees C in El Azizia, Libya. 

And Cold!
The coldest spot that there ever was in the world was Antarctica’s Vostok Station that recorded a bone chilling -128.6 degrees fahrenheit (minus 89.2 degrees C). Let’s hope they all had their coats on!

Gravitational Querks
Gravity is not distributed equally amongst the entire planet. Yes, you read that right – you can’t use that number for gravity in all places. Places like Hudson Bay in Canada actually have less gravity than other regions of the globe because of the amount of mass on that particular spot.

Earthquakes are oresome....
Although earthquakes are no fun, they are not the only quakes that affect the earth. Moon quakes can actually make a difference in the tides. They actually occur because our earth sits on plates that are constantly moving around and adjusting.

Celebrity pics we just know were photo shopped!

Justin Bieber's Titties....There is so much buzz about Bieber’s recent Calvin Klein ads. A lot of people criticized it for being outrageously edited, but the Canadian pop superstar insists that not a single bit of his photos were Photoshopped, and to prove his point, he shared on Instagram a shirtless selfie. We will let you judge if the Canadian headcase is telling the truth or not.

Demi Lovato's Curves of sex! If there is one celebrity star with the passion for women empowerment and loving one’s curves, that would definitely be Demi Lovato; however, Cosmo appeared to have magically transformed Lovato into a typical star obsessed with being scraggly and skinny. Apparently, the fans were all fuming mad.

Kate Winslet / Kate Moss.....“The retouching is excessive. I do not look like that, and, more importantly, I do not desire to look like that.” That was everything Winslet had to say after her 2003 cover was released. True enough, the retouching was excessive with the Oscar winner having a super slim body and thin legs.

Lindsay Lohan...After posting a Photoshopped image of her underwear selfie, Lilo received raging criticisms and comments from the social media. It’s rather unsurprising, actually. The former Disney star has made her own self the center of ridicule after seemingly boasting her super slim body, when everyone knows that it is a glaring deception.

$1 million drug seizure on Cook Strait ferry!

A man has been arrested in Picton this morning allegedly in possession of $1 million worth of methamphetamine after crossing the Cook Strait on a passenger ferry.

The vehicle was stopped by the Tasman District's armed offenders squad as it left the ferry terminal shortly after midnight.

Police say that around 1kg of methamphetamine was found in the vehicle.

Later in the morning, police raided a suspected gang house in the Christchurch suburb of Papanui.

The raid was conducted "without incident" but armed police remain at the scene while a search of the property is completed, said Detective Inspector Stu Graham of Organised and Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ).

A 22-year-old man is due to appear at Blenheim District Court today charged with possession for supply of methamphetamine.

Police inquiries are continuing.

"New Zealand Police are committed to interrupting the supply of illegal drugs in New Zealand and preventing the social harm this illegal activity supports," Mr Graham said.

Foods You Should NOT Be Chomping On!

Top 5 foods to NOT eat to avoid belly fat
Here's the ultimate "perp walk" when it comes to belly-busting foods.

Soda - Soda pop is pure liquid calories. A single super-sized drink, the kind you can get from a convenience store, packs as much pure sugar as an entire chocolate cake. Worse still, the sugar in most sodas is in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, an artificial form of sugar that has undergone a chemical process to enhance its level of sweetness. In a study reported by SCIENCE Natural News, rats were fed either high-fructose corn syrup or plain sucrose as part of their diet. It was found that the corn syrup-fed rats not only gained more weight but also had a significant increase in abdominal weight gain. Move over beer belly! Soda belly may be taking your place.

White bread - White bread is made from highly processed white flour. Nearly all the vitamins, minerals and fiber found in whole grains have been completely removed. The result is a carbohydrate that is quickly processed by your body, causing your blood sugar and insulin to spike, and then drop. This process, if repeated often enough, can lead to obesity, pancreatic fatigue, type 2 diabetes and increased belly fat.
Alcohol - Alcohol is simply highly refined sugar. And, while some studies show that moderate drinking can be good for your health, the sugar in alcohol is processed by your body in the same way that it processes all refined sugars and, in the process, increases your blood glucose levels. This, just as with refined sugars, can adversely affect your weight, your pancreas and your waistline.
French fries - People think of French fries as starchy, because they're made with potatoes, and high-calorie, because they're fried in oil, but when it comes to avoiding belly fat, it's not the starch or calories that are the problem. The problem is that most of the French fries served by restaurants and fast food outlets are fried in hydrogenated trans fats -- chemically altered vegetable oils. Trans fats have long been known for their negative impact on our health, including an increased risk of heart disease. But a 2007 study reported by the National Institutes of Health, which measured how monkeys responded to fat in their diets, has conclusively linked trans fats and belly fat. It was found that the monkeys who consumed trans fats -- as opposed to healthy, monounsaturated fats like those found in olive oil -- not only gained more weight than the animals eating the healthier fats but also gained that weight around their middle sections. The trans fat-fed monkeys even gained weight when they were not consuming too many overall calories! Trans fats, found in many processed foods other than French fries, should always be avoided.
Hamburgers - Because it's usually made with ground beef and processed cheese, the all-American hamburger is sky high in saturated animal fats. Saturated fats have been linked to heart disease, arthritis, many types of cancer and type 2 diabetes. A diet high in saturated fat not only contributes to weight gain but also contributes specifically to abdominal weight gain. A study published by the American Diabetes Association showed that participants who consumed extra calories in the form of saturated fats gained more weight in the abdominal area than participants who received those extra calories in the form of healthy fats. The take away? Skip the burgers at you next barbeque, and serve skinless chicken breasts or broiled fish and veggies instead.

Bad exercises to do if you're over 40

Surprisingly, not all exercises are good for you. In fact, recent studies have discovered that exercises once considered to be an effective way to trim belly fat, get lean & fit and look younger... have now been shown to cause middle-age belly fat, loss of lean toned muscle and inflammation that causes you to age faster.

Did you know that after the age of 35 your body hormonally changes and you start to gain weight easier… especially around your stomach area? Not only that, you also begin to lose lean muscle tone, making you weaker and flabbier?

And did you know that doing MORE only makes things worse?  By that I mean exercising more than you are now and being even more strict with your diet… only adds to your frustrations!

The reason for all this can be blamed on your diminishing levels of youth-enhancing hormones… particularly growth hormones.  And unfortunately it’s largely a natural process that occurs as you age.

A gradual and progressive hormonal decline that usually begins around middle age and continues insidiously for the rest of your life, which is why it’s sometimes referred to as the “middle-age spread”.

And some of the most annoying symptoms of the middle-age spread is an increase in belly fat and the loss of lean muscle tone that results in a dumpy, shapeless middle-age body.  It’s no coincidence that most people over 40 stop wearing form fitting clothes.

And to top it off, it doesn’t help that life gets busier as you get older as well.  Between family and work, most people don’t have time to do anything else, let alone take care of themselves.  An over worked and over stressed life is another big culprit that adds even more pounds to your already compromised aging body.

Now you may not be able to stop aging …yet, but you CAN slow the aging process and actually REVERSE the effects of the middle-age spread.  And I’m not talking about having to take anti-aging pills or hormone supplements.  Nope.  It’s much safer and more effective.

Research has discovered that your body has the ability to re-stimulate lagging youth-enhancing hormones naturally.

And it all begins with these 3 key principles you must apply in order to regain control of your body’s accelerated aging process and stop the middle-age spread dead in it’s tracks.

Now I need to warn you… what you’re about to read is probably going to go against all of the exercise and diet advice you’ve been told, but that’s because very few people actually know how to effectively re-activate hormones responsible for stopping and reversing the effects of the middle-age spread.

These next steps will reveal the 3 things you MUST AVOID if you want to burn off unwanted age-related stomach fat, regain lost muscle tone and get your lean, fit and youthful body back.

Chronic cardio increases belly fat and speeds aging.
Too many people think that cardio is the answer to everything related to weight-loss and fat-loss.  But current studies prove otherwise… doing conventional long cardio overtaxes your body and increases the production of stress hormone “cortisol”, which causes you to gain belly fat.

Studies have also found that doing long frequent cardio sessions break down your lean muscles and increase the production of free radicals.  Free radicals are nasty little molecules that damage cells in your body and cause chronic inflammation that accelerates aging and lead to serious diseases.

So if you’ve been pounding away on a treadmill, cranking away on a stationary bike or slaving away on some other cardio machine… you need to STOP.  There’s a much better way….

In a minute, I’ll show you the most effective way to burn off stubborn stomach fat, without experiencing any of the negative side effects of conventional cardio.

New Zealand Methamphetamine problem in Christchurch...

There are fears that methamphetamine use could be on the rise, with a "new wave" of users growing up around the drug.

Dr Chris Wilkins from Massey University says research he has carried out shows usage of the drug may have increased in the regions and in Christchurch, with the majority of the drug still being produced in the upper half of the North Island.

The Christchurch rebuild has produced a "perfect storm" for meth use to grow, he says.

"There's this large influx of young men who are earning good money, they've got a lot of time on their hands, often international workers, so that's really creating a bit of a honey pot in terms of demand for meth and other drugs as well," Dr Wilkins told the Paul Henry programme this morning.

Despite the Government clamping down on the drug in 2009 with its Methamphetamine Action Plan,  Australia is battling higher use of or it is crystal methamphetamine, meaning a flow-on effect to New Zealand is unsurprising, says Dr Wilkins.

"That plan had some really good outcomes. We got higher prices for methamphetamine, which makes a difference, there was greater access to treatment and lot of the treatment for it and they were getting a lot of older users now going in to treatment and there's more treatment in prisons which is all really good initiatives. But inevitably the market adapts and responds to the kinds of programmes we've got in place."

Apart from Christchurch, much of the use of the drug occurs in Auckland and Whangarei, which "have always been really big centres for methamphetamine", with most of the drug being produced in the upper half of the North Island.

Most concerning is what Dr Wilkins calls the "new wave" of younger users turning to the drug.

"These have always been really big centres for methamphetamine so methamphetamine manufacture has been concentrated in the upper half of the North Island.

"We've already gone through a generational shift, all the people that used meth in the early 2000s have now moved on to some extent. But are we getting the next generation through, and I think that's what we've really got to keep an eye on." v

Dr Wilkins says a broad-range approach is needed to fight drug use, including communities making it clear that its use is not socially acceptable, educating people about its health risks and reducing the barriers and stigma attached to getting treatment.

Smoking , good for you? Probably not.

Jeanne Calment, the French doyenne believed to be oldest person in the world when she died at the extreme age of 122, was known for three things: her quick wit, her fondness for bicycling around the small city where she grew up - and the fact that she was a daily smoker.

Before her death in 1997, Calment was often asked the secret to her good health. She would respond with a laugh and describe how she would frequently consume two pounds (900 grams) of chocolate a week, drank generous amounts of port wine and became a smoker at age 21.

At a time when public health messages emphasise just how important it is to carefully balance diets and fitness regimes in order to live long lives, Calment is a reminder of that no matter what we do there may always be a part of our health that is beyond our control.

In an intriguing study published this week, researchers delved into the genetic makeup of long-lived smokers like Calment and found that their survival may be due to an innate resilience they were born with.

Morgan Levine, a post-doctoral fellow in human genetics and biostatistics at the University of California-Los Angeles, and Eileen Crimmins, a gerontology professor at the University of Southern California, discovered a set of genetic markers in these smokers that they believe may allow them to better withstand and mitigate environmental damage from stressors.

Smoking is known to be one of the worst things you can do to your body, with drastic consequences on life span and the progression of disease. On average, smokers' life expectancy is 10 years less than non-smokers. The long-lived smokers are the exception and the researchers said that their findings suggest they may be a "biologically distinct group" that is endowed with genetic variants that allow them to respond differently to exposure.

"There is evidence that these genes may facilitate lifespan extension by increasing cellular maintenance and repair," Levine said.

The study, which was published Wednesday in the Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences & Medical Sciences, involved participants of the longitudinal Health and Retirement Study in the United States. The researchers compared 90 participants who were smokers and lived to past age 80, with 730 people who were smokers and lived to less than 70 years of age.

They found that those in the age 80-plus group had similar physiological function as measured by inflammation, blood pressure and immune function as non-smokers in their age group. Smokers who died at a younger age had had worse physiological function than their same-age non-smoking counterparts at the time they were measured.

Levine said the work is important because "the more we know about why we age, the more equipped we will be to intervene".

"Ageing is an extremely complex process, and I think we are only beginning to uncover some of the mechanisms that regulate it. However, it also happens to be the biggest risk factor for most of the diseases that people suffer and die from," she said.

While the study has a number of limitations - its small sample size for one and the fact that things like disease status were self-reported - the researchers had enough information to develop a genetic risk score for smokers. They reported they were not only able to predict an individual's likelihood of surviving to a very old age - but a person's risk of cancer, which, not surprisingly, was significantly lower in those with the protective gene variants.

An important question smokers may have is whether they carry the genetic variants identified in the study.

While there are a number of companies that offer direct-to-consumer tests for genetic information, Levine said not all of them measure the same markers and "therefore, they may not have all the markers we presented in this paper".

Such a test may possible in the future, however. Levine is collaborating with other researchers at the University of Southern California's Davis School of Gerontology to develop tools that would allow individuals to calculate their health risks based on information from blood tests and genetics.

Levine emphasised, however, that the "proportion of people who have a 'genetic signature' that would help them cope with the biological stresses of smoking is extremely small, and therefore, nobody should use this paper as an excuse to continue smoking".

"Even among those who are genetically predisposed to longevity, smoking cessation is likely still one of the best things they can do for their health," she said.

With the focus on wellness in modern society, Levine said she's currently working on new research into people's "health spans" (as opposed to life spans), a term that refers to the length of a person's life that is disease and disability free.

"Our society has been conditioned to associate a very negative image with being old," she said. "However, we have seen that some people are able to live to be centenarians without ever suffering from disease and disability. This is the goal."

World's first head transplant , THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED!

An Italian-Chinese medical team plan to perform the world's first head transplant in China, one of the surgeons said Friday, amid concerns over medical ethics in the country.

Ren Xiaoping, who along with Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero, hope to attempt the procedure within two years, but only if the preparatory research and tests go according to plan, Ren said.

"A lot of media have been saying we will definitely attempt the surgery by 2017, but that's only if every step before that proceeds smoothly," Ren told AFP.

Canavero, who leads the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, first announced his project in 2013, saying at the time that such a procedure could be possible as soon as 2016.

But this timeline seems extremely unlikely given the numerous obstacles and gaps in knowledge

The man who has volunteered for the operation is Russian-born Valery Spiridonov, 30, who suffers from Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, which is a progressive and incurable wasting ailment.

Ren said the operation would likely take place at Harbin Medical University in China's northeast Heilongjiang province.

He declined to say where a donated body might come from and said he was unsure if the donor would be Chinese.

High demand for organs in China and a chronic shortage of donations mean that death row inmates have been a key source for years, generating heated controversy.

China has pledged not to use the organs of executed prisoners, but experts have voiced scepticism about the plan, arguing that organs will continue to be harvested from inmates but that they will now be classified as "donations".

China banned trading in human organs in 2007, but demand for transplants far exceeds supply in the country of 1.37 billion people, opening the door to forced donations and illegal sales.

Organ donations are not widespread as many Chinese believe they will be reincarnated after death and therefore feel the need to keep a complete body.

Tax payers pay $400k for Prince Harry..

Prince Harry's nine days in New Zealand cost Kiwi taxpayers $426,317 - more than three times what it cost Australians to put up "the people's prince" for a month's army exchange.

The Department of Internal Affairs confirmed the six-figure bill for the May trip in a response to an Official Information Act request.

Prince Harry's Kiwi trip

• Personnel: $18,024

• International travel: $167,703*

• Domestic travel: $52,651

• Accommodation, meals and other travel related costs: $84,092

• Vehiclehire: $65,053

• Government hospitality: $19,313

• General operating costs: $19,481

Total cost to the New Zealand tax payer : $426,317


Johnny Depp pisses off Australia for some reason..

Johnny Depp has joked he would "assault" an Australian politician if his wife is sent to prison.

The 52-year-old star, whose spouse Amber Heard faces charges for allegedly illegally smuggling their pet dogs into the country earlier this year, has claimed he would hit Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce so he could join her in jail.

Johnny Depp has joked he would "assault" an Australian politician if his wife is sent to prison.

The 52-year-old star, whose spouse Amber Heard faces charges for allegedly illegally smuggling their pet dogs into the country earlier this year, has claimed he would hit Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce so he could join her in jail.

Speaking on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', Johnny quipped he would "just fly to Australia and assault that man so that I could go to prison".

The 'Black Mass' star added the dog drama had been "by far the most interesting" legal case he's ever been involved in, and insists he and Amber were under the impression their pups Pistol and Boo had entered the country legally.

Johnny said: "We were under the impression that we had all the paperwork done for the dogs, we were there with the dogs in front of everybody."

Johnny and his wife drew anger from Mr. Joyce earlier this year, who accused them of smuggling the pets into Australia, and threatened to have them killed if they were not deported.

Speaking about the politician, the Hollywood star quipped: "There's this sort of weird sweaty-pated gut man who decided that two 5-6-inch teacup Yorkshire terriers would harm the country in some way."

Amber is facing charges of smuggling and providing false documentation for the pups. She is due in court in Queensland in November.

NZ Government charging GST on all online purchases? BAD IDEA!

Prime Minister John Key says it is inevitable the cost of online shopping will go up as GST is charged to more goods and services.

Mr Key today said the continuing growth of online shopping was considerably affecting the Government's tax-take.

"It is not so much a matter of clawing back revenue, but base erosion - the ability to actually lose a huge amount of revenue because people are increasingly going online is something that eventually not only we need to deal with, but every country."

GST is not currently charged on imported digital products such as music and film downloaded from services including iTunes.

Physical goods bought online and worth less than $400 also usually escape GST.

Do you support Govt plans to charge GST on all online purchases? 

Con Man back in New Zealand , WARNING!

A former police officer is warning Aucklanders to "steer clear" of a conman who has emerged from prison - apparently with his talent for lying intact.

Convicted fraudster Wayne Jury Eaglesome was released from prison in July after the Parole Board, in an unusual step, made him serve the entirety of his three-year sentence for fraud.

The board denied Eaglesome's repeated applications for early release after a psychologist's report described him as a narcissist and "prolific high-risk confidence man" and noted that his colourful past included a criminal history that stretched to nine pages, and that he had more than 20 known aliases.

Eaglesome told the Parole Board he intended either to enrol at university to study for a laws or arts degree or to work as a bricklayer.

But within weeks of his release on July 6, it appears he had rebranded himself as "Alex Newman", an apparently wealthy businessman claiming advanced degrees from Oxford and Harvard and seeking "investment opportunities".

Using this new identity - complete with an elaborate social media cover - it seems he secured invitations to New Zealand Fashion Week shows in August, when he rubbed shoulders with New Zealand rugby sevens stars DJ Forbes and Scott Curry.

The Weekend Herald was unable to confirm any of "Newman's" online LinkedIn profile.

Harvard and Oxford universities, where he'd claimed degrees in law and art history respectively, said they had no record of Eaglesome or "Newman".

His claims to have worked as chief counsel for the global luxury brand Tom Ford, and to be a long-running member of the New York State Bar Association, met similar denials from the organisations involved.

Keith Shipston, a former senior constable at the South Island township of Cheviot, was the arresting officer in 2003 when Eaglesome was pulled over in a taxi wearing the robes of a priest and carrying a stolen credit card.

"He cut a dashing figure in those vestments, and he'd convinced all these people he was a priest," Mr Shipston said.

This guise as "Father Antony Garibaldi" was another of Eaglesome's aliases, and apparently even worked for a time on the then Assistant Anglican Bishop of Auckland, Richard Randerson.

Eaglesome had obtained the attire after a local church believed his claims to be a travelling priest whose luggage had been lost.

During his fraudulent cross-country tour in 2003, he racked up $2000 in hotel bills in Auckland as "Ari Ben Yitzhak" and stole cellphones in Queenstown while pretending to be "Doctor Angus Harrow".

According to coverage in the Christchurch Press of his sentencing, Eaglesome was given two years in prison for 23 charges including theft, burglary, fraud using a document and false pretences.

This sentence was followed by another, this time for three years in prison, in 2012 for similar charges, including forging cheques, theft, using documents for pecuniary gain, dishonestly using a computer and obstructing justice.

This more recent crimewave was mostly undertaken using the alias "Alexander De Villiers", a character known around Auckland's party scene for his lavish spending on champagne.

Mr Shipston, now retired from the police, said he was not surprised Eaglesome appeared to be still using false names and identities.

For his part, Eaglesome denied he had done anything wrong: "No one's been hurt by anything. I haven't done anything illegal," he said.

NZ Police pepper spray 10 year old girl ...

Police have apologised for pepper-spraying a schoolgirl in the face while trying to arrest her father.

The 10-year-old needed hospital treatment, including drains fitted to her eyes to flush out the potent mist yesterday.

The girl's mother Tiwaiwai Teepu last night told the Herald on Sunday Amy screamed in pain as a burst of pepper spray showered her face.

"As soon as it hit her she screamed out 'I'm burning'," said Teepu. "When she jumped out she was hysterical and in so much pain."

Bay of Plenty district commander superintendent Andy McGregor said the girl was "accidently contaminated with pepper spray" just after 5.30pm - and blamed her father Jack "Blu" Kira, who he said violently resisted arrest.

"We're sorry for the obvious distress and pain this would have caused the girl during the incident and are pleased she is okay," he said.

"However, had it not been for the actions of the man involved, officers would not have had to use pepper spray."

The spraying happened during a routine traffic stop. Police said Kira refused to give his details and tried to drive off.

The officer attempted to remove the keys but his arm was trapped when the man allegedly wound up the window.

"As the officer pulled his arm free, the window broke, causing minor cuts. Unfortunately during the arrest, a girl who was in the car with the man was accidentally contaminated by some of the spray.

"It is also sad that she is an innocent victim who has had to witness this incident, which could have been completely avoided."

A police spokesman said the man was now facing two charges of aggravated assault, and one charge each of failing to stop, and giving false details.

Amy was back home last night recovering.

A family spokesman said the incident had terrified the youngster.

The whanau disputed elements of the police version of events saying the officer took matters into his own hands and needed to be held to account.

Mother, daughter sentenced for shoplifting...

It was a case of like mother like daughter in the Greymouth District Court yesterday as two members of the same family were convicted of shoplifting.

Megan Valerie Muir and her daughter, Joelene Ngahuia Harris, were jointly charged with two counts of shoplifting from the Countdown supermarket and Gibson Interiors. Both were sentenced to two months' community detention, six months' supervision and 120 hours of community work.

Lawyer Richard Bodle said Muir had an addiction to stealing, which she was finding "very hard to overcome" as she had an "irresistible urge to take stuff".

However, for the latest offending she had ended up assisting her daughter.

Although it was important that the sentencing provided a deterrent, he asked the court to not impose a custodial sentence.

The amounts involved in the thefts were "trifling". Muir was "focused on not taking stuff again", and would get professional help with her addiction to stealing.

Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Harris had 10 previous dishonesty-related convictions, but because she was now on the "cusp of prison", that was making her "think more carefully about not offending in this way again".

Harris had health issues, which made her "more vulnerable to the influence of her mother".

Judge Brian Callaghan said it was not often he saw a mother and daughter charged with the same offence.

"When one talks about like mother like daughter, one doesn't expect to be saying it in the context of this offending."

However, the judge said Muir had shown some positive attributes, such as how she had cared for a friend who had lost a close relative in the Pike River Mine disaster. He therefore decided against imposing a custodial sentence.

"While the starting point of prison can clearly be justified for both of you, I don't think that that's the appropriate outcome here. Quite clearly a community-based outcome can be imposed."