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Tauranga News: 25 November 2010

Tauranga resident charged with murder
The Crown suggests an Indian woman fought for her life before she was stabbed to death over 100 times. Kiwifruit packer Deepak Nagpal has admitted killing Ravneet Sangha and her two year old daughter during a frenzied attack over Queens Birthday weekend.
He was living at her Otumoetai home when she asked him to leave because of a money dispute before he stabbed her and her daughter Anna - concealing her body in a washing machine. Family gathered outside of the Tauranga District Court were emotional and said their whole life had collapsed.

Meanwhile police have thanked the Indian communities of Auckland and Tauranga for their help. An associate of Nagpal's was first to inform police that the man had killed the pair, and that he had bought a plane ticket with the intention of travelling to India. He was arrested in Auckland two days before his scheduled flight. Detective Sergeant Peter Blackwell says they're happy the have a result so quickly. Nagpal has been remanded in custody until February when he will be sentenced.

Kiwi locator tags the key
A kiwi protection site in the Bay of Plenty says it's had to call on the helicopter service twice to rescue its lost kiwi. Otanewainuku Trust says they've just launched a programme to track the kiwi using sensors to detect when eggs could be hatching. Spokeswoman Carole Long says it's going to be useful to locate wandering kiwi searching the wild.


BOP Orca whales
There's been several sightings of Orca whales throughout the Bay of Plenty. Fishermen yesterday spotted a pod near the Tauranga Harbour entrance that had dorsal fins over one and a half meters high. Orca researcher Ingrid Visser says it's likely they were the same seen in the Hauraki Gulf the day before. She says it's important to call 0800 SEE Orca so they can keep a track of where they are travelling to.


Kayaker plans New Zealand round trip
A Tauranga adventurer will begin a record-attempting paddle around New Zealand in two days time. Tim Taylor will begin the epic journey - that is expected to take at least six months - from Waimarino Adventure Park. He'll be covering an estimated 60-100 kilometres a day.

Posted: Thu 25 Nov 2010

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