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It seems that this case has followed a very different legal procedure than the Antaeus vs Gypsy incident. I wonder why?

The Gypsy incident involved a big failure by MNZ which lead to a limiting of the possible outcomes. The whole incident was a litany of cock-us by many, if not most involved.

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How is an approaching yacht or other vessel supposed to know which small fishing vessel is drift fishing, motoring or anchored in what is a busy channel?

The tide through that channel makes a anchored boat look like it is underway through a bow wave. A skipper may well see that before a light anchor rope, and assume the boat is moving. 

Correctly any boat should be showing an anchor ball if anchored. This may seem pedantic, but I bet an insurance company would ask if the collision was the other way around, and an expensive boat anchored in an exposed channel was damaged not showing the correct day shapes or lights...

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this "diversion" is a powerful thing

 

A woman accused of arranging an assault hit on her police officer husband may escape any punishment over the alleged plot.

 

The defendant aged in her 40s appeared in North Shore District Court this morning and initially pleaded not guilty to the charge, electing trial by jury.

 

However, after the lunch break the court heard the police would consider her for diversion.

 

Diversion allows mainly one-off offenders to address the causes of their actions through completing several tasks, after which the police withdraw the charge.

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11419974

 

a "task" on "calendar management" seems a better deal than a $200 fine for letting the wof expire on an un-driven car, parked outside the house on the street

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this "diversion" is a powerful thing

 

A woman accused of arranging an assault hit on her police officer husband may escape any punishment over the alleged plot.

 

The defendant aged in her 40s appeared in North Shore District Court this morning and initially pleaded not guilty to the charge, electing trial by jury.

 

However, after the lunch break the court heard the police would consider her for diversion.

 

Diversion allows mainly one-off offenders to address the causes of their actions through completing several tasks, after which the police withdraw the charge.

 

 

Having had a friend in a very difficult situation with an officer involved, and hearing how that was swept under the carpet, the above case may well have been referred to diversion simply because the woman's story was perhaps best not aired in public via a jury, as it could be potentially embarrassing... 

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