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Golriz Ghahraman’s law career at risk if convicted, professor says



A criminal conviction for Golriz Ghahraman could jeopardise her ability to practise law in New Zealand, a retired law professor says.

The former Green MP admitted four shoplifting charges, relating to the theft of thousands of dollars’ worth clothing, when she appeared in the Auckland District Court on Wednesday.

Former law professor Bill Hodge told Morning Report Ghahraman was not currently practising law.

But if she were looking to renew her practising certificate, the Law Society would likely be concerned if she was convicted, he said.

“I don’t wish to speak for them [Law Society], but her ability to appear in court in New Zealand after such a conviction, will, I think be prejudiced.”

Hodge said Ghahraman’s defence lawyers would be seeking a discharge without conviction.

“I think the obvious goal for counsel … She’s already signalled this, that the sentence she’ll be seeking will be a discharge without conviction and that is deemed to be an acquittal.

“So she’ll walk away with a clean sheet. That would be the best possible outcome for Golriz and her counsel.”

Hodge said it would be a difficult task for the judge.

“Obviously, counsel is going to emphasise the big, big matter of mitigation. She’s pleaded guilty. That’s a great step forward. Is she suffering remorse? Obviously. Did she deny it and blame it on someone else? No. She’s owned up to it. So that’s all to her benefit.”

He said the defence counsel would likely say she had “already been punished and that a conviction would be disproportionate to the level of offending”.

The judge would look into more details that “the rest of us, looking from outside, might not see the entire picture,” Hodge said.

The 43-year-old former politician was charged with stealing $695 worth of clothing from Wellington’s Cre8iveworx Store on 22 October and a navy cardigan valued at $389 from Standard Issue in Newmarket on 22 December.

She was also charged with two counts of shoplifting from Scotties Boutique in Ponsonby – $5773 of items on 21 December and $2060 worth of goods on 23 December.

Source: RNZ

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Watercare signals possible 25% increase in water rates



Auckland’s water provider Watercare is warning water rates may need to increase by as much as 25 percent to run the business, while keeping to the council’s borrowing limit.

Water charges increased by 9.5 percent last July, while infrastructure growth charges rose by 8 percent.

This meant the average household paid about $2.20 more per week.

In its recent newsletter, Watercare advised customers of a potential price rise of 25.8 percent from July.

It said the rise was to “run our business while sticking to Auckland Council’s borrowing limit”.

Watercare said if the proposed rise went ahead the average customer bill would increase by roughly $29 a month. That’s $348 annually.

The potential increase was included in the consultation document for Auckland Council’s 10-year budget.

In the document, council said the increase in rates was to support a significant increase in capital investment across the next 10 years.

Watercare said the 25.8 percent rise could also apply to infrastructure growth charges.

In a statement to RNZ, chair Margaret Devlin said the board had to balance the vital need to invest in new water and wastewater infrastructure with council’s directives to maintain a debt-to-revenue ratio of 340 percent, as well as ensuring growth funded growth.

“We know many Aucklanders are struggling with the cost of living and we understand the news of this projected price rise will not be welcome,” she said.

“We want to reassure them that central and local government want to avoid significant price rises for Auckland; and they are working together to achieve a financially sustainable water model.”

Devlin said they understood the ongoing conversations between central government and council were positive.

Watercare will give residents at least 10 days’ notice of a potential price rise.

Source: RNZ

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After lapse of 4 years New Zealand student  has won  Radio Apna Ramadhan Un15 International Oratory Contest 2024 .

Zaid Ahmad student of Auckland’s Almadina  School won the top honors after he competed in the grand final with Huzaifa Yunus of Al Jamiatul Islamia Madarsa Labasa.

Zaid Ahmad is New Zealand born with  family links from Hydrabaad India and  was prepared and trained by  a prominent Islamic Scholar Alim Sharfaraz Sher Ali .

Alim Sharfaraz is highly qualified Islamic Scholar originally from Fiji who has studied overseas and is a islamic teacher at Almadina School in Mangere.

Radio Apna General Manager Shaiyaz Mohammed who is also the Saheri program host and coordinator of the contest said Zaed Ahmad dominated the competition  from round one and topped all three rounds .

Both students delivered very powerful speeches early Sunday morning in Saheri program live via phone.

Shaiyaz has thanked sponsors, judges,organizations and  Apna listners who helped and tuned in to bring this month long competition.

The winning student whose parents are originally from Hyderabad India is a student of Al Madina School  and has won  $1000 cash and trophy for his school.

Nz Pro detailers of  Notthshore is giving away $1000 cash and trophies to the winning organization and $500 cash to the runner up organization via Radio Apna with Fianz.

Apna group managing director Zahina Shah has thanked each and every participant ,teachers and organizations for their hard work through out the month long contest.

CEO of  Apna group Imran Hussein also congratulated the winning student .

Organizations from around the world thinking to have a representative next ramadhan can contact Shaiyaz Mohammed via email

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Woman charged with murder after man found dead in Hamilton



A 45-year-old woman has been charged with murder after a man died at a house in Hamilton early on Wednesday morning.

Police were called to an address on Cranmer Close, Rototuna at 2am, Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Neilson said.

There they found the man in a critical condition. Attempts by police and ambulance staff to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Police earlier said they would have a “significant” presence in the area while inquiries were made.

Neilson said the man and woman knew each other.

“Police are speaking with those involved and are offering support to the victim’s family.”


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