Misunderstanding? How about a colossal cockup?

These are the sort of news stories that leak out into the world and make people wonder about New Zealand.

Four police cars met an Air New Zealand plane carrying the Tasman Makos rugby team when it landed at Nelson, in what the team says was an overreaction due to a misunderstanding.

The team has conducted an internal investigation into an incident that took place on the flight from Auckland on Friday, following the Makos’ 28-13 victory against Northland.

Tasman Rugby Union chief executive Andrew Flexman accepted that a member of the squad prematurely activated his laptop computer before the safety instructions from the cabin crew.

4 Police cars for a laptop.  I wonder how many units will arrive for an iPad, or a smartphone?  

He said the laptop was activated only a few seconds prior to the announcement that electronic devices could be used in flight mode, and the laptop was in flight mode at all times.

“There was no intention by the player to deliberately defy Civil Aviation regulations, and I think the whole incident has been blown somewhat out of context.”

Nelson police confirmed that no arrest was made but declined to comment on why it was necessary to send four cars.

Good to know Nelson Police are so well resourced they can dedicate 4 squad cars and associated staff to someone turning on their laptop a few seconds too early on a flight.

And yet, they haven’t quite been able to locate the rightful owner of a mint looking ceramic blue swan.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.