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January 22, 2018
Mangawhai man accused of toddler's murder named

Mangawhai man accused of toddler's murder named

A man charged with the murder of a 2-year-old child can now be named.Aaron Archer, 30, appeared in High Court at Auckland this morning before Justice Simon Moore.He entered a not guilty plea and elected a jury trial, which was...

Whakatāne man suffers severe burns in house fire

Whakatāne man suffers severe burns in house fire

A young man who suffered serious injury after returning inside the family's burning home remains in Waikato Hospital.Reilly Young had been cooking chicken nuggets on September 16 when the fire started.Fire Safety Investigator...

Rendall Jack and Graham Bell call for crackdown on gangs

Rendall Jack and Graham Bell call for crackdown on gangs

Police need to drop their "PC" approach to "gang goons" and start using the law they have to hit them where it hurts.That's the call from Rotorua's Rendall Jack, the father of murder victim Israel Jack who was reportedly killed...

Car hits power pole in Mount Maunganui

Car hits power pole in Mount Maunganui

A car has hit a power pole on Girven Road in Mount Maunganui, injuring one.A police media spokeswoman said emergency services were on their way to the incident near the intersection of Girven Rd and Paterson St. They were called...

Former Otago prison guard wins $50,000 compo for inmate attack

Former Otago prison guard wins $50,000 compo for inmate attack

A former Otago prison guard has been compensated more than $50,000 after an attack by an inmate and subsequent failures by Corrections.The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) identified a slew of mistakes his superiors made in...

Violent spree ended with licking police officer's face in Dunedin

Violent spree ended with licking police officer's face in Dunedin

A drunken violence spree which ended with a Dunedin man licking a police officer's face has resulted in him being jailed for three and a-half years.Dylan James Hancock, 31, was sentenced at the Dunedin District Court yesterday on...

Mike Hosking: Government's plain incompetence laid bare in Derek Handley fiasco

Mike Hosking: Government's plain incompetence laid bare in Derek Handley fiasco

COMMENT: The last thing you need when you're in New York looking to promote your country is pesky little domestic details coming back to bite you in the bum. Derek Handley has, of course, decided to tell all about his experience...

Cute alert: Clarke Gayford and baby Neve 'busted' by PM Jacinda Ardern watching late-night TV

Cute alert: Clarke Gayford and baby Neve 'busted' by PM Jacinda Ardern watching late-night TV

Clarke Gayford and baby Neve's late-night TV-watching routine has been unravelled after the pair were "busted" by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. While Ardern has been out making speeches at the United Nations in New York and doing...

PM Jacinda Ardern's chat with Donald Trump: He talks baby, she talks steel

PM Jacinda Ardern's chat with Donald Trump: He talks baby, she talks steel

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had a brief encounter with US President Donald Trump last night in which he congratulated her on baby Neve and she responded by raising trade tariffs with him — as well as acknowledging his contribution...

Bay of Plenty speed camera nets $29,000 in fines in first month

Bay of Plenty speed camera nets $29,000 in fines in first month

Bay of Plenty's newest speed camera has racked up nearly $30,000 in fines within its first month of operation in one of the region's worst black spots.The fixed camera on State Highway 2, between Ōtamarākau and Pukehina,...

Hiking group speaks out about Magesh Jagadeesan tragic death

Hiking group speaks out about Magesh Jagadeesan tragic death

The group of hikers who watched as their friend Magesh Jagadeesan fell to his death in Mt Ruapehu's crater lake have spoken out about what happened in the lead up to the tragic incident. "It began as a gesture of kindness but had...

Kate Hawkesby: The 24/7 helpline, the sleeping clinician - and the proof this happened

Kate Hawkesby: The 24/7 helpline, the sleeping clinician - and the proof this happened

COMMENT: I have an update on the woman I told you about last week who called a mental health crisis line and was told no one was available to help her. It was a 24/7 crisis phone line and she was told to call back tomorrow because...

Nest sites lost after part of Cape Kidnappers gannet colony slips into sea

Nest sites lost after part of Cape Kidnappers gannet colony slips into sea

Gannets are understood to have lost nests in a slip at Cape Kidnappers but could be invited to join a trial colony with model gannets, a sound system and home security.DoC community ranger supervisor Moana Dunlop-Smith said the...

Judge indicates prison term likely for mobster after aggravated robbery

Judge indicates prison term likely for mobster after aggravated robbery

Sticking up for dad will cost a young Hastings mobster several years in jail after admitting a robbery because his victim was taking his father to court for assault.But 21-year-old Jordan Stratton-Pineaha hadn't always been so agreeable,...

Barry Soper: Baby Neve hasn't outshone her mother Jacinda Ardern

Barry Soper: Baby Neve hasn't outshone her mother Jacinda Ardern

COMMENT: It was bound to happen, the daughter was going to outshine the mother, although with Jacinda Ardern that wasn't quite the case.She's still the novelty as the youngest world leader in the Big Apple at the moment. Still...

Cannabis capital of New Zealand revealed

Cannabis capital of New Zealand revealed

Northland is still the cannabis capital of New Zealand, according to a police report on a drug seek-and-destroy operation held earlier this year.The Annual Cannabis Operation report shows that Operation Jess, which took place in...

Your weather: Rain, icy winds and snow in the South Island

Your weather: Rain, icy winds and snow in the South Island

The polar blast continues today with icy southwest winds covering most of the country bringing rain, sleety showers and snow to 300m in the South Island. A strong, cold southwest flow covered the country, with the worst of the wintry...

Three sentenced after 2016 attack on Ruapehu mayor Don Cameron and his wife in Raetihi

Three sentenced after 2016 attack on Ruapehu mayor Don Cameron and his wife in Raetihi

An attack on a central North Island mayor and his wife after reheasals at the local theatre has had it's final act with three people sentenced in court.In a melee reminiscent of some of the more madcap plays in history - although...

Political Roundup: Ardern's stardust and substance on display in New York

Political Roundup: Ardern's stardust and substance on display in New York

COMMENT: The phrase "stardust and substance" continues to epitomise much of the thinking about Jacinda Ardern as she spends a week in New York gathering both media profile and making diplomatic speeches. To her admirers, it's a nice...

Speed limit to drop to 30km/h in Auckland's CBD

Speed limit to drop to 30km/h in Auckland's CBD

Auckland Transport is planning to introduce a speed limit of 30km/h in the city centre to make the streets safer for growing numbers of pedestrians, cyclists and residents.The new speed limit will cover an area bounded by the central...

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