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Man caught viewing child sexual exploitation images on Auckland ferry:

August 23rd, 2019

WARNING: This story contains descriptions and language associated with child sex offending. An Auckland man was caught by fellow passengers on a city ferry viewing images of child sexual exploitation on his smartphone.Sailing...

Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter wanted to ban petrol car imports by 2035:

August 23rd, 2019

Associate Minister of Transport and Green MP Julie Anne Genter planned to lobby ministers to support a plan to ban the import of all petrol cars to New Zealand by 2035. An array of documents, including an excerpt from a draft cabinet...

Christchurch RSA applies to move historic city centre cenotaph off-limits since 2011 quake:

August 23rd, 2019

Christchurch RSA has applied to move its city centre cenotaph which has been cut-off to the public since the deadly 2011 earthquake. The Christchurch Memorial Returned and Services Association (RSA), the first and oldest RSA in...

19 cars damaged: Man arrested after trail of destruction:

August 23rd, 2019

A man has appeared in court after allegedly crashing his vehicle into 19 cars in Christchurch overnight.Police were called to an incident, about 12.30am, after a report from a member of the public that their vehicle had been damaged.It...

Earthquake-hit Christchurch red zone's makeover plan approved:

August 23rd, 2019

A "once in a lifetime" makeover of earthquake-ravaged eastern Christchurch has been approved by Government today. The long-awaited blueprint will redevelop the massive 602ha area which once housed 5000 properties devastated in the...

Employment authority orders $62k payout for Adventure Playground, Rotorua, ex-employee:

August 23rd, 2019

An award-winning Rotorua tourism company has been ordered to pay more than $62,000 to a former employee, but is challenging the sum in the Employment Court.Shaun Isaac worked intermittently for Adventure Playground Rotorua Ltd between...

Northland baby homicide: man appears in court, detail suppressed:

August 23rd, 2019

A man has appeared in court following the death of a 5-month-old baby boy in Northland last night.Police were called to a Murdoch Crescent, Whangārei, address by ambulance staff at about 8.30pm.The little boy died at the...

Christchurch Nomads gang associate stabbed to death over perceived debt:

August 23rd, 2019

A patched Nomads gangster drove a gang associate to a house where he was later stabbed to death over a debt, a court heard today. Shayne George Heappey, 25, an associate of the Nomads' Christchurch chapter, was stabbed and cut 14...

'That's my baby': Owner can't believe eyes after cat shot by arrow in Rotorua:

August 23rd, 2019

A Rotorua cat owner thought someone was playing a prank when she discovered an arrow shot straight across her beloved cat's spine.Now, she has no money left for food and bills for the next two weeks after she footed the $230 vet...

Tokoroa man Wireless Ford charged with murder with chainsaw bar:

August 23rd, 2019

A 29-year-old man charged with murdering a man with a chainsaw part in Tokoroa has appeared in the Rotorua District Court this morning.Wireless Ford wore a blue boiler suit, and remained quiet with his hands clasped, as he was addressed...

Online review stoush: One of Hawke's Bay's best chefs says it's the harsh feedback that stays with eateries:

August 23rd, 2019

He's one of Hawke's Bay's finest chefs, and gets more good reviews than bad. But Pacifica chef Jeremy Rameka says the bad ones, the harsh online ones, haunt him.He says there's a better way. "More can be done if we are told directly...

Dead tree toppled on toddlers: Discoveries Educare fined more than $210,000:

August 23rd, 2019

An early childcare centre has been fined more than $200,000 after it failed to identify the danger posed by a dead tree that toppled and injured toddlers.Four toddlers were seriously injured when the tree toppled to the ground of...

Businessman seeks to keep name secret in Auckland Council tech goods bribery case:

August 22nd, 2019

A businessman accused of bribing a public official to secure a $150,000 Chinese tech goods deal is fighting to keep his name secret.The now 56-year-old has pleaded not guilty to one charge laid by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO)...

Longtime National MP Judith Collins is penning a tell-all book about her time in Government:

August 22nd, 2019

Veteran National MP and former Cabinet minister Judith Collins will lift the lid on her time in Government in a tell-all book which details some of the most trying times of her political career. Although she said it was not her...

5-month-old baby dead, charges laid as homicide investigation unfolds:

August 22nd, 2019

A baby boy has died after an alleged assault in Northland last night.Police were called to a house on Murdoch Crescent in Raumanga, Whangarei by ambulance staff at 8.30pm last night. A 5-month-old boy had suffered severe injuries....

Fatal cruise ship fire: Kiwi holidaymakers describe 'harrowing' escape in St Petersburg:

August 22nd, 2019

A Dunedin man has described a "harrowing" early morning evacuation from a Russian cruise ship after a fire started spreading from a nearby vessel.Belleknowes couple John and Chris Burton were on the ship in St Petersburg yesterday...

Mega pay rise: Dunedin City Council boss Sue Bidrose powerless to turn down $57,000 raise:

August 22nd, 2019

A whopping pay rise of nearly $60,000 has been awarded to Dunedin City Council chief executive Sue Bidrose - despite her best efforts to turn it down.The hike, revealed yesterday, takes Bidrose's remuneration from $387,000 to $444,000...

Mike Hosking: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has become a serial thought bubbler:

August 22nd, 2019

COMMENT: A disappointing week for the agenda worriers. All those who have their lofty ideas and ideals as to how we've cocked up any given number of societal issues and have set out to amend them. The gender pay gap, a calling...

Southwestern Motorway crash: Delays to Auckland airport:

August 22nd, 2019

Traffic remains heavy on the Southwestern Motorway after a multi-vehicle crash caused delays this morning for motorists heading to Auckland Airport.The crash at 6.30am blocked parts of the Southwestern Motorway for motorists heading...

Weather: Rain and possible thunderstorms for some, but a dry weekend ahead:

August 22nd, 2019

A drier weekend is on the cards for most of the country, as a band of thunderstorm activity heads away from New Zealand shores. Parts of the North Island might still see some lightning early this morning with the MetService saying...

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