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'Pariah' Dotcom claims he's broke, defenceless

Kim Dotcom speaking to supporters of his Internet Party in Auckland, in April 2014.

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom claims authorities are trying to lock him up again after he spent $10 million on his defence, ran out of money and got dumped by his legal team.

Phil Rudd back in Tauranga court

Phil Rudd gestures to media as he leaves court.

Phil Rudd arrived late at the High Court in Tauranga this morning prompting the judge to briefly issue an arrest warrant. Outside court the AC/DC drummer played up to media.

Fraud earns jail term for elderly lawyer

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A former Dunedin lawyer struck off for misappropriating almost $2.8m has been jailed for eight years and one month. John Milne had admitted 33 charges over 21 years.

Cricket helmets essential, ACC says

Australia batsman Phil Hughes in action for Australia earlier this year.

All cricketers should wear head protection to reduce the risk of injury, ACC says. The call comes after top Australian cricketer Phil Hughes suffered a serious head injury during a game.

Over $500m in missing taxes - IRD


The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has identified more than $500 million missing through tax avoidance by businesses this year - a four-fold increase on five years ago.

Police overhaul crime statistics method

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Police are changing the way they record and inform the public about crime, and say they are now focusing on the number of occasions that crimes involving a victim are reported.

Auckland food chain fined $66,000


Eleven Auckland restaurants which form part of the Masala food chain have been fined a total of $66,000 for failing to provide documents about staff.

Anti-terror bill 'rammed through'

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Public submissions are open on legislation the Government claims will protect NZ from the threat of foreign fighters but submitters will have to be quick as the deadline is tomorrow.

Hundreds more troops for Ferguson

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon speaks during a news conference at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has ordered hundreds more US National Guard troops to the town of Ferguson to prevent a second night of rioting and looting. (AUDIO)

Poverty, violence take toll on Kiribati children

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A new report has found poverty and hardship is taking its toll on the children of Kiribati who make up nearly half the country's population.

Newer helmet may have protected Hughes

Phil Hughes playing against the Black Caps in 2010.

The Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes was wearing an older model helmet when he suffered a serious head injury in a game in Sydney yesterday.

Tribal fish plan 'somewhere in between'

Sanford's Timaru processing facility

An iwi group leasing its catch quota to a fishing company is agreeing with a call for Maori to step up and seize opportunities in the industry.

Orion Health begins trading on NZX

Orion Health chief executive and majority stakeholder, Ian McCrae, rings the bell as the software company launches on the NZX this morning, with Orion chair Andrew Ferrier (right), and surrounded by the executive team.

Shares in Orion Health began trading at $6.50 on the NZX today after its $125 million float.

Ag expert welcomes drone changes

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A Massey University precision agriculture expert is welcoming proposed tighter controls and regulations for drones. Increased complaints prompted the changes.