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'Broke' and 'defenceless' - Kim Dotcom

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom speaks to the media in July 2013.

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.

Police detain crash car passenger

The scene of the Yaldhurst Road crash.

Police have detained a woman who was in a BMW involved in a rush hour Christchurch crash. The passenger is being held under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

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.

Women to benefit from Beale blunder

Kurtley Beale

Australian rugby player Kurtley Beale's $50,000 fine over an insulting text about a female Wallabies staffer will go to a programme for indigenous women, the ARU says.

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.

Fraud earns lawyer eight years' jail

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

Anti-terror bill 'rammed through'

beehive and parliament building

The Government is being criticised for putting its anti-terrorism bill through Parliament under urgency, with one civil liberties lawyer saying the democratic process is being disregarded.

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)

Not enough support for children with disabilities in Samoa

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Samoa's first disabled Lawyer to be admitted to the bar says local NGO's are doing more to support children with disabilities than the government.

'Remember the bowler' says Bracken

Phil Hughes

The former Australia fast bowler Nathan Bracken says his thoughts are with injured batsman Phil Hughes but says New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott, whose bouncer struck Hughes, also needs support.

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.

Methven first half profit rises 3.4%

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Methven's first-half net profit rose 3.4 percent over the year earlier, which it says is satisfactory after earlier overstocking by key customers. (AUDIO)

50,000 more needed in primary sector

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

The Government is challenging the primary sector to devise ways of averting a skills shortage, saying 50,000 more workers are needed to meet its export target by 2025.