National News

'Good Samaritan' stable after surgery

CCTV footage of a man police want to talk to following an attempted bag snatch on the North Shore.

A woman who sustained a serious head injury while going to the help of a woman during an attempted robbery on Auckland's North Shore has had surgery and is in a stable condition. (AUDIO)

'Honour killing targets' fled to NZ

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A couple who say they were targeted for an honour killing after fleeing to marry in New Zealand faced deportation after their application for asylum was turned down.

Pike River re-entry safe - documents

The Pike River coal mine in November 2010.

Documents released under the Official Information Act say there is no reason the Pike River Mine tunnel cannot be entered safely. Solid Energy is not yet satisfied it is safe to proceed. (AUDIO)

'Good samaritan' bashed over bag

CCTV footage of a man police want to talk to following an attempted bag snatch on the North Shore.

A woman has a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain after going to help a woman who was having her bag snatched on Auckland's North Shore, police say. (AUDIO)

NZers to pay to visit Treaty grounds

Waitangi Treaty grounds.

New Zealanders will again have to pay to enter the Waitangi Treaty grounds, the Waitangi National Trust says. Visits have been free since 2008 but the trust needs the money. (AUDIO)

Drop in youth crime numbers

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The number of children and teenagers charged with a crime has dropped 17 percent to 2268 - the lowest level in 21 years, statistics released today show. (AUDIO)

Senior figure accused of tax evasion

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The head of a publicly funded body in Auckland is charged with evading millions of dollars of tax after issuing false invoices to an organisation for which he continues to work. (AUDIO)

Ministry defends evaluation process

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The Ministry of Health's lawyer says its decision to strip the Problem Gambling Foundation of most of its funding was made properly and was cautious about conflicts of interest.

More charges laid against Tully

Jonathan Tully

More charges have been laid against double murder-accused Russell John Tully, who appeared in the High Court at Christchurch this morning. (AUDIO)

Taylor seeks appeal on voting ban

prison bars and barbed wire

Inmate and serial litigant Arthur Taylor is pressing ahead with his attempt to overturn a law change in 2010 that bans anyone serving a prison sentence from voting.

Quake rattles lower North Island

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An earthquake of a magnitude 5.5 struck the Wairarapa coast early this morning. The strong shake at 2.41am was centred 15 kilometres west of Pongaroa. (AUDIO)

Flyover plan cost taxpayers $11m

An artist's impression of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover.

Taxpayers footed a hefty bill as the NZTA spent nearly $11 million on the controversial Basin Reserve flyover proposal in Wellington before it was rejected by a Board of Inquiry. (AUDIO)

Property Council wants RMA reform

The Property Council wants the Resource Management Act reformed a a matter of priority.

The Property Council says it wants reforms to the Resource Management Act [RMA] to be taken off the backburner and made a priority.

Govt rejects it's left with dud SOEs

Mighty River Power's Whakamaru power station on the Waikato River.

The Government has been accused of stupidity for selling stakes in its most profitable companies, including three energy firms, when having to bail out loss-making ones.

Minor repairs could reduce falls

A University of Otago trial shows minor repairs could reduce falls at home.

Minor repairs could reduce falls in the home by more than a quarter, according to research published in the medical journal The Lancet.

Union wants medical physicist pay rise

Patient undergoing radiotherapy.

The union representing medical physicists says extra pay will be needed to encourage more of them to stay in the country.

Terry Serepisos appears in court

Terry Sereposis.

Terry Serepisos will not be automatically discharged from bankruptcy due to opposition by the Official Assignee. He was arrested at Wellington Airport yesterday.

Auckland buyers return to market

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A leading real-estate agency in Auckland says interest in the country's largest housing market has picked up after the election result. (AUDIO)

Red Cross changes tack on Pacific aid

Melino Maka from Auckland's Tongan Advisory Council.

The New Zealand Red Cross is overhauling the way it deals with weather disasters in the Pacific saying Pacific countries are bearing the brunt of climate change. (AUDIO)

Woman endured pain during Caesarean

Pregnant woman's belly

An anaesthetist could face legal action for refusing to give a woman adequate pain relief during a Caesarean, leaving her scared to have another child, the health watchdog says. (AUDIO)

Teacher not guilty on sex charges

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An Auckland teacher accused of inappropriately touching female students as young as eight years old while in class has been cleared of all charges after a jury trial. (AUDIO)

McCully congratulates Bainimarama

Fiji First leader Frank Bainimarama

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully is congratulating Frank Bainimarama, who has just been sworn in as Fiji's Prime Minister.

Wild weather across the country

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The MetService says the South Island will get its turn to take a battering of wild weather overnight, after strong winds cut power to thousands of homes in Auckland earlier today.

Study on homophobia in sport

New Zealand athletes are being invited to take part in an international study to find out how prevalent homophobia is in sports teams, and how we compare to the rest of the world.

Loss of gambling group 'backward step'

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A witness for the Problem Gambling Foundation says its loss would be a significant step backwards for the sector. The organisation is taking court action after losing funding. (AUDIO)

No bail for boy accused of dairy murder


Arun Kumar.

A 13-year-old boy charged with murdering west Auckland dairy owner Arun Kumar is to remain in the care of Child, Youth and Family after his bid for bail was denied.

Mark Lundy pre-trial hearing begins

Mark Lundy outside the High Court in Wellington.

A pre-trial hearing to consider scientific evidence which will be given at the trial of Mark Lundy has begun in the High Court in Wellington, today.

Insurance complaints top 3000

A house being built in Rolleston, near Christchurch.

The Insurance and Savings Ombudsman has resolved its largest number of complaints for 16 years, receiving more than 3000 complaints and investigating 300.

Consumer confidence remains high

spending economy shopping

The latest survey has found consumer confidence has eased again, but remains high with the Westpac-McDermott Miller quarterly Consumer Confidence Index falling 5 points.