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Info gap helped Smith escape

A new report into the escape of paedophile killer Phillip John Smith has found he was able to exploit information gaps between several government agencies.

Air collision near-perfect storm - coroner

A coroner wants changes to the rules for smaller aerodromes, following the deaths of three men when a light plane and helicopter collided over Paraparaumu.

Plant-based compound helps smokers quit

A plant-based chemical compound found to be more effective than nicotine replacement therapy in helping smokers quit is also found in kowhai, a researcher says.

Bali accused's family appoint lawyer

New Zealander Antony de Malmanche, held on suspicion of drug-smuggling in Bali, has a prominent Tauranga lawyer to represent him.

Missing tourist Celine turns up

A French tourist who was unaccounted for near Arthurs Pass has been found, police say.

Call to ban alcohol ads in sport

The Justice Minister says the Government needs to understand the full implications of banning alcohol sponsorship of sport. (AUDIO)

Petrol falls below $1.70 a litre

Petrol has dipped below $1.70 a litre in some areas as competition between oil companies heats up, but the discount will end at midday today.

Lawyer expects prison officer in court

The lawyer for convicted murderer and paedophile Phillip John Smith thinks a prison officer could be in court early next year charged with helping him get away. (AUDIO)

Raids target heroin traffickers

Australian police say a New Zealander arrested as part of a big international drug ring was carrying up to 12kg of heroin. (AUDIO)

Aratere cleared to sail after latest glitch

The troubled Interisland ferry Aratere has been cleared to resume service after problems berthing at Wellington this morning, causing disruption for hundreds of passengers. (AUDIO)

Ruling on child sex extradition

The High Court has cleared the way for former Catholic brother Bernard McGrath to be extradited to Australia to face multiple sex charges. (AUDIO)

Rescue chopper staff use DIY skills

The staff behind Auckland's rescue helicopters had a problem when they decided they needed a flight simulator to help train their pilots - there was nothing available. (VIDEO)

Finance firms charged over debt recovery

The Commerce Commission has today laid criminal charges against two finance companies in the Auckland District Court.

Man charged over Phillip Smith passport

A Whanganui man has appeared in court accused of lying to passport officials about where convicted murdered and sex offender Phillip John Smith was living.

Smith has named Corrections officer - lawyer

The lawyer for convicted murderer and paedophile Phillip John Smith says his client has named the Corrections officer he has accused of helping him flee. (AUDIO)

Patients have cancer drug dosage cut

A global shortage of a treatment for bladder cancer is have an impact on patients in New Zealand, with some having their doses cut. (AUDIO)

Report backs more alcohol restrictions

A new report is calling for a crackdown on alcohol sponsorship and advertising, saying that at times a complete ad ban is needed.

Sexual violation charge for Blessie accused

The man charged with the murder of Auckland woman Blesilda Gotingco now faces an additional charge of sexual violation.

Novopay to cost $35m to run

The Government says the school payroll system Novopay has improved, but its running costs are still too high. A Crown-owned company has taken over the troubled system.

Disgraced lawyer loses tribunal appeal

Disgraced lawyer Davina Murray claims she has never been convicted for smuggling contraband to a convicted rapist and murderer inside Auckland's Mt Eden prison - despite being found guilty and sentenced.