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Police illegally shut down parties

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Police will face at least one big claim for compensation after their watchdog found officers have been illegally shutting down parties, including two where people were seriously hurt. (AUDIO)

Human-trafficking charges laid in NZ

Indian trafficking

Two men are facing the the first people-trafficking charges to be laid in New Zealand. If convicted, they face up to 20 years' jail or a fine of $500,000 - or both. (AUDIO)

Bright lights dazzle skywatchers

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Bright lights seen in the sky over parts of the South Island and Wellington tonight are believed to have been a meteor. People described it as a shooting star with a spark. (VIDEO)

Murderer had 68 previous convictions

Aaron McDonald.

The judge sentencing a man for the rape and murder of a woman says his actions were barbaric. Aaron McDonald spat as he left the dock and must serve at least 21 years. (AUDIO)

Call for action after third port death

The Port of Lyttelton.

The CTU is calling on regulator Worksafe New Zealand to take safety at the Port of Lyttelton more seriously, following the death of a third worker in the past year.

Air NZ not only one flying to regions

An Air New Zealand plane.

A group representing the country's airlines is defending the cost of regional air travel, saying Air New Zealand is not the only one flying the routes. (VIDEO)

Lawyer accused of home detention breach

The New Zealand coat of arms, seen here at the Rotorua High and District Court.

A director of a failed finance company has been back in court charged with breaching his home detention conditions. Anthony Banbrook has described the prosecution as spiteful.

Boat protester loses appeal over arrest

Court of Appeal

A man who took to a boat to protest against deep-sea oil exploration off the Gisborne coast has failed to convince a court that police had no right to arrest him.

Risks to water quality limits - report

Residents are being asked to pick from three council proposals relating to the Waikato River.

Modelling for the Environment Ministry shows some major water catchments will fail new water quality standards if planned dairy conversions go ahead.

NZ fishing boat crewman dies

Skipper sorting catch aboard North Sea trawler off the coast of northern England.

A Nelson man has died while working on a Talleys fishing boat in the Kiribati Islands region. New Zealand investigators have been sent to the ship, now docked in Samoa.

Biography edges out Luminaries

Publisher Claire Murdoch from Te Papa Press with Jill Trevelyan, winner of 2014 New Zealand Post Book of the Year

The top prizewinner at this year's New Zealand Post Book Awards says she is overwhelmed and completely surprised. Jill Trevelyan's biography edged out The Luminaries. (AUDIO)

Dudley family considering options

The New Zealand coat of arms, seen here at the Rotorua High and District Court.

The family of an Auckland teenager who died after being punched last year are considering their options after their shot at appealing the sentence for one of his attackers failed.

Insurer must pay for multiple quakes

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The Supreme Court has ruled that an insurance company must pay out for damages from multiple earthquakes - not just the final tremor that left a property unable to be repaired. (AUDIO)

Consumers in cold despite $50m profit

$20 note in powerboard

A consumer advocate says power prices should be slashed, after one of New Zealand's largest power companies posted an annual profit of almost $50 million. (AUDIO)

Council manager resigns over fleet

Dunedin City Council Civic Centre.

One of the Dunedin City Council's senior managers has resigned over the Citifleet fraud inquiry. More than 150 vehicles were sold over a decade and the proceeds pocketed. (AUDIO)

Immigration minister happy with checks

Michael Woodhouse

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has confidence in border checks, despite the arrest of a man wanted for murder in Switzerland who has been living in NZ for 13 years.

Dotcom appeals asset disclosure ruling

Kim Dotcom.

Internet businessman Kim Dotcom is in the Court of Appeal trying to avoid revealing details of his total wealth to a group of American movie and recording studios.

No Crown appeal over punch death

The New Zealand coat of arms, seen here at the Rotorua High and District Court.

The family of Stephen Dudley say they've had no solace from the judicial process, now that the Crown will not appeal against the sentence given to a teen who punched him before he died. (AUDIO)

Man found guilty of violent crime spree

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A jury has found a man guilty of going on a violent crime spree in Auckland targeting Asian tourists. John Koteka denied charges including aggravated robbery and aggravated assault. (AUDIO)

Former Te Papa boss quits ministry

Te Papa

The former chief executive of the national museum, Te Papa, has gone back to Britain after three months in a ministry job he was seconded to. Mike Houlihan was appointed in 2010.

Kayak used in record attempt found

Scott Donaldson's crossing was hampered by rough seas and technical problems.

The kayak used by Scott Donaldson in his failed attempt of the first solo trans-Tasman crossing has washed up on a New Plymouth beach a month after it was abandoned.

Drivers faking registration, says NZTA

St John ambulance.

The New Zealand Transport Agency says it suspects more than 1000 cars are falsely registered as ambulances as owners try to save some cash.

Expert reports sought in Kumar case


Arun Kumar.

Lawyers for the two boys charged over the death of west Auckland dairy owner Arun Kumar say they are seeking expert reports but will not tell a judge what they are.

Prison best place for man - expert

Rimutaka Prison.

A mentally disabled child sex offender who has spent 44 of the past 45 years in detention may have more freedom in a prison than in a mental health facility, a forensic psychologist says.

Malaysian diplomat's testing complete

Muhammad Rizalman.

The Malaysian diplomat accused of sexual assault in Wellington has reportedly completed psychiatric testing. However, it is not clear when he will return to New Zealand.

PPTA agrees changes to Govt policy

Teacher and pupils.

The secondary teachers union has revealed the changes it has negotiated to the Government's flagship education policy.