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Phillip Smith

Lawyer fears for Phillip Smith's safety in prison

The lawyer representing convicted murderer and sex offender Phillip John Smith fears for his clients safety while he is being held in Auckland's Paremoremo Prison. (VIDEO)

John Banks

Wife humiliated and insulted - Banks

The wife of former ACT MP John Banks was humiliated and insulted during his High Court trial after being labelled an unreliable witness, he says. (VIDEO)

Kim Dotcom in the Auckland District Court.

Dotcom 'breached bail conditions'

Crown lawyers claim there is a growing risk internet businessman Kim Dotcom will flee New Zealand and say he should be kept in prison ahead of his extradition hearing.

Phillip Smith

Smith defiant as he leaves Brazil

Convicted murderer and child molester Phillip John Smith has been deported from Brazil and will land in Auckland tomorrow. Police footage of his departure has been released. (VIDEO)

Former police officer Peter Pakau

Prison sentence for police officer

A former West Auckland police officer has been sentenced to eight years and four months in jail for accepting a cash bribe, corruption and supplying Class A drugs. (AUDIO)

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Doctors urge independent TPP review

Senior doctors have added their weight to calls for an independent health assessment of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership deal at a conference in Wellington today.

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Court action prompts inquest delay

A coroner has had to delay some of the inquests in his inquiry into the deaths of eight workers who died while working in forests in 2012 and 2013, due to court action.

kiwifruit on vines

Lawsuit filed against Biosecurity NZ

Members of a kiwifruit group have filed legal action against Biosecurity New Zealand, saying it was negligent in allowing the vine-killing disease Psa to be introduced.

Sir Owen Glenn, Bill Wilson QC and Dame Catherine Tizard (L-R) at the release of the People's Blueprint.

Glenn Inquiry releases final report

A radical proposal for a new Family Violence Court is a key recommendation in the final report of the Glenn Inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence. (AUDIO)

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Women's Refuge backs Glenn Inquiry

Women's Refuge is backing the Glenn Inquiry's recommendation for a single court for domestic violence and a monitoring agency which would hold agencies to account. (AUDIO)

Jan Wright.

Watchdog says waterfront buys risky

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is warning against buying waterfront properties, saying they will be gone within decades. (AUDIO)

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Power rises 'small but significant'

The Federation of Family Budgeting Services believes many families will find power price increases hard to cope with, even though they are small, at up to $7.50.

Auckland High Court

Jailed man makes new bid for freedom

A Korean man who has spent three years in Mount Eden prison without being charged is again challenging the Government's right to detain him.

bones of fossil penguin

Fossil find reveals new giant penguin

Scientists have discovered a new species of giant penguin that lived in waters around Waikato about 27 to 28 million years ago - thanks to the invention of 3D printing. (AUDIO)

Kim Dotcom in the Auckland District Court.

Kim Dotcom back in court today

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom will be back in court this morning to find out whether he will be made to return to prison as the Crown attempts to revoke his bail.

Jonathan Coleman.

DHBs told to listen to clinicians' views

The Health Minister says he has told district health board chiefs they must ensure they listen to the views of clinicians, at a conference in Wellington yesterday.

A water-proof membrane designed to protect flood-prone houses is sprayed on.

NZ warned to brace for severe floods

The Government's environment watchdog is warning New Zealanders need to start preparing for a greater number of severe floods in coming years.

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Police put brakes on holiday drivers

Any motorist breaking the speed limit by any margin could be pulled over these summer holidays, the police are warning. However, the 4km/h tolerance will be in place.

 Moa skeleton for sale at auction in Britain

Moa skeleton fetches $110,000 in UK

Reports of the private sale of a moa skeleton at an auction in Britain have left a moa expert in New Zealand disgusted. The skeleton sold for about $110,000.

Kim Dotcom in the Auckland District Court.

Dotcom's bail hearing adjourns for day

Internet businessman Kim Dotcom will have to wait until at least tomorrow to find out if he will have to return to prison, after a bail hearing was adjourned. (AUDIO)

CCTV footage of  Phillip Smith as he passed through Auckland Airport.

Brazil dispute muddies Smith case

Authorities in Brazil are providing conflicting information on the Phillip Smith case, creating further uncertainty over whether he will shortly be deported. (VIDEO)


Health system pressures worry union

Senior doctors say there are signs of growing pressures in the health system that could affect patient safety, including budget constraints, resulting in low staff morale and burnout.

Greg and Virginia Hughes, parents of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes, leave the hospital after his death.

Head injury claims Australian cricketer

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes has died in a Sydney hospital, two days after being hit by a bouncer, Cricket Australia has announced. He was 25. (AUDIO)

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Concern schools not reporting staff

Principals say some school boards are breaking the law by offering not to report staff to the Teachers Council they are in dispute with if they choose to resign and go quietly.