Regional News


Girl could barely stand, mum testifies

The mother of an alleged victim of sexual attack at a Taranaki party has told the High Court her daughter could barely stand and smelt of vomit when she got home. (AUDIO)


Motorcyclist dead after Q'town crash

A motorcyclist has died at the scene of a crash on the Kingston Road, near Queenstown, and another person has been taken to hospital, police say.

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Auckland food chain fined $66,000

Eleven Auckland restaurants which form part of the Masala food chain have been fined a total of $66,000 for failing to provide documents about staff. (AUDIO)

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Auckland Housing Accord hits target

New housing activity in Auckland has exceeded the first year goals of the Government's Housing Accord, although the accord itself has made little impact on the targets. (AUDIO)

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Fraud earns jail term for elderly lawyer

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

The scene of the Yaldhurst Road crash.

Police detain crash car passenger

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.

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Community upset at another liquor shop

South Auckland residents worried at the impact of another liquor store on their community say they are being ignored and a law change meant to help them is failing.

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Jail for slashing woman's throat

A man who slashed the throat of a pregnant woman and was shot and tasered by police has been described by a judge as "sick, rather than bad" and jailed.

Jai Davis died in prison in February 2011.

Prisoner inquest told no doctor called

The Otago prison manager at the time of an inmate's death from a suspected overdose has confirmed no doctor was notified when he was put in an at-risk cell. (AUDIO)

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IPCA to investigate Yaldhurst crash

An investigator from outside the region has been brought in to review the police handling of a pursuit in Christchurch that ended with five people in hospital, one in a critical condition. (AUDIO)

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Mayor walks out of Air NZ meeting

The rural representative for Local Government New Zealand walked out of a meeting today with Air New Zealand when it refused to reconsider its closure of some regional services.

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Workers' rights breached in Queenstown

Labour inspectors in Queenstown say 15 employers in the South Island resort town have been found to be in breach of workers' rights.

More arrests over robbery, attack

Another two people have been arrested over an assault and robbery in Palmerston North last month that left a man in a serious condition. They were to appear in court today.

KiwiRail is offering to lease the rail line linking Gisborne and Napier.

Lifeline for Gisborne-Napier rail link

A mothballed rail link between Napier and Gisborne has been thrown a lifeline, with KiwiRail agreeing to lease the line to the Hawke's Bay Regional Council.

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Tribunal warns Tau over comments

The Waitangi Tribunal has warned Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau over comments made about it. He is chair of Tuhoronuku, the board mandated by the Government to settle the iwi's claims.

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Police confirm body is missing man

Police have confirmed the identity of a body of a man found in thick bush on Mount Maunganui in Tauranga as Stephen Tracey, who went missing in September.

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Teen charged over framing dead friend

The grandfather of 16-year-old Cheyenne Ihaka who was killed in a car crash in July says the arrest of another teenager for framing his grandson comes as little surprise.

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Whangarei murder suppression lifts

Name suppression has ended for a second teenager who is charged with the killing of Whangarei man Michael Griffin at his home in early October.