Regional News

Queenstown cop behind racist rant quits

A Queenstown police officer who racially abused a taxi driver has resigned. Jenny McNee told the man to "go to India and eat your curry".

Medic gets 14 years for sex offences

A former Hawke's Bay ambulance officer's sexual offending has been described by a judge as some of the worst cases of its type to come before courts. (AUDIO)

Dunedin council car fraud totals $1.5m

An investigation into Dunedin City Council's missing fleet vehicles has found team leader Brent Bachop apparently responsible for more than $1.5 million of fraud. (AUDIO)

Murder charges over Hutt man's death

Three people have been charged with the murder of Lower Hutt man Matthew Stevens. His body was found next to his car near Paekakariki, north of Wellington. (AUDIO)

Rena oversight lacking - TAIC

An official report into the Rena has found routine violations of procedures and insufficient oversight of safety on the ship before it grounded. (AUDIO)

Timaru polytech considers Chch merger

Timaru's Aoraki Polytechnic is considering joining forces with Christchurch Polytechnic. The polytechnic suffered a $3 million loss last year.

Council budget cleared for consultation

The Auditor-General has given the green light for the Auckland Council to put out its contentious 10-year budget for consultation after last-minute changes.

Christchurch regains right to issue consents

The Christchurch City Council has the right to issue building consents again, after regaining accreditation.

Girl hit by car in West Auckland

An eight-year-old girl is fighting for her life after being hit by a car in West Auckland. She is in Starship Hospital with critical injuries.

Auckland reverend jailed for tax evasion

An Auckland Assembly of God minister has been jailed for three years for failing to pay more than a $1 million in tax. (AUDIO)

Noise complaints force flight path change

Proposed flight-path changes into Auckland airport have been altered after complaints from residents that planes were too noisy and flying too low.

Police sorry for 'Irish tourist' kayak mistake

Police have apologised to anyone of Irish descent after a man with a kayak lying sideways across his car's roof was stopped and presumed to be from Ireland.

Rena report released today

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission will today release its final report on the grounding of the container ship Rena.

Council to help pay for runway

Wellington City Council has voted to contribute almost $2 million to help pay for the resource consent to extend the runway at the city's airport.

Stabbing accused remanded in custody

A man accused of stabbing his former wife to death in a triple stabbing has appeared at the High Court in Auckland and remanded in custody until February.

Fed Farmers 'gobsmacked' at quad bike fine

Federated Farmers says Worksafe New Zealand is out of control for pursuing charges against a farming couple for failing to wear helmets on their quad bike.

Nelson investment adviser jailed for fraud

A Nelson investment adviser has been jailed for six years and nine months after being found guilty of defrauding his clients of more than $500,000.

Council flip-flops on rates cap

New Plymouth councillors have backed away from a proposal to close swimming pools and libraries in a effort to cap average rate rises at 3 percent over 10 years.

Hospital tightens security after baby snatch

Middlemore Hospital is considering a range of tighter security measures following the kidnapping of a baby from its maternity ward in September.

Pohutukawa face the chop in Auckland

A planning hearing has recommended the axing of a row of 80-year-old pohutukawa in central Auckland to make way for road-widening. (AUDIO)