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  • Michael McGrath – status of enquiries

    1 November 2017 11:32 PM 26

    The investigation into missing Christchurch man Michael McGrath remains active and is being worked on by a dedicated team of detectives. Operation Renovation commenced when the 49-year-old builder was reported missing to Police in May. Considerable effort is continuing to be made to provide answers for Michael’s family, with whom we continue to liaise

  • Fees-free tertiary study on fast track

    1 November 2017 11:31 PM 23

    Students are a step closer to a more affordable future as the new government fast-tracks work on its free-fees tertiary education promise. Cabinet has given the go-ahead for detailed implementation planning for the introduction of one year of fees-free tertiary education and a $50 a week boost to student allowances and loan entitlements. Officials have already

  • Peter Carroll sentenced to life in prison for murder of Marcus Tucker

    1 November 2017 11:11 PM 30

    There were tears from the family of Mr Tucker at the sentencing of his killer in the Christchurch High Court on Thursday. Several members of Mr Tucker's family read out emotional victim impact statements to the court describing their grief and heartache since finding the 36-year-old had been killed. His mother, Robin Tucker, stood by Mr Tucker's sister

  • Greg Mosen: We're furious Speedway can't have fireworks

    1 November 2017 10:52 PM 30

    A last-minute refusal by Auckland Council to allow fireworks at Vodafone Springs Speedway on Guy Fawkes night has left the promoter seething and will disappoint thousands of families. The traditional Speedway season-opener this Saturday is a popular early summer community event. But now the council's Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA), has reneged on a written

  • Speedway fans ready to explode over fireworks ban

    1 November 2017 10:52 PM 39

    A last-minute refusal by Auckland Council to allow fireworks at Vodafone Springs Speedway on Guy Fawkes night has left the promoter seething and will disappoint thousands of families. The traditional Speedway season-opener this Saturday is a popular early summer community event. But now the council's Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA), has reneged on a written

  • Applause as Marcus Tucker’s killer jailed for life

    1 November 2017 10:37 PM 42

    For smashing Marcus Luke Tucker to death with a metal steering lock and then burning his body, Peter John Carroll will serve at least 17 years of a life imprisonment term. The family of the murder victim burst into applause as the sentence was imposed. The murder in Christchurch’s meth-fuelled drug scene shocked for its casual cruelty and callousness

  • Man who murdered father-of-three and set his body on fire jailed for 17 years

    1 November 2017 10:37 PM 38

    Peter John Carroll will spend at least 17 years in prison after severely beating a Christchurch man to death and setting his body on fire. The 53-year-old was sentenced in the High Court at Christchurch on Thursday for the murder of Marcus Luke Tucker, 36, whose body was found near Lake Ellesmere, on Anzac Day last year. A nine-day trial, which began

  • Hamilton Boys' High School student injured in girls' nude bike prank

    1 November 2017 10:07 PM 25

    A student has been injured in an end-of-year prank gone-wrong, where a group of teenage girls rode through a rival school topless on motorbikes. The rider, from Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, was wearing only underwear and a helmet when she ran over the leg of a boy from Hamilton Boys' high School, Fairfax reports. It is understood six senior students

  • No defamation of the dead: Andrew Little wins Hagaman suit

    1 November 2017 9:50 PM 23

    The Court of Appeal has thrown out an appeal by Earl Hagaman’s estate against Labour MP Andrew Little on the basis that dead people can't be defamed. The late hotelier, Earl Hagaman, had started proceedings back in 2016 after Mr Little made statements that drew a connection between Mr Hagaman’s donations to the National Party and that his hotel chain

  • Andrew Little receives Hagaman decision

    1 November 2017 9:22 PM 23

    Incoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the details of a ban on people who are not citizens or permanent residents purchasing existing housing, and a focus on investor/state dispute mechanisms in negotiations for the TPP11. More>> “All three Government parties were clear during the Bill’s first reading that we were opposed to the legislation