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  • Axe killer to go for royal pardon again

    2 April 2014 3:35 AM 5

    The Blenheim man convicted of murdering his wife by hitting her in the back of the head 22 times with a hatchet as she slept is again looking for a royal pardon to get out of jail. John Frederick Ericson can have a second attempt at seeking the prerogative of mercy, according to a Court of Appeal judgment released on Wednesday. After hitting her in the head with an axe 22 times

  • Woman in hospital after forklift accident

    2 April 2014 2:18 AM 13

    A woman has been taken to Tauranga Hospital with moderate leg injuries after being hit by a forklift at her Mount Maunganui workplace. St John district operations manager Jeremy Gooders said staff were called to the Owens Place business about 10.40AM. The 20-year-old woman had been hit by a forklift and was taken to hospital with moderate leg injuries

  • 19,000 catcalls censure CEO

    1 April 2014 6:40 PM 24

    Cat lovers were ''disgusted by Mr King's exceptionally irresponsible comments'', which they saw as promoting animal cruelty, Invercargill resident Mia Nelson said yesterday. She handed over a petition from people around the world to Invercargill deputy mayor Cr Darren Ludlow at a regulatory services committee meeting yesterday. The council last year passed

  • Royally chuffed with tickets

    1 April 2014 6:22 PM 6

    Tash Bambry is looking forward to again seeing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, having ''attended'' their wedding in London. The Dunedin woman was living in Ireland when Prince William married Catherine ''Kate'' Middleton in April 2011 and travelled to England for the event. Yesterday Mrs Bambry and her mother, Marion Long, queued outside Forsyth Barr Stadium

  • Search for bi-plane pilot called off

    31 March 2014 11:40 PM 22

    Rescuers have called off the hunt for a missing bi-plane and its pilot after finding nothing during their week-long search of the Coromandel. The hunt for a missing bi-plane and its pilot has been called off after a search of the bush, sea and islands around Coromandel found no sign of the missing craft. Daroish Kraidy, 53, has been missing for a week after

  • Recorded crime at historic low

    31 March 2014 10:43 PM 7

    Criminal offences dropped by 4.1% in the last calendar year according to figures released today by Statistics New Zealand. In real terms this means that there were 15,602 fewer crimes recorded in 2013 than in 2012. The 4.1% drop is even more significant given that the population grew by 0.9%. This means per head of population offending dropped by 5% in 2013. Deputy

  • Suspect Identified in Aggravated Robbery

    31 March 2014 10:06 PM 21

    The Crown and Whanganui Iwi negotiators have initialled the Whanganui River Deed of Settlement and Te Awa Tupua Framework Document which, if agreed to by Whanganui Iwi members through a ratification process, will settle claims relating to the Whanganui River... More>> So far, Mana leader Hone Harawira deserves a lot of credit for the disciplined way he has conducted

  • Ministers welcome Law Commission report on suicide reporting

    31 March 2014 9:15 PM 8

    Courts Minister Chester Borrows and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne have welcomed the Law Commission’s report reviewing the rules that govern how the media report on suspected suicides. The Government asked the Law Commission to conduct the review examining this issue and to look at the role of social media in discussing suicide. "I would like to thank

  • Police search for elderly woman

    31 March 2014 5:55 PM 11

    Police in Auckland are looking for a 70-year-old woman who suffers from memory lapses who's been missing since yesterday. She failed to return to her home in Esperanto Road, Papatoetoe, after going for a walk around midday. Police describe her as Polynesian, of medium build, with white hair, last seen wearing a pink cotton jumper and blue pants ... she had an orange

  • Key to outline Government's "broad approach" to Budget 2014 on Wednesday; lists ways to use surpluses, including tax cuts and contributions to NZ Super Fund and EQC

    31 March 2014 5:51 AM 11

    Prime Minister John Key has signalled he will outline the Government's thinking in a speech on Wednesday about how it plans to use budget surpluses, including whether to resume contributions to the New Zealand Superannuation fund, or build up the EQC fun, or repay debt, or cut taxes. He said there were a range of options for using any surpluses built