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  • $20m cocaine bust in Tauranga

    1 November 2017 1:32 AM 111

    Four men have been arrested after $20 million in cocaine was seized in Tauranga. A five-month long inquiry by Customs and police uncovered the haul of 46kg of the drug at an address in Tauranga early this morning. "Customs commenced the operation after an investigation into smaller methamphetamine seizures, resulting in several arrests, identified persons

  • Justice Minister Andrew Little to repeal three strikes law

    1 November 2017 12:37 AM 83

    New Justice Minister Andrew Little will scrap the controversial three strikes law, reports Newshub Political Editor Patrick Gower. The law means third-time serious offenders get the maximum sentence with no chance of parole. Appearing on the AM Show on Wednesday, Gower said Mr Little was determined to cut policies he doesn't like. "You do get this picture

  • Triple murder accused named as Sungkwan Kim

    1 November 2017 12:10 AM 93

    The man accused of murdering three of his family members in South Korea and fleeing to New Zealand has been named as Sungkwan Kim. His name was initially suppressed but has now been lifted , and an extradition process began in the North Shore District Court on Wednesday. Media reports in South Korea say the man fled to New Zealand after allegedly killing

  • Triple fatality near Whangarei

    31 October 2017 11:48 PM 80

    Three people died at the scene of an accident involving three cars and a truck near Whangarei. Three people were killed in an accident involving a light truck and three cars on Wednesday. Emergency services were called to the scene at 11.15am on Wednesday morning on State Highway 1 at Oakleigh, where three cars and a truck crashed. Twelve firefighters

  • Value for Money reviews identify $373 million savings

    31 October 2017 11:37 PM 99

    Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has welcomed the findings of the first group of Value for Money reviews of council operations. “The reviews have identified potential savings of up to $373 million over ten years. I expect the realised savings to be reinvested in vital services and infrastructure for Auckland,” Phil Goff says. “The recommendations of the report

  • Mark's message on judging troops

    31 October 2017 11:34 PM 108

    Defence Minister Ron mark says he can't recall a time before now when the split second decisions of troops are dissected by non-uniform media and politicians. Defence Minister Ron Mark says he's never seen a time like now when a person who has never worn a uniform can judge the snap decision of a soldier in a war zone. Mr Mark, an army veteran whose

  • Government's pay-equity focus may fuel wage inflation

    31 October 2017 10:55 PM 100

    Nov. 1 (BusinessDesk) - A $2 billion pay equity settlement pushed up wage inflation in the September quarter and pay pressure may continue to accelerate because the new government plans to dump a bill that would have stymied similar deals. The previous National Party-led government announced a $2.05 billion pay equity pay deal for some 55,000 aged and residential

  • One dead in central Dunedin crash

    31 October 2017 10:29 PM 93

    A 37-year-old Dunedin man died in a crash on Dunedin's one-way system this morning. Emergency services were called to the crash on Great King St, where a car ended up on the footpath, north of Otago Museum near the intersection with Union St, just after 7am. The crash closed the northbound one-way until about 9.30am, disrupting traffic. Police said in a statement

  • 'What a privilege it is': Defence Minister Ron Mark thanks Jacinda Ardern

    31 October 2017 10:02 PM 86

    New Zealand First deputy leader Ron Mark has given his heartfelt thanks to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for appointing him Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs. "I'm not quite sure she realises how personal this is and what a privilege it is," Mr Mark said. Mr Mark became emotional, shedding tears during a performance of Poppies and Pohutukawa at the Returned

  • NZ forecast for warmer than usual summer

    31 October 2017 8:51 PM 92

    A preliminary forecast shows above-average temperatures for most of the country over summer, NIWA forecaster Chris Brandolino told the AM Show. "The reason we have high confidence it's going to be warmer than average temperatures, [is] the ocean temperatures are higher than average around New Zealand, and north-easterly winds. "Rainfall [is] a bit more mixed