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2 November 2017 12:02 AM Dirt bike prank father doesn't want charges laid

However the principal of the school where the incident took place does want charges pursued - saying a "strong message" must be sent to young people that reckless behaviour won't be tolerated. Hamilton Boys' High School student Kyle Kirsten suffered a deep gash to his leg when hit by a girl from Waikato Diocesan School on the Boys' High field at lunchtime 267

2 November 2017 12:01 AM No govt support for Auckland port expansion: Ardern

Nov. 2 (BusinessDesk) - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has poured cold water on the Ports of Auckland's proposal to extend one of its wharves by 13 metres into Waitemata Harbour, just hours after the proposal was released. Speaking after her first official conversation as prime minister with the mayor of Auckland, former Labour Party leader Phil Goff, Ardern 254

1 November 2017 11:50 PM Ardern pours cold water on Auckland port expansion, supports fuel tax

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff emerged from their first meeting together in perfect agreement. The pair, who used to work together when Goff was still in parliament, met with Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Housing and Transport Minister Phil Twyford to discuss how the Government can work with the Auckland Council 267

1 November 2017 11:32 PM Michael McGrath – status of enquiries

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 218

1 November 2017 11:31 PM Fees-free tertiary study on fast track

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 207

1 November 2017 11:11 PM Peter Carroll sentenced to life in prison for murder of Marcus Tucker

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 214

1 November 2017 10:52 PM Speedway fans ready to explode over fireworks ban

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 245

1 November 2017 10:52 PM Greg Mosen: We're furious Speedway can't have fireworks

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 213

1 November 2017 10:37 PM Applause as Marcus Tucker’s killer jailed for life

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 285

1 November 2017 10:37 PM Man who murdered father-of-three and set his body on fire jailed for 17 years

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 248