Kurt Bayer

Social change drives drop in NZ marriages

Social change drives drop in NZ marriages

Our changing society is behind the dramatic drop in the number of New Zealanders tying the knot, and getting divorced, relationship experts say.

Young kayaker rescued from rough seas

Young kayaker rescued from rough seas

With the strong current dragging his kayak further out to sea, Philipp Cartier's freezing fingers fumbled for the emergency light he hoped would get a rescue helicopter's attention.

NZer face to face with terror kingpin

NZer face to face with terror kingpin

A radical Islamic cleric standing trial in New York on global terrorism charges will this week come face-to-face with a New Zealand woman caught in a terrifying kidnapping two decades ago.

NZ conman fleeced wealthy neighbours

NZ conman fleeced wealthy neighbours

A New Zealand accountant who conned his wealthy London neighbours out of $2.2 million has been jailed for eight years.

Killer was on parole

Killer was on parole

The man who has admitted murdering Christchurch community support worker Amy Farrall, then attacking two female hitch-hikers on the West Coast was on parole at the time of his crime spree and had been out of prison only six months.

Police dog attack 'unjustified and excessive'

Invercargill police used illegal and unjustified excessive force by letting a police dog bite and drag a suspected burglar for almost a minute, an Independent Police Conduct Authority probe has concluded.

Homesick scientist's tragic death

Homesick scientist's tragic death

A "young, talented, intelligent" University of Otago graduate who moved from New Zealand to Britain to pursue her promising chemistry career committed suicide after suffering severe loneliness and homesickness, an inquest has heard.

Drunk passenger claimed to have AK-47

Drunk passenger claimed to have AK-47

A drunken passenger on a flight to New Zealand caused a mid-air terror alert yesterday by lighting up a cigarette in his seat then claiming he was carrying an AK-47 machinegun.

Terminally ill mum in race against time

Terminally ill mum in race against time

Kelleigh Burkett knows her time with her three gorgeous girls and husband Craig is running out, and she's trying to cram in a lifetime of memories.

Teenager drowned trying to swim to friends

A teenager drowned swimming across an artificial lake after seeing his mates having fun on the other side.