Kurt Bayer

Family relieved at guilty plea

Family relieved at guilty plea

The family of murdered Ashburton mum Sina Nerisa Solomona is glad her teenage killer has pleaded guilty today and saved them from enduring a distressing murder trial.

Dalziel calls for audit of city finances

Dalziel calls for audit of city finances

New Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel has wasted no time in calling for an independent audit of the crippled city's books.

Dad suffers One Direction for daughters

Dad suffers One Direction for daughters

Dedicated dad Craig Brook suffered 7,000 screaming, swooning One Direction fans last night as the noise in the CBS Canterbury Arena approached jet-plane engine levels.

Christchurch school closure 'unlawful'

Christchurch school closure 'unlawful'

A tiny Christchurch school that today won a David vs Goliath legal battle against a government-forced closure is hosting a victory party tonight.

Child killer vows to appeal sentence

Child killer vows to appeal sentence

The family of schoolgirl Jade Bayliss, murdered by double child killer Jeremy McLaughlin in 2011, have welcomed his lengthy sentence - but he has vowed to appeal.

Instructor praised after chopper crash

Instructor praised after chopper crash

The instructor in yesterday's helicopter training crash has been praised for his quick actions in averting a double fatality.

Sex offender appeals sentence

Sex offender appeals sentence

A convicted sex offender who sexually assaulted a young woman at knifepoint in a Dunedin park while on parole has appealed what he calls a "manifestly excessive" open-ended preventive sentence.

Dead tourist's workmates raising funds to get her home

Dead tourist's workmates raising funds to get her home

A Canadian hospital has launched a campaign to bring home the body of a former employee who was killed in a campervan crash in New Zealand.

Candidate withdraws over explicit images

Candidate withdraws over explicit images

Police are looking into the actions of a Christchurch community board candidate who today withdrew from the election race after explicit images and messages he apparently posted were leaked online.

Missing backpacker found alive

A Chinese backpacker missing for three nights in bad weather near National Park, Ruapehu, has been found "a bit weather-beaten" but alive and well, police said.