Kurt Bayer

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.

Hunt for Christchurch rapist

Hunt for Christchurch rapist

A city-wide hunt is continuing today for a man who police say may have been wearing a high-visibility vest when he allegedly attacked and raped a woman in her Christchurch home.

Waikato lightning kills 9 cows

A Waikato farmer has been left counting the cost of Saturday night's wild electrical storm after finding nine cows killed by lightning.

Climbing: Kiwi aims for world record ascent

Climbing: Kiwi aims for world record ascent

A top female New Zealand rock climber is gearing up to attempt a daring world record free climb - and beat her male rivals on the way.

Slip may have pushed missing tourists' van off road

Slip may have pushed missing tourists' van off road

It is likely a landslide in the Haast Pass hurled the campervan that missing Canadian tourists Connor Hayes and Joanna Lam were travelling in last Tuesday into the raging and flooded Haast River.

Second man charged with murder

A second man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Rangiora man Tony John Lochhead during an alleged armed robbery at the weekend.

Soldier filmed female colleague in shower

A soldier has admitted filming a female colleague while she was having a shower at a military barracks.