Kurt Bayer

NZDF has 'risk-tolerant culture'

NZDF has 'risk-tolerant culture'

Poor leadership and a "risk-tolerant culture" has been uncovered at the New Zealand Defence Force by an independent probe that has today made 20 urgent recommendations to overhaul its lax health and safety policies.

Wind brings tree crashing down on home

Wind brings tree crashing down on home

When an ancient elm cracked in fierce gales last night and crashed into her roof, terrified Shannon Swann leapt onto her flatmate's knee, thinking Christchurch had been hit by another massive earthquake.

Woman jailed for setting fire to own flat

Woman jailed for setting fire to own flat

A woman who wanted to flee Christchurch after becoming embroiled with a gang set fire in her own flat, causing a flatmate to jump from a second floor window and a terrified mum to escape leaving a young child behind.

Support carer spent $70,000 overpayment in weeks

Support carer spent $70,000 overpayment in weeks

A support carer mistakenly overpaid almost $70,000 who then spent the lot within weeks before fleeing to his Russian homeland, via a Rarotonga stopover, has been sentenced to five months' home detention.

Cop drove injured newborn to hospital

Cop drove injured newborn to hospital

The 3-week-old baby left fighting for its life after a violent incident at her Invercargill home on Monday was so badly injured that a policeman had to drive the ambulance to hospital.

Real estate agent has licence stripped

A real estate agent who forged clients' signatures, and then tried laughing it off as "just fooling around in the office", has had his licence stripped.

Hopes fade for man who fell overboard

Hopes are fading for a holidaymaker who fell from a boat in Marlborough Sounds early yesterday.

Snowboarder death: 'She lived life to the fullest'

A British-born TV director who died in a 150-metre plunge while snowboarding at Whakapapa ski field has been described by friends as the "ultimate Kiwi thrill-seeker".

Auckland man killed in Portugal crash

A young New Zealand winemaker has been killed a car crash in Portugal.

Ex-All Blacks beat Thai ladyboys in elephant polo match

Ex-All Blacks beat Thai ladyboys in elephant polo match

A group of former All Blacks have beaten a team of Thai ladyboys in an elephant polo match.