Kurt Bayer

'It'll be a long time before I trust a policeman'

'It'll be a long time before I trust a policeman'

A Christchurch pensioner arrested and "roughed up'' by armed police while protecting his quake-hit property has welcomed police watchdog findings which slams the officers' actions.

Support carer fled after overpayment

Support carer fled after overpayment

A support carer mistakenly overpaid almost $70,000 by health ministry bosses spent the cash before fleeing to his Russian homeland, with a sandy stopover in Rarotonga on the way.

'Warning shot' before man shot in chest

A "warning shot" was fired before a man was shot in the chest during an altercation in Christchurch's Hagley Park early yesterday morning, a court heard today.

Community farewell for drowned toddler

The 2-year-old girl who drowned in Lake Wakatipu will be given a community farewell on Saturday.

Police pursuits cleared

Police pursuits cleared

Two police pursuits, one which resulted in the death of a 20-year-old fleeing driver, and another where four teenage girls were seriously injured, have been cleared as textbook responses by the police watchdog.

Disgraced Dunedin lawyer charged

A Dunedin lawyer struck off over accusations of stealing nearly $3 million from clients has had 33 criminal charges laid against him.

Kavanagh halfback to be brought out of coma

Kavanagh halfback to be brought out of coma

A Dunedin schoolboy who suffered a serious head injury during a first XV rugby match is due to be brought out of his induced coma today.

Farmer with broken neck rides 3km for help

Farmer with broken neck rides 3km for help

A "hardcore" farmer waited two hours for help after breaking his neck in a 4m fall - then mounted his quadbike and rode home.

Heater abuse case: Man remanded in custody

Heater abuse case: Man remanded in custody

The man accused of burning a 5-year-old child's face with a fan heater has again been remanded in custody.

No fine over soldier's death

No fine over soldier's death

The Defence Force shoulders a high level of blame for the death of Private Michael Ross, who drowned when he fell out of a boat during a training exercise last year, a judge has found.