'Cowardly assault' in Queenstown

'Cowardly assault' in Queenstown

Two Cromwell men were arrested in Queenstown early this morning after an alleged assault in which a local man was kicked in the head while lying on the ground.

$1.5m fraud: 'Red flags were ignored'

$1.5m fraud: 'Red flags were ignored'

The excessive lifestyle of the man at the centre of a $1.59 million fraud at the Dunedin City Council was among the ''red flags'' the council ignored, investigators say.

Drug deal teachers struck off

A "one-off" drug deal at a Wanaka preschool has resulted in two teachers having their registrations torn up.

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Fraud: Weak council culture cited

Fraud: Weak council culture cited

A weak internal culture at the Dunedin City Council allowed a staff member to get away with spending $100,000 of ratepayers' money on personal items using a council fuel card, the company that investigated the fraud says.

More than 100 houses planned for Wanaka

More than 100 houses planned for Wanaka

The final piece of the puzzle in Wanaka's inner residential tract will start to be filled in next year, as the town's most prolific developer launches his latest project.

NZ-Australia parity close

NZ-Australia parity close

The New Zealand dollar could reach parity with the Australian currency as early as the first quarter next year, following economic uncertainty in Russia and the Federal Reserve adopting a more cautious tone.

Aunt saw girl struck by car on crossing

Aunt saw girl struck by car on crossing

The aunt of a girl hit by a car on a pedestrian crossing saw the accident unfold in her rear-view mirror just seconds after she passed the youngster waiting on the footpath.

Key: Govt must weigh risk, rights

Key: Govt must weigh risk, rights

Prime Minister John Key said the Sydney siege gunman highlighted the conundrum for authorities over protecting citizens against potential terrorism and over-stepping their powers.

Orchard in family for 100 years

Orchard in family for 100 years

Cromwell orchardists the Webb family have marked a milestone by celebrating 100 years in the fruit industry this month.

'Murders' part of UK abuse inquiry

'Murders' part of UK abuse inquiry

Police looking into accusations that powerful figures at the heart of the British establishment were involved in child sex abuse in the 1970s and 1980s say they are investigating allegations three young boys were murdered.

Siege victims' families to plan funerals

Siege victims' families to plan funerals

As flowers pile up in tribute to the Sydney siege victims, their families now face the heart-breaking task of organising funerals before Christmas.

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