A man has been charged with murder after the death of a
61-year-old man at a house north of Whangarei, in Northland,
A cyclist has been killed in a collision with a freight train
at a level crossing in Christchurch this morning.
A tropical cyclone forming in the Pacific is looking less
likely to make a direct hit on New Zealand early next week,
but dangerous beach conditions can be expected on the east
coasts of the North Island, WeatherWatch warns.
More than 200 children and pets have been rescued from
locked, hot vehicles over the past two months, prompting a
warning lives are being put at risk.
Family First has reignited its calls for the anti-smacking
law to be changed to allow light smacking, saying child abuse
and welfare statistics show no improvement since the law was
passed in 2007.
Trampers have been criticised after 12 phantom children were
booked into a North Island forest park hut to give three
families exclusive use of the building.
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