A former Olympian is facing a fresh trial on charges of
assaulting and raping his former wife - with new claims he
also physically and sexually attacked a previous partner.
An 18-year-old man who went on a year-long crime rampage
which ended when he stole medical supplies from a St John
ambulance escaped jail today in what was described as a
Todd Blackadder rarely loses his cool, but he was furious at
claims from two Bulls players that they were eye-gouged
during the round-robin match against the Crusaders in
Pretoria in April.
The Wellington Phoenix have bolstered their defensive ranks
after today confirming the signing of All Whites centre-back
A 20-year-old man is in a critical condition after falling
nine storeys at a central Auckland construction site.
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder says the odds are against
Kieran Read playing in Saturday's qualifying match against
the Bulls in Christchurch.
Vern Cotter has entered the frame as a
candidate for the Blues coaching position.
A new law has been signed off by Cabinet, requiring
distributors and producers to test and prove the safety of
party pills and fake cannabis.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is spending $11 million
on a seven-year programme to enhance the country's marbled
A forestry worker who took a 200 metre tumble down a Bay of
Plenty cliff face last week remains in a stable condition in
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