Release of transgender prisoner sought

A lawyer representing transgender prisoner Glen Cooper will apply to the Parole Board to have have her released next April.

Charge downgraded over mallet attack death

A woman who was charged with killing a man after hitting him in the head with a mallet has pleaded to a lesser charge.

Turia calls on Sharples to step down

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia has called on her fellow co-leader, Pita Sharples, to step down and hand over the reins to MP Te Ururoa Flavell, despite Dr Sharples' plans to stand again in 2014.

No charges after stabbing death

A property owner who stabbed an intruder to death after he chanced upon him on his rural South Auckland farm will not face criminal charges.

Long queues for food handouts in Auckland

Fuelled by the highest rate of unemployment in 13 years, the queues snaking along the pavements outside the Auckland City Mission have nothing festive about them.

John Key to get $150 a week pay rise

John Key to get $150 a week pay rise

Prime Minister John Key will get $3895 in backpay and an extra $150 a week as a result of a 1.9 per cent increase for MPs awarded by the Remuneration Authority.

Teenage murderer failed by CYF - stepfather

The stepgrandfather of 13-year-old murderer Jordan Nelson has criticised Child, Youth and Family, saying it failed to provide the teen with appropriate counselling and support.

Cricket: Munro selection deserves pat on back

Cricket: Munro selection deserves pat on back

Give the New Zealand selectors a pat on the back. They haven't had many of late, but the choice of Colin Munro for the Twenty20 series in South Africa deserves to be acknowledged.

Three girls from one family go missing

Three young girls from the same family are missing in northwest Hamilton.

South to savour the sun this Christmas

South to savour the sun this Christmas

The remnants of former tropical cyclone Evan could make it a sodden Christmas Day in much of the North Island, but South Islanders will be savouring lunch in the sun.

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