Shearer backed as Labour leader

Shearer backed as Labour leader

Labour's MPs have endorsed the leadership of David Shearer in a confidence vote today but will not release the results of the vote.

Boxing: Botha blasts 'stupid' Sonny Bill

Sonny Bill Williams has been labelled as "stupid" by Francois Botha, his opponent for Friday's WBA International heavyweight title fight in Brisbane.

Cricket: Ryder, McCullum and Oram snapped up by IPL

Jesse Ryder, Nathan McCullum and Jacob Oram were the only New Zealand players to pick up new Indian Premier League contracts following last night's auction.

Two in court over fatal stabbing

Two men will appear in court this morning charged over the fatal stabbing of a Levin man last Friday.

Car searched for clue in hunt for killer

Police will today examine a car to look for clues over the death of Auckland man Shalvin Prasad, who is believed to have been killed before being set alight.

Shock at sex assault on young girl at Southland beach

Police are seeking witnesses to a sexual assault on an 8-year-old girl just 50m from the main entrance of a popular Southland beach.

Big vote tipped for Shearer today

Labour MPs voting on the leadership this morning are expected to overwhelmingly back leader David Shearer - whom Shearer loyalist Trevor Mallard is likening to the late Labour Prime Minister Norman Kirk.

Rain expected to offer little reprieve

Rain has started to soak large parts of the country today but it will offer little reprieve around Auckland, which has suffered its driest start to a year in half a century.

Hero plunges into dark ocean to help teenagers

A man spent almost an hour in the ocean last night trying to rescue three teenagers swept out by a rip after nightfall on a beach near Waiuku.

Girl (8) sexually assaulted at Invercargill beach

An 8-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in the sand dunes of Invercargill's Oreti Beach near where a large number of people were present, police say.

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