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Rugby: Ex-ITM player gets life ban for punching ref

Rugby: Ex-ITM player gets life ban for punching ref

A former ITM Cup rugby player has received a life ban from the code after punching a referee in the head at a game.

Body found in Auckland creek

A man's body was found in a creek in Beach Haven, Auckland, about 3pm today.

Kidnap suspect escapes custody

Kidnap suspect escapes custody

A man arrested earlier today in relation to a violent kidnapping has escaped police custody just hours later.

Ex-teacher charged with indecent acts

Ex-teacher charged with indecent acts

A former teacher at one of the country's top secondary schools has appeared in court charged with committing an indecent act at the school.

Rugby: Blues release Marshall from contract

Rugby: Blues release Marshall from contract

Benji Marshall has been officially released from his Super Rugby contract, the Blues confirmed.

Protester eggs Key's car

Protester eggs Key's car

Protesters egged Prime Minister John Key's ministerial BMW as it collected him from a state housing development in Napier this afternoon.

Rifle used in fatal Gisborne shooting

Rifle used in fatal Gisborne shooting

A firearm used in a fatal shooting in Gisborne early on Sunday has been identified as a rifle, with police still searching for it.

Rugby: Luatua dropped as Blues seek physical edge

Rugby: Luatua dropped as Blues seek physical edge

Steven Luatua has been dropped to the reserves bench as John Kirwan looks to get more physicality out of his team for Friday's match against the Waratahs at Eden Park.

Shot fired at service station robbery

Shot fired at service station robbery

A shot was fired during an armed robbery of a service station on the Mt Wellington highway early today.

Greymouth businesses count cost of storm

Greymouth businessman Lance Topliss is ruing the third storm to damage to his Tainui Street premises.

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