Whangarei man jailed for toddler assault

A plea from a Whangarei man not to be sent to prison for assaulting a toddler who was hospitalised for two weeks was rejected and the judge said a deterrent message needed to be sent by the courts.

Armed police called out over toy gun

Armed police and dog units were were called to a Tauranga property about 2.30pm yesterday after an altercation between workers and a group of male youths in which a toy gun was brandished.

Whitebait huts torched in Hawkes Bay

A veteran whitebaiter says arson attacks on shelters at the Tukituki River have brought a bitter end to this year's season.

Man jailed after Westport tourist attack

Man jailed after Westport tourist attack

A man who attempted to sexually violate a tourist in Westport in June has been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison, without parole.

Katitkati woman dies after crash

An elderly woman who was critically injured when she was hit by a truck in Katikati on Monday has died.

AC/DC drummer in court

AC/DC drummer in court

A warrant to arrest former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was briefly issued when he failed to arrive on time for his High Court appearance today.

Big boost in teaching kids to read

Reading big books to schoolchildren while also sounding out words in the story has been labelled a "breakthrough" to improving literacy.

Mum's anger at gesture to 6-year-old

Police are investigating an incident on Waiheke Island where a drink driver is said to have tried to coerce a 6-year-old girl into his car then made a threatening throat-slitting gesture at her when she refused.

Collins cracks on with being an MP

Collins cracks on with being an MP

The mug on Judith Collins' desk has "best female in a leading role" written on it. The woman who drinks from it claims she has lost all appetite for that leading role after the troubles of the year just gone.

Investigation found gaps in data

Questions remain about missing evidence and gaps in the Judith Collins investigation.

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