Allegations over stolen cigarettes led a teenager to hold a knife at the throat of another teen, police say.
In almost two years 1500 New Zealanders have been sentenced under the three strikes legislation, passed in June 2010 and modelled on the same controversial law used in California.
When Whangarei mum Cathy Holman withdrew money from a cash machine, she didn't expect to be robbed and badly injured.
A Dunedin man "took the law into his own hands" when he brutally murdered a young Oamaru man at Warrington last year.
A jail term of two years and three months was appropriate for a woman who stole from her employer, Cadbury, the sentencing judge said.
A man who sexually violated and raped a girl when she was aged about 13 and who repeatedly offended against her in the same way when she was 17, resulting in her having a baby, has been jailed for 12 years.
A father who washed his son's blood-stained clothing after the murder of a young man at Warrington 16 months ago has apologised to the dead man's family.
Two unemployed teenage brothers yesterday admitted robbing an Oamaru dairy in May of herbal highs, after one drove a car to the shop and the other committed the robbery armed with a knife.
Police are appealing for any information on three wanted men.
A neighbour heard screams coming from a South Dunedin property where a 12-year-old girl was allegedly dragged from the street and sexually assaulted.
A Dunedin publican was left shaken after a sharp instrument was held to his neck in an aggravated robbery last night.
Dunedin police are seeking witnesses to an altercation behind an inner-city restaurant in which a 20-year-old man was allegedly run over by a car.
Waving a fishing rod and knife at a group of people was a 22-year-old Dunedin man's reaction to feeling threatened early yesterday, police say.
Three "grossly intoxicated" Saudi Arabian men were kept in police detox for more than six hours after one continued to make prehistoric bird noises in Queenstown.
Police have suspended their search for a missing Dunedin man.
Prime Minister John Key has detailed how the Government plans to achieve the "ambitious" target of reducing crime by 15 per cent in the next five years.
A Dunedin student has avoided a criminal conviction for his part in obtaining ecstasy for a friend to sell - but gained a presence on the internet.
Two Queenstown residents appeared in the Queenstown District Court yesterday in relation to a police drug operation in the resort in April.
At 12.05am Monday, a Queenstown man was arrested and charged with driving while disqualified. The man's car was subsequently impounded for 28 days and he is due to appear in court on June 18.
The partner of a man accused of shooting at police was arrested when she was found hiding in the back of a car police suspected had been used to steal fuel from a forecourt.