Domestic violence laws under spotlight

Justice Minister Amy Adams said more money would be put into preventing family violence rather than just dealing with it after it happens.

A new set of offences could come from a review of NZ's "horrific" domestic violence problem.

Sherena Williams stabbing trial set


Roy Mataki faces a February trial accused of murdering a young mother at an Upper Hutt party.

Did he have a gun?

Slovakian man David Cerven was shot dead by police on Sunday night.

Police finish scene examination after shooting of David Cerven, but won't say if he was armed.

Elderly woman sexually assaulted

Police are investigating after an elderly woman was attacked in her Palmerston North home.

Elderly woman sexually assaulted in "brazen" home invasion.

Family's memories plucked from property

A shipping container full of a Canterbury family's possessions has been stolen from their Hororata property. Its registration number is CSLL2003053.

A shipping container full of more than 30 years of memories has vanished from a Canterbury property.

Meth mule pleads guilty

Michelle Hopa, 51, was arrested at Nelson Airport on March 10 with close to three ounces of methamphetamine in her handbag.

Woman who carried close to three ounces of meth on a flight into Nelson pleads guilty.

New lead in missing girl case

LA Tukerangi told family on Saturday she was being held against her will by Dean Whakatau.

Police searching for missing girl LA Tukerangi hunt for car sighted in Rotorua.

Forgery earns extra jail time

New Zealand's biggest benefit fraudster, Wayne Patterson, at his sentencing in 2007. He will stay in prison for another year for sending fake letters to the Parole Board.

Wayne Patterson would have been freed last week if he hadn't sent a forged letter.

Christchurch homicide victim named

Police examine the Owens Tce home of murder victim Harold Richardson.

The elderly man murdered at his home in Christchurch has been named as Harold Richardson.

Valentine killer stays in jail

Brayden Windley has been declined parole, after serving two-and-a-half years' imprisonment for the manslaughter of Michael Valentine.

Killer denied parole, then admits using a cellphone to watch movies behind bars.

Help for bashed tourist

Nicholas Aubertin, 24, was attacked by a gang in the driveway of the Vagabond Backpacker Hostel on Worcester St between 2.30am and 2.45am on Saturday.

Concerned Kiwis offer a bashed backpacker anything from places to stay to odd jobs.

House where murder took place for sale

The house on Elizabeth Street where the murder took place.

The house where Katrina Rose Drummond was killed is up for sale.

Hit-and-run victim unable to move

Rangimaria White was a "star student".

Rangimaria White was ill on the road and unable to move moments before she was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Friends of shot man express grief

David Cerven, a Slovakian man sought by police in connection with three robberies on Auckland's North Shore.

Friends of a young Slovakian man shot by police in central Auckland have expressed their shock at his sudden death.

Sightings of missing girl reported

LA Tukerangi told family on Saturday she was being held against her will by Dean Whakatau.

Father of a missing 15-year-old believes his daughter is "playing along" with an older man to keep herself safe.

Louise Nicholas' house burgled

Louise Nicholas was recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Anti-rape advocate says she feels violated after her house is ransacked.

Man brandishes gun out of window in crash

Police have named the 76-year-old woman who died in a head-on collision near Queenstown on Friday. She was Jennifer Claire Scott, of Cromwell.

Man reportedly pulled gun on man after crash in Hamilton East.

Kicker 'hyper', court hears

Connor Morris was killed with a long-handled sickle in 2014 in street violence sparked by a kick.

Man who started street fight that ended in Connor Morris' death was "amped up" when he kicked a stranger.

Stevens murder trial set for 2016

The site on Paekakariki Hill Rd, near Wellington, where Matthew Stevens' body and car were found.

Three charged over the death of Matthew Stevens have been remanded until a February trial.

Mum denies failing to get treatment for Leon

Christchurch schoolboy Leon Jayet-Cole died after he suffered serious head injuries.

The mother of five-year-old Leon Jayet-Cole, who died in hospital, will go on trial on a charge of failing to get him medical treatment.

Arrest on school grounds

A 28-year-old man was arrested by police dog handlers in the grounds of  a Palmerston North school.

Police caught up with a fleeing motorcyclist at Palmerston North's Awatapu College about 4am.

Tourist attacks rare but damaging

New Zealand has an enviable reputation as a tourist destination, and for - mostly - good reasons.

"New Zealand has a reputation as a safe place for tourists. This type of offending erodes that reputation."

Who was David Cerven?

David Cerven, the man shot dead on Sunday, in a photograph released by police.

Information has emerged regarding the past of the young man fatally shot by police on Sunday night.

'Heated' party before Morris death

Accused Michael Murray at the High Court in Auckland.

Woman describes drunken party just before a fight broke out and Connor Morris was killed with a sickle.

More cash to tackle family violence signalled

Justice Minister Amy Adams will release a discussion paper on family violence on Wednesday.

More money could be coming to tackle domestic violence.

Robber left passport at dairy

David Cerven.

A man shot dead by police left his passport at a dairy authorities say he robbed days earlier.

Attacked tourist told 'speak English'

Nicholas Aubertin, 24, was attacked by a gang in the driveway of the Vagabond Backpacker Hostel on Worcester St between 2.30am and 2.45am on Saturday.

Backpacker was asked if he could "speak English" in an attack that left him with a broken jaw.

Teacher aide 'groomed' girl

A teacher aide set up a Facebook account under a female name to communicate with a young student.

Nelson teacher aide created fake Facebook account to sexually groom learning-impaired student.

'Help me. I've been kidnapped' video

Police have fears for LA Tukerangi - believed to be being held against her will.

The mother of a 15-year-old girl allegedly being held by a career criminal says she is beside herself with worry.

Teen arrested over muggings

Police are hunting a group of young men over a spate of muggings in the capital.

Wellington police arrested a 17-year-old after several violent late-night street muggings.

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