Crime

Rural bike burglaries spike

Damage at Huntly Honda after thieves used a five tonne truck to ram a gate.

Police urge vigilance after a spike in the number of farm bike thefts.

Tooth puller guilty

Philip Lyle Hansen appears in Wellington District Court.

Man found guilty of ripping out two women’s teeth with pliers and indecently assaulting one of them.

AOS callout after man's threats

Armed police have cordoned off areas in Te Puna, Tauranga.

Roads near Tauranga were cordoned off in the search for an "agitated" man with a weapon.

Alcohol and drug monitoring 'major infringement of liberty'

The Law Society says proposed monitoring of the alcohol and drug use of offenders needs to be overseen.

Proposed monitoring of the alcohol and drug use of offenders and people on bail is a "major infringement of liberty", the Law Society says.

Prisoners allowed phones, computers in cells

Phones would be installed in cells for prisoners to make calls to prearranged numbers, and computers would be available to increase education and skills.

Inmates around the country could have phones and computers installed in their cells if the innovation proves a success at the Wiri correctional facility, opening in Auckland on Friday.

Ryder assaulted for being 'tight'

Dylan James O'Neill, 22, appeared in the Christchurch District Court to be sentenced on charges of assaulting Jesse Ryder.

Jesse Ryder assault was a "run-of-the-mill matter" prompted by his attackers calling him tight and mean-spirited, court hears.

IPCA finishes Banks investigation

The IPCA has finished its investigation into the police handling of complaints about John Banks' election donations, but is unable to make its findings public yet.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority's findings about the police investigation into John Banks' Auckland mayoral campaign funding have to stay under wraps for now.

Slain woman's will plan revealed

Yun Qing Liu is on trial in Auckland High Court for the murder of his partner Cissy Chen.

Killed Auckland woman Cissy Chen was making a will to cut her partner out of her assets, Crown says.

Jury retires in Huntly murder trial

Huntly gang murder accused Peter Hepi.

Jury asked to decide if murder accused was acting in self-defence or as an aggressor when he fatally stabbed a Huntly man.

Axe murderer denied parole

John Frederick Ericson was convicted of his wife's murder in April 2000 and sentenced to life in prison after admitting the charge.

Claims cocktail of drugs cause of murder fail to convince Parole Board.

Man halts teen in burglary getaway

Police

A Waikato teen is in police custody after he ran into the wrong man attempting to flee in a stolen car.

Toddler car park death: Guilty plea

The charges relate to the January 16 death of a 16-month-old, who died after he was left in a car in the Whanganui hospital car park on a hot day.

A woman has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in relation to the death of a toddler who was left in a car in the Whanganui hospital car park.

Baby stable after serious assault

police nz generic ambulance

Otago baby taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries is now in a stable condition, police say.

'We loved him all the same'

Vaughan Te Moananui.

The man fatally shot in an armed standoff with police in Thames on Saturday had been receiving treatment from mental health staff.

Man found sleeping after police chase

Police in Diomede St on the North Shore following a pursuit across Auckland.

A man who allegedly evaded police in a car chase was found asleep in a stranger's home.

Shooting probe widens video

Police

Scene investigation shows shots appeared to have been fired in early hours of morning.

Angry cyclist bites, headbutts officer

court

Cyclist admits he "overreacted" in road-rage outburst over "careless drivers".

Drag race death appeal dismissed

Court of Appeal dismisses drag racer's appeal

Remorse for the death of a teenager in a drag racing crash was "too little, too late".

Blessie jury told to stay offline

Blessie Gotingco

Judge concludes the sixth day of murder trial by reminding the jury not to researching the case online. 

Hansen not shown in good light, lawyer

A pair of pliers claimed to have been used by Philip Lyle Hansen to extract teeth, next to the smaller pair of surgical pliers used for comparison.

Consent for tooth pulling given at the time and later regretted did not make it a crime, says Hansen's lawyer.

Teen 'blacked out' during alleged assault

The trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting his sister and cousin when all three were under 18 has entered its second day.

Woman tells Invercargill court she blacked out after hitting her head during alleged sexual assault by her cousin.

Scott Watson to get judicial review

Scott Watson will be in court for a judicial review considering Corrections' decision to stop a journalist from visiting him in prison.

Convicted murderer Scott Watson gets judicial review after Corrections rejected his request to meet with a journalist behind bars.

Freerunner fined for parkour damage

Parkour exponents - also known as freerunners - use the urban environment to perform acrobatic tricks and stunts.

A Nelson man has been fined for the damage caused as a result of "acrobatic running".

Gotingco trial resumes

Blessie Gotingco's murder trial could have been jeopardised by the publication of an online work.

The trial of the man accused of killing Auckland woman Blessie Gotingco has resumed as usual in the High Court at Auckland, despite the court having to order the taking-down of an article about the case written by a court registrar.

Children beaten by mum and aunt

Blenheim District Court

Sisters assaulted children with metal pipe, wooden back scratcher and sticks.

Lawyers want gang charges dropped

Armed police stand guard outside a Red Devils pad in Nelson during a raid at the conclusion of Operation Explorer in March,
2011.

Lawyers argue all remaining charges against Red Devils associates should be thrown out of court.

Kiwi jailed in Qatar

Gavel, generic court, judge's gavel

A New Zealand man living in Qatar has been sentenced to a year in prison after he was found guilty in a case involving the sexual assault of a seven-year-old girl.

Nelson man faces 14 sex charges

Nelson District Court.

A Nelson man has denied multiple charges of sex offending against children.

Instant tests for drink-drivers video

Constable Krista Kite demonstrates one of the new police breathalysers which performs three tests in one - cutting out the trip to the police station.

New breathalysers cut out need for long trips to nearest police station.

Man dies at Auckland court

The man was in custody after being arrested for breaching bail conditions.

Man found dead in the cells of an Auckland court was facing serious charges, including kidnapping.

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