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Police target 'significant' cannabis operation, four arrested

The remains of a large scale marijuana growing set-up sits in a rubbish skip outside an address raided by police.

Four people have been remanded in custody after police raided six Auckland properties in relation to a cannabis-growing operation.

Man arrested after assault, kidnap in Auckland's Manurewa

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Police and forensics scour the scene at 77 Freidlanders Road, Manurewa after a ...

The critically injured man had a badly swollen face and was covered in blood following the assault, a witness said.

The ripples of a murder 30 years ago still resonate for a small Otago town video

A dedicated equestrian, Kylie was last seen alive just south of Owaka on her horse Nick after going out after school.

The death of schoolgirl Kylie Smith rocked New Zealand and split a community. For Stuff reporter Nadine Porter, who knew Kylie, it was deeply personal.

Skip of marijuana-growing equipment left outside raided Auckland home

The remains of a large scale marijuana growing set-up sits in a rubbish skip outside an address raided by police.

Hundreds of plant pots, lighting equipment, flowering additives, and what appeared to be the dregs of a marijuana crop are packed into the skip.

The inside story of a prisoner's daring escape from a hospital toilet video

Uditha Punchihewa was sentenced in December to two years and three months in prison for a variety of charges, including ...

Handcuffed to a handrail inside a toilet at Hutt Hospital, Uditha Punchihewa launched his daring escape.

Let's party like Hyde St 2021 video

Lego men start dancing early at Dunedin’s infamous Hyde St Party

The Lego men are dancing alongside escape convicts, Peaky Blinders and actual police officers. It must be the Hyde St Party.

Ripped off and still waiting for reparation video

In two years, Veronica Narelle Robinson has paid only $374 of reparation for a $58,000 fraud.

John Walder lost $58,000 to a fraudster employee. She was supposed to pay him back but two years on, he's only received $374.

Why hurt people tend to hurt others video

Khylee Quince: ‘’The clear spirit and intent of the original provision was to increase community engagement in the ...

OPINION: Here's the reason Māori are over-represented among victims of crime.

Auckland gang war: Molotov attack linked to Mongols, Head Hunters feud

A car was set alight in the firebombing, but the assailants failed to ignite the building.

Members of the Head Hunters are believed to have thrown molotov cocktails at a business owned by a Mongol member in north Auckland.

Wellington bar has hours cut amid concerns about fights and drunk students

Police and council will focus on liquor ban breaches this month as part of a newly formed social contract to address ...

A central Wellington bar must close at 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays after its owner was found to be struggling to properly manage “challenging” behaviour by “high-risk” patrons, including fights and people climbing onto the balcony from the street.

Man jailed for rape and violation; consent defence rejected

In the Palmerston North District Court on Friday, Raymond Burgess was jailed for five years on charges of rape and ...

One victim tells him she feels safe now he's behind bars. She hasn't felt that way since the day she was raped.

Man found with critical injuries in West Auckland

Police found the man on the footpath of Metcalfe Rd in Ranui. (File photo)

The man has been taken to hospital after being found injured on a footpath in Rānui.

Stepdad's abuse leaves girl 'terrified of her own bed'

A South Canterbury man who sexually abused his stepdaughter has been jailed for three years, four months.

A young girl is now “terrified of her own bed” after more than three years of sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather.

Family violence court cases: Information is power video

A survey of lawyers found some do a lot of free legal work, while others do none.

OPINION: Family violence has reached pandemic proportions. So where are our specialists?

Auckland police raid Tribesmen property ahead of rival's patching ceremony video

Police could be seen raiding a property on Lancaster rd in Beach Haven.

The raid comes amid rising gang tensions in the city which saw shots fired at a 5-star CBD hotel.

Drivers doing doughnuts thought to have taken out penguin on Dunedin beach

The sand at Tomahawk Beach is ripped up after two vehicles did doughnuts in the area.

Hoons ripped-up a Dunedin beach and may have killed a rare little blue penguin found dead on the beach a short time later.

Big cannabis growing operation in old bank

Timothy Lionel Te Rawaraki Snow has been sentenced to nine months’ home detention and 130 hours’ community work for his ...

The owner of a historical Temuka building used for a commercial cannabis enterprise has been sentenced for his role in the sophisticated growing operation.

Man charged with threatening to kill PM Jacinda Ardern

A man was arrested in Auckland on Tuesday for threatening to kill Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. (File photo)

The 30-year-old Auckland man is also alleged to have harrassed another person by sending them constant social media messages.

Cordons lifted after lockdown at Whenuapai Air Force base video

Whenuapai air base has been locked down and members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team are on site.

The lockdown was ended after the Defence Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad found nothing of concern in a suspicious vehicle.

Parole hearings soon for pair from Hutt killing

Damelza Hohipa was jailed for three years and four months for the manslaughter of Davis Colin Phillips.

Victim's family gasped as Damelza Hohipa was sentenced to three years and four months' jail after stabbing Davis Colin Phillips, 56.

Woman kidnaps man after drug deal goes sour

A woman has been sentenced for kidnapping and trying to pervert the course of justice in New Plymouth District Court. ...

A woman kidnapped a man she used to babysit after sending him to buy drugs and the deal went sour, the New Plymouth District Court has heard.

Seven break-ins over three weeks 'hurt our hearts' video

The Sweet Painted Lady Cafe, which was broken into four times, is a popular stop for truckies, or people travelling in ...

Thieves have repeatedly used rocks to smash their way into a rural Waikato café and ice cream parlour, leaving the owner concerned about the future.

Questions remain as scene examination is completed for Remuera death video

Police are asking those with information to contact the investigation team.

Pauline Hanna's sudden death remains unexplained as police wait for "various results and analysis”.

Driver sentenced to home detention for fatal crash

Faamoani Junior Sutena, 20, was sentenced to nine months home detention for reckless driving causing death.

The 20-year-old fell asleep at the wheel of his car and hit a cyclist, who was on his way to volunteer at a riding for the disabled club.

No compensation for abuse victim's wrongful conviction - minister

The High Court reduced her sentence to nine months in 2019 - but by then Mrs P had already served her year’s punishment. ...

Mrs P was accused of lying about her abuse and convicted of perjury. But despite the Court of Appeal quashing the conviction, the state says she doesn't deserve a pay-out.

Man who assaulted partner with wrench taken to jail then immediately released

In the Palmerston North District Court on Friday Dennis Hines was jailed for assaulting his partner. He will be released ...

Basher's 11 months waiting for a trial means he has already served his sentence. But rules are rules, court hears.

Taranaki teen tells story of assault

A 14-year-old was hit over the head for his bag at the Bell Block Beach car park, at the end of Mangati Rd, on Easter Monday.

After being hit over the head for his bag, a Taranaki teenager lay unconscious with a fractured skull and brain bleed as his attacker was sped off in a car.

Hotel shooting linked to incident at gang pad, police say video

15042020 News Photo: RYAN ANDERSON/STUFF Police incident at the Sofitel hotel in downtown Auckland on Thursday morning

Incident at Auckland's Sofitel hotel was connected to a shooting at the Head Hunters headquarters and a bomb squad callout on the North Shore.

State surveillance body cautions over police facial recognition tech video

NZ police have appointed two outside advisors on the safe use of facial recognition technology.

The AI used for facial recognition is known to be less accurate when differentiating non-white faces.

Police told to carry guns on average once a week, figures reveal

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Dozens and sometimes hundreds of frontline police officers have been given temporary arming orders 47 times in the last 10 months, as fears around gun violence escalate.

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