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Warm windy weather makes way for a cold snap

A broad westerly flow makes it windy for exposed parts of the South Island and lower North Island today, while it remains mostly sunny and warm in the north and east. MetService meteorologist Mark Bowe says, “Eastern areas of the country can...... Read More

Roast Buster interview ’re-traumatising victims’

A member of the notorious Roast Busters gang has been labelled "an entitled young man who epitomises rape culture" after speaking out publicly for the first time. Joseph Parker, a member of the group of teenage boys who boasted online about...... Read More

Rapist’s victims call for law change after $28k court ruling

The lawyer of a woman ordered to pay a man the court found was likely to have abused her has lashed out at the justice minister for suggesting her client had bad legal advice. Mariya Taylor was ordered to pay $28,000 to Robert Roper, after losing a civil...... Read More

Waihi teen livin’ the local government dream

Waihi 17-year-old Joshua Mason never wanted to be a fireman or astronaut when he grew up. Instead, he always dreamed of being a politician. It’s a career choice that is met with bemusement by many. “I definitely get some funny looks when...... Read More

Doctors and DHBs to discuss rosters and pay again

As tensions continue to rise, junior doctors and their employers are heading into talks again this week. The public-hospital doctors and district health boards will meet in Auckland on Thursday in a second round of mediation in the dispute over rosters...... Read More

One person injured in Woolston shooting

One person has received minor injuries following a shooting in Woolston. Police were called about 11pm to Ferry Road, Woolston on Monday, following a report of a firearm being discharged. One person, who had been assaulted during the incident, received...... Read More

Taranaki oil spill cleared - council

Taranaki Regional Council is investigating the source of a diesel spill in the sea near New Plymouth yesterday. The council said the sea off Ngāmotu Beach had been cleared of diesel, and spill containment booms had been removed. Scene commander Bruce...... Read More