Real Life

Four recreational boating fatalities this year

Amongst the sad drowning statistics released at the weekend, there is some good news in that recreational boating fatalities are well down on last year’s figures. So far this year four people have died in boating accidents and Maritime NZ has...... Read More

Men sought following alleged Tauranga assault

Two men are wanted by police following reports of a serious assault near Bayfair. A victim is believed to have been assaulted during the incident, and required facial surgery as a result of their injuries. A post shared to Facebook by Bay of Plenty...... Read More

Forestry Shake-up as company penalised $35,000

One of central North Island’s largest forestry silviculture companies has been penalised $35,000 at the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) for paying four former migrant employees less than the minimum wage for every hour they worked. Silviculture...... Read More

Appeal for killer of Spotless Cleaning supervisor dismissed

A Dunedin cleaner found guilty of murdering his supervisor has had his appeal against the conviction dismissed. Alexander Merritt, 20, was found guilty of the 2015 murder of Karin Ross, and sentenced to a minimum 12 years in prison. Karin Ross was...... Read More

More Dunedin evacuations as slip damage revealed

Two more Dunedin homes have been evacuated as more damage from a recent slip has been revealed. Dunedin City Council issued two dangerous building notices yesterday in the seaside suburb of St Clair, bringing the number of evacuated homes to six since...... Read More

Fur seal pups beheaded and dumped in Canterbury bay

Six fur seal pups have been decapitated and their bodies dumped in a bay on Banks Peninsula. The bodies of the 11-month-old seal pups were found on Monday by a tourism operator at Scenery Nook which is on the south side of Banks Peninsula. The Department...... Read More

Sensible Sentencing Trust wrongly labels man as paedophile

The Sensible Sentencing Trust has been censured by the Privacy Commissioner after wrongly labelling a man as a convicted paedophile on its website. In a release, the Privacy Commissioner said the Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) had interfered with...... Read More

Family of homeless man killed on the street sought

Whangārei's Open Arms centre has offered to hold a funeral for a homeless man killed on the street on Monday. The man, known only as Eddie, died after he was reportedly punched and fell to the ground, and a 25-year-old Raumanga man has been charged...... Read More

Worker crushed by container swing-lift

In the past two years, ten people working in the transport, postal and warehousing sector have died while at work. Three of these deaths occurred in June 2017 and one had its sequel in the Hamilton District Court on Monday. Transport company Altranz...... Read More