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Inquest Finds No Answers To Why Tourist Left Walking Track

Wellington, Aug 4 NZPA - A coroner investigating the death of Israeli tourist Liat Okin has been unable to find who or what led her off a tramping track in Fiordland.

Ms Okin, 35, was found on May 16 last year about 1km from off the Routeburn track.

Hurricanes Player Convicted After Drink-drive Texting Crash

Wellington, Aug 4 NZPA - A Hurricanes rugby player has been convicted of drink-driving after he crashed his car while texting as he drove home from a night out in Wellington.

Research Shows Feather-Filled Bedding May Be Better For Asthma

Research Shows Feather-Filled Bedding May Be Better For Asthma

Wellington, Aug 3 NZPA - Some asthmatics may be better off with an eiderdown duvet or a feather pillow rather than synthetic bedding, according to Otago University researchers.

Residents Warned To Avoid Walking Dogs On North Shore Beaches

Residents Warned To Avoid Walking Dogs On North Shore Beaches

The North Shore City Council is advising residents to avoid walking their dogs along beaches after two reported dog fatalities in the region.

NTT Com To Offer Router-Less Corporate VPN

NTT Com To Offer Router-Less Corporate VPN

TOKYO, JAPAN - NTT Communications (NTT Com) announced today that corporate customers of Arcstar' IP-VPN services in Japan will have the option of establishing easy, cost-effective VPN connectivity without the use of routers beginning from August 3.

Government's Youth Opportunities Package A Positive First Step

Student leaders are welcoming the Youth Opportunities scheme unveiled by Prime Minister John Key in Christchurch yesterday, but remain concerned over the direction of the Government's wider support policy for those already engaged in higher education.

Taxi Driver Stood Down After Alleged Assaults

Wellington, Aug 3 NZPA - An Auckland taxi driver has been suspended after allegedly attacking two flight attendants over a fare dispute.

Deps Hearing For Taupo Man Alleged To Have Killed Baby

Deps Hearing For Taupo Man Alleged To Have Killed Baby

Taupo, Aug 3 NZPA - Shannel Tate wore a hoodie dedicated to her baby son and wept when the father appeared in Taupo District Court today charged with his murder.

Rape Accused Played With Emotions, But No Criminal - Defence

Auckland, Aug 3 NZPA - A rape accused might have played with young women's emotions, but he was not a criminal, the defence in a High Court trial said today.

The 25-year-old man, who has interim name suppression, faces multiple sex charges involving six women, all of Indian ethnicity.

Tauranga Police Seek Rotorua Youth.

"Tauranga Police investigating the aggravated robberies at Kati Kati and Te Puke on 24th July 2009 wish to locate and speak with a 17 year old youth from Rotorua.

Detective Senior Sergeant Greg TURNER named the youth as Desmond Galvin-Taikato.