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50,000 Passengers Through Smartgate

50,000 Passengers Through Smartgate

The 50,000th passenger has been processed through the SmartGate automated passenger processing facility at Auckland Airport, just two months after Prime Minister John Key launched the new system early in December last year.

Haiti Victims' Bodies Arrive Home

Wellington, Feb 5 NZPA - The bodies of two members of a New Zealand woman's family killed in the massive Haiti earthquake last month have been returned to New Zealand.

Napier Shaken By Quake

Napier Shaken By Quake

Wellington, Feb 5 NZPA - Napier was shaken by a 4.5 magnitude earthquake this afternoon.

The quake, which struck at 3.01pm, was located 40km east of Napier at a depth of 25km, GNS Science said.

 

Supreme Court Rejects Hitman-hirer's Appeal

Wellington, Feb 5 NZPA - An Auckland taxi driver, jailed for five years for trying to hire a hitman to kill a priest he believed was his wife's lover, has been refused by leave to appeal his conviction in the Supreme Court.

Christmas Present Burglar Remanded For Sentence

Christchurch, Feb 5 NZPA - A Christchurch man has admitted breaking into a family's holiday home on Christmas Day and stealing children's Christmas presents.

Rory Khan Conley, 26 unemployed of St Albans, pleaded guilty in Christchurch District Court today to burglary.

Man Sentenced For 'Abhorrent' Sexual Abuse Of Stepdaughter

Man Sentenced For 'Abhorrent' Sexual Abuse Of Stepdaughter

Wellington, Feb 5 NZPA - A woman raped and sexually assaulted repeatedly by her stepfather more than 20 years ago wore dark glasses as she read a victim impact statement in court today.

She said she had to wear the glasses because she couldn't bear being looked in the eye.

Fatal Crash Driver Was Male: Ngo

Thursday's Otago Daily Times article about a fatal eight car crash in Auckland was grossly stigmatising for people with mental illness said a spokesperson for Standard Nine, an Otago mental health consumer NGO.

Teenager Jailed After Robbing 'Kind' Motorist

Teenager Jailed After Robbing 'Kind' Motorist

Wellington, Feb 5 NZPA - A teenager was today jailed for abducting and robbing a motorist who stopped "out of kindness" to give him a lift.

Teen Remanded On Assault Charge

Teen Remanded On Assault Charge

Christchurch, Feb 5 NZPA - A 19-year-old Christchurch youth has been remanded on an assault charge after teenagers clashed in upmarket suburb of Merivale at the weekend.

Fugitive Stewart Jailed, Accused Of Vanity

Fugitive Stewart Jailed, Accused Of Vanity

Christchurch, Feb 5 NZPA - Infamous fugitive William Alexander Stewart, now facing a seven-year four-month jail term, was accused in court today of being vain and seeking publicity during his months on the run from police in Canterbury.