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Witness Tells Of Last Hours Of Little Nia's Life

Rotorua, Oct 28 NZPA - Two school-aged children in the house where Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie lived were also physically and verbally abused by four of the five adults charged over Nia's death, the High Court at Rotorua was told today.

Murder, Rape Accused Pours Scorn On Scientific Evidence

Murder, Rape Accused Pours Scorn On Scientific Evidence

Christchurch, Oct 28 NZPA - Liam James Reid today dismissed forensic scientific evidence linking him to a rape and murder in Christchurch and rape and attempted murder in Dunedin.

`Show-Off' Killer Driver Escapes Jail Sentence

Christchurch, Oct 28 NZPA - A teenager has got home detention for the high-speed showing off that cost the life of 20-year-old Elizabeth Hart as she was crossing a Christchurch road.

Retired Army Officer Blames Wife For $1m Frauds

Christchurch, Oct 28 NZPA - A retired army major is blaming his ex-wife for a series of frauds that cost investors almost $1 million.

His wife, Jennifer Margaret McIntyre, has already pleaded guilty to the fraud charges.

Letting Private Insurance Loose On ACC Is Nonsense - CTU

Letting Private Insurance Loose On ACC Is Nonsense - CTU

"Letting the private insurance industry loose on workplace accident cover is utter nonsense, a point further highlighted by the recent problems in global financial markets," said Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly, in welcoming Labour's commitment today for a fully public ACC scheme.

248 Investors Pursue Vestar

248 Investors Pursue Vestar

The number of disaffected investors to register their interest with the Exposing Unacceptable Financial Activities group in pursuing action against Vestar has grown to 248.

Build Dams Not Cycle Lanes Say Farmers

Federated Farmers President, Don Nicolson today urged all political parties to focus far more on the productive sector. He said if government increased infrastructure expenditure it should spend money on building dams rather than cycle lanes.

Garden Centre Fined For Opening On Good Friday

Wellington, Oct 28 NZPA - A Wellington garden centre has been fined for keeping their doors open on Good Friday this year.

California Home and Garden in Miramar were fined the maximum penalty of $1000 and court costs of $130 at the Wellington District Court today.

Jailed Man Man Freed After Rape Conviction Overturned

Christchurch, Oct 28 NZPA - A man who spent seven months in jail for rape has walked free, after the Court of Appeal overturned the conviction.

Kevin Patrick Leahy was jailed for five years after being convicted by a Christchurch District Court jury in February.

Ruapehu Lodge Loss Felt Keenly

Ruapehu Lodge Loss Felt Keenly

The destruction of Forest & Bird's Ruapehu Lodge in Whakapapa Village in a fire last night (Monday, 27 October) was like losing an old friend, Forest & Bird General Manager Mike Britton says.