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One Of Accused Discharged In Makutu Trial

Wellington, June 9 NZPA - One of nine people accused of killing Janet Moses during a curse lifting ceremony has been discharged.

Whitehead Head Road Vehicle Access To Be Reinstated This Week

9 June2009 - Whitewash Head Road is expected to be re-opened to lightweight vehicles later this week.

School Support Staff Celebrated Nationwide

9 June 2009 - The work of thousands of support staff in schools is being celebrated around the country today. (Support Staff Day June 10th)

Opotiki Man Charged With Rape Of French Tourist

Opotiki Man Charged With Rape Of French Tourist

Whakatane, June 9 NZPA - An Opotiki man charged with raping a French hitchhiker at gunpoint has been remanded in custody for a bail hearing next month.

Man Who Used Dead Man's Car And Bank Card Due In Court In July

Auckland, June 9 NZPA - A 28-year-old man who used a dead man's car and bank card has been remanded in custody to reappear in court next month.

Toxic Chemicals Found At Children's Playground

Wellington, June 9 NZPA - Toxic chemicals have been found at a New Plymouth children's playground.

Two drums containing chemicals were found by workers laying a stormwater drain in May at Marfell Park, the site of the city's former dump, the Taranaki Daily News reported.

Smokers' DNA Can Be Screened For Susceptibility To Lung Cancer

Smokers' DNA Can Be Screened For Susceptibility To Lung Cancer

Wellington, June 9 NZPA - Smokers and former smokers can now take a DNA-based test to identify whether they are genetically susceptible to getting lung cancer.

Jail For Last Of `Mindless Yobs'

Jail For Last Of `Mindless Yobs'

Christchurch, June 8 NZPA - The youngest boyracer in the "wolf mask" confrontation with families and golfers in Canterbury last November was today sentenced to nine months' jail.

Woman Slain In Exorcism Spoke In `Puzzles', Acted Like A Lion

Woman Slain In Exorcism Spoke In `Puzzles', Acted Like A Lion

Wellington, June 8 NZPA - A Wainuiomata woman killed during a botched exorcism had been acting like a lion and speaking in "puzzles" after being possessed by spirits from a stolen statue, the High Court at Wellington was told today.

Mother Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Cheer Squad

Mother Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Cheer Squad

Auckland, June 8 NZPA - A woman today pleaded guilty to stealing from her daughters' cheerleading squad so she could play the poker machines.

Carlynn Saunders-Clarke, 30, was remanded on bail to reappear in Waitakere District Court in Auckland on August 3.