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Tui Takes Lead In First Week Of Voting

14 October 2008 - The tui has taken the lead in the first week of voting in Forest & Bird's 2008 Bird of the Year poll.

The iridescent-suited songster has taken the top spot with 129 votes since voting opened a week ago.

Medical Advances See Anaesthetists Take On Riskier Patients

14 OCTOBER 2008 - The obese, the medically unwell and the elderly are undergoing lifesaving surgery they would have been refused for 20 years ago.

Lawyer Complains At Absence Of Evidence Against Murder Accused

Tauranga, Oct 14 NZPA - A lawyer complained in Tauranga District Court today that he had no idea what evidence police had for charging his client with murder.

Sex Attack Victim Tells Court Of "Surge" That Saved Her

A 22-year-old woman has told of the moment when she says Liam James Reid was strangling her and she decided: "I'm not going to die here. This person is not going to kill me."

Man Pleads Guilty To Murder Of Korean Backpacker

Greymouth, Oct 14 NZPA - One of two men charged with murdering a Korean backpacker on the West Coast five years ago, today surprised a depositions hearing in Greymouth District Court by pleading guilty.

Murder Accused Pleads Guilty

Wellington, Oct 14 NZPA - One of the men accused of murdering South Korean backpacker Jae Hyeon Kim has pleaded guilty.

Hen "Liberator" Gets Day In Court

Wellington, Oct 14 NZPA - Wellington animal welfare activist Mark Eden is due to appear in court today charged with burglary over a raid on Turk's Poultry Farm in Foxton to "liberate" 20 hens.

Youth Charged After Road Rage Attack

Wellington, Oct 14 NZPA - An unprovoked road rage attack has landed a Rotorua youth in court, police say.

Families Taking Adavantage Of Free Education Hours

Wellington, Oct 14 NZPA - The number of early childhood education (ECE) centres is expanding to meet increasing demand as families take advantage of the Government's 20 hours free scheme, the Ministry of Education says.

NZ Universities Slip On World Rankings List

Wellington, Oct 14 NZPA - Auckland and Otago universities have slipped further down a list of the world's top universities, according to an annual rankings report.