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Tourist Fraudsters Lose Appeal Against Jail Sentences

Christchurch, March 5 NZPA - A district court judge was entitled to consider New Zealand's vulnerability to credit card fraudsters when he jailed a Singaporean couple, a Christchurch High Court judge ruled today.

Paua Poaching Ringleader Jailed

Wellington, March 5 NZPA - The leader of black market paua poaching operation has been jailed and his partner sentenced to home detention.

The pair took paua, many undersized, from the Kaikoura coast in covert night missions and sold it to members of the Nelson Asian community.

Hastings Burglaries

Hastings Burglaries

Police in Hastings have arrested two men and recovered a large haul of property stolen from businesses and commercial properties in Napier, Hastings and Central Hawke's Bay.

Anzac Protester Given Leave To Appeal

Wellington, March 5 NZPA - Flag-burning Wellington protester Valerie Morse has won another day in court.

Horse Riders Encouraged to Speak Up on Road Safety Plan

Source: NZ Horse Recreation Group
Horse Riders Encouraged to Speak Up on Road Safety Plan

Northland horse riders have until the 13th of March to let the Regional Council know how they view the draft road safety plan.

Mayor Hails Parliamentary Vote On Anti-Gang Patch Bill

Mayor Hails Parliamentary Vote On Anti-Gang Patch Bill

Wanganui mayor Michael Laws today described the passing of the second reading of the council's anti-gang patch bill as "good news, and a step in the right direction in confronting the evil of criminal gangs."

Where's Your Dream Job?

Where's Your Dream Job?

One in two jobseekers would relocate overseas for their dream job, reveals a survey by specialist recruiter Hays.

61 percent of respondents said they would relocate overseas, 21 percent would accept a lower salary and 18 percent would retrain.

Alcohol Price Increase Will Hurt

Alcohol Price Increase Will Hurt

The decision by liquor producers to increase prices has been condemned by hospitality retailers. This would cost consumers and could cost jobs if retailers do not pass the increases on said Bruce Robertson, Chief Executive of the Hospitality Association.

SH20 Full Overnight Motorway Closures

The NZ Transport Agency advises of the following closures on the Southwestern Motorway (SH20) to lift beams into place on the new Hastie Avenue footbridge and to complete work on the Walmsley Road off-ramp:

Court Told Of Offender's Childhood Drug Addiction

Christchurch, March 5 NZPA - At the age of 32, South Canterbury man Brent Trevor Hartley has been struggling with drug addiction for 20 years.

But today, after a sentencing for the attempted robbery of a dairy, he has a future for the first time in his life.