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Summer Time Fun Ends In Tragedy

Summer Time Fun Ends In Tragedy

5 February 2009 - January 2009 has been a tragic time for many families coping with the drowning of a loved one. Statistics released today by Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) show that 23 people drowned in January - nearly a quarter of the total 2008 drowning toll.

Area Commander Appointments Announced

Area Commander Appointments Announced

5 February 2009 - Southern District police today announced the appointment of Inspector Barry Taylor to the position of Area Commander Southland, and Central Otago Sub-Area Commander, Senior Sergeant Mike Cook, to the position of Area Commander Otago Rural.

Beast Of Blenheim's Sentence Appeal Dismissed

Wellington, Feb 5 NZPA - A man known as the "Beast of Blenheim" has had his appeal to be released from prison rejected.

Stewart Murray Wilson, now 62, was jailed for 21 years in 1996 for rape, attempted rape, indecent assault, stupefying, bestiality and wilful ill-treatment of a child.

Woman Removed From Murder Case Hearing After Swearing At Judge

Hastings, Feb 5 NZPA - A woman swearing abuse at the judge and police was removed struggling from the public gallery of Hastings District Court today after the appearance of a man charged with murdering Hawke's Bay farmer Mark McCutcheon.

McDonald Writes Letter To Halatau's Family

McDonald Writes Letter To Halatau's Family

Auckland, Feb 5 NZPA - The man at the centre of the Auckland motorway fatal shooting that left an innocent man dead has written a letter to the victim's family.

Couple Banned From Owning Dog After `Unbelievable' Ill Treatment

Wellington, Feb 5 NZPA - A Northland couple have been fined more than $20,000 and forbidden from owning a dog for at least 10 years after being convicted for an "unbelievable" case of animal ill treatment.

Massey VC Calls To Keep Jobs As His Own Staff Face Possible Redundancy

Massey VC Calls To Keep Jobs As His Own Staff Face Possible Redundancy

5 February 2009 - Just as a review of Massey Wellington campus support staff has concluded with at least fourteen staff being given individual notice that unless they are successful in obtaining a position via redeployment they will be redundant in May the university's vice chancellor, Steve Maha

Couple Charged For Ill Treatment Of Eight Dogs

5 February 2009 - The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), Animal Welfare Investigation Team are pleased with the convictions handed out in the Whangarei District Court on Tuesday to a couple jointly charged with four offences under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

Motorway Gunman Remanded To March

Wellington, Feb 5 NZPA - The man at the centre of the Auckland motorway fatal shooting that left an innocent man dead has been remanded in custody to reappear again in March.

Murdered Tourist's Parents Relieved By Guilty Plea

Murdered Tourist's Parents Relieved By Guilty Plea

Auckland, Feb 5 NZPA - The father of slain Scottish tourist Karen Aim said he is relieved that the youth charged with her murder pleaded guilty today.

Brian Aim said he, his wife Peggy and son Alan, had been spared having to sit through an expected four-five week trial.