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Forest and Bird Condemn 40% Rise in Sea Lion Quota

Forest & Bird is shocked that squid fishers will be allowed to kill 40 per cent more threatened New Zealand sea lions in the coming season.

New Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley announced today that the number of sea lions allowed to be killed in the squid fishery this season has been raised from 81 last year to 113.

Dermatologists Warning Over New Rules For Acne Drug

Dermatologists Warning Over New Rules For Acne Drug

22 December 2008 - New Zealand and Australian dermatologists are united in their criticism of PHARMAC's decision to widen prescribing rights for two medicines used to treat severe skin conditions.

Dad Not Surprised By Investigations Finding

Wellington, Dec 21 NZPA - The father of convicted double murderer Scott Watson said he was disappointed about the narrow focus of a police investigation into complaints he made about Deputy Commissioner Rob Pope.

Convicted Killer To Seek Third Trial

Convicted Killer To Seek Third Trial

Wellington, Dec 21 NZPA - The lawyer for convicted killer Antonie Dixon says he will be seeking a third trial.

Dixon was convicted in 2005 of murder, grievous bodily harm, firearm charges, shooting at police, and kidnapping after a night of violence in January 2003.

Police Clear Deputy Commissioner Over Murder Inquiry Complaint

Auckland, Dec 21 NZPA - An internal investigation has cleared deputy commissioner Rob Pope of making false statements during the Marlborough Sounds murder inquiry, police said today.

Teenage Girls In Court For Retired Schoolteacher's Murder

Auckland, Dec 20 NZPA - Two teenage girls accused of murdering retired Opotiki schoolteacher John Rowe made brief appearances in court this morning.

A 17-year-old appeared in Auckland District Court and her 15-year-old co-accused appeared in Tauranga Youth Court.

Guilty Verdicts In Park Kicking Trial

Christchurch, Dec 19 NZPA - Two teenagers have been convicted of kicking a 14-year-old boy so badly that he was put in hospital for three days with head and facial injuries.

Youths Admit Stealing From Woman Who Made Rape Complaint

Wellington, Dec 19 NZPA -Two more youths have admitted stealing items from a woman who has now been charged with making a false rape complaint arising from an incident at Corsair Bay last month.

Central City Shotgun Blast Admitted

Wellington, Dec 19 NZPA - A Rolleston 17-year-old told police he fired a shotgun at another car in central Christchurch because he was "psychotic and trigger-happy".

Top Court Dismisses Ex-policeman's Drink-drive Appeal

Wellington, Dec 19 NZPA - A former policeman who was granted the right to appeal a drink-drive charge to the country's highest court has had his appeal dismissed.