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10 years in psych hospital for stabbing, setting fire to sister

10 years in psych hospital for stabbing, setting fire to sister

A woman who was charged with stabbing her sister and burning her body in the backyard is likely to spend more than 10 years in a secure psychiatric hospital. Boushra Rahman appeared at the High Court in Auckland today by audio-visual link from the Mason Clinic. Ms Rahman has been a special patient since being charged with the murder of […]

Family labels Toll’s treatment of workplace death ‘inhumane’

Family labels Toll’s treatment of workplace death ‘inhumane’

The family of a man killed in a workplace accident has made a tearful plea for public accountability after what they say has been two years of neglect. Paul Darroch‘s family say the freight company Toll has not kept its promises of transparency and accountability for the 60-year-old’s death, at the company‘s Onehunga yard in September 2016 while helping unload […]

Alt-right speakers Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern anger NZ Muslims

Alt-right speakers Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern anger NZ Muslims

New Zealand‘s Muslim community is angry that two controversial alt-right speakers have been Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux Photo: Supplied / YouTube screen shot Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux were banned from speaking at Auckland Council‘s Bruce Mason Centre, but were today granted working visas by Immigration New Zealand. The two Canadians are known for their Islamophobic views and the […]

Forest owners caught between safety and climate change policies

Forest owners caught between safety and climate change policies

The forestry industry risks being caught in its own logjam over the safety of its workers. Some forest owners say there is a legal obligation to replant on steep slopes after felling (stock image). Photo: 123RF The state agency WorkSafe said cash crop trees like radiata pine might have to be omitted from steep hillsides, where cutting them down could […]

Council approves Whangārei Harbour dredge for oil ships, despite community opposition

Council approves Whangārei Harbour dredge for oil ships, despite community opposition

The Marsden Point oil refinery has won approval to dredge and deepen Whangārei Harbour. Marsden Point oil refinery Photo: 123rf Refining New Zealand applied earlier this year for resource consent to realign the harbour entrance to accommodate larger, new generation oil tankers. The big Suezmax tankers already visit the refinery but can only do so when they are 90 percent […]

Football coach who made players rub noses in dirt cleared

Football coach who made players rub noses in dirt cleared

The practise of a Dunedin junior football coach who allegedly made players touch their noses to the ground after making mistakes was meant to be “fun”. Photo: Photosport Football South chief executive Chris Wright said the coach and club had been cleared of wrongdoing as it was done with the consent of players and parents. “The intention of it was […]

Native plants put under microscope for E coli and effluent treatment

Native plants put under microscope for E coli and effluent treatment

Native trees could help clean up lakes and rivers and provide a solution to New Zealand‘s nitrogen and effluent problem. Scientists are testing pathogens on native plants to see if the have the same potential as mānuka killing off E coli. Photo: RNZ/Kate Gudsell Previous tests have shown E coli died off much faster under mānuka than under pasture, and […]