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Insanity ruled out in murder trial

Christchurch Medical experts concluded Sainey Marong did not have a defence of insanity before standing trial for the alleged murder of Renee Duckmanton. During a dramatic day in the High Court at Christchurch yesterday, 33-year-old Gambian-born butcher Marong admitted strangling the Christchurch sex worker in May 2016 and setting her body on fire. He claimed he was insane at the time, suffering...

We dodged a bullet, mayors say of storm

Wellington Firefighters were inundated with callouts after the country battled with former Cyclone Gita, but South Island mayors say they dodged a bullet with little major damage. Between midday yesterday and 6am today, Fire and Emergency New Zealand received 1300 callouts, mainly for flooded homes, fallen power lines and trees, a spokeswoman said today. States of emergency were declared in Taranaki, Nelson-Tasman...

Fairfax to sell or close 28 titles

Auckland Fairfax's New Zealand arm has announced it will close or sell 28 mastheads. Stuff today briefed staff on plans to reduce its portfolio of smaller community and rural titles. About 60 staff could be affected. A statement said the company was working through the detailed plans for each individual title. Further briefings with staff and communities will be held over the...

$4b boost from trade deal: Mfat

Wellington The full details of the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement have been released and New Zealand's trade department says the economy will grow by as much as $4 billion thanks to the deal. The Government today made public the controversial 11-country free trade deal's text, along with an analysis of its predicted effects on the economy. According to the Ministry of...

Fiery Spanish theatre to ignite Auckland

Auckland Basque and Catalan culture will light up city streets when the Auckland Arts Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary next month. Spanish company Deabru Beltzak will stage Les Tambours de Feu (The Drums of Fire) four free outdoor processions incorporating drumming and fireworks where costumed performers lead the public through streets and laneways. Performed around the world, it has been described...

Speed skaters change tactics in medal chase

Auckland The New Zealand pursuiters are hoping a radical technique can propel them to a huge upset when they take on hosts South Korea in the Olympic speed skating semi-final early tomorrow morning. Necessity was the mother of invention for the New Zealand trio of Shane Dobbin, kingpin Peter Michael and Reyon Kay, who as the fourth qualifiers must take on...

Warning over Arthrem

Auckland People taking Arthrem, which is marketed as a dietary supplement to maintain healthy joints, have been warned about a potential risk of harm to the liver. Medsafe says it has become aware of 14 instances of liver toxicity including hepatitis, abnormal liver function and jaundice among users of Arthrem, which is not an approved medicine. Medsafe group manager Chris James says...

Disappointed Celine Dion fans slam Ticketmaster over ticket ‘scam’

Auckland Disappointed fans are lashing out at Ticketmaster after Celine Dion tickets sold out instantly and reappeared on Ticketmaster's resale site for more than $1000. Tickets to the superstar's show went on sale at midday but scores of fans have reported that tickets were immediately unavailable. At first they thought it was a glitch in the website, but then they realised tickets...

Labour soars past National in poll

Wellington Labour has surged ahead of National in the latest opinion poll which gives the party its highest rating in 15 years. The 1 News Colmar Brunton poll, its first of the year, puts Labour on 48%, a gain of nine points since the last poll in December. National has slipped three points to 43%. The Greens have suffered from Labour's gain, down...

Great War stories told through artefacts

Salt is extremely important to humans. Without it we die literally! Do not ask me the details, suffice to say it is vital to our health and in the type of weather we have been having it is important to replace the salt we lose when we sweat. The ancient Romans knew this and soldiers were given a percentage of...
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