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Accused tells of murdering woman

Christchurch Sainey Marong today described to a court the moment he strangled Christchurch sex worker to death. Cruising past prostitutes and paying them for sex were the only ways a "hypersexual" Marong could calm the delusional thoughts he was having when he allegedly murdered Renee Duckmanton, he told the High Court in Christchurch. Marong, 33, this morning took the witness stand to...

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...

Ardern to query Chinese links to break-ins

Wellington Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she will be "asking questions" if there's evidence that break-ins at Christchurch academic Anne-Marie Brady's home and office were connected with her work on China's international influence campaigns. Ms Brady's work has gained attention world-wide. The New Zealand Herald reported Ms Brady yesterday told the Australian Parliament's intelligence and security committee that three recent events had...

Five seek National leadership

Auckland Steven Joyce has confirmed he will contest the National Party leadership. He becomes the fifth candidate to replace Bill English. Mr Joyce said "lots of colleagues and regular New Zealanders" told him to put his name forward. "My view is it has always been about the National Party, it's not about me personally." He said he was not troubled by National's three-point dip...

Tech conference looks at future for NZ

Wellington Technology has emerged as a booming industry and a conference of international experts are aiming to see how the country can grow the sector even further. Over 500 people gathered in Auckland today for the Digital Nations Summit where experts will discuss the role of technology in the future of New Zealand. Technology is now the third biggest and fasted growing...

CTU urges family-friendly Parliament as Green MP reveals pregnancy

Wellington The Council of Trade Unions is noting the need for Parliament to be family friendly after Greens MP Julie Anne Genter and her partner Peter Nunns announced they are expecting their first child in August. Ms Genter is Minister for Women, Associate Minister of Health and Transport, and is a candidate for the Greens co-leadership. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is also...

Australia ahead of NZ in cancer survival rates

Auckland Australians are more likely to survive cancer than New Zealanders, new research shows. While New Zealand's cancer treatment programme ranks among the eight best countries in the world, it lags behind nations, such as Australia and Canada, the Concord-3 study published in the Lancet medical journal found. The study looked at 37.5 million patients diagnosed worldwide with the 18 most common...
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