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Crash sentence dismays victim

Auckland A television journalist is disappointed the man who injured her in a crash was not given a harsher sentence. Peng Wang, a 29-year-old Chinese national, was yesterday sentenced to 80 hours community work and ordered to pay $25,000 after being found guilty last week of careless driving causing injury. Newshub journalist Karen Rutherford was hit by Wang's car while riding her...

Williams f ined $2300 for cocaine

Paris Former All Black Ali Williams has had his day in court, now he has to wait to see if he still has a job. The 77-test veteran was convicted of buying cocaine outside a Paris nightclub and fined 1500 euros ($NZ2300) by a French court overnight. The Paris prosecutor's office said the former All Blacks lock has pleaded guilty to "buying...

Dementia cases set to soar, report shows

Auckland The number of New Zealanders living with dementia will increase by close to 300% to 170,000 by 2050, a new report estimates. The Economic Impact of Dementia report, carried out by Deloitte and commissioned by Alzheimers New Zealand, was launched at Parliament last night by Seniors Minister Maggie Barry. Alzheimers NZ chief executive Catherine Hall said new models of care were...

Dog with suspected parvovirus found

A dog in Cobden with suspected parvovirus which escaped from its home last night has been found. A warning was issued to all Cobden dog owners to keep their animals away from the missing black Labrador-type dog because parvovirus was extremely contagious. A West Coast Vets spokesman confirmed today the dog had been found. The spokesman urged all dog owners to have their...

$100,000 of fer ‘stretched’ Little

Wellington Labour leader Andrew Little says the $100,000 he offered hoteliers Earl and Lani Hagaman to settle a defamation suit was a stretch and required re-mortgaging his home. The Scenic Hotel owners are suing Mr Little for $2.3 million in a trial before judge and jury in the High Court at Wellington. They claim Mr Little implied Mr Hagaman was involved in...

Johnson not tempted by Storm vacancy

Wellington Warriors playmaker Shaun Johnson says he has no interest in stepping in for departing Melbourne Storm star Cooper Cronk. Kangaroos halfback Cronk, 33, is moving to Sydney at the end of the year to be with his fiancee, leading to speculation of a bidding war for his services. Johnson, who is set to come off contract at the end of the...

‘Drowning’ US run by an idiot: IS

Washington Isis has directly addressed American citizens and claimed the country is drowning and "being run by an idiot". In the first official remarks by the group referring to Donald Trump since he assumed office, spokesman Abi al-Hassan al-Muhajer unloaded on the president. "America you have drowned and there is no saviour, and you have become prey for the soldiers of the...

Cash must stay: German minister

Berlin Cash is crucial, Germany's economy minister said overnight, defending the role of notes and coins in a debate in Europe about the merits of limiting cash payments to counter terrorism. The European Commission is weighing stricter rules on the use of cash to cut terrorists' funding, and Germany's finance ministry led by conservative Wolfgang Schaeuble has said Berlin could imagine...

Latham to captain Black Caps in Ireland

Auckland Opener Tom Latham will lead New Zealand in their upcoming one-day tri-series against Ireland and Bangladesh in Ireland. It will be the Canterbury lefthander's first captaincy experience in the absence of Kane Williamson, who is tied up in the Indian Premier League, and he becomes New Zealand's 22nd ODI captain. With several players either injured or playhing in the IPL, there are...

Is there really a ‘youth vote’?

Chris Trotter Do young New Zealanders vote in ways that diverge markedly from the voting patterns of older New Zealanders? Does it still make sense to talk about winning the "youth vote"? If it does, which of our political parties stands the best chance? There was a time when people took the notion of a youth vote very seriously indeed. By...
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