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Gassed in their cells, ‘begging’ for food at Auckland Women’s prison

An asthmatic woman is repeatedly pepper sprayed and has to show her used sanitary products to male guards, while her seriously depressed girlfriend is left in isolation until she attempts suicide, reports Guyon Espiner.


Calls for C1 Espresso owner to have award rescinded over 'toxic' culture

Sam Crofskey, owner of C1 Espresso in Christchurch, has been accused of bullying, manipulation, and denying adequate breaks and sick days.


'Are you OK, Boomer?': Green MP blasted for 'punching down' at senior citizens with 'disrespectful' tweet

"Calling someone Boomer is highly disrespectful. Also these retirees have paid taxes and work hard their whole lives."


Climate crusaders tell us to stop flying, and here they are sipping carbonated water in business class

Surely those battlers and crusaders should be walking the walk, says Ryan Bridge.


Biden authorised to get transition funds, despite Trump still not conceding

US President-elect Joe Biden has been given the funds to start his transition into the White House.


Health minister concerned about St John strike

The new Health Minister says he's very concerned about impending strike action by St John paramedics and is urging all involved to find a resolution.


NZDF to help deliver medals to Māori Battalion descendants

The New Zealand Defence Force has agreed to help descendants of soldiers in the Māori Battalion's C Company claim the war medals their ancestors never received.


Invercargill councillor disappointed to hear mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt rubbish review of council

An Invercargill councillor says it's disappointing and confusing to hear Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt rubbishing an independent review of the city council's operations.


Second mental health unit keeps patients longer due to lack of housing

The Chief Ombudsman admires the position of keeping people out of homelessness but the unit is not suitable in the long term, he says, and he will be monitoring progress.


Review launched into response to Napier floods

Napier's mayor says a review will be launched into the response to the flood that battered the city two weeks ago.


Kiwis arrested during alleged international Hells Angels drug bust in Romania

Authorities also raided eight properties and seized luxury cars and $200,000.


Convicted murderer Venod Skantha who killed Amber-Rosh Rush, 16, appealling conviction, sentence

A former Dunedin doctor convicted of murdering teenager Amber-Rose Rush continues to maintain his innocence and claims there has been a miscarriage of justice.


'Doing it for a reason': Kiwi fertility patients share the heartbreak, uncertainty of their journeys to conception

"I was ready to be a mum, but I wasn't ready for all the heartbreak month-on-month."


'The Govt gaslights people in poverty': Advocacy group issues scathing response to Labour's policies for low-income Kiwis

"If they don't urgently address the needs of the people and families we work with, the poverty crisis will be a part of the Labour Government's legacy."


Former doctor continues to fight against murder conviction over teen's death

A former Dunedin doctor found guilty of killing teenager Amber-Rose Rush continues to deny he was the murderer.


Farmers to have more influence on Government decisions after Labour flipped rural seats

"We have a responsibility to deliver to those communities who voted for us," says Jacinda Ardern.


Efforts under way to fill overseas student quota for border exemption

Officials are trying to allow dozens of overseas masters students into this country under a new border exemption announced by the government last month.


The website making it easier to find a woman or gender diverse tradie

Looking for a woman tradie? This website can help.


Māori, Crown must work in partnership for children - Kelvin Davis

The minister for children says he is "not into separatism" and that Oranga Tamariki needs to work in partnership with Māori.


Ardern invites Biden to NZ, offers COVID-19 expertise in 'very positive and warm' phone call

Jacinda Ardern acknowledged that New Zealand has some "natural" advantages to COVID-19.


Green MP defends saying 'OK, Boomer', dismisses 'outrage on Twitter'

"I've been quite appalled at some people calling it the 'B-word' as if it was an actual slur."


'Time slowed down': White Island survivors share terrifying survival stories

"The oxygen gets sucked out of your body, and it was then that I thought, 'she's in big trouble'."


Scott Base staff continue scientific project with coaching from NZ-based experts

"It's quite different to be a long ways away trying to convey that information to people."


Oranga Tamariki report: Midwives and support workers detail heartbreak of whānau

Midwives have shared how they were not included in decisions by Oranga Tamariki to remove babies from their whānau, in the latest report by the Children's Commissioner.


Minister for seniors criticises Greens' Ricardo Menendez-March for 'boomer' comment

Minister for seniors Ayesha Verrall does not think it's helpful to describe elderly people as "boomers".


'Disservice to New Zealanders': Greens say Govt's housing measures 'disappointing', sick of 'tired excuses'

Grant Robertson revealed on Tuesday he had written to the Reserve Bank Governor for help.


National, ACT thank Finance Minister for taking their advice by writing to Reserve Bank on house prices

Finance Minister Grant Robertson disputes that he copied them.


Earthquake Commission settles Tower Insurance quake claims dispute

Tower Insurance will be paid $42.1 million following the settlement of a dispute with the Earthquake Commission over Canterbury earthquake claims.


Ground-breaking cancer research uses Nobel Prize-winning technology

The method is so specific it's as if "tiny scissors" are used to destroy the cancerous cells.


'Why not $50 an hour?': Another minimum wage increase would be 'economic vandalism' - David Seymour

"The economy is still in recession and 37,000 people lost jobs in the last quarter."


Exit polling, campaign staff feedback and social media to be scrutinised in National Party review

"We are committed to utilising the review results to help shape this next term."


Indonesia police find dozens of smuggled parrots stuffed in plastic bottles on a ship

Indonesia is home to widespread illegal trade in birds.


PM says work will be done to make freshwater regulations 'workable'

Ardern spoke at this year's Primary Industries Summit in Wellington.


Harness racing star gets community detention for assaulting and strangling woman

Matthew Anderson's victim was put in a chokehold, kicked in the head, and thrown into doors.


Wellington musician assaults: No complaints yet from men, minors - police

Police say the complaints all relate to alleged sexual offending and assaults over an 18-month period.


Man dead after light aircraft crash in Kaitoke, Upper Hutt

The craft and its occupant were located late this afternoon.


Transmission Gully: 'I am certain we are going to hit target'

The New Zealand Transport Agency has issued a promise: Come hell or highwater, Wellington's Transmission Gully will be open for motorists next September.


Horticulture sector told no foreign workers 'this side of Christmas', despite severe labour shortage

Industry-wide there is a shortfall of around 10,000 workers.


Kiwi multi-millionaire facing eight further charges for possessing child abuse material

Sir Ron Brierley allegedly had over 200,000 photos and videos of young girls in sexually suggestive positions.


The helpful resource for domestic violence victims that you may not know about

The handy tool could help someone at risk of family violence - if they know where to look.


Ambulance strike called off after agreement reached - Union

A planned strike by some St John paramedics and ambulance workers has been called off.


Genter disputes Swarbrick's claim MPs owning houses have 'conflict of interest'

Green MP Julie Anne Genter says she's damned if she does own a home and damned if she doesn't.


Wildlife officers find 2001-style monolith 'in the middle of nowhere'

They're assuming it's manmade, but have no idea.


'Don't forget the umbrella': NZ braces for 'widespread wet weather'

"This is an evolving situation."


'I've never felt any anger': Eruption survivor Jake Milbank makes emotional return to White Island nine months on

"I have great respect for that place. It's a magical place, you know? It's beautiful."


New Zealand may face torture case over women's treatment in prison - laywer

Corrections appears to have broken the law by keeping two women in a segregation unit for four months at Auckland Region Women's Correctional Facility, a human rights lawyer says.


Doctor convicted of murdering Dunedin teen was framed, defence claims

The doctor is appealing his conviction on the grounds of a miscarriage of justice.


CAA 'carefully reviewing' 737 MAX information from Boeing, FAA before letting it return to NZ

The aircraft type has been grounded for more than 20 months after two fatal crashes.


Dunedin doctor appealing conviction for murdering teenager Amber-Rose Rush

He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in November 2019.


Covid-19 update 24 November: Two new cases in managed isolation

Two new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation are being reported by the Ministry of Health today, with no new community cases.