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Mohammed Idris Hanif

Auckland lawyer sentenced for helping human trafficker

Mohanmed Idris Hanif was used to appearing at the lawyers' benches of Manukau District Court but today he was in the dock.


Detector dogs in prisons sniff out nearly one synthetic cannabis sample a week

Five specially trained dogs have been in action in prisons since March.

Accused Kiwi conman's partner arrested in Australia on multiple charges including indecent assault

Simone Smith, AKA Simone Wright was apprehended by Australian Federal Police, acting on New Zealand-endorsed extradition warrants.

It’s moving temporarily while the original premises get an upgrade.

Temporary relocation of Auckland City Mission ruffles some neighbours' feathers

The new spot for the next two years is close by while its existing site undergoes a makeover.

TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett gives the latest update.

Chilly weather in store for much of the country with cold front set to hit Sunday

MetService says, "this front is forecast to deliver a cold and showery south to southwest flow across New Zealand.

This follows a report of an aircraft dropping an unknown substance near the school.

Ten children taken to hospital after plane emits unknown substance over Carterton school

Children have been hospitalised with nausea and vomiting and about 120 students are going through decontamination.

Dairy owners could be hit by restrictions on tobacco sales

While the idea has received support from some, others said it would drastically reduce sales.

HNZ promises 'genuine' approach to compensation for tenants turfed out after meth testing fiasco

That could range from an apology from Housing New Zealand, to cancellation of meth-related debt and repayment, to a grant for household items and moving costs.

A Hamilton high school principal has come under fire for a speech in which she said truants were highly likely to end up in prison, be illiterate, be a rape victim or commit suicide.

Education Ministry encourages parents to complain to Hamilton school if unhappy with principal's truant rape speech

Fraser High School principal Virginia Crawford's speech to assembly seems to have backfired with angry students said to be planning a "mass wag".

Emergency department doctor Mark Gilbert says the patients have been critically unwell as a bad batch of the drug is sold.

Doctor's stark warning after Christchurch synthetic cannabis overdoses

A "nasty batch" of the drug has caused 10 people to overdose in the city in the last 48 hours.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford is now weighing up his options.

Government to loan $339 million for Auckland housing infrastructure

The interest free 10-year loan will go towards major projects in Redhills and Whenuapai.

Melbourne, Australia - August 24, 2017: A pedestrian walks past a Michael Hill jewelry store at the corner of Little Collins and Elizabeth Streets in the Central Business District of Melbourne, Australia.

Michael Hill hires new CEO as jewellery chain looks to expand

Daniel Bracken brings experience from fashion chain Burberry.

St Bede's to review handling of child sex complaint

Christchurch's St Bede's College will appoint an independent reviewer to look into its handling of a child sex abuse complaint in 2011.

Darfield High School’s principal says police were notified shortly after the incident happened.

Police chastise Canterbury students who didn't intervene in bullying incident

"Bullying is wrong. We all have a responsibility to do something to stop it."

The Prime Minister gave details of the Government plan during a speech in Auckland.

John Armstrong: As Labour fast loses the plot, Sunday's moment of coalition unity was priceless

The carefully stage-managed display by Jacinda Ardern and her deputy was not so much a case of fake news as one of fabricated news, writes our columnist.

Auckland woman admits pimping out 14-year-old girl for sex

The 19-year-old solo mother took the girl to the hotels and then received payment from the client by way of internet bank transfers.

A Hamilton high school principal has come under fire for a speech in which she said truants were highly likely to end up in prison, be illiterate, be a rape victim or commit suicide.

Hamilton principal slammed for speech saying truants were highly likely to become rape victims

Truants more likely to end up in prison and be illiterate, principal said.

Man with axe

Police seeking information over terrifying early morning robbery at Tauranga home involving an axe

Two men broke into the home, assaulted the occupants and stole two cars.

Researchers tested the 15-year-old children of teens who were studied in the 1980s, researcher Helena McAnally explained to Breakfast.

Disturbing new study finds Kiwi teens are fatter and less fit than their parents

The girls were 25 per cent less fit than their mums were at the same age, while boys were 15 per cent less fit.

Police car

Murder charge laid after man stabbed to death in Upper Hutt

A 37-year-old man will appear in the Hutt Valley District Court this morning,

Labour MPs stand behind Jacinda Ardern's decision to strip Meka Whaitiri of her portfolios

The Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP, who is back in parliament next week, disputes allegations she assaulted a staffer.

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