Australia accused of gambling with lives of asylum seekers

Amnesty International has damned Australia in a report and released video of asylum seekers on a boat heading to New Zealand. Source: 1 NEWS



Stabbing suspect found in ceiling after police hunt

A man who sparked an hour-long search and cordons in West Auckland after a serious stabbing incident was found hiding in the ceiling cavity of an associate's home, police say.

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Police were alerted just after 4pm that a man had been stabbed on Seabrooke Avenue, Titirangi.

He was taken by ambulance to Auckland Hospital in a serious condition with a stomach wound.

Police said they believed they had identified the offender and several parts of Titirangi were cordoned off as they searched for him, with the help of the Police Eagle Helicopter and a dog unit. 

The public were urged to avoid heading to any cordoned areas while the search was underway for the man who police believed may have been known to the victim.

Police reported at about 5.20pm that the 23-year-old suspect had been found, hiding in the ceiling cavity of an associate's home on Titirangi Road.

He was arrested and taken into custody.

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Claim PM breached human rights by pulling ponytail 'entirely misconceived'

Serial litigant Graham McCready's Human Rights Review Tribunal proceedings against John Key following the ponytail pulling saga have been rejected and labelled as "entirely misconceived" with "no prospect of success".

It was revealed earlier this year that the Prime Minister repeatedly pulled Auckland waitress Amanda Bailey's ponytail at a Parnell cafe, despite her telling him she didn't like it.

Mr McCready had previously filed papers in the Auckland District Court of "male assaults female", but Judge Jan Marie Doogue said there were no documents or evidence to support the claim.

The Human Rights Review Tribunal said in its decision today that the New Zealand Private Prosecution Service Limited (NZPPS), assisted by Mr McCready, brought proceedings before the Tribunal "which are entirely misconceived and have no prospect of success".

Andrew Little addressed the ponytail saga in Parliament today. Source: 1 NEWS

"While asserting altruistic motives, they have filed these proceedings without the knowledge, consent or cooperation of the alleged victim.

"Given the publicity they have assiduously sought at every stage they have undoubtedly added to the hurt and embarrassment she has already suffered."

The tribunal said NZPPS' apparent "indifference to the risk of her being re-victimised by their actions cannot be lightly put to one side".

"Having regard to the documents filed by NZPPS we have little doubt these proceedings, ostensibly wrapped in the language of human rights, have in truth been brought to embarrass the Prime Minister and to promote the interests of NZPPS and Mr McCready.

"Along the way they have made baseless allegations against both the Chairperson and the lawyer representing the Prime Minister."

The Tribunal added that it "comes as no surprise the proceedings must be struck".

"Not only because no arguable case under the Human Rights Act can be established, but also because the proceedings are vexatious, not brought in good faith and are an abuse of process."

University of Auckland law professor Bill Hodge details what legal action the waitress can take. Source: 1 NEWS