Man wanted in South Korea on murder charges agrees to be extradited

A man wanted in South Korea following the alleged murders of three members of his family has agreed to be sent back to the Asian nation.

Sungkwan Kim, 33, was arrested in Auckland in November on behalf of Korean authorities to begin the process of extradition.

Today, the North Shore District Court heard Kim consented to be sent back to Korea and that he would now remain in detention in Mt Eden Corrections Facility until the Minister of Justice signed off on his extradition.

He is facing two charges of murder in South Korea, one charge of murder by robbery, one count of abandonment of a corpse and five counts of fraud.

Local media earlier reported South Korean police were looking for Kim over the murders of his mother, stepfather and 14-year-old half-brother on October 21.

He arrived in Auckland on October 24 as a New Zealand resident and was arrested soon after.

He was also wanted in New Zealand for a historical theft and was last week sentenced to a two-month jail term after admitting stealing whiteware from an Auckland flat he lived in in 2015.

Sungkwan Kim is accused of killing three family members before fleeing to New Zealand, where he was arrested on historic theft charges. Source: 1 NEWS



'I'm deeply supportive of the Maori Party' - 2014 NZer of the Year Dr Lance O'Sullivan again pledges to run in 2020

Dr Lance O'Sullivan still plans to "be a part" of the Maori Party, after previously pledging his support and intention to run for the now out-of-government party in 2020. 

On TVNZ 1's Breakfast this morning the 2014 New Zealander of the Year said his "role in community leadership and medical leadership is a very political activity". 

"I'm deeply supportive of the Maori Party," he said. 

"I believe they had an opportunity and demonstrated an opportunity to have outcomes and have an impact, not just on Maori but the wider New Zealand society."

"I think they have a place and I would be keen to be part of that in the future."

The Maori Party failed to gain a single seat at this year's election.

TVNZ1's Breakfast host Hilary Barry asked him if he was still planning to run for the party, who failed to win a seat at the last election. Source: Breakfast

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Video: 'They're definitely feeling the pressure' – Government 'wee bit' unprepared for entering power

As the Briefings for Incoming Minister documents were released yesterday, some of the information took the Government by surprise with the realisation getting policies and promises through the House is actually "a lot harder to do". 

1 NEWS' political reporter Katie Bradford said on TVNZ1's Breakfast this morning the Labour-NZ First-Green side was "a bit under prepared for Government". 

The new information comes in a briefing to the new Housing Minister, Phil Twyford. Source: 1 NEWS

"They had a whole lot of ideas, a whole lot of promises they made, well intended, but it is a lot harder to do it."

"Once you're in Government and you have to act on it and you've got officials telling you actually you can't do that…We've seen some big problems in the House."

"They're definitely feeling the pressure," Ms Bradford said, with the massive amount of promises due by February 3 - 100 says since they took power. 


1 NEWS' political reporter Katie Bradford says it is harder being in government than having to actually act on promises and ideas. Source: Breakfast