Watch: 'I'm sued more than a thousand times a year' – Attorney-General David Parker on being sued by colleague Winston Peters

Attorney-General David Parker is being sued by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters after his superannuation details were made public in the lead-up to the election last year.

Mr Parker said at Parliament today that "as the Attorney-General, I am the named person who is sued whenever the government is sued, and I'm sued more than a thousand times a year".

"That is the right of Mr Peters to try and find out who it was within government [who] leaked his personal information and used it as a political attack during the election," Mr Parker said.

"I do think you have to protect democracy against skullduggery [... ] It's important that you keep the system clean."

The Attorney-General compared Mr Peters' case to that of journalist Nicky Hager, whose home was raided by police in 2014 following the release of his book Dirty Politics.

This week Mr Hager won a payout and apology from police over the raid. 

Mr Peters is suing the Ministry of Social Development, two former government cabinet ministers - National's Paula Bennett and Anne Tolley - and two top civil servants, over the alleged leak of information about him being overpaid his pension.

Mr Peters paid the money back when the matter was brought to his attention. 

Mr Parker is sued in place of MSD, in his role as Attorney-General. 

David Parker is being sued by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters over personal information about his pension being leaked. Source: 1 NEWS




Hamilton shooting which left man in hospital was 'targeted attack'

Police say the shooting of a man in Hamilton last night was a "targeted attack".

The incident occurred on Derby Street at approximately 10:25pm yesterday, leaving a 35-year-old man in Waikato Hospital with moderate but not life-threatening injuries.

The man is in a stable condition in a high dependency unit.

Hamilton City Area Commander Inspector Freda Grace said a group was involved in the attack.

"Investigations so far have established a group of offenders arrived at Derby Street and approached a house they believed belonged to the target of their attack and knocked on the door," she said.

"A man who lived at the address opened the door and an altercation occurred. He was uninjured but understandably shaken by the event.

"Following this, the group of offenders went to the house next door. A number of shots were fired and the 35-year-old man they were targeting was hit inside his address.

"The group have then fled the scene in vehicles."

Police are continuing a scene investigation today but it is not yet known whether the incident involves members of organised crime groups.

Inspector Grace says there is nothing to suggest the shooting is connected to a number of serious incidents involving people being harmed across Waikato in recent months.

Police are keen to talk to anyone who was in the area around 10:25pm yesterday who may have witnessed anything suspicious or have information of interest to the investigation.

People can contact Hamilton Police on 07 858 6200 or call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

The incident took place in Nawton at 10.25pm yesterday – the offender fled the scene by car. Source: Breakfast

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Pet food company fined $90k over employee's ill-treatment of bobby calves

The owner of a pet food plant has been sentenced for allowing one of his employees to ill-treat bobby calves.

Alan Cleaver from Te Kauwhata has been sentenced in the Hamilton District Court to six months community detention and 180 hours community work.

His company, Down Cow Limited was fined $90,000 dollars.

Mr Cleaver has also been banned for five years from having anything to do with the ownership or care of farm animals.

Charges were laid against Mr Cleaver, the company and an employee following secret video taken by the animal rights group, Farmwatch in 2015.

The employee, Noel Erickson was originally sentenced in 2016 to home detention but this was reduced on appeal by two years in prison.

Noel Erickson's actions were exposed by TVNZ's Sunday programme and caused widespread anger and disgust. Source: 1 NEWS

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Fine weather for most of the country today, a few scattered clouds otherwise clear

TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett gives the latest update. Source: 1 NEWS