A quick round up of this morning’s headlines from New Zealand.
A man who vowed to fight to the “bitter end” charges of wilfully damaging Jewish graves at an Auckland cemetery has had his case dropped.
The celebrations of an Australian couple on their honeymoon in New Zealand turned into commiserations when their wedding dress and suit and rings were stolen near the Milford road.
The couple severely injured in a horrific axe attack in Bluff 10 days ago are recovering in hospital in Dunedin and say despite the horror and pain they have suffered they will not let it change their lives.
A father who forced his children to cover up their injuries after he beat, slapped, whipped and strangled them has been imprisoned for four years.
Details of the top 10 recidivist criminals have been released by the Justice Ministry under the Official Information Act, including the number of convictions, the category of offence and the time period in
which the crimes were committed.
Crooked prison guards have been smuggling contraband to inmates, with seven losing their jobs in three years.
A man was last night in a serious condition in Christchurch Hospital after an assault outside a Temuka hotel on Saturday night.
Police are hunting four people after an armed robbery this afternoon at a commercial cleaning premises in central Wellington.
The body of a young man has been discovered in the Dunedin Botanic Garden.
The collapse of a major methamphetamine trial has led to a call for a high-level review of how drugs cases are dealt with and their effects on stressed jurors.
A police pursuit of a stolen car in the Waikato this morning ended when the driver unsuccessfully tried to avoid a tyre deflation device laid in its path and crashed into a bank.
A mother who admitted she was an alcoholic who smoked P and marijuana around her two year old son, blew cannabis smoke in his face and waited for days to take him to hospital with a broken arm, has denied any role in his death.