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'Pretend paramedic' was unlawfully administering drugs to patients
Patients had no idea he was unqualified, a court has heard.
'Morally repugnant': Doctor stripped of licence after sexually violating patient
The offending was labelled 'morally, ethically, and professionally repugnant'.
'Not an easy decision': Whakaari/White Island trial venue decided
The trial is likely to attract significant international attention, a lawyer says.
Five on trial after attempt to take back loaned caravan results in attack
Five people are on trial related to an attack at a Kaimai Ranges property last year.
Pair charged during Tauranga homicide investigation appear in court
It was the pair's second appearance.
'Living hell': Family lived in tents after rental damaged in fire
A Tauranga mum and her three kids lived in a tent at their rental, but still paid rent.
Revealed: The court staff found snooping through court records
More than 150 court staff have been busted for looking through court records.
Watch: Justice Minister Kris Faafoi talks legal aid, and delays
The maximum income thresholds for legal aid are being lifted, but some say not by enough.
Harbour dumper: Ex-politician who reclaimed harbour to appeal conviction
The high-flying Aussie politico locked up for reclaiming Tauranga Harbour is back in court
Tauranga homicide: Pair arrested during investigation appear in court
Two people have been charged with aggravated burglary.
Mother who murdered, abused toddler sentenced to life imprisonment
The 18-month-old was malnourished and was covered in bruises, scratches and nappy rash.
Cow row: Dispute between dairy farmers after claims cows were returned in poor condition
The row saw one party charter a chopper to fly over the other's farm looking for evidence.
'It sounded terrified': Man living in Mt Maunganui cave convicted for beating puppy
The man was living with his dog in a cave near Mount Maunganui.
Oranga Tamariki investigates how system failed murdered 5-year-old Malachi Subecz
'This is an absolute priority for me and I will have more to say' - Oranga Tamariki CEO.
Police officer convicted for injuring man during arrest
A Tauranga police officer has since resigned after injuring people he was arresting.
Entrusted to his killer: Little boy beaten, starved by carer
Malachi Subecz suffered regular abuse, including being burnt with scalding water.
Woman pleads guilty to murder of 5-year-old Malachi Subecz
Youngster died in Starship Hospital after injuries suffered in Te Puna.
'Dangerous, insidious, damaging': Pilot jailed after distributing child pornography
Ryan Mackey was found to have 1600 objectionable files on his iPhone.
'I'll wipe them out': Man who threatened Māori convicted under hate speech laws
The man threatened to kill Māori and burn down marae.
Desperate grad applied for 300 jobs. When he got one it came with a $90K catch - and a tax-evading boss
The worker was given two options; pay the company tax out of his own wages, or be sacked.
Investigation finds both vessels liable for boat collision off Tauranga coast
The small fishing boat collided with a shipping liner in July last year.
Prison psychologist censured after sexual relationship with inmate
The psychologist saw the man in prison 34 times and smuggled music CDs to her boyfriend.
Is an intern an employee? Woman's complaint against Ministry goes to hearing
Intern Melanie Govender was paid $25,000 but says she should be treated as an employee.
High Court rules vaccination mandates for educators and health workers justified
Justice Francis Cooke said the mandates were justified limitations on NZers' rights.
'Chopper' faces death row: Dog owner in court after vet attack
Helen Fraser's Rottweiler allegedly attacked a Tauranga vet in October last year.
Exotic plant smuggler: Man fined $5K after trying to import overseas plants
Scott Peters attempted to import eight international plants into the country.
Tearful testimony: Bella Vista developer fights bankruptcy challenge
The developer owes Carters over a million dollars in unpaid building materials.
Grand Theft Loader: Man who stole 20-tonne loader to ram raid bank imprisoned
Keelin Ruru stole a 20-tonne loader to ram-raid a bank. He walked away without a cent.
Drink driver who ran over and killed friend sentenced to home detention
Victim was dragged along a Waihī street after being accidentally run over by his friend.
Driveway tragedy: Dad's heartbreak after daughter run over - coroner reveals findings
Five children are killed in driveway runovers in New Zealand each year.
Motiti Island residents not their own distinct group - Waitangi Tribunal
The Waitangi Tribunal has determined Motiti residents aren't their own distinct group.
Taupō flat killing: Man struck flatmate with hammer, stabbed him four times
An altercation between two Taupō flatmates resulted in a man's death.
Fined: Dairy company kept dumping wastewater despite warnings
Regional council: The penalty serves as a reminder to others about following the rules.
'We're sorry': The organic dairy company that caused a right stink after illegally dumping wastewater
Waiū Dairy CEO: We're sorry, our actions don't represent the values of kaitiakitanga.
Man imprisoned after drugging, repeatedly throttling woman
A Tauranga man who drugged and strangled the woman has been sent to prison.
A billion bottles a year: Whakatāne iwi challenges water bottling consent
A Chinese water giant's consent to bottle water is being legally challenged once again.
Woman, 52, who ran illegal flounder operation fined, has boat seized
A woman who caught and onsold flounder has had her boat seized by MPI.
Redecorator fined $28k after employee's pay ends 15 days into job
An Auckland tradie has been ordered to pay almost $30k - but he didn't even know about it.
Vaccine mandates: Education, health workers launch High Court challenge
Another challenge to vaccination mandates is being heard in the High Court.
Restaurant must pay $20k after failing to pay student's wages, then sacking her
The restaurant owner subjected the employee to an 'angry diatribe' in front of colleagues.
Terminations of unvaxxed Police and NZDF staff suspended after High Court upholds challenge to mandate
Police have said no staff will be terminated while the government considers the decision.
Woman who claims unjustified dismissal caused stroke awarded $13k in damages
A company owned by one of NZs largest car dealerships has been ordered to pay $13,500.
Mother's bid to have child removed from 'anti-vax' father declined by Family Court
A 12-year-old told his parents that he didn't want to be vaccinated. His mother disagreed.
'Shameful': Man who built his own coastal 'park' by reclaiming Tauranga harbour imprisoned
Tio Faulkner built a "coastal park" in Tauranga Harbour. Now he's in prison.
Supermarket fined after selling plastic-contaminated mince
The supermarket was mincing unsold steak when a plastic pad fell into the mincing machine.
Woman sentenced after driving dangerously, killing boyfriend
Simon Littlefair was thrown from a moving vehicle, landing on his head.
'Horrific violence': Man sentenced after tying woman in noose and raping her
Shad Undersen told his victim she was going to 'die today'.
Tauranga charter boat company sentenced after crashing vessel into Mt Maunganui
The company pleaded guilty to two charges related to the operation of the vessel.
No trial location yet determined for those charged after White Island disaster
Possible trial locations include a Whakatāne Marae and a number of convention centres.
Cannabis drug bust: Linesman sentenced to prison after rerouting electricity meters
Duane Simon rerouted wiring to steal thousands of dollars worth of electricity.
Man who sexually exploited an impaired woman lured her with the promise of takeaways
Judge: "The Department of Corrections is going to rule your life for the next little bit."
Tauranga pig farmer remanded in custody after sentencing hearing delayed
Tio Faulkner dumped around 1500cu m of steel and concrete into Tauranga Harbour.
From Parliament to prison: How an Aussie politico ended up in a Kiwi remand cell
Tauranga man Tio Faulkner went from rubbing shoulders with Prime Ministers to an NZ jail.
'A hell of a mess': Company fined $27K for allowing pigs to foul streams
About 35 pigs spent five months living in the streams, which flow into Lake Rotorua.
Dismissed: Court refuses to release man who illegally reclaimed Tauranga Harbour from custody
Tio Faulkner claimed that due to being tangata whenua, he was being detained unlawfully.
Man appears in court charged with murder of David Kuka
David Kuka was murdered at his Pyes Pa address almost four years ago.