Open Justice multimedia journalist, Palmerston North
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Baby showing signs of foetal distress died after life support was turned off
The baby wasn't growing properly but the midwife didn't recognise the risks.
Teacher who made cannabis oil can finish year without ankle bracelet
Timothy Pauro said he needed drug due to sleepwalking, also had guns in wardrobe.
'Years in illegal captivity': Lizard enthusiast fined for keeping 60 reptiles
Richard Brosnan's creatures were confiscated as he did not have a permit to keep them.
‘Ignorant woman’: Lawyer’s comments about judge land him in hot water
'If you have a penis, then you will lose'. The man claimed the Family Court favours women.
Race nothing to do with pursuit of unpaid levies - tribunal
The owner said neighbours also owed levies and were not pursued, but one only owed a cent.
Arthritic student unhappy about 'painful' walk to campus, fails in bid to sue uni
Taiming Zhang tried to sue Victoria University for changing his hall of residence.
Builder’s licence cancelled after he didn’t fix ‘basic’ errors in 30 failed inspections
The block of units had significant weather tightness issues which were never remedied.
'Betrayed': Nurse accused of forming relationship with father of baby she was caring for
Baby's mum: 'I don’t think she had my best interests and wellbeing at heart'.
'I still miss him to this day': Teen who beat gay man to death released from prison
Stanley Waipouri’s body was mutilated during what was believed to be a homophobic killing.
'Contrary to religious beliefs': Judge orders kids be vaccinated against mother’s wishes
The dad wanted his three children fully vaccinated. Their mother didn't.
Real estate agent tried to kiss client - then asked his wife for false alibi
They were sitting in the car when he tried to kiss after saying an offer was unsuccessful.
'Power imbalance': Law firm partner fined for drunken texts
He sent 16 calls and texts to her late at night following a boozy evening with clients.
'Outrage and anger': Cancer victim's health records accessed and used in targeted advertising
Now the company involved has been fined $10,000.
'Vulnerable, frail, sick': Hospital worker stole $28k from dozens of patients' cards
The man spent the money on clothing and gadgets for himself.
Double jeopardy: Ola driver who assaulted women claims he's been punished twice
Sajid Mehmood says it's not fair he can't work as security guard now he has a conviction.
‘Missed opportunities': Woman died at home a week after ankle surgery
The woman had a documented history of developing blood clots which staff missed.
NZ girl raped while living in Australia denied ACC cover for therapy
42-year-old has lived in NZ for most of her life bar a couple of years as a child.
Boy's family claim severe OCD triggered by acne meds
But ACC disagrees and has declined coverage for the boy.
‘Watch out’: Builder suspended for threatening clients
Things turned nasty when the couple asked for the deposit back when work wasn't completed.
Family's opposition to pet crematorium being built next door costs them $121,000
Soul Friends owner: 'I don’t think there’s ever a perfect place to put a crematorium'.
Buyer beware: Why an auction house selling fakes can’t be stopped
A customer didn't want to pay up after learning $6000 worth of coins were fake.
Cement company fined $357K after worker's arm cut off
The man was able to pull what was left of his arm free and run for help.
‘Gross’; Shopping mall masseur rubbed woman’s breasts without permission
The woman left feeling violated after the therapist "crossed the line".
Elderly couple ‘stood over’ for $35k tree trimming
Other arborists estimated the job was only worth $5000.
‘I am not a family man’: Court order allows man to disown teen twins likely sired during threesome
The twins had his surname and he was named on their birth certificate.
Tenants beguiled into having less rights by one of country’s 'largest landlords'
Up to 600 tenants could be affected by the unlawful tenancy agreements.
Guilty: Driver deliberately dragged man trapped under car to his death
Raynor Cribb was dragged 84m while stuck underneath a Subaru.
‘I ain’t a murderer’: Man denies dragging death was deliberate
Raynor Cribb was dragged more than 80m underneath a car.
Passenger recalls the moment she realised man was stuck under car
Man was dragged along the road for 84m.
'Your bro's under the car': Wanted driver allegedly drove for 84m with injured man stuck under his Subaru
Raynor Cribb was dragged to his death after a high-speed chase between two cars.
'Goodbye Dusty': Watchdog pulls advert of hangover 'cure'
A group argued it made a therapeutic claim and promoted alcohol consumption.
‘Promise I’m not flying to Wanaka’: Lawyer who bragged about fleeing lockdown suspended
Umar Kuddus escaped Auckland’s Covid-19 lockdown, crossing the border into Waikato.
'So many just want them off': Corrections budgets $100k for prisoner tattoo removal
'Without tattoo removal a lot of the guys don’t stand a chance'.
Realtors waited until sale final before disclosing $100k moisture repairs needed
The house had moisture readings as high as 80%. A normal reading is up to 13%.
Dog wanted dead or alive for biting Palmerston North woman, causing serious injuries
The Dogue de Bordeaux, called Sir Smoothie Redman, mauled a woman's arm to the bone.
Builder skips out on job after allegedly causing $70k botch-up
None of the walls were straight and all the weatherboards had to be torn off and replaced.
Mānuka oil start-up wins trademark dispute against Kardashian-endorsed company
The 'little guy' has taken on the established, celebrity-backed business. And won.
'Rude and confrontational': Unlicensed parking warden verbally abused man who asked for his ID
John Wood has been clamping cars for over a decade without a licence.
‘Harassment, bullying and overbearing behaviour’: Complaints about judges continue to rise
The number of complaints has almost doubled in the past five years.
Raped on her first day at primary school: Brave victim confronts her abuser in court
Corey Aldridge also raped her brother and another boy.
Cannabis grower wouldn’t have pleaded guilty if she’d known she could be deported
The cannabis grower has failed a final bid to overturn her conviction.
'She clearly cannot be relied on to be honest': Suspended nurse lied on Australian job applications
Maryam Rashidi wasn’t allowed to practise in NZ, so she tried her luck over the ditch.
Rapper wants to stay in NZ, fears for life after dissing another artist in his music
The man applied to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal for protected refugee status.
Woman and child lived in mouldy, bug-infested illegal garage, awarded $29k
The Tenancy Tribunal said it was one of the most-serious cases they’d seen.
Sick puppy: Dog breeder to pay up after selling canine with bad knees
The pet puppy was not of ‘acceptable quality', a tribunal has found.
Man jailed for 'extreme' child exploitation material following Customs investigation
He also had a recording of the Christchurch Mosque Attack livestream.
'Excessive force': Police officers punched, kicked teen lying on ground
One officer described colleagues kicking the teen while he was in the foetal position.
Parents say hospital had more holes than ‘swiss cheese’ after baby's death
The 13-month-old was taken to hospital by his mum at 2am with a fever and vomiting.
Landlord property ownership website deemed breach of Privacy Act
The website was shut down earlier this year.
Not the buzz: $120k loss to beekeepers after man irked by bees taking his pollen
He was angry the bees were taking pollen from his flowers.
Neighbours at War: Man claims police withheld information about 'unhinged' neighbour
The man claims his neighbour complained about him after he rebuffed her advances.
'Violent, extremist content': Man who shared Isis execution videos with friends fails to have them made legal
The man argued the videos were shared in a closed group.
'I was young': Realtor created fake valuation for house he won at auction
Nick Hoogwerf used the letterhead of a real company, but the valuation was false.
'Vaccine hesitant': Otago University staffer fired for refusing jab awarded $53k
She previously worked from home but the school rejected her request to do it again.
NZDF apologies to aircraftman for its handling of her assault complaint
She faced a court martial - he did not.
Christine Rankin takes employer to court over $100k salary - board claims there was no job offer
The prominent civil servant was allegedly offered a job without the foundation knowing.
Man at helm of Covid response team arrested at airport, accused of dishonestly obtaining $1.4m
The man allegedly bought a house, multiple vehicles and went travelling with the money.
Police to pay $45k after locking claustrophobic man in cell nine times
'I wouldn’t wish what happened to me on my worst enemy,' Malcolm King says.
'Lost his moral compass': Ex-councillor struck off from practising law
Duncan Takena Stirling misappropriated $100,000 from his firm's trust account.
‘Ghost vacancy’: Corrections hired woman for job that didn’t exist
Corrections said job listings often didn't represent the actual tasks required in a role.
Top horse trainer accused of racist jokes by Indian employee
Former horse trainer Stephen McKee said his comments were not racist, but simply "banter".
Dog fight: Breeder sues couple over pregnant 'pedigree' pup
A couple promised not to let the dog breed...then it gave birth to eight puppies.
'Robbed of my son': Mother's heartbreak after son, 4, dies after dad's drunken crash
The child's father has now been jailed.
Serial stalker’s privacy partially breached by Corrections
Kerryn Mitchell stalked her ex for more than a decade. Now, she's fought for her privacy.
Migrant pensioner wins fight against MSD after it denies his superannuation by one day
The Indian migrant lodged his application for superannuation in February 2020.
'You’ll look like a MILF driving it': The car yard’s advert that's ruffled feathers
A car yard's risqué advert has been banned, but not for the reason you'd think