Dilworth School’s former chaplain Ross Douglas Browne jailed

Warning: This story contains details of sexual abuse and suicide. Survivors of serial child sex abuser Ross Douglas Browne have told of the broken marriages, the drug addictions, jail time and ongoing mental torment caused by the former chaplain’s abuse of them as young boys. Browne sexually assaulted boys over a 15 year period at … Read more

The great annual Hunua Ranges kōkako nest survey is underway

Deep in Auckland’s Hunua Ranges, the annual kōkako nest survey is underway. Kōkako chicks in the Hunua Ranges ready to be banded. Photo: RNZ / Sarah Robson Years of hard work mean the kōkako population there is booming, with more than 100 breeding pairs. With breeding season in full swing, a team of conservationists and … Read more

About 1400 school teachers refuse Covid-19 vaccination

Education Ministry figures indicate just 2.4 percent of school teachers, about 1400 people, have refused the Covid vaccination. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller The ministry said responses from 94 percent of schools indicated nearly 98 percent of teachers and 95 percent of other staff were vaccinated. Official figures showed there were 62,600 teachers working in … Read more

Two taken into custody after knife fight on streets of Waikato town

Two people were taken into custody after a man with a machete was caught on camera pacing around a busy Tuakau street, yelling at another man. * Warning: Video contains some graphic language: Police asked people to avoid George Street during the incident, which happened at 10am. Local meat packer Beka Blundell said the pair … Read more

Man charged after laser shone at rescue helicopter

A South Dunedin man has been charged after a laser was shone into the cockpit of the Otago Rescue Helicopter. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller The pilot called police about 1.45am today and guided officers to the laser’s origin. Police say a car took off from the address without its lights on before officers arrived. … Read more

Officials urged to move faster on vaccinating children aged 5-11

The clock is ticking for the government to get children aged five to 11 vaccinated against Covid-19. The United States began its programme to vaccinate children aged 5-11 last month. Photo: AFP or licensors Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said yesterday he expected advice from Medsafe in a couple of weeks and the rollout should … Read more

Can New Zealanders be confident about ethics in public service?

By Barbara Allen and James Gluck* of Analysis – New Zealand has a reputation for being transparent and free from corruption – but how true is this really? Recent events suggest there could be cause for concern, especially at a time when government agencies are engaged in urgent and large-scale procurement processes to combat Covid-19. … Read more

Two Nelson schools close after staff test positive for Covid-19

Two Nelson schools will be closed tomorrow after staff members tested positive for Covid-19. Broadgreen Intermediate. Photo: Screenshot / Google Maps Enner Glynn School says health officials have told it one person got a positive result back today and was infectious since Monday. Broadgreen Intermediate has also told parents it has one case who was … Read more

Covid-19 wrap: Child vaccines in early 2022, Omicron in MIQ ‘inevitable’

The Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine could be available for children from the end of January, while the Omicron variant reaching MIQ is ‘inevitable’ the Covid-19 Response Minister says. Photo: RNZ / Pool / Stuff / Robert Kitchin There were 146 new community cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today. Today’s cases included 124 in Auckland, 14 … Read more

Covid-19 udpate: 146 new community cases in New Zealand today

There are 146 new community cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today. (File image) Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone Today’s cases include 124 in Auckland, 14 in Waikato, four in Bay of Plenty and one in the Nelson/Tasman region who was reported yesterday but officially added to the tally today. There is an emerging cluster … Read more