From bog to bar: public toilet to become pub in central Auckland

A former public toilet block in central Auckland is being turned into a bar.

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The brick building at the corner of Sturdee St and Market Place is set to be the first of five disused loos refurbished in a major makeover.

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Police cars involved in 1000 crashes per year; repair bill $11m since 2011

Police are spending $2.2 million a year fixing their banged up fleet, while 134 police vehicles have been written off since 2011.

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Figures provided under the Official Information Act showed there were 5000 incidents in the past five years where a police vehicle crashed or was deliberately damaged.

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Faces of Innocents investigation: Nicholas and Christina Han stabbed to death over dad’s debt

Nicholas Han, four, and his little sister Christina, two, died on August 8, 1999 in Manukau. Their grandparents remember a smart, playful boy, and a girl who love to cuddle up in bed with them. Josh Fagan reports for the Faces of Innocents series.

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Nicholas and Christina were too excited to sleep.

It was Saturday night and their father, Robert Han, had flown back to Auckland that day to surprise them after five months working overseas.

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Kiwi family remember Sharidyn on fifth anniversary of Norway massacre

Five years of heartache from the atrocities committed by Anders Breivik has left one Kiwi family determined to focus on the happy memories of their daughter’s life.

New Zealand-born Sharidyn Svebakk-Bohn was 14 when she was killed by Breivik in a shooting and bombing rampage that claimed 77 lives in Norway in 2011.

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The surprising items wielded as weapons in New Zealand

Police say vacuum cleaners, road cones and mobile phones are among the more unconventional “weapons” being used in a growing number of opportunistic crimes.

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Body in barrel investigation: $2m insurance payout fails after wife’s murder

A businessman cleared of involvement in the killing of his wife has lost a legal fight to  claim her $2 million life insurance policy.

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Abdur Rahim Miah and his wife Afrouza Akter Miah took out the insurance policy 11 months before her murder, at the hands of his brother, in May, 2007. Afrouza, a New Zealand citizen, was drugged, strangled and stuffed in a barrel after travelling to Bangladesh on business.

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John Key leaves girl in tears after saying Maori language month would bore people

A teenage girl was “upset and embarrassed” when the Prime Minister said her suggestion of a Maori language month would bore people.

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The 16-year-old asked  John Key whether he would extend Maori language week, when he visited a school assembly at Waiuku College, on Friday.

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