An Australian-raised Southlander sent back to New Zealand under strict laws took less than four months to commit another violent attack. When 28-year-old Andre Bishop was deported in November after spending six months at the notorious Christmas Island detention centre, he spoke out about the lack of support for deportees.
An entire Australian state lost power as a strong storm lashed the region Wednesday, causing traffic chaos, stranding people in elevators and prompting police to warn residents to stay inside. South Australia state Premier Jay Weatherill said it wasn't clear what caused the power outage, which occurred as heavy rain and fierce winds swept across the state that is home to 1.7 million people.
The wild weather is forcing South Australians to batten down the hatches, but while rain and wind is beginning to hit Victoria's west, the worst of the storm will move north. "You could say it's a once in 50-years storm and it's affecting the coast of South Australia, but Victoria will largely miss out on that system.
Following a rain-filled weekend for parts of the country that brought flooding, slips, and dangerous roads, a heavy rain warning has been put in place for Gisborne and the Coromandel Peninsula. "Both these regions have had significant rainfall accumulations during the last few days, and this rain could exacerbate any issues, such as surface flooding and slips," the MetService said.
The monster storm system predicted to lash South Australia is tracking east and is expected to hit the ACT on Thursday Up to 45 millimetres of rain could fall in the ACT on Thursday, the Bureau of Meteorology has said, a stark contrast to the blue skies in the capital on Wednesday. "We're expecting from very late Wednesday evening, more likely into Thursday morning for rainfall to start developing.
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Northland's three busiest fire stations attended more non-fire related calls than actual fires last year, as the service is overhauled for the first time in 40 years to reflect the "dramatically" different service it provides. The New Zealand Fire Service, National Rural Fire Authority, and more than 40 Rural Fire Authorities are merging in a $300 million transition to form a unified organisation - Fire and Emergency New Zealand - from July 1, 2017.
The family of a Taranaki man murdered by gang members 20 years ago are split over plans to make a TV documentary about him. New Plymouth man Christopher Crean was gunned down at his Marfell home in 1996 for acting as a police witness against Black Power.
A West Australian man who lost both legs below the knees in a mining accident has been jailed for more than two years for selling meth to an undercover policeman. Bevan John Coutts, 52, dealt more than 13 grams of the drug in total over two separate occasions last year, with the purity ranging from 76 to 80 per cent.