A real estate agent and her husband have been acquitted of charges relating to dealing the illicit drug methamphetamine, after a jury found them not guilty.

Paihia agent Tonya Spicer, 47, and husband Paul Spicer were jointly charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply.

Tony Spicer also faced one count of perjury.


A man and his family mourning their drowned daughter needed to be "free from the burden" of a conviction, a High Court sentencing judge said.


A famous actor whose sex trial was recently abandoned will retain his name suppression until at least February.  

The man was on trial last week accused of sexually violating and indecently assaulting four women who he gave private acting classes to. 

He has denied 10 charges of indecent assault and two of sexual violation. 


An engineer accused of bribery has said his entertainment of public officials extended well beyond the Auckland Transport and Rodney District Council staff he is charged with corrupting.


The jailing of a woman for 17 years for the manslaughter of three-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri failed to take into account her mental illness, the Court of Appeal has been told.

Tania Shailer and David Haerewa bashed and kicked Moko to death last year, and both were jailed with a non-parole period of nine years, but they are appealing against their sentences.


Kim Dotcom has been given permission to livestream his appeal against extradition on Youtube.

The US wants to extradite Mr Dotcom and three other men - Bram Van der Kolk, Matthias Ortmann and Finn Batato - to face criminal charges of money-laundering and copyright breaches related to the defunct file-sharing website Megaupload.


A man facing four charges of shooting police during a 22 hour siege in the Bay of Plenty had to be hauled back to the cells by corrections staff and court security today.

Rhys Warren, who is in custody on remand, was appearing at a High Court call-over in Tauranga before Justice Toogood to set a trial date. The Justice appeared by audio video link.


A rising Kiwi acting star has appeared in court charged with assaulting someone outside his family's home.

Pana Lawrence Hema-Taylor, 26, starred in Boy, played dodgy mechanic Bert Thompson in TV3's Westside, and will appear on Kiwi screens again in the new drama Dirty Laundry.


The lawyer for the caregiver who killed Moko Rangitoheriri is warning there will be more child abuse cases, as poverty increases.

Tania Shailer and David Haerewa were yesterday given the highest sentence ever imposed in New Zealand for the manslaughter of a child - 17 years in prison, with a minimum non-parole period of nine years.


Lawyers for two men convicted of murdering a man by dousing him with petrol and setting him on fire say it was never proved they intended to kill him.

Shivneel Kumar, 21, and Bryne Permal, 22, were found guilty last March of killing Auckland man Shalvin Prasad in 2013 and sentenced to life imprisonment with no parole for at least 17 years.