Woman avoids jail over honey trap

A woman who orchestrated a honey trap to rob a recently bereaved widower has avoided a prison term. Elana Jane Robins, 27, who has been in Christchurch on electronically-monitored bail, appeared in the Dunedin District Court this morning on a range of charges including aggravated robbery and blackmail. She was sentenced to 12 months’ home … Read more

PhD students excluded from ‘unfair and short-sighted’ residence visa policy

PhD students say it is unfair and short-sighted for the government to exclude them from the new fast-track residence policy. Chara Sun, right (with husband Soda Liu and son Enzo) is a PhD student of translation studies at the University of Auckland. Photo: Supplied They say they are being ignored even though they are highly … Read more

Youth19 Vaping Survey – Dated, Disingenuous And Damaging

Tuesday, 19 October 2021, 10:56 amPress Release: Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy A recently released Youth19 survey which questioned Auckland, Northland, and Waikato secondary school students on vaping was conducted prior to Parliament passing the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act last year and well before many significant regulations came into force, says Nancy … Read more

Colin Powell dies of Covid-19 complications

Colin Powell, the first black US secretary of state, top military officer and national security adviser, has died due to due to complications from Covid-19. He was 84. Powell had multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, said a source who asked not to be named. The condition reduces the body’s ability to fight infection and puts people … Read more

Live updates, October 19: North Shore partygoer dobs himself into police

Welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates for October 19, by Stewart Sowman-Lund. Reach me on [email protected] Help support our Covid coverage – join Members today. 8.20am: Unvaccinated will miss out on ‘everyday things’, says Ardern Aucklanders will soon have a vaccination number to strive for when the government reveals its new traffic light system. Due … Read more

Live Covid-19 updates for 19 October – everything you need to know

Jacinda Ardern says everyday activities won’t be available to the unvaccinated under a soon-to-be rolled out vaccine certificate scheme. Ardern told Morning Report more details would be revealed on Friday. She said it is all about protecting people from the virus and not about punishing the unvaccinated. However, Ardern said the unvaccinated will still be … Read more

Urgent Govt Action Needed For Aotearoa’s Dementia Plan

Tuesday, 19 October 2021, 6:51 amPress Release: Make Lemonade New Zealand can expect a major spike in dementia cases particularly among Māori, Pasifika and Asian communities, according to a new study. Existing dementia support services are already struggling to cope with the increasing demand and are genuinely concerned about the sizeable dementia challenge facing New … Read more