From the NZ Herald newsroom comes A Moment in Crime - a podcast delving into some of New Zealand’s biggest cases.
Anna Leask has been a crime and justice reporter at the Herald for more than a decade.
Each month she'll take you inside some of our most infamous incidents, notorious offenders and behind the scenes of high profile trials and events to show you what’s really happening in your backyard.
Chasing Ghosts: the disappearance of toddler Amber-Lee Cruickshank
In 1992 toddler Amber-Lee Cruickshank disappeared from a small South Island town.
Despite exhaustive searches spanning almost 30 years, there has never been any sign of the 2-and-a-half-year-old.
The Herald re-investigated the case in 2017 and episode 15 of A Moment In Crime goes back to a podcast that ran about the toddler and her family's journey since she vanished.
Death in the hills: The mysterious case of the American polo star and the spa
After a high profile trial in November this year, Christchurch engineer Joseph McGirr was acquitted by a jury of giving ecstasy to a US polo player before she died in his spa bath.
But he was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice by burying her clothing after her death.
Hell in paradise: The 1990 Aramoana massacre
The Ashburton WINZ murders: the shocking rampage of Russell John Tully
A 9.51am on September 1 2014 a balaclava-clad man stormed into the Work and Income New Zealand office in Ashburton and opened fire.
In just 61 seconds he gunned down and killed two women and almost murdered two more.
Then he calmly walked back out of the office, unlocked his bike and peddled away into the distance - leaving bloody carnage and chaos in his wake.
The man was Russell John Tully and his horrendous, deliberate and planned actions that day shook New Zealand.
Death on duty: tales of tragedy on the police front line
In episode 11 of NZME podcast A Moment In Crime we look back at the front line deaths and revisit some of the stories that have shocked and saddened New Zealand. The episode comes two days before the annual police Remembrance Day - a date marked internationally to pay tribute to cops killed while on duty, and others who have passed during the year.
The Lundy Murders: who killed Christine and Amber
The murders of Christine Lundy and her young daughter Amber in their own home in 2000 is still a case that New Zealanders find shocking.
And it's a case everyone has an opinion on - even more so after two decades of hearing the facts in various trials, appeals and other court settings.
This is because Christine's husband - the father of her only child - was charged with the grisly murders.
But after 20 years he maintains his innocence.
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So good to find a professional-sounding , well-put-together New Zealand crime podcast! I wish episodes were released more often, but makes each month rather exciting as I wait for the notification!
Eager to find out the details about the LUNDY case, I listened intently until half-way in, the narrator explained that the evidence was “too complex” to go into. The narration was interrupted too often by recommendations to “go to the NZ Herald website” for more details. Seemed as though they were too lazy to analyse the evidence for the podcast. As a result the listener is deprived of the opportunity to absorb and weigh up the facts. Disappointingly lacking in substance.
Never fails to annoy
Keen for a kiwi podcast to investigate ambiguous infamous New Zealand cases; however, this serious is patchy, leaving big holes in each story, tells you what to think...each time a disappointment