The District

A Stuff Circuit podcast series

The District is a seven-part podcast from the Stuff Circuit investigative team. It’s a story about injustice, but mostly it’s a story about people. People who are trying to get on with their lives, but can’t. It centres on an infamous unsolved murder case, in a rural district of New Zealand: examining the colourful characters involved and their unending search for justice, the kicks in the guts, the suspicions, and the fresh clues - could they hold the answer to New Zealand’s most notorious cold case? The District is also about another strange death; another family gripped by a sense of injustice, desperately seeking answers. The two cases end up colliding in the most unexpected way. Injustice is like a disease. There’s always a starting point, patient zero. But it never stops there.

This is a crime podcast with a difference. It centres on an infamous, unsolved murder case in rural New Zealand. But it's a story mostly about people, people who are trying to get on with their lives but can't.

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We meet Lynette Stevens who, in the process of investigating the death of her brother, finds an intriguing connection to one of New Zealand’s most notorious cold case murders.

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A secret witness, police corruption, an unsolved murder, and mysterious goings-on around Lynette’s brother’s death. Are they linked? And Lynette introduces us to another family fighting injustice - for almost 50 years.

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The police launch the “review to end all reviews” of their investigation. A farmer finds a gun not far from the crime scene - and he gives it to us! Could it be the murder weapon?

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Accusations fly about who had connections and motive for the murders. We learn of strange omissions from the police file. We discover another mystery gun. And what does a larger-than-life character and former rodeo identity have to do with the murders?

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