Dance queen Parris Goebel helps US singer Ciara on new music video with distinctly New Zealand flavour

The music video for American singer Ciara’s new track has a distinctly New Zealand flavour to it.

The clip for Level Up, Ciara's first single in three years, was shot at Auckland Museum and was choreographed by Parris Goebel.

The museum's distinctive pillars, lit up pink, provide the backdrop as Ciara and her back-up dancers go through the routine designed by Goebel, who also choreographed the video for Justin Bieber's Sorry.

The song contains a line being viewed as an apparent diss to Ciara's ex, the rapper Future, who is the father of her child.

"Thank God I never settled, this view is so much better, I'm chilling, I'm winning, like on another level," she sings at one point.

Ciara, who is now married to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson, went through a custody battle with Future.

She also claimed Future had threatened to kill Wilson as part of a defamation lawsuit against her ex, though the lawsuit was later dropped. 

Free laundry service for Auckland's homeless planned for city's streets

Auckland’s homeless will be offered a free mobile laundry service provided by an Australian charity.

Orange Sky Australia had established a New Zealand arm of the charity and will visit Auckland next week to secure funding to get the van service up and running.

The charity was launched in 2014 and now has 27 laundry and shower vans in Australia operated with the assistance of over 1200 volunteers.

"Since Orange Sky Australia kicked off three and a half years ago, our volunteers in bright orange vans have helped connect people all over Australia. These people are often marginalised or ignored by much of the community," Orange Sky Australia CEO Jo Westh said in a statement.

"It's a simple service based on something most of us take for granted - clean clothes and conversation."

Ms Westh said it was clear there was a need for the service with the 2013 census showing 20,000 Aucklanders were homeless.

The CEO of Orange Sky Australia says the most important part of the service was people connecting through genuine and non-judgemental conversation. Source: Supplied


Mangere homicide: Second person charged over death of 17-year-old Demetrius Pairama

A second person has been charged over the death of 17-year-old Demetrius Pairama in Mangere, Auckland.

In a statement police say a 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged over the death.

The girl was found dead at the weekend, and police have since launched a homicide investigation. Source: 1 NEWS

The teenager’s body was located by police at a vacant property on the evening of Sunday July 8.

A 27-year-old woman appeared in the Manukau District Court on Monday also charged with the teenager’s murder.

She has been bailed to appear in the Auckland High Court on the 8th of August 2018.

Police say their investigation continues.

Demetrius Pairama
Demetrius Pairama