Hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar announces 2018 New Zealand tour dates

Hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar has today announced he will be touring New Zealand in July.

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize and twelve-time GRAMMY Award winner will play one show in Auckland and one in Dunedin in support of his fourth album DAMN.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 30, via livenation.co.nz.

The Auckland show will be at Spark Arena on Thursday July 19, and the Dunedin show is at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Tuesday July 17.

Lamar has an strong history in the New Zealand charts, most recently with #2 hit on the soundtrack Black Panther: The Album.

Last year DAMN became Lamar's third album to surpass one million album sales in the US and earned him five GRAMMY Award wins from seven nominations.

Lamar has sold six million albums worldwide and has 13 billion Spotify streams.

Lamar will also be touring Australia as part of the sold-out Splendour in the Grass festival in Byron Bay.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.kendricklamar.com, and, www.livenation.co.nz

Police recruits to be trained in Auckland for first time ever

Police recruits will for the first time ever be trained in Auckland, beginning next week.

A group of 20 recruits will be trained in Tāmaki Makaurau starting Monday, April 30.

The in-house learning will take place at the Unitec campus in Mt Albert and the field training component will be based from the North Shore Policing Centre.

Police said in a statement today the Auckland recruits will receive identical training as they would at the Royal New Zealand Police College located in Poriura, Wellington.

Inspector Iain Saunders of the said this pilot came about following direct feedback from potential recruits, many who said moving to Wellington for 16 weeks was a real barrier to joining NZ Police, particularly those with young children.

"With our recent recruitment drive to get more people to sign up, we are really keen to see if this initiative can assist us in increasing our numbers by reducing some of the barriers preventing those who would make excellent Police officers from joining up," Inspector Saunders said. 

The recruit training course involves tactical training, driving, firearms, and defensive tactics.

Shaun Robinson says it'll be good for New Zealanders to have new recruits with a good understanding of mental health issues.
Source: 1 NEWS


'We have to fix Auckland' - Transport Minister releasing updated Auckland transport plan today including two new major roads

The government is set to announce its 10-year Auckland Transport Alignment Package for Auckland transport today, which will include two new major road upgrades to ease congestion.

Transport Minister Phil Twyford, speaking to TVNZ 1's Breakfast today, said the funding hinged on a new regional fuel tax in Auckland, and would focus as a priority on public transport.

"We have to fix Auckland for the sake of the country," Mr Twyford said.

"Aucklanders know they're spending hundreds of hours every year in traffic that they'll never get back."

The first of the two projects is Penlink - a new connection between the Northern Motorway and the Whangaparoa Peninsula on the North Shore, with funding of about $200 million.

The second will be Mill Road in South Auckland, which will provide relief from a known choke point around the Papakura are, and Mr Twyford said funding will be in the area of "half a billion".

Penlink would be built on a public-private partnership basis, Mr Twyford said, which will likely mean the route will be a toll road.

The full package will be released later today.

The Transport Minister said his 10-year funding package is hinged on a new regional fuel tax. Source: Breakfast