Call for more investigation into surgical mesh

GRAPHIC IMAGES: The Health Select Committee is recommending the investigation following a petition. Source: 1 NEWS


Otago farmers struggle as snow sets in

Otago farmers and motorists struggling through heavy snow aren't expected to catch a break just yet, with more expected in the coming days.

Snow in Mornington, Dunedin. Source: 1 Sport

Lee Stream farmer Barry Connor is among those who have already given their livestock supplementary feed for the past two days.

"The wind was very strong - a very strong southerly which tends to pick the snow up off the paddocks and shift it and you get a lot of snow drifts, which is you're biggest problem," Mr Connor says.

The NZ Transport Agency is warning Southland drivers to take care as black ice and snow warnings are currently in place for many roads.

Grators have pushed over a 1.5 metres of snow off State Highway 87 and Trevor Cunningham, who manages the area's roads, says black ice poses the biggest risk having already sent several cars off the road.

Further north, there has also been snowfall in Canterbury's Banks Peninsula. MetService says the harsh weather is predicted to continue tomorrow, with a strengthening northwest flow to spread over the South Island.

It is likely to bring a period of heavy rain to Fiordland and the Westland ranges from Sunday afternoon until around midday on Monday. This rain has the potential to cause surface flooding and slips, and river levels may rise rapidly.

Due to cool temperatures, near the divide and about the Otago and Canterbury headwaters, most of this precipitation will fall as heavy snow.

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More snow’s on the way for Otago, just as it tries to recover from the latest dumping. Source: 1 NEWS



Identities of pair charged with murdering father kept secret

The identities of a man and a woman charged with murdering a 35-year-old man in South Auckland will remain secret for now.

A body is found in car in Papatoetoe Source: 1 Sport

Davinder Singh, 35, was fatally stabbed in his car on Norman Spencer Drive in Papatoetoe on Thursday evening. He and his wife had stopped for a takeaway meal outside the Manukau Event Centre at about 7.20pm when he was attacked.

A 31-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man appeared in the Manukau District Court this morning charged with the father-of-one's murder.

The accused appeared before a Justice of the Peace and showed no emotion as they stood side by side in the dock. They've been remanded in custody to reappear in the High Court on Wednesday.

Both were granted name suppression to allow them time to inform families overseas in India.

Over a dozen members of the Sikh community were in court today, with one, Harjot Chhinzar, telling ONE News that he was "pleased police made an arrest".

"It's sad for us you know we are all in shock cause he was a really good guy, " he said.

Mr Singh's cousin Sandeep Singh told ONE News yesterday that he understood that his cousin had been stabbed in his car after someone demanded money from him.

However, police today said they were satisfied that robbery was not a motive in the murder.

Police say they are yet to recover the murder weapon, believed to be a knife.

Detective Inspector Dave Lynch says they are not seeking anyone else in relation to Mr Singh's death, but the investigation into what happened continues.

"We have received a large volume of information that needs to be analysed and there is a significant amount of forensic testing to be completed which may take several days," he says.

Prior to the arrests, Detective Inspector Lynch says police had retrieved CCTV footage from a nearby business which helped them "narrow down timeframes that are of interest".

Mr Singh had been in New Zealand with his wife for seven years. They have a 10-year-old son.

A man and a woman are facing murder charges over the killing of a father of one in his car. Source: 1 NEWS