'Chaos' in Bali as 300 passengers stranded after Air NZ plane grounded due to engineering fault

Hundreds of passengers are stranded in Bali currently due to an engineering fault which has grounded their Air New Zealand flight.

A disgruntled customer tweeted the company about Flight NZ246's delay after it was due to leave Denpasar yesterday, saying his wife had been stranded for more than 24 hours.

"[It's] chaos on ground for the 300+ passengers," he wrote.

The NZ Herald reports passengers were told there would be a 48-hour wait.

Air NZ replied to the angry tweet yesterday, stating they had a ground team working on the issue "as we speak".

1 NEWS has contact Air New Zealand for comment.

An Air New Zealand plane.

Watch: National launches NEW Labour attack ad 'let's tax this'

Days after releasing an attack ad on Labour's tax policies, titled 'Let's tax this', National is at it again.

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For more on this story, watch 1 NEWS at 6pm. Source: 1 NEWS

Wednesday's ad, which was widely circulated on social media, focusing on Labour's 'six taxes', pointed the red arrow at a range of consumer goods Kiwis could expect to pay more for.

Twenty-four hours later, Labour were forced into an embarrassing tax U-turn, announcing any future taxes, including a capital gains tax and inheritance tax, which Labour had refused to be drawn on, would be deferred until after the 2020 election.

Today National has relaunched a tweaked version of that ad, with a new voiceover again pointing the red arrow at the same taxes.

Speaking on Wednesday, after National launched their first version of today's ad, Jacinda Ardern said the National ad campaign was blatant "scaremongering".

"I will run an open, relentlessly positive campaign but they need to start running an honest one," Ms Ardern told 1 NEWS.

At the time, she also dismissed suggestions her strong reaction to National's ad campaign was to do with the previous night's Newshub poll which had National 10 points ahead of Labour.

"It's to do with the ads, the ongoing lies the mis-truth and the desperation," she said.

"We've already ruled out a number of taxes that they [National] continue to claim we'll introduce.

"In the ad they released today they claimed we were increasing income tax. That is patently incorrect."

Labour finance spokesperson Grant Robertson reiterated yesterday that Labour would not be increasing income taxes.

A 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll last night put Labour four points in front of National, 10 days out from the election.

Days after launching a tax ad that forced Labour into tax backdown, National is at it again. Source: National Party


Watch: Dunedin students turn out to see Jacinda Ardern with poster of her as Ziggy Stardust and Star Wars' Princess Leia

Jacinda Ardern poked fun at her "stardust" label given by National Party leader Bill English, after a massive poster of her portraying Ziggy Stardust was held up during a speech at Otago University. 

Mr English took aim at Ms Ardern last week during the Stuff Leaders Debate saying,"Now the stardust has settled you're starting to see the policy". 

Ms Ardern was at Otago University today speaking to students, when she addressed the large pink picture. 

"This is so heart warming to see all of you here, and to be greeted by the amazing Sam, with his Ziggy Stardust."

"I think that's what Bill English meant when he said stardust, right?"

The poster flipped, showing the other side of Ms Ardern again portrayed, but this time as Princess Leia with 'A new hope' written underneath. 

Meanwhile, Mr English announced $72 million promise to fund the building of Melling interchange in Wellington, intended to free up traffic in Lower Hutt. 

The Labour leader poked fun at her "stardust" label while speaking to a crowd at Otago University. Source: 1 NEWS