Christchurch mum battling cancer given boost to tick off bucket list 'and have an absolute ball'

A Christchurch woman with ovarian cancer has been surprised on Seven Sharp with a trip of a lifetime.

Christine Moverley was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer in 2014 and husband Louie said, "We were given two years."

"Thought right, whatever time we've got let's just go out and have an absolute ball," Louie said.

In what Seven Sharp's Sam Wallace says is the most emotional shoot he's done yet for the programme's ASB Good as Gold segment, he surprised Christine at work.

"I've heard you're planning the trip of a lifetime," Sam said to her.

Taken aback, Christine said: "We're going to London and my husband just sold his amazing drum kit. That was a huge sacrifice. I'm doing three jobs."

Sam explained: "ASB Good as Gold heard about your story and they wanted to help out a little bit so ASB has paid for everything."

"What? Are you serious?" a now shocked Christine asked.

"Oh my God," she declared as young daughter Sienna handed her the trip package.

"I don't know what to say," Christine said, but prompted by Sienna's "just say thank you", quickly did just that, to applause around the room.

"It's bizarre, but I've probably been more happier since having cancer than before," Christine told Sam.

"For me it's being a role model for her (Sienna) that no matter how tough life can be you've got to look on the bright side. I'm so grateful. That quality time together is really important."

On Christine's bucket list was a trip to Singapore to see the orangutans, a horse ride around Hyde Park, and Paris Disneyland.

This ASB Good as Gold is as emotional to watch as it gets. Source: Seven Sharp



Pictures: Baby Neve takes pride of place alongside Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford at United Nations

Baby Neve has made a very public appearance alongside her parents at the United Nations in New York.

The youngster was pictured with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and dad Clarke Gayford at the UN's General Assembly overnight, where her mum was to speak at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit.

It's the first overseas trip for Neve, born in June, after she skipped the PM's visit to Nauru. 

Read more: Baby Neve inspiration behind 'family-friendly policies', Jacinda Ardern tells millions of Americans on NBC's Today show

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* The Prime Minister's office gave permission for the photos to be published

There was a very public appearance for the Prime Minister’s baby in New York. Source: Reuters


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Meka Whaitiri says she accepts PM's decision to sack her as she faces barrage of questions on return to caucus

Meka Whaitiri accepts Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s decision to sack her as a minister, saying she is committed to self-improvement as she returned to parliament.

Ms Whaitiri was sacked as Customs Minister after an investigation by ministerial services into an alleged assault of a staffer during an event in Gisborne in late August.

The Prime Minister says she took action after an investigation deemed an incident did happen. Source: 1 NEWS

She batted away repeated questions from the media about the investigation and its findings, which she disputes.

“It’s been a debilitating time, but I really want to reflect on what I need to do to improve myself, to regain the confidence of the prime minister,” she said.

“I’m absolutely gutted, but I accept the prime minister’s decision but I’m going to work really hard and reflect on what I need to do to improve myself.”

“I can’t talk about the report until it’s released but like I said, I accept the prime minister’s decision.”

Ms Whaitiri, the MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, said she was grateful for the support from Māori caucus and others.

“Willie has declared and so have my Māori caucus members that they continue to have confidence in me to do the job that I was elected to do,” she said.

“You know, I’ve got a lot of work to do here on behalf of the people of Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.”

“I’m very humbled by the support of the Māori caucus and those that have sent support but I’m here to do a job.”

“As I travel throughout the electorate we’re having meetings and I will tell them when I see them face-to-face my plans going forward.”

Whaitiri says she is determined to earn the Prime Minister’s trust back, and work hard for her electorate, after her sacking as a minister. Source: 1 NEWS

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Simon Bridges and Judith Collins were 'defamatory' with 'meth crooks' claim, says Winston Peters

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has accused Simon Bridges and Judith Collins of making defamatory claims over their ‘meth crooks’ claim about the 800 evicted Housing NZ tenants who will receive compensation.

The opposition leader and National’s housing spokesperson have repeatedly said they were against compensation for the Housing NZ tenants who were evicted as a result of adverse meth tests on their properties.

The National leader says it sends a poor message that those found to have cooked or used meth in Housing NZ homes get compensation. Source: Breakfast

READ MORE: Simon Bridges against compensation for tenants proven to have smoked or cooked meth in Housing NZ home

“I’m appalled that Judith Collins and Simon Bridges, who have pretence to be experienced and practiced lawyers, would think that people who are utterly innocent and in their hundreds and hundreds should be turfed out of a place and have all their assets and materials destroyed because of a hoax scientific investigation, which wasn’t scientific at all, and that they shouldn’t deserve some compensation,” he told TVNZ1’s Breakfast.

READ MORE: Judith Collins savages decision to compensate Housing NZ tenants evicted over meth contamination

National’s housing spokesperson savaged the decision to compensate Housing NZ tenants who were evicted for using P or allowing its use in their homes. Source: 1 NEWS

“I know ordinary people might do it but how could a lawyer possibly believe somebody is guilty before proven to be that and that’s what I find for narrow venal populism in which they’re not going to be successful they have appeared to use such language.”

Housing New Zealand released a report last week admitting it shouldn't have turfed out tenants based on methamphetamine contamination guidelines which have since been found to be misused.

The period was dubbed 'meth hysteria' - during which hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent unnecessarily on stripping out homes, and hundreds of state tenants kicked out.


The deputy prime minister was appalled that the opposition leader and housing spokesperson could make the meth crook claim about mostly innocent Housing NZ tenants. Source: Breakfast


NZTA contractors caught dumping rubble in Whangārei stream

New Zealand Transport Agency contractors have been caught dumping rubble from road works into a stream that feeds into Whangārei Harbour.

The agency has been forced to clean up its act after a local MP raised the matter with Northland Regional Council.

National MP for Whangarei Shane Reti was contacted by a constituent worried about a number of problems to do with roading near his house, which backs onto State Highway 1, about 15 minutes from the city.

The resident showed the MP the Oakleigh River Bridge, which had two metre wide expansion strips cut out across it.

About 30 pieces of road had been cut off the highway and pushed straight into the stream underneath, Dr Reti said.

"They still had fluorescent markings on them. They were on both sides of the dropline so they'd clearly been pushed off the bridge directly into the stream below," he said.

Dr Reti and the local who raised the problem were angry with the situation.

"At best it's lazy, at worst it's environmental vandalism.

"It wasn't hard to put a drop sheet or a gatherer on either side of the bridge, but no, it seemed the most convenient thing is just to brush it off and brush it into the stream below."

Roading was a pollutant in the stream that feeds directly into the harbour, he said.

Rubble from road works pictured beside a stream.
Rubble from road works pictured beside a stream. Source: MP Shane Reti

Dr Reti immediately contacted Northland Regional Council which got on to the transport agency.

The council told him the rubble was promptly removed, and the agency made it clear to its staff and contractors that the situation was unacceptable.

Ngātiwai Trust Board chairperson Haydn Edmonds said the dumping by New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) contractors was not good enough.

"It shouldn't have happened, a sub-contractor should have been monitored by at least a sign-off from NZTA," Mr Edmonds said.

Staff at the transport agency refused to be interviewed, but said in a statement the contractors did not follow process.

The situation had since been rectified and it would work with its contractors to ensure it did not happen again, the agency said.

Dr Reti said monitoring needed to be done across the country to make sure care was taken with the environment after roading projects.

By Kate Gudsell

- RNZ.CO.NZ

Road slabs thrown by a stream that feeds into Whangārei Harbour
Road slabs thrown by a stream that feeds into Whangārei Harbour Source: MP Shane Reti