Claims prescription pills found in Auckland McDonald's shakes being investigated by police

Police and McDonald's says they are looking at claims posted online by two people who said they found prescription pills in their shakes bought from Te Atatu McDonald's.

"We ate them at home, and we all found traces and whole pills of prescription medicine ... My sister ingested one ... I found one in my mouth and spat it out," the complainants said on a Facebook community page.

Police have confirmed to 1 NEWS they are investigating the claims and says the "individuals took themselves to hospital to be assessed".

McDonald's says it has reviewed the CCTV from the restaurant, and told the NZ Herald "normal procedures were followed and there was nothing untoward in the filling and operation of equipment, or as the order was made and handed to the customer in drive-thru".

They are in the process of contacting the customer for further details.

Strawberry, Chocolate and Lime shakes from McDonalds.
Strawberry, Chocolate and Lime shakes from McDonalds. Source: McDonalds/Google Streetview/1 NEWS composite

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Search continues overnight for crew member missing from Sealord vessel off Wairarapa coast


The search for a crew member missing from a Sealord vessel  off the Wairarapa coast is continuing through the night. 

The company says mid-morning this morning crew onboard the Otakou became aware a crew member did not report for duty.

A full muster was conducted to confirm this, and a search was immediately commenced and authorities notified, Sealord said.

The four vessels involved in the search will search overnight, and will review the situation after sunrise tomorrow.

The two helicopters searching were stood down at nightfall.

Weather conditions in the area are fair but are predicted to deteriorate tomorrow.

Source: NZ Topo Map

Sealord said it is making all effort to notify next of kin. 

It said the crew member was not on active duty at the time of disappearance and the reason for the disappearance is not known at this stage.

All other crew are accounted for, however, they are very concerned for the safety of their team member, the company said. 

Sealord is taking this situation very seriously and is providing support to all staff, it said.

The company is also cooperating with all search and rescue instructions, it said.

Earlier tonight Vince Cholewa of the Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre said the centre was advised of the crew member overboard around 11.30am. 

At that time the person had been in the water for 50 minutes or less, he told 1 NEWS. 

Mr Cholewa said there were four vessels and two helicopters involved in the search - Otakou, two other fishing vessels, the police launch Lady Elizabeth IV, a LifeFlight helicopter and an Air Force NH90. 

The estimated location is 11km east of Glendhu Rocks.

Sealord's Otakou
Sealord's Otakou Source: Sealord


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Two investors, including former Fonterra executive, join Kiwi company boosting nutrition in food for elderly

Two new investors, including a former Fonterra executive, have joined a Kiwi company aiming to boost nutrition in food for the elderly.

The Pure Food Co has welcomed John Penno, the founder of dairy processing company Synlait, and Maury Leyland Penno, who worked at the dairy giant Fonterra.

Mr Penno will join as the chair of Board of Directors, while Ms Leyland Penno will be a key advisor.

The Pure Food Co was co-founded by Sam Bridgewater and Maia Royal in 2013 after Mr Bridgewater watched his stepfather struggle with an illness making it impossible for him to eat.

Products from The Pure Food Co
Products from The Pure Food Co Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Royal says the company is "thrilled to have John and Maury on board".

"Their investment, expertise and knowledge of the primary sector and high value nutrition is unparalleled and will enable us to expand our business offering in both New Zealand and overseas, which will improve quality of life for our consumers," he said.

Mr Penno said the pair "share Sam and Maia's vision of enhancing the quality of life of people by providing the best quality NZ food that is highly nutritious".

"Having worked in the primary sector where we’ve been adding the value of nutrition to good food already, we see huge potential in providing highly nutritious food for vulnerable consumers, especially the older population."

Ms Leyland Penno said, "We're excited to come on board at such a pivotal time to join this innovative company meeting such an important societal need".

The Pure Food Co supplies food to over 75 per cent of hospitals, eight of the largest aged care networks and the two largest food service companies in the country.

Sam Bridgewater, Maury Leyland Penno, John Penno and Maia Royal of The Pure Food Co
Sam Bridgewater, Maury Leyland Penno, John Penno and Maia Royal of The Pure Food Co Source: The Pure Food Co

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Bittersweet moment for sons of Christchurch rich-lister as they prepare his incredible car collection for auction

A rare Auburn 1920s speedster is being taken out for one last spin as a final farewell for the sons of a man who lived for his cars.

"That'll be the last time I probably drive her before she goes," Gary McVicar's son said.

Forestry magnate Gary McVicar left behind a fleet of rare cars after he died four years ago, and now his family are putting them up for sale.

The car, which could fetch over $400,000 at auction, is one of 29 classic cars going under the hammer this Saturday.

Another vehicle up on the auction block is a 1927 Stutz limousine – the last of its kind in the world.

"These cars are like an occasion, you know? Go back in time when you get in them and drive them," Rodney McVicar said.

Also up for grabs is the Clenet, a 1970s showpiece which took 55 years to put together.

"When they came out, they were 10 times the price of an average car in America, so they were built of the elite - perhaps the Hollywood people, things like that," Turners auctioneer Ian Curry said.

He hopes McVicar's much-loved cars will hit the road soon after going under the hammer.

"I imagine this car will end up back on the road very, very, very quickly with the top down," he said.

"We'd rather see them go out to other people that are going to use them rather than just sitting here, because old cars like this need to be driven," Rodney said.

Gary McVicar died four years ago, and now his family are putting his incredibly rare fleet up for sale. Source: 1 NEWS


The West Auckland home that's a 1980s masterpiece - 'You get a buzz out of it, a bit of excitement'

It's stood staunchly on this ridge of Auckland's Waitakere Ranges for almost 40 years, and now Seven Sharp's had a sneak peek at the 1980s masterpiece surrounded by nature.

Homeowner John Hatchman says, "When you look at the house, it just grabs you. The cantilevered decks, the lovely cedar, the big windows - it just blows you away when you first see it".

"It's just unique. I've never seen a place quite like it."

Designed by architect Chris Meikle, its post-modern focus was on place-making and despite the era, Mr Hatchman says it never gets old.

"The place has retained a lot of the 80s flavour. It's very original. If you took that away, it would destroy the whole thought and concept behind it. It wouldn't be the house that it is."

For both the architect and the owner, the standout feature is something not part of it at all.

"Living up here, you're in touch with nature. All the surroundings are glass, you can see the city, the trees.

"You get a buzz out of it, a bit of excitement. You think, 'What's at the end of the driveway?' And then boof, there it is - it's brilliant."

While he's loved his 80s hideaway and being close to nature, Mr Hatchman is now putting his home on the market so he can move to Europe.

"It's brilliant – a brilliant place."

The Chris Meikle-designed home in the Waitakere Ranges has a post-modern focus and is delightfully date-stamped. Source: Seven Sharp