Concrete truck transformed into giant disco ball for Auckland's Pride Parade

It's a concrete truck like none we've seen before, transformed into a giant disco ball for this weekend's Pride Parade in Auckland.

The Mirror Ball truck is the brainchild of construction company Fletcher Building.

The woman who's driving it is celebrating her fourth wedding anniversary with her wife this weekend.

The mirror ball truck is the brainchild of Fletcher Building. Source: Seven Sharp


Local iwi impose rahui in the Auckland's Waitakere Ranges

Local iwi have imposed a rahui - a total ban - on entering Auckland's Waitakere Ranges because of kauri dieback. But what does a rahui mean?

Maori expert, Professor Pou Temara says: "It's a custom that bans the use of, that restricts certain areas so that area can be conserved."

"Rahui is also imposed from when there is contamination by association with death."

Traditionally there were consequences for disobeying rahui.

Mr Temara says: "The worst that could happen was that people would die from transgressing that kind of tapu".

Such penalties do not exist today, but the challenge is getting the public to understand and respect the significance of rahui.

The Auckland Council have opted for a partial rahui for the Waitakeres, saying that a total ban would be too difficult to enforce.

Mr Temara says Maori concepts are often difficult for non-Maori to accept because they don't understand the reverence Maori have for the trees.

According to the Māori worldview, people and the environment co-exist.

"When you see a kauri immediately you recognise the mana, you recognise tapu. It's so different from all the other big trees."

"Maori actually see Tane - the lord of the forest embued in the personage of the kauri and I talk about personage because Maori think of the kauri as a living person."

Wayne Mackenzie who manages Whatipu Lodge has refused to take bookings that would break the rahui.

"For me it's really important just to be respectful for the rahui and not walk in this forest until safe protocols are really put in place."

Rewi Spraggon of local iwi says "For us that's a living ancestor - as simple as that - It's a living ancestor and we have to protect them as much as they protect us."

Seven Sharp's Maiki Sherman investigates. Source: Seven Sharp


Animal instincts run wild at Wellington Zoo's adults only event

Wellington Zoo's adults only event for Valentine's Day is being celebrated as a roaring success with more people turning up to learn how animals gets intimate than ever before.

Wellington Zoo spokesperson Zel Lazarevich said while night was fun for the hundreds of lovers that turned up, it was also an opportunity for the staff to share conservation messages of what the public can do to help.

Guests heard love-themed talks about the zoo's star attractions, finding out every relationship is very unique in the animal kingdom too.

Herbivore team leader Bobby Stoop said the zoo's most eligible bachelor, Pepe the capybara, had found out that hard way that being eager won't get you far.

"We have three females and one male so they're a lot bigger than he is - he needs to play it safe," he said.

As for the sumatran tigers, getting together could take months or even years.

Bashii and Senja are kept in separate areas for their own safety but things are looking promising.

In a bid from staff to get the pair accustomed, Senja left her scent in Bashii's enclosure which he later showed interest in.

Forget the candle-lit dinner and half-price chocolates, Wellingtonians get their love tips from the animal kingdom. Source: 1 NEWS