Consumer NZ blasts Fonterra's 'misleading' nutritional marketing claims of its opaque milk bottles

Claims of the nutritional benefits of milk packaged in light-proof containers has been debunked by Consumer NZ, as they blasted Fonterra’s marketing of their opaque bottles.

Launched by Fonterra four years ago as its biggest product innovation yet, the dairy company claimed the opaque bottles used on its Anchor brand milk protected Vitamin B2 and Vitamin A from sun damage.

Fonterra claimed this light protection has nutritional benefit.

"You create a 100 per cent light proof milk bottle, locking in the goodness and keeping your milk tasting fresh and delicious," a Fonterra ad claimed.

But Consumer New Zealand tested five trim milk brands: Anchor, Home Brand, Meadow Fresh, Pams and Signature Range, and found there is almost no difference in the nutritional value of opaque bottles, compared to any other milk.

"It's probably actually misleading that Fonterra have actually been saying this about their Anchor brand," Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said.

Fonterra says Consumer NZ has got it wrong and is standing by its product.

"Since we've launched we've never claimed that our milk is nutritionally superior to other milks. Most of them when they're filled they're pretty similar right," Fonterra Brand NZ’s Olaf Van Daalen said.

"What we're saying is we'll preserve the integrity of our product right throughout its shelf life.

"It's the only product on the market that can make sure that the milk tastes as good as the day we filled it throughout its shelf life, and we believe that's worth a premium."

However, Fonterra has now changed its marketing to reflect the bottle’s affect on flavour, rather than making nutritional claims.


The dairy giant is standing by its product. Source: 1 NEWS



St Bede's to review handling of child sex complaint

Christchurch's St Bede's College will appoint an independent reviewer to look into its handling of a child sex abuse complaint in 2011.

St Bede's College, Christchurch. (Phil Pennington) Source: rnz.co.nz

This follows Christchurch man Peter Boock demanding the school's rector Justin Boyle be sacked.

Mr Boyle allowed a teacher, Robin Pettit, to continue teaching until he retired, even after he admitted to abusing Mr Boock several decades ago.

The school's board said its inquiry would run alongside one the Education Council was running into the matter.

It would not make any more comment, adding that media coverage had been unhelpful because of a lack of due process and respect for privacy.

Earlier, Mr Boyle wrote to the school's parents, defending the investigation in 2011.

"Mr Pettit has had a long and distinguished teaching career and there have been no complaints about his conduct during his time at St Bede's College, or at other schools he has worked," he wrote.

"I want to assure you that our priority is always to provide a safe environment for our students and staff.

"As we have in the past, we will always ensure that any complaint of misconduct is thoroughly and promptly investigated and appropriately addressed, while respecting people's right to privacy and proper process."

But the rector's letter was "appalling", the Network of Survivors of Abuse in Faith-based Institutions and Their Supporters said in a statement.

"Nowhere in this message does the school condemn Mr Pettit or his actions," the network's Murray Heasley said.

"On the contrary it praises him and, in failing to acknowledge the lifelong trauma and damage he has caused, encourages parents to think of him as the victim."

- Reporting by RNZ's Phil Pennington

www.rnz.co.nz


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Clarke Gayford reveals Melania Trump invited him to New York get together, speaks about Obama's 'lovely, soft nose'

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's partner has told an audience about former US President Barack Obama's "lovely, soft nose" and an invitation he's received from Melania Trump.

Ms Ardern is this week leaving for New York to speak at the United Nations General Assembly, with her schedule including high-profile appearances on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Today Show and a lengthy interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

The trip will also be the first overseas outing for daughter Neve, who was born in June.

Partner Clarke Gayford - who has taken on a full-time fathering role - will also attend.

Speaking at an event on Thursday night, Mr Gayford, a television and radio presenter, reportedly told an Auckland audience he had received an invite to a reception for leaders' partners from President Donald Trump's wife, describing it as "tea and scones with Melania".

"It's pretty funny. I sent it to a few friends and said, 'You will not believe this invite I just got'," the 40-year-old said, pulling out his phone to read the message, according to Stuff.co.nz.

During a question-and-answer session, Mr Gayford also recounted meeting Mr Obama, including a hongi - a traditional Maori greeting which involves the touching of noses.

"I was one of the first ones up and I was pretty nervous - and he'd only done one before either. Lovely, soft nose," Mr Gayford said.

He was also reported to have described as former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull as "actually, really quite personable".

While Ms Ardern is expected to receive an enthusiastic welcome in the US, her trip ends a rough month in domestic politics for her Labour Party, following the firing of one government minister this week and the resignation of another just weeks ago, both amid scandals.

Jacinda Ardern, Clarke Gayford and baby Neve. Source: 1 NEWS

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Police chastise Canterbury students who didn't intervene in bullying incident

Police today chastised students who opted not to intervene or call for help this week as a bullying incident was filmed at a Canterbury school.

Two students at Darfield High School are expected to appear before the school board today after school officials reviewed the video, which emerged yesterday on social media. In it, a boy lay on the ground as two others kicked and pummelled him.

"Police are particularly concerned that other students who saw what was happening, didn't intervene or get help from a teacher," Senior Sergeant Kelly Larsen said in a statement released to 1 NEWS. "Instead, they watched and took videos."

Darfield principal James Morris has described the incident as assault.

Police said they were alerted about the incident Tuesday afternoon, shortly after it happened.

"Bullying behaviour is not OK and has serious consequences," police said. "Rather than being a bystander, Police encourage anyone who witnesses an assault, or knows about other bullying behaviour to become someone who stands up against bullying, and does something about it.

"Bullying is wrong. We all have a responsibility to do something to stop it."

An outcome of the school board hearing is expected on Monday.

Darfield High School’s principal says police were notified shortly after the incident happened. Source: Supplied


Police commend Good Samaritan as two kidnap attempts thwarted in Christchurch this morning

A man tried to abduct two women in back-to-back incidents in Christchurch this morning but failed after they fought back, with help from at least one bystander, according to police.

Authorities said they are speaking to a man over the incidents but are appealing to the public for more witnesses to come forward.

According to police, the first botched kidnapping occurred at 5.30am when he approached a woman at her car in the Jellie Park Recreation and Sports Centre on Ilam Road.

He then fled on a bicycle, pedalling through Jellie Park before approaching a jogger at the entrance of Ray Blank Park on Maidstone Road, police said.

The attacker fled again on bicycle after the woman fought him off, aided by a motorist who stopped to help her, according to police.

But this time he was followed by a motorist, who alerted police to a home on a nearby cul-de-sac that he was seen entering.

"We would really like to thank the member of the public who stopped to help the second victim," Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Worner said in a statement. "As the alleged offender is talking to Police we are confident the public has no reason to be concerned."

Anyone who saw either incident this morning and hasn't yet talked to police is asked to call 03 363 7400 to make a statement.

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