Coromandel community celebrates a century and a half of prospecting gold

Locals have fired up a 19th century battery in Thames as the town celebrates its history. Source: 1 NEWS

Watch: Jacinda Ardern talks Winston Peters, selling fish and chips, and maternity leave

New Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern has given TVNZ's Sunday programme a fascinating insight into her first days in the new role.

She says her leadership style is definitely "different" but that she has the positivity to make it work.

She also speaks about first hearing about the change in circumstances which led to Andrew Little stepping down, and how she decided not to say no.

"I'm not in politics not for my personal status - but to achieve particular things," she says.

"My view is I never needed to be the top dog to achieve those goals, but increasingly I've realised we do need to be a power to achieve those things."

Ms Ardern also again addressed how she was questioned about taking maternity leave, saying when it comes to a Prime Minister having a baby, she thinks "why not?"

She also said she doesn't want to be the centre of attention - saying that is bad for politics generally.

Addressing New Zealand First and Winston Peters, she said despite Mr Peters' considerable experience, he doesn't deserve the Prime Minister's spot unless he gets the votes for it.

Watch the full interview on demand on the Sunday page here.

The new Labour Leader talks children, personality politics and the first person she hugged after taking the job. Source: Sunday



Fatal crash: Man tests positive for breath alcohol before fleeing Police and crashing

One person is dead and another has been airlifted to hospital after a man tested postive for breath alcohol and fled Police in Wellsford north of Auckland.

Police said the crash took place on Whangaripo Valley Road just after 4pm when a man underwent a breath alcohol test, which he failed.

He then fled from Police and crashed his car a short time later, and died at the scene.

The passenger in the car was airlifted to hospital and the Serious Crash Unit is investigating.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority will also be notified.

Cordons remain in plae at Whangaripo Valley Road and Rustybrook Road, and Whangaripo Valley Road and Wayby Valley Road.

Scene examinations are underway and the cordons may be in place for some time.

Accident sign Source: 1 NEWS