Detectives investigating two-vehicle crash on Lyttelton tunnel road that's left woman dead, three people injured

One person died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the road to the Lyttelton Tunnel in Christchurch this evening.

Police earlier reported only one vehicle was involved and they now say detectives are investigating the crash.

Three men and a woman were in the first vehicle when it collided with a bridge on Tunnel Road about 5.30pm, says Canterbury Metro Commander Superintendent Lane Todd.

The woman died at the scene and the men sustained minor to moderate injuries.

The second vehicle collided with the first before also hitting the bridge.  

Its driver, the sole occupant, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Tunnel Road will remain blocked for a number of hours, Mr Todd said in a statement released shortly before 7pm.

The Serious Crash Unit and CIB are investigating, he said. Police are advising motorists to avoid the area if possible as Tunnel Road is not accessible via Port Hills Road or Ferry Road.

Police will release further detail tomorrow, Mr Todd said.

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Police car (File picture). Source: 1 NEWS



Chief Ombudsman investigates Auckland Council's handling of reports into potential central city stadium

The Chief Ombudsman is investigating Auckland Council's handling of two reports into a potential central city stadium.

The formal investigation comes after complaints were made by several councillors who say Auckland Mayor Phil Goff refused to give them full and open access to the reports.

The reports cost ratepayers around $1 million to produce.

A number of councillors say Mayor Phil Goff refused to give them full and open access to the reports. Source: 1 NEWS

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Most read story: 'You morons' - members furious after Green Party Minister approves Chinese-owned water bottling plant expansion

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The Land Information Minister approved the expansion of Otakiri Springs water bottling plant near Whakatāne by a Chinese company. Source: 1 NEWS

Divisions within the Green Party have spilled out in to the open after Green MP and Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage approved the expansion of the existing Otakiri Springs water bottling plant near Whakatāne by a Chinese company. .

Green members are venting about the decision both privately and publicly on social media, with Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson admitting she’s had a number of complaints by members about the decision.

A post made by Eugenie Sage on her official Facebook page about the decision has received 1000 mostly negative comments since it was posted yesterday.

"NO MORE" you morons, where are your promises," one reads. "That's not the representation that Kiwis were asking or expecting from the greens. What a huge let down," another comment says.

Green MP and Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage approved the expansion of Otakiri Springs water bottling plant near Whakatane by a Chinese company. Source: 1 NEWS

The Greens campaigned on putting a charge on water bottling at last year's election and are still hoping to introduce such a levy.

Ms Sage says she was acting within the law and insists the party will now work on changing the law.

Eugenie Sage signed off on the expansion of the existing Otakiri Springs plant near Whakatāne. Source: 1 NEWS

Co-leader Marama Davidson admitted there was "widespread concern" in the party, and the decision doesn't align with its kaupapa.