Double-fatal Auckland crash: Police say 'pretty evident speed was a contributing factor' in accident that saw car hit building

Two people are dead after a vehicle hit a building in Pakuranga, Auckland.

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Police say the vehicle went off Pakuranga Road and crashed into a building near Udys Road/Johns Lane.

Speaking to media today Senior Sergeant Jono Chappell said police are in the early stages of their investigation but "it's pretty evident speed was a contributing factor" in the crash.

Scene of double-fatal crash in Pakuranga, Auckland.
Scene of double-fatal crash in Pakuranga, Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

Police were called to the accident at around 7.20am this morning.

A man and a woman were found dead in the vehicle.

Police say they want to hear from anyone who saw a dark-coloured Honda Accord near Pakuranga Road around 4.30am.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Counties Manukau Serious Crash Unit on 09 261 1300

Senior Sergeant Jono Chappell spoke with media today after the Pakuranga crash. Source: 1 NEWS

Controversial far-right Canadian speakers granted 10-day work visas to New Zealand

Controversial Canadian speakers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux have been granted work visas to enter New Zealand, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway announced today. 

Mr Bridges said while he does "disagree strongly" with the views of Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux, "freedom of speech matters". Source: Breakfast

"Immigration New Zealand’s decision in no way condones the views expressed by the pair, which are repugnant to this Government and run counter to the kind and tolerant values of the vast majority of New Zealanders," he said. 

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"I understand that many people would prefer it if Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux never set foot in New Zealand. However the Immigration Act and immigration instructions have clear criteria for the granting of a visa, including certain character requirements, all of which I have been advised the pair meet."

The decision comes after the group Free Speech New Zealand filed court action on Wednesday against Auckland Council after the council would not allow the pair to speak on Council-owned venues, citing safety issues as the reasoning. 

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff told RNZ's Morning Report on July 10 he was "not going to aid and abet people who spout racist nonsense by providing them with a venue"

"Neither speaker has been convicted of a crime, nor banned from the United Kingdom or Australia as has been previously reported," Mr Lees-Galloway said. 

Ms Southern tweeted on July 9 a letter she said she received from Immigration New Zealand not allowing her entry into New Zealand, that was later retracted. 

It said due to her ban from entering the UK, she would not be given a visa to New Zealand but she could seek to obtain a Special Direction before entering. 

However, Ms Southern tweeted a follow up email which said Immigration Border Operations "recently confirmed that your ban from the UK does not affect your ability to travel to, or enter New Zealand".

"Thanks I guess? Now if we could be unbanned from our venue that'd be great," Ms Southern wrote.

The work visa will give the pair 10 days in New Zealand. 


Most watched: Mars set to put on dazzling July display – watch our stunning visual explainer

This story was first published on Thursday July 19.

Along with a lunar eclipse, July’s night skies are set to put on a brilliant light show. Source: 1 NEWS

If you thought the lights in the night sky were looking brighter lately, you’d be right.

Along with a lunar eclipse, July’s night skies are set to put on a spectacular light show. 

Mars is set to come the closest its been to Earth since 2003, the next closest it will be isn't for another 17 years.

This month the red planet will appear bigger and brighter in the night sky, being easier to spot without a telescope.

On July 27, Earth will line up directly between Mars and the Sun in what's called 'in opposition'. But this isn't just any opposition, this year a perihelion opposition is taking place.

Mars perihelion is the point when the planet is closest to the Sun in its orbit.

Not only will Mars appear brighter but also Jupiter, Saturn and Antares (the 15th brightest star).

Watch the above video to find out when you can spot each planet and the star Antares in the night sky.