Fishing methods in spotlight after five endangered dolphins found dead

Work to protect endangered Hector's dolphins will be accelerated, the government announced today, after five were found dead in a fisherman's net in the last month.

The small pod was killed in a set-net as the vessel fished off Banks Peninsula.

There are only about 10,000 Hector's dolphins left in the world and they are endemic to New Zealand.

Entanglement in nets is the number one cause of death to these rare creatures and fishing has caused major population declines.

The International Whaling Commission and scientists from all around the world have demanded better protection for the marine mammals.

Set-netting is not and it's understood the vessel was not doing anything wrong or fishing in a prohibited area.

1 NEWS understands the vessel's skipper is "devastated" and the fishing company involved have changed their fishing practices.

It is renewing calls for set nets to be banned. Source: 1 NEWS

In a release today, Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said options for the protection of Hector's dolphins include a new threat management plan, reviewing the use of set nets, considering extending the set net ban on Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal Sanctuary, encouraging voluntary closures of some fisheries, and stepping up observers or camera coverage on fishing boats.

"The deaths of these dolphins is distressing," Mr Nash said.  

"The fisherman did the right thing by coming forward to report the catch, as legally required ... there were no observers or cameras on his boat.

"The Chief Executive of FINZ advises me the fisherman deeply regrets the capture and has now decided to stop set netting in the area.

"I am also advised he appears to have been fishing outside the area closed to set netting, although MPI compliance staff are still assessing the incident."

Ms Sage called the deaths "needless" and said set nets in the habitats of endangered species is an "ongoing problem".

"Having a serious look at how to best phase out these near invisible and deadly mono-filament gill nets is long overdue," she said.

"Fishers can use other methods to catch target species such as butterfish, mullet, rig, and school shark."

It comes as NZ comes under pressure internationally to do more to protect the species. Source: 1 NEWS



'My god she can run' - woman at centre of hilarious Kawakawa dog escape video says Lily is enjoying her 15 minutes of fame

A Bay of Islands woman told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp she is "never going to live this down" after footage of her rescue dog Lily dragging a bakery's flag down the main street of Kawakawa went viral around the globe.

CCTV footage of the freedom-seeking furball's runner — accompanied by Yakety Sax, the song made famous by the Benny Hill Show — has been viewed more than 500,000 times since it was posted to Facebook last night.

Lucie Green, a volunteer with Bay of Islands Animal Rescue, was taking the basset hound for a walk last week when she decided to stop at a local business to buy Lily a treat.

But the Basset Hound received a fright and bolted despite being tied to a large Coca-Cola flag forcing Lucie to give chase.

"For an animal with just little legs, my god she can run," Lucie told Seven Sharp.

Lily, Lucie and the rogue flag brought Kawakawa's State Highway 1 strip to a standstill, the whole escapade captured on CCTV.

"My partner owns a local CCTV company I got to the office and I told him what had happened.

"He didn't tell me he'd done it, but he edited footage and put the music on and uploaded it to Facebook and tagged me in it.

"I knew it was trouble when basically by the time we'd gone to bed last night it had hit 100,000 views," Lucie said.

Thousands of people have since commented on the video, with many of them admiring the dog’s spirit.

"I'm laughing my guts out it's so funny," wrote Facebook user Annie Hicks.

Lucie does see the funny side of events however.

"They say every dog has their day, so I guess Lily is enjoying her 15 mins of fame." 

Lily made a run for it when owner Lucie Green stopped at a shop in the Northland town. Source: Seven Sharp

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Tracking down New Plymouth youth MP candidates after Andrew Little's 'hip' appeal

Labour MP Andrew Little released a tongue in cheek video encouraging young people from New Plymouth to get involved in politics today.

The video inspired TVNZ1's Seven Sharp to travel to Mr Little's old school to find the perfect candidate for its new youth MP.

Judge for yourself if New Plymouth Boys' High students Thomas Foy and Jarrod Wilson have what it takes in the video above.

Tamati Rimene-Sproat is on the case after the Labour MP's piece of political theatre. Source: Seven Sharp

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Watch: Take a tour inside Kate Sheppard’s former house where suffragists worked to get women the right to vote

Suffragist Kate Sheppard's old house in Christchurch goes up for auction next month - so Seven Sharp host Hilary Barry took a tour.

Ms Sheppard was instrumental in gaining New Zealand women the right to vote in 1893. She carried out important work for the suffrage movement in the house during the late 19th Century.

Today saw celebrations around the country marking 125 years since women gained the right to vote in New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern has indicated the Government is interested in buying the house for the nation. It's expected to fetch in excess of $3 million when it goes under the hammer on October 17.

Hilary Barry met with the home's current owner Julia Burbury who showed her around the dwelling set on one acre of gardens.

The house has a category one heritage listing.

The piece of New Zealand history in Christchurch, worth more than $3 million, is up for auction. Source: Seven Sharp


Mum distraught as son turned away from Hutt Valley High School because he didn't have permanent address

Being homeless has become an obstacle for one mother wanting to give her child an education.

Helen Taitapanui and her son were turned away from Hutt Valley High School last week because they don't have a permanent residential address.

Ms Taitapanui, is currently battling cancer and lives in a motel with her teenage son while they wait for a permanent home.

"We've got to be glad that we've got that when we know that a lot of our families are out there living in cars," Ms Taitapanui told 1 NEWS.

However, this was a problem when she tried to enrol her son at a local school.

"The response was it's against their policy to register children living out of a motel. you had to have a residential address," Ms Taitapanui said.

She complained to the Ministry of Education and shortly after Hutt Valley High School reversed its decision.

Ms Taitapanui says her son's excited about going back to school.

"I know once he steps back into the realm of education he'll be well and truly away."

She hopes by speaking out, another unnecessary obstacle will be removed for the homeless.

Being homeless threw up an unexpected obstacle for a mum wanting to educate her child. Source: 1 NEWS