Five-car nose-to-tail crash causes gridlock on major Auckland motorway (picture inside)

Police and the fire service are attending a five-car nose-to-tail crash on Auckland's Southwestern Motorway, State Highway 20.

The crash is blocking the right lane on motorway northbound just prior to Massey Rd.

Police say St John ambulance have transported four people to hospital - two people in a moderate condition and two with minor injuries.

NZTA is advising drivers to expect major delays in the area.


Five car crash on south-western motorway
Five car crash on south-western motorway Source: NZTA

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The price of petrol: Who is to blame?

This week on Inside Parliament, 1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch McKay and reporter Benedict Collins discuss the issues surrounding skyrocketing fuel prices in New Zealand. 

It comes after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was "hugely concerned" at the prices consumers are paying at the pump and called petrol margins unacceptable.

The Prime Minister says the Government is now undertaking work to get a basis for their plans. Source: Breakfast

On TVNZ1's Breakfast this week, National MP Judith Collins said the Government's plans do not go far enough.

The National MP says the coalition are in a panic about fuel prices. Source: Breakfast

"If the Government wants to do something right now, it could cut that tax, say we're not going to have that regional fuel tax, 11.5 cents a litre in Auckland plus everything else that’s going on," she said.

Listen to the full podcast here:

A weekly catch up with 1 NEWS’ political reporters about the stories they’ve been covering. Source: 1 NEWS

The 1 NEWS political reporters discuss the Prime Minister’s reaction to the sky rocketing cost of fuel. Source: 1 NEWS

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Meet 17-month-old Wren, whose mum froze her eggs three years before her birth

Pop star Rita Ora put fertility pretty firmly in the minds of young women recently when she spoke publicly about her decision to freeze her eggs in her 20s to future-proof her chance of having kids.

With more women opting to wait to start families, Seven Sharp got thinking - how viable are the 'back up' options?

One baby, 17-month-old Wren Kingston, is the picture of perfection.

"They call them frozen egg babies, born through Fertility Associates in New Zealand. so yeah, she's pretty unique," Wren's mum Tara Kingston said.

Ms Kingston always knew she wanted to be a mum, but at nearly 36 and life hadn't taken her in that direction, she decided to assess her options.

"I was just becoming increasingly aware of timeframes and biological clocks and all that sort of stuff, so it was more around if it was going to happen, and I knew it would, then when, and how do I actually, in a terrible way, buy myself a bit of time?" she said.

Ms Kingston eventually decided to harvest and freeze her eggs, where they stayed for three years, before she decided the time was right to use them through IVF.

"I loved the fact that it didn't matter what happened in my life. If I wanted to wait two years or five years, I could do, and I could actually make sure that I was 100 per cent ready, and my world was ready for Wren so it is, it's actually lovely to be able to have that control."

With egg 'snap freezing' technology developing rapidly in the country, Fertility Associates is seeing more and more women investigating what's known as 'social egg freezing'.

Fertility Associates' Dr Andrew Murray said, "We would get, perhaps, 50 per cent of the eggs to survive the freeze/thaw process 10 years ago. Now, it's over 90 per cent that are surviving that process. but more importantly, the number of women who are now coming back to use those eggs and try and achieve pregnancies is increasing as well."

While the bulk of women opting to freeze their eggs are between 36 and 38 years of age, experts warn success can often come down to a woman's age.

"It's a bit of a conundrum because the most ideal time to freeze your eggs is usually when women aren't even thinking about having kids," Dr Murray said.

"Ideally, probably in your late 20s. For example, freezing eggs at 40, we can do it, but it's not going to be as likely to result in a baby as, say, freezing the eggs of a 30-year-old."

However, Dr Murray says there are no guarantees in fertility treatment.

"Egg freezing is not a guaranteed baby, but it's certainly a way of locking in time your potential fertility as a younger woman.

"It's about having choices, and having those at the earliest possible stage is a good idea."

When your biological clock is ticking as a woman, there is now the option to put your eggs on ice, for a price. Source: Seven Sharp

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Enthusiasts celebrate Citroen 2CV's 70th birthday with a Kiwi convoy

The tiny Citroen 2CV, one of France's most divisive cars, is celebrating it's 70th birthday.

Some love them, some hate them, but Citroen 2CVs are instantly recognisable. 

They come with crazy suspension designed for French farmers to carry a basket of eggs across a ploughed field without breaking any.

"Vive la France's most diminutive, most recognisable set of wheels," says Seven Sharp reporter Michael Holland.

He joined a convoy of Citroen 2CVs which wended its way - a lot of the time on a lean - from Whanganui to the rustic outpost of Ohura in a celebration of the tiny car's 70 years on the road.

Check out his report in the video above.

Some love them, some hate them, but these Citroens are instantly recognisable. Source: Seven Sharp


Scientists discover spate of new mysterious radio signals

Twenty new mysterious radio signals from deep space have been found by Australian researchers.

The discovery reported by Australian scientists in the journal Nature reveals some of the closest and brightest bursts ever detected.

Fast radio bursts come from all over the sky and last for just milliseconds. They involve energy equivalent to the amount released by the Sun in 80 years.

CSIRO's Keith Bannister, who engineered the systems that detected the bursts, told Morning Report scientists still did not know what caused them.

"They're really interesting for astronomers for a couple of reasons; the first is that we don't know what makes one, it's a bit of a whodunnit."

The rate of this discovery was also noteworthy compared with the previous detections, Mr Bannister said.

The spate of radio bursts was double the number detected worldwide since they were discovered in 2007, he said.

Lead author Dr Ryan Shannon, from Swinburne University of Technology, said it also the radio bursts travelled much further than from within our galaxy.

"We've also proved that fast radio bursts are coming from the other side of the Universe rather than from our own galactic neighbourhood."

Co-author Jean-Pierre Macquart said the bursts travel for billions of years and occasionally pass through clouds of gas.

"Timing the arrival of the different wavelengths tells us how much material the burst has travelled through on its journey," Mr Macquart said.

"And because we've shown that fast radio bursts come from far away, we can use them to detect all the missing matter located in the space between galaxies - which is a really exciting discovery."

The team's next challenge is to pinpoint the locations of bursts on the sky.

The team reached their findings using the Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder at CSIRO's Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, which is a precursor for the future Square Kilometre Array telescope.

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Space (file picture). Source: istock.com


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