Fonterra becomes world's fifth largest dairy company

New Zealand company Fonterra has inched up the ladder to become the world's fifth largest dairy company.

The research was done by the global rural company, Rabobank.

The Swiss firm Nestle retains its top spot with total turnover of $US24.2 billion.

Second is the French company Lactalis, which pushes its compatriot, Danone, down from second to third position.

Fourth comes the US cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America, and in fifth spot is Fonterra, up from sixth.

Half of all the top 20 companies are European while three are American and two Chinese.

New Zealand is the only small country represented.

Turnover of all 20 is up 7.2 percent in dollar terms on last year, due mainly to higher dairy prices.

Fonterra Milking Truck Source: 1 NEWS

Two people dead after crash involving car and train near Palmerston North

Two people are dead after a car was involved in a crash with a train near Palmerston North this afternoon.

Police say they were called to the scene on Troup Road, Woodville around 4:50pm.

Three people were in the car, two are dead and one person is in a moderate condition and is being transported to hospital.

Police investigating the crash have now left the scene and Troup Road has reopened tonight after being closed for several hours.

There were three people travelling in the car which was involved in the crash today. Source: 1 NEWS


Watch: Corrections seize cellphone and tattoo gun after Mongrel Mob gang member gets ink from fellow Rimutaka Prison inmate

Corrections have seized a cell phone and makeshift tattoo guns from prisoners at Rimutaka Prison after videos were posted to YouTube from inside.

A video was posted to YouTube and widely circulated last week, with Corrections becoming aware about 9.15am today, they said in a statement.

The videos, seen by 1 NEWS, show a prisoner tattooing another, inmates rapping, and what appear to be members of the Mongrel Mob singing and chanting. 

Within 45 minutes, the two prisoners in the video had been identified and segregated and a search operation had commenced.

The tattoo gun was found and removed on Monday during routine searches, they said, while the cell phone was found yesterday and will be forensically examined.

"The prisoners are being held to account for their behaviour," Corrections' chief custodial officer Neil Beales said.

"All four were relocated to the management unit and are being charged with misconduct.

"Today, two of the prisoners have been moved from the prison, with plans being made to relocate the other two.

"Corrections jurisdictions worldwide face the issue of contraband being smuggled into prisons.

"In recent years we have strengthened the tools and methods we use to detect and recover contraband before it comes into prisons.

"As technology evolves it is a constant challenge to stay one step ahead of offenders."

Mr Beales said Corrections has contacted YouTube and asked for the footage to be removed.

"We appreciate that any images of prisoners available online will be of particular concern to the victims of offending."