Former MP and broadcaster Willie Jackson to stand for Labour Party in General Election

Former broadcaster and MP Willie Jackson is having another tilt at politics with Andrew Little confirming that Mr Jackson will stand for the Labour Party in this year's General Election.

Today at Waitangi the Labour leader confirmed that Mr Jackson will stand on Labour's list for the September 23 election.

"We want to continue to deepen and strengthen our representation of Maori," Mr Little said.

"There is a voice not well heard and that is the voice of urban Maori.

"I think Willie brings very strong credentials in that regard.

"I want to see his engergy and background that he brings helping Labour."

The former Alliance MP today dodged media's questions over whether he'll stand for Labour. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Jackson entered parliament in 1999 as an Alliance Party member. He was also leader of Mana Motuhake from 2001 until 2004.

He believes it's a challenge for any Maori grouping in a mainstream party to have an independent voice but says it's been done before.

"It all imploded (with Mana Motuhake) but I think it worked well for a number of years and I think it's worked well in Labour too when they've had strong Maori MPs in there," he said.

"I think it can happen and I hope it can happen but of course it's very, very tough."

Mr Little today confirmed Mr Jackson, a former MP will stand on Labour's list. Source: 1 NEWS

'What’s up Muzza' - is it weird to call your parents by their first name?

What do you call your parents - mum and dad, or Geoff and Pam?

The idea some people call their parents by their first name was a hot topic on Breakfast this morning, with Hayley Holt saying it was a bit weird calling her parents by their given names.

‘I’d feel a bit odd, ‘hey Robin, what’s up Muzza?’”

Many viewers said calling parents by their given names was disrespectful, with one viewer saying she had earned the title of mum.

Another said when children were older, it could be a discussion families could have together.

Newsreader Scotty Morrison said in Te Reo Māori there were “beautiful terms” for older members of the whanāu.

“As our people get older they get more and more respect because of the life they have had, the life experience, the knowledge that they’ve gained," he said. 

“It’s important in Māori culture to have that respect for the older generation.”

Some Breakfast viewers thought it was disrespectful not to be called mum or dad. Source: Breakfast


Police on the hunt after man seriously hurt in Hamilton shooting

A man has sustained serious injuries after being shot in Hamilton last night

Police responded to Derby Street, Nawton at 10:25pm after receiving reports of a shooting.

An investigation is underway to establish exactly what has occurred and inquiries are being made to find the offenders, who left the scene in a car.

A scene examination on Derby Street will continue this morning.

Police car generic.
Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS

Police are keen to talk to anyone who was in the area last night and may have information of interest to the investigation.


Record number of happy punters as two win Powerball, 40 win Lotto first division

There were a lot more ecstatic Kiwi punters than usual last night, with two lucky Powerball players winning $2.5 million each and a record 40 players winning Lotto First Division.

Never before in the Lotto's 31-year history have that many winners been announced in a single draw. The 38 first division winners (without Powerball) will take home $25,000 each.

The winning Powerball tickets were sold at a Countdown supermarket in Hastings and at New Brighton Lotto & Discounter in Christchurch.

It follows a winning $7.2 million Powerball draw just a week earlier, sold from a Pak'n Save in Silverdale. As of yet, however, no one has come forward to claim it.

Some winners might be slightly disappointed by their haul from last night’s draw, while two others claimed over $2.5 million. Source: Breakfast

Strong growth expected in GDP figures to be released this morning

All eyes are on the country's financial performance this morning with economists expecting strong growth.

The latest GDP figures are due for release, with ASB tipping they'll show strong quarterly growth.

Westpac have forecast the annual rate of growth to hold steady at 2.7 percent and both banks are picking a 0.9 per cent rise for the quarter.

Eyes are on the country’s financial performance this morning, with ASB tipping strong quarterly growth. Source: Breakfast