Full interview: Jacinda Ardern chats with Al Gore about New Zealand's role in the fight against climate change

Former US Vice President turned climate campaigner Al Gore has interviewed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as part of his world-wide Climate Reality Project 24HoursOfReality livestream today, covering a range of issues.

The full interview can be viewed in the player above, where Mr Gore opens up the exchange by professing his admiration for New Zealand's new PM saying how he "cheered her on" during the recent election.

Mr Gore also talks about how he served alongside Maori soldiers during the Vietnam War and asks Ms Ardern what her plans are to address the issue of climate change in New Zealand and the Pacific region.

The Prime Minister spoke with Mr Gore on the livestream from Wellington via satellite. 

Watch: Beautiful supermoon mesmerises stargazers around the world

It's been mesmerising star-gazers the world over and the dazzling supermoon is set to hang around for a couple more nights to come.

NASA has been describing it as a "supermoon trilogy" with the first installment not disappointing those looking to the heavens last night.

"At this time, it's closer to the earth so it's slightly brighter. It coincides with the time of full moon, so we have this great big bright moon in the night sky," Auckland University Physicist Nicholas Rattenbury said.

Supermoons occur roughly every 14 months and appear about 14 per cent larger than a normal moon, with brightness up a whopping 30 per cent.

If you missed last night's show the supermoon will be here tonight and tomorrow.

Then you'll have to wait until the start of 2018 for the next show, while January 31, 2018 will feature a supermoon that's also a blue moon.

The dazzling sight in the sky is set to hang above New Zealand for a couple more days. Source: 1 NEWS


Two species of kiwi have status changed from endangered to vulnerable

Two species of kiwi are officially on the road to recovery after having their status changed from endangered to vulnerable by an international union.

The rowi (also known as okarito kiwi) and brown kiwi have been hailed as success stories by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the organisation who gave them their new status.

"This means instead of being in serious trouble, these two types of kiwi are no longer at such a high risk of extinction.

"It's great to have international recognition for all the hard work throughout the country helping these species to recover," Forest & Bird Chief Conservation Officer Kevin Hackwell said in a statement today.

Rowi have increased from 160 individuals in 1995 to 450 adults today, while managed brown kiwi populations are growing by over two per cent, per annum.

Forest & Bird say the success is the result of 30 years' worth of coordinated efforts from the government, tangata whenua, and community groups.

The southern brown kiwi is under threat from stoats on the West Coast.
Source: 1 NEWS