Global WannaCry ransomware cyber attack spurs Lyttelton Port to plan 'urgent' outage

Lyttelton Port Co, Christchurch's maritime hub, will suspend operations today to secure its IT system over threats from the global WannaCry ransomware cyber attack.

In a statement on its website, the council-owned port said an IT outage will be in place from 11pm today until 7am on tomorrow to let its IT department install measures "to limit the risk of attack to our IT systems" in response to the ransomware attack.

The outage will give the port's system the required security to respond to the threat.

The Govt's emergency response team is investigating unconfirmed reports of hacking. Source: 1 NEWS

"Due to this outage, operations will be temporarily suspended during this time. There will be no R&D (receiving and delivering) throughout this period," the port's website said.

"The outage will also affect use of the N4 Export Pre-advise system (which is used to help manage containers). There are no shipping services scheduled to be worked during this period."

The WannaCry ransomware attack hit computer systems around the world in what has been reported as the biggest international ransomware campaign to date.

Ransomware blocks a user's access to a computer and demands payment to release the device, according to the government's Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert NZ) website.

Lyttelton, New Zealand - January 22, 2005: A Blue Star ship loads and unloads at Cashin Quay, the main container wharf at Lyttelton, which is the port for Christchurch. The port suffered considerable damage during the last Christchurch earthquake, There is a major project currently underway to restore and upgrade the port infrastructure.
Lyttelton Port (file picture). Source: istock.com



'It's another home for me' - First NZ charter school flourishing despite 'negative press'

The very first charter school to open in New Zealand is flourishing and producing results since it opened in South Auckland four years ago, with students saying they've had a change in perspective and a new attitude towards learning since studying at the innovative school. 

Charter Schools have been operating overseas for a long time and they're now in New Zealand, as part of a controversial government experiment where private providers run the school which choose how to spend their money and have control of what they teach. 

Scarlett is a student at South Auckland Middle School which provides uniforms, stationery and technology all free of charge.

She told Seven Sharp she found learning tough before attending the school and says she feels "like a whole new person."

"I feel like it's another home for me," Scarlett said. 

"I never really liked school that much. I was very shy, never participated in anything," until her parents signed her up to be part of a bold experiment.

Last year, the National Standard results at South Auckland Middle School improved by 18 per cent. 

Karen Poole said from Villa Education Trust says, "we're not saying that every school should be a charter school but we're saying that charter schools have a place in New Zealand."

"It's hard for the staff here because they work really hard, they work passionately with these families and yet they still get the negative press," she said. 

Labour, New Zealand first and the Greens want to scrap the charter school model but that hasn't dented the optimism of the people who run South Auckland Middle School. 

"These families and these students, they need what we do and they're entitled to it," Mrs Poole said. 

Critics say they're a pointless waste of money but many of the schools are producing results. Source: 1 NEWS

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'He's changed my life' - meet one Marlborough man who's teaching ex-prison inmates to read and write

New Zealand prisons are filled with people who struggle with literacy, but there is one man in Marlborough who is trying to solve the problem one ex-inmate at a time. 

Noel McArthur is single handedly turning lives around, helping ex-inmates to find work and is now appealing for others to step up to offer these men jobs. 

Rangi Wallace-Tapine was among 80 per cent of inmates who have reading difficulties.

He was sent to jail at the age of 17 when he was associated with a gang, after following in his father's footsteps. 

Corrections introduced Mr Wallace-Tapine to Mr McArthur and together, they tackled his reading, which eventually led him to finally sitting his driver's licence test. 

"He had lots of faith in me," Mr Wallace-Tapine told 1 NEWS. 

"It worked. He changed my life otherwise I'd probably be sitting in a cell.

"It means the world. He's more of a father than my father was."

Mr McArthur says he helps those who can't read as its a reason why ex-prisoners struggle to get employment. 

"All their lives they have felt that they are dumb and yet inside they knew they weren't," Mr McArthur said. 

Eighty per cent of New Zealand prison inmates have reading difficulties. Source: 1 NEWS