Greenpeace demands apology from PM over 'besmirching' its name with Panama Papers link

The fallout from the latest Panama Papers revelations has had a fiery sequel in Parliament with Greenpeace calling for an apology from the Prime Minister.

As John Key faced questions in Parliament yesterday about the findings, he's now been accused of incorrectly linking Greenpeace, along with Amnesty International and Red Cross, to foreign trusts.

"I was shocked actually to find Greenpeace International on the database," Mr Key said in the House.

But Greenpeace's executive director, Dr Russel Norman, says the Prime Minister is wrong.

"He's got the wrong database and the wrong year," he told TVNZ's Breakfast today.

"He's basically besmirching the good names of these charities to help himself out of a political hotspot."

"He should apologise. What he did was wrong.

The heat comes on the PM to apologise over his comments in Parliament linking Amnesty International to Panama Papers. Source: 1 NEWS

"In the process he threw mud at three charities which have nothing to do with it."

Dr Norman went on to explain that three years ago Greenpeace was named in papers called the "Offshore Leaks," and says this is what Mr Key was confusing the issue with.

Britain's Sunday Times undertook an investigation and found that tax dodgers were using charities including Greenpeace as fronts for their scams and the charities weren't involved themselves.

Dr Russel Norman takes the Prime Minister to task about what he said in Parliament yesterday. Source: Breakfast

Man in serious condition following assault near Christchurch mall

A 41-year-old man is in a serious but stable condition in a Christchurch hospital, following an attack in the early hours this morning.

Police have cordoned off an area beside the Hornby Mall, on Shands Road, for a scene examination.

It is expected to be cleared by midday today.

Police are continuing to investigate the scene to establish what occurred.

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Police in stand-off with man barricaded in Huntly house

Police are currently involved in an ongoing stand-off in Huntly, which started around 2am this morning.

The eight-hour stand off began when police were called to a home on Harris St, where a man and woman had been fighting.

Upon arriving at the scene, police found the man had locked himself inside and was refusing to come out. 

At 9am, he was still refusing to come out of the home and police negotiators are currently on site, Waikato police Senior Sergeant Charles Burgess told Stuff.

"He's barricaded himself in the house and is threatening to harm himself," Senior Sergeant Burgess said.

He's not known to have access to any guns, Burgess said but does have access to knives and other items inside the home. 

"A police negotiation team are trying to speak to the man so we can bring an end to this event."

A section of the road has been cordoned off and detours are in place.

No one else is inside the home and no one has been injured.

Police emergency scene
Police emergency scene Source: 1 NEWS


Truck rolls causes road closure in Tararua

A truck has rolled in Tararua and is blocking lanes in both directions.

The truck rolled on Pahiatua Aokautere Road, also known as the Pahiatua Track, about 7.40am this morning.

The driver sustained moderate injuries. 

No other vehicles were involved.

Police are advising motorists to use an alternative route.

A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle
A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle. Source: 1 NEWS

Man dies in overnight crash near Gisborne

A man has died following a crash involving a car and truck on State Highway 35 near Gisborne last night.

The driver of the car died at the scene.

Emergency services were called to the scene near Makarori Beach Road at around 9pm.

The road was closed overnight, for the Serious Crash Unit to investigate, but has since been reopened.

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