Grieving widow can't get photos off dead husband's iPhone and Apple won't unlock it

Thanks to Facebook, Instagram and social media we are taking more photographs than ever before.

This year, billions of people armed with smartphones will take more than 1.2 trillion pictures, which is about 150 photos for every man, woman and child.

It's great having all those memories in the palm of your hand, but what happens if you - or a loved one - suddenly dies? 

Fair Go reports a grieving widow is unable to get photos off her dead husband's iPhone, and Apple won't unlock it for her.

Apple says Haley needs the master password to get into her late husband's device.

Watch the video above for the full report by Anna Burns-Francis.

Apple says Haley needs the master password to get into her late husband’s device. Source: Fair Go

John Armstrong's opinion: Andrew Little's Three Strikes mess 'galling' for Ardern on last working day in Wellington

With the Prime Minister about to leave the building and become incommunicado with the public for the next six weeks or so, you might have thought her Cabinet colleagues would have started exercising caution in the extreme. 

You might have thought they would be running the ruler very carefully over everything they intend saying, doing or announcing while their boss is on maternity leave. 

There are two reasons why such a premium needs to be suddenly put on precaution. First, the Voice of the Government will be voluntarily silent. 

Jacinda Ardern has followed the practice of recent prime ministers like John Key and Helen Clark in being almost constantly available to the media. This ensures the Prime Minister is controlling an argument - not his or her opponents.

In Ardern’s absence, Winston Peters will have to conduct that role as Acting Prime Minister. It will be tricky. He will be well able to speak for the Government as a whole. But he will be on difficult territory if he remarks on the performance of individual Labour Party ministers. He won’t be able to tick them off when things go wrong.

The second reason for caution is that no minister would want to provoke a crisis which would force Ardern to break her leave.

How much all this has sunk in with her colleagues is a very moot point.

It must have been somewhat galling for Ardern that she had to spend time during her final working day in Wellington clearing up a  mess created by the bungling of one of her most senior, capable and hardworking ministers.

It seems incomprehensible that someone as politically astute as Andrew Little would have expected New Zealand First to sign up to legislation abolishing the Three Strikes law. 

Ardern’s announcement that she will spend the remainder of the time until the birth of her child working from Auckland was a reminder that she and her colleagues are about to enter some very uncharted waters. - John Armstrong

It is more likely that the Justice Minister thought he could persuade Peters and the latter’s other MPs that the highly contentious law was not working in that it risked leaving the Government no option but to build more prisons -something opposed by New Zealand First, which wants alternatives, such as hard labour, introduced.

Little’s gaffe was to go public in stating that he would be taking a proposal to the Cabinet this week to axe Three Strikes and thus clear the decks prior to the development of fresh sentencing proposals by an independent advisory panel to be appointed shortly, and progressed in August at a Criminal Justice Summit.

New Zealand First was unlikely to back repeal - and even less so given that party’s current basement-level opinion poll ratings.

But once National made it clear that it would not only vote against any measure put up by Little to abolish Three Strikes, it would reinstate the policy when it got back into power, Peters and his parliamentary colleagues had no option but to block abolition.

Little’s gaffe was to ignore long-established procedures that any policy or piece of legislation is not made public until such a measure has been run past governing partners and allies to ensure there are the required numbers on board to get it passed by Parliament. 

Keeping it confidential means no-one ends up losing face.

If you cannot get the numbers then the haggling never happened.

Simon Bridges’ verdict on Little’s backdown was predictably scathing. National’s leader described it as “amateur hour”. That assessment was absolutely spot on.

That should worry Ardern. Her absence will leave a vacuum in Labour which no-one else in the party’s caucus bar Grant Robertson has the authority to fill. Kelvin Davis, Labour’s deputy leader, has so far failed to perform adequately and rise to the level of his ranking. His refusal to answer or at least attempt to answer questions put to him by a parliamentary select committee in his capacity as Tourism Minister has damaged his credibility quite severely.

Despite all the notice, despite all the months of planning that will have gone into making things work for everyone who matters in the coming weeks, Ardern’s announcement that she will spend the remainder of the time until the birth of her child working from Auckland was a reminder that she and her colleagues are about to enter some very uncharted waters.

Plans by the Government to scrap the controversial three strikes law have been axed as Labour can't get support from one of its coalition partners. Source: 1 NEWS


Council looking at subsiding airline to keep flights running from Auckland to Kāpiti Coast

The Kapiti Coast District Council is looking at options which could include subsidising an airline provider in order to keep flights to Auckland out of the Kāpiti Coast.

Air New Zealand announced in April they would suspend services from the regional airport. Since then, the council, local MPs, and residents have lobbied for the airport to have a new operator take on the route.

On Thursday, the Kapiti Coast District Council will discuss its options.

"We have been continuing to work positively with all the parties involved following our work over recent months since Air NZ’s decision. That includes undertaking and commissioning airport customer research to assist any potential future operator," Mayor K Gurunathan told 1 NEWS.

Air Chathams has been negotiating taking over the route with the Kapiti Airport, but do not expect any decision to be made soon.

The council's meeting is closed to the public. The Mayor is hoping an announcement about the future of commercial flights out of Kāpiti could be made within a few weeks.

Find out which regional destination is next on their wish list. Source: Seven Sharp