Inside Parliament: Online shopping 'Amazon-tax' an easy revenue generator for the government

This week on the Inside Parliament podcast, the 1 NEWS political team take a look at the government's new so-called "Amazon-tax" which places 15 per cent GST to online purchases from outside New Zealand.

Political reporter Katie Bradford, and avid online shopper herself, says it's an easy tax for the government to generate some revenue. 

"National was looking at doing it as well. I guess it's the details of how they actually do it, and if it's going to work and make a difference that's interesting," Bradford said.

The government's offical line is the Amazon-tax will level the playing field for local retailers.

1 NEWS Political Editor Jessica Mutch and Political Reporters Katie Bradford & Andrea Vance discuss fuel taxes, Amazon tax and the budget. Source: 1 NEWS

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The 1 NEWS Political team look at the so-called "Amazon Tax" which will hit online shoppers. Source: 1 NEWS

'He just took off' - Johnny Danger turned his life around after stint in prison friends say

Friends of Kiwi comedian and amateur stuntman Johnny "Danger" Bennett say the cult-hero turned his life around after serving time in prison.

Nina Bostock and Sami Downie were friends with Danger since childhood and remembered the time his life-changed forever.

The friends told Stuff how Danger left Orewa College, just north of Auckland, early and went on the dole, often getting into fights.

One of these fights at a 21st party in Orewa landed him in jail for around two years.

"When you'd look at him up until then, Johnny had this resume that'd make you think, 'oh wow, it's not gonna work out for him'," Ms Bostock told Stuff.

The 'Danger Swig' was the Kiwi comedian's signature drinking move performed by many celebrities including Sir John Key. Source: Seven Sharp

"But he came out (of prison) and changed his life around. He started doing the videos and he just took off."

From there Danger shot to fame in New Zealand after footage of him car surfing a taxi went viral in 2013.

Before his death in an Auckland motorcycle accident on Anzac Day he had a four part show on MTV and produced NZ's fastest ever selling beer called Dangers Lager.

Danger died after crashing during an Anzac Day tour of the Auckland region. Source: 1 NEWS



Auckland kidnapping ordeal: Five people including teens charged after two women allegedly locked in boot of car that crashed down bank

Five people including four teenagers have been charged over the kidnapping of two women in Auckland last night.

Police say the incident started on Bowen Avenue in central Auckland around 10pm where the victims confronted the group of five allegedly attempting to break into their car.

They were allegedly assaulted and then forced to comply with orders and made to walk around with the offenders while they allegedly looked for a vehicle to steal.

They were then forced into the boot of a stolen Mazda Demio vehicle and driven to South Auckland.

Police say, unaware of the earlier kidnapping or the vehicle having been stolen, a Counties Manukau Police unit observed the vehicle travelling in convoy with another car and attempted to stop them. Both vehicles failed to stop. 

The stolen Mazda Demio continued onto the Southern Motorway and then exited at Ramarama and drove off the side of a bridge where the vehicle went down an approximately five metre bank.

The two victims were located in the boot with moderate injuries and were taken to Middlemore Hospital for treatment.

Three alleged offenders were located at the scene and taken into custody.

The Police Eagle helicopter located the second vehicle at an address in Manurewa and a further two people were arrested over the incident.

The five people face a range of kidnapping, aggravated robbery and unlawful interference of a motor vehicle charges.

They are set to appear in the Auckland Youth Court tomorrow.

A 13-year-old female will be referred to Youth Aid.  

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