'It's not a question of if, but when' – concerns growing over illegal firearms access online

A select committee inquiry has heard it could only be a matter of when another massacre like Aramoana could happen. Source: 1 NEWS



Boy actor James Rolleston remains in hospital following car smash

Actor James Rolleston, famed for his role in hit film Boy, remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Rolleston, 19, was badly hurt in a crash near Opotiki nearly a month ago.

He remains in a stable condition in a ward at Waikato Hospital, the region's district health board said. 

Rolleston played the lead in Taika Waititi's celebrated 2010 film Boy, and later starred alongside Cliff Curtis in The Dark Horse in 2014.

James Rolleston and with Taika Waititi earlier in his career
James Rolleston and with Taika Waititi earlier in his career Source: Getty

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Aussie father and son's 'Mt Doom' rescue not deterring their NZ holiday

An Australian father and son are continuing their New Zealand holiday today after being rescued off Mt Tongariro last night.

The 49-year-old man and his 13-year-old son set out yesterday morning to visit "Mt Doom" in the Tongariro National Park.

Rescue helicopter Source: 1 NEWS

It was only when they were near the high point of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing that they were encouraged by other trampers to walk to the end at Ketetahi, rather than return to their car at the Mangatepopo carpark.

However, at Emerald Lakes they took a wrong turn and ended up in the Oturere Valley.

They realised they were lost when they went past the Oturere hut, but thinking they could see a carpark in the distance they pushed on.

As soon as they got cell phone coverage at 6.40pm they called the police saying they were lost in bush between the hut and the Desert Road east of Mt Tongariro.

By then it was dark and cold, and without any headlamps they could not find their way.

Police were able to pinpoint their location using the man’s cellphone and the Taupo based Greenlea Rescue Helicopter and crew was dispatched to the mountain.

The man used his camera flash to indicate his position to the crew with their night vision goggles.

The helicopter was able to hover in the tussock a hundred metres away, then a rescuer scrambled through the bush to find the two, who were cold but otherwise unscathed.

They were then escorted back to the helicopter and flown to Mangatepopo.