Jacinda Ardern: Funds have been allocated for pay negotiations with police, teachers and nurses

The PM says the government has “factored in” looming pay negotiations with teachers, police and nurses in the Budget. Source: 1 NEWS



Phil Twyford hits back at Simon Bridges over 'meth cook' Housing NZ compensation

Housing Minister Phil Twyford has rebutted the opposition over methamphetamine compensation, saying "meth crooks" will not be compensated by Housing NZ.

National leader Simon Bridges appeared on TVNZ1’s Breakfast where he said he was against compensation for those Housing NZ tenants found to have used or produced methamphetamine in their homes.

READ MORE: Simon Bridges against compensation - 'What sort of message does that send?'

Mr Twyford released a statement saying compensation will not be given to those convicted of the supply or manufacture of meth.

The Housing NZ board will not be sacked over the methamphetamine contamination “fiasco”, the housing minister said. Source: 1 NEWS

"Housing NZ has been very clear that those convicted of the supply or manufacture of methamphetamine from a Housing NZ house will not receive compensation," Mr Twyford said in a statement.

The National leader says it sends a poor message that those found to have cooked or used meth in Housing NZ homes get compensation. Source: Breakfast

"The 800-odd families that will have their costs reimbursed were in homes that tested under Sir Peter Gluckman’s new recommended level."

"Housing NZ has also acknowledged that these people were denied natural justice as there was no baseline testing before the test that led to their evictions."

"The comments by Opposition Leader Simon Bridges today are at odds with his comments in June when he apologised to these tenants for being kicked out of their homes on ‘dud advice’.”

The Housing Minister defended the compensation decision against the National MP's hardline questions. Source: 1 NEWS

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Three teens aged 15 to 16, charged after wild crime spree involving stolen cars, liquor store robbery

Three teenagers have been charged with multiple offences after a wild crime spree in Auckland this morning.

Police say three offenders stole a vehicle before using a tyre iron to smash the window of a liquor store on Dominion Road before fleeing the scene in a second stolen vehicle with several bottles of alcohol around 5am.

Two of those who were arrested and charged are 15-years-old, with the third aged 16.

After being called out to the liquor store robbery, police spotted the alleged offenders' vehicle and attempted to pull them over but they failed to stop.

Police then followed the vehicle through Mt Albert and observed a number of items being thrown out of the windows while it was driving at speed.

The driver of the stolen vehicle subsequently lost control and hit two parked cars before hitting a motorist in his car.

Two of the offenders were arrested at the scene of the crash. The offending driver fled and tried to hide in a nearby building in an attempt to evade the police helicopter. She was quickly located by a police dog team and arrested.

No one was injured however the driver of the stolen vehicle was later taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

The three youths have been jointly charged with burglary and two counts of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle. Additionally, the driver is facing a number of driving charges.

They are due to appear in youth court today.

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Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS

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Startling video shows woman, child standing in Auckland car park to 'reserve' it, so driver can't pull in

Video and images have been posted online of two separate incidents where frustrated motorists were blocked from entering parks by people standing in them to reserve the space.

The practice is well documented overseas in countries like the USA, and is now being practiced by some in the increasingly sought after parks in Auckland.

A video posted online shows one such incident, which took place last week at the Westfield St Lukes Mall.

The driver repeatedly sounds his horn, but the woman will not budge, holding her concerned child behind her as she talks on the phone to someone, presumably telling them to hurry up and get to the park.

A commenter on the post said the woman eventually allowed the car to park there after a ten-minute standoff.

Another person posted images to a driver complaints page on Facebook yesterday showing a woman standing in a council car park on Auckland's Hobson Street.

A woman guards a public car park, reserving it for her friend, on Hobson Street.
A woman guards a public car park, reserving it for her friend, on Hobson Street. Source: Andy Chui

The woman reportedly waited there until another person arrived driving a late-model BMW convertible.

A car arrives after a woman blocked other motorists from entering it on Hobson Street in Auckland.
A car arrives after a woman blocked other motorists from entering it on Hobson Street in Auckland. Source: Andy Chui

Auckland Transport's Regional Compliance Manager Rick Bidgood said earlier this year that there is no legal basis for members of the public to reserve a park by standing in it, or by putting cones out.

However, Mr Bidgood urged drivers to consider giving up and finding another park in these scenarios, where the alternative could be an aggressive or even violent confrontation.

However, there are also no specific laws against people standing in a car park and refusing to vacate.

AA spokesperson Mark Stockdale said the AA was not familiar enough with the issue yet to make comment.

Online reactions to the practice were resoundingly negative, with most commenters indicating they thought parks should be 'first-in, first-served'.

"That happened to my wife and I and my wife just inched her way in....I was so proud," wrote one commenter.

"Bloody awful to see and she had her child with her to witness her behavior," said another.

One person pointed out there could be legitimate reasons for the reservation tactic.

"Perhaps someone inside is elderly and cannot walk far ... perhaps they need to load a heavy item ... just sayin," the commenter said.

The incident took place at St Lukes Mall, and eventually led to the woman giving up the park.


Hot compost caused medical event at Wairarapa school where students needed to be treated by medics

The medical event at a Wairarapa school where students and staff had to be treated by paramedics on Friday was caused by hot compost that was delivered to a neighbouring property, and a wind shift.

Wairarapa Area Commander Inspector Scott Miller said the fresh compost, which was heated to 80 degrees Celsius, caused the strong sulphur smell that people experienced at South End School.

The supplier of the compost, who hadn’t experienced this issue in 50 years in the business, confirmed to police that the product can cause a strong sulphur smell.

Emergency services were called to South End School on Friday afternoon. Source: 1 NEWS

“What we have confirmed, just after 1pm on Friday, one of the neighbouring properties next to the school, had a type of fertiliser, compost really, delivered,” Inspector Miller said.

“That compost was fresh and as part of that, was actually hot, part of the process for compost is to heat it up to 80 degrees Celsius.”

“That creates a sulphur smell, that sulphur smell can be very strong.”

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At roughly 1.20pm, the first children began to feel ill as a result of the smell.

Inspector Miller said that most of the children who felt sick were at the rear of the school, closest to the delivery of compost.

He added that there were unlikely to be any lingering effects for the children who felt most ill.

Emergency services were called to South End School on Friday after reports of an unpleasant smell.

Paramedics treated 40 other people, children and adults, with minor symptoms after being called to South End School.

Over 100 people also had to go through a decontamination process.

There were reports of a plane flying overhead at the time, but police ruled that out as the cause.

Meetings have been held at South End School in Carterton after dozens of students reported feeling sick on Friday. Source: 1 NEWS