One person who was critically injured after a speed flying crash in Otago this morning has died.
Emergency services were called to the scene at Isthmus Peak, near Wanaka, at around 9am.
The man was flown to Dunedin Hospital with critical injuries.
He died of his injuries this afternoon.
His death has been referred to the Coroner.
A group of Far North locals who blame commercial fishermen for their dwindling fish stock are taking matters into their own hands.
Karikari Peninsula residents are petitioning the Government for a change in the rules but are also having confrontations on the water.
Karikari Peninsula community leader Thomson Lawrence said, "We've lived here all our lives and we know the stock numbers have dropped off.
"The fishing numbers have dropped off and we want to know that our kids and granddkids can go out there any time and grab a feed of fish."
Confrontations between the fishermen and Karikari locals have been fierce, and others who come in to Doubtless Bay are being warned to expect more direct action.
The locals say they're prepared to cut lines, nets and ropes to stop the depleting fish stock.
"It could get rough. I mean, we're prepared to do what we have to do to make these guys to either go somewhere else or change their minds," Mr Lawrence said.
The ministry responsible for fisheries strongly discourages locals from taking matters into their own hands.
It says responsible fishermen should fish within the limits, and it will investigate any evidence of illegal activity. It's believed the snapper fishery in the region is improving and fish stocks are monitored regularly.
Ron Baker, a fisherman, said, "We're local fishermen - we're not actually targeting the area so much as the school fish we're trying to follow. They came in, so we came in."
"It's hard to keep everyone happy," he said.
New plans to address the teacher shortage will include an extra $10.5 million in funding and efforts to attract over 850 additional teachers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.
The Ministry of Education says that 650 extra primary teachers and 200 extra secondary teachers will be needed in 2019 to meet the rising level of demand due to growing numbers of students in schools.
"We know that some schools and parents, particularly in the Auckland area but also in pockets around the country, are concerned that not enough teachers are coming into the system, and we are determined to pull out all the stops to meet next year’s projected shortfall," Mr Hipkins said.
"We're committing an extra $10.5 million, on top of the $29.5 million already announced since late last year, to ramp up teacher recruitment initiatives and increase funding for schools - bringing funding to $40 million this year to fill vacancies."
The new package also includes the introduction of a new grant to encourage schools to employ more teaching graduates. At present, only 80 per cent of graduates get a teaching job when they finish training.
Chris Hipkins says increasing the employment of newly graduated teachers is important and the grant will support schools to mentor beginning teachers, before they take their own classes.
The overseas recruitment target has also been increased for 2019 from 400 up to 900.
"We're continuing to focus on bringing New Zealand-trained teachers home, while also looking for other teachers from countries with qualifications similar to ours... …and to improve the support available to overseas-trained teachers."
- Hire more than 850 additional teachers
- Extra $10.5 million in funding
- Up to 230 grants of $10,000 for schools to get more graduate teachers into classrooms
- Over 6,000 overseas-based teachers targeted in new campaign
- $5 million more available for overseas relocation grants and finder’s fees
- Easier access to up to $3,000 per teacher finder’s fee to help schools offset recruitment costs
Police have launched a homicide investigation involving 40 police investigators after a person died in Selwyn, Canterbury yesterday afternoon.
A Police spokesperson has confirmed to 1 NEWS this morning that a scene examination stretching 3km is underway in Charing Cross and enquiries are continuing.
Detective Inspector Corrie Parnell said in a press conference today that several members of the public had witnessed the incident and were part of the first response team. The witnesses are still being interviewed by police.
"I do thank those members of the public, as you can well imagine [it was] a traumatic event for them," Detective Inspector Parnell said.
Detective Inspector Parnell also confirmed the man who died, 28, was found on the side of the road and a firearm was involved in the incident.
The incident is believed to be gang-linked and the suspect or suspects are still at large, but that they do not pose a risk to the public.
"We have a large team assisted by forensic specialists working on this investigation," Detective Inspector Parnell said.
"A number of forensic scene examinations are underway in Grange Road and Telegraph Road, which are expected to extend into next week."
Several cars have been seized and are currently under guard while enquiries continue.
"Members of the public can expect to see a high presence of police in the area over the coming week," he said.
"We acknowledge the public's concerns regarding this incident. We continue to follow positive lines of inquiry and are working towards holding those responsible accountable."
Emergency services were called to the scene on Grange Road about 3.30pm yesterday.
Police believe an altercation took place between two men.
They say a number of people are assisting them.
Police are working alongside the man's family following the incident.