Sabina Smith was supposed to fly to Sydney yesterday, and ended up avoiding sleeping at the airport thanks to some Good Samaritans.
Thousands march through central Auckland celebrating Māori language week
E hia mano tāngata i takahi i ngā ara o te pokapū o Tāmaki Makaurau ki te whai I te kaupapa ‘Hīkoia te kōrero’.
He mea whakatū te kaupapa nei ki te whakanui, ki te whakatenatena hoki i te kōrerotia o te reo i tēnei te wiki o te reo Māori, me te aha, ka tū anō he huihuinga āpōpō ki Manukau,
Inā te huhua o ngā kura o te rohe me ngā rōpū hapori o rāngai kē i whai wāhi atu ki te hikoi,
Kua kī taurangi ngā kaiwhakahaere ka whai wāhi atu ngā waka kawe tāngata hei te tau titoki.
Thousands of people paraded through central Auckland today as part of Hīkoia te Kōrero.
The event was set up to celebrate and encourage Māori language during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, and it will be followed tomorrow with another event in Manukau.
Many schools from the Auckland region had a presence at the parade, as well as community groups from many sectors.
Organisers are promising that next year's event will incorporate vehicle floats as well.
Winston Peters admits he got it wrong over MP contract with $300k clause - ‘It was my memory’
Winston Peters says he got it all wrong when he told the public last month that all his MPs had signed a strict contract, now he says none of them have.
While Mr Peters is blaming his memory for the mix up, but National is not buying it.
Last month Mr Peters told 1 NEWS all of his MPs had signed a contract – in accordance with New Zealand First's constitution – making them liable for a $300,000 fine if they ceased to be a party member during the political term in which they were elected.
National’s Nick Smith appealed to Parliament’s Speaker Trevor Mallard, questioning whether New Zealand First MPs then had an undisclosed financial interest in the outcome of the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill, also known as the waka jumping legislation.
The Bill would mean MPs aren't able to quit a party and stay on as an independent MP.
Dr Smith released a letter today from Speaker Trevor Mallard over Dr Smith's allegations of financial interest of NZ First MPs in the Electoral Amendment Bill, that said he had received a response to the matter from Mr Peters.
"That response states that no New Zealand First MP has signed a resignation obligation contract."
Dr Smith said "Mr Peters repeatedly told the public a month ago that all NZ First MPs had signed a $300,000 resignation obligation contract as required by their party's rules.
"He has now told Parliament’s Speaker that no NZ First MP has signed a resignation obligation contract so as to avoid a Privileges Committee hearing into a breach of Parliament’s rules over disclosure of financial interests."
He said it was "difficult to ascertain the truth over these contracts", and accused NZ First MPs of having a "personal financial interest" in the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill, also known as the waka jumping legislation.
"The conduct paints a dangerous picture of Mr Peters and his MPs believing they are above the rule of law. This is deeply concerning for a party that is at the centre of New Zealand’s current Government.”
Super Typhoon Mangkhut barrelling towards Philippines packing winds up to 325 kmh
The most powerful typhoon of the season is closing in on the northern Philippines, where officials ordered precautionary evacuations and closures of schools and offices and urged farmers to quickly harvest their crops to reduce damage.
Forecasters said Typhoon Mangkhut, considered as the strongest this year, could hit northern Cagayan province on Saturday (local time).
It was located about 800 kilometres away in the Pacific with sustained winds of 265 kilometres per hour and gusts of up to 325 kmh.
It could maintain the strength of a super typhoon when it hits land in the northeastern corner of Luzon Island.
On Guam, residents woke up Tuesday to flooded streets, downed trees and widespread power outages after Mangkhut passed through overnight.
The Pacific Daily News reported government agencies were conducting damage assessments and beginning to clear roads. About 80 percent of the US territory was without power but it was restored by this morning.
With a massive rain band 900 kilometres wide, combined with seasonal monsoon rains, the storm could bring heavy to intense rains that could set off landslides and flash floods, Philippine state forecaster Meno Mendoza said.
Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba said by telephone that northern coastal and island villages in the typhoon's projected path will begin evacuating residents todayahead of the expected onslaught.
He said classes will be suspended and offices, except those involved in rescue and relief work, advised to close on Friday.
In 2016, a super typhoon lashed the southern section of Cagayan, destroying tens of thousands of houses. Mangkhut is blowing from the Pacific and forecast to directly slam the province's northeastern coastal and island municipalities, Mamba said.
"I'm stressing that this one is very different, this is more complicated because of possible storm surges," Mamba said, referring to giant waves whipped inland by a typhoon.
The typhoon is arriving at the start of the rice and corn harvest season in Cagayan, a major agricultural producer, and farmers were scrambling to save what they could of their crops, Mamba said. The Philippines has been trying to cope with rice shortages.
Two dead after crash involving logging truck and car near Tauranga
Two people are dead after a crash involving a car and logging truck near Tauranga today.
The crash occurred at Pukehina, south-east of Tauranga, at 3.15pm.
Diversions are in place at State Highway 2 and Old Coach Rd, and Pukehina Rd and Station Rd.