Men missing in Tongariro National Park unlikely to be alive, police say

Police say it would be a miracle if two men lost in Tongariro National Park were found alive.

Police say men missing in Tongariro National Park unlikely to be found alive. Source: 1 NEWS

Vincent Taumata and Hakopo Ngaronoa have been lost in the national park since Saturday after they fled from police in a stolen vehicle and dashed into the bush to escape the authorities.

No contact has been made with the pair since they phoned 111 on Sunday morning.

An over 60-strong search crew are looking for any sign of the men, which includes help from army officials.

A number of items have been found including two campsites lit by a gas canister, a phone case and unfortunately clothing too.

The pair are ill-equipped for being in the bush and their phones appear flat. Source: 1 NEWS

A group of friends and family have also been conducting their own search where the stolen car was left.

Police says he pair will be suffering from hyperthermia and are unlikely to be alive.

Teams will debrief at the end of the day and it will be decided how the search progresses from here.

Inspector Kevin Taylor says that doesn't mean a scale back of search teams but it means changing how they search.

A helicopter has again been prevented from helping due to bad weather in the area.
 

1 NEWS reporter Sean Hogan is in the central North Island as the police continue to the search. Source: Breakfast

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Police search for man following serious assault in Tauranga

Police are looking for a 26-year-old man following a serious assault in the Tauranga suburb of Parkvale.

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Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS

Joel Ross Matiu is being sought in relation to the assault which took place at Henderson Crescent yesterday afternoon.

Matiu is considered dangerous and should not be approached by members of the public, police warn.

He is said to have links to the wider Western Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Matamata areas.


Police search for man seen at the scene of fatal attack in Lower Hutt

Police have named the victim of Friday night's fatal assault in Taitā, Lower Hutt as they continue to search for a man who left the scene of the assault.

Armed police are at the scene where a man was killed in a fight in Lower Hutt last night with police hoping to remove the body from the scene this afternoon. Source: 1 NEWS

Faapaia Fonoilaepa, 29, a painter from Avalon was killed during a fight near the intersection of High Street and Burcham Street just after 7.30pm.

Police say they are looking for a man who left the scene following the assault.

The man is described as Māori, of solid build, aged 30-40 years, with dark hair and facial tattoos. He was wearing black clothes.

The man is believed to have left the sence initially on foot and walking south.

He then returned to the scene before leaving in silver Toyata Carib station wagon.

Police say the car is missing its front hubcap and has some damage to its front left panel and indicator.

The car was seen at the High Street scene for several minutes before it left travelling north where it was later spotted in Pringle Street.

Police are also looking to speak to a woman who was walking north on High Street at the time the incident took place.

The woman is of medium build with long brown, curly hair and was wearing dark clothing, headphones and was carrying a shoulder bag.

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Weekend's most read: Pregnant women refusing prenatal care after children taken by social services

This story was first published on Sunday September 16.

More than 6000 children are in the care of Oranga Tamaraki – a 22 per cent increase from six years ago. Source: 1 NEWS

Health professionals say women whose children have been taken by social services are refusing to seek prenatal care when they fall pregnant for fear of having their newborns taken, too.

One Kaitaia couple, Mary and Warren, had their first child taken into care by social services because of domestic violence and mental health problems.

Mary believes social services' decision to remove their child from their care was fair at the time, but she claims they "also said that I'd be able to get him back and that I'd get a house in six months".

When Mary became pregnant for a second time, it was six months before she sought prenatal care.

Mary and Warren's fears were realised when their second child was taken from them at birth, with Oranga Tamariki saying their baby was at risk.

"I just cried and wouldn't give her to them. The nurse actually had to take her off me," she said.

The couple's children are among more than 6000 New Zealand kids under the care of Oranga Tamariki this year – a 22 per cent increase on the number of children in care six years ago.

The agency says it only takes such drastic action when there are concerns of a serious nature, and only when all other options have been explored.

However, Northland midwife Colleen Brown is concerned the move is putting pregnant mothers off seeking help.

"There is no way, unless you are gonna go bush and have your pepe (baby), that you are gonna keep that pepe," Ms Brown said.

1 NEWS has spoken to several pregnant mothers who are considered at risk.

Some are expecting mothers who would like help with their drug and alcohol abuse but have not reached out for help out of fear of losing their children. Some have children who have already been removed from their care.

But Oranga Tamariki says those who do not seek help are putting their babies at further risk.

Deanne 'Dee' McManus-Emery, the regional manager for Oranga Tamariki South Auckland, says, "We are hearing stories from our families that we do know, but we're also hearing it from our community organisations, colleagues and also our health providers".

"What we're trying to do is work in partnership with those providers, ensuring that there is a jointed approach to ensure the right support services are wrapped around them," Ms McManus-Emery explained.

"We certainly would want families to be accessing their prenatal care because that gives children the best start in life."

Ms Brown is urging mothers with fears of losing their child "to take ownership of it" and get the help they need.

"They need to come forward because there is help available for them," she said.

Mary and Warren visit their children twice a week and are working with social agencies to get them back permanently.

"I'd like our kids back. I’d like to be given a chance," Warren said.


Jacinda Ardern outlines Government's top 12 priorities for New Zealand over next 30 years

The Prime Minister has announced 12 priorities as part of a 30-year plan that will be a focus of the Government's ongoing work.

Jacinda Ardern outlined the plan during a speech in Auckland today.

"The Coalition Government’s long-term plan is a blueprint which sets out our priorities and the steps we are taking to build a more modern and fairer New Zealand that we can all be proud of," says Ms Ardern.

"This plan represents our shared vision and priorities; Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens. It establishes the foundation for the Government’s work and includes issues of particular importance to each of the parties which are supported by all of them.

"Our Government has a firm eye on the future. That's why our plan is looking 30 years ahead, not just three."

The Government's 12 priorities are: 

- To grow and share more fairly New Zealand's prosperity

- Supporting thriving and sustainable regions

- Transitioning to a clean, green carbon neutral New Zealand

- Delivering responsible government with a broader measure of success

- Ensuring that everyone is either earning, learning, caring or volunteering

- Supporting healthier, safer and more connected communities

- Ensuring everyone has a warm, dry home

- Making New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child

- Committing to deliver transparent, transformative, and compassionate government

- Building closer partnerships with Māori

- Valuing who we are as a country

- Creating an international reputation we can be proud of

The Prime Minister gave details of the Government plan during a speech in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS