Much loved Rainbow's End decades-old Pirate Ship ride to be axed

The beloved Pirate Ship ride at Rainbow's End is set to say goodbye to make way for new attractions at the amusement park. 

"After many years of fun, laughter and butterflies in stomachs the Pirate Ship will be retiring soon to make way for new, exciting attractions in the future," Rainbow's End wrote on Facebook. 

The 34-year-old ride is making its last swing on August 19, Rainbow's End announced in a statement. 

Marketing manager Katharine Murray said there is a lot of nostalgia associated with the ride. 

"It's been a ride that parents have brought their children back to experience years later," she said. 

Rainbow's End chief Chris Deere said the ongoing upkeep and maintenance costs, coupled with a desire to add more rides led to the decision. 

"We have exciting plans for this area however so have decided that the time is now right to retire this ride and invest in an exciting new attraction as part of the park's ongoing capital investment programme."

Teen, 17, in hospital after being shot in the face in Waikato

A teenager is in hospital after being shot in the face in Waikato on Friday.

Police say the incident occurred at about 11.30pm on Sullivan Road, Horsham Downs near Ngaruawahia in which a 17-year-old male "received a gunshot wound in the face" while he was a passenger in a vehicle.

The victim was taken to Waikato Hospital where he is in a stable condition.

Police are urging anyone with information about the incident to call Hamilton Police on 07 858 6200 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Police car (File picture). Source: 1 NEWS


'We were scared' - Kiwi wasn't sure if her windows would hold as Typhoon Mangkhut smashed into Macau

A New Zealander in Macau has described hunkering down during Typhoon Mangkhut, unsure of whether her windows - or building - would survive the wind.

The storm has now passed over the world's largest gambling hub and weakened after hitting yesterday.

It has left flood waters up to 2.5m high in its wake, as well as power outages and disrupted transport networks.

Eleanor Ryburn has lived in Macau for about a year and works at a casino there coordinating events.

Ms Ryburn told 1 NEWS she had seen a typhoon before - Typhoon Hato last year - but Mangkhut was much more prolonged.

"It just went on for so long yesterday - all throughout the day - that was probably the most uncertain thing," she said.

"You didn't know if it was going to get worse, or what the damage was when we came out this morning."

Ms Ryburn said she was in a fortunate part of the city but that others had not been so lucky.

Power was cut to about 20,000 homes during the storm, and casinos in the city were shut down for the first time since gambling licenses were granted in 2002.

The sound was the worst part, Ms Ryburn said.

"The sound of it happening ... you didn't know if your windows were going to break through," Ms Ryburn said.

"The only thing I can think of for Kiwis [to compare it to] is when we had the earthquake ... that rumble.

"Outside you hear the wind and the rain battering at the windows and the building, but you also hear the whistling, your windows vibrating ... you can hear the kind of impact of nature."

"Some people really got affected badly and some of us are really lucky ... you just have to go with it and see what happens.

"There are lots of Kiwis that have been trying to get through to New Zealand and let them know they are safe."

Supermarkets were emptied of stock, especially items like water, in the days before Mangkhut hit, she said.

Ms Ryburn said people have this morning been cleared to return to their workplaces if they are able.

Report: Kiwi man in Thailand caught with 2kg of crystal meth tucked in his suitcase

A New Zealand man was arrested in Thailand on Saturday for allegedly receiving more than two kilogrammes of methamphetamine at a hotel in Bangkok.

According to a report in Thailand's The Nation newspaper a Thai woman and a Nigerian man were charged with delivering 2.06kg of meth to New Zealander Isidor Rein, 62.

The drugs were allegedly received by Rein hidden away in a secret compartment of a briefcase.

The Chiang Rai Times reports a source at the Office of the Narcotics Control Board said that John Oimma Emeka and Wararat Chansod, both 42, had reserved the hotel room where the alleged delivery took place.

Thai agencies made the arrests following a tip off that a New Zealand man was planning on smuggling drugs back home.

Police then placed the hotel room where the meeting occurred under surveillance and made the arrests when all three suspects arrived with suitcase in tow.

Dr Chris Wilkins says the Massey University drug report shows meth is widely used, especially outside of urban centres.
Source: 1 NEWS