New Zealand to give $200k for monitoring of North Korea nuclear programme

New Zealand is injecting $200,000 into the monitoring of North Korea's nuclear programme, Winston Peters announced today.

The funding will go to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which works to promote safe use of nuclear technologies.  

Officials said the technology could be used for civilian and military purposes. Source: Breakfast

The Minister for Foreign Affairs said that "peace on the Korean Peninsula cannot be achieved without complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation".

"We want to make an early contribution to assist the IAEA in its current monitoring efforts and further hope that its inspectors are soon able to return to North Korea," he said in a statement today. 

Mr Peters said the decision came after a phone call with the South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.  

"The phone call was a useful opportunity speak with Minister Kang about the ongoing developments on the Korean Peninsula, and to also reiterated to her that New Zealand will continue to do all we can to support this peace process."

The funding announcement comes prior to US President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un on June 12. 

Mr Peters has tried to explain the benefits of nearly $700m budget spending in aid, and 50 new diplomats funded in Budget 2018.
Source: 1 NEWS

Watch: Fire leaves Napier motel room totally gutted while those next door survive unscathed

Fire crews have extinguished a blaze that gutted a motel room on Napier's waterfront this morning.

The room sits on the top floor of the Shoreline Motel on Marine Parade, with video taken by 1 NEWS showing its charred remains while those around it appear untouched.

A small part of Marine Parade heading north was closed and detours put in place during the incident and its aftermath.

1 NEWS reporter Sean Hogan say that "guests look to have been allowed to return to their rooms."

No ambulances attended the scene.

The charred remains of the room are in stark contrast to those surrounding it which are untouched by the fire. Source: 1 NEWS



Two Northland women break free from alleged abductor before locals chase man down

Two females managed to break free from being abducted in Whirinaki, Northland, last night with the help of locals residents.

Detective Sergeant Greg Johnson says the two females were walking home at around 1am when they noticed the vehicle parked in their driveway.

"The male occupant in the vehicle asked the girls for directions and then allegedly attempted to grab the females and pull them into his vehicle," says Mr Johnson. 

"One of the females was grabbed by the wrists while the other female has run for help."

Pa Te Aroha Marae local residents followed vehicle after the male fled before catching and holding him until police arrived.

A 69-year-old male is in custody undergoing a medical assessment and police say charges are likely.

Police would like to thank the locals for their quick response and efforts to prevent the potential for any further offending. 

Police car
Police car Source: 1 NEWS