One person dead after Christchurch crash

One person has died following a crash in Burwood, Christchurch this evening.

A car and a motorbike collided on Queen Elizabeth II Drive shortly after 9:15pm.

The motorcyclist has died from their injuries at the scene.

The driver of the car, the sole occupant has received minor injuries.

Queen Elizabeth II Drive remains closed between Burwood Road and Marshlands Road as the Serious Crash Unit attends.

Local diversions are in place.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible.

Source: 1 NEWS


Wellington's Cuba St honours LGBTQI community with rainbow pedestrian crossing

The capital's famous Cuba Street bucket fountain now has some new competition from a newly installed rainbow pedestrian crossing.

Wellington is the first New Zealand city to join San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sydney to honour the LGBTQI community with a colourful zebra crossing. 

It will be be officially unveiled tomorrow. 

The capital will join San Francisco, LA and Sydney in turning a crossing rainbow. Source: 1 NEWS


'It's the fifth busiest airport in NZ' - take a look inside Nelson’s new $30 million terminal

Nelson Airport's new multi-million-dollar terminal is officially open.

The first arrival into the redeveloped facility touched down this morning – a sign of just how far the airport has come since first opening 44 years ago.

The new $30 million terminal is expected to cater for growth projections out to 2035, when 1.4 million passengers are expected to pass through here each year, Nelson Airport boss Rob Evans said.

“It's the fifth busiest airport in New Zealand, so that's behind Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown,” he said.

“The region economically is really strong, there's a lot of good industries here that are building nicely.”

Nelson is among a number of airports rebuilding or exploring expansion, although Airport Association chief executive Kevin Ward said some are struggling to survive on a commercial basis.

“If you're in a smaller centre where you've got fewer flights, it's much harder for them to do that within their own resources and it can be a burden on ratepayers in a small district. 

So things like the provincial growth fund, that's another avenue to support growth in the regions to keep those air connections going and to support the economic and social development.

Nelson and Tasman Council co-own the airport.

Nelson’s airport is the fifth busiest in the country, with numbers rapidly increasing since the old terminal opened in 1974. Source: 1 NEWS


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As finger pointing escalates, take a look at how the costs for a litre of petrol break down

As the finger pointing over pumped up petrol prices escalates, 1 NEWS has revealed a breakdown of the components in the cost of a litre of petrol, calculated by the Automobile Association two weeks ago.

For every litre of petrol, the biggest chunk, 34 per cent, is made up of the imported cost of refined fuel.

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Twenty-eight per cent is the fixed fuel excise tax which pays for roads and transport projects.

That doesn't include Auckland's regional fuel tax.

Then there's 13 per cent GST and two per cent for the Emissions Trading Scheme levy.

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The rest of the price is made up of a two percent shipping cost, a 21 per cent importer margin - what fuel companies earn to offset costs, plus profit margin.

For context, New Zealand has the sixth lowest fuel tax in the world.

In many developed countries taxes make up around two-thirds of the total price.

These figures were calculated by the AA a fortnight ago. Source: 1 NEWS