One person in hospital after serious assault in Christchurch

One person is in Christchurch Hospital with a serious head injury following an assault in Christchurch last night.

Police were called to the assault just after 11.00pm on Sewell Street, Linwood.

Police are examining the scene today and talking to witnesses about what occurred last night.

Police are also asking anyone who saw or heard anything in the Sewell Street area around 11pm to get in touch with them.

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New Zealanders vote overwhelmingly in support of free dental care in 1 NEWS poll

New Zealanders have voted strongly in agreement with a policy of free dental care, according to a 1 NEWS Facebook poll. 

Cash-strapped residents of the Hawke's Bay town are keen to take up the volunteer dentists' services. Source: 1 NEWS

It asked, "Should dental care be free?"

The question came after calls for more affordable dental care in New Zealand mentioned recently by former Prime Minister Helen Clark. 

In the non-scientific poll, 4,600 voted for free dental care and only 93 voted against. 

The top comment was from reader Cathryn Lucy who wrote: "Not free, but subsidised would be very useful, and to all those people saying 'but that makes tax note expensive!' - so what? I'd happily pay more tax for subsidised dental care just like we do health care."

Paulus Chapman commented: "People need to be realistic. The average hourly rate for a Dental Surgeon in NZ is over $400 P/H. It's a great idea, but, how do we as a Country 100 per cent subsidize that? It could be subsidized to a degree, but, not 100%, the cost would be too immense."

Alley Wealleans wrote: "Yes it should be [free], or if not free at least maybe a one off fee."

Jenny Jury Tooth commented: "Tooth issues can mean time off work, infections more time off work perhaps job loss. Get it sorted and no job loss no extra cost due to constant infections."

Some families in Hawke's Bay are struggling to afford dental care. Source: 1 NEWS

To vote in the poll, click here. 


Historic South Canterbury church 'completely gutted' by fire

A historic church in South Canterbury has been "completely gutted" after a fire last night.

Crews were alerted to the blaze on the corner of Methven Highway and Winchmore School Road just before midnight.

It took four crews two hours to extinguish the flames which engulfed the Winchmore Church.

There were no reports of anyone being trapped or injured in the fire.

According to an online real estate listing, the church has stood there for over 100 years, but wasn't being used for services.

It was sold just last month.

Fire investigators and police are investigating the cause of the blaze.

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