'An ongoing process' - Hillary Clinton opens up to Hilary Barry about dealing with losing the 2016 US election to Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton has ruled out running in the 2020 US presidential election but says she'll be "very active" in this year's mid-term elections.

The former US Secretary of State, former First Lady and America's first ever female presidential candidate spoke to Hilary Barry on TVNZ1's Seven Sharp ahead of a speech at Auckland's Spark Arena tonight.  

Now free from the constraints of public office, Ms Clinton is touring the globe, speaking frankly about what it was like to run in the most controversial US presidential election of all time in 2016.

Asked would she run again, Ms Clinton replied: "No, No. But I am going to be very active in this upcoming election in 2018 because that will be the turning point."

The mid-term elections in November will take place in the middle of President Donald Trump's term. All 435 seats in the US House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested.

Hillary Clinton was the odds on favourite to take out the US presidency in 2016, but in one of the most surreal moments in American political history she lost on election night a-year-and-a half-ago to businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump.

"It's so important that you have more in your life to lift you up and get you going again than whatever the setback happened to have been," she said.

"So I am lucky in that way because I have a wealth of great friends, family relationships that are incredibly supportive and nurturing. But it would be inaccurate to say I wasn't devastated because I was devastated because I didn't expect it.

"I wasn't ready for it and it's an ongoing process. Our country has not yet resolved it. People say 'why haven't you moved on?' Well there are tens of millions who haven't moved on because there are still so many unanswered questions," Ms Clinton said.

She said: "That election was a perfect storm - there were so many factors and I'm very clear in the book I take my share in the responsibility for not having been successful. 

"But I think if you look at all of the forces that were at work in that campaign - everything from sexism and misogyny to Russian interference, information and disinformation - it's important that we understand what happened because it will keep happening." 

During her speaking engagements on this tour, Ms Clinton draws on events in her book 'What Happened'.

Seven Sharp’s Hilary asks the first woman to run for US President about Donald Trump and Jacinda Ardern. Source: Seven Sharp

Hawke's Bay winery present options to keep controversial Te Mata Peak walking track

Tensions over a controversial walking track in Hawke's Bay surfaced again today after the winery responsible presented alternative options for keeping it.

Craggy Range winery had vowed to remove the path on Te Mata Peak after facing a backlash from local iwi, and critics claim it's now going back on its promise.

Craggy Range built the walking track late last year with resource consent.

But Te Mata Peak is sacred to the local iwi who weren't consulted, so the winery announced the path would be removed.

"We made that decision based on a principal belief that we did not want to leave the land or the community in a worse position," said Mike Wilding, Craggy Range chief executive.

Craggy Range commissioned a report looking into various options for the track, and now it says there is a better solution than just restoring the hillside.

Under Craggy Range's preferred plan, the area would be planted with native bush to hide the zig zag section of path.

This would mean "replanting native flora, increasing biodiversity, increasing the level of bird habitat within there and creating a native bird corridor," Mr Wilding said.

But the iwi, which wants the land restored, is not convinced.

"Not at any time have they actually applied to or seek to get a cultural impact report. And perhaps if they did at the start, we may not have found ourselves in this situation," said Mike Paku of Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga.

The Hastings District Council says it has asked for more information from Craggy Range and will need time to fully assess each option to find the best outcome for everyone involved.

The Environmental Defence Society, which originally threatened legal action, says the winery has reneged on its promise and is gaming the system.

Its own expert advice claims restoring the path would have no adverse impact on the environment.

"It's going to require some level of compromise by parties, but I think there is a lot of good will there and everyone is focused on a solution," Mr Wilding said.

The next step in the long running dispute is now in the hands of the council. 

Craggy Range winery has presented alternative options for keeping the Hawke’s Bay track. Source: 1 NEWS


'If you criticise others you are held... to a much higher degree' - Brand expert says designer WORLD has fallen on own sword with Made in NZ mantra

A darling of the fashion industry, WORLD has long-championed its New Zealand made mantra, and today's these self-proclaimed high standards have come back to bite them.

It's emerged a small percentage of the local fashion label's clothes aren't Kiwi made, and an Auckland University brand expert says it's hard to see how this isn't deceptive. 

"I think this is breaking a promise, but even it's one step further creating the illusion it's being produced in New Zealand when it's not, and I think it would be very hard to argue that that cannot be misleading," Auckland University's Bodo Lang said.

"If you criticise others you are being held accountable to a much higher degree than I think other companies might be and I think that's what's happening here."

WORLD co-founder Dame Denise L'Estrange-Corbet declined to be interviewed on camera, but says the decision to make casual clothes offshore wasn't a decision taken lightly.

Dame Denise said as all local manufacturers closed down, WORLD wasn't able to make the garments here.

A screenshot of the Strawberry Heart t-shirt for sale on World's website, before the page was taken down.
A screenshot of the Strawberry Heart t-shirt for sale on World's website, before the page was taken down. Source: Google Cache

Yet, Christian charity Tearfund says where clothes are made isn't its top priority.

"I think the question isn't 'should my clothes made in New Zealand or should they be made offshore'," Tearfund CEO Ian McInnes.

"For me we're less concerned about that. We're as concerned about, are the workers making my clothes treated fairly whether that's here or offshore?"

Dame Denise has defended the addition of the NZ Made tags saying they also carry prices and barcodes.

Auckland University's Bodo Lang said the slightly defiant response from WORLD today was understandable given the extent of the backlash.

"I think the tone in some of the commentary was probably a bit defensive which I can understand because they're probably feeling a little bit attacked at the moment," 

But it's an attack many think WORLD's brand will weather, with only one per cent of their range manufactured offshore.

WORLD has long claimed its clothes are NZ made but it’s now emerged a small percentage aren’t. Source: 1 NEWS