'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

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Video: Aerial footage shows Hurricane Michael's obliterated 'ground zero'

Startling aerial footage taken over Mexico Beach in Florida shows hundreds of houses washed away after Hurricane Michael.

Florida Governor Rick Scott says the Florida National Guard got into Mexico Beach and found 20 people who survived a direct hit from Hurricane Michael.

The town where the hurricane made landfall Wednesday (Thursday NZT) remains very difficult to reach by land a day later, with roads covered by fallen trees, power lines and other storm debris.

Overhead video from a CNN helicopter Thursday morning (today NZT) reveals widespread devastation across the town of about 1,000 people.

Entire blocks of homes near the beach have been washed away, leaving nothing but concrete slabs in the sand.

Rows and rows of other homes are smashed to pieces or crunched to the ground and leaning at odd angles.

The town was under a mandatory evacuation order as the rapidly developing storm targeted the coast, but some people were determined to ride out the hurricane.

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The price of petrol: Who is to blame?

This week on Inside Parliament, 1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch McKay and reporter Benedict Collins discuss the issues surrounding skyrocketing fuel prices in New Zealand. 

It comes after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was "hugely concerned" at the prices consumers are paying at the pump and called petrol margins unacceptable.

The Prime Minister says the Government is now undertaking work to get a basis for their plans. Source: Breakfast

On TVNZ1's Breakfast this week, National MP Judith Collins said the Government's plans do not go far enough.

The National MP says the coalition are in a panic about fuel prices. Source: Breakfast

"If the Government wants to do something right now, it could cut that tax, say we're not going to have that regional fuel tax, 11.5 cents a litre in Auckland plus everything else that’s going on," she said.

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A weekly catch up with 1 NEWS’ political reporters about the stories they’ve been covering. Source: 1 NEWS

The 1 NEWS political reporters discuss the Prime Minister’s reaction to the sky rocketing cost of fuel. Source: 1 NEWS

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Meet 17-month-old Wren, whose mum froze her eggs three years before her birth

Pop star Rita Ora put fertility pretty firmly in the minds of young women recently when she spoke publicly about her decision to freeze her eggs in her 20s to future-proof her chance of having kids.

With more women opting to wait to start families, Seven Sharp got thinking - how viable are the 'back up' options?

One baby, 17-month-old Wren Kingston, is the picture of perfection.

"They call them frozen egg babies, born through Fertility Associates in New Zealand. so yeah, she's pretty unique," Wren's mum Tara Kingston said.

Ms Kingston always knew she wanted to be a mum, but at nearly 36 and life hadn't taken her in that direction, she decided to assess her options.

"I was just becoming increasingly aware of timeframes and biological clocks and all that sort of stuff, so it was more around if it was going to happen, and I knew it would, then when, and how do I actually, in a terrible way, buy myself a bit of time?" she said.

Ms Kingston eventually decided to harvest and freeze her eggs, where they stayed for three years, before she decided the time was right to use them through IVF.

"I loved the fact that it didn't matter what happened in my life. If I wanted to wait two years or five years, I could do, and I could actually make sure that I was 100 per cent ready, and my world was ready for Wren so it is, it's actually lovely to be able to have that control."

With egg 'snap freezing' technology developing rapidly in the country, Fertility Associates is seeing more and more women investigating what's known as 'social egg freezing'.

Fertility Associates' Dr Andrew Murray said, "We would get, perhaps, 50 per cent of the eggs to survive the freeze/thaw process 10 years ago. Now, it's over 90 per cent that are surviving that process. but more importantly, the number of women who are now coming back to use those eggs and try and achieve pregnancies is increasing as well."

While the bulk of women opting to freeze their eggs are between 36 and 38 years of age, experts warn success can often come down to a woman's age.

"It's a bit of a conundrum because the most ideal time to freeze your eggs is usually when women aren't even thinking about having kids," Dr Murray said.

"Ideally, probably in your late 20s. For example, freezing eggs at 40, we can do it, but it's not going to be as likely to result in a baby as, say, freezing the eggs of a 30-year-old."

However, Dr Murray says there are no guarantees in fertility treatment.

"Egg freezing is not a guaranteed baby, but it's certainly a way of locking in time your potential fertility as a younger woman.

"It's about having choices, and having those at the earliest possible stage is a good idea."

When your biological clock is ticking as a woman, there is now the option to put your eggs on ice, for a price. Source: Seven Sharp


Enthusiasts celebrate Citroen 2CV's 70th birthday with a Kiwi convoy

The tiny Citroen 2CV, one of France's most divisive cars, is celebrating it's 70th birthday.

Some love them, some hate them, but Citroen 2CVs are instantly recognisable. 

They come with crazy suspension designed for French farmers to carry a basket of eggs across a ploughed field without breaking any.

"Vive la France's most diminutive, most recognisable set of wheels," says Seven Sharp reporter Michael Holland.

He joined a convoy of Citroen 2CVs which wended its way - a lot of the time on a lean - from Whanganui to the rustic outpost of Ohura in a celebration of the tiny car's 70 years on the road.

Check out his report in the video above.

Some love them, some hate them, but these Citroens are instantly recognisable. Source: Seven Sharp