'Ooh chia seeds!' NZ's largest marae slowly going vegan

The country's largest marae is slowly going vegan.

And before you wonder whether Turangawaewae marae kitchen cooks are totally doing away with pork bones and puha, not quite yet.

Kingitanga chefs are introducing veggie options like scrambled tofu and eggplant roti at tribal events to help change dire lifestyle diseases faced by Maori such as diabetes and obesity.

"I don't mind it admitting I went round and had a look and ohhh ohhh chia seeds here, never eaten it in my life reka," one attendee said. 

Chefs at Turangawaewae Marae are introducing veggie options like scrambled tofu and eggplant roti in the battle against diabetes and obesity. Source: 1 NEWS

Video: National’s Chris Bishop left in stitches as Jack Tame impersonates no-show Labour MP Kieran McAnulty

Jack Tame's political skills were effortlessly on show this morning as he stood in and impersonated sick Labour MP Kieran McAnulty on TVNZ 1's Breakfast Club segment.

Adopting a Tump-esque red cap to identify him in the role of McAnulty, Tame debated with himself and regular National MP Chris Bishop on the week's hot political topics.

For his part, Bishop was both flabbergasted and left in hysterics as Tame rattled off what he thought McAnulty would say. 

The years of interviewing countless politicians has clearly rubbed off on Tame as he mustered up some political bluster to ram home Labour's health agenda.

Watch the absurdist results above.

The TVNZ 1 Breakfast host stood in for the sick Labour MP on Breakfast Club this morning, with hilarious results. Source: Breakfast


Grab your winter coat - May expected to be colder than usual

MetService says the warm weather New Zealand has been experiencing for the past few months is "well and truly gone" and this May should be a little cooler than usual for the North Island.

Forecaster Georgina Griffiths said the factors which produced the heat have now subsided, and La Nina has transitioned back to neutral levels.

Check the forecast in your region on the 1 NEWS NOW weather page

April was a stormy month for New Zealand, with frequent low pressure systems hitting the country, including several damaging weather events.

"As we enter May, there is a brief change away from the highly unsettled weather seen in April," Ms Griffiths said.

"High pressure and drier conditions prevail this week. But the weather maps soon show a variety of weather features again."

Southland and the West Coast are also forecast to have a drier-than-usual May, with typical rainfall levels expected in the rest of the country.

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