Passenger dies after stolen car collides with tree in Whanganui

A front seat passenger died after a car reported stolen crashed into a tree in Whanganui this afternoon.

Emergency Services were called to the crash on Polson Street, Castlecliff at 2.16pm.

Police say the driver left the scene after the crash and inquiries are underway to locate them. 

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating.

Police car generic.
Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS



'Bloody cute' gumboots gifted to Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford for 'junior-to be'

'First Man' Clarke Gayford has revealed some good Kiwi gifts already received for his soon-to-arrive child - three pairs of gumboots.

One pair is handknitted and "bloody cute," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's partner tweeted today, along with a photo of the gumboots.

The other two pair are the "fancy" Red Band brand, he wrote. 

"In lieu of Fieldays tomorrow I'd like to register my first ever 'In my day', because in 'IN MY DAY' we couldn't afford fancy redbands, and always had warehouse knock offs," Mr Gayford posted.

"Yet jnr-to-be has already been given 3 pairs. (ok one pair is handknitted and bloody cute, but still)," he added.

Mr Gayford and Ms Ardern's baby is due on Sunday.

Ms Ardern is basing herself in Auckland this week and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will step up as Acting Prime Minister when she gives birth.

Gumboots have been gifted to Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford for their child. Source: Twitter: Clarke Gayford


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Watch: 'The word booty has multiple meanings' – Shane Jones leaves Paula Bennett laughing after light-hearted exchange

A discussion on regional economies made a surprising turn to the definition of 'booty', today in Parliament, an exchange that left National Party deputy Paula Bennett still laughing when it was time to ask her question. 

During question time, Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones was asked by National Party MP Paul Goldsmith asked: "To the Minister, when he announced to the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee, 'There's rule number one in politics: to the winner goes the booty', in what way was he thinking that the tax New Zealanders pay is his booty?"

Last week during the Committee, Mr Jones was asked by Mr Goldsmith why 60 per cent of funding from his Provincial Growth Fund had gone to Northland, reported NZ Herald. 

"There's rule number one in politics, to the winner goes the booty. The booty in this case is to all the surge regions, and the best organised surge region... has proven to be the leadership of the North," Mr Jones said according to NZ Herald. 

Mr Jones said today that the Provincial Growth Fund was created in a MMP coalition Government. "As a key personality in one of those parties, whose mission is to show heart out in the regions, I would remind the member that the word "booty" has multiple meanings, and it reflects the fact that key regions around the country who have given up waiting over the last nine years realise this time round that not only is the rhetoric robust but the purse is rich."

"Why is he, of all people, talking about booty?" Mr Goldsmith shot back. 

"Part of my whakapapa is belonging to a pirate," Mr Jones said. The Chamber erupted in laughter, and then Ms Bennett was then called upon to ask her question to the Prime Minister, which was answered by Grant Robertson on behalf. 

Ms Bennett apologised while she was asking the question: "Does she stand by all her Government's statements and actions?", as she was still laughing from the previous exchange. 

Mr Robertson said, "Yes, with the possible exception of the last one."

Ms Bennett went on to question Mr Robertson over the failed repeal of Three Strikes. 

The National Party deputy went to ask a question in the House, but the previous question had turned to what the definition of ‘booty’ is. Source: 1 NEWS