Police appealing for information on Gisborne pedestrian fatality

Police investigating the death of 33-year-old Gisborne woman Kimberly Phillips, are seeking information from members of the public about the incident.

Police say a forensic examination of the car that struck Mrs Phillips has been completed and the driver has been spoken to, with no charges being laid at this time.

Ms Phillips died after being hit by a car in Cobden Street, Gisborne, on the night of Friday 16 June.

Prior to this, she was last seen on the same street around 11pm.

Police are also trying to locate a distinctive pink imitation leather jacket that Ms Phillips was wearing a short time before she died.

Police are asking anyone that may have been in Cobden St between 10pm and shortly after 11pm that night, who hasn't already been spoken to, contact Gisborne Police on 06 869 0200.

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NZ First's Shane Jones has 'ability to be New Zealand's Donald Trump' - political commentator

Controversial former Labour MP Shane Jones is back on the campaign trail, and his reemergence has been heralded as providing New Zealand's version of Donald Trump.

The former ambassador to the Pacific will be standing in Whangarei under the leadership of Winston Peters for the New Zealand First Party.

And political commentators are predicting more of the drama which accompanied his past political career that ended five years ago.

"Shane Jones is quite a campaigner, he's bombastic, he's eccentric, he's got this ability I think to be New Zealand's Trump," political commentator Bryce Edwards said.

Yet, Jones himself believes his time out of politics has mellowed him.

"I was a hell of a lot more adventurous probably, and certainly and a lot sharper tongued but you'll find this time around I've mellowed a bit," Jones said.

In an interview with 1 NEWS Mr Jones said "no end of people in the north have asked me to come back into politics", saying the town "needs a voice like his".

Mr Jones is confident about winning the seat as well, saying he's "absolutely confident that the Whangarei people will embrace" him.

Whangarei has been a safe National seat in the past and it's currently held by Shane Reti whose majority in 2014 was more than 13,000.

There are questions about how long this move has been in the pipeline.

Mr Jones, a former high-profile Labour MP, left parliament in 2013 to become the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Pacific Economic Ambassador.

He was asked when he decided to run for New Zealand First and if its leader, Winston Peters, had spoken to him about it while he was acting as a diplomat.

Mr Jones said "for the three years that I was a diplomat, never once did Winston and I ever discuss about becoming a politician, hopefully becoming a minister and forming a government."

He says Peters, who holds Northland, has given him "a second chance lifeline in politics".

The former Labour MP will stand for Winston Peters' party in the Whangarei electorate. Source: 1 NEWS

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Thousands of New Zealanders living across the Tasman become eligible for permanent residency in Australia

Tomorrow tens of thousands of Kiwis living in Australia will become eligible for permanent residency, opening up the pathway to gaining citizenship.

Along with 60,000 to 70,000 other Kiwis, Erin Heine is one of those who will be able to apply, after crossing the Tasman six years ago.

She told 1 NEWS "for me it's a security thing, I think there's a lot of uncertainty when you are a Kiwi living over here."

The new pathway will be available to New Zealander's who were left out in the cold if they arrived after February 2001.

But they have to have been living in Australia before February 2016.

There's also a significant income threshold with those wishing to apply needing to have a taxable income of around $NZ56,000 a year, for each of the last five years.

This threshold means many will miss out, something that Ms Heine doesn't feel is fair.

"I don't think it goes far enough, and I'm excited, but I'm sad too, because what about everyone else?"

New Zealanders who are granted the visa will be eligible for citizenship after one year, meaning they will get voting rights, access to disability funds and lower university rates among other benefits.

Since 2001 most New Zealanders living in Australia haven't been allowed to apply for citizenship. Source: 1 NEWS