Police criticised but cleared over the handling of man who killed Auckland jogger

Tevito Filo was found not guilty of murdering Jo Pert in Remuera by reason of insanity. He was spoken with by officers the day before the attack. Source: 1 NEWS

Bad news for butter-lovers as prices rise to highest level, forcing food prices up

It's bad news for lovers of baking, butter prices have risen to their highest level, with the cheapest 500g block rising $2.07 in just a year. 

Statistics NZ released details today on New Zealand's 3 per cent rise in food prices in the year to September 2017, following a 2.3 per cent rise in the year to August 2017. 

Consumers price index manager Matthew Haigh said prices for dairy products were all higher, with Kiwis spending about 10 per cent of their food shop on dairy items. 

The cheapest 500g block of butter increased to $5.55 in September 2017, from $3.48 in September 2016. 

Vegetable prices also rose, with a 6.5 increase in the year to September with wet weather a main contributor. 

However the monthly food price saw a drop of 0.2 per cent in September, with vegetables down 7.4 per cent, but after seasonal adjustment vegetables actually rose 0.3 per cent. 

"The prices for items found in salads typically begin to fall in September months as warmer weather arrives – although the falls for September 2017 have not been as large as in previous years," Mr Haigh said. 

The cheapest 500g block was $3.32 12 months ago, now it's $5.39.
Source: 1 NEWS


'You don't know s*** about him!!!!' - Fed up Hannah Tamaki slams Destiny Church critics after protest targets Christchurch event

Hannah Tamaki, the wife of Destiny Church leader Brian, has posted an angry message online hitting out at perceived hypocrisy among her critics.

Posting yesterday morning, Ms Tamaki came to the defence of her husband after an event in Christchurch was targeted by LGBTI protesters unhappy with Mr Tamaki's speech in September of 2016 implying homosexuality was among the causes of the Christchurch earthquake.

"Everyone is allowed freedom of speech, everyone except Brian Tamaki of course," Ms Tamaki wrote.

Brian Tamaki is given a fair chance to respond to the request over his 'sin' causing earthquakes comments. Source: Seven Sharp

"We can all criticise and pretty make up BS about him and NZ will believe it, but Destiny Church followers are the sheep?

"We all work hard for out money and can spend it how we choose, but if you support Destiny by giving and helping families in need with your money you're dumb and brainwashed."

She then hit out at those who organised a "big gay party" at the church's Christchurch event, forcing the church the change the venue to a secret location.

"The gay community want to be free to express themselves, to be accepted no matter they look like or what they wear, but Brian better shut [up], he has no right to voice what he believes, and we'll never accept him with greasy hair and tailormade suits."

Destiny Church reportedly asks members to contribute ten per cent of their income to the church.

They have also recently been served with notices by Internal Affairs indicating the charitable status of two of their biggest entities will soon be removed if they don't file a financial return - they are two years behind.

"It's not your money so mind your own business," Ms Tamaki wrote.

On her husband Brian, she said "he has fed thousands of people, he sponsor [sic] children's schooling, he pays taxes.

"They had a house before he was a minister, properties generate wealth too, bloody sick of you ALL, you don't know s*** about him!!!!"

Mr Tamaki, speaking at the secret sermon in Christchurch on Monday, told followers that giving big cash donations to his church "should be normal" as that would indicate they have plenty of money to give.

He also said those who criticised or protested against him were "incredibly jealous of my life".