Police release name of 14-year-old swimmer missing off Christchurch beach

Police have released the name of a 14-year old boy who went missing while swimming off Scarborough Beach in Christchurch on Monday.

He was Jack Sutton of Linwood.

Police and LandSAR volunteers are continuing to search the beach and coastline in Sumner for Jack. 

Police said tonight Jack's family would like to express their thanks for the care and support given to them by the Sumner community and have asked for privacy at this difficult time.

The 14-year-old went missing off Sumner Beach yesterday about 3.20pm. Source: 1 NEWS



Thousands expected at annual Burt Munro rally in Southland this weekend

The Burt Munro challenge takes place in Southland this weekend and thousands are expected to attend the event which commemorates the legendary motorbike racer. 

"A bit over 200 people for the rally and then in addition to that there's about 600 competitors" says Rally Chairman, Wayne Affleck. 

Even though Munro died 40 years ago the event still draws in leather-clad petrol heads from all over the world every year.

Bill Swallows who came all the way from Yorkshire, England says "I remember the guy when I was younger and actually doing it, I mean actually doing it. He's a legend."

The event will be in it's 12th year and held in February instead of November to make sure the conditions are perfect to ride along the famous Oreti Beach where Burt rode his Indian motorcycle for the first time. 

The event runs until Sunday and police are expecting a big number of visitors. 

Four decades after his death the record-breaking Kiwi is still inspiring riders from around the world. Source: 1 NEWS


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National to pay more attention to its backbenchers' concerns after rumours of discontent

The National Party has signalled it'll take more notice of the concerns of its backbench MPs as the caucus unites to try to get back into power at the next election.

National MPs have been on a two-day retreat in Tauranga, carrying out a post mortem on last year's election and working out how to win back power in 2020.

The MPs are all on message in support of their leader Bill English and deputy leader Paula Bennett after rumours of discontent last week.

"This is a caucus who understands that if they want to be competitive in 2020 then they need to show they can manage themselves," Mr English said.

Ms Bennett said: "I feel like I've got a role to play. I feel like I do it well and I feel like I've got the support of my caucus."

But that unity comes at a price - paying more attention to the concerns of backbench MPs.

"This is a great opportunity for everyone, including our newest MPs, to stand up and say what they think too," said Judith Collins, National MP.

Mr English said in opposition there's no hierarchy, "there's the leader and deputy leader and then there's all the MPs".

MPs have been on a two-day caucus retreat in Tauranga. Source: 1 NEWS