Politicians strip down to promote melanoma awareness

The battle against the deadliest skin cancer saw politicians whipping their clothes off in Parliament today.

MPs got the once over to promote awareness of melanoma.

One Kiwi dies every day from the disease, which accounts for 80 per cent of all skin deaths.

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world.

The battle against the deadliest skin cancer reached parliament today. Source: 1 NEWS


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One dead following 'loud explosions' and fire at Petone flats

A man is dead after a fire at a state housing property in Wellington.

The fire at the state housing complex on Hardham Crescent appears to have begun on the bottom level of the two story building.

Neighbours told ONE News they heard "loud explosions" from inside the building.

The scene of the fire at the Petone flats.
The scene of the fire at the Petone flats. Source: 1 NEWS

Three fire crews were required to bring the inferno under control, which began at 6.10pm, and has since been extinguished.

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More than 1.3m Kiwis dive under desks in earthquake drill

More than 1.3 million New Zealanders dived under their desks this morning when a fake earthquake hit the country.

Civil Defence says over 1.3 million New Zealanders dived under their desks today in the name of earthquake preparedness. Source: 1 NEWS

Civil Defence is pleased with the turnout for the global 'Shakeout' drill, which brought back vivid memories for some Cantabrians.     

On Auckland's Queen Street, no one missed a stride at 9.15am when the Shakeout swept the country. 

But eight floors up at the BNZ they were quick to swap calculators for cover.

"I don't think Auckland's expecting earthquakes. But then neither was Christchurch, so it's important that we are prepared if these things come along," said Barrie Graham of the BNZ.

And it's not just complacency that catches people out.

"What we saw during the Seddon earthquakes is that quite a lot of people ran outside. And because of the risk of falling glass and debris but also because there will be aftershocks, that might actually knock people of their feet," said Sarah Stuart-Black, Civil Defence director.

Those we really need to be on their toes in an earthquake reassuringly also took park in the Shakeout drill, the Seddon shakes having shown Wellington Hospital staff how fragile the capital can be.

And in case you still haven't got the message of what to do in an earthquake, it's "Drop, Cover, Hold".