'I predict he will be deputy PM' – 1 NEWS' Katie Bradford on the 'big moves' for NZ First

New Zealand is closer to having a government with Winston Peters as second-in-command, predicts 1 NEWS' political reporter Katie Bradford, after his one-on-one meetings with Bill English and Jacinda Ardern last night. 

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"It could be today or tomorrow he might say 'we're steering in this direction'," Ms Bradfold told TVNZ1's Breakfast this morning. 

"The NZ First board and caucus are at a point where they know what policies they want. They know what they're happy with."

The NZ First leader said last night they were about 90-95 per cent of the way there. 

"What that signals is that [Winston Peters] is going back to National and Labour, saying 'ok, what else can you give me'," said Ms Bradford. 

The National leader exited a coalition chat with Mr Peters tonight, involving just the two of them, in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS

However going back to National and Labour could take some time.

"Those parties then have to sign off their agreement, and what we don't know is how quickly that can happen."

Ministerial roles will also need to be discussed. 

"I would predict he will be deputy prime minister whoever he goes with," Ms Bradford said. 

It's not a done deal, even when Winston Peters announces his party's choice. Source: 1 NEWS

She also thought there could be ministerial positions for MPs Ron Mark and possibly Tracey Martin.

In terms of policy, Ms Bradford said there could be talk of the creation of a Superannuation Ministry and changes to regional and economic development. 

"I think we will see some big moves in that area, that could be what some of those discussions are about."

Political reporter Katie Bradford says the one-on-one meetings show we’re getting closer to a decision Source: Breakfast

Little South Auckland town celebrating their own female pioneers

Next week will mark 125 years since women in New Zealand won the right to vote.

As the country prepares to mark the historic day, a little town south of Auckland is celebrating their own female pioneers.

The residents of Pukekohe say women’s suffrage is about the lasting inspiration it gave to those who followed.

Hundreds turned out today to show their appreciation and remembered those like the woman who started a female fitness club in 1913 or ran for president of the RSA.

Pukekohe's not the only town making big noise this year, a number of towns up and down the country are expected to hold events like this, ahead of next Wednesday's 125th celebration.

Hundreds will join Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland’s Aotea Square for a sunrise salute to those who made the women’s vote and countless other everyday tasks possible.

Pukekohe turned out to celebrate their own as New Zealand gets set to mark 125 years since women’s suffrage. Source: 1 NEWS

Police appeal for sightings after man found dead on Auckland road

A body has been found on an Auckland road after being hit by a vehicle, but police believe the man may have already been deceased before the incident.

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Police were called to the scene on Popes Road, Takanini, at 7.20pm after reports that a pedestrian had been hit by a car.

Police say initial indications are that the man was already deceased on the road when hit by the driver who contacted emergency services.

Police are investigating and no further information is available at this time.

Anyone who saw a man wearing a red checkered shirt and jeans hitchhiking along Popes Road earlier this evening has been advised to contact Papakura Police on 09 295 0200.


Boy, 4, found dead in sewage pond after going missing from West Coast farm

A four-year-old boy has been found dead in an effluent pond after going missing from a West Coast farm today.

Police received a report Reuben Nolan had disappeared from a farm in Hari Hari, West Coast, just before 1.30pm today.

Police, local volunteers, family, neighbours and friends joined the search for the boy, whose body was found in an effluent pond at 4pm.

Police would like to extend their condolences to the family for their loss.

Reuben's death will be referred to the Coroner, and his family is being assisted by Victim Support.

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Police searching for elderly woman with Alzheimers missing on Waiheke Island

Police and family are concerned for an elderly woman who has gone missing on Waiheke Island.

Sylvia Henley suffers from Alzheimers disease and may be confused.

Ms Henley has not been seen since this morning.

She may be wearing a light blue dressing gown and slippers.

Anyone who may have seen Ms Henley has been advised to call 111.

Source: NZ Police