'Really shaking' - Hamilton teen tells of terrifying toxic shock syndrome scare linked to tampons

The Hamilton teenager who suffered from toxic shock syndrome, linked to her use of tampons, has shared her horrific experience with 1 NEWS.

Chloe Jordan, 17, is back home from hospital after the illness linked to tampons left her with acute kidney failure.

Ms Jordan told 1 NEWS she is relieved to be home after suffering through the most frightening week of her life.

"I was really shaking, it was intense I had all these people around me," she said.

Chloe Jordan's been in intensive care after the condition left her with acute kidney failure. Source: 1 NEWS

After being rushed to the hospital, doctors weren't sure what was wrong with the 17-year-old.

"First they thought it was strep throat or some kind of infection and it wasn't until another doctor came along and asked if I had just been on my period, then suggested it could be from my tampons."

Chloe had been using tampons from the brand Kotex, the same as that of another teen who's in hospital in the South Island with the same condition.

There is no conclusive evidence this product is at fault, but the Jordan family says Kotex has apologised.

The company has also collected most of the remaining tampons bought by Chloe in order to carry out testing and has committed to reviewing the matter.

The teenager hopes all tampon brand review their products to make sure they're safe to use.

"I think girls really need to be aware of it as well, because I think it's something that's more common than what we think," Chloe warned.

Chloe Jordan is back home after a week in hospital, suffering acute kidney failure which has been linked to tampons. Source: 1 NEWS

'I just about burst into tears' - devastation after poisoning kills thousands of bees near Nelson

Hundreds of thousands of bees may have been accidentally poisoned at properties in Murchison, near Nelson. 

Honey producers are facing massive losses as they discover hundreds of dead hives in the area.

Beekeeper Ricky Leahy made the grim discovery of dead bees at his Murchison property on Friday.

"Oh, I just about burst into tears to be quite frank," he said.

A carpet of carcasses surrounds around 200 hives on the property and another 60 next door.

Mr Leahy suspects accidental poisoning. 

"Somebody with the best intent to try and solve their wasp problem, and they've just used a poison which has attracted our bees."  

It's recommended that baited 'meat' is used to poison wasps, rather than sugar-based bait, like jam, which also attracts bees.

Mr Leahy said bees which have just hatched are dying.

The Ministry for Primary Industries is investigating and dead bees have been sent to a lab for testing. But results aren't expected for a month. 

"To go and buy a queen bee on the market is somewhere around $50 each at the moment," Mr Leahy said, adding that he had about 400 queen bees in a mating yard.

Mr Leahy expected to produce up to 1200 queen bees this season, but now all the affected hives will have to be burnt to prevent poisoning others. 

Honey producers in Murchison are facing massive losses as they discover hundreds of dead hives in the area. Source: 1 NEWS


'I consider them to be parasites' – Jacinda Ardern has clear message for people smugglers targeting NZ

Jacinda Ardern has given a strongly worded message to people smugglers looking to target New Zealand, calling them "parasites".

Speaking at a post-cabinet stand up in Wellington this afternoon, Ms Ardern was asked if she had a message for asylum seekers looking to flee to New Zealand.

"My message in fact is for people smugglers, as I have said many times before, I consider them to be parasites.

"They prey on people's vulnerability, they manipulate situations and use propaganda to take money from vulnerable people," she said.

The Prime Minister says the government is working alongside Australia to protect vulnerable refugees from people smugglers.

"They're ultimately the ones that everyone is targeting and for good reason, and the clear message to them is that we are working alongside Australia to put an end to people who are risking other peoples lives for monetary gain."

Ms Ardern would not give intelligence specifics on the threat faced by people smugglers to New Zealand, but said their is a general "ebb and flow of chatter" at present which is nothing out of the normal.

The Prime Minister says the government is working alongside Australia to protect vulnerable refugees from people smugglers. Source: 1 NEWS