Reserve Bank closed in Wellington after asbestos find

The Reserve Bank in Wellington closed last night following the discovery of asbestos in the building.

A small trace of asbestos was found on level one of the building on The Terrace as precaution, bank Governor Gavin Orr said.

"Because of the age of the building, asbestos must be presumed to be present," he said.

"As a responsible employer and landlord, the bank has decided to take the extra precaution today of closing the building until it is confirmed that there continues to be no risk to human health, and any necessary remedial action has been taken."

It'll stay closed until air monitoring shows there is no health risk.

The bank says it's essential operations are being carried out in Auckland.

Pressure builds on the housing market as people are running of the fear of missing out and nobody is looking at the numbers anymore.
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It'll cost you five per cent more to fly around the country with Air New Zealand from today

It'll cost more to fly around the country in Air New Zealand planes from today.

The national carrier announced a five per cent increase in domestic airfares two days ago, citing operational cost pressures, including labour, fuel, goods and services. It said it's unable to keep absorbing these costs.

The move comes despite the airline saying in February it was on track for its second highest profit ever this year. 

The company said its earnings before tax for the first six months of the 2018 financial year was $323 million, compared to $349 million in the prior period. Net profit after tax was $232 million.

International fares are also understood to be under review with jet fuel prices having increased by 54 per cent in the last year. 

ANZ Boeing 747 400 at Auckland Airport New Zealand. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
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'He deserved to rot in jail' - woman who claims she suffered sexual abuse at hands of former Gloriavale leader gives emotional interview

A woman who claimed she was sexually abused by former Gloriavale leader Hopeful Christian in the 1980s has given an emotional interview after his death, saying he escaped justice and "deserved to rot in jail."

Yvette Olsen, a former Gloriavale member now living in Australia, says she is grieving the fact that Hopeful Christian didn't get the justice he deserved while alive.

"I don't believe he met the justice he so richly deserved, he deserved to rot in jail for the rest of his life.

"He never took responsibility for anything he did that is why there are so many sufferers out here," Ms Olsen told 1 NEWS.

However, she still feels sorry for those affected by his death that she keeps in touch with.

Sunday’s Jehan Casinader interviewed the religious leader before he died, and says the community will adapt to go on without him. Source: Breakfast

"I'm sorry the man's dead but I more feel grief for his children who are my friends."

Her biggest emotion on hearing the news of Hopeful Christian's death at 92 is one of relief though.

"Complete and utter shock and then I have to admit I must have gone through a hundred emotions but the biggest one is relief his hold over me is finally over, he can't do anymore damage and for that I feel a lot of relief."

While the West Coast commune mourns his death at 92, others have taken the opportunity to speak out against him. Source: 1 NEWS

Ms Olsen says she can now speak more openly of her traumatic experiences at the hands of Christian without fear of reprisal.

"When he was alive he would try and say everything I said was a lie and it wasn't, it's the truth - now he can't do that anymore."

Yvette Olsen says she is grieving the fact that Hopeful Christian didn't get the justice he deserved while alive. Source: 1 NEWS