The ruptured pipeline that caused so much trouble for airlines has now been fixed, but is the saga all over?

Residents close to the Ruakaka are still evacuated after an oil pipe burst near their homes last month 

On September 14, the pipeline from Marsden Point Oil Refinery to Wiri, a lifeline for the aviation industry, burst.

It caused major disruption to flights and financial losses for Air New Zealand and a loss of around $10 million for refining New Zealand.

For residents still evacuated and Ruakaka locals there is a lot of speculation about why things have gone quiet around the incident.

"There are a lot of questions and not a lot of answers," Bob Hislop told Q+A.

"We're not getting a lot of clarity about the process form here on in."

A month after the fuel crisis, the regional council still hasn't talked to the owner of the land where the pipe ruptured.

In a statement to Q+A, the Northland Regional Council said that it has "spoken with neighbours who advised that diggers had been on the property from time to time over the last several years".

Talk in the area about what to do now has moved onto legal action and who's liable.

Law professor Bill Hodge says the first step is to know who the defendants are.

"The first possible defendant is the operator of that digging machine, that seems to be the person who is right on the spot doing something stupid," he says.

Mr Hodge says the refinery could potentially sue for physical damage and loss of profits.

Refining New Zealand says nothing has come to light to change their initial assessment that a digger caused the damage.

However, there is speculation that there may be precedents overseas.

"Caltex had a pipeline over in Sydney the pipeline was broken and Caltex had an open and shut case for damage to the pipeline," Mr Hodge says.

"The more difficult questions are the economic loses to those downstream users for example Air New Zealand for example every international airline for example passengers who had to pay a hotel bill because they couldn't fly.

"So there is a whole range of downstream potential plaintiffs."

On a hill over looking the harbour and the refinery, Ani Pitan explained how her iwi has concerns over the refinery's infrastructure and has been monitoring oil spills into the environment. 

The land the oil refinery is on was confiscated from her iwi, Patuharakeke, by the government. 

"This is the third major environmental incident...there was about 70 - 90 weeks since the last incident which was an oil spill at Marsden Point at North Port and then 50 weeks prior to that, another oil spill from a bunker...that leaked into the harbour," Ms Pitan said. 

At the rupture site, contaminated water is still being trucked in tankers to the refinery ponds and the soil trucked south to a landfill for contaminants where the leachate will be collected. 

The clean up at the site is expected to continue to at least the end of the year. 

The council has six months to investigate the rupture and taken enforcement action.

Last week the council tested bored around the Ruakaka district and found no tract of petrol hydro carbons but despite reassurances, there are those in the community who aren't so confident. 

"We are the Kaitiaki here and we're completely concerned about what the impact's going to be," Ms Pitan said. 

-By Q+A reporter Whena Owen

Q+A reporter Whena Owen went to Ruakaka and found there are still many questions yet to be answered. Source: Q+A


Owner of dog who became internet sensation after Kawakawa escape speaks with Seven Sharp

A Bay of Islands woman told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp she is "never going to live this down" after footage of her rescue dog Lily dragging a bakery's flag down the main street of Kawakawa went viral around the globe.

CCTV footage of the freedom-seeking furball's runner — accompanied by Yakety Sax, the song made famous by the Benny Hill Show — has been viewed more than 500,000 times since it was posted to Facebook last night.

Lucie Green, a volunteer with Bay of Islands Animal Rescue, was taking the basset hound for a walk last week when she decided to stop at a local business to buy Lily a treat.

The basset hound, named Lily, was tied to a large flag outside a dairy. So she took the flag with her on her wild escape. Source: Facebook/James Mcdonald

But the Basset Hound received a fright and bolted despite being tied to a large Coca-Cola flag forcing Lucie to give chase.

"For an animal with just little legs, my god she can run," Lucie told Seven Sharp.

Lily, Lucie and the rogue flag brought Kawakawa's State Highway 1 strip to a standstill, the whole escapade captured on CCTV.

"My partner owns a local CCTV company I got to the office and I told him what had happened.

"He didn't tell me he'd done it, but he edited footage and put the music on and uploaded it to Facebook and tagged me in it.

"I knew it was trouble when basically by the time we'd gone to bed last night it had hit 100,000 views," Lucie said.

The basset hound, named Lily, was tied to a large flag outside a dairy. So she took the flag with her on her wild escape. Source: Facebook/James Mcdonald

Thousands of people have since commented on the video, with many of them admiring the dog’s spirit.

"I'm laughing my guts out it's so funny," wrote Facebook user Annie Hicks.

Lucie does see the funny side of events however.

"They say every dog has their day, so I guess Lily is enjoying her 15 mins of fame." 

Lily made a run for it when owner Lucie Green stopped at a shop in the Northland town. Source: Seven Sharp

Tracking down New Plymouth youth MP candidates after Andrew Little's 'hip' appeal

Labour MP Andrew Little released a tongue in cheek video encouraging young people from New Plymouth to get involved in politics today.

The video inspired TVNZ1's Seven Sharp to travel to Mr Little's old school to find the perfect candidate for its new youth MP.

Judge for yourself if New Plymouth Boys' High students Thomas Foy and Jarrod Wilson have what it takes in the video above.

Tamati Rimene-Sproat is on the case after the Labour MP's piece of political theatre. Source: Seven Sharp


Watch: Take a tour inside Kate Sheppard’s former house where suffragists worked to get women the right to vote

Suffragist Kate Sheppard's old house in Christchurch goes up for auction next month - so Seven Sharp host Hilary Barry took a tour.

Ms Sheppard was instrumental in gaining New Zealand women the right to vote in 1893. She carried out important work for the suffrage movement in the house during the late 19th Century.

Today saw celebrations around the country marking 125 years since women gained the right to vote in New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern has indicated the Government is interested in buying the house for the nation. It's expected to fetch in excess of $3 million when it goes under the hammer on October 17.

Hilary Barry met with the home's current owner Julia Burbury who showed her around the dwelling set on one acre of gardens.

The house has a category one heritage listing.

The piece of New Zealand history in Christchurch, worth more than $3 million, is up for auction. Source: Seven Sharp

Mum distraught as son turned away from Hutt Valley High School because he didn't have permanent address

Being homeless has become an obstacle for one mother wanting to give her child an education.

Helen Taitapanui and her son were turned away from Hutt Valley High School last week because they don't have a permanent residential address.

Ms Taitapanui, is currently battling cancer and lives in a motel with her teenage son while they wait for a permanent home.

"We've got to be glad that we've got that when we know that a lot of our families are out there living in cars," Ms Taitapanui told 1 NEWS.

However, this was a problem when she tried to enrol her son at a local school.

"The response was it's against their policy to register children living out of a motel. you had to have a residential address," Ms Taitapanui said.

She complained to the Ministry of Education and shortly after Hutt Valley High School reversed its decision.

Ms Taitapanui says her son's excited about going back to school.

"I know once he steps back into the realm of education he'll be well and truly away."

She hopes by speaking out, another unnecessary obstacle will be removed for the homeless.

Being homeless threw up an unexpected obstacle for a mum wanting to educate her child. Source: 1 NEWS