Scores of rugby-mad people take on world's largest scrum challenge in Palmerston North

Palmerston North has attempted to claim the world record for the largest scrum.

1,758 people from the region, young and old, took part in the record breaking attempt at Palmerston North Boys' High School.

They claim to have nabbed the current record off the Irish town of Limerick, beating their attempt by 18.

A contingent of British and Irish Lions fans also turned out to help break the record.

Black Ferns fullback Selica Winiata was on hand to feed the ball into the scrum, where it was hooked, before she box kicked it up the field, signalling the end of the attempt.

The oldest "scrummager" was 84-year-old Pauline Scott, who loves rugby but couldn’t understand why people were paying attention to her.

Official documentation and video evidence has to be passed on to the Guinness World Records before it can be made official.

The event is part of the city’s Winter Festival.

1758 people from the region, young and old, as well as some Lions fans took part in the record breaking attempt. Source: 1 NEWS

Man in serious condition following assault near Christchurch mall

A 41-year-old man is in a serious but stable condition in a Christchurch hospital, following an attack in the early hours this morning.

Police have cordoned off an area beside the Hornby Mall, on Shands Road, for a scene examination.

It is expected to be cleared by midday today.

Police are continuing to investigate the scene to establish what occurred.

Source: 1 NEWS


Police in stand-off with man barricaded in Huntly house

Police are currently involved in an ongoing stand-off in Huntly, which started around 2am this morning.

The eight-hour stand off began when police were called to a home on Harris St, where a man and woman had been fighting.

Upon arriving at the scene, police found the man had locked himself inside and was refusing to come out. 

At 9am, he was still refusing to come out of the home and police negotiators are currently on site, Waikato police Senior Sergeant Charles Burgess told Stuff.

"He's barricaded himself in the house and is threatening to harm himself," Senior Sergeant Burgess said.

He's not known to have access to any guns, Burgess said but does have access to knives and other items inside the home. 

"A police negotiation team are trying to speak to the man so we can bring an end to this event."

A section of the road has been cordoned off and detours are in place.

No one else is inside the home and no one has been injured.

Police emergency scene
Police emergency scene Source: 1 NEWS


Truck rolls causes road closure in Tararua

A truck has rolled in Tararua and is blocking lanes in both directions.

The truck rolled on Pahiatua Aokautere Road, also known as the Pahiatua Track, about 7.40am this morning.

The driver sustained moderate injuries. 

No other vehicles were involved.

Police are advising motorists to use an alternative route.

A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle
A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle. Source: 1 NEWS

Man dies in overnight crash near Gisborne

A man has died following a crash involving a car and truck on State Highway 35 near Gisborne last night.

The driver of the car died at the scene.

Emergency services were called to the scene near Makarori Beach Road at around 9pm.

The road was closed overnight, for the Serious Crash Unit to investigate, but has since been reopened.

Police car generic.
Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS