Shock, sorrow at death of All Black great Jonah Lomu

New Zealand, Tonga and the rugby world in general is in shock following the death of All Black great Jonah Lomu at the age of 40.

Mastercard RWC Ambassador Jonah Lomu says he doesn't care how the All Blacks get the job done against Australia, as long as they win.
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Simon Dallow will host a half-hour special on TV1 at 5.30pm, followed by comprehensive coverage on ONE News at 6pm. 

Former All Blacks doctor John Mayhew confirmed to ONE News that Lomu has passed away.

Wife Nadene Lomu says his death is a "devastating loss for our family".

A first cousin, who did not want to be named, said the Tongan community was in shock.

Born to Tongan parents in south Auckland, Lomu played rugby league until he was 14, before switching to rugby at Wesley College.

Mastercard RWC Ambassador Jonah Lomu says playing 100-plus All Blacks Tests in the front row is "special to do." Source: 1 NEWS

Picked by Laurie Mains for the All Blacks against France out of school in 1994, by his own admission, he was lost on the wing as they lost a two-Test series to France.

But Mains kept faith, despite calls for Lomu to be dropped, picking him for the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, where he burst onto the global stage with seven tries.

His four-try demolition of England in the semi-final remains one of the greatest performances in the game's history. 

His 15 World Cup tries remains a record.

It was also 1995 when he was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, a serious kidney disorder.

Jonah Lomu had died at the age of 40. Source: 1 NEWS

His health problems came to light when he missed the historic 1996 Springboks tour, and he revealed his kidney condition to the public later that year.

After missing most of the 1997 season with illness, he returned for the end of year tour to the UK and starred in the 1999 Rugby World Cup with a further eight tries.

In 2000 he nailed a match-winning try in the 'game-of-the-century' - to down the Wallabies in Sydney, and remained in the All Blacks until 2002.

But as his health worsened, he required a kidney transplant in 2004, from radio DJ Grant Kereama.

He tried to make a rugby comeback in the NPC with North Harbour in 2005 but succumbed to injury. 

Later that year he signed with the Cardiff Blues and scored against the Newport Gwent Dragons. But a broken angle ended his stint - and his first class career at 185 games.

In total, he notched 122 tries.

The All Blacks legend went back to his roots with a version of 'Ka Mate' on the streets of London. Source: 1 NEWS

 

Lomu, widely recognised as among the five greatest players of all time, was  married three times and was living with his third wife Nadene, whom he married in 2012.

He has two children, Brayley and Dhyreille.

The rugby legend spoke to CNN about why he played rugby. Source: 1 NEWS

Lomu was indicted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in October 2011 - the same year that his body began to reject his kidney and he went on dialysis, which he received three days a week.

He still managed a busy career in ambassadorial roles, and was prominent during the recent World Cup in England. 

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Tax working group suggests two options for capital gains tax, change to tax brackets

Two ways of taxing capital have been proposed by the Tax Working Group, including extending the current income tax regime.

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Tax Working Group has released an interim report proposing two options for taxing capital gain.

The group was established by the government to look at whether there should be any changes to the tax system, including a potential capital gains tax - excluding the family home.

The head of the working group, Sir Michael Cullen, has just presented the interim report.

The group has received about 6700 submissions and spoke with business and community groups in roadshows across the country.

The group is proposing two options for taxing capital gain: any gain from the sale of assets taxed at roughly the marginal income tax rate, and the second a regime under which a portion of the value of certain assets would be subject to tax, for example rental properties, to be paid each year.

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However, Sir Michael said neither of these options were actual recommendations.

The report found there was "significant scope" to use tax to "sustain and enhance" New Zealand's "natural capital", including options like a waste disposal levy, "strengthening" the Emissions Trading Scheme, and congestion charges.

It also proposed removing the tax on employer contributions to superannuation schemes for those earning less than $48,000 a year.

The working group made no final recommendations about income tax rates, but suggested a progressive approach would be to reduce rates for the lower threshold tax brackets.

Public feedback will now be sought before the working group releases its final report in February 2019.


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Man who beat pensioner to death soon after release from mental health unit jailed at least 13 years

A man who stomped a pensioner to death shortly after being discharged from Auckland City Hospital's mental health unit has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 13 years.

Gabriel Yad-Elohim appeared at the High Court in Auckland today for sentencing for the murder of 69-year-old Michael Mulholland.

Mr Mulholland's daughter told the court that the pain of losing her father was immense.

She said her father was just an old man who enjoyed collecting National Geographic magazines and reading. He treasured gifts and letters from his children like diamonds.

Yad-Elohim had been out of Auckland City Hospital's Te Whetu Tawera for only three days when he killed Mr Mulholland in September last year.

His lawyers argued he had a disease of the mind, was hearing voices at the time and had no way of telling right from wrong.

The Crown said despite having schizophrenia, he knew right from wrong and killed Mr Mulholland for revenge after losing $200 in a methamphetamine deal.

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New Zealand's GDP rises one percent in June quarter

New Zealand's gross domestic product has increased one per cent in the June quarter.

It's the largest rise in two years, and makes for a 2.7 per cent gain over the June year, Stats NZ said.

Growth was delivered on the back of a bounce back in dairy production and meat processing, higher power generation, and forestry.

House building also lifted, as did activity in the services sector.

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Media personality accused of assaulting woman appears in court

A media personality has elected a trial by jury on assault charges they are facing. 

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He appeared in the North Shore District Court this morning.

He's facing three assault charges - including one of assaulting a woman with intent to injure.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges back in July.

He has been granted ongoing name suppression through until his trial.

He will next appear in court in November.