Some New World stores in North Island revealed to have facial recognition CCTV technology

New World has revealed that facial recognition CCTV technology is being used in some of its stores after an inquiry over a Dunedin man mistakenly identified as a shoplifter.

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A human error lead to the man being mistakenly identified, with Foodstuffs NZ claiming in response that facial recognition technology was not used in South Island stores, the Otago Daily Times reports.

"A handful of stores in the North Island have facial recognition CCTV technology as part of their security system," Foodstuffs told the newspaper in response to their inquiry.

"We cannot provide specific store detail."

The newspaper also revealed that a different system that "bridges the gap between businesses and the police" is being used at some South Island stores, including the Centre City New World in Dunedin.

Mechanic Daniel Ryan was questioned recently by staff at that store after he was identified as a shoplifter.

Staff realised a mistake had been made and Mr Ryan received an apology.

"It's quite bruising to be shuffled off to the side," he said.

The Guardian reported 59% of United Kingdom fashion retailers use facial tracking, which captured the faces of customers, before referencing their data with those of known criminals.

Foodstuffs, which owns New World, Pak N Save and Four Square, uses the technology in some of its North Island stores. Source: 1 NEWS

Tokoroa locals 'pleading with' government to stop planned new gambling venue with 30 pokie machines

A community group intends to take legal action to stop a planned 30 machine pokie venue being created in Tokoroa.

The venue will add to the 133 machines already in Tokoroa drawing anger from the locals who say any extra will cause serious harm in the community.

Community group spokesman Colin Bridle says the reality is that Tokoroa is already a high deprovation community.  

"Forty-nine point six per cent of the population live on less than $20,000 a year, so it's going to have a huge impact." Mr Bridle told TVNZ1's Breakfast today.

"It's unfortunate and actually ridiculous that we have to take the government to court because the South Waikato District Council and Department of Internal Affairs have not stuck to the gambling act law under the 2003 act."

Mr Bridle says, "In a small community with a high concentration of machines that are there already ... it's increasing the harm of our community."

"We're pleading with the Minister to please stop this 30 pokie venue," he says.  

That’s according to community group spokesman Colin Bridle who intends take legal action over the pokie machines. Breakfast Source: Breakfast


Men brandishing machete, hammer rob Christchurch bakery

A Christchurch bakery has been robbed by two men armed with a hammer and a machete.

Police were called to Buns 24/7 Bakery on Ferry Road shortly after 4am today.

A police spokesperson say cigarettes were stolen and the pair left on foot.

There are no reported injuries.

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