Take a look back at the women who have served NZ wearing blue

Today marks the 75th anniversary since women were permitted to join the New Zealand Police. Source: 1 NEWS

New initiative underway to get more Kiwi kids on Wi-Fi - 'A hugely exciting opportunity for our kids and their whanau'

A new initiative is underway to get more Kiwi kids on Wi-Fi at home.

The trial involves more than 100 households in Naenae, in the Lower Hutt, which has one of the lowest rates of connectivity.

Matt Reid, the Chair of the Te Awakairangi Access (TAKA) Trust, says we are "seeing the growth of the digital divide".

"What we want to do is level that playing field so all New Zealand kids can benefit from modern learning," he said.

Mr Reid's community trust estimates up to 30 per cent of children don't have internet outside of school hours, so they're piloting a program giving 125 students a Chromebook and Wi-Fi access in their homes.

"Certainly, I think money definitely is a barrier, cost is a barrier, and so what our trust is trying to do is level the playing field so we're taking away that barrier which is so important.

"Education is gonna make such a difference in these young people’s lives in their futures."

Rata Street School deputy principal Glenda Stewart has called the scheme "a hugely exciting opportunity for our kids and for their whanau".

Mr Reid said the programme helps extend the "learning bubble" from "seven in the morning till often eight at night".

"They can learn with both in the classroom but also at home with family with friends," he said.

Backers are hoping the project will eventually roll out across the country.

There are concerns too many children are still missing out on technology at home. Source: 1 NEWS


Woman dead, two other people critically injured in Christchurch stabbing

One woman is dead and two people are in a critical condition after a stabbing in Christchurch.

Police were called to a stabbing on Ilam Rd in Christchurch. One woman was killed and another man is in critical condition.
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Police were called to Ilam Road at 7.50pm on Saturday.

Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Anderson said a man and woman were stabbed by another man, who then turned the knife on himself.

He says those involved were known to each other.

Police are not seeking anyone else over the incident.


Little South Auckland town celebrating their own female pioneers

Next week will mark 125 years since women in New Zealand won the right to vote.

As the country prepares to mark the historic day, a little town south of Auckland is celebrating their own female pioneers.

The residents of Pukekohe say women’s suffrage is about the lasting inspiration it gave to those who followed.

Hundreds turned out today to show their appreciation and remembered those like the woman who started a female fitness club in 1913 or ran for president of the RSA.

Pukekohe's not the only town making big noise this year, a number of towns up and down the country are expected to hold events like this, ahead of next Wednesday's 125th celebration.

Hundreds will join Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland’s Aotea Square for a sunrise salute to those who made the women’s vote and countless other everyday tasks possible.

Pukekohe turned out to celebrate their own as New Zealand gets set to mark 125 years since women’s suffrage. Source: 1 NEWS

Police appeal for sightings after man found dead on Auckland road

A body has been found on an Auckland road after being hit by a vehicle, but police believe the man may have already been deceased before the incident.

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

Police were called to the scene on Popes Road, Takanini, at 7.20pm after reports that a pedestrian had been hit by a car.

Police say initial indications are that the man was already deceased on the road when hit by the driver who contacted emergency services.

Police are investigating and no further information is available at this time.

Anyone who saw a man wearing a red checkered shirt and jeans hitchhiking along Popes Road earlier this evening has been advised to contact Papakura Police on 09 295 0200.