Taranaki school on lockdown after reports of person with firearm nearby

Taranaki's Stratford High School is reportedly on lockdown, with armed police swarming the area. 

Police said there were reports of a person walking down Swansea Rd (which the school is located on), with what the caller believed to be a firearm. 

Cordons are up at the school. 

NZHerald reports students were not being allowed in the school, but it was said some students were already in classrooms. 

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

No deal! Porno star Stormy Daniels to reveal juicy details of Donald Trump's extra-marital affair in tell-all interview

Stormy Daniels, the pornography star whom President Donald Trump's personal attorney acknowledged paying US$130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss her alleged sexual encounter with Trump, her manager told The Associated Press today.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, believes that Trump attorney Michael Cohen invalidated a non-disclosure agreement after two news stories were published Tuesday: One, in which Cohen told The New York Times that he made the six-figure payment with his personal funds, and another in the Daily Beast, which reported that Cohen was shopping a book proposal that would touch on Daniels' story, said the manager, Gina Rodriguez.

The US president's announcement on Twitter has sparked protests and outrage in Washington and beyond.
US President Donald Trump. Source: 1 NEWS

"Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story," Rodriguez said.

Daniels first detailed her account of an alleged extramarital affair with Trump in 2011, when the celebrity website The Dirty published it but then removed the material under the threat of a lawsuit, according to the site's founder, Nik Richie.

Her story then remained largely out of public view until a month before the 2016 presidential election, when the website The Smoking Gun published an account that went mostly unnoticed by major news organisations.

In January, The Wall Street Journal reported that a limited liability company in Delaware formed by Cohen made the six-figure payment to Daniels to keep her from discussing the affair during the presidential campaign.

Cohen yesterday the payment was made with his own money, and that "neither the Trump Organisation nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly."

A campaign finance advocacy group, Common Cause, had complained about the payment to the Federal Election Commission, which is investigating.

A White House spokeswoman referred all questions about the payment to Cohen.

At issue is what transpired inside a Lake Tahoe, Nevada, hotel room in 2006 between the actress and Trump the year after his marriage to his third wife, Melania.

A lawyer for Daniels, Keith Davidson, has previously distributed statements on Daniels' behalf denying there was any affair.

But in a 2011 interview with the gossip magazine In Touch Weekly, the actress - who the magazine said passed a polygraph exam - said the two had sex and she described a subsequent years-long relationship.

The AP has previously reported that In Touch held off on publishing her account after Cohen threatened to sue the publication. It published the interview last month.

In recent weeks the actress has played coy, declining to elaborate when pressed on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"Rodriguez said her client will soon announce how and when she will tell her story publicly.



'Call her the anti-Trump' - Jacinda Ardern's Vogue article released

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Vogue article has been released, calling her "young, forward-looking, and unabashedly liberal".

"Call her the anti-Trump" it says, in relation to being likened to Donald Trump due to Labour's immigration policy. 

It contains a picture of Ms Ardern at Auckland's Bethells Beach. 

Clarke Gayford with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Clarke Gayford with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Source: Getty

The article talks about Ms Ardern's rise to power, her view of the importance of decreasing emissions, and her want of a "kinder" brand of politics. 

It describes NZ First as a "nationalist" party, and likens her view on poverty in New Zealand "with a blend of Bernie Sanders’s bluntness and Elizabeth Warren’s fearlessness". 

"Ardern is clear-eyed about what a prime minister of New Zealand, a country with a population of under five million, can achieve on the world stage."