A 17-year-old boy has appeared in court today after allegedly destroying an Anzac memorial at a Hamilton school while intoxicated.
Police say the boy was arrested following a review of CCTV footage. He appeared in the Hamilton District Court charged with wilful damage. He entered no plea.
Sergeant Jonathan Clark of the Hamilton Police Tactical Unit called it a "senseless act" and said the gravity of the attack and the impact on pupils at Berkley Intermediate School, who had spent recent weeks studying the significance of Anzac Day, resonated with police.
"The students had made each of the crosses, learned about the soldiers who were named on them and taken great effort to display them in front of the school.
"Staff at the school told us it was a huge and meaningful learning experience for the students and then at about 3am today, an intoxicated 17-year-old male desecrated the memorial."
The teenager has name suppression and has been bailed to reappear on July 1st.
What the memorial looked like prior to its 'desecration'.
The second healthcare worker who recently returned from Sierra Leone has tested negative for Ebola.
Nurse Andrea Chapman
Andrea Chapman returned to New Zealand eight days ago and was quarantined at Wellington Hospital after developing some minor symptoms seen in Ebola infections.
"Laboratory testing and clinical assessment has confirmed that the patient does not have Ebola," Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.
"The patient does not meet the clinical criteria for a second test to be required."
Ms Chapman has been discharged from Wellington Hospital but will continue to self-monitor for the remainder of the 21-day period, as required for healthcare workers returning from assisting in the Ebola response in West Africa.
"I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the patient and their family, who carefully followed the protocols for returning health workers," Mr Coleman said.
"New Zealand is well placed to respond to this situation, and this was demonstrated last month when a separate returning healthcare worker was tested to rule out Ebola. It is pleasing to see all the preparation paid off."
Andrea Chapman returned from Sierra Leone eight days ago where she looked after Ebola patients.
Source: 1 NEWS
Dozens of people have reported feeling a magnitude 6.2 earthquake which hit near Kaikoura in the South Island this afternoon.
The quake struck at a depth of 50km, 35km south-east of St Arnaud, at 3.36pm. It was classified as "severe" by GeoNet, the highest intensity available.
More than 4500 "felt reports" have been recorded on GeoNet, however more than 90% of them listed the quake as "light".
GNS seismologist Caroline Little told ONE News there could be aftershocks up to a magnitude 5 over the coming days or weeks.
Ms Little said GNS received one report describing the intensity as "damaging" and more than 20 saying the intensity was "strong".
Spark said its mobile phone network is congested following the quake, and that congestion is now affecting other parts of the country. Spark users across the country have contacted ONE News concerned they are unable to contact loved ones.
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Kaikoura District Council chief executive Stuart Grant told ONE News it felt like two quakes back to back, the first not so bad and the second felt like a "big jolt". The council building was evacuated but did not appear to be damaged.
Mr Grant said there were no reports of damage elsewhere, but people would be sent out to check.
Southern Ambulance Communications said it received no call outs. The Tasman District Council also said they had received no calls.
Near the epicentre, Department of Conservation worker Peter Hale told ONE News it was a "big ol' wobble and shudder", saying it was the worst he's felt since he moved to the region.
A Saint Arnaud resident described it as the most severe earthquake they had felt in 11 years living in the area. The woman described it as a "violent jolt" that lasted for around 40 seconds.
A spokesperson for the Rainbow Ski Field, in the Saint Arnaud Range, said it was a "very scary earthquake! Mountain was roaring with rock falls." The ski field is assessing access roads for rock fall.
Hanmer Springs Animal Park told ONE News the quake "freaked the animals out" and a few customers were preparing to run too. The park cares for ponies, donkeys, llamas, alpacas and more.
At the Alpine Lodge in St Arnaud the quake felt "very heavy", Imelda Brandauer told ONE News. Ms Brandauer said the lodge had a few glasses and bottles fall from a chiller but otherwise everything was ok and all guests are safe.
A worker at the Kaikoura New World supermarket told ONE News produce had fallen off the store's shelves. The supermarket was evacuated as a precautionary measure but New World staff are now back in their building.
The New World shop owner Rodney Flannery said there was a bit of a mess to clean-up, with a few things falling off the shelves, but everything has been cleaned up now.
The manager of the Four Square at Hanmer Springs, Glen Steele, told ONE News they're now in clean-up mode as a fair amount of stock fell on to the floor.
Robbie's Restaurant in Hanmer Springs said a few things fell off the shelf in the fridge but there was no other damage.