Ten-month-old remains critical after deadly Taupo crash kills four, including mother

A 10-month-old baby involved in the fatal crash in Taupo remains in a critical condition this morning following the crash on Tuesday which killed four people.

The infant was flown to Starship Hospital shortly after the crash, which happened about 3.30pm on Tuesday at the intersection of SH1 and Tutukau Rd, Oruanui, about 20km from Taupo.

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Pesi Tuivai was killed in the horrific crash on her way back from being blessed at an Auckland church event. Source: 1 NEWS

A 42-year-old man is also in a critical condition at Waikato Hospital, while a 32-year-old woman is stable.

Three girls, aged 2, 3 and 17, as well as a 66-year-old woman, are all in a stable condition at Rotorua Hospital.

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating the fatal incident, while Road Policing Manager Steve Greally says more people are failing to wear a seat belt. Source: 1 NEWS

The Police Serious Crash Unit is investigation the cause of the head-on crash, and are asking anyone who may have witnessed it or who has further information to call Taupo Police on 07 378 6060.

Six other people remain in hospital following the head-on smash. Source: 1 NEWS

Carterton school mystery: Police say likely no plane involved in incident that left children hospitalised

Police say a plane was likely not involved in the incident at a Carterton school that saw 10 primary school children taken to Wairarapa Hospital after falling ill yesterday.

Emergency services were called to South End School yesterday afternoon after reports of an unpleasant smell.

Paramedics treated 40 other people - children and adults - with minor symptoms and over 100 people had to go through a decontamination process.

Police searched the school grounds this morning but were unable to find the source of the smell, Wairarapa Area Commander Inspector Scott Miller said.

"Witnesses have described seeing a grey and white or red and white plane, possibly a Cessna, flying near the school between 1.30 and 2.30pm yesterday," Inspector Miller said.

After tracking down the plane and its pilot, Inspector Miller says there is no evidence to indicate the plane is the source of the smell.

"The initial call said a student saw a plane fly over the school and drop a white substance, after speaking to adults they confirmed that nothing came from the plane."

Inspector Miller says after speaking with residents it appears the substance came from the road and wafted over the school.

He says it's still a "mystery" and investigations are ongoing, including looking at local factories.

There are no ongoing effects for the children who became ill and the school will be open on Monday with a police presence.

The mystery substance which caused the illness is yet to be identified. Source: 1 NEWS



Jacinda Ardern says parts of employment bill still under discussion

Labour and New Zealand First are working on some changes to the government's employment law legislation, the Prime Minister says.

The Employment Relations Amendment Bill which is before Parliament scraps the 90-day trial period for businesses with 20 or more employees and carries a raft of union-friendly changes including collective agreement bargaining and greater union access to workplaces.

New Zealand First minister Shane Jones said provincial employers and regional leaders had expressed some concerns about the bill.

Jacinda Ardern said there were still some parts of the bill that were being discussed between the parties.

But she told TV3's Newshub Nation she was confident the bill would still achieve the goal of improving employment law.

"As even the Deputy Prime Minister himself has said, 'this bill will pass', we're working on some details collectively.

"I'll keep my confidence around those negotiations, as I do with all of our negotiations, but we are the Labour Party, issues of employment legislation of course are critical to us, but I'd say actually they are to New Zealand First as well."

The details of the changes would be released soon, and people would be able to see that the balance of employment relations would be improved, Ms Ardern said.


It comes after the MP was accused of assaulting a staff member in Gisborne.
Source: 1 NEWS


Man dies after becoming trapped under vehicle while pushing it down driveway in Auckland

A person has died after becoming trapped under a vehicle in Highland Park, East Auckland.

Police confirmed that emergency services were required to attend an incident that occurred on private property at around 12:15pm today.

Initial reports suggest the man was pushing a vehicle down a driveway when he somehow became trapped underneath it.

His next-of-kin have been notified and the death will be referred to the Coroner.

Ambulance Source: 1 NEWS

Watch: US police officer's heroics saves woman from being hit by a truck

Newly released dash-camera video is showing a close call for a police officer in Anna, Texas saving a woman from being hit by a pickup truck.

The woman had been in a minor accident, with her car stopped on the side of the road.

Officer Brandon Blair stopped to help her. 

As they were talking, the driver of a pickup truck lost control on the same curve. 

The officer's dash camera showed him pulling the woman out of the way just in time.

Newly released dash-camera video is showing a close call for a police officer in Texas, who saved a woman from being hit by a truck. Source: Associated Press