'There's a lot of complaining going on, a lot of eating of very unhealthy snacks' - 1 NEWS reporter on waiting for Winston Peters, and why they can't leave

If you think you're frustrated by the coalition negotiation saga which Winston Peters is subjecting the nation to, maybe spare a thought for the journalists camped outside the lifts at Bowen House, Wellington, for hour after monotonous hour.

1 NEWS political reporter Andrea Vance gave a brief insight into how the dozens of journos are passing the time, and it ain't glamorous.

Junk food, books, and general complaining seem to be the preferred pastimes.

"As you pan around you can see the gaggle of journalists waiting. As you say it was day 11 of what we call a stakeout," Vance said during a live cross to 1 NEWS' Midday show.

"I'm on my third book, there's a lot of complaining going on, a lot of eating of very unhealthy snacks, we've had a few deliveries of biscuits, sausage rolls some nuts, people are just spending the time on Twitter and Instagram and endlessly speculating as to what’s going on upstairs and elsewhere in the building."

And Mr Peter's own unique habits of engaging with the media don't make it any easier, Vance said.

"Look I know that sounds really frivolous but there is a serious reason for us being here and that's because Winston Peters does not give notice," she said.

"He doesn't hold press conferences perhaps like other party leaders and he doesn't tell us, he just simply appears.

"Those lift doors will open with no notice and he will step out and he will begin updating us on the latest developments, so we really have to be here to keep the public informed as to what’s happening and what’s going to happen next in this quite complex and involved process."

Those much filmed lifts over the past 11 days are in the lobby of Bowen House which is a 22-storey office building in Wellington that has been leased by Parliamentary Services since 1991.

It is connected to the rest of the parliamentary complex, including The Beehive, by a tunnel under Bowen Street.

New Zealand First's meetings are being conducted on the 13th floor.     

Another day and still no answer for journalists as they wait on Winston Peters to form the next government. Source: 1 NEWS



Obama in Pennsylvania, hoping to boost Democrats

Former US President Barack Obama turned his political attention to Pennsylvania today, a state Donald Trump won in 2016.

Obama campaigned in Philadelphia with two leading Democrats running for re-election, Governor Tom Wolf and US Senator Bob Casey.

At a campaign rally at the Dell Music Centre in Philadelphia, Obama implored Pennsylvanians to vote in November because the election was more consequential than any he could remember.

During the speech, Obama made no mention of his successor in the White House by name, but urged voters of all parties - not just Democrats - to vote to restore honesty, decency and lawfulness to government.

In the November 6 contests, Democrats are trying to oust Republicans in four U.S. House districts and more than a dozen state legislative seats in the Philadelphia area alone.

Obama twice carried Pennsylvania in his presidential races, and Democrats hope the state can help them retake control of Congress from the GOP.

Democrats in other states where Obama has campaigned recently say his stops have drawn big crowds, giving the party a chance to organise, update voter contact lists, motivate new donors and boost volunteerism.

Obama planned a fundraiser after the Philadelphia rally.

Donald Trump won the state in the 2016 election. Source: Associated Press


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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.

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It comes after the MP was accused of assaulting a staff member in Gisborne.
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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.

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Police investigations and search for pilot underway after Carterton school students were hospitalised

A police investigation is underway at the Carterton school where 10 primary school children were taken to Wairarapa Hospital after falling ill yesterday afternoon.

Emergency services were called to South End School at approximately 1pm yesterday with 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.

While there is no evidence to indicate the plane is the source of the smell, though Inspector Miller says they'd like to speak to the pilot.

"The CAA is also trying to locate the aircraft."

Board Chair Brian Chin says children who left their belongings at the school last night will be able to collect them on Monday, when school "resumes as normal".

"A debrief with staff with happen next week." 

Parents waiting outside South End School.
Parents waiting outside South End School. Source: 1 NEWS

Anyone living close to the school with any further information is urged to get in touch with Masterton Police on (06) 370 0300.

A plane is suspected of accidentally spraying the school with pesticide and several children have been hospitalised. Source: 1 NEWS