Trolls, latest Colmar Brunton poll and nicknames – Quick questions with National's Judith Collins and Labour's Carmel Sepuloni

1 NEWS NOW's Anna Whyte sat down with National MP Judith Collins and Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni, to ask questions ranging from their view on the inquiry into Operation Burnham after Nicky Hager's Hit & Run allegations, the latest 1 NEWS poll and what they wanted to be at 10-years-old. 

The segment is part of the Political Showdown series, where the MPs ask each other the questions. 

Questions asked this week:

• Is there one trolling comment that sticks in your mind?

• Last week the government announced an inquiry into Operation Burnham after Nicky Hager's Hit & Run, do you think it's about time? Or a waste of time?

• The 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll came out last night, what do you think about this? 

• If you had to go out to lunch with one member of the opposite party, who would you go with?

• Do you have a hidden talent?

• When you were 10, what career did you want?

• Judith, you have one of the most well-known nicknames in politics, can you explain where the name came from, and if you like it? Carmel, do you have a nickname in politics? If not, is there one you'd like?

• Carmel, as Minister for Disability Issues, what is the biggest issue facing that sector? Judith, as spokesperson for Housing & Urban Development, what is the biggest issue in that sector?

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The questions this week ranged from their view on the inquiry into Operation Burnham, the latest 1 NEWS poll and what they wanted to be at 10-years-old. Source: 1 NEWS

Forestry worker dies after tree falls on him in the Manawatu

A forestry worker has died in the Manawatu after a tree fell on him.

Police received a report of the incident at Ridge Road, Pohangina at approximately 10.40am.

A helicopter responded but the man died at the scene.

Worksafe will be investigating and the death will be referred to the Coroner.

Rows of recent planted of young pine trees.
Recently planted pine trees (file picture). Source:


Five people injured in serious crash between a car a truck near Tauranga

Five people have been injured in a crash between a truck and a car on State Highway 29 near Tauranga.

The crash occurred at approximately 12.30pm, a police spokesperson confirmed to 1 NEWS and has caused traffic delays backing back to Mount Maunganui.

NZTA is reporting that the crash is blocking all southbound lanes on SH29.

Source: 1 NEWS


Question time live: Simon Bridges to take on Government over oil and gas, Derek Handley and Meka Whaitiri

The National Party leader will take centre stage in parliament today. Source: Other


Police staff are getting snapped by speed cameras at twice the rate of last year

Police staff have received more speed camera tickets in the first half of this year than they did during all of 2017.

Police's Road Policing Driver Offence Data statistics, released this month, shows the total number of police vehicles caught speeding by cameras each year.

Some of the incidents involve vehicles being driven in the line of duty to urgent jobs, and those tickets are waived, but if police are unable to justify the camera detection, they receive a fine like anyone else.

In 2015, the total number of offences not waived was 220, in 2016 it was 263, and last year it was 244.

This year, the statistics show police staff have already exceeded last year's total as of June 30, with a total of 260 offences recorded.

If police continue to be caught speeding at this rate, the total for 2018 could reach 520, which would nearly equal the 524 recorded in 2011 - the highest number of offences recorded in a year since 2009.

A disclaimer included with the release says "police employees who travel in excess of the speed limit are treated no differently to members of the public, and depending on the circumstances may be subject to further disciplinary action".

Police say they do not maintain an internal register of the officers who receive speeding fines.

The way police decide which fines are waived changed in 2014 - before then, any speed camera photo of a police vehicle with flashing red and blue lights on was deemed to be on duty, and the fine was waived automatically, but officers are now asked to explain the situation in all cases.

This change led to a significant rise in the number of detections, but the number of offences not waived stayed about the same.

The average number of speed camera detections against police vehicles (which were not waived) between 2009 and 2017 was was 357 per year.

Police have been asked for comment.

A digital speed camera in place on a New Zealand road.
A digital speed camera in place on a New Zealand road. Source: 1 NEWS