Two people seriously injured after Waikato crash

Two people were seriously injured after a crash in Matamata, Waikato last night. 

They are in a serious, but stable condition in Waikato Hospital.

The single-car crash happened on Morgan Rd at 10.25pm. A rear passenger was  ejected from the car, say police. 

The driver was not injured in the crash.

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating the incident. 

Police car generic.
Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS



Winston Peters says Simon Bridges 'probably only gets one call a month' as he defends PM over Derek Handley saga

Winston Peters says Simon Bridges "probably only gets one call a month" as he defended the Prime Minister over the Derek Handley saga in Parliament today.

Mr Handley this morning released a statement and redacted email and text correspondence between himself and Jacinda Ardern, and then Minister Clare Curran about the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) role and his move back to New Zealand.

Ms Ardern sent Mr Handley her private email address but says she never responded to an email from him about the CTO role.

Mr Handley was paid $100,000 of taxpayers' money after he was pulled from his job as chief technology officer. Source: Breakfast

Today in Parliament's Question Time Mr Bridges grilled Mr Peters, who was answering on behalf of the Prime Minister, about the issue.

"Why did the Prime Minister text Derek Handley her personal email address rather than her work one when Mr Handley's text clearly show he wanted to contact her in the capacity of Prime Minister about how he could quote, 'best serve you in New Zealand and about the CTO role,'" the National Party leader asked.

Mr Peters argued that part of the question was "demonstrably false".

"The member was going fine in the framework for that question until he said about the CTO role, that part of the question is demonstrably false and the transcripts show that.

"So to go back to my primary point, the Prime Minister was clearly asked from someone who is interested in rejoining New Zealand's economy, can I possibly get in contact with you and being the friendly honest person that she is she sent him her private information, we're doing it all the time.

"I don't know what he does (Simon Bridges) but then again, he probably only gets a call once a month," Mr Peters said.

An offer to Mr Handley for the CTO role was retracted by the Government earlier in the month, resulting in a $100,000 pay out to the entrepreneur.
 

Jacinda Ardern sent Derek Handley her private email address but says she never responded to an email from him about the CTO role. Source: Parliament TV

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Two injured, one seriously, in Lower Hutt house fire

Two people have been injured, one seriously, in a house fire in Lower Hutt.

Police were called about 1.30pm to the scene in Harris Street and say they are assisting the Fire Service.

Wellington Free Ambulance has told 1 NEWS a person with serious injuries was transported to Hutt Hospital and a second person suffered moderate injuries. 

Locals have told a 1 NEWS reporter at the scene a person came stumbling out of the house and another was carried out. 

Our reporter says the street is cordoned off and smoke could be seen earlier.

Fire communications have confirmed the fire is now extinguished but they are still in attendance.

Six appliances attended the fire. 

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Waikato bus drivers to strike again tomorrow as talks try to break stalemate

Bus drivers in the Waikato and King Country regions will go on strike tomorrow for the fourth time in their current pay dispute with Go Bus.

The strike from 5.30am on Wednesday until 9.30am Thursday comes as the Employment Relations Authority is brought in for facilitated bargaining in Auckland over the dispute.

First Union says drivers will picket the Hamilton Transport Centre from 7am to 9am tomorrow.

The union says bargaining has been ongoing for more than a year with no resolution. 

The relationship between Waikato, Auckland bus drivers and Go Bus has been problematic for some time and has only worsened as drivers' warnings of safety and wellbeing continue to fall on deaf ears, it says. 

The union says the stalled talks now require a third party, the ERA, to step in, and the union strongly supported the request by Go Bus for facilitation.

It says the strike and picket tomorrow seeks to send a clear message to negotiators in Auckland that drivers' skills and experience needs to be valued and they won’t be settling for anything less than the Living Wage. 

Drivers are severely underpaid at $17.35- $19.46 an hour despite their skills and experience, the union says. 

First Union’s Transport, Logistics and Manufacturing Secretary, Jared Abbott, says many drivers can't afford the basic necessities.

"Many struggle to pay for the basic necessities such as the dentist and often can’t afford the time to spend with their grandkids and bills are a struggle," he said.

Mr Abbott says the stalemate has to end.

"We need a return to stability in the Waikato region for drivers and their communities.

"The company has signalled it would pay the Living Wage if the Waikato District Council subsidised these wages, so it’s evident the Council could play a pivotal role here too."

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Macho, bullying culture a key factor in building industry’s high suicide numbers – study

A building industry study has identified a macho and bullying culture as a major factor in the industry's high suicide numbers.

Suicide among building industry workers is the highest percentage of any industry, accounting for almost 7 percent of all suicides with forestry and farming just behind, according to the 2016 Suicide Mortality Review Committee.

Building Research Association (BRANZ) general manager of industry research Chris Litten said a consistent message emerged from its survey of the industry.

"We found that the culture of toxic masculinity is really rife.

"The 'take a concrete pill' and 'harden up' attitude is really prevalent in the industry.

"The really high-pressure nature of this industry around the boom and bust cycle, and we're in a boom cycle at the moment and that's really draining and stressful on people," Mr Litten said.

Rick Herd, chief executive of construction firm Naylor Love, said small business owners and workers face the most pressure to keep afloat.

"That is where I believe we'll find, when more research is completed, that the biggest issues around suicide and mental wellbeing are going to be most prevalent," said Mr Herd, also a member of Construction Health and Safety New Zealand.

"I think the report [puts] far too much emphasis on the factor of macho bullying and a toxic culture. I think that is overplayed."

He said the bullying culture had improved over the past decade.

WorkSafe chief executive Nicole Rosie said the safety agency was looking at all risks in the sector, including workers' mental health.

Where to get help:

Need to Talk? Free call or text 1737 any time to speak to a trained counsellor, for any reason.
Lifeline: 0800 543 354
Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 / 0508 TAUTOKO (24/7). This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends.
Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (24/7)
Samaritans: 0800 726 666 (24/7)
Youthline: 0800 376 633 (24/7) or free text 234 (8am-12am), or email talk@youthline.co.nz
What's Up: online chat (7pm-10pm) or 0800 WHATSUP / 0800 9428 787 children's helpline (1pm-10pm weekdays, 3pm-10pm weekends)
Kidsline (ages 5-18): 0800 543 754 (24/7)
Rural Support Trust Helpline: 0800 787 254
Healthline: 0800 611 116
Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155
If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

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Building site (file picture).
Building site (file picture). Source: istock.com