Urgent calls for Kiwi sperm donors as women forced to wait two years for chance to start a family

New Zealand's biggest fertility clinic has hundreds on its waiting list which has led to urgent calls for more Kiwi sperm donors. 

Aucklands Fertility Assosiates currently have 460 women in need of donors who face around a two years wait for the chance to start a family.  

Fertility Assosiates, Mary Birdsall told 1 NEWS: "The average person would wait two years for us to offer them a sperm donor and that's really hard if you're already 38.

"Your chances when you come to the top of our waiting list have got less."

Experts say that the banning of anonymous sperm donations has discouraged some and are now pushing for more compensation to attract men.

"We'd like to see them compensated a little bit more, not to the point where it's a money making exercise, but just to reflect that it does take time out of their day," Juanita Copeland Fertility NZ said.

Sperm donor Garth Price explained he isn't in it for the money: "It was kind of like helping other people and helping myself, so it was really a no brainer."

NZ's biggest fertility clinic has hundreds on its waiting list and experts are pushing for more compensation to attract men Source: 1 NEWS



Faulty airbag recall website gets over 1 million views after Takata recall - is your vehicle affected? View the full list here

The last three days have seen Kiwi drivers flocking to a Government website to check and see if their vehicle is included in the list of vehicles affected in the Takata airbag recalls.

On Wednesday, the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Kris Faafoi announced that several hundred thousand airbag units in use in New Zealand cars will need to be recalled for safety reasons

Since then The New Zealand Transport Agency's recall website has been visited 1.3 million times.

An extensive list of all makes and models which will need airbag recalls can be found here: https://www.recalls.govt.nz/airbags/

Prior to the Governments announcement, only 1300 people had checked the website.

Figures provided to the NZ Herald by the Minister of Consumer Affairs office show that the number of unique views in the period from Wednesday to Friday afternoon were at 214,000.

Mr Faafoi said all Alpha type Takata brand airbags in new and used cars are now subject to a compulsory airbag recall, and he said they are used in "many of the common car makes in New Zealand".

While there have been "no serious or fatal incidents" so far involving the airbags, "the risks are too great to do nothing".

1 News Political Editor Jessica Mutch and Political Reporter Katie Bradford sit down to talk about the airbag recall Source: 1 NEWS


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Teachers in NZ restrain troubled students over 1000 times in just six months

Teachers in New Zealand have restrained troubled students more than one thousand times in a six month period.

The Education Ministry started collecting figures in August – at the same time new guidelines were released.

Auckland mother Darian Lesa's son Phoenix has been restrained – the first time he was six and struggling with noisy changes in his classroom.

"He just lost the plot and threw tables, threw chairs, threw telephones, was banging on doors and windows. He was let out to try and calm down."

The school called her and she rushed to collect him.

She agrees children need to be restrained and in tears, says it's hard on everyone.

"It hurts because I wasn't there to help him, to see a six year old go through all that anxiety and all that fear – he had to have someone hold him so he doesn’t hurt himself or someone else."

Most of the 1030 incidents recorded between August and February were at primary schools, followed by special schools.

Boys were restrained five and a half times more than girls.

Berhampore school principal Mark Potter says he’s had to restrain pupils and it's hard on everyone.

He says there's plenty of guidance about what not to do, but more is needed about what teachers can do.

"It's tricky when they are spitting, hitting…throwing objects, it's not simplistic to undertake," he told 1 NEWS.

The Education Minister says he's keen on reviewing the guidelines.

"I'm not convinced we've got the balance right. There's obviously quite a lot of different competing factors that need to be balanced, I have some sympathy for the concern of some teachers and principals who say the law is now too restrictive," Chris Hipkins says.

And parents and teachers say more specialist support – such as teacher aides – are needed.

Parents, teachers and even the Government say more clarity is needed around the guidelines for restraining children. Source: 1 NEWS