Video: Israel Institute of NZ welcomes Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem

The Israel Institute of New Zealand has welcomed today’s announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the state’s capital and it is calling on the New Zealand government to follow suit.

Israel Institute of New Zealand Director David Cumin said the move allows an opportunity for the new government to repair some of the damage done by previous ones.

The Institute believes there is no reason why the relocated US embassy should be seen as a barrier to the establishment of Palestine.

The move has faced criticism from US allies in the Muslim world.

Palestinian officials have called it a "kiss of death" for the Middle East.

However, Israel’s Prime Minister welcomed the recognition, he said the Jewish people will be “forever grateful.”

Its director is now calling for the New Zealand government to do the same. Source: 1 NEWS

'I almost died in a car accident' – James Shaw reveals near miss ahead of Winston's election decision

James Shaw has revealed a close call with death on the night Winston Peters announced he would be forming a coalition with Labour, as the Green Party entered into a confidence and supply agreement in government. 

During his election review yesterday, Mr Shaw spoke about the tumultuous election campaign the Green Party experienced, which saw poll results drop below the five per cent threshold and the party lose its co-leader Metiria Turei. 

Despite the rocky ride, Mr Shaw said he thought Mr Peters would choose to go with Labour as the slogan 'Had Enough?' indicated a move against the "status quo" of the National Party.

However, it was when Mr Shaw was on his way to hear NZ First's announcement when he had a very near-miss. 

"It was an incredibly positive night, enough though I almost died in a car accident on the way there," he said. 

"Going round a round-about and a driver came out of our left hand side and came that [he indicates about a foot] close to knocking us off the road.

"I thought, that would have been quite the end to the campaign wouldn't it?

"How appropriate," he joked. 

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Police officer used excessive force when using banned hold that 'choked out' offender

A police officer's use of an unapproved "hold" was an excessive use of force, the police watchdog has found.

The "carotid hold" involves cutting off the blood flow to a person's brain by squeezing the neck until they lose consciousness.

On May 10, 2016 an officer responding to a domestic violence incident used the tactic on a 36-year-old offender after pepper spray was used to no effect.

The officer then proceeded to punch the man and use the carotid hold despite it being removed as an approved tactical option.

The man complained in October of that year that the the officer had "choked him out" until he lost consciousness and that he was also punched multiple times.

In a decision released today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority found the officer's decision to use pepper spray and to punch the man was justified but the use of the carotid hold was not.

"Given the risks associated with the carotid hold, which the officer knew or ought to have known about, the authority does not consider that the officer was justified in using it since the man's behaviour did not pose a threat of grievous bodily harm or death," Authority Chair Judge Colin Doherty said.

Source: 1 NEWS