Video: Run-down house demolished to avoid collapse in Wellington wind

A dilapidated and earthquake-damaged house in Wellington has been torn down by a demolition crew today.

Bystanders watched on as an excavator punched holes in the 1920s property, swinging at walls and crunching the roof with impressive force.

The 82 Wallace Street house was found to be at risk of toppling over in strong winds or by a moderate quake, when engineers inspected it two weeks ago.

The property was put up for sale earlier this year and advertised as a "Dilapidated Californian Bungalow" with an RV of more than $500k.

The 1920s property was at risk of collapsing in strong winds or by a moderate quake. Source: 1 NEWS

Claims Labour Party housed foreign students in 'sweatshop marae' to help with election campaign

The Labour Party is in damage control mode after claims that some international students it brought out to New Zealand for the election campaign were housed in poor living conditions at an Auckland marae.

Critics claim the 85 students were living in a "sweatshop marae" on Auckland's North Shore.

The Labour Party has apologised and says it will help pay for the students to go home early if they want.

The rest will be housed across the country and will continue to work on the Labour Party campaign.

The volunteer programme was set up by former Labour Chief of Staff Matt McCarten.

He says "the programme was extremely popular and quickly became oversubscribed. The scale of the programme is now greater than I can manage, and I am aware of issues that this has caused".

The Labour party head office has now taken over the running of the programme.

ACT leader David Seymour says "selling a marae as suitable accommodation for 85 workers is simply exploiting the ignorance of foreigners".

National's campaign manager Steven Joyce says "it is truly appalling behaviour both for its lack of human decency and industrial strength hypocrisy".

Source: 1 NEWS


Power restored after major outage in busy Auckland shopping area

A major power outage caused disruption in Auckland's busy suburb of Ponsonby this afternoon.

According to Vector, power was out for 344 houses in the area, with the outage also affecting many shops and traffic lights.

Ponsonby is one of Auckland's most popular suburbs for dining and shopping.

Vector said power was restored to the area just before 2pm.

A linesman working to restore power to homes. Source: 1 NEWS