Warning to hunters to stay vigilant as deer breeding season begins

Thousands of hunters around the country are preparing to make the most of Roar. Source: 1 NEWS

Air NZ unveils new Airbuses packed with 46 more seats, wi-fi and bigger screens

Air New Zealand has unveiled its new Airbuses, which will begin joining the fleet later this year.

The Kiwi carrier confirmed today 20 planes, including seven A321neo (new engine option) and six A320neo aircraft, will replace the current A320 fleet that operates Tasman and Pacific Island services. Flights start in mid-November.

The remaining seven A321neo planes will be used for "anticipated domestic network growth", the company said in a statement.

The A321neo aircraft feature a new layout with 214 seats - 46 more than the current international A32 fleet Air NZ is using.

Air NZ CEO Christopher Luxon said the new fleet, which is worth approximately $2.8 billion, is a significant step for the airline's short haul approach.

"Australia and the Pacific Islands are a vitally important part of our Pacific Rim network," he said.

"These new aircraft are key to enabling us to grow our short-haul network while offering our customers a great in-flight experience."

Air NZ also said customer feedback played a significant role in the fleet's new-look cabin interior.

Seats are 3cm wider at the middle seat and 1cm wider on the aisle and window.

Other enhancements include around 25 per cent more overhead locker space, a new in-flight entertainment system with a larger 10-inch screen, high power USB charging points and wi-fi connectivity.

"We extensively tested and refined the neo in-flight experience with customers to ensure we could incorporate their feedback while meeting regulatory and operating requirements and we're confident we’ve delivered an in-flight experience our customers are going to enjoy," Mr Luxon said.

The first two A321neo planes will enter commercial service in mid-November, while the first A320neo is scheduled to debut in February next year.

Remaining aircraft will join the fleet throughout 2019, with the domestic A321neo aeroplanes expected to be delivered between 2020 and 2024.

Air New Zealand's new A321 Airubuses will enter commercial service in mid-November.
Air New Zealand's new A321 Airubuses will enter commercial service in mid-November. Source: Air New Zealand


Jacinda Ardern defends New Zealand against sexism claims during CNN interview

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has defended New Zealand against claims that the nation is sexist during a CNN interview that took place overnight in New York.

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour said she was amazed by “some of the incredible sexism” that Ms Ardern had received from the country’s media, saying it was particularly "extraordinary" given that NZ was the first county to give women the vote.

That series of questions prompted the Prime Minister to offer a passionate defence of New Zealand’s record with equality.

“I would absolutely classify as being incredibly progressive the fact that I am the third female Prime Minister, she said. “I never ever grew up as a young woman believing that my gender would stand in the way of doing anything I wanted.

A CNN interviewer was amazed by “some of the incredible sexism” Ms Ardern had received. Source: 1 NEWS

“I credit New Zealand for that. I credit the environment. I credit those women who went before me and credit New Zealanders as well -the fact that they did welcome the fact that I had a child in office. The positivity far outweighed the negativity.

“I’m deeply proud of where we are as a nation.”

While she encouraged criticism and challenging questions as part of a “robust democracy”, Ms Ardern did say she found it tricky dealing with criticism that could be construed as sexist.

“We (politicians) should be open to criticism, we should be open to be challenged,” she said.

“It becomes tricky if you ever try to partition off what might be seen as sexist criticism. To be honest, I just don’t engage. The best way I can rebel against those notions is being competent, good at my job.”

From New York, the PM also announced a big funding boost for the Pacific. Source: 1 NEWS

The Prime Minister also explained during the interview that she wasn’t aware that baby Neve was on the floor of the UN General Assembly, but she hoped that she could normalise having children in the workplace.

“To find that she (Neve) was there on the general assembly floor, and there’s actually an image that captures the moment when I see her there and…it was just delightful to see her there,” she said.

“I think what it speaks to is that I am still breastfeeding, I have Neve near me most of the time. It’s not always obvious that she’s in close proximity to me most of the time.

“I want to normalise it. There are logistical challenges.”

The prime minister said she was proud of an "incredibly progressive" NZ as after the CNN interviewer suggested she’d faced "incredible sexism" at home since giving birth in office. Source: CNN

Kiwi retailer fined after selling children's pyjamas at risk of catching fire

A New Zealand clothing retailer has been fined after selling children's clothing that was more susceptible to catching fire than the Fair Trading Act allows.

Closeup of Children's Clothing on Hangers
Children's clothes (file picture). Source: istock.com

NZSALE was fined $74,000 yesterday in the North Shore District Court after pleading guilty to four charges for selling nightwear that failed to meet the applicable safety standards.

The issue was brought up by the Commerce Commission.

Under the FTA, all children's nightwear (and limited daywear) must be made of fabric that is less likely to burn and must have a fire hazard information label to reduce the risk of children being injured if their nightwear catches fire.

However, three types of kids' pyjamas and a sleep sack NZSALE were selling did not meet such requirements because material being used in the products were too flammable to be used, did not carry the right fire hazard label, or had no fire hazard labelling at all.

Despite the products being recalled in 2015, Commissioner Anna Rawlings said NZSALE's sentencing is just the latest in a string of safety issues.

"It is important that retailers understand and comply with safety standards - especially when babies and young children are concerned," she said.

"Parents should check the labelling of clothing so they are aware of the safety and suitability of children’s nightwear when using heaters or fires."