Watch: Air NZ explains Dreamliner engine issues that have disrupted thousands of Kiwi travellers

An in-house video for Air NZ staff has been publicly released today, explaining the Dreamliner engine issues that have disrupted thousands of travelers this week. 

The two minute video was designed for Air New Zealand's 12,000 staff, and explains why tests on the Rolls Royce engines on Boeing-787 Dreamliner planes have been enforced globally.

Around 6500 Air NZ passengers have, and will, have their flights disrupted into next week.

In layman terms, as the video describes it, the checks are looking for cracks in the blades of the compressor section of the jet engine.

"If the engines fail, they will be removed and sent to Singapore to the Rolls Royce facility for repair," Air NZ engineer Logan Horrell says.

Operators have been ordered to do inspections on a specific part of the compressor in the Rolls Royce engine much earlier than expected - at 300 cycles instead of 2000 cycles.

A single cycle in aviation terminology is when a plane takes off and lands.

Asked by Air NZ chief operating officer Bruce Parton whether these Rolls Royce engines are " lemons, or are they alright" Mr Horrell assures this is normal practice. 

"No, this is a normal engine process for any engine type. These engines go through teething issues and once we repair the engines we expect them to be just as reliable as any other engine," Horrell says.

Mr Horrell ends the video by assuring viewers that the engines were safe, and the tests currently being enforced were "conservative".

Auckland activist Penny Bright may have ovarian cancer, asks for forced sale of house to be halted

Well-known activist Penny Bright has told 1 NEWS that she could have ovarian cancer and is asking for the forced sale of her home to be halted.

The Auckland resident was admitted to hospital with bloating and abdominal pain, where doctors drained nearly five litres of fluid from her stomach.

Ms Bright says she had a biopsy and the results are expected back in a week.

The health scare comes as Auckland Council puts Ms Bright’s Kingsland home on the market to recover her unpaid rates bill, which is in excess of $35,000.

Ms Bright broke down in tears as she questioned why the council needed to proceed, asking it to show compassion and delay selling her home.

"What has I done to deserve this?" she said.

"All I’ve been trying to do is get the council to comply with the law so we know where our rates money is being spent."

Ms Bright has refused to pay her rates for more than a decade in an attempt to get the council to be more transparent, including how contracts are awarded.

Auckland Council’s chief financial officer Matthew Walker says this type of action has happened just once before in the super city’s seven-year history.

"This is not a process we want to get into with any Auckland resident or ratepayer. We certainly hope we can settle Ms Bright’s rates account ahead of any sale of her property."

Mr Walker said that the council will meet with Ms Bright tomorrow to try to find a solution before the deadline of 4pm on Tuesday.

Bright's home is being sold as she has refused to pay rates for over a decade. Source: 1 NEWS


'Opportunity to learn about ourselves' - two dozen taonga return to Northland after decade at Auckland university

More than two dozen wooden taonga will be returning to Northland tomorrow after a decade in Auckland University's care.

Parawhenua Marae will receive some of the pieces and plans to display them for whanau members.

Chairwoman Hinerangi Himiona told 1 NEWS being able to touch a piece of their tupuna's history without traveling to museums would be special.

"I don't think that our people should have to visit places to find out who they are when we have the opportunity to learn about ourselves," Ms Himiona said.

The wooden pieces, are mostly gardening tools and were found by a farmer in Waimate North.

They were brought to the university's conservation lab 14 years ago.

But determining who owned the taonga was a much longer job.

In taonga cases, the Crown assumes ownership until maori and the courts can figure out cross-claims.

Parawhenua Marae and two others negotiated for joint ownership.

However, Mrs Himiona said the marae took their time figuring out a solution, conscious of the divisions caused by previous finds.

Many taonga end up in labs to be preserved, but there are calls for them to be displayed for all to see. Source: 1 NEWS