Watch: Amazing drone footage shows true scale of massive sinkhole on Rotorua farm

Stunning new drone footage shows the massive scale of a sinkhole that opened up on a Rotorua farm after a deluge of rain on Sunday.

The drone was also able to enter into the sinkhole for a closer inspection of the volcanic deposits which were exposed when the fissure opened up.

Volcano Information Specialist Bradley Scott told 1 NEWS the deposits are extremely old.

"What I see in the bottom of this hole is the original 60,000-year-old volcanic deposit that came out of this crater," Mr Scott said.

Volcano Information Specialist Bradley Scott says sinkholes aren't rare in Rotorua but this week's one is very large. Source: 1 NEWS

"Then there's a stack of about 10 to 12 metres of sediment sitting on top of it from lakes that have formed in this crater the top three metres is volcanic ash."

Although sinkholes are common in the Rotorua region due to its volcanic history, the experienced geologist says this one is a bit different.

"This is pretty spectacular and it's a lot bigger than the ones I normally see."

The drone was also able to enter inside the sinkhole for a unique view of the volcanic deposits contained within. Source: 1 NEWS


Child poverty: Simon Bridges says issue 'bigger than politics' and he'll 'collaborate' on Government's Bill aimed at alleviating it

The Government and the Opposition are attempting to work together to tackle child poverty, after the Prime Minister and National Party leader spoke in their first formal meeting about the Child Poverty Reduction Bill

After a meeting yesterday with Jacinda Ardern about "anti-poverty legislation", Simon Bridges told media today, "we really wanted to make the case to the Prime Minister" for National's operating procedures on poverty. 

"I'm hoping this is an issue that's bigger than politics that we can collaborate on," the National Party leader said. 

He said National "think the Bill that [the PM] has, that is in parliament is OK, it doesn't really further things particularly, it's measuring the problem, it's looking at some targets, but all of that was already there, albeit not in legislation."

Ms Ardern promised in November last year to ask for National's support for the child poverty legislation, which was part of Labour's First 100 Days promises. 

"We're saying to the Prime Minster, effectively, National want to collaborate with you," Mr Bridges said. 

"But to do that you've got to do more, you've got to get under the hood, you've got to get deeper into this issue than just some economic measuring and look at real indicators of what's happening on the ground, in homes," he said. 

The National Party leader says he wants to help with the government’s bill on child poverty. Source: 1 NEWS


Winston Peters takes on Disarmament and Arms Control portfolio as Jacinda Ardern tweaks her line-up

New Zealand First Leader and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will be appointed to the reinstated Disarmament and Arms Control portfolio in portfolio changes announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern this afternoon, which take effect today.

Ms Ardern had signalled the disarmament role for Mr Peters in a recent speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs.

"This portfolio is an acknowledgement of the emphasis this government places on our long-held anti-nuclear stance, and the role New Zealand must play now and in the future," the Prime Minister said today. 

Fletcher Tabuteau will be appointed as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary to assist Mr Peters in this new portfolio, she said.

Ms Ardern said she is also making several other minor changes to reflect the connection between various portfolios and workstreams.

Shane Jones will be appointed Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises.  

As Associate Minister, he will assist State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters with the detailed work in the portfolio, bringing the portfolio into alignment with his other ministerial responsibilities for Infrastructure and Regional Economic Development, Ms Ardern said.

Meka Whaitiri has been appointed Associate Minister of Forestry, assisting Shane Jones with the acquisition of land for the Government's one billion trees programme.

Damien O'Connor's Associate Ministerial role in the Trade and Export Growth portfolio will be retitled as Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth.

No material change has been made to the portfolio responsibilities in this area, with David Parker retaining principal responsibility for Trade and Export Growth matters, Ms Ardern said.

"The title change will better signal to Hon Damien O'Connor's international counterparts the nature and extent of his authority in international negotiations," she said.

Winston Peters
Winston Peters Source: 1 NEWS