Watch: Auckland, Australia? Kendrick Lamar commits cardinal sin during epic NZ gig

One of hip hop's biggest stars, Kendrick Lamar, made an unforgivable geographical blunder at his show last night when he gave a shout out to being in "Auckland, Australia".

In the age of smart phones Lamar's mistake was inevitably caught on camera.

"We done had a lot of shows you know, but something told me that I can't wait to get to (expletive) Auckland, Australia you dig that?" he said while performing at Auckland's Spark Arena.

Some of the crowd appeared to catch the blunder, sending boos in the rapper's direction.

Lamar stepped out of a Les Mills with a large entourage and was gracious enough to stop for fans. Source: 1 NEWS

The US rap superstar was spotted posing for pictures with some lucky fans after emerging from a workout in an Auckland gym today.

Lamar stepped out of Les Mills on Victoria Street in Auckland's CBD this afternoon with a large entourage and was gracious enough to stop for fans.

The King Kunta hit-maker was working out after his energetic show.

He is performing again tonight as part of the New Zealand leg of The Damn tour that also travelled to Dunedin.

Lamar is currently at the height of his powers, his latest album DAMN having won the Grammy Award for Best Album and the Pulitzer Prize for Music this year.

The shining star of hip hop was brilliant on stage last night, except for one little thing. Source: Seven Sharp



1 NEWS learns some disabled people being paid as little as 89 cents an hour to work in NZ - and it's legal

People with disabilities are being paid as little as 89 cents an hour to work in New Zealand, while hundreds are earning less than $5 an hour - and it's all legal.

In the last three years, 1500 minimum wage exemptions have been granted by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment for businesses that employ disabled people.

1 NEWS has learned that more than two-thirds of those workers are paid less than $5 an hour for their work.

Information obtained under the Official Information Act shows five of the lowest paid employees with disabilities earn less than $1 an hour - the minimum wage in New Zealand is $16.50.

One employee, who has Down syndrome and works in community service was being paid 89c.

A handful of others were earning 92c. The IHC's advocacy director, Trish Grant, says it's got to stop.

"The minimum wage exemptions are a weird arrangement where people earn very little money for working hard and that's not fair and it's not right," Ms Grant says.

EXPLOITATION

Ms Grant says in some cases vulnerable people are being exploited by bad operators.

"People earning less than a dollar an hour, they don't have any idea about their employment conditions, they may have an employment agreement but they're not getting annual leave or sick leave those sorts of things," she says.

The IHC has been lobbying successive government to change the rules.

"The Social Development Ministry and MBIE need to immediately review all of the practice so any poor practice doesn't continue.

"Also there needs to be some incentives for those businesses that are supporting disabled workers well, by improving their skills and by ensuring they have got some pathway to the open market," Ms Grant says.

The Government is looking to put an end to the minimum wage exemption for disabled workers.

The Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni was blunt when asked what she made of it by 1 NEWS this week.

"It's not acceptable, actually we know that it's discriminatory, it runs against the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities."

Ms Sepuloni is waiting to receive more advice on what action to take this month.

At Southland Disability Enterprises in Invercargill, more than 80 staff with disabilities help to recycle the region's waste, as part of a special government contract.

While many are paid less than the minimum wage they also receive a separate disability allowance from the Government.

EMPLOYEE LOVES WORK

Cameron Frethey works there and specialises in dismantling computers and recycling wiring too.

Mr Frethey told 1 NEWS he loves going to work. "I make quite a lot of friends and it's also nice to help others."

His boss, General Manager Hamish McMurdo, is worried that if the Government isn't careful operations like his could become economically un-viable and his team could just end up being at home.

He says Southland Disability Enterprises puts enormous emphasis into social activities for their staff, and he says for them it's about more than money.

"We offer discos, dances, dinners out, get-togethers and really promote the social aspect of our family here really," he says.

Ms Sepuloni knows the Government will have to tread carefully.

"When we make any changes in this space we have to look at what the wider repercussions are.

We have to make sure it's fair and that they're no worse off - in fact, they should be better off."

- By 1 NEWS political reporter Benedict Collins 


Advocacy groups say it’s exploitation, but some in the sector, including workers, say it’s not all about the money. Source: 1 NEWS

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Bruce Springsteen surprises audience at Billy Joel's 100th Madison Square Garden concert

Bruce Springsteen propped himself on top of Billy Joel's piano to sing a duet with The Piano Man, who was celebrating his 100th concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night (local time).

Joel told the energetic crowd he had a guest coming onstage who has won a Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Springsteen emerged, surprising the feverish and fanatic audience, who loudly cheered "BRUCE."

"Congratulations Billy on your 100th show," Springsteen yelled.

"Ready, Billy?" he asked, as Joel began to play while sitting at the piano.

Springsteen encouraged the crowd to cheer louder and then sang "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out." He jumped onto Joel's piano — making it on his second try — and sat on it while Joel played and the piano slowly spun. Springsteen then rocked his guitar for "Born to Run."

Joel, 69, and Springsteen, 68, hugged after their two-song performance, and The Boss kissed Joel on his head as he walked offstage.

A banner celebrating Joel's 100th performance at MSG rose to the ceiling near the top of the two-hour-plus concert. Joel started performing a monthly residency at the arena in 2014. No artist has performed at the famed venue more than Joel.

"Good evening to you New York City," said Joel, whose 2-year-old daughter, Della Rose Joel, sat on his lap. "I want to thank you all for coming to our show."

Joel was excited throughout his set, going from piano to harmonica to guitar. He put on his sunglasses while he passionately sang "New York State of Mind" and twirled his microphone stand in the air and danced happily after singing "Uptown Girl."

He said he had to think of a special song to sing to celebrate his new milestone, and then performed "This Is the Time."

"Maybe it'll hit me later," he said of his new feat.