Watch: Explosive claims of former Russian spy who says he was harassed by Kiwi police and poisoned in Auckland

There is more to the incredible tale told by a former Russian KGB agent who appeared on UK TV today claiming he was poisoned 10 years ago on Auckland's Queen Street, as an in-depth investigation by TVNZ1's Sunday found out during an exclusive 2007 interview with him.

Boris Karpichkov arrived in Auckland in 2006 on a fake Lithuanian passport. He then claimed he was followed and physically assaulted by the New Zealand police and members of the NZSIS.

Mr Karpichkov admitted being a former Russian spy, but said he wasn't in active service when he came to New Zealand to try and find a safe haven for himself and his family after receiving death threats while living in London.

He told TVNZ1's Sunday that he turned in his fake passport 12 days after arriving in the country in a bid to try and be transparent so he could claim refugee status. The Department of Immigration then returned his knowingly fraudulent document with a stamped work permit on it allowing him to stay.

From there he says things became like something out of a Hollywood spy movie, as he noticed cars began to track his movements.

"You can consider me insane, or obsessed and paranoid but it's an established fact and can be proven," Mr Karpichkov said.

1 NEWS has more interesting details about the double agent's life. Source: 1 NEWS

The ex-spy photographed the vehicles and even confronted a man he believed to be following him which led to an altercation.

"I told him enough is enough and took his picture, the guy then jumped out the car and kicked and punched me yelling 'I will smash your f***ing phone and head'," he told Sunday's Janet McIntyre.

Mr Karpichkov reported the assault to the police but heard nothing back from them until two months later when Detective Seargent Mark Williams called him and admitted it was a police officer that had assaulted him and tried to discourage him from taking the matter further.

His phone conversations with Detective Williams were recorded by Mr Karpichkov for evidence and played back to TVNZ1's Sunday.

One of the calls had the detective reading out a letter which was oddly written as if Mr Karpichkov had authored it himself and accepted an apology from the officer who assaulted him so the matter would go away.

He accepted the apology hoping it would end his surveillance, but says after a brief lull he began to be followed again. Shortly after this Mr Karpichkov said he came down with a mystery illness that doctor's couldn't identify.

Mr Karpichkov says he lost 20kgs and believes he was poisoned by a Russian agent, similar to the claim which he made on British TV today.

He eventually lost his fight to stay in New Zealand in October 2007 due to historical links to organised crime in Russia and Latvia, which he denied, saying he was not an active spook and was never involved in crime.

He once again used his fake passport to leave the country and was given no troubles at customs.

The NZSIS released a statement to 1 NEWS today, with a spokesman saying: "At the time it was confirmed to media that Mr Karpichkov had been in New Zealand, and that his KGB background was known."

The NZ Police told 1 NEWS they're examining what information they hold on Mr Karpichkov but due to the cases historic nature "it's likely to take some time".

TVNZ1's Sunday did an in-depth investigation into Boris Karpichkov's stranger than fiction story in 2007. Source: Sunday



Refugee quota increase a proud moment, Red Cross says, but now it's time to prepare

Jacinda Ardern's announcement yesterday that we will increase our yearly refugee intake to 1500 by 2020 was a proud moment for New Zealand, says Red Cross official Rachel O'Conner.

But there are some things we will have to do as a nation to prepare for the increase, which will result in New Zealand having doubled its intake in less than five years, she told TVNZ1's Breakfast this morning.

"We'll need people to respond, we're going to need people to volunteer, to donate items," she said. "But a lot of it is about...having welcoming communities."

Resettlement, she explained, is difficult - away from family and friends, without work and often having to learn a new language.

"Kiwis have this value of showing care and compassion, and that is what helps build that sense of belonging," said Ms O'Conner, who serves as national migration programmes manager for the humanitarian organisation.

That's 500 extra people who'll be making New Zealand home annually. Source: 1 NEWS

Under the Prime Minister's plan, six new resettlement communities will be established so that existing ones in New Zealand aren't over-burdened. The towns, however, haven't yet been chosen.

"We're going to be looking for councils and community groups to put up their hands and say, 'Yup, we want to be one of the new six'," Ms O'Conner said.

Ms O'Conner described yesterday's announcement as "a great start". But with 1.4 million people in desperate need of resettlement, "we're seeing unprecedented needs globally at the moment", she added, explaining that the Government also needs to take another good look at foreign aid and peace building activities.

Even after yesterday's announcement, New Zealand is far from being a leader in terms of refugee intake numbers.

PM Jacinda Ardern made the announcement today. Source: 1 NEWS

"But we are leaders in the terms of the quality of resettlement that we provide," she said, telling the story of a mum who had carried her disabled teen son on her back for his entire life because they didn't have access to health care in their previous country.

After arriving in Auckland, the boy was given a wheelchair and it changed both of their lives, O'Conner said.

"She kept saying, 'I can't believe I don't have to carry him anymore'," she recalled.

Jacinda Ardern’s announcement yesterday means six new settlement locations will be in the works, Rachel O’Conner told Breakfast. Source: Breakfast


'What’s up Muzza' - is it weird to call your parents by their first name?

What do you call your parents - mum and dad, or Geoff and Pam?

The idea some people call their parents by their first name was a hot topic on Breakfast this morning, with Hayley Holt saying it was a bit weird calling her parents by their given names.

‘I’d feel a bit odd, ‘hey Robin, what’s up Muzza?’”

Many viewers said calling parents by their given names was disrespectful, with one viewer saying she had earned the title of mum.

Another said when children were older, it could be a discussion families could have together.

Newsreader Scotty Morrison said in Te Reo Māori there were “beautiful terms” for older members of the whanāu.

“As our people get older they get more and more respect because of the life they have had, the life experience, the knowledge that they’ve gained," he said. 

“It’s important in Māori culture to have that respect for the older generation.”

Some Breakfast viewers thought it was disrespectful not to be called mum or dad. Source: Breakfast


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Ozzy Osbourne confirms two New Zealand shows as part of farewell world tour

Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed two final shows in New Zealand in March 2019 as part of his farewell world tour, No More Tours 2.

The former Black Sabbath singer will play shows in Christchurch at Horncastle Arena on March 13 and Auckland’s Spark Arena on March 16.

Heavy metal legends Judas Priest, who are on their first New Zealand tour, will open for Osbourne.

The 69-year-old will celebrate a career which began in 1968 when Black Sabbath was formed alongside long-time collaborators, guitarist Zakk Wylde, Blasko on bass, drummer Tommy Clufetos and Adam Wakeman on keyboards.

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Police on the hunt after man seriously hurt in Hamilton shooting

A man has sustained serious injuries after being shot in Hamilton last night

Police responded to Derby Street, Nawton at 10:25pm after receiving reports of a shooting.

An investigation is underway to establish exactly what has occurred and inquiries are being made to find the offenders, who left the scene in a car.

The man is in a stable condition in a high dependency unit at Waikato Hospital.  

A scene examination on Derby Street will continue this morning.

Police car generic.
Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS

Police are keen to talk to anyone who was in the area last night and may have information of interest to the investigation.

The incident took place in Nawton at 10.25pm yesterday – the offender fled the scene by car. Source: Breakfast