Watch full interview: 'I'm sure Mr Peters will let us know!' – Bill English admits he's in the dark like everyone else

Bill English has fronted media, saying he's "satisfied" with the agreements reached with Winston Peters but admitting he's in the dark over which way NZ First will go.

Speaking to media before briefing his National MPs on the agreement reached with NZ First, Mr English was asked how confident he was that Mr Peters would pick National to govern in a coalition.

"We are confident that the agreement we've reached would be the basis of a strong and cohesive government," Mr English responded.

"Later on in the day Mr Peters will indicate whether he agrees with that," he said with a wry grin.

Bill English talked to media before briefing National MPs on the agreement struck with NZ First. Source: 1 NEWS



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Canterbury engineer hopes to quake-proof buildings with old tyres

A University of Canterbury team is a million dollars closer to its goal of developing quake-proof building foundations from old tyres.

The money from the Endeavour Fund, administered by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, will go to researching new foundation systems for low-rise homes and buildings.

The project's science leader said waste tyres were an affordable source of building materials that could be adapted for wider use.

Gabriele Chiaro, a senior engineering lecturer at Canterbury University, said 3.5 million used tyres were sent to landfills or dumped each year in New Zealand.

"This gives rise to stockpiles of tyres that cause enormous environmental issues."

Mr Chiaro and his team planned to use them to create what was described as an "eco-rubber, seismic-isolation foundation system" for buildings throughout the country.

It is a system that filters the energy of an earthquake by combining two critical elements: A rubber-gravel mixture that disperses seismic shock waves and a flexible "raft" foundation made of steel fibre-reinforced rubberised concrete, that does not crack like regular concrete.

The system would not only absorb the shock, but also prevent damage, Mr Chiaro said.

There were similar studies elsewhere in the world, but mainly in countries that did not have the same earthquake risk.

"In New Zealand we are trying to assess the problem of tyre waste management, and by doing so we are also able to minimise the seismic damage for medium-density, low-height residential buildings."

He said the development was aimed for use in housing developments, which was where a gap existed in earthquake strengthening, but the technology could also be used in small-scale commercial developments.

Mr Chiaro said preliminary studies were done in 2015, which revealed the potential for development. A prototype could be ready within two years before laboratory testing was done, and field trials could be expected within five years.

"After than, we anticipate that in 10 years' time this foundation will be used in most of the buildings built in New Zealand."

Mr Chiaro did not think it would be hard convincing regulatory authorities of its merits, provided it was affordable and resilient.

The $1m Endeavour Fund is New Zealand's largest contestable research fund, aimed at ambitious research projects to improve the lives of New Zealanders.

Mr Chiaro expected the project to attract interest.

"There is potential for great collaboration with Japan and the USA, with whom we already have a connection, and also with Europe."

By Tracy Neal

rnz.co.nz

Gabriele Chiaro, a senior engineering lecturer at Canterbury University, said 3.5 million used tyres were sent to landfills or dumped each year in New Zealand.
Gabriele Chiaro, a senior engineering lecturer at Canterbury University, said 3.5 million used tyres were sent to landfills or dumped each year in New Zealand. Source: University of Canterbury

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Man charged with murder after fatal stabbing of woman, 28, in Christchurch

A man has been charged with murder following last night's fatal stabbing of a woman, 28, on Ilam Road, Christchurch.

Police say the man, 52, has also been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He remains in Christchurch Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Another man, a 31-year-old, remains in Christchurch Hospital in a serious but stable condition after the incident.

Police have confirmed to media today that 52-year-old man turned the knife on himself, Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Anderson said.

Police say although the investigation is still in its early days those involved were known to each other and Police are not seeking anyone else over the incident.

Police say although the investigation is still in its early days those involved were known to each other and Police are not seeking anyone else over the incident.

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Detective Inspector Scott Anderson spoke about the incident on Ilam Road. Source: 1 NEWS


Elderly woman missing on Auckland's Waiheke Island found safe and well

An elderly woman who went missing on Auckland's Waiheke Island yesterday has been found safe and well.

Sylvia Henley, who has Alzheimer's disease, was last seen yesterday morning.

Ms Henley was found by a local resident, who alerted police at around 9.25am today.

Source: NZ Police