Watch: ‘It was horrible’ – Edgecumbe residents reflect on terrifying moment floodwaters surged across backyard

As floodwaters surged towards the home of Dee and Todd Proven, all they could do is watch and closed their doors before calling for help.

The couple also had young children in the house, some of whom were excited and some of whom were scared.

One month on from the devastating Edgecumbe flooding tenants and their landlord head back to help clean up. Source: 1 NEWS

Video captured right at the moment the flood enters the property shows an incredible rate of flow.

For property owner Rod McPherson, the following weeks have been a nightmare, with the house red-stickered.

Watch interviews with Todd, Dee and Rod tonight on 1 NEWS at 6pm.

Dee and Todd Proven were forced to flee inside, close their doors and urgently call for help for themselves and their family. Source: Supplied



'We were scared' - Kiwi wasn't sure if her windows would hold as Typhoon Mangkhut smashed into Macau

A New Zealander in Macau has described hunkering down during Typhoon Mangkhut, unsure of whether her windows - or building - would survive the wind.

The storm has now passed over the world's largest gambling hub and weakened after hitting yesterday.

It has left flood waters up to 2.5m high in its wake, as well as power outages and disrupted transport networks.

Eleanor Ryburn has lived in Macau for about a year and works at a casino there coordinating events.

Ms Ryburn told 1 NEWS she had seen a typhoon before - Typhoon Hato last year - but Mangkhut was much more prolonged.

"It just went on for so long yesterday - all throughout the day - that was probably the most uncertain thing," she said.

"You didn't know if it was going to get worse, or what the damage was when we came out this morning."

Ms Ryburn said she was in a fortunate part of the city but that others had not been so lucky.

Power was cut to about 20,000 homes during the storm, and casinos in the city were shut down for the first time since gambling licenses were granted in 2002.

The sound was the worst part, Ms Ryburn said.

"The sound of it happening ... you didn't know if your windows were going to break through," Ms Ryburn said.

"The only thing I can think of for Kiwis [to compare it to] is when we had the earthquake ... that rumble.

"Outside you hear the wind and the rain battering at the windows and the building, but you also hear the whistling, your windows vibrating ... you can hear the kind of impact of nature."

"Some people really got affected badly and some of us are really lucky ... you just have to go with it and see what happens.

"There are lots of Kiwis that have been trying to get through to New Zealand and let them know they are safe."

Supermarkets were emptied of stock, especially items like water, in the days before Mangkhut hit, she said.

Ms Ryburn said people have this morning been cleared to return to their workplaces if they are able.

Flooding in the city was widespread, and was measured at up to 2m deep in some places. Source: Nicola Maricic/Facebook


Report: Kiwi man in Thailand caught with 2kg of crystal meth tucked in his suitcase

A New Zealand man was arrested in Thailand on Saturday for allegedly receiving more than two kilogrammes of methamphetamine at a hotel in Bangkok.

According to a report in Thailand's The Nation newspaper a Thai woman and a Nigerian man were charged with delivering 2.06kg of meth to New Zealander Isidor Rein, 62.

The drugs were allegedly received by Rein hidden away in a secret compartment of a briefcase.

The Chiang Rai Times reports a source at the Office of the Narcotics Control Board said that John Oimma Emeka and Wararat Chansod, both 42, had reserved the hotel room where the alleged delivery took place.

Thai agencies made the arrests following a tip off that a New Zealand man was planning on smuggling drugs back home.

Police then placed the hotel room where the meeting occurred under surveillance and made the arrests when all three suspects arrived with suitcase in tow.

Dr Chris Wilkins says the Massey University drug report shows meth is widely used, especially outside of urban centres.
Source: 1 NEWS

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'Commercial terrorism' has brought strawberry industry to its knees - NZ supermarket chains stop Aussie imports over needle concerns

Nervous growers are weighing up their farming futures as the strawberry contamination crisis forces New Zealand's major supermarkets to stop selling the fruit from Australia.

Fears over needles secreted in strawberries have now spilled across the Tasman, with both of New Zealand's major food distributors taking the fruit off their shelves.

Police are investigating after metal pins were found in punnets of fruit in five Australian states.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has also ordered the food safety watchdog to investigate Queensland's handling of the strawberry spiking saga.

He's directed Food Standards Australia New Zealand to investigate whether there are supply chain weaknesses or systemic changes needed.

"At the end of the day, the job is very, very clear. Protect the public and keep them safe," he told the ABC today.

Both Foodstuffs and Countdown (owned by Woolworths) - which between them control nearly the entire New Zealand grocery market - today announced they had stopped sending out Australian strawberries to their stores.

In separate statements, both said while none of their products had been affected by a major recall in Australia, they wanted to reassure customers.

Countdown said it had stopped ordering any further imports of Australian strawberries, while Foodstuffs had halted distribution.

New Zealand imports the fruit from Australia when it's out of season, from April to September, and both chains say the Kiwi product will be on shelves shortly instead.

The announcement comes as needles were found inserted into more strawberries in South Australia and New South Wales over the weekend, adding to incidents across the country and prompting fears of copycat behaviour.

Vice-president of the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association, Adrian Schultz, says what started with a single act of "commercial terrorism" has brought a multi-million-dollar industry to its knees.

"I'm angry for all the associated people, it's the farmers, the people who supply them, the packaging people, the truckies with families to support, who suddenly lose their jobs ... it's far-reaching," he said.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne says he understands why New Zealanders are baulking at Australian strawberries.

"I hope we catch them and prosecute them and they spend a lot of time behind bars, because that's what they deserve," Mr Pyne said.

"They have behaved shockingly badly and they are affecting the strawberry industry in Australia but also now the exports to New Zealand."

Nationals frontbencher Andrew Broad has blasted the culprits as "low-life scum".

Coles and Aldi supermarkets have pulled all strawberries from their shelves, except Western Australia, as a precaution.

Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook Berries have recalled their strawberries nationwide.

A health warning to throw out or cut up strawberries remains in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

Sewing needles and pins have been deliberately placed inside strawberries across the ditch.
Source: 1 NEWS