Watch: 'It's a matter of turning it on' - Speaker tells off MPs over ear pieces, asks Winston Peters to practise being 'kind' before taking up Acting PM role

Speaker Trevor Mallard has told off several MPs after they misplaced their ear pieces in Parliament today.

The incident occurred after MP Gerry Brownlee interrupted Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis, who was speaking in Te Reo Māori, to announce that some of the desks did not have the ear pieces required to hear the interpretation.

"Mr Speaker, it is not a member's responsibility to provide the facilities in here. That's a ridiculous thing to say," Mr Brownlee said furiously. 

"Every member at the beginning of the Parliament was provided with an ear piece which plugs in to the thing between himself and the honourable QC beside him—" Mr Mallard responded.

He was cut off by MP Christopher Finlayson, who said Mr Mallard was being "a smart alec".

"That's totally offensive, and the tone in which you used it," Mr Finlayson said.

Mr Mallard asked the MPs if it was his responsibility for members losing their translation ear pieces, to which some shouted, 'Yes'.

After a brief clash with Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters over the incident, Mr Mallard responded, "I just want to say to the Deputy Prime Minister, that is not helpful, and I think he should practise being kind for when he is the Acting Prime Minister."




'I would do anything to get drug testing in this country' says man whose partner and best mate died when drugged driver ploughed into them

A man whose partner and best mate died when a drugged driver's car crashed into them says he'd do anything to get random drug driver testing up and running in New Zealand, saying what happened to him was diabolical and disgusting.

Figures obtained by the Automobile Association show more fatal road crashes last year involved drugged drivers than drunk drivers.

The AA is repeating its call for the introduction of random roadside drugs testing.

On an afternoon in July 2016, a car ploughed into Lance Carter, his partner Leigh Rhodes and their friend Kenny McCrae as they changed a tyre on State Highway 29A in Tauranga.

Ms Rhodes aged 60, and Mr McCrae, 52, both died, while Mr Carter who was 66 at the time spent six weeks in hospital, with injuries including a shattered ankle.

Today Mr Carter, who says he still can't walk properly, told 1 NEWS he would do anything to get drug testing in this country up and going. 

"If I have to do something more I will. I mean what happened to me is absolutely diabolical and disgusting. If I can stop that I will. I'll try my best, yeah," he said.

The whole experience has been horrific, Mr Carter said.

"I had my partner killed, I had my best mate killed by a drug driver that had two Class B drugs in her system, one that she stole off her patient. She was a caregiver. And that's horrific in its own right, let alone being on a meth programme for seven years. To me she shouldn't be on it at all," he said.

"And they give it to her in prison which is wrong, absolutely wrong."

Mr Carter said he misses his partner every night and he and other family members have got "the life sentence" while "the one in prison has got nothing, she got the light bit".

Mr Carter says New Zealand is not taking drug driving seriously enough.

He's critical of politicians who're wanting people who've committed drug offences out of prison on the basis that they'll be better looked after on the outside.

"I can't see that happening at all. They will actually do it again, and know how not to get caught," he said.

The figures reported today show that last year, 79 fatal crashes involved a driver with drugs in their system, compared with 70 involving an intoxicated driver.

In 2016, 59 fatal crashes involved a drugged driver and 67 involved alcohol. 

Lance Carter has spoken out as figures show more fatal crashes last year involved drugged drivers than drunk drivers.