Watch: Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford meet the Queen, talk New Zealand and exchange gifts

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford have met with Queen Elizabeth II in London, where they spoke of New Zealand and exchanged gifts.

The Prime Minister is being accompanied by her partner Clarke Gayford. Source: Breakfast

Ms Ardern said she wasn't at liberty to be more specific about what they spoke of, but said the Queen "maintains a great interest" in New Zealand, especially it's recovery "from the many and various things that we've been up against".

"I think this is a very important organisation [The Commonwealth] we are a part of and, increasingly in these times, having a chance to talk with other countries about goals we share collectively is becoming of greater importance," Ms Ardern said.

She said she had given the Queen a photograph taken in the 1950s by a New Zealand woman of the Queen touring New Zealand - as well as various food items from New Zealand.

The Queen had given Ms Ardern a framed portrait both of herself and another of Prince Philip.

Ms Ardern praised the Queen saying: "Here is a remarkable leader who has conducted her life in the full view of the public and that has included raising her children and there's something to be admired about that."

Ms Ardern is in England for the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit.

The Prime Minister said she admires the Queen because she has lived her life - and raised her children - in the public eye. Source: 1 NEWS


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Q+A Business Podcast 7: NZ's largest logistics company moves away from fossil fuels

The head of the country's largest transport logistics company Mainfreight is backing the new government's push toward a carbon zero economy, that has less reliance on fossil fuels, although he stresses change won’t happen overnight.

Don Braid told Corin Dann in this week’s Q+A Business podcast that the days of being reliant on fossil fuels are numbered.

However he says "whether it's 2025 or 2030, it's going to take some time to get here and we shouldn't forget that New Zealand is a major exporter that relies on aircraft and shipping companies to move goods around the world".

The government is proposing to pass legislation that will help commit New Zealand to being a zero carbon economy by 2050.

Last week it also banned new oil and gas exploration.

Mr Braid says his firm has already made big adjustments, including putting much more freight on to rail, which has a much lower carbon footprint.

He says Mainfreight spent in excess of $40 million with Kiwi Rail this year and he hopes that with the new government's greater focus on rail (which he supports) it will be able to put more freight on rail in future.

As for its trucking fleet Mr Braid says while it can't get away from using diesel, it is trying to find suppliers of bio-diesel.

He says they are also trying to move to electric fork lifts and make greater use of solar power in their buildings.

Meanwhile, despite headline business confidence being weak in many surveys at the moment, Mr Braid says he's feeling optimistic about the economic outlook for New Zealand and he doesn't know why other businesses are grumpy.

He says for the transport sector the new government is actually providing more stability by being mode natural when it comes to transport infrastructure.

Mr Braid was a vocal critic of the last government’s focus on road infrastructure over rail.

Corin Dann is joined by Mainfreight managing director Don Braid this week. Source: 1 NEWS

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Creators of self-taught kids swim programme hoping it will be affordable for all

The creators of a self-taught kids swimming programme are hoping the poorest communities will be able to access their cheaper alternative to expensive lessons.

New Zealand has one of the worst drowning tolls in the developed world.

Water Safety NZ says it’s twice that of Australia, and five times the toll of the UK.

In 2016 there were 78 preventable drowning deaths in New Zealand, and last year that jumped to 88.

So far this year there’s been 29.

The swimming book’s developers have designed a programme for young children to give them and their parents self-taught lessons that’ll last for five years.

Parents go through the book with children in the pool, teaching them from water-proof cards.

It costs just under $50, and developer Phil Waggott says it’s a cheaper option to make it more accessible for those from poorer communities.

Mr Waggott says he hopes to allay parents’ fears about getting kids in the water.

“That's what this book is all about, giving people confidence. A, Giving the parents confidence that they're doing the right thing, and B, giving the child confidence so they can learn the life-saving skills they need to not become one of the horrific drowning stats.”

Chief executive of Water Safety NZ, Jonty Mills, says “those who are less likely to be able to afford to have aquatic education are going to come out of the system without those basic skills.”

The pilot for the programme was partly government funded, through Water Safety New Zealand.

The programme designers hope government funding can be made available so their model can expand. 

Those who have designed the programme want all young children to have good swimming skills, not just those who can afford it. Source: 1 NEWS


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