Watch: Lotto win of $30 million claimed by team of 10 women - 'We're all going to help our families'

Ten women who have teamed up to buy lotto tickets for five years have claimed Saturday's $30million Powerball jackpot.

The winning ticket has the third highest value in Lotto's history.

One of the winners, Tina, purchased the ticket on behalf of her syndicate and was the first to learn of their win.

"I realised at about 11 o'clock on Saturday night, simply because I was looking at Facebook and saw that a Taupo ticket had won," she said.

"I was quite calm actually."

Lotto's Kirsten Robinson says they've had syndicates win prizes before, but this is the first time in a very long time one has taken out Powerball first division.

"It's a really fun way to play as you get to enjoy celebrating every little win with friends and family," Ms Robinson said.

Tina, who's chosen not to share her last name, says the best thing was ringing the other women to tell them they would each be three million dollars richer.

"The news was out it was Taupo ticket and they thought I was just yanking their chain, they thought I was kidding."

She said all the woman made it clear straight away they wanted to help their family.

"It's been won by ten people, but probably 30 or 50 people because we’re all going to help our families."

Tina says she loves her job and her life so otherwise it's "business as usual".

"By and large that’s how the group feels".

All 10 women in the syndicate were working in Dunedin in the dental industry when they started the tradition, and now live right across the country.

"But we have kept our syndicate together, and there we go, that was the good luck charm," Tina told 1 NEWS.

They buy Lucky Dip tickets that last ten weeks, and this win came on the last week of their most recent ticket.

The 10 women are all in Auckland today to celebrate, reuniting for the first time in years.

They've now vowed to continue buying lotto tickets as a syndicate, and to have a reunion every anniversary of their big win.

"We are bonded anyway, with or without the win," Tina said.

She said she took a while to come forward, because she wanted to work out when the "collective" could all come to Auckland.

The prize is the third largest Powerball jackpot in New Zealand history. Source: 1 NEWS



'She was extraordinary' - Jacinda Ardern hails mother as 125 years of women’s suffrage celebrated

Hundreds of celebrations are taking place across the country to mark 125 years since Kiwi women received the right to vote.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern marked the historic occasion from Auckland's Aotea Square this morning, where she acknowledged her mother as just one of New Zealand's many inspirational women.

Acting Minister for Women Eugenie Sage also acknowledged the work of women such as Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia and others who tirelessly campaigned for women's suffrage.

The Electoral Act, signed into law on September 19, 1893, gave women over the age of 21 the right to vote in parliamentary elections - the first country in the world to do so.

The PM spoke about New Zealand’s inspirational women in central Auckland today, including one close to her heart. Source: 1 NEWS

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South Auckland charity The Aunties takes home top Women of Influence Award

The founder of a South Auckland charity group dubbed The Aunties has won the top honour at the Women of Influence Awards.

Jackie Clark set up the not-for-profit organisation six years ago to help vulnerable women and children who've experienced domestic violence.

The group's primary aim is to provide material needs to those they support.

"The Aunties believe everyone has the right to be safe, to have shelter, to be fed, to be loved, to dream, to read, to write, to have their say, and to be heard," the group proclaims on its Givealittle page. "Where any of those things are missing, the Aunties mission is to help provide them - the practical things, and also in terms of advocacy and pastoral care."

The group says it believes in manaakitanga - protecting the mana of the people they help so that they can find their way towards living independently, and with dignity and joy.

"Jackie and her fellow Aunties give without seeking anything in return and without judgement," said Westpac NZ chief executive David McLean, whose company co-sponsors the Women of Influence Awards. "She, and her core of other Aunties, ask vulnerable women what they need and then set about making it happen, in a completely selfless way.

"They have made an enormous contribution to our local communities at grassroots level."

The award ceremony was held last night at SkyCity in Auckland.

Here's the full list of winners:
Supreme Winner: Jackie Clark
Lifetime Achievement: Theresa Gattung
Arts and Culture: Miranda Harcourt
Board and Management: Dr Farah Palmer
Business and Enterprise: Angie Judge
Rural: Rebecca Keoghan
Public Policy: Charlotte Korte
Community/Not for Profit: Jackie Clark
Innovation and Science: Professor Wendy Larner
Diversity: Sarah Lang
Global: Sarah Vrede
Young Leader: Maddison McQueen-Davies

Jackie Clark set up the non-for-profit six years ago, which aims to help vulnerable women and children who have experienced domestic violence. Source: Breakfast


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Eleven Glenorchy homes still without power 48 hours after early spring snowfall

Some resident in Central Otago's Glenorchy are still without power 48 hours after a spring snowfall caused major disruptions in the deep south.

Eleven properties remains with power this morning.

Aurora Energy is hoping to have power restored to the area by this evening.

Around 360 households in the central Otago town are affected, with Aurora Energy hoping to have electricity back on by this evening. Source: Breakfast

In many places power was cut, schools were closed and flights cancelled. Source: 1 NEWS


Watch: Artist uses pyramid in central Auckland to spread some joy around town

A Kiwi artist are architect is using a pyramid in central Auckland to spread some joy.

Matt Liggins has made it his mission to ask people what makes them smile, but instead of rolling up to you on the street he's built a pyramid to help lighten people's moods.

TVNZ1's Seven Sharp's Lucas de Jong went along to take a look and share a laugh in the video above.

Matt Liggins has made it his mission to ask Kiwis what makes them smile. Source: Seven Sharp