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

New Zealand retains triple A credit rating

The credit agency Moody's has today maintained the government's credit rating and expressed confidence about the future of the economy.

The rating remains at triple A, with the outlook described as stable.

Moody's analyst Matthew Circosta said the international ratings agency expects the coalition government will remain committed to fiscal discipline, with the Budget staying in surplus.

But it says the government has the flexibility to increase spending in areas such as education and housing.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson said the rating was very pleasing.

"What they've said is that the underlying fundamentals of the New Zealand economy are strong, that the approach that the coalition government's taking to being responsible with our budget management.

"But investing in areas like infrastructure and improving social supports are the right thing to do, that we can manage to do that within the finances we've got."

Moody's said the very high strength of New Zealand's institutions was a key factor in underpinning the credit rating.

The assessment comes just days after official figures showed growth in the economy increasing to 1 per cent in the three months to June.

Shot of New Zealand twenty dollars.
New Zealand $20 notes (file picture). Source:


American tourist dies in skiing accident on Mt Aspiring

An American tourist has died while skiiing on Mt Aspiring this afternoon.

Police say the skiing accident at Mt Aspiring happened at about 1.30pm today.

Two visitors to New Zealand were skiing from the top of Mt Aspiring, downhill toward the Bonar Glacier.

One of the skiers got into difficulty, has fallen on the slope and was fatally injured.

The other skier gave first aid to the injured man, but he unfortunately died at the scene.

The Rescue Coordination Centre were advised of the beacon activation just after 1.30pm today.

Police and Search and Rescue teams have been working to locate the skiers this afternoon.

Emergency services are now at the scene and an investigation is underway.

The victim is a 35-year-old American citizen.

Police are currently in the process of talking to his next of kin.

Mount Aspiring towers over the southern alps in New Zealand. Source:


Man charged with multiple assaults in Invercargill

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in relation to several assaults in Invercargill today.

The man, who has been remanded in custody, is due to appear in Invercargill District Court on Tuesday 2 October.

The man has been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and assault. Further charges are likely.

Between 1.30 and 2.30am today, the man allegedly assaulted four people at two different properties.

A 17 and 23-year-old man, and a 26-year-old woman sustained minor injuries from the incident at the first property, while a 30-year-old man sustained serious facial injuries at the second location.

Police are not looking for anyone else in relation to either incident.

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Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS

First images of wreck believed to be Captain Cook's Endeavour revealed

Researchers exploring whether a shipwreck off the coast of Rhode Island could be the vessel that 18th-century explorer Captain James Cook used to sail around the world have released images of the vessel.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, which is leading the search effort, and the Australian National Maritime Museum identified the vessel.

It's one of 13 shipwrecks that have been known for years to be in the harbor near Newport, Rhode Island.

Archaeologists were meeting today in Newport to talk about their recent fieldwork.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project also described the site as promising but said it'll still take a lot more work and money to identify it.

Nearly 250 years ago, Cook ran aground on Australia's Great Barrier Reef during a voyage to the South Pacific.

His ship was the Endeavour, an awkward little vessel that improbably helped him become the first European to chart Australia's east coast.

It was the ship in which the explorer charted New Zealand and Australia between 1769 and 1771.

The Endeavour was also part of the fleet of 13 ships the British scuttled during the Revolutionary War in 1778 to blockade Newport Harbor from the French.

It was listed in the records under a different name, the Lord Sandwich.

The nonprofit Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project located documents in London identifying the groups of ships in that fleet and where each was scuttled

Archaeologists are almost certain they've located the scuttled ship. Source: 1 NEWS