Watch: 'This is my generation's nuclear free moment' - Jacinda Ardern's passionate speech on climate change at Labour's campaign launch

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has focused on poverty, how to better measure economic success, and climate change in her speech at the Labour Party election campaign launch in Auckland today.

Labour's campaign launch in Auckland was a boisterous affair, featuring a performance from Kiwi artist Hollie Smith. Source: 1 NEWS

Ms Ardern received a rousing welcome at the packed Auckland Town Hall, with some of her supporters breaking out into song as she made her way on stage.

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern is launching her party's 2017 election campaign in Auckland this afternoon. Source: 1 NEWS

Among those gathered at the campaign launch was former leader Helen Clark, who also received a rousing welcome.

Labour Party organisers say around 2200 people attended the event in total, with two overflow rooms filled, along with the main hall.

The crowd was warmed up by a performance from Hollie Smith, while fellow musician Don McGlashan gave a speech.

In her speech Ms Ardern stressed Labour will take climate change seriously and be driven by principal not expediency.

Ms Ardern says "This is my generation's nuclear free moment and I am determined we will attack it head on."

Education was also addressed, with Ms Ardern saying: "Labour is committed to revolutionising education."

The Labour Party wants to make the first three years of post-secondary education free for Kiwis. Source: 1 NEWS

"We have already pledged to make the first three years of post-secondary education free," she said.

In her speech Ms Arden also stressed that under Labour there will be a change in Public Finance Act so that every budget "you will hear about how many kids we have lifted out of poverty".

Ms Arden says the major point of difference on economic issues in this election "is not how long each leader has been working with Treasury - it's what we measure as the signs of success."

Ms Ardern addressed the country's housing issues by saying Labour will implement three key policies to make the market affordable again.

The Labour Party leader outlined three policies to help address the country's inflated housing market. Source: 1 NEWS

"We will remove speculators unfair tax advantages, we will stop foreign buyers who have no interest in NZ buying existing homes and finally we will just get on and build more houses," she said.

More than 2,000 people have attended the Labour Party's campaign launch in Auckland. 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.

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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