Watch: NZ, Australia to work together to push TPP forward after Trump pulls out

New Zealand and Australia are going to work together to find a way forward for the Trans Pacific Partnership now that President Donald Trump has pulled the United States out of the trade agreement.

Prime Minister Bill English met with his Australian counterpart Prime Minister Turnbull in Queenstown today to discuss common approaches to bilateral and international issues.

Prime Minister Bill English says the two countries will together engage with other TPP members on a way forward for the trade agreement. Source: 1 NEWS

The Prime Ministers confirmed that in light of the US decision not to ratify the TPP, Australia and New Zealand will work together as they engage with other TPP members on the way forward for the Agreement.

Mr English says trade liberalisation agreements are not about big business but creating jobs and that's why the two leaders are focussed on regional trade and the opportunities TPP and CER present.

Meanwhile, the pathway to citizenship for New Zealanders who are long-term residents in Australia, announced by Mr Turnbull at the 2016 Leaders Meeting, will come into effect in July this year.

The Australian Prime Minister has announced special flexibilities for some Kiwis to use the pathway that kicks in this July. Source: 1 NEWS

The pathway provides them the ability, first, to achieve permanent residency and then citizenship. 

Mr Turnbull announced that special flexibilities would be applied for particular individuals who are unable, for reasons such as breaks in employment as a result of injury or carer responsibilities, to meet the income test requirements to enter the pathway. 

The US President attacked the media again today, prompting Malcolm Turnbull to quote Winston Churchill in response. Source: 1 NEWS

The two Prime Ministers have welcomed these additional flexibilities, and looked forward to the pathway being implemented in a manner sensitive to the real-life challenges faced by those on Special Category Visas.

The Prime Ministers reaffirmed their deep concern at the conflict in Syria, which is entering its seventh year and underlined that only a negotiated political solution in Syria could provide a lasting peace.

They also recognised the valuable work of the joint Australia-New Zealand Building Partner Capacity mission in Iraq. 

Over the past two years, the mission has provided training to approaching 20,000 Iraqi Security Forces and has improved the ability and success of Iraqi troops in combatting ISIS in Iraq, including in the efforts to liberate Mosul.

Australian and NZ leaders still forging a personal relationship, but could be forced together on how to deal with Trump. Source: 1 NEWS



'All it's done is make our firefighters' jobs harder' - wet cloud causing delays in containment of Port Hills fire

Wet cloud is causing delays in the containment of the Port Hills fire, forcing aircrafts to remain grounded. 

Rural Fire incident controller Richard McNamara said the firefighters have had some bad days, but they were able to contain the fire today and it was getting better until the wet cloud arrived.

"This isn't rain, this is just wet cloud and all it's done is make our firefighters' jobs harder," he said.

"We can't fly because the aircraft can't get enough visual clearance to fly and so our firefighters are having to work in this crud."

He said wet cloud would be "fantastic" four days from now, because the crews would have had time to build a better containment line.

"We would have had this fire far more under control," said Mr McNamara.

Cordons lifted

The cordons at the corner of Early Valley Road and Old Tai Tapu Road and at the corner of Osterholts Road and Old Tai Tapu Road have been lifted.

The lifting of these cordons and the earlier lifting of the cordon at the corner of Cashmere Road and Penruddock Rise, means there are now no cordons on Old Tai Tapu Road.

Much of Westmorland has now reopened, allowing more than 1000 people to return to their homes.

The cordon at the corner of Cashmere Road and Penruddock Rise was lifted earlier this afternoon and residents were able to return to those properties, with access to this area only available from the east.

All other cordons remain in place as risk assessments take place.

Shalamar Dr, Cashmere Road between Hendersons Road and Kaiwara Street, and Penruddock Rise are now open.

Confusion still remains

Evacuated Christchurch residents said earlier they're frustrated with mixed messages from Civil Defence about when they'll be able to return home.

Residents around Penruddock Rise, were told there was a meeting at 1pm to discuss cordons, and they'll be told shortly after if they'll be allowed back into their homes.

One man, who didn't want to appear on camera, said he was allowed up to his house earlier this morning.

He asked if he could leave to pick up his wife and cat and then return, and was told yes. However on return they weren't allowed back up.

The Poutakawaenga (Maori) liason for the Fire Service, Paki Johnston told Te Karere he entered Worsleys Road with some family members for them tho see the state of houses and get essentials.

Mr Johnston said he did not know if they'd be able to access the top of the road, where four of the 11 houses destroyed by the Port Hills fire were.

However, Civil Defence spokesperson, Ross Pringle said Worsleys Road residents have not accessed their properties today.

He said while it's on the agenda for Civil Defence there has been no officially sanctioned allowance for this action.

Police are making efforts to contact Worsleys Rd homeowners to organise a visit to view their properties, Mr Pringle said.

"It could happen later today," he said.

Vikki Pflaum, who lost her long-time family home this week when the blaze reached upper Worsleys Rd, said police at the cordon told her she may be granted access tomorrow.

Mrs Pflaum said no one is allowed to enter the road.

Around 1000 Cantabrians are still unable to return home as Civil Defence advises that cordons are still in place around the Port Hills.

Dave Wayman left a message below a post about the cordons on the Christchurch Civil Defence Emergency Management Facebook page.

"It would be good to watch what we can and can't do to access areas within the cordons that aren't evacuated," he wrote.

Members of the public are advised to stay away from the yellow line.
Members of the public are advised to stay away from the yellow line. Source: 1 NEWS

Writing on the same thread Lolohea Ofa Fakahua wrote "this is absurd".

On a different post on the page this morning David McKinnon vented his frustration.

"What's that feeling, when you're currently evacuated with a pet for the third day and just want to know if you can go home and the information available to you is fragmented".

Earlier today Civil Defence indicated the cordon would remain in place at least until the end of today.

The 'Tai Tapu Hillbillies' - contractors helping with the Port Hills fires have a well earned break.
The 'Tai Tapu Hillbillies' - contractors helping with the Port Hills fires have a well earned break. Source: 1 NEWS

Many are still wearing clothes from Wednesday and are desperate to feed their pets. Source: 1 NEWS

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'This could be the second strike' - if Dan Carter screws up again he could be out, expert says

A marketing expert says former All Black Dan Carter's drink driving incident will be a second strike for him with his French rugby club, and if he gets a third "it could be that he's out".

French publication L'Equipe today reported the Racing 92 star was stopped by police at a checkpoint where he was caught over the limit and not carrying a driver's licence.

Following the news Carter posted an apology on his Facebook page, conceding he made "a massive error of judgment" and is glad no one was harmed.

University of Auckland marketing senior lecturer Bodo Lang says while he doesn't expect Carter will be fired for the mistake, he will face some kind of reprimand. 

"Dan Carter has allegedly used a particular type of steroid before so this is the second time he has seems to have overstepped boundaries," he said, referring to allegations that Carter was later cleared of. 

He says Racing 92 would be crazy not to react to the incident, considering he has a salary of "reportedly $2 million per season".

"If you receive that sort of reward, you need to be really squeaky clean on the field and off the field," he said.

"This is clearly the second time he has had an issue off the field... it won't end his career but it will put a little question mark on it."

Mr Lang doesn't believe Carter will lose fans as a result of the ordeal.

"Some people will take this very personally and say look, he has betrayed our trust… But at the end of the day what it really comes down to is how successful somebody is and he is very successful."

And moving forward he expects the rugby star may even get some new sponsorship deals.

"I think we all like a morally complex character and I think being very successful in rugby is fantastic, but this is giving him a different side."

"I think having being caught drink driving, and quite to an extent, will make him interesting for a different type of sponsor," he said.

Marketing expert Bodo Lang said the former All Black's drink driving incident will be his second strike. Source: 1 NEWS