Watch: Sculpture of Environment Minister Nick Smith defecating in glass of water unveiled during Christchurch protest

A sculpture of Environment Minister Nick Smith defecating into a glass of clean water has been placed outside Ecan in central Christchurch this morning.

Around 20 protesters turned out to support artist Sam Mahon to highlight water pollution issues.

Mahon says when he grew up he could swim and drink freely from almost every river in Canterbury, now he can't.

He says it's one of the biggest issues the country faces and the Environment Minister needs to act on it.

"Ninety one per cent of our rivers are now polluted… I want my daughter to grow up having the same childhood I had."

The protesters are hoping their actions raise awareness and get people talking so they can tackle the issue together.

When asked what he thought of the statue Nick Smith said: "It's a free world ... people should be able to express their political opinions without having people's private parts out in the public arena."

He said, however, he's "not too concerned about it, you get pretty thick skinned in the trade I'm in."

National Party leader Bill English said during Thurday's first TVNZ leaders debate that National is cleaning up New Zealand's rivers.

"It is important we have clean rivers, it's part of our international brand and part of our Kiwi values and that's why over the last seven years we've worked with the land and water forum".

Yesterday Mr Smith filed a complaint with police alleging protestors rubbed rat poison over his face and clothes at a Nelson market.

Sam Mahon says his sculpture is to highlight water pollution issues. Source: 1 NEWS



Ozzy Osbourne confirms two New Zealand shows as part of farewell world tour

Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed two final shows in New Zealand in March 2019 as part of his farewell world tour, No More Tours 2.

The former Black Sabbath singer will play shows in Christchurch at Horncastle Arena on March 13 and Auckland’s Spark Arena on March 16.

Heavy metal legends Judas Priest, who are on their first New Zealand tour, will open for Osbourne.

The 69-year-old will celebrate a career which began in 1968 when Black Sabbath was formed alongside long-time collaborators, guitarist Zakk Wylde, Blasko on bass, drummer Tommy Clufetos and Adam Wakeman on keyboards.

Ozzy Osbourne.


Police on the hunt after man seriously hurt in Hamilton shooting

A man has sustained serious injuries after being shot in Hamilton last night

Police responded to Derby Street, Nawton at 10:25pm after receiving reports of a shooting.

An investigation is underway to establish exactly what has occurred and inquiries are being made to find the offenders, who left the scene in a car.

A scene examination on Derby Street will continue this morning.

Police car generic.
Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS

Police are keen to talk to anyone who was in the area last night and may have information of interest to the investigation.

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Record number of happy punters as two win Powerball, 40 win Lotto first division

There were a lot more ecstatic Kiwi punters than usual last night, with two lucky Powerball players winning $2.5 million each and a record 40 players winning Lotto First Division.

Never before in the Lotto's 31-year history have that many winners been announced in a single draw. The 38 first division winners (without Powerball) will take home $25,000 each.

The winning Powerball tickets were sold at a Countdown supermarket in Hastings and at New Brighton Lotto & Discounter in Christchurch.

It follows a winning $7.2 million Powerball draw just a week earlier, sold from a Pak'n Save in Silverdale. As of yet, however, no one has come forward to claim it.

Some winners might be slightly disappointed by their haul from last night’s draw, while two others claimed over $2.5 million. Source: Breakfast


Strong growth expected in GDP figures to be released this morning

All eyes are on the country's financial performance this morning with economists expecting strong growth.

The latest GDP figures are due for release, with ASB tipping they'll show strong quarterly growth.

Westpac have forecast the annual rate of growth to hold steady at 2.7 percent and both banks are picking a 0.9 per cent rise for the quarter.

Eyes are on the country’s financial performance this morning, with ASB tipping strong quarterly growth. Source: Breakfast