Watch: 'That's why she's ranked 38' - Winston brutally cuts down candidate after controversial Treaty remarks

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has delivered a slap down to one of the party's candidates after she promised to scrap the Waitangi Tribunal and remove all references to the Treaty of Waitangi from legislation.

Candidate Kym Koloni who's number 38 on the party list, reportedly made the comments at a meet the candidates event in Northcote on Auckland's North Shore last night.

She said NZ First is the only "colour-blind" party and it wants to scrap race-based policies and the Waitangi Tribunal, "remove Resource Management Act iwi clauses" and "remove all references to the Treaty of Waitangi from legislation".

Asked today has Ms Koloni been told off for her remarks, Mr Peters replied: "That's why she's ranked 38."

He then laughed and said "sorry" to media recording the moment.

He had earlier said the comments did not reflect party policy. 

Kym Koloni claimed NZ First wants to remove all references to the Treaty of Waitangi from legislation. Source: 1 NEWS


One dead, two injured in Te Kuiti crash

A person died and two others were injured in a single car crash in Te Kuiti tonight.

Police say the car rolled on Waitete Road/SH30, near Cotter Street, shortly before 9pm.

One person died at the scene and two others were transported to hospital by ambulance in moderate conditions.

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating and police say the road will be closed for some time.

Diversions are in place and police have asked that motorists are patient if they experience delays.

Police Source: 1 NEWS


Chorus subcontractors 'exploiting' immigrant workers says minister after investigation

Dozens of Chorus subcontractors rolling-out ultra fast broadband have breached minimum employment standards.

An investigation by the Labour Inspectorate has found 73 subcontractors in Auckland failed to keep employment records, pay the minimum wage and provide employment agreements.

Labour Inspectorate national manager Stu Lumsden said the breaches involved immigrant workers.

"In a number of cases it was found that contractors deliberately used practices such as 'volunteering' or extended trial and training periods without pay," he said.

He said it was disappointing a project of this size had failed to ensure basic employment standards.

"Many of these employees represent a vulnerable section of the New Zealand workforce that often aren't aware of their minimum employment rights and are concerned with their visa status," he said.

Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said the behaviour was not acceptable.

"This activity is in breach of minimum employment standards required by law, it is clearly exploiting migrants, and it is a timely reminder why the government is strengthening employment law to protect vulnerable workers," Mr Lees-Galloway said.

"It is bad for workers, it is bad for our reputation and ultimately, bad for our economy," he said.

E tū union spokesperson Joe Gallagher said the practice was alarming, but not surprising.

"We have known about the effect of this contracting model since they started it," he said.

Mr Gallagher said Chorus needed to shoulder the responsibility.

A spokesperson at Chorus said the company was "disappointed' by the findings of the investigation.

The company had no further comment until after it meets with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment tomorrow.

More than 70 Chorus subcontractors breached employment rules with immigrant workers, the Labour Inspectorate has found. Source:


Big plans for NZ avocado exports to China - 'it's a market of huge opportunity and huge challenge'

The industry group New Zealand Avocado says it has big plans to grow exports to China now that access to the market has been secured.

The first commercial shipment of avocados from growers in the Bay of Plenty and Far North arrived in China last week.

The shipment followed years of preparations, inspections, trialling and certification by Chinese and New Zealand authorities.

The chief executive of New Zealand Avocado, Jen Scoular said about 40,000 trays of avocados would be sent to China this season, but that was just the beginning.

"We're anticipating that that market would take five or six hundred thousand trays withing five or six years," she said.

Most avocados sold in China are from Mexico, Chile, and Peru.

Ms Scoular said competition was tough as these countries already had well established relationships.

"We're certainly very happy to have access to the China market, but [also] aware that it is a market of huge opportunity and huge challenge, " she said.

Ms Scoular said the industry needed to work with other exporters to promote New Zealand avocados.

Avocado sales in Thailand taking off

Avocados are gaining more popularity and preference in Thailand, New Zealand Avocado said.

The industry group said avocado exports to Thailand had experienced significant growth in the past five years, from 3,000 trays imported in 2013 to a forecast 150,000 trays for 2018.

One tray is equal to 5.5kgs.

New Zealand Trade Commissioner Ryan Freer commended the ongoing success and growth of the New Zealand avocado industry and commented on the strong relations being built between the two countries.

"Thailand is a leading market for New Zealand avocado consumption growth in Asia. We have seen a growing interest from Thai consumers seeking premium imported produce from New Zealand, and New Zealand avocados are benefitting from a healthy diet and lifestyle trend." Mr Freer said. - Maja Burry

Avocado file image.
Avocado file image. Source: Wikimedia Commons, Susan Slater

Fair Go: Serial concrete cowboy Gordon Bayne still ripping people off

For over a decade Fair Go has reported on the botched jobs of concrete cowboy and serial liar Gordon Bayne. For over a decade, he has sworn that he will mend his ways, but then – Fair Go hears about a new batch of victims.

His modus operandi is to quote low, take a large deposit, do a minimal amount of work, then not return to the job and be impossible to get hold of.

So how do you go about getting a good concrete job? It’s basically about doing your research, taking heed of all the warning signs, and not being driven entirely by price.

A cheap job will turn out to be exactly that – a job where the contractor is skimping on something – preparation, materials, expertise etc.

And use a professional – like the members of the Concrete Contractors Association who have a code of ethics, a code of conduct, guarantee their work and – really really want to get rid of the concrete cowboys.

Gordon Bayne has left a trail of misery for over a decade, promising much, taking the money, and delivering very little. Source: Fair Go