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

Speed limits to increase to up to 100km/h near Auckland's Waterview Tunnel

Variable speed limits will be increased around Auckland's new Waterview Tunnel to allow maximum speeds of 100km/h.

Variable speed limits allow the speed limit to be changed depending on the traffic flow.

The New Zealand Transport Agency says variable speed limits will be extended on sections of State Highways 16 and 20 around the Waterview Tunnel to allow maximum speeds of 100km/h.

"We want to ensure that people's journeys on the motorway are as safe and easy as we can make them. Variable speeds are increasingly being used to match speed limits with the conditions and provide the right balance between safety and keeping traffic flowing smoothly," said Brett Gliddon, NZTA's System Design Manager.

Mr Gliddon said since opening the Waterview Tunnel  NZTA has been monitoring the operational and safety performance on the state highways around the tunnel, as well as taking on board customer and stakeholder feedback.

"The motorway system around the tunnel and through the central motorway junction is complex with higher traffic volumes and a significant amount of lane changing and the speed limits need to reflect these conditions while also ensuring we keep motorists safe," he said.

Speed limits inside the tunnel will remain at 80km/h to manage the higher risks associated with an enclosed tunnel environment, Mr Gliddon said.

Additional physical infrastructure needs to be installed on the motorway system, and a legal process completed before the variable speed limits can be put in place, and that process is now underway, he said.

The $1.4 billion tunnel opened to traffic at the start of July following delays with the project.

It links the Southwestern and Northwestern motorways, providing a 48 kilometre motorway alternative route.

1 NEWS stuck a Go Pro camera to a car and took a spin on the new piece of road. Source: 1 NEWS


Watch: 'Go back to your ching-chong land' - student from Auckland high school caught racially abusing and attacking Chinese peer

An Auckland high school has become embroiled in a racism scandal, with footage emerging of a student telling a Chinese peer to "go back to your ching-chong land" and attacking him.

The footage has been addressed by Westlake Boys High School Principal David Ferguson who told 1 NEWS action has been taken.

Mr Ferguson says: "We have been working with the family of the student involved in the incident on the video and are continuing to offer our support. A disciplinary process is underway with regards to the incident in the video."

He also said a staff member at the school, who allegedly made "insensitive comments" in a separate incident, has been "dealt with".

It is not yet clear what these "insensitive comments" from a staff member are race related, but they are addressed in the same email sent to 1 NEWS in which Mr Ferguson addresses the racist comments from the student in the video.

The footage taken on a phone by a Chinese student shows a fellow Westlake Boys student saying: "Go back to your ching-chong land. I don't care where you go back to, don't come and annoy me."

The student making the comments then appears to attack the boy he's talking to.

Mr Ferguson adds that "all staff have been reminded of their duties around fairness and tolerance".

He says Westlake Boys is a diverse multi-cultural school, with the majority of their students born outside of New Zealand.  

A Chinese Maori Party candidate Wetex Kang is reportedly helping the student victims at the centre of the Westlake Boys racist comments.

"This kind of bullying has lasted for one month," Kang said.

"At the beginning, a teacher was alleged to have called the students 'idiots' with 'rich parents'.

"The principal only asked the teacher to apologise to the students.

"After that, some local students started to bully those Chinese students.

Mr Kang said the parents of the Westlake Boys student who had been bullied asked for help among the Chinese community and were directed to him.

"The victims called police for help at once but they did not get any response from the police," Mr Kang said.

"Last Friday, three Chinese students were seriously assaulted by some local students again," he said.