'We both know the cruelty of nature' - Aussie PM reiterates Anzac mateship on NZ visit

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has met with Bill English today, saying the help his country has offered Christchurch for the Port Hills fire is a "continuation of the great Anzac spirit".

Mr Turnbull laid a wreath at the Arrowtown war memorial this morning, where he called Australia and New Zealand "the closest of family".

"The Anzac tradition of mateship, solidarity and selflessness is part of our DNA," he said.

Mr Turnbull praised helicopter pilot Steve Askin who died on Tuesday fighting the fires.

He said the ex-SAS soldier "was doing what he was doing in Afghanistan, selflessly serving, courageously serving his country".

Mr Turnbull and Mr English will hold a summit in Queenstown this afternoon.

It's expected the two leaders will discuss future trade deals including whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership could continue without the United States, asylum seekers held in Australia's offshore detention centres and the rights of New Zealanders in Australia.

The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met with Bill English today, and laid a wreath in Arrowtown. Source: 1 NEWS


Man in serious condition following assault near Christchurch mall

A 41-year-old man is in a serious but stable condition in a Christchurch hospital, following an attack in the early hours this morning.

Police have cordoned off an area beside the Hornby Mall, on Shands Road, for a scene examination.

It is expected to be cleared by midday today.

Police are continuing to investigate the scene to establish what occurred.

Source: 1 NEWS


Police in stand-off with man barricaded in Huntly house

Police are currently involved in an ongoing stand-off in Huntly, which started around 2am this morning.

The eight-hour stand off began when police were called to a home on Harris St, where a man and woman had been fighting.

Upon arriving at the scene, police found the man had locked himself inside and was refusing to come out. 

At 9am, he was still refusing to come out of the home and police negotiators are currently on site, Waikato police Senior Sergeant Charles Burgess told Stuff.

"He's barricaded himself in the house and is threatening to harm himself," Senior Sergeant Burgess said.

He's not known to have access to any guns, Burgess said but does have access to knives and other items inside the home. 

"A police negotiation team are trying to speak to the man so we can bring an end to this event."

A section of the road has been cordoned off and detours are in place.

No one else is inside the home and no one has been injured.

Police emergency scene
Police emergency scene Source: 1 NEWS


Truck rolls causes road closure in Tararua

A truck has rolled in Tararua and is blocking lanes in both directions.

The truck rolled on Pahiatua Aokautere Road, also known as the Pahiatua Track, about 7.40am this morning.

The driver sustained moderate injuries. 

No other vehicles were involved.

Police are advising motorists to use an alternative route.

A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle
A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle. Source: 1 NEWS

Man dies in overnight crash near Gisborne

A man has died following a crash involving a car and truck on State Highway 35 near Gisborne last night.

The driver of the car died at the scene.

Emergency services were called to the scene near Makarori Beach Road at around 9pm.

The road was closed overnight, for the Serious Crash Unit to investigate, but has since been reopened.

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