Wellington catering company which employs refugees proving so successful it needs a new kitchen

Pomegranate kitchen only launched eight month ago but it’s a hit. Source: 1 NEWS

Watch: Jacinda Ardern admits Government not 'most open, most transparent' after questioning by Simon Bridges in Parliament

The Prime Minister admitted today the Government has not lived up to the commitment to "be the most open, most transparent Government that New Zealand has ever had", after being questioned by Simon Bridges over the chief technology officer saga. 

Former Associate Open Government Minister Clare Curran made the commitment in November last year.

In August Ms Curran was stripped of her Open Government and Digital Services responsibilities after not disclosing a meeting for the second time and resigned earlier this month from her other portfolios after a poor performance while answering questions in Parliament.

"Clare Curran's failure to accurately answer parliamentary questions about her meeting with [Derek] Handley did not meet my or the former Minister's expectation," Ms Ardern said today in Parliament. 

Derek Handley was offered the role of chief technology officer, which was subsequently retracted by new Digital Services Minister Megan Woods, costing the taxpayer a $100,000 payout. 

At the beginning of the month, Ms Curran admitted she had conducted Government business on her personal Gmail account

Mr Bridges today asked the Prime Minister if she had used private Gmail in correspondence with Ms Curran. 

"Primarily I conduct my business across my parliamentary accounts, but I want to ensure that I answer the member with accuracy, so if he wishes to put them down in detail, then I will do so," Ms Ardern answered. 

Ms Ardern said she recalled her only contact with Mr Handley as Prime Minister was a text message she received from him, to which deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters piped up saying: "Has the Prime Minister contemplated putting the leader of the National Party out of his misery by leaking the email?"


Fourteen Kiwis deported from Australia arrive in Auckland, will be supervised as they reintegrate into NZ

Fourteen people deported from Australia have been met by authorities at Auckland International Airport today according to police.

Police say the group of 12 men and 2 women arrived on an Australian chartered aircraft this morning under Australian escort.

The individuals will now be supervised subject to standard release conditions, which include reporting to a probation officer and restrictions on where the individual can live.

They may also be required to participate in a rehabilitation or reintegration programme.

Police say that between 1 January 2015 and 3 August 2018, 1394 New Zealanders have been removed from Australia since the amendment of Australian legislation in December 2014.

Police will not confirm the identities of returning individuals, or discuss their backgrounds.

There have been delays at Auckland Airport
Plane (file). Source: 1 NEWS


Six injured, four seriously, as car and campervan collide on SH1 north of Timaru

St John Ambulance have confirmed six people have been injured as a result of a two-vehicle crash on State Highway One at Orari north of Timaru. 

Emergency services were called to the scene on the stretch of road known as the Canterbury Pacific Highway at 3.40pm.

Police say the crash was reported to be between a car and a campervan.

St John Ambulance spokesperson Ngaire Jones says four people have suffered serious injuries with two further people suffering moderate injuries. 

Two of the seriously injured patients have been driven by ambulance to Timaru Hospital.  

The other two seriously injured patients were airlifted to Christchurch and Dunedin respectively along with the remaining two patients.      

The road was closed with diversions in place while emergency services attended.

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

Watch: Great spotted kiwi charges hikers in rare daytime encounter on Heaphy Track

A rare daytime encounter with a kiwi protecting its territory has been captured on camera by a family hiking on the Tasman Region's iconic Heaphy Track.

The footage was taken by Areta Milne, who was walking the track with her mother Marian on Sunday, September 9 when they spotted the kiwi.

At first the kiwi seems curious to meet his visitors, but then begins snapping its beak at the pair before charging them.

Areta and Marian then back away respectfully leaving the native bird to go about his business.

The family believe the kiwi, which they have identified as a great spotted kiwi, lunged at them as it was protecting its nest.

Department of Conservation's Principal Science Advisor Hugh Robertson gave 1 NEWS his insight into the encounter.

"It is pretty unusual for a great spotted kiwi to be out and about during the day, but perhaps it was recently disturbed from its daytime den. Sick/starving/blind birds can sometimes be out and about in daylight. 

"The bird is either a male or a subadult, and I think the latter is most likely judging by its apparent size.

"This video clip is a good opportunity to remind people that our wildlife, including kiwi, are wild animals and should be given space. It's an offence to touch or hold kiwi without permission from DOC," Mr Robertson said.

The Milne family also hope their video will highlight kiwi conservation in New Zealand and don't want to reveal the exact location where the encounter took place so the kiwi isn't disturbed.