'When you're an athlete you control everything, but now this little human inside of you is controlling you' - mum-to-be Dame Valerie Adams

With Mother's Day just around the corner, four-time world and two-time Olympic champion Dame Valerie Adams opened up to Seven Sharp tonight about her pregnancy.

Dame Valerie says she is feeling "really, really good" at the 18 week stage, but said the first 13 weeks of the pregnancy "were pretty rough".

"I think when you are an athlete you tend to control everything, when now this little human inside of you is controlling you," she said.

The Kiwi shot put legend has been invested as a Dame Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit at Government House in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

"Now I have gotten used to it though, I am back smashing it at training which is really good."

Dame Valerie says she has always wanted to be a mother her whole life and had planned on getting pregnant after the Olympics in 2016.

Like most things in her life, the determined athlete reached her goal, and now she is looking forward to the next chapter that motherhood will bring.

Dame Valerie says the first 13 weeks of pregnancy 'were pretty rough'. Source: Seven Sharp

Ridesharing service Ola to begin operating in New Zealand early next month

An alternative to ridesharing app Uber is expected to launch in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in the coming weeks.

Ola, which was founded in India in 2011, is looking for drivers from Tuesday, where they hope to begin taking on customers in two to three weeks, Stuff reports.

Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal says he is "excited to build a local team and business in New Zealand and provide a healthy contribution to the nation's local transport infrastructure".

Currently operating in India, Australia and the UK, the company claims to have more than 125 million users taking around 1 billion rides per year.

The app has safety features in place, including an emergency button which sends ride details to friends, family and emergency services, as well as real-time tracking of the car's location.

The company launched in Australia in February, where it employs more than 50,000 drivers in seven major cities. It began operating in the UK last month.

Ola will join Uber, New Zealand-based company Zoomy and female-only service DriveHer in the ridesharing market.

Research presented at a sleep conference includes results from an Australian survey
Research presented at a sleep conference includes results from an Australian survey Source: Photos.com


Readers' photo gallery: Early spring snow continues to wreak havoc in South Island

Snow warnings are in place, a section of State Highway 94 has been closed and households across central Otago remain without power as wild weather continues to batter the South Island this morning.

Fox Peak Ski Area near Fairlie was looking at a season without much snow, until last night. Source: 1 NEWS

Arrowtown saw an early spring snowfall overnight, 17 September 2018. Source: Sophia Purdon

Around 500 households also remain without power across central Otago, including all of Glenorchy, Lower Shotover, Speargrass Flat, Arthurs Point, Alexandra, Tarras, Dalefield and Frankton.

Aurora is working to have power restored to the affected homes as soon as possible but it will take time to due to damaged power lines.

Usually snow is a good thing for a ski field, but it couldn’t clear the roads fast enough to open this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

Arrowtown. Source: Jesse Van Grinsven

Meanwhile, SH94 from Te Anau to Milford Sound has been closed this morning due to a high avalanche risk.

Queenstown. Source: Thomas Martin

An early spring dump of snow fell on Te Anau overnight, 17 September 2018. Source: Alana Pullar

Arrowtown saw an early spring snowfall overnight, 17 September 2018. Source: Sophia Purdon

Arrowtown. Source: Jess Van Grinsven

A heavy snow warning is in place on the Lindis Pass (SH8 Tarras to Omarama).

A snow warning remains in place for Crown Range Road, where up to an extra 3 centimetres of snow was expected overnight.

The Ministry of Education said they are unaware of any early childhood centres or school closures today.

Arrowtown saw an early spring snowfall overnight, 17 September 2018. Source: Sophia Purdon

Source: James Penwell

Bridesdale Queenstown. Source: Kate Tonks

Te Anau. Source: Phillip Robertson

Snow on the Crown Range. Source: NZTA

View readers' photos from this week's big white out:

In many places power was cut, schools were closed and flights cancelled. Source: 1 NEWS


'What do you want to be?' is not the right question to ask young people - career counsellor

A career counsellor says she's had parents asking her to see their intermediate-age children for career counselling, but her message to them is they should let them play.

Hana Lambert told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp the pressure on school students to decide on a career can be ridiculous.

"I've had Year Eight, intermediate students, their parents wanting me to see them for career counselling. Now it's a little bit like 'let them play!'" she said.

A group of Albany Senior High School students said the pressure is on them to choose.

"You're expected to make a choice about whether or not you're going to go to uni, or if you want to take a gap year, or if you want to travel? What do I do?" one student said.

Another said: "People do say, 'You don't have to choose right away.' But the subjects you choose in Year 11 set you up for Year 12. And the ones you choose in Year 12 ones set you up for year 13."

Ms Lambert said 'What do you want to be?' is not the right question to ask young people.

"That's the quintessential question that every young person dreads. I think that when young people say, 'Yes, yes, I've got it all sorted', it's a bit of a deflection to keep people off their backs."

Some Albany Senior High School students have had enough with the mixed messages they receive.

"We're told, 'You're going to work so many careers in your life because machines are doing jobs now.' But then we're also being asked to decide what we want to do for the rest of our lives. Those are two very different messages," one said.

Ms Lambert says many parents are not up to speed on how the workforce has changed. 

"A while ago, to have a portfolio that said you were only somewhere for two years was a bit of a flag - 'why are they chopping and changing?' Whereas now, having a long time in one industry or one job can sometimes be seen as, 'Oh, why have they been there that long. Are they afraid to tackle change?'

"It's not a career for life now, it is a starting point," she said.

A career expert says the question is putting a lot of pressure on young people. Source: Seven Sharp

'Nobody's judging them' - Christchurch's Unforgetaball brings hundreds of special needs revellers together

It's not the biggest ball in the country - but you'd be hard pushed to find bigger smiles.

The Unforgetaball in Christchurch brings together hundreds of special needs revellers for a night to remember.

The ball is the brain child of doting mums Linda te Kaat and Tania Grose.

"We thought we might only get a few people along the first year, but we completely sold out and it's just got bigger and bigger and bigger," Linda told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp.

Shelley Water, a mum of one of the attendees, is grateful for the Unforgetaball.

"A lot of our young ones don't get to go to their school balls, a lot do but for some it's a bit more difficult.

"I think Linda and Tanya had a vision where they thought, 'Let's have a ball where young ones can come and feel safe and nobody's looking at them and nobody's judging them' and it was so successful," Shelley says.

The ball has a DJ, band, disco ball, and, of course, a stretch limousine.

Making sure some special youngsters also get to enjoy their own special night.

Mike Thorpe met two ball-goers who like to work hard and play hard. Source: Seven Sharp