TVNZ to screen 2018 Commonwealth Games free-to-air

TVNZ will screen extensive free-to-air coverage of the Commonwealth Games after winning the broadcast rights for the 2018 event on Australia's Gold Coast.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will run from April 4-18, and will be shown exclusively on TV ONE and TVNZ's sports channel, in addition to live online streaming, highlights and delayed broadcasts on TVNZ OnDemand and ONE News Now. 

The deal also ensured broadcasters across the Pacific are able to access live coverage and highlights.

Take a trip down memory lane for one of NZ swimming's greatest moments: Anna Simcic taking gold at the 1990 Auckland Games. Source: 1 NEWS

TVNZ has broadcast coverage for all but the last two editions of the Games, and was host broadcaster in Christchurch in 1974 and in Auckland 16 years later.

"Nothing brings us together as a nation like a major sporting competition and that's why free to air coverage of the big events always delivers such big audiences," TVNZ's director of content Jeff Latch says.

"Kiwis love to cheer on our national athletes and with the 2018 Games so close to home, we think public interest will be very high." 

November 27, 1962: The Kiwi athlete obliterates his competition at the final of the three-mile race in Perth. Source: TVNZ


Melbourne dad kills son after row over burnt omelette, court hears

Twenty minutes after an argument with his son about a burnt omelette, Peter John Smith assembled his shotgun, walked calmly inside and fired two fatal rounds into his son's chest.

Andrew Smith was 30 years old, a father of two little boys and several weeks into his latest attempt at getting off drugs.

He'd spent the afternoon having a few drinks in the backyard of his family's suburban Melbourne home with mum Kathleen and later his dad, and had gone inside with her to cook omelettes for tea.

It was just a week before Christmas last year.

In a Supreme Court plea hearing today, crown prosecutor Mark Rochford QC said Andrew went outside and tossed a burnt omelette on the ground, upsetting Smith who thought their dog might get sick.

"F*** the dogs, f*** you. You'll be dead in a year," he told his father, who had recently had bowel cancer surgery.

Smith tried to punch his son, missed and the pair wrestled on the ground for a moment before Andrew went inside to bed.

Smith sat down for dinner with his wife, put on his dressing gown and went to the caravan parked in their driveway.

From under the bed he retrieved a shotgun, assembled it, put ammunition inside and walked back to the house.

He passed his wife on the way, telling her "I'm going to kill the c*** and kill myself".

She didn't think he was serious and replied, "yeah right, of course you are".

He continued inside, opened his son's bedroom door, turned on the light and fired two shots through his son's chest. Both caused fatal injuries.

Smith dismantled the gun, left it in the living room and went outside to tell his wife to call the police.

He later told investigators: "I think I might have lost it a bit".

Smith, who is in his early 70s, pleaded guilty to murder in July. He also admitted possessing unregistered rifles and a shotgun.

His lawyer Richard Edney said Smith was suffering from undiagnosed and untreated depression.

He said his son Andrew had been in a repetitive cycle of using ice, synthetic marijuana and abstinence.

The Smiths had paid between $30,000 and $40,000 for him to attend rehab, while also supporting him at home.

Mr Edney said Smith told police he had "just had enough over the years", leading Justice Andrew Tinney to suggest the egg argument may have been the last straw.

"I couldn't put up with any more. Just making everyone miserable," Smith told police.

Justice Tinney was unconvinced depression played a role in Smith's actions. He also said it did not appear to be a case of someone snapping and flying off the handle.

"Although incredibly unexpected and extreme behaviour, it was not some momentary loss of judgment," he said.

He said trying to explain Mr Smith's actions that night may be impossible.

Smith will be sentenced at a later date.

Loading bullets into a shotgun
Loading bullets into a shotgun. Source: Breakfast


Queensland shark attack victim identified as Hannah Papps, 12, who lives in Melbourne with Kiwi parents

The young girl attacked by a shark in Queensland yesterday afternoon has been identified as 12-year-old Hannah Papps, who lives in Melbourne with her New Zealand parents.

Hannah was rescued by helicopter from Cid Harbour in the Whitsunday Islands yesterday after being bitten on the upper leg by a shark.

The girl, who was holidaying with her father and sister, was flown to the Mackay Base Hospital in a critical condition where she underwent surgery.

Father David Papps, a Christchurch born engineer, flew alongside his daughter, now residing in a specialist children's hospital in Brisbane.

Emergency services say the young girl lost a lot of blood in the Whitsunday Islands attack. Source: Breakfast

Queensland Ambulance Service operations manager Tracey Eastwick said the girl had lost a significant amount of blood after she was mauled on the thigh.

"It is horrific ... for us as a community of paramedics it is quite confronting to have two similar incidents in the space of less than 24 hours," she told reporters in Mackay.

"In north Queensland, shark attacks are not that common."

The last attack in the area was eight years ago.

Papps is the second victim of a shark attack in less than 24 hours, with Australian Justine Barwick bitten while snorkeling in the same stretch of water.

The girl is Hannah Papps, who lives in Melbourne with her New Zealand parents. Source: 1 NEWS


Protestors occupy roof of Aussie slaughterhouse accused of drowning pigs in scalding water

More than 20 protesters have climbed up to the roof of a South Australian slaughterhouse they accuse of being involved in animal cruelty practices.

The activists will remain on the rooftop of the Strathalbyn business until the day's slaughter has concluded or they are allowed to enter the facility with cameras, Aussie Farms spokesman Chris Delforce said.

"The reality behind the neatly packaged products on supermarket shelves is the brutal slaughter of an animal who desperately didn't want to die," Mr Delforce said.

Hidden camera footage released in August depicted evidence of the alleged cruelty inside the slaughterhouse, including pigs drowning in scalding water and sheep, pigs and cattle being stunned.

Mr Delforce said the use of hidden cameras is necessary in an industry "hidden in secrecy".

"Consumers have a right to know what they're paying for when they purchase meat, dairy and egg products," he said.

"Hidden camera footage has proven to be the only alternative to the happy imagery and feel-good buzzwords forced on them daily through clever marketing."

The protest is being staged by Aussie Farms and another animal rights organisation, Adelaide Animal Save.


Qantas expands Asian routes in deal with Cathay Pacific

Qantas customers will have more options to fly across southeast Asia under a new agreement with Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific.

The pair have signed a codeshare agreement that will allow Qantas customers to book flights on Cathay Pacific routes from Hong Kong to Perth and Cairns and to 10 cities across India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

In turn, Cathay Pacific customers will be able to book flights on 13 Qantas domestic routes.

Qantas International chief executive Alison Webster said today the partnership was part of the flying kangaroo's growth strategy in the broader Asian region.

There's "strong demand" for travel between Australia and Asia, Ms Webster said in a statement.

The two airlines fly more than 100 services a week between Hong Kong and Australia, with the new coded flights starting October 28.

Qantas shares were up 5.0 cents, up 0.84 per cent, to $6.02 today.

Melbourne, Australia - November 19, 2012: Qantas Airways Airbus A380 registered VH-OQF takes off as QF93 to Los Angeles (LAX) from Melbourne International Airport at Tullamarine, Victoria.
Qantas plane (file picture). Source: