SBW, Ryan Crotty among host of All Blacks stars returning to face the Springboks

Strike weapons Beauden Barrett and Rieko Ioane are back in an All Blacks team looking to wrap up the Rugby Championship when they face South Africa in Wellington on Saturday.

Coach Steve Hansen has made nine personnel changes and a positional switch to his experimental starting team that saw off Argentina 46-24 in Nelson.

A fourth bonus point win from four matches would guarantee a third straight Rugby Championship crown for the world champions with two rounds of matches still to play.

Few would bet against it given the Springboks are coming off successive losses on the road and haven't won in New Zealand for nine years.

It hasn't stopped Hansen naming close to his strongest available team.

Barrett returns at five-eighth in place of Richie Mo'unga, in a first appearance since his four-try, 30-point haul against Australia at Eden Park.

One more Barrett try would give him 24 in the No.10 jersey, matching the world record set by his All Blacks predecessor Dan Carter.

Tryscoring specialist Ioane returns to the left wing, having recovered from a hamstring problem.

Six backline positions have new faces with Ben Smith the only player retained, although he moves to the right wing, with Jordie Barrett restored at fullback.

The halves and centres are both overhauled. Aaron Smith is halfback and Anton Lienert-Brown the outside centre while inside centre Ryan Crotty returns from a month on the sideline following a concussion early in the opening Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney.

There is a place on the bench for Sonny Bill Williams, whose recuperation from a shoulder injury stretches back nearly three months.

Up front is more settled.

First-choice flankers Sam Cane and Liam Squire are recalled while Luke Whitelock replaces fellow lock veteran Brodie Retallick, who is injured.

Barrett carried the bottles for the team against the Pumas and said he learned from the experience. Source: 1 NEWS

The other lock is Scott Barrett, who will start alongside brothers Jordie and Beauden.

Whitelock's return means three centurions are in a battle-hardened pack, alongside Owen Franks and captain Kieran Read.

Forwards Patrick Tuipulotu and Liam Coltman have won rare selections, both on the bench.

ALL BLACKS: Jordie Barrett, Ben Smith, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ryan Crotty, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (capt), Sam Cane, Liam Squire, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Karl Tu'inukuafe. Res: Liam Coltman, Tim Perry, Ofa Tuungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Sonny Bill Williams, Damian McKenzie.

Sonny Bill Williams and Ryan Crotty during the warm-up.
New Zealand All Blacks v Australian Wallabies. Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship test match. Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 25 August 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
All Blacks midfielders Sonny Bill Williams and Ryan Crotty during the warm-up. Source: Photosport


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Are there cracks in the coalition? Disagreement with NZ First forced Labour to abandon announcing details of Crown-Māori Relations portfolio

Cracks are appearing in the coalition Government with the the big influence of Winston Peters putting heat on the Prime Minister and hampering policy announcements and the passing of legislation.

1 NEWS understands disagreements within the coalition forced Labour to abandon announcing detail of its Crown-Māori Relations portfolio earlier this week.

Monday's cabinet meeting was a chance for the Government to lay out the detail of its new Crown-Māori portfolio, but in an unusual twist the information didn't follow.

"I'm not going to pre-announce cabinet papers," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said after the meeting.

1 NEWS now understands it was due to New Zealand First and Labour disagreeing over the detail in cabinet, postponing the announcement

In Parliament today, National's Gerry Brownlee said New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters "still hasn't stopped acting as prime minister. He is the veto on everything this Government does".

Mr Peters was unwilling to answer questions about the matter today.

Asked by 1 NEWS if New Zealand First veted the establishment of an agency for the Crown-Maori portfolio in the Ministry of Justice, he replied: "Well look I can't answer that question 'cause I don't have any recall of that."

"Send me a written question, I'll give you an answer because I'm not going to do it off the top of my head. I don't have a very present recall of that."

Asked why he can't recall given that cabinet was only held on Monday, Mr Peters said: "Well because I want to know the exact detail on that before I answer the question."

But NZ First minister Shane Jones didn't hide his contempt just yesterday, telling reporters: "[We] need to be realistic about what we can achieve in the next 24 months."

During Question Time today, National leader Simon Bridges asked the Prime Minister: "Can we no longer believe ministerial press statements unless they're signed off by Mr Peters?"

Ms Ardern replied: "No, ridiculous."

It is the latest issue in a string of disagreements.

Labour was set to repeal the three strikes law but was forced by NZ First to back down.

Then there's the refugee quota. Labour is keen to double it, but NZ First is in no hurry. 

And recently there's been disagreement on employment law, including whether to scrap the youth pay rate.

Asked recently on TVNZ1's Q+A if Labour can't get rid of the youth pay rate because NZ First won't agree, Employment Minister Willie Jackson said: "We agree to disagree sometimes."

Mr Bridges said today he thinks "people are talking about the tail wagging the dog for the first time right now in this Government".

Ms Ardern said: "We debate a number of issues, this is one of many, and we have good robust processes for each."

The Prime Minister was sticking to her mantra today, saying in the House: "All other policies go through a cabinet process."

It's a Cabinet process that's not always straight forward with a coalition government.

The influence of Winston Peters is also believed to be putting the Prime Minister under pressure from rival MPs. Source: 1 NEWS

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Man with Down syndrome appeals to MPs, wants early access to KiwiSaver to visit brother and best friend overseas

"I want to do more", Tim Fairhall, a 39-year-old man who has Down syndrome, told MPs as he appealed for access to his KiwiSaver funds before age 65. 

He spoke to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee about his goal to visit his brother and friend overseas while he was still in good health.

"I won't live as long as most people," Mr Fairhall said. "It doesn't matter how long you live, as long as you make the most of your life."

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Tim Fairhall had been working at Countdown for 14 years, and recently starred in a video made by the Retirement Commissioner's office to champion his case for early access to his KiwiSaver funds.

The money Mr Fairhall needs to travel with his mother is locked up in KiwiSaver until he turns 65, but Down syndrome means he is ageing faster than most.

He said his goal was to see his brother in Italy and his best friend in Canada.

"I have saved my money to do that.

"I have done lots of cool things in my life so far, and I want to do more."

His mother, Joan Fairhall, said her son and other people with Down syndrome had their savings "trapped" if it was invested with KiwiSaver.

"I want you do consider whether the current legislation is unfair and indeed discriminatory, whether it kidnaps and holds on to, and uses the savings of people in this category, but there is just no mechanism for them to get it out and use it fairly for themselves."

Tim Fairhall and his mum argue the rules as they stand discriminate against people like him. Source: 1 NEWS

She said previously, "If Tim survives till he's 65, and it's quite likely he will, he'll be a really old man then - the equivalent of about 90". 

For more on this story, watch 1 NEWS at 6. 

Tim Fairhall wants to use his savings to travel while he is still in good health. Source: 1 NEWS


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Sun shines on 1 NEWS weatherman Dan's te reo efforts with 'big improvement'

The sun's shining on 1 NEWS weather presenter Dan Corbett's efforts to use te reo in his broadcasts during Māori Language Week and a big improvement last night has been praised by viewers.

Dan made a few stumbles on Māori words in his first attempt at the language on air on Monday night and put these down to a "brain freeze moment".

Dan, who adlibs his weather reports rather than scripting them, said he'd put some of the Māori words in the autocue to help him along for the rest of the week.

Last night he delivered a faultless intro to the weather in te reo and used several Māori words to describe weather conditions through his report - such as mahana for warm.

Viewers noted his progress as they commented via Facebook.

"How cool was Dan’s second attempt tonight! Absolutely nailed it - ka pai!" Sarah McBride messaged.

Lizzy Stubbington wrote: "Great improvement from last night Dan, you showed great tenacity and delivered like a pro tonight."

While Joe Sauvao enthused: "Good on you TVNZ Weather man. You stuck to te reo and improved."

Our weather presenter is weaving te reo into his Māori Language Week broadcasts and viewers reckon he's doing an awesome job Source: 1 NEWS

Dan's use of Maori has even persuaded viewer Annabel Kateto stick with 1 NEWS.

"So awesome to see 1 News truely embracing Te wiki o Te Reo Māori. the support given to Dan Corbett too is awesome, and should always be encouraged. A really cool effort from everybody at 1 News and something you should be proud of and celebrate. I’ve never really cared which news I watch but I’ll watching 1 from now," she said. 

Marianna Beech was similarly impressed.

"I so love Dan speaking in te reo Maori. Kai pai Dan. I understood every kupu you said. I know it has to be trying for you but you make me proud. I've never heard the weather said in te reo before..well not counting Te Karere. Big ups TV One for giving it your best," she wrote.

Jenny Clements wrote that she'd love to see subtitles with te reo on the news so non te reo speakers "can learn as we hear".

Dan says he's been taking te reo classes over the winter and this year thought he'd give it a go during Māori language week.

It seems 1 NEWS viewers are overwhelmingly glad he did.

Viewers reckon Dan Corbett is showing great tenacity sticking to speaking te reo during Māori Language Week. Source: 1 NEWS