1 NEWS reporter Paul Hobbs discusses Ardern and Gayford's baby to world audience on CNN

The world's attention is on Jacinda Ardern after today's arrival of her daughter – and 1 NEWS reporter Paul Hobbs went live to discus it with a worldwide audience on CNN.

"New Zealand and the New Zealand media have been waiting expectantly all day today," Hobbs told CNN host Rosemary Church.

Hobbs explained on CNN how Ms Ardern has stepped down for the next six weeks, leaving Winston Peters is in charge of the country.

"Winston Peters is taking over," Hobbs said.

"When Jacinda Ardern came into hospital this morning he immediately took over as the interim and acting Prime Minister."

"They're going to be in contact, I believe there will be phone calls and we already know that Jacinda Ardern has taken a lot of paper work home."

Hilary, Jeremy and Paul shared their delight with the news. Source: Seven Sharp

The Seven Sharp host said the photo is a special and 'raw' image. Source: Seven Sharp

Church said: "She's going to be very busy for those six weeks with the baby and I suspect she's going to be doing a lot of hard work at home as well."

The newborn weighing 3.31kg arrived at 4.45pm today. Source: 1 NEWS




‘Not enough is being done’ – homeless advocacy groups warn demand is on the rise

The group charged with housing the homeless in Auckland is warning the demand is on the rise.

It comes just a day before hundreds of volunteers hit the city’s streets to work out just how many people are living without a permanent shelter.

People like Clinton who ran away from home when he was just 13 and ended up sleeping rough in Auckland, including a feedbox and under a building.

It’s not known just how many people are currently living like this and that is why the tomorrow night’s count is so important.

“Until we have that data it makes it very hard to know how to accurately resource the response,” says Fiona Hamilton from Housing First Auckland.

Ms Hamilton’s organisation tried to find permanent homes for those without them and she says the demand is only growing.

“It’s all about resourcing and funding levels, so we basically need and have been advocating that that needs to be ramped up so that we can house more people,” she says.

Housing First got Clinton into this apartment earlier this year and it plans to help almost 1500 people nationwide over four years.

The government has put aside $63 million for the programme in this year’s budget, but the Salvation Army says more work is needed.

“Not enough is being done even though the government’s doing a lot it’s not doing enough quickly enough to address or steam the tide,” says Salvation Army’s Ian Hutson.

The warning comes a day before the first rough sleeper count takes place in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

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Coalition a show of unity as it defends itself against accusations of cracks in the government

It was a show of unity from the coalition government as the Prime Minister today laid out her vision for the coming years to an invited audience of about 400 people.

Over the past month, the government has been struggling with issues surrounding troubled ministers and accusations of cracks in the coalition.

Today's talk was kicked off by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, who called the coalition "a unified government, determined to lift all New Zealanders' prospects".

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was quick to point out accusations of cracks in the government, saying, "perhaps it's because we have never quite had a government like ours that we cause a little bit of chat".

Ms Ardern says the coalition partners have agreed to 12 plans which demonstrate a shared vision and list of priorities, which includes themes of building the economy, wellbeing for all, and leadership.

However, National leader Simon Bridges has claimed today’s talk was "a photo op" and a "rah-rah speech".

"A complete repeat of what they've been saying for the last little while with nothing new at all and what we needed to see was some leadership, some competence," Mr Bridges said.

The refugee quota, labour law changes and the three strikes law are all areas of tension between Labour and NZ First, but today's message was about how their disagreements are all part of a coalition government.

"We are a true MMP government," Ms Ardern said.

But the National party alleges Ms Ardern has no power over Mr Peters.

"Will she be able to get him to sign up to things this government does? We know he's changed his mind a lot on things, he's the real boss," Mr Bridges said.

For now, however, Mr Peters says he is "extraordinarily happy" with the current coalition government.

The prime minister laid out her vision for the coming years today alongside her coalition partners. Source: 1 NEWS

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'Prepare for the worst' - Typhoon Mangkhut makes it way to Hong Kong after killing 28 in Philippines

 Hong Kong and southern China hunkered down under red alert as strong winds and heavy rain from Typhoon Mangkhut lashed the densely populated coast, a day after the biggest storm of the year left at least 28 dead from landslides and drownings in the northern Philippines.

Nearly half a million people had been evacuated from seven cities in Guangdong province, the gambling enclave of Macau closed down casinos for the first time and the Hong Kong Observatory warned people to stay away from the Victoria Harbour landmark, where storm surges battered the waterfront reinforced with sandbags. Mangkhut is due to make landfall in Guangdong later today.

The national meteorological center said southern China "will face a severe test caused by wind and rain" and urged officials to prepare for possible disasters.

The typhoon packed sustained winds of 155 kilometers (96 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 190 kph (118 mph). The Hong Kong Observatory said although Mangkhut had weakened slightly, its extensive, intense rainbands were bringing heavy downfall and frequent squalls.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled. All high-speed and some normal rail services in Guangdong and Hainan provinces were also halted Sunday, the China Railway Guangzhou Group Co. said.

In Fujian province and elsewhere, tens of thousands of fishing boats returned to port and construction work came to a stop.

Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde told The Associated Press that 20 people had died in the Cordillera mountain region, four in nearby Nueva Vizcaya province and another outside of the two regions. Three more deaths have been reported in northeastern Cagayan province, where the typhoon made landfall before dawn Saturday (local time).

Among the fatalities were an infant and a 2-year-old child who died with their parents after the couple refused to immediately evacuate from their high-risk community in a Nueva Vizcaya mountain town, said Francis Tolentino, an adviser to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said at least three people died and six others were missing in his mountain city of Baguio after strong winds and rain destroyed several houses and set off landslides, which also blocked roads to the popular vacation destination. 

About 87,000 people had evacuated from high-risk areas of the Philippines. Tolentino and other officials advised them not to return home until the lingering danger had passed.

In Cagayan's capital, Tuguegarao, where the typhoon hit land, Associated Press journalists saw a severely damaged public market, its roof ripped apart and wooden stalls and tarpaulin canopies in disarray. Outside a popular shopping mall, debris was scattered everywhere and government workers cleared roads of fallen trees.

In Hong Kong, Security Minister John Lee Ka-chiu urged residents to prepare for the worst.

"Because Mangkhut will bring winds and rains of extraordinary speeds, scope and severity, our preparation and response efforts will be greater than in the past," Lee said. "Each department must have a sense of crisis, make a comprehensive assessment and plan, and prepare for the worst."

A resident walks beside toppled structures as Typhoon Mangkhut barreled across Tuguegarao city in Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines early Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. The typhoon slammed into the Philippines northeastern coast early Saturday, it's ferocious winds and blinding rain ripping off tin roof sheets and knocking out power, and plowed through the agricultural region at the start of the onslaught. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A resident walks beside toppled structures as Typhoon Mangkhut barreled across Tuguegarao city in Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines. Source: Associated Press


Jacinda Ardern outlines Government's top 12 priorities for New Zealand over next 30 years

The Prime Minister has announced 12 priorities as part of a 30-year plan that will be a focus of the Government's ongoing work.

Jacinda Ardern outlined the plan during a speech in Auckland today.

"The Coalition Government’s long-term plan is a blueprint which sets out our priorities and the steps we are taking to build a more modern and fairer New Zealand that we can all be proud of," says Ms Ardern.

"This plan represents our shared vision and priorities; Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens. It establishes the foundation for the Government’s work and includes issues of particular importance to each of the parties which are supported by all of them.

"Our Government has a firm eye on the future. That's why our plan is looking 30 years ahead, not just three."

The Government's 12 priorities are: 

- To grow and share more fairly New Zealand's prosperity

- Supporting thriving and sustainable regions

- Transitioning to a clean, green carbon neutral New Zealand

- Delivering responsible government with a broader measure of success

- Ensuring that everyone is either earning, learning, caring or volunteering

- Supporting healthier, safer and more connected communities

- Ensuring everyone has a warm, dry home

- Making New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child

- Committing to deliver transparent, transformative, and compassionate government

- Building closer partnerships with Māori

- Valuing who we are as a country

- Creating an international reputation we can be proud of

The Prime Minister gave details of the Government plan during a speech in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS