Carjack drama at busy Auckland intersection

Police are still hunting 35-year-old Haumia Manuel after this morning's events.

He was spotted by officers speeding through a red light in a stolen car shortly after 9am today.

He crashed into another car at an intersection in the suburb of St Lukes.

He then got out and ran down a line of traffic, testing car doors before pulling a driver out of a car.

Officers chased him on foot and tried to stop him, and attempted to use a taser and pepper spray on him, but did not make contact with him, police said.

Travellers from Samoa land in Auckland suffering from food poisoning

Ambulance crews and airport emergency services were called to Auckland International Airport just before 5pm on Tuesday.

1 NEWS understands the passengers had been staying at the same resort in Apia.

An ambulance spokesman told 1 NEWS seven passengers were assessed for food poisoning.

They couldn't confirm the nationalities involved.

One patient was transferred to Middlemore Hospital in a moderate condition, and the remaining passengers did not require further treatment.

Samoa gives $144,000 for Joseph Parker's WBO title defence in Auckland

Parker fights Fury in Auckland on May 6, his first defence of the coveted belt he won last December.

With Auckland City and the New Zealand government not interested in backing the fight, Parker's promoters Duco Events again sought financial support from Samoa.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegao confirmed to the Samoan Observer his cabinet had approved $144,000 for the fight, the same amount they invested in December's promotion where Parker beat Andy Riz on a Saomoan-themed evening at Vector Arena.

Tyson Fury wants to watch Hughie in Auckland

Hughie Fury is challenging Parker for the WBO heavyweight belt at Vector Arena on May 6th.

Tyson Fury told BoxNation "It will definitely be a first. Two world heavyweight champions from England (from the same family). I don't think it will be done again, put it that way."

"Of course it would mean a lot, it would mean the world to me. I'll go over there, providing I'm alive or whatever. God willing I'll be there."

Typhoid so far limited to church group

All cases have been linked to the Samoan Assembly of God church in Mt Roskill.

RNZ reports an Auckland Regional Public Health service spokesperson said there was no evidence the disease had spread any further.

Typhoid cannot be spread by casual contact, such as hugging and kissing, the service said, but people were encouraged to wash their hands regularly and be careful with food preparation.


Photo Auckland City Hospital 


Member of Mt Roskill Samoan AOG church dies of typhoid

She was hospitalised with some serious health issues and the typhoid infection was another complicating factor, Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) Clinical Director Dr Julia Peters says.

Newshub reports she died on Tuesday last week, but the announcement was delayed until after her funeral.

ARPHS has also revealed there are now 15 confirmed cases of typhoid in Auckland. There are also two cases awaiting test results.

The woman was a member of the Mt Roskill Samoan Assembly of God church at the centre of last week's typhoid outbreak, Dr Peters says.

Pasifika participation excites Pacific EDAs

The countries represented are Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, the Marshall Islands, Palau, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Most of the country delegations will be led by a senior official of its Economic Development Agency (EDA).

Polyfest connects students with Samoan identity

Polyfest - the largest secondary school Māori and Pacific cultural festival - begins today in Auckland.

The St Peters College Samoan group were self-tutored last year and managed a third placing.

This year the group enlisted help from College old boys and their mothers and, although their sights are set on placing in the top three, it was not their main motivation.

Year 13 student Eddie Tongalahi does not speak Samoan but said the practices have allowed everyone to learn more about their culture.

Thieves steal 117 year old pews from Auckland church

Police said the Mt Eden Presbyterian Church on Esplanade Rd was broken into and 10 church pews were stolen.

RNZ reports the wooden seats were large and distinctive, and would have been difficult to transport.

They were more than 8m long and more than 117 years old.

Police believed at least two people and a large vehicle or trailer would have been needed to take them.

Basket ball players eye pops out on court

Akil Mitchell, who plays for the New Zealand Breakers, was in Auckland for an Australian NBL game on Thursday night when the incident happened.

The finger of an opposing player accidentally dislodged his eyeball.

The American fell to the ground holding his hands to his left eye and was rushed to hospital.