Passengers on Air New Zealand flights were today asked to submit to having more than their luggage weighed before take-off. Travellers were told that they needed to have themselves weighed as well. Broadcaster Hilary Barry shared her own experience, tweeting that the experience was "not ideal". Air New Zealand Chief Operational Integrity Officer Captain David Morgan told that it was a regulatory requirement. "A customer and crew weight survey is completed every five years to meet regulatory requirements," he said. "In order to fly safely and efficiently, we need to calculate the weight, balance and fuel requirements of each and every flight ahead of take-off. To do this, we need to know the average weight of our passengers, crew and cabin baggage. "All data is collected anonymously and results cannot be seen by the data collection team or other customers. Although participating is not compulsory, we do really appreciate our customers helping out." Kiwis took to social media to share their views on Air New Zealand's weigh day, with a number sharing mixed views. "Funny. That is approximately how often I weigh myself," one joked. Another added: "It genuinely wouldn't be embarrassing at all if society wasn't so fatphobic." A third said: "Happens in the UK as well. In the UK no one sees the person's weight. It is to keep up with the full weight of a plane to ensure that safety is maintained. "Can't see an issue. Makes me feel comfortable that safety issues are maintained. Well done Air NZ." It's not the first time this has happened around the world. In 2016, Hawaiian Airlines requested passengers step on the scales prior to boarding as part of a wider survey so staff could assess where they're best seated in the aircraft. The policy emerged publicly after two American Samoan businessmen complained to the US Transportation Department that Hawaiin Airlines had forced them to take to the scales prior to their flight from American Samoa to Honolulu. The airline insisted the process was necessary because the Boeing 767 aircraft it used on that particular journey required an even distribution of weight. Scandinavian airline Finnair has been weighing passengers since 2017, stating that it's purely for research purposes. Uzbekistan Airways also require passengers to step on the scales, in an effort to "ensure flight safety".
Drivers have been captured on camera boldly using their phones while driving, to video call, text and make calls.
The footage, taken in Auckland, comes as the Government increased the cost of a fine for using a cellphone while driving from $80 to $150.
Over the course of a week, ahead of the fine increase, a Stuff visual journalist captured numerous people using their phones while driving, including a woman who appeared to be on a video call while passing through an intersection, a man speaking on the phone and numerous people texting or looking at their phone.
Last year, police issued more than 40,000 infringement notices for the offence.
A driver for Dingo Groundworx NZ was captured using their phone while driving a truck along Williamson Ave, in Ponsonby.
Owner Cameron Hadley told Stuff all employees were very aware they should not be using their phones while driving.
He said he would be raising the issue in a staff meeting.
AA road safety spokesman Dylan Thomsen told Stuff he wasn’t surprised to hear about the woman video calling while driving.
While AA supports the Government’s fine increase, Thomsen said it wasn’t going to solve the problem.
“People just can’t resist the temptation if they hear their phone go off ... it’s not something you do by accident.”
“A lot of people use their phone behind the wheel and don’t do other risky things.”
He hopes as there are further advancements in technology, phone companies can have default “do not disturb” modes that activate as soon as drivers start moving in their car.
“Until we change the mindset it will be hard with enforcement alone, people don’t appreciate the risks until it’s too late,” Thomsen said.
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The most anticipated wedding in New Zealand's history will take place this summer, when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her fiance Clarke Gayford tie the knot.
Ms Ardern, 40, revealed on Coast Radio she and Mr Gayford, 44, would wed after two and a half years of engagement. "We have finally got a date. Finally," she said, declining to reveal the precise date, but adding it would be "this coming summer". "When I say we've got a date, that doesn't mean we've told anyone yet. I feel like we should probably put some invites out!" Weddings by heads of government are relatively rare.
When UK Prime Minister Boris Johnston marries his fiancee Carrie Symonds, as he intends to do this year, he will become the first British leader to do so in office in almost two centuries. While Ms Ardern's wedding timetable has been set, the scale and size is not yet clear. Ms Ardern is well known to count international celebrities - including members of Britain's Royal family - as personal friends. Her popularity both at home and abroad prompts persistent questions about her relationship, her wedding and whether or not her two-year-old daughter Neve may get a brother or sister. She and her office keep a tight rein on her private life, usually shunning questions that stray from her role as prime minister. In the past year, she has also firmed up a practice of declining all internationally-based media requests, save for a few Australian television appearances last month when the trans-Tasman bubble was confirmed. Since her election win, Ms Ardern has decided to conduct more light-touch interviews with FM radio stations and magazines, which tend to stray into the personal. In a long-form interview with Kiwi magazine Thrive, Ms Ardern revealed she got through last year - managing New Zealand through the COVID-19 pandemic and winning October's election - on a simple diet. "I live on cups of tea to be honest and blimmin bliss balls," she said. "My mother made so many bliss balls for me during the election that I was being powered by dates." Mr Gayford is a radio and television personality, who hosts fishing program Fish Of The Day, while acting as Neve's primary caregiver. "Thank God Clarke is a morning person," Ms Ardern said to Thrive. "I don't think I've talked about this before but he has consistently been the night and morning person for our daughter. "He will bring me a cup of tea every morning without fail. Which sounds like its a little thing but it's not. "He'll make me breakfast if I'm in a rush. He checks I've eaten before I've gone out the door and he checks in on my day. "He knows the bits I find hard and he'll send a nice little text before I go into it. He's always thinking of me."
Kia ora Auckland,
Should Queen Street be car-free?
Major roading upgrades are set to get underway on Queen Street which the council says will improve pedestrian spaces.
The work is set to begin on Monday between Shortland and Customs streets, limiting traffic to a single lane each way and with bus priority in the evening peak.
Some have expressed their concerns for the project including a group of businesses and landlords calling itself Save Queen. The group applied for an interim injunction to halt the council's planned Queen St upgrade and a High Court Judge will decide whether to approve the injunction later today.
Should the upgrade go even further and ban passenger vehicles altogether? Let us know in the comments and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comment used in your local community paper.