18:44 Auckland mayoral hopeful Phil Goff has launched his official campaign promising faster, cheaper building consents to construct more homes.

18:42 Police have not yet said if an armed operation north of Auckland is related to wanted gunman Joshua Kite.

18:41 An orca pod of 3 adults and 2 calves made an appearance at Auckland's Bayswater Marina this afternoon.

18:40 The Green Party says the Government's Special Housing Areas in Auckland are a land banker's dream, while doing little to help those in need of homes.

18:38 Armed police have converged on Mangawhai north of Auckland, but have so far released no details about the operation.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013

Mis-translation to blame for "offensive" article, says Danish MP Marie Krarup

Sean Plunket speaks to Danish MP Marie Krarup, following reports of an opinion article she wrote on the back of a trip to New Zealand. The article has seen the politician receive hate mail from angry New Zealanders, after it was reported she painted an unsavoury picture of the powhiri she received last month. When translated, Krarup wrote that she was greeted "with a Maori dance ritual, with a half-naked man in grass skirt, shouting and screaming in Maori." Describing a Marae, she said "it was decorated with God-figures with angry faces and large erect penises."

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