New Zealand's Ardern says China flight's return not a red flag for ties

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – An Air New Zealand flight bound for Shanghai was turned back because of an “administrative issue” and the incident holds no political implications for ties with China, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.

The flight, with about 270 passengers, left Auckland shortly before midnight on Saturday but turned around several hours into the journey and landed in New Zealand on Sunday morning, the national carrier, part-owned by the government, has said.

“I think it is important to be really clear and not confuse administrative and regulatory issues as issues to do with the relationship,” Ardern told a weekly news conference.

“This was very much an administrative issue,” she added. “There’s an expectation that inbound aircraft be registered, that the flight in question had not fulfilled the administrative requirements.”

China’s foreign ministry has not made any comment yet.

Ardern’s remarks came after some politicians and analysts questioned whether the incident pointed to broader issues in New Zealand’s ties to its key trading partner.

“We need to know what has happened here. Is it part of the ongoing deterioration in relations between this New Zealand government and China?” opposition National Party leader Simon Bridges wrote on social network Twitter on Sunday.

In November, New Zealand’s intelligence agency rejected the telecommunication industry’s first request to use Chinese telecoms giant Huawei’s equipment in its planned 5G mobile network, citing national security concerns.

That followed a defence policy statement in July, in which New Zealand said China’s rising influence in the South Pacific could undermine regional stability, and alluded to tension in the disputed South China Sea, sparking complaint from China.

“There’s a heightened degree of sensitivity around the relationship right now,” said David Capie, director of the Centre for Strategic Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.

“On a range of issues with China this government has signalled it’s taking a different stance to its predecessor, so I think people are waiting to see if and how Beijing responds.”

The rescheduled flight landed in Shanghai on Monday, data from flight tracking website FlightAware shows.

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New Zealand vs India 5th ODI live streaming, TV channel, and cricket start time for the one-day international

Virat Kohli's side won the first three of five ODI matches before the Black Caps bounced back with an eight-wicket win on Thursday.

When is New Zealand vs India?

The New Zealand vs India ODI series will continue in Wellington on Sunday, February 3.

The fifth one-day international will start at 2am in the UK – 6.30am in India and 3pm in New Zealand.

What TV channel is New Zealand vs India on and can I live stream it?

New Zealand vs India will be live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event in the UK.

Coverage of the second ODI will commence at 1.55am on Sky Sports Cricket and 2am on Sky Sports Main Event.

To live stream the match, simply install the SkyGo app.

If you're not a Sky subscriber, you can still watch all the drama unfold by purchasing a NOW TV pass from just £7.99.

Coverage in India will be live on Star Sports and viewers can live stream all the action on Hotstar.

Viewers in New Zealand can watch the match on Sky Sport or for free on terrestrial broadcaster Prime TV.

India tour of New Zealand schedule

ODI Series

23/1/19 – New Zealand vs India 1st ODI (2am) – Napier – India won by 8 wickets (D/L)

26/1/19 – New Zealand vs India 2nd ODI (2am) – Tauranga – India won by 90 runs

28/1/19 – New Zealand vs India 3rd ODI (2am) – Tauranga – India won by 7 wickets

31/1/19 – New Zealand vs India 4th ODI (2am) – Hamilton – New Zealand won by 8 wickets

3/2/19 – New Zealand vs India 5th ODI (2am) – Wellington

T20 Series

6/2/19 – New Zealand vs India 1st T20 (7am) – Wellington

8/2/19 – New Zealand vs India 2nd T20 (6am) – Auckland

10/2/19 – New Zealand vs India 3rd T20 (7am) – Hamilton


India ODI: Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill

India T20: Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar

New Zealand squad:Kane Williamson(c), Trent Boult, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor

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Brit woman in New Zealand rampage comes from ‘scary’ traveller camp terrorising villagers by 'copulating, defecating and urinating' in the area

Tina Marie Cash, 26, and her "unruly" British group are set to be deported after allegedly wreaking havoc across the country.

The tourists face claims they trashed a beach, left a cafe without paying, damaged their apartment and allegedly stole a journalist's phone.

Cash appeared in court where she admitted stealing a four-pack of Red Bull, wire rope and sunglasses from a service station.

Sun Online can reveal that she lived with her family on a traveller site near Lutterworth, Leicestershire, where police are tonight holding a public forum because of crime concerns.

A woman at the site said Tina Marie lived there until 18 months ago – though other travellers said they had seen her more recently.

She told Sun Online: "That’s her yard, someone else is renting it out. I don’t know where she lives. I haven’t seen her for a long time. I heard about the stories.

"She did live here about 18 months ago but I can promise you, I can faithfully tell you, she don’t live here.

"It’s terrible. She’s a nice girl, you know what I mean. She is a nice girl, honestly she is. Sometime you can just mix with the wrong people, it’s as simple as that."

The sprawling site, in between the villages of Bitteswell and Ullesthorpe, is a hotspot for anti-social behaviour, locals say.

They copulate, defecate and urinate. It is never-ending."

One local resident, who lives on farmland near to the site, said her family had been plagued with trouble for years.

Too scared to be named, she told The Sun Online: "They copulate, defecate and urinate. It is never-ending.

"We’ve had sheep chased and killed by their dogs, they’ve used our land to take drugs and farming equipment has been going missing.

"It’s the younger ones. They just do whatever they want to do. They were using our address for their mail.

"We’ve had post from debt collectors, parking fines – we’ve even had bailiffs turn up at our house looking for them. If I go out into the village, I’m always worried to go home because of what I might find.

"It’s scary. They seem to be able to ride roughshod over everyone who lives around here.

"I feel so sorry for the shop in the village. I’ve heard so many stories of stealing, fighting and intimidating. Something needs to be done.

"They go to the local Catholic church and they run around in there. They have no respect for the people who are trying to pray.

"It’s not doing the local area any good. Nothing good is coming from this, it’s not nice."

At nearby Palmer’s Garden Centre, youths from the traveller site have caused mayhem running amok in the store. A shop worker – who again didn’t want to be named – told how kids had gone in and started booting a football around.

He said: "It’s the kids – they have no fear.

"They just do what they want to. They have no-one to answer to. If you try and say anything, you get a mouthful. People are scared."

At the local Ullesthorpe pub, travellers were banned after a ruckus on New Year’s Eve. At the local post office, a cashier was too scared to talk about the travellers.

But a customer – who again did not want to be named – said: "It’s been going on for years now.

"They steal from the shop and loiter outside, intimidating people as they go past. There are fights, foul-language – everyone has had enough."


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Grace Millane: New Zealand man pleads not guilty to murdering British backpacker

The 26-year-old, whose identity remains protected by New Zealand law, will face trial on 4 November.

Standing in the dock in a red and white checked shirt, the accused spoke only to answer to the single charge of murder.

After a 10-minute hearing, he was remanded in custody and will reappear on 3 April for a pre-trial case review.

Ms Millane, from Wickford in Essex, had begun a year-long journey around the world in October – starting in South America – and arrived in New Zealand on 20 November.

She disappeared on Saturday 1 December, the night before her 22nd birthday.

The backpacker was last seen alive on CCTV at 9.41pm that evening entering the CityLife hotel on Auckland’s main shopping street with her alleged killer, who had been staying there.

Ms Millane, who had arrived in Auckland the day before and was staying at a backpackers’ hostel, is reported to have met the man two hours earlier after making contact via the dating app Tinder.

She was reported missing by her close-knit family after failing to respond to messages on her birthday.

Her father David flew to New Zealand as dozens of detectives scoured the city for her.

The 60-year-old told media that his daughter, who had recently graduated from Lincoln University, was a “lovely, outgoing, fun-loving” girl who was usually in daily contact with her parents and two brothers.

The suspect was charged on 8 December and Ms Millane’s body was found hidden in dense forest undergrowth on the outskirts of the city the following day.

New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, later made a tearful apology to Ms Millane’s family – speaking of “an overwhelming sense of hurt and shame” which had swept the country.

“Your daughter should have been safe here, and she wasn’t, and I’m sorry for that,” she told the family, as candlelit vigils and tributes were held for Ms Millane in cities throughout New Zealand.

Hundreds of mourners, including Detective Inspector Scott Beard, who led the murder investigation, gathered for her funeral at Brentwood Cathedral last week, which began with the hymn Amazing Grace.

Her brothers Michael and Declan read from the poem Until We Meet Again, saying: “Each morning when we awake, we know that you are gone, and no one knows the heartache, as we try to carry on.”

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