WATCH: New Zealand volcanic eruption, kills at least five
At least five people are dead and at least 12 injured, following the eruption of a volcano on New Zealand’s White Island. The eruption occurred on Monday afternoon (local time).
A cruise ship carrying tourists was close by at the time of the eruption. Footage of the incident was captured by many of them and posted to social media. The footage shows giant clouds of black smoke and people panicking to leave the island. There were a mixture of tourists and New Zealanders at the scene of the natural disaster. Among the tourists was Micheal Schade, who tweeted footage of the volcano and was lucky enough to be on a boat that had just departed the island mere minutes prior to the eruption.
Green MP Chloe Swarbrick said, “Ok Boomer” to an older MP trying to disrupt her speech in the New Zealand Parliament.
The phrase has become popularized by millennials who use it to mock the baby-boomer generation.
The phrase is used to denigrate boomers for their lack of open-mindedness, and lack of support for progressive ideas that seek to “solve the mess” the boomers have created.
In the New Zealand Parliament, MP Swarbrick was giving a speech about the urgency of the climate crisis. She emphasized the need for the New Zealand government to acknowledge its gravity, according to Global News.
“In the year 2050, I will be 56 years old,” Swarbrick said. “Yet right now, the average age of this 52nd Parliament is 49 years old.”
Her speech was being interrupted by an opposition MP numerous times, to which she then responded, “Ok Boomer.”
The transliteration service of the New Zealand Parliament couldn’t comprehend the millennial phrase and eventually wrote, “Ok Berma” instead.
The Parliament’s social media team apologized for this on Twitter in a humorous way.
A supermarket in New Zealand was ground zero for a clash between vegan protesters and meat-eaters.
Protesters walked chanted “it’s not food, it’s violence,” carrying signs with a similar sentiment on them, according to the New Zealand Herald.
Protesters were asked by staff at the St. Luke’s supermarket to stop protesting or leave the store, as they continually blocked shoppers from accessing the meat section of the store.
“Take your camera off me, I’m doing my f—ing shopping. I’m doing my shopping, unless you’re going to pay for my shopping you can f— off,” said one woman to the protesters.
After failed attempts to deal with the vegan protesters, the supermarket manager called the police. Protesters left before police arrived.
“We reserve the right to ask anyone undertaking protest action to leave our stores, however on this occasion this request was ignored several times,” the manager said in a statement. “The police were called to support our team and the protesters left shortly afterwards.”
A 23-year-old suspect is now in custody following a nationwide manhunt in relation to the murder of 33-year-old Sean McKinnon, from Australia, reports Waikato Police in a news release.
The arrest occurred within 24 hours of the declaration of a manhunt for the suspect, shortly after 32-year-old Bianca Buckley of Nova Scotia managed to escape from the scene of the crime and report the incident to police.
“Police deployed SWAT-style teams to the scene, and all police in the region began carrying guns as a precaution. New Zealand police typically don’t carry guns on routine patrols, keeping them stored in their cars instead,” CBC reported.
At around 11 pm the same day, police say they carried out a search warrant at a rural Waikato address and arrested the suspect.
They say this speedy arrest was mostly made possible thanks to tips from the public.
New Zealand police said that McKinnon and Buckley were sleeping inside their van on a scenic spot near Raglan at roughly 3 am. The suspect, then, allegedly approached the vehicle and opened fire.
Insp. Graham Pitkethley said the unprovoked attack mortally wounded McKinnon, but that Buckley managed to escape apparently unscathed. Beyond the robbery of the vehicle, there appears to be no greater motive, and police speculate that the incident is merely a random, tragic act of violence.
According to police, the suspect stole the vehicle and drove roughly 75 kms away from where it was later found by police with McKinnon still inside. McKinnon was apparently still alive when the suspect began his flight.
The suspect has now been charged with several serious offences including Murder, Aggravated Robbery and Threats to Kill and will be appearing in the Hamilton District Court later this morning.
In an update, police say they are still investigating the scene to collect forensic evidence, adding that the murder weapon is yet to be found. They are asking any witnesses or motorists who may have been in the area of Raglan and Gordonton at the time the crime was committed to come forward.
“As part of our ongoing inquiries, Police are looking for anyone who may have seen any hitchhikers in the Gordonton – Whitikahu area during daylight hours on Friday.
“Particularly, if any motorists that travelled this route on Friday have dashcam footage, Police would like to hear from you,” said Waikato Police.
The identity of the suspect has not been revealed, yet, and likely won’t until his first court appearance.
Thirty-two-year-old Bianca Buckley of Nova Scotia is devastated after her Australian fiancé, 33-year-old Australian national Sean McKinnon, was shot down in a seemingly random act of violence early Friday morning.
“Insp. Graham Pitkethley says New Zealand Police are providing the woman, identified by Canadian sources as Nova Scotia native Bianca Buckley, with the support she needs after what he called a “tragic incident,” reports CityNews.
New Zealand police said the two were sleeping inside their van at a scenic spot near Raglan when the suspect approached the vehicle and opened fire around 3 a.m.
“We are supporting the female victim, who is understandably very shocked and distressed,” Pitkethley told a news conference.
Pikethley says the unprovoked attack mortally wounded McKinnon, but that Buckley managed to escape apparently unscathed, wherein she alerted police to the shooting.
According to police, the suspect then stole a vehicle and drove roughly 75 kms away where it was later found by police with McKinnon still inside.
“It wasn’t immediately clear if McKinnon died from the wounds he received in the initial attack or if he had been subject to further violence,” reports Global News.
Pitkethley told media that it looks like the suspect acted alone, but it is probable that he had “confided in members of his community.”
“Police deployed SWAT-style teams to the scene, and all police in the region began carrying guns as a precaution. New Zealand police typically don’t carry guns on routine patrols, keeping them stored in their cars instead,” reports CBC.
A nationwide manhunt is now underway to arrest the suspect.