2Degrees CEO and his wife on crashed plane, "unlikely to have survived"

  • Telecommunications
  • March 30, 2013
  • Sim Ahmed
2Degrees CEO and his wife on crashed plane, "unlikely to have survived"

Update 9pm: 2Degrees has confirmed  the plane involved in the crash near Kawhia is owned by Eric Hertz, the company chief exec. Hertz and his wife were on board the plane.

"Although we have limited information, we understand that Eric and his wife Kathy were on board and that they are unlikely to have survived," says a 2degrees statement.

"Our focus now is to support Eric and Kathy's daughter and provide assistance to their family."

Update 7:50pm: An NZ Police spokesperson confirms the plane is registered in the US. Police know the names of the individuals on board, but are not sharing this information at this time. The search operation has ceased for the night and is scheduled to resume tomorrow morning

(Heric Hertz at 2Degrees' millionth customer milestone)

The twin engine plane, which was traveling from Ardmore to Timaru, is owned by the American Hertz.

The Coastguard is at the scene and a Westpac Rescue Helicopter has found wreckage 11km northwest of the Kawhia harbour, according to Maritime New Zealand.

More as this develops.

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Whittaker's divides the court of public opinion – but all for a good cause

  • Advertising
  • February 22, 2019
  • Caitlin Salter
Whittaker's divides the court of public opinion – but all for a good cause

On Monday, Whittaker’s launched its latest novelty chocolate-lolly mash up with a chocolatey answer to retro bakesale treat coconut ice. The Coconut Ice Surprise chocolate has a twist though, 20c from each block goes to Plunket – a charity which New Zealanders agree is a worthy cause. However, to relate the chocolate to the charity, Whittaker's has built the campaign around baby gender reveal parties, causing a backlash from the public who argue gender norms have expanded beyond blue for boys and pink for girls.

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