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Govt report says access to weather data is restricted and costly, stifling innovation

Fri, 12/01/2018 - 18:33
The old adage that you can never trust the weather forecast may have some truth to it in New Zealand.A Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment report, released this afternoon, has found that the Government has a monopoly...

Weather weirdness: 30C forecast for Invercargill

Fri, 12/01/2018 - 16:23
It could hit 30C in Invercargill this Sunday - making it only the sixth time in nearly 25 years that temperatures in our southern-most city had reached that high.MetService meteorologist Tom Adams said the dramatic forecast could...

Record marine heatwave to 'energise' coming storm

Fri, 12/01/2018 - 14:18
The "marine heatwave" that's engulfed New Zealand this summer made the Tasman Sea the warmest it ever had been for December.And now meteorologists say it could energise a storm forecast to hit the country early next week.At its...

Torrential rain raises more flood fears on West Coast with 4am peak in water levels expected

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 19:09
Torrential rain on the West Coast has intensified again, raising fears of more flooding in Greymouth and Hokitika tonight.Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said Sawyers Creek was rising again after easing off during the afternoon,...

UK woman stranded with no money after Jetstar flight cancelled due to weather

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 17:39
A woman who planned to spend three days in Nelson has been left stranded with no money and nowhere to sleep after her flight was cancelled due to bad weather.Michaela Hall, from England, was due to catch the Wellington to Nelson...

Hokitika streets hit by 'serious flooding'

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:38
Two streets in Hokitika have been hit by serious flooding as rain lashes the West Coast and much of Canterbury.Westland District Council has reported "serious flooding in Sewell and Sale St, Hokitika at the moment". "Our contractors...

Chinese boy pictured covered in ice from trek to school melts hearts

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 10:33
A photograph of a boy from a poor family with his hair and eyebrows covered in ice after walking to school for over an hour in freezing temperatures has touched the hearts of people in China.The picture of the child, Wang Fuman...

Christchurch prepares for heavy rain and flooding

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 07:23
Stormwater grates are being checked and temporary pumps prepared in Christchurch as another onslaught of heavy rain approaches.The weather forecast for today and leading into tomorrow suggests sustained downpours could cause surface...

Victim search expands as California storm, mudslides kill 13

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 06:00
A storm that slammed a California coastal community is over. The search for its victims is not.Authorities in Santa Barbara County were still trying to reach new areas and dig into the destruction to find dead, injured or trapped...

Traffic cordons and convoys to be removed from State Highway 25

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 17:23
Traffic cordons on State Highway 25 north of Thames are set to be removed from 6pm tonight.The New Zealand Transport Agency announced light traffic will be able to use the road without the need for convoys.Heavy vehicles over...

Plane spotter captures windy Wellington landing

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 16:27
A dedicated plane spotter has caught the moment an Air New Zealand plane came close, but no cigar to landing at Wellington Airport on Monday.Tim Gorman shot two videos of NZ449's descent into the capital city after the pilot was...

Wayne Keenan escapes the Big Dry on his Whanganui farmlet at Upokongaro

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 09:06
Forward planning has given Whanganui hobby farmer Wayne Keenan an edge when the Big Dry comes knocking.The concrete contractor designed his beloved O'Ceirn Farm at Upokongaro with thoroughbred horses firmly in mind, a passion he...

Kaiaua resident struck twice by costly flood damage in nine months

Tue, 09/01/2018 - 19:28
By Carla Penman A Kaiaua resident has put the damage from Friday's storm to his coastal property at nearly $80,000. It'll be the second time Graham files an insurance claim for flood damage in nine months.It's been four days...

Heavy vehicles urged to avoid using SH25 to minimise further damage to storm-hit road

Tue, 09/01/2018 - 19:08
Heavy vehicle drivers in the Thames and Coromandel districts are being asked to avoid the "highly sensitive" SH25.The New Zealand Transport Agency asks that drivers use the Tairua way around SH25 to minimise further damage to the...

Flood-hit Hauraki town of Kaiaua mops after devastating storm

Tue, 09/01/2018 - 06:00
Ruined carpet, sea-soaked furniture and soggy personal belongings remain stacked on front lawns along Kaiaua's main road after the coastline village was devastated by Friday's storm.As many parts of the country move on from the...

Storm-damaged jetty at Half Moon Bay deemed safe after safety checks

Mon, 08/01/2018 - 14:47
Half Moon Bay ferry terminal has been deemed safe after being damaged in last week's storm.The public boat ramp in east Auckland was closed to the public due to safety concerns after its pontoon was badly damaged in the storm.Ferries...

Much-needed rain but few issues for Whanganui in summer storm

Mon, 08/01/2018 - 14:00
Whanganui got off lightly in the storm that has battered other parts of New Zealand.Emergency services said there were no major issues over Friday and the weekend.The district received some much-needed rain with the MetService...

2017 - the year extreme weather ravaged New Zealand

Mon, 08/01/2018 - 11:26
The past 12 months have been marked by extreme weather with New Zealand recording its fifth warmest year in more than a century.Niwa today released its annual climate summary for 2017 saying the past year was a "year of extremes".Annual...

Thames Coast Rd open for convoys following last week's monster storm

Mon, 08/01/2018 - 09:10
One lane of the Thames Coast Rd is opening for public convoys this morning after being hit by last week's devastating storm. The lane will open around 9am, with convoys along the full length of the road. The convoys would run...

It's back to work - and out comes the sun as NZ enjoys 30C summer temps

Mon, 08/01/2018 - 07:20
Much of New Zealand is in for a summery week with temperatures soaring to 30C but won't be experiencing the searing heatwave scorching Australia.Sunny skies have replaced the tempest that blew through the country at the end of last...

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