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Today's fine but long weekend weather only gets worse

Sat, 21/10/2017 - 08:58
Today looks to be the pick of the weather for gardening and holidaymaking this Labour Day weekend.But it's not much of a standout, with cloud in many places and showers in others. It's all pretty typical spring weather, with cool...

Sausages and Sauvignon Blanc: What we eat at Labour Weekend

Fri, 20/10/2017 - 14:57
Booze and barbecue food is top of Kiwis' shopping lists this Labour Weekend, as the country makes the most of the last three-day break before Christmas.Last year Countdown supermarkets sold more than 51,000 sausages over Labour...

Labour Day weekend: Travel early or expect long traffic delays

Fri, 20/10/2017 - 11:31
#akltraffic picking up through takanini & expected to get busier through to 7pm tonight #planahead #allowextratime #labourlongweekend ^sk pic.twitter.com/9oruue9dun — nzta akld & nthlnd (@nztaakl) october 19,...

Asparagus and strawberries by the bucket load: thousands of tonnes eaten every season

Thu, 19/10/2017 - 14:11
Strawberries and asparagus feature on our shelves for a limited time each year but Kiwis still manage to chow tons of the popular produce each season. The arrival of asparagus on supermarket shelves heralds the arrival of spring...

Freezing start to day - but it's looking glorious for next two days

Thu, 19/10/2017 - 07:50
Much of the country is waking to one of the coldest mornings this spring with freezing temperatures and even frosts in parts of the North Island. The day has a distinctly wintry feel in Masterton and Taupo, where the temperature...

South Island set to swelter - MetService

Tue, 17/10/2017 - 14:13
South Islanders will get to bask in summer-like conditions in the coming days as a northwesterly brings with it temperatures nearing 30C.Just how hot it gets remains to be seen, with MetService expecting a peak of up to 26C for...

Kiwi in coastal city in Ireland braced for Storm Ophelia

Tue, 17/10/2017 - 08:31
A New Zealander in Galway says the city is eerily quiet as locals close up shop in preparation for Storm Ophelia.A national warning is in place for the whole of Ireland while the monster storm tracks northeastwards. Three people...

Hurricane Ophelia hurtles towards Ireland

Mon, 16/10/2017 - 09:40
Ireland has dispatched its armed forces to bolster flood defences and warned people against non-essential travel as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia threatens the country with its worst storm in 50 years. Ophelia, the sixth major...

Loud bang, bright flash as lightning strikes Air New Zealand flight

Mon, 16/10/2017 - 08:22
A passenger has described the terrifying moment when the plane she was on was struck by lightning near Dunedin.Sandra Craik said she was on an Air New Zealand flight from Christchurch to Dunedin when lightning struck the wing of...

Weather forecast: drizzly start to the week follows a summery weekend

Mon, 16/10/2017 - 08:09
Most of the country is being hit with some drizzly weather to start the week following the sunny weather that graced most regions over the weekend.Showers are expected in Auckland and Hamilton as well as in New Plymouth down to...

Goodbye school holidays, hello fine weather

Sun, 15/10/2017 - 06:00
After days of mixed weather, things are set to improve just as the kids head back to school.A high pressure system is moving in from the Tasman, bringing more settled weather to most of the country this week.Much of the North...

Mixed weather for last weekend of the school holidays

Sat, 14/10/2017 - 08:50
Rain, snow and a risk of thunderstorms mixed with bursts of sunshine are forecast for the country this weekend.A number of fronts are set to make their way up the country today and tomorrow, bringing rain to most and a risk of thunderstorms...

Snow and then sunshine - when the kids go back to school

Fri, 13/10/2017 - 12:25
A super spring high is set to bathe the country in warm temperatures as school goes back but not before a bitter cold snap brings snow and thunderstorms to the south. While most of the country can look forward to weather that feels...

'Unusually warm' weather affected Scott's ill-fated race to South Pole

Thu, 12/10/2017 - 18:15
The race to the South Pole in the southern summer of 1911-1912 coincided with unusually warm weather which might have both helped and hindered the explorers, a new study has found.Reconstructions of past atmospheric pressures over...

Heavy rain closes State Highway 56

Thu, 12/10/2017 - 09:51
Heavy rain has closed State Highway 56 in Manawatu.Horizons Regional Council is watching the weather in case the Moutoa floodgates on the Manawatu River have to be opened.Highway detours are in place at Opiki.

Tropical cyclones likely to hit New Zealand over summer

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 14:08
The North Island could be battered by up to two tropical cyclones over the coming summer.Forecasters across the Southwest Pacific show many countries in the region have a higher-than-usual risk of category 3 or higher cyclones from...

Climate change a 'key' factor in migration

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 12:22
Climate change is proving a bigger factor in people's decisions to migrate more than income and political freedom combined, Kiwi researchers say. An analysis by Otago University economics researcher Dr Dennis Wesselbaum and Victoria...

Thunder storms cut power to Christchurch's eastern suburbs

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 07:12
More than 3000 Christchurch residents are waking to a morning without power.LIghtning and thunderstorms rolling across the city have cut electricity to eastern suburbs such as New Brighton and Sumner. Orion Energy says it isn't...

Thunderstorms, rain and sunshine expected for the week ahead

Mon, 09/10/2017 - 13:13
Much of the country is having a wet start to the week, though the weather is supposed to clear by Thursday before a front sets in again for the weekend. It's a mixed bag of weather for the last week of the school holidays with some...

Hazardous drive to work as thick fog shrouds north and west Auckland

Mon, 09/10/2017 - 08:19
Thick fog is shrouding Auckland this morning causing traffic to move at snail's pace on the city's roads.Fog is blanketing western and northern parts of the city with virtually zero visibility along sections of the Northwestern...

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