Latest NZ National News [via voxy.co.nz]

Voxy.co.nz - National

Heavy rain has fallen in Westland yesterday (Saturday) and overnight, but has now eased. Further rain or showers are expected today (Sunday), and there may still be some heavy, thundery falls - especially in the north - but rainfall totals should no longer meet warning criteria.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 19, 2014, 9:10 pm

A low just south of Stewart Island is spreading a strong, moist northwesterly flow over Fiordland today (Sunday). Farther north, a broad trough moves across the upper South Island, bringing heavy, thundery rain or showers to Buller.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 19, 2014, 8:56 pm

A professor from the world’s number one rated university will have her book published next year featuring University of Canterbury physics expert Professor Roy Kerr.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 19, 2014, 8:00 pm

Early this morning Police and ambulance officers attended an incident following a shooting at a local residence in Te Hapara, Gisborne.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 19, 2014, 7:07 pm

On the evening of Saturday the 19th of April 2014, the mail box outside the Featherston Post Office on 43 Fitzherbert Street in Featherston has been damaged and emptied. Police recovered some damaged and undamaged mail. It is unknown what mail is outstanding.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 19, 2014, 5:57 pm

A deep low lying southwest of Fiordland this evening is expected to weaken and pass south of Stewart Island during Sunday. A moist northerly flow covers the South Island, bringing periods of rain to the West Coast and Southern Alps.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 19, 2014, 8:17 am

A deep low lying southwest of Fiordland this evening is expected to weaken and pass south of Stewart Island during Sunday. A moist northerly flow covers the South Island, bringing periods of rain to the West Coast and Southern Alps.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 19, 2014, 8:06 am

Police and Emergency services are currently dealing with a vehicle which was on fire on the Southern Motorway, north of Te Irirangi Road.

A full motorway block was put in place, and although the vehicle has been now removed, damage to the Road surface needs to be assessed.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 19, 2014, 7:45 am

Police and Emergency services are currently at the scene of a Helicopter crash at Taupo Hospital.

It is confirmed the helicoper has landed heavy upon impact on a field adjacent to the hospital.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 19, 2014, 5:55 am

Wellington Police are currently investigating a sexually motivated attack around the area of the Terrace/Boyd Wilson Field/Victoria University.

Boyd Wilson Field is situated between the Terrace and Victoria University on Fairlie Terrace, Wellington.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 19, 2014, 2:56 am

Canterbury Police have released the name of the pedestrian who died after being struck by a vehicle on State Highway 1 south of Hinds, early on Friday morning [18 April].

He was Alan Hammond, aged 80, of Ashburton.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 19, 2014, 2:15 am

Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica

Headlines:

Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 19, 2014, 1:56 am

A cooler southwest flow is expected over New Zealand during Monday, bringing showers to western and southern areas.

A ridge of high pressure is forecast to spread onto the South Island during Tuesday and the North Island on Wednesday, bringing a spell of settled weather to many places.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 19, 2014, 1:52 am

The storms of the past few days have caused some issues around the Bay of Plenty. The worst hit areas appear to be around Whakatāne and the Eastern Bay.

Whakatāne District

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 19, 2014, 1:41 am

Christchurch City Council and associated agencies are today out across the city managing the effects of yesterday’s adverse weather.

People travelling are asked to take extra care and be vigilant for debris and potholes that may have been caused by rain and surface water.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 18, 2014, 8:56 pm

A deep low lying west of the South Island is moving slowly southwards and is forecast to pass by Fiordland this evening. A moist northerly flow is bringing rain to Westland and Fiordland today. A warning for heavy rain remains in force for the ranges of Westland south of Otira.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 18, 2014, 8:33 pm

Locals in a remote part of Opotiki came to the assistance of Bay of Plenty Regional Council Pollution Prevention officers dealing with a spill from a fatal truck crash on Thursday.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 18, 2014, 8:15 pm

120 lives will be lost if good home can’t be found for Kaimanawa horses from this year’s Department of Conservation muster.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 18, 2014, 7:49 pm

The man who died in a crash at the intersection of Tuakau and Buckland Roads near Pukekohe on Thursday was 74 year old Robert Nikora of Papatoetoe.

Police are still looking for information on the crash.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 18, 2014, 9:55 am

Vector advise that the number of customers still out following ex Tropical Cyclone Ita now stands at 150.

Crews have continued to work through the day and into the evening to ensure as many customers have been restored as possible.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 18, 2014, 6:48 am

The public are asked to avoid travelling over the Takaka Hill tonight. Due to flooding on the State Highway in Golden Bay there is no access beyond Upper Takaka. Travellers are advised to seek accommodation on the Motueka side of the Takaka Hill.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 18, 2014, 6:42 am

Auckland City Police can confirm that a 23 year old male has been charged with an offence of Aggravated Wounding in connection with the assault of a police officer which occurred in the early hours on Thursday 17th April 2014 in Glen Innes.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 18, 2014, 6:07 am

MetService has just advised that it has lifted the Severe Weather Warning it had in place for Dunedin, North Otago and Canterbury and that rain in these areas is easing.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 18, 2014, 5:52 am

A deep low lying west of the South Island is moving slowly southwards and is forecast to weaken and cross Fiordland Saturday night. A strong moist northeast flow covers the South Island, but should gradually turn northerly as the low moves south.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 18, 2014, 4:58 am

Porirua Police are investigating a serious assault that occurred on Thursday night between 10.30pm - 11.30pm 17 April 2014 at Cannons Creek Park, Porirua.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 18, 2014, 4:56 am

Although the weather situation has eased in Nelson Tasman, the ongoing effects of the continuous rain are still being realised in many communities with river levels rising, minor flooding, road closures, and debris including downed trees from high winds.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 18, 2014, 4:42 am

Two men who died when the tow truck they were in rolled down a bank in a remote area east of Opotiki yesterday have been identified as Gordon Douglas Nelson, aged 67 and Frederick Michael Ruff, aged 70.

Both men were from Opotiki and Mr Nelson was the driver of the vehicle.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 18, 2014, 3:10 am

Police have released the name of the motorist killed in a fatal crash on the Fairlie-Tekapo Road (SH8) in South Canterbury yesterday [Thursday 17 April].

She was Yulane Margaret Cadigan, aged 44, from Twizel.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 18, 2014, 3:05 am

ORC flood managers are warning people to stay clear of the Silverstream at Gordon Road near Mosgiel where heavy rain today has resulted in some minor overflow of floodwater.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 18, 2014, 2:49 am

Vector is pleased to advise that customers in the Mahurangi/Puhoi area have been fully restored as have customers in the Mangawhai and Titirangi areas.

The total number of customers remaining out is now down to under 1000.

Author: Fuseworks Media
Posted: April 18, 2014, 2:46 am