The following is an opinion piece by NZ Herald columnist Rachel Glucina, originally published in "The Diary":
Popular weather presenter Jim Hickey is retiring from his longtime post with One News. The 65-year-old quietly told TVNZ staff this week and an official announcement is expected on air one night next week at the end of the news bulletin.
The long weekend is here and the weather will play it’s part...for the most part anyway!
Saturday starts off with a large high for both islands, on Sunday the high slides further north allowing a warm westerly to push across eastern NZ with highs in the low 20's.
11:41am -- It's been almost half a year since our last public holiday and many New Zealanders are keen for a dry and settled weekend
A team of leading scientists, including a Kiwi, have gazed beyond our planet to solve a mystery phenomenon tampering with winter weather patterns.
In newly-published findings, the team has discovered a chain of effects that begins in space and results in changes in wind patterns that impact temperatures on Earth.
With a mostly sunny long weekend coming up, we wanted to urge our readers to take care on the water and remember the new rules that come into force today!
Cold southwesterlies lie over the country today, showers affect most eastern parts and the west of the North Island for a time mainly this morning. The West Coast of the South Island is the best place to be, becoming mostly sunny this morning.
Friday is looking like the day when this change we have been expecting finally shows up - with the colder southwesterly flow making its presence felt across much of the day.
WeatherWatch.co.nz is being sent some fantastic Spring photos - and we always want more!
Whether it's lambs frolicking, calves feeding, flowers blooming or even those spring storm photos - upload them easily and directly from your computer to our site by using this link.
Weather models are now showing an El Nino is unlikely to develop this year.
Of the models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology, three of eight are suggesting El Nino thresholds could be reached by January, while another two remain just shy of the thresholds for an event.
Auckland Zoo is asking people for dry and open pinecones to help feed and entertain their primates and other animals.
The pinecones are used to make eating more adventurous - food is stuffed between the open cones and either hung by string or hidden amongst the enclosure.
For the animals it makes food time more challenging and stimulating as they have to work to get their food.