US comedian and film star Kevin Hart confirms one-off Auckland show

US comedian and film-star Kevin Hart will be bringing his unique brand of humour to Auckland this December as part of his world tour.

Hart, the star of films such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Central Intelligence, will be playing Spark Arena on December 11 as part of his Irresponsible Tour.

The 38-year-old is set to bring a fresh stage setup to the Auckland venue, playing in the middle of the arena surrounded by the crowd on all sides.

Kevin Hart playing in Auckland, Australia
Kevin Hart playing in Auckland, Australia

The Auckland show had earlier been announced in late January, but stated it was to be held in Auckland, Australia. The confusion has been cleared up with the new announcement of ticket sale dates today.

Tickets are likely to be at a premium for the on-off show when they go on sale on February 23 at midday.

Those wanting to get in early can take part in the Live Nation pre-sale which starts at midday on February 20.

Kevin Hart is coming to Auckland.
Kevin Hart is coming to Auckland. Source: Associated Press

Watch as 400 South Auckland students - belt out spine-tingling rendition of Oscar-nominated song 'This Is Me'

More than 400 South Auckland students with the help of the choir master behind Disney's Moana have performed an inspiring rendition of the Oscar-nominated song 'This Is Me' - with just two hours to prepare.

The 400 strong choir are students from a summer programme called UniPrep which helps high school graduates prepare for their life after school whether it be in work or at university.

Every year choir master and judge of the The Naked Choir Igelese Ete trains the programme's students to sing and perform.  

Performing in a choir is a way for the students "to get out of their comfort zone," Veronica Ng Lam Director of Strategic Projects and Initiatives at AUT told 1NEWS.

Ms Ng Lam, who has helped run the course since it began in 2015, says the choir rehearsed for two hours with Mr Ete before they recorded the video.

The video, posted to Facebook on Friday, has been watched more than 800,000 times and has been shared more than 15,000 times.

Ms Ng Lam says the students have been overwhelmed with the response to their cover of the song This Is Me from the move 'The Greatest Showman' starring Hugh Jackman.

"It's been really inspiring.

"They are really proud of themselves."


'No relief in sight' for unrelenting Auckland humidity with overnight temperatures set to average 19C over coming days

An unwavering run of oppressively hot and humid nights confronts Auckland for at least the next 10 days.

MetService forecasts the average overnight temperature at 19 degrees over the next 10 days, leading up to Wednesday, February 21. 

Auckland city night skyline with city center and Auckland Sky Tower, the iconic landmark of Auckland, New Zealand.
Auckland skyline at night (file picture). Source:

Compounding this torrid run of sultry nights is the extreme humidity levels brought on by the February deluges hitting most of the country.

TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett with the latest update. Source: 1 NEWS

Check the forecast for your area here.

Sad girl in bed, backlit scene. Desaturated image.
During the next 10-day stretch, the lowest overnight Auckland temperature is 17 degrees. Source:

Aucklanders awoke to a stifling 100 per cent humidity level this morning, creating conditions meteorologists say are no different to a tropical climate.

And on the humidity front, there will be no relief for Aucklanders until at least midweek, when the showers will cease late Wednesday through to the weekend.

But the hot temperatures will not settle down.

During the next 10-day stretch, the lowest overnight Auckland temperature is forecast to be 17 degrees this Thursday, Febuary 13.

MetService Auckland meteorologist Georgina Griffiths said the extreme mugginess is the result of a "horrendus" combination of humid air mass and high temperatures.

"We've had a lot of rain yesterday and it's largely stopped today, but in the short term there's no relief in sight for Auckland," she said.

"It's really only midweek that we see some relief from the revolting high temperature and high moisture levels.

"The sup-tropics are driving our weather."

And a sticky day in Auckland is probably the least to worry about.

Breakfast weather reporter Matty McLean gives the overview of the rainy weather this week. Source: Breakfast

Ms Griffiths also warns further heavy rain today leading into Wednesday could easily create surface flooding in spots across the city.

"Key for Aucklanders is the risk of heavy rain tonight with localised surface flooding," she said.

"On Wednesday there should be slight relief in conditions."

But, the on and off February deluges of the past fortnight are nothing unusual.

"Every so often Auckland suffers from muggy south-easterlies in February - grey, overcast conditions with showers," she said.

"The last time we saw conditions like this though, where there was flooding, was March 2017."

Showers are again expected to descend on Auckland around 10pm tonight, and continue thorough to Wednesday.

However, fine conditions are then forecast for Auckland Thursday through Sunday.

The temperature, however, will not abate, with daily highs forecast to not drop below 26 degrees for the next week.