Anzac Day forecast: What's the weather like for your area?

The weather forecast for Anzac Day could not be better and it's one of the best forecasts WeatherWatch has given in years.

This predicted fine weather tomorrow is thanks to a very large high that will be parked smack bang over the top of the nation, says WeatherWatch.

That should ensure mostly light winds and dry weather from Northland to Southland, Westland to Eastland.

Check the forecast for your area here

There is a very slight chance of some early showers in Northland which will be clearing around dawn.

Dawn ceremonies will be a little cooler tomorrow morning but not freezing for most.

Frosts are possible through the South Island highlands and parts of Otago.

It'll be cold in the single digits first thing but overall Wednesday looks pleasant and mild for most regions by lunchtime.

Anzac Memorials, Auckland / New Zealand
Anzac Day (file picture). Source: istock.com



Police urging small group of Kiwis who don't wear seat belts to buckle up

A new Automobile Association report has identified the small group of Kiwis who aren't wearing seat belts - but the challenge now for police is to reach and educate them.

NZ Police provided data to assist in the report, and say the survival statistics on seat belts in accidents are undeniable - so everybody should be wearing one.

One of the findings of the report is it's not just young people dying on New Zealand roads because they aren't wearing seatbelts, but a wide range of community members.

Passengers are 60 per cent more likely to survive a crash in the front seat if you're wearing your seatbelt, and 44 per cent more likely to survive in the back seat.

"For most people it's a habitual thing; you get into your car and you put on your seatbelt," national manager road policing Steve Greally says.

"But unfortunately, for a small group of people, this is not the case. You wouldn't jump out of a plane without a parachute."

AA Research Foundation manager Simon Douglas said his team were surprised to find the deaths were not just restricted to one group of people.

"When we analysed the 200 deaths to understand the types of people involved, we found that along with the young, risky drivers that people might expect to feature, the other common groups were people in rural areas, people driving for work, the elderly and tourists," he said.

He said the research in partnership with government agencies looked in depth at 200 deaths where people were not buckled up with the aim of understanding who was involved in the crashes.

It found 83.5 per cent of the deaths of someone not wearing a seatbelt happened on rural roads.

Just over half (53.5 per cent) involved alcohol and 36.5 per cent involved fatigue.

Of all car crash deaths during the last decade, on average of 26 per cent were not wearing seatbelts at the time.

Mr Douglas said it was "mystifying that in New Zealand the rate of people dying while not buckled up is much higher than in other countries like Australia".

New Zealand Transport Agency Director Harry Wilson also welcomes the research amid disastrous 2018 road toll statistics.

As of April 24, there have been 127 deaths on New Zealand roads this year - up noticeably from 111 this time last year.

"In a safe system, no-one deserves to be killed or seriously injured because someone has made a mistake, but people also need to take responsibility for making good choices, including using proven life-saving features like seat belts," Mr Wilson says.

The force on safety belts can be as much as 20 times your weight, which is how hard you'd hit the inside of your vehicle without a seatbelt on.

"We're looking forward to using this new research and working together and with our partner agencies on what we can do to reach the people who choose not to wear a seatbelt, to change their minds and create a new habit – buckling up every time they get in the car," Mr Wilson says.

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New Zealand's horror 2018 road toll: Auckland crash leaves one dead

A two vehicle crash in West Auckland late last night has left one person dead.

Emergency services were called to the two-vehicle crash on Central Park Drive, near Henderson, at 10.55pm, April 23.

Police said in a statement one person died at the scene and two others were taken to hospital with moderate injuries.

The injured victim is a child who is in a stable condition in Starship Hospital.

New Zealand's 2018 road toll currently sits at 127 and is on track to pass last year's total of 380 deaths on our roads.

2017's figure was the highest number of deaths since 2009, when 384 people died on our roads.

Inspector Duncan Hall says speed was likely a factor in the accident. Source: 1 NEWS