Bill English quizzed by reporters over Nicky Hager's controversial SAS Afghanistan claims

The Prime Minister says he wants to discuss claims made in Nicky Hager's latest book, Hit and Run, with officials this afternoon. Source: 1 NEWS



'Adele fans will need to do a good anti-rain dance between now and then' - weekend concerts could be a soggy affair

As the clock ticks down to Adele's first Auckland show, fans going to the weekend gigs are being encouraged to take a raincoat to Mt Smart Stadium.

It's NZ's fastest selling tour for any artist, with more than 100k tickets sold in one day. Source: 1 NEWS

Tomorrow night is looking all right after a few spots of rain during the day, 1 NEWS meteorologist Dan Corbett said. 

However, the tricky bit, he said, is the weekend as another slow-moving low from the Tasman Sea takes aim at northern New Zealand. 

"It would definitely be wise to take a raincoat for the Saturday and Sunday shows as spells of rain move in," he added.

The main body of the Tasman low rain band may be just west of Auckland for Saturday night, but no such luck for Sunday. 

"The Adele fans will need to do a good anti-rain dance between now and then," Dan said. 

Adele is the record holder for the fastest selling tour in New Zealand by an artist and the highest number of tickets sold in one day - in excess of 100,000 tickets. 

She arrives after eight shows in Australia. 

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Video: Iconic rail service between Christchurch and West Coast back on track

Kiwi Rail's iconic TranzAlpine service between Canterbury and the West Coast has resumed this morning.

The service was suspended in mid-February after rail tracks sustained severe damage during scrub fires on Waitangi weekend.

The Midland line between Christchurch and Greymouth was originally due to re-open in early April but quick repairs meant that freight services resumed on Monday.

Several bridges along the route between Cass and Springfield had to be repaired, including one where 12 wooden piles needed to be replaced.

The recent then fire swept through around 300 hectares of scrub in an area not easily accessible from roads, which further complicated the repair of the rail line.

The resumption of the service is a boost for the Coast with West Coast Tourism estimating the service brings well in excess of $15 million a year into the region.

The route between Christchurch and Greymouth has been out of action since Waitangi weekend. Source: 1 NEWS