China Southern flight returns to Auckland, makes emergency landing

A China Southern flight from Auckland to Guangzhou was forced to make an emergency landing back in Auckland last night. 

Just 30 minutes after the flight had left Auckland International Airport, the Boeing 777 turned around and made a "full emergency landing," according to an Auckland Airport spokesperson. 

The media spokesperson confirmed that the China Southern plane went through the standard procedure with fire services.

Flight CZ306 departed from Auckland International Airport at 11pm last night and had been scheduled to arrive in Guangzhou, China at 5.20am this morning. 

A spokesperson from fire services confirmed that the China Southern plane landed safely.

The flight path of the China Southern plane that made an emergency landing in Auckland last night.
The flight path of the China Southern plane that made an emergency landing in Auckland last night. Source: Flight Aware

Nelson region holidaymakers drenched as heavy rain pummels upper South Island

Golden Bay locals and holidaymakers are being advised to stay alert as the region gets a soaking.

Heavy rain has pummelled the Upper South Island since yesterday afternoon, causing rivers to swiftly rise and surface flooding on roads.

Despite the downpour, fire services have confirmed there were no weather-related calls overnight.

There were two blocked roads earlier this morning, but they have since been cleared.

A flood warning remains in place on SH60 between Takaka and Collingwood, near the Little Onahau River.

One Spec Road in Takaka was impassable before the Anatoki River last night.

Campers at Pohara campground remain undeterred, having already stuck out stormy conditions last week.

Holidaymaker Oscar Evans told 1 NEWS the front of his tent had flooded, but it hadn’t dampened his love for his "favourite place".

He described how a "lakes" worth of water had also built up outside his tent during last week’s downpour.

"We actually got the kayak out and we were actually paddling in it."

MetService has predicted heavy rain to ease in the region by early this morning, but expects a further 60 to 90mm of rain about the ranges west of Motueka and 30 to 50mm elsewhere, on top of what has already fallen.

One holidaymaker in Golden Bay said he was able to kayak outside his tent where rain had built up at Pohara campsite. Source: 1 NEWS


Ministry for Vulnerable Children today drops 'vulnerable' from its name

The name change for Oranga Tamariki-Ministry for Children, dropping the word "vulnerable", officially takes effect today.

The name change from "Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki" was announced by the Government in December.

Children's Minister Tracey Martin says what the ministry does is far more important than its name.

"However, we want the Ministry's name to reflect that we have aspirations for all children and young people."

Ms Martin says Oranga Tamariki is only nine months old and it has to focus on its core work - improving the quality and range of care available to children most in need, lifting social work standards and improving youth justice outcomes.

But she says over the Government's term, Oranga Tamariki-Ministry for Children will widen its view. 

"We want a plan and measures in place so that as a country we make sure that we are doing the right thing for all of our kids."

The minister says the name change has had no impact on funding for services.

"Oranga Tamariki had a budget for its establishment, including new signage for its buildings. The chief executive rightly focused on getting services running before getting signs up, so that money is going to be used now," Ms Martin said.

"The name change is a symbolic step, but it means a lot for those in care and the people who work with and care for our tamariki and it signals where we are heading," the minister said.

The NZ First MP wouldn't say who the party would be forming a coalition with today.
Source: 1 NEWS