Christchurch to swelter in 33 degree heat, but much-needed rain coming to deep south

Much needed rain is expected to fall on the South Island today, but meteorologists are warning it won't be enough to break the drought.

It's thought there will need to be several rain storms before ground moisture levels return to normal.

It's been weeks since there was any significant rainfall in Gore, which has led to region-wide water restrictions.

Breakfast weather presenter Matty McLean has some good news for those in Southland and Otago. Source: Breakfast

Rain will fall in Invercargill this morning, with the wider Southland and Otago regions getting the wet weather later in the day.

It will be a scorcher on the east coast, however, with Christchurch to hit 33 degrees, and Blenheim 30.

It will reach 30 in Masterton, but other than the odd shower, it's fine and sunny in most of the North Island. 

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It's though the area will need several rain storms before ground moistures is returned to normal. Source: 1 NEWS

Burgeoning Opotiki mussel farm operation a dream come true for local iwi

Growing mussels is proving to be big business in the small Eastern Bay of Plenty town of Opotiki.

The country's first commercial open water mussel farm began in 2009 after the local iwi, Whakatohea, was given consent to farm in the area with the help of some large seafood companies.

When the companies' backing was pulled out, around 100 Opotiki residents pooled in money to help.

After a small harvest last year, business is now blooming.

Now, Whakatohea Mussels have consent for another 3,200 hectares of farm.

Robert Edwards of Ngati Ruatakena, a board delegate for Whakatohea, says the company's success is a dream come true for local iwi.

"Three or four years back, they would say you're dreaming. And now, it's a dream that they are starting to see and they are starting to become a part of.

"We are all moving forward to build and rebuild Whakatohea and Opotiki as it was once upon a time," Mr Edwards says.

With plans to develop a wharf and processing factory, Opotiki locals are expecting to see money and jobs pour back into the town.

The whole town got behind the iwi initiative which was sourced through crowdfunding. Source: Seven Sharp


NZ Palestinians to hold rally over Trump's plan to move US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

New Zealand's Palestinian community will hold a rally tomorrow over US president Donald Trump's plan to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The march, organised by the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network, will see protesters march from Aotea Square to the US consulate on Auckland's Queen Street at 2pm on Saturday.

It comes after the US recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Source: 1 NEWS

The rally is being supported by Auckland's Palestine community, Kia Ora Gaza, as well as Palestine Human Rights Campaign and Global Peace&Justice.

NZ Palestine Solidarity Network spokesperson Janfrie Wakim says, "Donald Trump's announcement to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem is a catastrophic provocation which will have worldwide ramifications."

"Fortunately his announcement has found no support from US allies and we hope the New Zealand government will condemn it too," they said.

The Israel Institue of New Zealand has welcomed Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.