Cyclone Gita remnants expected to track towards NZ next week

After battering Tonga, the remnants of Cyclone Gita is expected to hit New Zealand next week, but it is not yet known how much damage it could cause.

The latest tracking information from Weatherwatch shows Gita reaching the western side of the North Island by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Many residents in the Pacific nation documented the extreme weather event. Source: 1 NEWS

It would no longer be a tropical cyclone when it arrived but may still bring strong winds, capable of possibly causing power cuts and damage, the forecaster said.

However, the storm was still too far from New Zealand to more accurately predict its impact on the country.

Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver reports the relief effort after Cyclone Gita. Source: 1 NEWS

Meanwhile, the New Zealand Defence Force has delivered a second round of supplies to Tonga, after Gita caused widespread destruction when it hit the island nation on Monday.

The relief supplies include 200 agriculture toolkits, 500 family hygiene kits, 1050 10-litre collapsible water containers, 1010 tarpaulins, 10 petrol generators, 10 diesel generators and 20 chainsaw packs.

"We hope that these supplies will help address the basic needs for power, water and sanitation for those affected by the cyclone. There is also equipment to clear fallen trees," Air Commodore Kevin McEvoy said.

"We continue to work with MFAT and stand ready to provide further assistance as required."


Taranaki school on lockdown after reports of person with firearm nearby

Taranaki's Stratford High School is reportedly on lockdown, with armed police swarming the area. 

Police said there were reports of a person walking down Swansea Rd (which the school is located on), with what the caller believed to be a firearm. 

Cordons are up at the school. 

NZHerald reports students were not being allowed in the school, but it was said some students were already in classrooms. 

A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle
A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle. Source: 1 NEWS


No deal! Porno star Stormy Daniels to reveal juicy details of Donald Trump's extra-marital affair in tell-all interview

Stormy Daniels, the pornography star whom President Donald Trump's personal attorney acknowledged paying US$130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss her alleged sexual encounter with Trump, her manager told The Associated Press today.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, believes that Trump attorney Michael Cohen invalidated a non-disclosure agreement after two news stories were published Tuesday: One, in which Cohen told The New York Times that he made the six-figure payment with his personal funds, and another in the Daily Beast, which reported that Cohen was shopping a book proposal that would touch on Daniels' story, said the manager, Gina Rodriguez.

The US president's announcement on Twitter has sparked protests and outrage in Washington and beyond.
US President Donald Trump. Source: 1 NEWS

"Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story," Rodriguez said.

Daniels first detailed her account of an alleged extramarital affair with Trump in 2011, when the celebrity website The Dirty published it but then removed the material under the threat of a lawsuit, according to the site's founder, Nik Richie.

Her story then remained largely out of public view until a month before the 2016 presidential election, when the website The Smoking Gun published an account that went mostly unnoticed by major news organisations.

In January, The Wall Street Journal reported that a limited liability company in Delaware formed by Cohen made the six-figure payment to Daniels to keep her from discussing the affair during the presidential campaign.

Cohen yesterday the payment was made with his own money, and that "neither the Trump Organisation nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly."

A campaign finance advocacy group, Common Cause, had complained about the payment to the Federal Election Commission, which is investigating.

A White House spokeswoman referred all questions about the payment to Cohen.

At issue is what transpired inside a Lake Tahoe, Nevada, hotel room in 2006 between the actress and Trump the year after his marriage to his third wife, Melania.

A lawyer for Daniels, Keith Davidson, has previously distributed statements on Daniels' behalf denying there was any affair.

But in a 2011 interview with the gossip magazine In Touch Weekly, the actress - who the magazine said passed a polygraph exam - said the two had sex and she described a subsequent years-long relationship.

The AP has previously reported that In Touch held off on publishing her account after Cohen threatened to sue the publication. It published the interview last month.

In recent weeks the actress has played coy, declining to elaborate when pressed on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"Rodriguez said her client will soon announce how and when she will tell her story publicly.