Where will Cyclone Hola hit? 'If I were living in Northland, Coromandel or Gisborne I'd really be keeping up with that forecast,' says MetService

MetService says an accurate path for Cyclone Hola will not really be able to be predicted until about Saturday night.

Meteorologist Georgina Griffiths said Hola is "really intense now" and is just beginning its recurve to the southeast from its current position between Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

She said an accurate forecast of Hola's path near New Zealand will not be known until Saturday evening, and urged people to keep up to date.

An updated track map for Cyclone Hola, overlaid on Google Earth, issued 4am NZT on Friday, March 9.
An updated track map for Cyclone Hola, overlaid on Google Earth, issued 4am NZT on Friday, March 9. Source: JTWC/Google Earth

"That track is going to become very important," Ms Griffiths said.

"If I were living in Northland Coromandel or Gisborne I'd really be keeping up with that forecast for Monday, which is D Day."

With Hola following just weeks after Cyclone Gita ravaged parts of Nelson Tasman and the West Coast, Ms Griffiths said the number of cyclones this year hitting New Zealand was "not exceptional".

"We've only had three this year," she said, "but they are targeting New Zealand right now".

The category four cyclone brought 170km/h winds to Vanuatu yesterday. Source: Breakfast

Ms Griffiths urged people to get their official forecast from MetService, as she said they are the only agency with the relevant tropical cyclone expertise.

Meteorologist Georgina Griffiths says Monday is "D-Day" for areas like Northland, Coromandel and Gisborne. Source: Breakfast

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Cop breaks leg after being hit by police car during early morning Rotorua pursuit

A police officer suffered a broken leg after being struck by a police car at the conclusion of a police pursuit in Rotorua this morning.

The male officer was stepping out of his vehicle to arrest the driver after road spikes had successfully stopped the vehicle at the intersection of State Highway 29 and McLaren Falls.

A second police car struck the officer before going on to collide with a third police vehicle.

The officer was sent to hospital, with no other injuries in the incident. 

The pursuit had begun at about 2.40am when police had attempted to stop a speeding vehicle on Ngongotaha Road.

A 31-year-old man with two outstanding warrants was arrested and charged with driving while disqualified, dangerous driving, failing to stop and possession of a knife in a public place.

He is due to appear in Tauranga District Court today.

"Drivers who choose not to pull over for Police when instructed put themselves, other members of the public and our staff at risk,"Rotorua Area Commander Inspector Anaru Pewhairangi said.

"The message is clear, anyone who is signalled to stop by Police should pull over immediately."

A Serious Crash Unit investigation is underway.

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Gerry Brownlee defends phone call to law firm in which he's accused of bullying junior solicitor

A law firm is accusing Gerry Brownlee of phone bullying after a 15 minute call he made to their offices, but the National MP says how can you bully a law firm?

A junior solicitor at Adina Thorn fielded the call from Mr Brownlee who was calling to note his concern about a letter from the firm warning Christchurch residents about dodgy steel mesh and inviting residents to join a class action.

Mr Brownlee rejects many of the claims the firm has made in a press release publicising the matter and told Morning Report he was not angry or ranting during the call.

"I was very keen to understand what the basis of the pleading was.

"This is a law firm, asking people to sign up with them, saying they're going to stand before the court and plead a case on their behalf for compensation for ... what?"

He said by signing up to the class action, people would effectively be identifying themselves as having a problem which could have a long term impact well beyond compensation they might get from a court.

"Was it for product failure, or potential product failure, or catastrophic failure in the event of an earthquake or was it because the Commerce Commission had fined steel companies for inappropriately labelling their products and that people might have bought it inappropriately?

"They are not unreasonable questions to answer."

Mr Brownlee said he thought he was speaking to Adina Thorn and did not identify himself in the phone call.

"They wrote to me as a householder so I spoke to them as a householder."

He said he assumed the call was recorded and welcomes the release of the taped call.

"That would demonstrate that there was certainly no ranting and no bullying.

"Had I identified myself right up front, would they have had different answers for me?"

He said the law firm has not contacted him since the phone call despite having concerns for its staff member.

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The National MP for Ilam strongly denies what he calls “outrageous accusations”, saying he was just doing his job.
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British dance group Rudimental coming to New Zealand to headline festival

British chart topper Rudimental is headed to our shores for the first time in several years.

The drum and bass outfit, known for their collaboration with Ed Sheeran and other artists, will be among the headliners at Christchurch's Electric Avenue music festival in February, festival organisers announced today.

The festival is expected to attract a crowd of about 15,000 as the band performs a DJ set with live vocalists and instrumentalists.

"Bringing major international artists to Christchurch is a key factor in the Festival's future growth," said festival director Callam Mitchell.

"Christchurch has definitely missed out on being able to host big international artists a lot recently, so we try to fill that gap."

Rudimental first scored a hit in 2012 for their collaboration with singer John Newman on Feel the Love. In 2015 the band released Lay it All On Me, which featured Ed Sheeran.

Other headliners headed to Christchurch on 23 February for Electric Avenue include Netsky, Orbital and The Correspondents.

Early bird tickets for the festival go on sale at midday on Monday.

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 10: British dance act Rudimental perform at Lollapalooza Berlin on September 10, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.(Photo by Ant Palmer/Getty Images)
British dance act Rudimental perform at Lollapalooza Berlin in September 2017. Source: Getty


Major delays expected after crash on State Highway 1 in Waikato

A car and truck have crashed on State Highway at Tokoroa in Waikato today.

The crash happened at 9.55am today between East Parkdale Street and Main Road.

Policea are urging motorists to avoid the area and follow diversions with major delays expected.

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