'Don't take this with a grain of salt' - West Coast mayor gives locals stern warning ahead of Cyclone Gita

Hokitika's mayor is warning those on the West Coast there are "no excuses"not to be prepared for what Cyclone Gita could possibly bring.

In a video posted on the The Coasters Club Facebook page, Mayor Bruce Smith suggested those effected by the last weather event move out of their homes as a precaution.

He urged people to stock up on their food and water supplies as well as look into alternative power.

Principal Forecaster Chris Brandolino talks through the likely impacts as the storm barrels in from the west. Source: Breakfast

With Gita expected to hit tomorrow NIWA modelling predicts high waves, strong winds

Breakfast weatherman Matty McLean has the latest weather update. Source: Breakfast

"If you've got friends or family heading to the coast in the coming days, call them and tell them not to," Mr Bruce said.

"We don't want people stuck in slips like the last event and complain about it," he said.

He says this event is not to be "taken with a grain of salt" and people need to take this seriously.

Heavy rain and winds are expected for central New Zealand on Tuesday and Wednesday. Source: Breakfast

Those who are trapped on the roads could be there for multiple days, he warned.



Woman dead, two other people critically injured in Christchurch stabbing

One woman is dead and two people are in a critical condition after a stabbing in Christchurch.

Police were called to a stabbing on Ilam Rd in Christchurch. One woman was killed and another man is in critical condition.
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Police were called to Ilam Road at 7.50pm on Saturday.

Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Anderson said a man and woman were stabbed by another man, who then turned the knife on himself.

He says those involved were known to each other.

Police are not seeking anyone else over the incident.

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Little South Auckland town celebrating their own female pioneers

Next week will mark 125 years since women in New Zealand won the right to vote.

As the country prepares to mark the historic day, a little town south of Auckland is celebrating their own female pioneers.

The residents of Pukekohe say women’s suffrage is about the lasting inspiration it gave to those who followed.

Hundreds turned out today to show their appreciation and remembered those like the woman who started a female fitness club in 1913 or ran for president of the RSA.

Pukekohe's not the only town making big noise this year, a number of towns up and down the country are expected to hold events like this, ahead of next Wednesday's 125th celebration.

Hundreds will join Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland’s Aotea Square for a sunrise salute to those who made the women’s vote and countless other everyday tasks possible.

Pukekohe turned out to celebrate their own as New Zealand gets set to mark 125 years since women’s suffrage. Source: 1 NEWS

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Police appeal for sightings after man found dead on Auckland road

A body has been found on an Auckland road after being hit by a vehicle, but police believe the man may have already been deceased before the incident.

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Police were called to the scene on Popes Road, Takanini, at 7.20pm after reports that a pedestrian had been hit by a car.

Police say initial indications are that the man was already deceased on the road when hit by the driver who contacted emergency services.

Police are investigating and no further information is available at this time.

Anyone who saw a man wearing a red checkered shirt and jeans hitchhiking along Popes Road earlier this evening has been advised to contact Papakura Police on 09 295 0200.


Boy, 4, found dead in sewage pond after going missing from West Coast farm

A four-year-old boy has been found dead in an effluent pond after going missing from a West Coast farm today.

Police received a report Reuben Nolan had disappeared from a farm in Hari Hari, West Coast, just before 1.30pm today.

Police, local volunteers, family, neighbours and friends joined the search for the boy, whose body was found in an effluent pond at 4pm.

Police would like to extend their condolences to the family for their loss.

Reuben's death will be referred to the Coroner, and his family is being assisted by Victim Support.

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