Employees are being taken advantage of over unpaid work hours, says union

First Union’s Tali Williams says some workers are not aware that they’re entitled to be paid for all hours of work. Source: Breakfast


Pre-dawn thunderstorm hits Auckland, westerly front could bring more this morning

Aucklanders have woken to a vigorous thunderstorm this morning as a westerly flow moves over many parts of the region.

MetService says Aucklanders can expect the showers and possible thunder to continue until midday, where they will start to break up into fine spells.

The chance of thunderstorms this morning is also moderate in the regions surrounding Auckland - Northland, Waikato, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki, as well as Rotorua and Taupo to a lesser extent.

The storms could bring localised downpours up to 20mm per hour, but MetService is confidence the amount of rainfall should not cause too many problems.

Going into the weekend, more fronts are coming in from the west and temperatures to drop somewhat.

Down south, there are overnight road snowfall warnings in place for Porters Pass and Lindis Pass, as well as the Crown Range Road.

For a full forecast for your area, see our weather page here.

At least 1300 properties are without power in Taranaki after lightning strikes early this morning.
Source: 1 NEWS


Reserve Bank closed in Wellington after asbestos find

The Reserve Bank in Wellington closed last night following the discovery of asbestos in the building.

A small trace of asbestos was found on level one of the building on The Terrace as precaution, bank Governor Gavin Orr said.

"Because of the age of the building, asbestos must be presumed to be present," he said.

"As a responsible employer and landlord, the bank has decided to take the extra precaution today of closing the building until it is confirmed that there continues to be no risk to human health, and any necessary remedial action has been taken."

It'll stay closed until air monitoring shows there is no health risk.

The bank says it's essential operations are being carried out in Auckland.

Pressure builds on the housing market as people are running of the fear of missing out and nobody is looking at the numbers anymore.
Source: 1 NEWS