Fish numbers in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf plummet 60 per cent from historic levels

A new report has revealed the water quality of Auckland's Hauraki Gulf is now deteriorating faster than current management plans can cope with.

The three-yearly State of Our Gulf report calls for urgent political action to restore the natural environment.

The Hauraki Gulf forum says the largest pressure on the system is the surge in population.

It says the ecosystem the gulf supports has taken a hit, estimating the overall fish population has plummeted 60 per cent from historical levels. 

That’s the findings released in a report by the Hauraki Gulf Forum. Source: 1 NEWS

First weekend of autumn set to bring 'mixed bag' of weather across NZ but warm, humid conditions forecast for most places

Summer is officially over but a warm, humid weekend is expected all over the country this weekend, the first weekend of autumn.

There is a northeasterly wind that is feeding the humid air, as well as some scattered rain expected in particularly in northern and southwestern places.

The "weather is a mixed bag, but more dry weather then wet," MetService's Tom Adams told 1 NEWS.

"With overnight minimum temperatures currently in the high-teens, the northeast flow will keep the temperatures at night warm and uncomfortable for many of us" says MetService meteorologist Tui McInnes in a statement.

It's a busy weekend ahead with events all around the country.

Round the Bays in Auckland is set for warm, humid conditions, with the possiblity of rain.

With Ironman New Zealand in Taupo and Black Caps versus England in Wellington tomorrow, both events are expected to have fine weather.

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Police seek help from public after Kerikeri assault

A 16-year-old girl who was allegedly assaulted by two females in Kerikeri last week has prompted police to ask for help from the public.

The alleged assault that happened on Monday 19th February around 1.50pm in the Kerikeri Domain.

The two girls attempted to take her phone before dragging and kicking the victim on the ground.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw two females acting suspiciously in the domain around that time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Constable Mark Roberts from Kerikeri Police on 09 407 9211.

Police car Source: 1 NEWS