Ice on runway causes delays at Dunedin Airport

Ice has started melting on the Dunedin Airport runway, and passengers are preparing to board flights.

It could be a little wait for some before there's any action at the airport. Source: 1 NEWS

This morning's -4 degree temperatures have caused delays of more than two hours at the airport.

One flight from Christchurch returned as it was unable to land on the icy runway this morning.

The passengers booked on that flight are being accommodated on other planes where possible.

The airport terminal is full of patiently waiting passengers. No flights have taken off or landed due to ice on the runway.

Passengers have been allowed to check-in their luggage. The sun is now rising, but a frost is taking time to thaw.

Black ice causes headaches near Greymouth

Three separate incidents of cars sliding off the road because of black ice between Greymouth and Taylorville have been reported today.

Arctic blast causes treacherous conditions in the south.
Source: 1 NEWS

Police are warning motorists in parts of Greymouth to take extra care and watch their speeds this morning.

The three incidents reportedly happened before 7.15am today. No-one has been injured, but the road is still very slippery.

Council vehicles are gritting the affected roads, but police are asking motorists to drive to the conditions.

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Community in mourning after tragic deaths of mother, daughter and family friend in crash

A community is in mourning after the tragic deaths of a mother, daughter and family friend who were killed in a crash near Dargaville over the holiday weekend.

Mum Susanna Stewart, her daughter Sadie (16) and family friend Jamie Wearmouth (18) were the victims of a motor vehicle accident on Monday.

A double-cab ute crashed near Bayleys beach about 7pm, killing Mrs Stewart, Sadie, both from Paparoa, and James, from Maungataroto.

Two women and a man died in the crash, and three others were injured, when the four-wheel-drive hit a tree. Source: 1 NEWS

The trio were part of a group of seven family and friends from the Brethren church, who had been enjoying a day at the beach and piled into the car for the trip home.

In a statement to the media, the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church said the trio's passing would be felt at the church's Westmount School Kaipara Campus.

Sadie and Jamie were students at the school.

Susanna was a much-loved volunteer helper at the campus over many years.

Sadie, 16, was in Year 12 at Kaipara; Jamie, 18, was in Year 13.

Church spokesman Doug Watt said three other young people from Kaipara campus were injured in the crash.

Eleven people died in eight crashes over the holiday weekend which have now become political with moves to cut the number of traffic police under fire.

Mum Susanna Stewart, her daughter Sadie (16) and family friend Jamie Wearmouth (18) were the victims of a car crash.
Mum Susanna Stewart, her daughter Sadie (16) and family friend Jamie Wearmouth (18) were the victims of a car crash. Source: Supplied

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