Industrious Kiwi teens build their own electronic cars in fierce national comp

One hundred teams from 70 schools have been hard at work as part of Evolocity's Build Your Own electric vehicle competition. Source: 1 NEWS

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Taupo and Mokai, with torrential rain forecast to batter region

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Taupo and Mokai this afternoon.

The thunderstorms are expected to hit Taupo, Wairakei and Mokai at 5.30pm before moving southeast near Taupo, Wairakei and Mokai at 6pm tonight.

It's expected to be accompanied by torrential rain, and flash flooding around streams, gullies has been prediced by MetService. 

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management advises people living in the affected areas to take shelter indoors and away from windows, avoid streams and drains, secure any loose objects around your property and move cars away from trees.

A severe thunderstorm watch remains in place for Waikato, Taumarunui, Taupo, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki and Taihape.


Car collides with power pole and brings down electrical wires across SH63 in Marlborough

A car has collided with a power pole and rolled in Marlborough this evening, bringing down the pole and electrical wires across State Highway 63.

A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle
A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle. Source: 1 NEWS

The SH63 in Wairau Valley has since been closed where the accident occurred at 5.20pm today.

The two occupants in the car were not injured the incident.

The road will remain closed for some time as the road is cleared.

The SH63 road is part of the alternate route between Picton and Christchurch while SH1 is closed.

Motorists have been advised to travel south through Nelson and to expect delays.