Is it a taniwha? Strange bubbles filmed in Waikato River by local

A Ngaruawahia resident has captured remarkable footage of an unexplained water eruption at the Waikato River.

Martin Smith posted the video to Facebook yesterday afternoon, asking followers to help distinguish the mystery behind the bubbles.

"WTF is this?" he wrote in his caption.

"I have been living in Ngaruawahia for over 8 years and spent a lot of time at the point bow fishing but have never seen anything like this before."

Mr Smith can be heard in the video saying the river had been bubbling since yesterday morning. 

Facebook users replied with a variety of possible reasons, ranging from "methane bubbles" to the elusive "taniwha". 

The video has been shared more than 2,000 times since it was uploaded and viewed almost 100,000 times.

Ngaruawahia local Martin Smith captured this footage of a large amount of bubbles coming from beneath the surface of the Waikato River – what could it be? Source: 1 NEWS



Woman falls from Auckland CBD building

A woman is in a serious condition after falling from a building on Auckland's Albert Street. 

Police earlier said a person had died at the scene, but had since revised that to say the woman survived and has been taken to Auckland Hospital.

Police are currently investigating the incident and the south-bound lane of Albert Street is closed between Wellesley Street and Victoria Street.


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Canterbury fishing boat rescue now a recovery - police

A search and rescue operation for the crew of a ship in distress off Canterbury has now switched to a recovery operation, police say.

A distress call was received about 4.30 this morning about 12 nautical miles from the Rakaia River mouth, with conditions in the area very windy with strong seas.

Inspector Craig McKay said an aerial search had found debris believed to be from the F.V. Jubilee, and among the items was an empty life raft.

Two Coastguard vessels, three commercial vessels, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and a fixed wing search plane assisted in the search.  

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An oil slick and other fluids were found, but the vessel itself was not visible from the air during the search, which covered about 50 square nautical miles.

The sip was in an area where the depth ranges down to 45m and the Wellington-based police dive squad is on its ways to conduct an underwater search in coming days.

"Earlier reports in the media that three crew were in a life raft have not been verified, however the crew indicated in their distress call that they would be making their way to a life raft," Inspector McKay said.

Police would not release any details of who the crew were, but said they were working with the vessel's owner and the families of the crew, who were understandable devastated.