Jess Cartwright

Jess is a 1 NEWS reporter based in Central Otago.

Jess was born and raised throughout New Zealand, but returned home in 2017 after living in the United States for the past couple years.

She went over to complete her Masters degree at Columbia Journalism School in New York, then stayed to work for another year as a reporter and video journalist at a local NBC affiliate in Tennessee.

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Her time in America allowed her to cover big stories from the 2016 Presidential election, to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  

She started at TVNZ in July 2017 as the new video journalist for 1 NEWS covering the Central Otago region.

Jess spent much of her childhood in the deep south and is excited to now be living down in the heartland and sharing your stories.

A farm girl at heart, she’s not afraid to get stuck in and herd some cattle for a good story.

Please reach out to her with your story ideas, she can’t wait to hear from you.

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Nelson, Wellington and West Coast told to brace for 'warning level' amount of rainfall

More downpours and snow is due to hit as a front begins crossing the country later today from the south.

MetService is warning people to prepare for potential flooding as rainfall could reach warning levels on the West Coast, Nelson and Wellington.

Check the forecast in your region on 1 NEWS NOW's weather page

Snow is forecast to fall as low as 300m in the lower and eastern parts of the South Island.

A ridge of high pressure will then likely spread over the South Island from Friday bringing cold air, clear skies and possible icy conditions on the roads.

A new front carrying heavy rain will start crossing the country today. Source: Breakfast


Kiwi man found dead in estuary after night of drinking in Bali

A New Zealand man was found dead in an estuary after a night of drinking in Bali over the weekend, local media reports.

Bali Nusa carried a report of the unexplained death, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed it is offering consular assistance to the family of the dead man.

MFAT was unable to provide further information due to privacy reasons, but the report stated the man as being aged 53.

He was reportedly with his wife at the Bali Palm Hotel in East Bali and had been drinking before being found dead on Saturday morning about 6.50am by hotel staff.

Police told Nusa Bali they suspected the man had fallen into the estuary, but his body is being examined at Denpasar Sanglah General Hospital.

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Indonesia police (file picture). Source: 1 NEWS