'Like a truck hitting the house' - magnitude five quake jolts central New Zealand, rocking thousands

Central New Zealand was rattled by a magnitude five earthquake last night, centred 25km south-east of Nelson. 

The quake struck at 9.30pm yesterday at a depth of 74km, according to GeoNet.

According to the GeoNet website more than 8842 people felt the "light" shake.

It was felt widely at the top of the South Island and the bottom of the North Island - as far north as Taupo and as far south as Dunedin.

Nelson City Council has called the earthquake "a nice little shake there as we all settle down for the evening!"

Others took to twitter to mention they had felt the jolt, with one user tweeting, "well that was a little bit like a truck hitting the house."

There are no reports of damage in Nelson.

The council is reminding residents to be prepared and refresh their emergency plans with information from Nelson Tasman Civil Defence's website.

More than 8000 people have reported feeling the jolt, which was centred south-east of Nelson. Source: 1 NEWS


Christchurch to swelter in 33 degree heat, but much-needed rain coming to deep south

Much needed rain is expected to fall on the South Island today, but meteorologists are warning it won't be enough to break the drought.

It's thought there will need to be several rain storms before ground moisture levels return to normal.

It's been weeks since there was any significant rainfall in Gore, which has led to region-wide water restrictions.

Breakfast weather presenter Matty McLean has some good news for those in Southland and Otago. Source: Breakfast

Rain will fall in Invercargill this morning, with the wider Southland and Otago regions getting the wet weather later in the day.

It will be a scorcher on the east coast, however, with Christchurch to hit 33 degrees, and Blenheim 30.

It will reach 30 in Masterton, but other than the odd shower, it's fine and sunny in most of the North Island. 

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

It's though the area will need several rain storms before ground moistures is returned to normal. Source: 1 NEWS


Burgeoning Opotiki mussel farm operation a dream come true for local iwi

Growing mussels is proving to be big business in the small Eastern Bay of Plenty town of Opotiki.

The country's first commercial open water mussel farm began in 2009 after the local iwi, Whakatohea, was given consent to farm in the area with the help of some large seafood companies.

When the companies' backing was pulled out, around 100 Opotiki residents pooled in money to help.

After a small harvest last year, business is now blooming.

Now, Whakatohea Mussels have consent for another 3,200 hectares of farm.

Robert Edwards of Ngati Ruatakena, a board delegate for Whakatohea, says the company's success is a dream come true for local iwi.

"Three or four years back, they would say you're dreaming. And now, it's a dream that they are starting to see and they are starting to become a part of.

"We are all moving forward to build and rebuild Whakatohea and Opotiki as it was once upon a time," Mr Edwards says.

With plans to develop a wharf and processing factory, Opotiki locals are expecting to see money and jobs pour back into the town.

The whole town got behind the iwi initiative which was sourced through crowdfunding. Source: Seven Sharp