Might be a good weekend to spend indoors with strong winds, heavy rain forecast in many places

MetService is warning people that strong winds may be on the way from today and going into this weekend.

Periods of heavy rain are expected in Southland and Fiordland which might spread to other places in the south and southwest of the country from today as a series of westerly fronts move over the country.

There is also a chance of severe gales from tomorrow until Monday in Southland, Hawke's Bay, Wellington, Wairarapa, Marlborough, Canterbury and parts of Otago.

The areas most affected by rain over the weekend are likely to be the Buller ranges, western Taihape, Taumarunui, Waitomo, Tongariro National Park, inland Taranaki, Mt Taranaki and the Tararua Range.

Another flow of colder air is expected to move over the country on Sunday night and Monday.

Rain (file picture).
Rain (file picture). Source: istock.com


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Plane with ministers Kelvin Davis and Willie Jackson on board turns around for medical emergency

Cabinet Ministers Kelvin Davis and Willie Jackon were on board a flight from Wellington to Auckland that turned around because of a medical emergency today.

As a result, Mr Davis, the Minister for Crown/Maori Affairs, and Mr Jackson, Minister of Employment have had to delay an announcement in South Auckland that was scheduled for 9am.

There have been delays at Auckland Airport
Plane (file). Source: 1 NEWS

The pair was making a post-budget announcement at Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae school in Mangere East.

Waiariki MP Tamati Coffey, Northland-based MP Willow-Jean Prime and Māngere MP and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio were also scheduled to attend. 

Source: Labour Party.

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Car crashes into river in Karangahake Gorge

A car has rolled into the river in the Waikato's Karangahake Gorge between Paeroa and Waihi this morning.

At approximately 8am, police received a call that a car had crashed and ended up in the Ohinemuri River in Waikino on State Highway 2.

The driver received moderate injuries, a police spokesperson said.  

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Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS