Pre-dawn thunderstorm hits Auckland, westerly front could bring more this morning

Aucklanders have woken to a vigorous thunderstorm this morning as a westerly flow moves over many parts of the region.

MetService says Aucklanders can expect the showers and possible thunder to continue until midday, where they will start to break up into fine spells.

The chance of thunderstorms this morning is also moderate in the regions surrounding Auckland - Northland, Waikato, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki, as well as Rotorua and Taupo to a lesser extent.

The storms could bring localised downpours up to 20mm per hour, but MetService is confidence the amount of rainfall should not cause too many problems.

Going into the weekend, more fronts are coming in from the west and temperatures to drop somewhat.

Down south, there are overnight road snowfall warnings in place for Porters Pass and Lindis Pass, as well as the Crown Range Road.

For a full forecast for your area, see our weather page here.

Lightning (file picture).
Lightning (file picture). Source: 1 NEWS



Reserve Bank closed in Wellington after asbestos find

The Reserve Bank in Wellington closed last night following the discovery of asbestos in the building.

A small trace of asbestos was found on level one of the building on The Terrace as precaution, bank Governor Gavin Orr said.

"Because of the age of the building, asbestos must be presumed to be present," he said.

"As a responsible employer and landlord, the bank has decided to take the extra precaution today of closing the building until it is confirmed that there continues to be no risk to human health, and any necessary remedial action has been taken."

It'll stay closed until air monitoring shows there is no health risk.

The bank says it's essential operations are being carried out in Auckland.

Pressure builds on the housing market as people are running of the fear of missing out and nobody is looking at the numbers anymore.
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It'll cost you five per cent more to fly around the country with Air New Zealand from today

It'll cost more to fly around the country in Air New Zealand planes from today.

The national carrier announced a five per cent increase in domestic airfares two days ago, citing operational cost pressures, including labour, fuel, goods and services. It said it's unable to keep absorbing these costs.

The move comes despite the airline saying in February it was on track for its second highest profit ever this year. 

The company said its earnings before tax for the first six months of the 2018 financial year was $323 million, compared to $349 million in the prior period. Net profit after tax was $232 million.

International fares are also understood to be under review with jet fuel prices having increased by 54 per cent in the last year. 

ANZ Boeing 747 400 at Auckland Airport New Zealand. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
Air New Zealand plane tail (file picture). Source: Getty