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Wet end to the working week with heavy rain set to lash Auckland, Northland

It's set to be a wet end to the working week as heavy rain is forecast for the upper North Island tomorrow. 

MetService has issued a Severe Weather Watch for heavy rain for Auckland north of the city, Great Barrier Island and Coromandel Peninsula from tomorrow morning until afternoon. 

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The heaviest rain is expected in Northland which prompted MetService to declare a Severe Weather Warning as up to 130mm of rain could accumulate, which will start falling this evening until mid-afternoon tomorrow. 

"Please note, further heavy rain is possible about the eastern hills of Northland from Friday evening till midnight Friday," MetService said in a statement. 

"A humid easterly flow over the northern half of the North Island is expected to spread further south during Thursday and Friday reaching the upper South Island on Saturday.

"An active front embedded in this flow is forecast to move south across the North Island during Thursday evening and Friday bringing rain to many places."

File image of a puddle.


Julie Anne Genter to run for Green Party co-leadership

Julie Anne Genter is the second contender to put her hat in the ring for Green Party co-leadership.

Julie Anne Genter
Julie Anne Genter Source: Supplied

The Women's Minister and Associate Transport and Health Minister announced her bid this morning at Parliament, and will be going up against fellow MP Marama Davidson, who is seen as the front runner. 

Jessica Mutch interviews the new Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter. Source: Q+A

"As co-leader I will ensure the Green Party remains Parliament’s strongest voice against the injustice and exploitation of both our environment and our people," Ms Genter said in a statement. 

"It means fixing our economic system that distributes wealth unfairly and deprives too many people of their dignity and basic needs.

"Under my co-leadership it will be crystal clear to all that the Green Party is a force to be reckoned with, that will not be pushed around or taken for granted by anyone," she said. 

US-born Ms Genter, 38, has been an MP for six years and used to work as a transport planner.

Welcomed with cheers and a haka, Ms Davidson puts herself in the running for the Green Party co-leader role. Source: 1 NEWS

Ms Genter sits third on the Green Party list behind Ms Davidson and current male co-leader James Shaw. 

Nominations for co-leadership were opened last Friday and are set to close tomorrow, with all Green Party list members-whether MPs or not- eligible as long as they are female and have been a member for six months or more.

The full list of nominations will be announced of February 12 and campaigns will continue inside the party until March 26.

Ballots will then be cast until April 7, with the new co-leader announced on April 7.

Leader James Shaw said on Friday the election process would usually coincide with the party's Annual General Meeting, but after Metiria Turei stepped down last year, leaving it until the AGM would mean the position would have been vacant too long - almost a year.


The Minister for Women will go up against Marama Davidson. Source: 1 NEWS