Watch: Daring, knife-wielding robber runs off with till from Blenheim dairy

Police hunting a knife-wielding robber who ran off with the till from a Blenheim dairy are now also looking for the driver of a car spotted at a nearby park later.

CCTV video shows a man, believed to be in his twenties, entering the Hospital Store On The Spot dairy on December 29, wearing a dark hood over his face.

He takes a knife out of a backpack, and as the woman behind the counter runs out the back of the store to get help, the robber snatches the till from the counter and runs out of the store.

Separate CCTV footage from nearby Brayshaw Park shows a man running to a car believed to be a Nissan, which drives of.

"We think that's connected to the robbery," Detective sergeant Jason Hillgrove told Fairfax.

"They could have been involved or they could have been unaware that they were assisting. I'm not sure of their involvement yet," he said.

The dairy owner, Yun He, said the robber entered the store and told the woman behind the counter he had forgotten his Eftpos card, but left when a customer came in.

When the customer left, the man returned and threatened shop assistant Judy Young with the knife. 

Ms Young ran out the back of the store to find Yun He, at which point the man picked up the till and ran off with it. 

Watch: Semi-trailer dangerously snaps in Auckland peak hour traffic while carrying load of steel coil

A heavy truck transporting a load of steel coil has had its semi-trailer hazardously snap in the middle during Auckland peak-hour traffic.

The accident occurred mid-journey on Great South Rd, Penrose, just before 8am today.

A witness at the scene shortly after the accident said the truck driver acted promptly to ensure the safety of other drivers: "The driver was quite quick about it, as soon as it happened he got the truck off the road and onto the footpath."

"I didn't actually see it or hear it but walked out of the lunch bar and saw the wheels on the trailer up in the air."

Mackleys Transport General Manager Layne Sefton said this kind of malfunction was unprecedented in his memory of owning trucks.

"It's the first time I've ever encountered anything like this," Mr Sefton said.

"I don't believe there's a wider safety issue. It's a bit too early to tell what caused it though."

Mr Sefton said engineers are currently investigating what caused the semi-trailer snap, but that it was not overloaded, with its load of six rolls of steel coil.

The trailer itself was made by TMC Trailers.

Mr Sefton said the scene of the accident on Great South Rd has been completely cleaned, and the truck removed from the street.

Mackleys Transport GM Layne Sefton said the accident was unprecedented. Source: Supplied


Wild weather set to batter Nelson region tonight, Auckland Thursday morning

It might be an even slower commute to work in Auckland traffic tomorrow, with a massive dumping of heavy rain set to hit the region during the busy morning rush hour.

The whole day will be a "washout" according to TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett who warns the rain will also likely affect those travelling home from work in the afternoon.

The city is tipped to be hit with up to 120mm of rain between tomorrow and Friday morning, with downpours expected to peak at 25mm/hr by tomorrow afternoon, according to MetService.

This morning Auckland Transport cancelled all ferry crossings in the Gulf Harbour, citing weather conditions.

Wet weather further south

1 NEWS reporter Kaitlin Ruddock says 143mm of rain has fallen in Takaka since this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

Further south, the wild weather has led to a number of warnings from the MetService with up to 250mm of rain expected in the Nelson area, forecast to peak at 35mm a hour this afternoon.

Greymouth received 127mm in one day when they experienced heavy flooding last week so the deluge in Nelson is set to have a big impact.

The weather is looking so bad in the region that Nelson Tasman Civil Defence have deployed a safety team to Golden Bay.

They will be warning campers and other tourists to stay away from local rivers for the next 24 hours, with high tide likely to compound problems at 3pm.

The heaviest deluges are expected in the Nelson region between 6pm and midnight tonight.