Watch: The scene outside Auckland Hospital as New Zealand waits for Jacinda Ardern to give birth

As New Zealand eagerly awaits the birth of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's baby today, media have started to gather outside Auckland City Hospital.

Ms Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford are at Auckland Hospital. Source: Breakfast

Ms Ardern's partner Clarke Gayford accompanied the her to hospital today - a wet and cold day in the City of Sails.

Read more: Jacinda Ardern enters Auckland Hospital to give birth to her first baby

Ms Ardern arrived at hospital at 5.50amtoday, four days after her due date.

The pair were asked if they were concerned with the baby’s future privacy. Source: 1 NEWS

The Prime Minister said today her and partner Clarke Gayford are excited "to do this". Source: 1 NEWS

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is now officially Acting Prime Minister while Ms Ardern is away on six weeks' maternity leave.

The Prime Minister and her partner Clarke Gayford entered hospital this morning. Source: Breakfast



Tolaga Bay locals unhappy forestry industry not offering to help pay for flood clean up

Concerned locals turned out in force at a meeting in Tolaga Bay last night to address concerns about the recent flooding events and forestry practices.

1 NEWS wasn't allowed to film the meeting between Gisborne District Council, forestry representatives and locals but there were plenty of questions about whether events like the past two weeks could happen again. 

Thirty-six homes were affected by flooding and slash - logging off cuts - brought down by heavy rain, wiping out some homes and making a mess of farms, rivers and beaches. 

The Gisborne District Council couldn't give the assurance that it wouldn't happen again but said forestry would be looking at their practices to manage slash.

Some locals came away disappointed in a lack of commitment from the forestry industry to contribute money to the clean up. 

They say they are committing resources and contractors to affected farms and roads that need fixing. 

An investigation by the Gisborne District Council into the event and who is responsible won't be completed for at least six months.

There are claims forestry operations made the situation worse.
Source: 1 NEWS

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Strong 4.6 magnitude quakes hits Te Kaha in Bay of Plenty overnight

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake overnight hit Te Kaha in the Bay of Plenty.

The quake described as strong by GeoNet struck at 10.23pm.

The quake struck within 5km of Te Kaha, roughly 200km north-east of Rotorua, and was 4km deep, according to GeoNet.

Around 600 people had reported feeling the shake on the website. 

The quake struck near Te Kaha.