'We've just got to make hats cool' – 80 per cent of Kiwi kids not adequately sun protected

About 80 per cent of school kids aren't protected from the sun during lunch, according to research from Otago University. 

It is the worst time of day to be exposed to harsh UV rays.

Auckland Primary Principals' Association Kevin Bush told TVNZ 1's Breakfast show that he was surprised by the findings. 

He said it could be due to kids losing their hats and kids being unenthused about wearing them.

Mr Bush said most schools have a no-hat no-play policy but some schools do not have enough shaded areas. 

"I think we've just got to make hats cool." 

He said parents needed to make sure their kids were wearing hats outside school too. 

The Otago study looked at 1300 children from eight Wellington schools. 

Auckland Primary Principals' Association Kevin Bush said he was surprised by the findings. Source: Breakfast

'Like a truck hitting the house' - magnitude five quake jolts central New Zealand, rocking thousands

Central New Zealand was rattled by a magnitude five earthquake last night, centred 25km south-east of Nelson. 

The quake struck at 9.30pm yesterday at a depth of 74km, according to GeoNet.

According to the GeoNet website more than 8842 people felt the "light" shake.

It was felt widely at the top of the South Island and the bottom of the North Island - as far north as Taupo and as far south as Dunedin.

Nelson City Council has called the earthquake "a nice little shake there as we all settle down for the evening!"

Others took to twitter to mention they had felt the jolt, with one user tweeting, "well that was a little bit like a truck hitting the house."

There are no reports of damage in Nelson.

The council is reminding residents to be prepared and refresh their emergency plans with information from Nelson Tasman Civil Defence's website.

More than 8000 people have reported feeling the jolt, which was centred south-east of Nelson. Source: 1 NEWS



Christchurch to swelter in 33 degree heat, but much-needed rain coming to deep south

Much needed rain is expected to fall on the South Island today, but meteorologists are warning it won't be enough to break the drought.

It's thought there will need to be several rain storms before ground moisture levels return to normal.

It's been weeks since there was any significant rainfall in Gore, which has led to region-wide water restrictions.

Breakfast weather presenter Matty McLean has some good news for those in Southland and Otago. Source: Breakfast

Rain will fall in Invercargill this morning, with the wider Southland and Otago regions getting the wet weather later in the day.

It will be a scorcher on the east coast, however, with Christchurch to hit 33 degrees, and Blenheim 30.

It will reach 30 in Masterton, but other than the odd shower, it's fine and sunny in most of the North Island. 

Check the forecast in your region on the 1 NEWS NOW weather page

It's though the area will need several rain storms before ground moistures is returned to normal. Source: 1 NEWS