Wintry weather brings snow and ice forcing closure of Desert Road and Crown Range road

Snow and ice has forced the closure of the Desert Road.

In a a tweet NZTA confirmed State Highway One's closure between Waiouru and Rangipo.  

Snow and ice has forced the closure of the Desert Rd and the Crown Range road. Source: Breakfast

They say there's a detour of State Highway 46 and State Highway 47 to National Park.

Crown Range closed

In the deep south the Crown Range is closed to all vehicles this morning due to heavy snowfall overnight.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council says snow is falling in Arrowtown, Dalefield, Arthurs Point, Queenstown Hill and Fernhill.

Extra caution is needed on the road's today and snow chains are essential.

In the deep south residents woke to freezing temperatures and heavy snow, while in the north there were headaches for drivers. Source: 1 NEWS

Warnings are in place for all of the Alpine Passes.

Other road closures

SH6 Haast to Makarora; SH94 Hollyford Valley Road intersection to Chasm Street Bridge; SH73 Arthurs Pass to Otira is now closed to all towing vehicles due to snow. All other vehicles are required to have chains.

Snow warning for the the following roads

SH6 Cromwell to Gibbston; SH6 Omamarama to Tarras; SH94 Mossburn to Te Anau

In the North Island snow and ice forced the closure of the Desert Road. Source: 1 NEWS

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Fuel company offers 'some relief' from record petrol prices with 12 cents off - but it's only temporary

Fuel company Gull says it's offering "some relief" from record high petrol prices, with 12 cents off per litre on all fuel from this morning until midday tomorrow.

Last week, 91 octane petrol rose seven cents to just under $2.30 in Wellington and the South Island, beating the previous record high in 2013.

Gull has announced it's offering 12 cents off per litre across all fuel on its official discount day from 7am today until midday tomorrow.

"Kiwis have been feeling the impact of soaring global oil prices and a depreciating New Zealand dollar for weeks and now petrol prices have reached a record high," said Gull pricing analyst Rohan Mehta in a statement released this morning. 

Energy Minister Megan Woods said they want reassurances people are paying a fair price at the pump. Source: 1 NEWS

Last week 91 octane petrol rose seven cents to just under $2.30 in Wellington and the South Island. Source: 1 NEWS

Ken Shirely says the depreciating NZ dollar is responsible for the high price of petrol at the moment. Source: Breakfast

The Road Transport Forum’s chief executive Ken Shirley said earlier this week it’s “not inconceivable” the record $2.30 price could go to $3 a litre in six to 12 months. 

This week we discuss the regional fuel tax, which combined with the National fuel tax will see Aucklanders paying 20 cents more a litre for petrol.
Source: 1 NEWS


Auckland second hand book shop facing rent rise finds its miracle

Every town has one, the shop that's been there forever, that stands as a local institution.

In Auckland's Onehunga, that shop is the Hard to Find second hand bookstore.

The rent's going up, and it had two choices, move or shut down.

The owner was looking for a miracle, and told Seven Sharp reporter Tim Wilson he may have just found one.

For the full story, watch the video above.

Onehunga's Hard to Find second hand bookstore is part of the community, but was facing an uncertain future. Source: Seven Sharp