Young girl in serious condition after Waikato River rescue

A young child has been pulled from the Waikato river after becoming stuck this afternoon.

The child was earlier hanging onto the side of the side of a bridge near Old Taupiri Road and Great South Road.

Fire crews were called to the scene, and a firefighter had to get into the water to rescue the child, a Fire and Emergency spokesperson said.

She is said to be in a serious condition according to St John's. 

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'If you know anyone on the water, tell them to get out' - NIWA gives ominous warning to Auckland boaties over lightning threat

Weather agencies are warning Aucklanders as a band of lightning storms looks set to impact the region this afternoon, with NIWA telling boaties to get out of the water altogether.

The warning comes as hail storms and heavy showers have already been reported in isolated parts of the city.

The activity is expected to pick up this afternoon with NIWA posting a tweet warning of dangerous thunderstorm activity just north of Auckland that may impact those on the water.

"Activity west of Whangaparaoa & Orewa. If you know anyone on the water, tell them to get out. You're the tallest thing on the water," the tweet reads.

MetService says their weather radar detected severe thunderstorms near Warkworth, Orewa, Puhoi and Ahuroa, and that they're moving north and could bring heavy rain and hail.

MetService also posted a tweet warning about isolated thunderstorms hitting the region which are expected to clear by tonight.

TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett with the latest update for Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

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Australia 'quite possibly' pushing back against NZ's refugee offer through the media, Kelvin Davis admits

Acting PM Kelvin Davis has said Australia is "quite possibly" pushing back in the media against New Zealand's offers to take 150 refugees from their offshore detention centre at Manus Island.

The comments from Mr Davis were in reference to the origin of reports out of Australia today that four boats of asylum seekers were turned back from New Zealand shores. 

An article from the Queensland News Corp paper, the Courier Mail, says that "crime syndicates have tried to bypass Australia's tough immigration measures and attempted to send four boats, carrying 164 asylum seekers, to NZ".

Today in Wellington Mr Davis admitted the report could be a direct response to the Labour-led Government's persistent offer to resettle 150 refugees from Australia's offshore detention centres.

"Quite possibly but we're not responsible for Australia and the decisions they make," Mr Davis said.

It was unclear whether Mr Davis was referring to the Australian Government revealing security information about asylum seeker boats they had intercepted.

The acting PM also evaded questions over whether New Zealand's offer to resettle Australia's asylum seekers had encouraged new crossings to Kiwi shores by people smugglers.

"Look the big concern is the people on those islands and that's really where our focus is at the moment," he said.

"It's not very easy crossing the Tasman Sea so I don't think we are an easy target."

Mr Davis would also not comment on whether the Labour-led Government would process refugees seeking asylum in New Zealand that arrived by boat.

"Again that's just speculation, there's a lot of water to be sailed over before we get to that situation," he said. 

"We need to work through the Australian government, because the issue is over there, it's not here.

"That's our first priority and anything else is speculation at this stage."

The acting PM weighed into the origin of reports four boats of refugees were turned back from heading to NZ shores. Source: 1 NEWS