Sun shines on 1 NEWS weatherman Dan's te reo efforts with 'big improvement'
The sun's shining on 1 NEWS weather presenter Dan Corbett's efforts to use te reo in his broadcasts during Māori Language Week and a big improvement last night has been praised by viewers.
Dan made a few stumbles on Māori words in his first attempt at the language on air on Monday night and put these down to a "brain freeze moment".
Dan, who adlibs his weather reports rather than scripting them, said he'd put some of the Māori words in the autocue to help him along for the rest of the week.
Last night he delivered a faultless intro to the weather in te reo and used several Māori words to describe weather conditions through his report - such as mahana for warm.
Viewers noted his progress as they commented via Facebook.
"How cool was Dan’s second attempt tonight! Absolutely nailed it - ka pai!" Sarah McBride messaged.
Lizzy Stubbington wrote: "Great improvement from last night Dan, you showed great tenacity and delivered like a pro tonight."
While Joe Sauvao enthused: "Good on you TVNZ Weather man. You stuck to te reo and improved."
Dan's use of Maori has even persuaded viewer Annabel Kateto stick with 1 NEWS.
"So awesome to see 1 News truely embracing Te wiki o Te Reo Māori. the support given to Dan Corbett too is awesome, and should always be encouraged. A really cool effort from everybody at 1 News and something you should be proud of and celebrate. I’ve never really cared which news I watch but I’ll watching 1 from now," she said.
Marianna Beech was similarly impressed.
"I so love Dan speaking in te reo Maori. Kai pai Dan. I understood every kupu you said. I know it has to be trying for you but you make me proud. I've never heard the weather said in te reo before..well not counting Te Karere. Big ups TV One for giving it your best," she wrote.
Jenny Clements wrote that she'd love to see subtitles with te reo on the news so non te reo speakers "can learn as we hear".
Dan says he's been taking te reo classes over the winter and this year thought he'd give it a go during Māori language week.
It seems 1 NEWS viewers are overwhelmingly glad he did.
Weather to 'start feeling like spring' as high arrives over New Zealand
A high arriving over New Zealand from the west will see the weather "feeling like spring" from tomorrow, according to 1 NEWS weather presenter Dan Corbett.
The high's arrival will bump temperatures up into the mid to late teens for much of the country tomorrow, including the bottom of the South Island.
The long range forecast from Weather Watch paints an even rosier picture, with temperatures in Hawke's Bay possibly rising into the 20s over the coming days.
"By Thursday and Friday and into this weekend, Hawke's Bay may be in the low 20s, maybe climb towards the mid-20s should the nor'westers arrive with afternoon sun," Weather Watch says.
Looking ahead, NIWA's Ben Noll appeared on TVNZ1's Breakfast recently to outline what Kiwis can expect this summer.
He said we shouldn't see sustained scorching temperatures like those caused last year by the marine heatwave.
However beachgoers can rejoice as a predicted El Nino means it could be a drier-than-normal summer.
1 NEWS weatherman Dan Corbett tackles te reo, to high praise from viewers
1 NEWS weather presenter Dan Corbett has won the admiration of viewers for his efforts speaking te reo on-air and says he'll be giving it another go tonight and for the rest of Māori Language Week.
Dan decided to kick off his Māori Language Week broadcasts by weaving in some te reo last night.
He stumbled on a few Māori words but was encouraged by news anchors Wendy Petrie and Simon Dallow from their news desk in the studio.
“Unfortunately last night it was a ‘brain freeze’ moment. I do not script my weather, it is all adlib,” Dan said today.
“I will definitely be giving it another go tonight and for the rest of Māori Language Week, but I might put some of the Māori words in the autocue just to help me along!”
Viewers have been full of praise for his efforts at the indigenous language.
"To Your lovely weather man, Hahaha good on the weather man on one news trying his best to speak in Maori and tell us the weather lol mate you did an awesome and entertaining job," Aneka Phillips posted on Facebook.
Another person wrote on Twitter: “Weatherman Dan is the MAN. Huge respect for him for persisting through a mind blank on live telly when giving te reo a go."
Another shared: "Huge congrats to Dan the Weatherman for his te reo! Ka pai to you."
Dan says he's been taking te reo classes over the winter and this year thought he'd "really give it a go during Māori Language Week".
"I wrote out the weather forecast in Māori and had one of the Te Karere presenters check it through.
“Having done so many weather broadcasts over the years I don’t normally think twice about what I say, it comes naturally from knowing the daily weather maps. I was in the te reo part of my weather forecast and that is where my brain froze up!"
Dan says the support he’s received has been amazing.
The consensus from viewers seems to be keep up the good work.
Risk of flooding, severe gales as heavy rain expected across parts of the North Island
More heavy rain is expected across parts of the North Island today, bringing with it the risk of flooding and severe gales.
A complex low pressure system east of the North Island has been forecast to move slowly throughout the rest of the day, while another may cross the northeast of the North Island tomorrow, MetService said.
Heavy rain has been forecast for the eastern parts of the North Island, while strong winds are expected to rock southern parts of the North Island, the national meteorological service said.
A heavy rain watch has been issued for Gisborne, south of Tokomaru Bay.
A heavy rain warning remains in place for the Hawke's Bay this afternoon into tomorrow afternoon, bringing a further 150 to 180mm of rain on top of what has already been accumulated around the ranges north of Napier, while 70 to 100mm is expected to fall elsewhere.
A strong wind watch is in place for Bay of Plenty, including Rotorua and Taupo; Gisborne south of Tokomaru Bay; the Hawke’s Bay; Taranaki; and Wellington south of Ngauranga Gorge.