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Man dies at Waimakariri River mouth

A man has died near the mouth of the Waimakariri River this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to Kairaki Beach about 1:20pm to reports a man on a jet ski was in trouble.

Local surf lifesavers and the Coastguard assisted.

Earliest sunrises of the year upon us but latest sunsets still weeks away

Planet Earth is not perfectly round. In fact it was Isaac Newton who first correctly suggested that Earth was a sphere that is squashed at its poles and bulges out at the equator.

Traffic blocking roads in Browns Bay Auckland due to gas leak

Motorists are encouraged to stay away from the wider Browns Bay area in Auckland due to traffic delays.

We have reports of a gas leak in the Beach Road area, and traffic is buiding up especially in the Woodlands Crescent and Carlyle Road areas.

76% concerned about how dry it is in NZ now - WeatherWatch Poll

A week long poll asking New Zealanders to gauge how concerned they are about the big, early, dry developing shows most people are now getting worried.

35% say they are "extremely worried" while 41% indicate some concern.

Assault in Ponsonby

Last night, police were called to an assault on Franklin Road, between Arthur Street and Heke Street in Ponsonby at about 10.15pm.

A man is in a serious condition in hospital after receiving what is thought to be stab wounds.

Next week comes the big cool down for most, but not all

The first big cool down since October is coming. The forecast high for parts of Otago today is around 30 degrees. By Wednesday some areas may only make it to 12 as a southerly flow spreads up and over much of the country.

House fire in Wairoa

Police and fire service attended a house fire in Kiwi Road, Wairoa last night 10.30pm where a person is believed to have died.

Police are investigating and the scene was guarded overnight.

An examination will be undertaken again this morning.

Man in serious condition after assault in Otara

A man was assaulted in Sandbrook Avenue Otara last night around 11.30pm.

Police undertook inquiries last night, and investigations will continue this morning.

The man is currently in a serious condition in hospital.

Road partially closed after crash in Manurewa

Emergency services are attending a crash where a vehicle’s hit a power pole in Manurewa.

Mahia Rd is closed between Rimu Rd and Fields Rd while the vehicle is removed.

The local lines company has been advised.

Police responding to incident in Ponsonby

Police have cordoned off the top part of Franklin Road in Ponsonby while enquiries are being made into an alleged assault earlier this evening.

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