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Te Awa River Ride: A sneak peek at NZ’s spectacular new cycle trail

One of the newest bike rides in New Zealand will get you up close with this taonga – the Te Awa Great New Zealand River Ride stretches from Ngāruawāhia to Lake Karāpiro.

The 65km trail is expected to fully open in the second half of this year, but most of the track has been completed, offering some spectacular day trips that you can do now.

And best of all, this cycleway is perfect for families and beginners. It’s grade 2, meaning it’s mostly flat with gentle climbs. An e-bike can help if you’re doing big distances, but isn’t essential.

The Te Awa River Ride follows the Waikato River.



North Island to get brunt of ex-Tropical Cyclone Fili as it races towards New Zealand

Heavy rain is forecast to start falling in Northland on Tuesday morning as the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Fili head towards New Zealand.

MetService is also warning of heavy rain elsewhere, as Fili tracks close to, or across, eastern parts of the North Island Tuesday and Wednesday.

MetService meteorologist Lewis Ferris said most parts of the North Island would feel some impact from Fili on Tuesday and Wednesday, coastal conditions could be dangerous on the east of the North Island, and Tairāwhiti could be in line for more heavy rain just three weeks after massive flooding.

The most recent forecast track from MetService for the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Fili

Although Fili was no longer a tropical cyclone, as a deep low pressure system, it still posed a big risk. “Around that, we’re going to have very strong winds, the potential for very heavy rain, with some isolated downpours,” Ferris said.

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Pre-Easter dousing for North Island as Cyclone Fili nears

The North Island can expect a pre-Easter battering from the remnants of ex-tropical Cyclone Fili.

But despite strong wind warnings and heavy rain watches in place, the worst should be gone for the long weekend.

In what Metservice is predicting as an exclusively North Island event, there are strong wind and rain watches or warnings in place from Northland down to Wellington.

Cyclone Fili is approaching New Zealand from the northwest and expected to land on Tuesday.
It has been slow-moving just south of New Caledonia for the last couple of days. However, it is going to deepen and accelerate towards New Zealand later Monday.

Metservice meteorologist David Miller said there is potential for Cyclone Fili to cause some damage.

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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Auckland and Northland

MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Auckland and Northland, following Monday’s thunderstorm-driven chaos that saw flooding across the two regions.

After a settled morning, southern parts of Northland and western Auckland could expect heavy bouts of rain and isolated thunderstorms, MetService said.

The downpour is expected to reach 25 millimetres – 40mm rain per hour in these areas.

The severe thunderstorm watch is in place until 5pm.

Tuesday’s high is expected to be 25 degrees about 2pm. There will be a low of 18 degrees.

Over the course of 10 hours on Monday, one weather station in Albany recorded 109mm of rain.

Over the rest of the week, the low will begin to move east over the country, combining with another low which is moving south from the tropics, bringing more rain to the North Island.

Severe Weather Outlook

A slow-moving low-pressure system over the Tasman Sea directs a moist northeast flow over the country during the outlook period. A front embedded in this flow moves onto northern New Zealand on Sunday, then moves slowly southeastwards. This front is forecast to bring strong to gale force northeasterlies and rain to many regions of New Zealand.

For northwest Tasman, there is moderate confidence rainfall amounts will reach warning criteria at some stage on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.

For Mount Taranaki, there is moderate confidence of heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday.

For Northland, there is low confidence of warnable amounts of rain on Sunday and Monday.

For Auckland, there is low confidence of both heavy rain and severe east to northeast gales on Monday and Tuesday, especially about northern parts of the region.

Finally, for Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne, there is moderate confidence rainfall amounts will reach warning criteria from Monday to Wednesday.

Heavy Rain Watch

Cloudy periods. Scattered showers from afternoon, possibly heavy north of the City. Light winds.

Period: from 11pm Friday 18th March 2022 – Noon Saturday 19th March

Area: Auckland, Great Barrier, Coromandel Peninsula about and north of Whitianga

Forecast: Periods of heavy rain or showers, with thunderstorms possible.  Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria in localised areas.

Auckland overnight motorway closures 6 March – 11 March 2022

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises of the following closures for motorway improvements. Work delayed by bad weather will be completed at the next available date, prior to Friday, 11 March 2022. Please note this Traffic Bulletin is updated every Friday.

Check daily updated closure information(external link)

Unless otherwise stated, closures start at 9pm and finish at 5am.
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Keeping safe at home with COVID-19

Safely isolating at home is what we all need to do when we become unwell with COVID-19

For many fully vaccinated people in our community who get COVID-19, the most that will happen is they will become unwell with cold like symptoms and need to stay home from work or school.

Anyone who gets COVID-19 may be asked to isolate at home. Isolating safely at home means staying home and avoiding close contact with everyone.

Useful tips for adults to safely isolate at home with COVID-19.

  • Stay home and don’t go to work, Church, any social gatherings, or public places such as parks or shops.
  • Don’t have visitors to your home, except for people delivering food and supplies in a safely distanced and contactless way.
  • Its best to eat and sleep separately and try not to spend any time together in shared spaces like your living room.
  • Try and stay at least 2 metres apart from others living in your home, and always wear a medical face mask that covers your nose and mouth when you are near others, like when you need to leave your bedroom to go to the bathroom.
  • You can go outside, but please stay on your property and don’t get close to talk to neighbours or people passing by.
  • Do not share things with others at home such as food from the same plate, toothbrushes, and towels.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces touched regularly like door handles, light switches and phones.
  • Open doors and windows to increase the flow of fresh air inside.

Monitor your symptoms and if anything changes call your GP, Medical Centre or COVID-19 Healthline 0800 358 543.

Always call 111 in an emergency and come to hospital when:

  • You feel very dizzy, drowsy or confused.
  • Walking a very short distance makes you short of breath.
  • Have chest pressure or pain lasting more than 10 minutes.
  • Are unable to stand.

The Antidote: One of Five happy things to read about today, January 24

We live in unusual times. It all gets a bit much some days. So we’re bringing you a much-needed dose of positivity to remind you that there’s inspiration, kindness and quirkiness out there too.

Rare twin elephants born in Kenya

Rare elephant twins were born to the Winds II elephant family at the Samburu National Reserve, Kenya.

Twin baby elephants have been born this week in a rare event at a national reserve in northern Kenya.

The male and female were first spotted by tour guides out on safari at the Samburu reserve at the weekend.

They are only the second set of twin calves ever to have been encountered by local conservation charity Save the Elephants.

The charity said elephant twins account for only 1 per cent of elephant births, with the last known case recorded in 2006.

African elephants have the longest gestation period of any mammal. They carry their young for nearly 22 months, and give birth around every four years.


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