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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 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.

Repairs to the Raukokore River Bridge

Repairs to the Raukokore River Bridge on State Highway 35 have been completed, with the bridge being accessible from this weekend.

After a routine inspection undertaken in February identified an internal void and an area of concrete that required repair, weight restrictions were put in place to limit vehicle weights on the bridge until repairs were completed.

With the repairs now successfully completed, Waka Kotahi advises that from midnight Saturday 5th March the temporary “80% Class 1” weight restriction will be lifted. The bridge will continue to have a posted 10km/hr speed restriction for heavy vehicles. 50MAX vehicles will be able to use the bridge again.

Steel plates are currently in place on the top of the bridge to protect the repaired areas and will remain in place until early April when the concrete has cured. The 30km/hr temporary speed limit will be in place for light vehicles is to assist in keeping the plates in place during this time.

The steel plates and temporary speed limit will be removed at the same time, along with the temporary access that allowed ingress to the repair site, at a later date.

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

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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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COVID-19: Contact tracing locations of interest

Locations of interest are linked to public exposure events. We will not always publish casual contact events for regions that are at Red. We will publish close contact events for all regions. Follow the health instructions if you were at a location on the same date and time shown.

Not all exposure events will become locations of interest if health officials can identify everyone who may have been exposed (for example, a flight, a hairdresser with booked appointments, a private social event). These are considered private exposure events and you will be contacted by a district health board, the Ministry of Health or a district health board public health unit. Please follow their advice.


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Civil Defense – Get Flood Prepared

Floods happen often in New Zealand and can cause a lot of damage and loss of life. Find out what to do before, during and after flooding.

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Gisborne floods: Landslide risk warning as rain continues to fall

Some areas received more than 200mm of rain in a 24-hour period, the Gisborne District Council says.

A local state of emergency is continuing in Tairāwhiti/Gisborne on Friday after steady rain contributed to flooding overnight.

Some areas have received more than 200 millimetres of rain on Thursday and the heavy rain forced some residents to leave their homes amid worsening flooding and rising river levels.

Kupu Lloyd, civil defence operator for Gisborne District Council, said river levels had dropped on Friday morning, but concerns remained.

“There’s quite a lot of surface flooding, and the ground is saturated, so we are starting to get quite a few landslides,” he said.


Residents leave homes, some rescued by boat, after state of emergency declared in Gisborne
At least 1400 homes still without power between Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay
Huge slip between Wairoa and Gisborne creates large lake and “significant hazard”

High tide was at 6:36am and the Taruheru River did not appear to be at risk of breaking its banks, he said.

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