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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.

 

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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.

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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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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Know the water safety code to stay safe in the water this summer

November is Water Safety Awareness month and, with summer approaching, Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is cautioning New Zealanders that more fatalities occur in spring and summer than at any other time during the year[1].

Warmer weather will see more New Zealanders heading to our beaches, lakes and rivers. Research[2] conducted in 2021 found that 3.2 million (85 percent) Kiwis visited the coast in the past 12 months, almost half of them (48 percent) doing so monthly, and a quarter of Kiwis also visiting rivers made up predominantly of young people under 25 years.

People aren’t just taking in the scenery either; over 2 million people are active while visiting the coast, including swimming or playing in the water.

WSNZ’s Chief Executive, Daniel Gerrard, says: “We want everyone to enjoy their time whether it’s at the beach, lake or river but remind people to take personal responsibility for theirs and their family’s safety in or around water.

“Be prepared, know the risks and your limits, and watch out for yourself and others.”

WSNZ says swimming at the beach or river is quite different to swimming in a pool and poses additional risk. While a third of people swimming in the ocean, and a quarter swimming at rivers, say it is not at all or not very hazardous, the drowning statistics prove otherwise. Swimming has the highest number of preventable drownings[3] compared to other water-related activities, with 95 deaths recorded over the past five years (2016-2020: 390 incidents).

WSNZ is urging people to know the water safety code for safe play in the water.
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Covid 19 Symptoms

If you develop symptoms of Covid – 19 you need to get a test 

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Kiwi killed by dog in North Taranaki

DOC and a local conservation group are urging people to keep their dogs under control after the death of a kiwi on conservation land in Taranaki. The female North Island brown kiwi was found by off-duty DOC Biodiversity Ranger Joe Carson and her family while exploring the Pouiatoa Conservation Area in North Taranaki.
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Taranaki – prepare for strong winds

Kia ora Taranaki, bit nippy isn’t it? The winds aren’t going soon anywhere sadly – they are not currently at warning level but they could well get there today or tomorrow. In the meantime prepare your property if you don’t want your trampoline to feature in the news, take it easy on the roads, and hunker down with the fam.
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