Flag debate continues: New Labour leader backs fern on flag

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While not totally weather related (although flags need the wind to fly) a news story in today's Weekend Herald does relate to a poll ran in October about the addition of the silver fern to the New Zealand flag.

Hot weather linked to burglaries

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By RBG --- Police are urging households to be vigilant as we head into a sticky warm summer.

Hamilton Police have been frustrated by the number of 'open' homes burgled by opportunists. Their message is: buying a fan or air conditioning unit may be cheaper than having your household goods stolen because you left your home unsecured.

Special Weather Video - Latest on the rainstorm

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Philip Duncan from teams up with to bring you the very latest on the rainstorm across NZ - what it means for Nelson and other areas for the next 24 hours.

A text version of what is discussed can be found here.

Floods, slips, flash floods - Parts of NZ brace for more rain

Steady rain has returned to water logged Nelson and rain is now covering much of the North Island as we head into Thursday afternoon reports 

Latest satellite images confirm significant rain clouds remain to the north of Nelson and are being fed into the area by a northerly flow.

Last minute climate deal, delegates extend efforts of Kyoto Protocol

An agreement reached Sunday in South Africa will help tackle the challenges of climate change for years to come, the United Nations' chief said.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the decision reached by parties of the Climate Change Convention in Durban, South Africa, which agreed to extend efforts set forth in the Kyoto Protocol.

Rare lunar eclipse in tonight's sky

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A copper-tinged moon will be visible early tomorrow morning as New Zealand gets the box seat for a rare lunar eclipse.

The hour-long total blocking of the view of the moon will begin around 3am and will be seen from all of New Zealand if the skies are clear.

Fracking still on oil companies' agenda

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The North American oil companies beginning seismic exploration in Hawke's Bay next year say they can't rule out fracking to mine natural resources in the earth.

Tropics starting to wake up

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Tropical activity directly north of New Zealand is showing signs of coming to life says following several days of increased humidity over northern New Zealand.

While the humidity increase here is related to a shift in anticyclones (highs) the thunder and rain activity north of us has significantly stepped up in recent weeks.

Japan: Has radioactive water leaked into the Pacific Ocean?

Workers at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility have discovered a leak of 45 metric tons of radioactive water, operator Tokyo Electric Power Company said in a statement Monday.

It's unclear whether the contaminated water reached the Pacific Ocean.

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