Rena wreckage spreads to 'Boy' beach

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Debris and parts of containers from the Rena have washed up on East Cape beaches while concerns continue to grow for wildlife in the area threatened by the slick.

Defence Force staff were yesterday combing shorelines from Te Kaha in the Eastern Bay of Plenty to Te Araroa for debris from the container ship, which crashed into the Astrolabe Reef on October 5.

This cyclone season may be quieter for NZ, but not Queensland

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Another busy cyclone season is on the way for Queensland say Australian forecasters at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) - but New Zealand may be spared this year says our own NIWA.

Rena oil spill: 4m swells batter ship

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Salvage workers are bracing for the death of the "creaking, groaning" MV Rena, now sitting precariously on Astrolabe Reef and expected to flood more oil into the sea.

The same pancake-sized blobs of oil that have blotted the Western Bay of Plenty coastline were found at White Island yesterday and are expected to arrive at East Cape by Saturday.

Monday was mild for many

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Temperatures were a little higher today overall compared to the weekend with the warmest centres being in inland areas of the South Island.
Hanmer Sprngs and Alexandra took top honours with both centres sharing 23 degrees.

Slippery conditions for the NRL Grand Final

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The NRL Grand Final is set to be played under slippery conditions on Sunday, with wet weather expected for the majority of the day.

Showers are going to increase across the Sydney region during Saturday afternoon and evening, with heavier rain possible on Sunday morning as a low pressure system forms near the NSW coast.

Weather Video: Weekend weather plus Warriors & All Blacks weather

Filed in: weather analysist Philip Duncan says a low over Sydney will bring 'Auckland-like' weather for the NRL Grand Final between the Warriors and the Manly Sea Eagles.

Weather to suit the Warriors this Sunday

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The weather forecast for this Sunday's Grand Final between the Warriors and Manly looks set to favour the Warriors says head weather analyst Philip Duncan.

Mr Duncan says an offshore low this weekend will mean "Auckland-like" weather conditions for the big game.

"Sydney has recently been in a heatwave, with highs in the 30s and hot, windy, weather.  Th

NZ air pollution not as bad as report suggested

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The World Health Organisation has removed data from its website that suggested New Zealand cities' air quality was poorer than any major city in Australia and that Auckland's air pollution was on a par with Tokyo's.

In a compilation of air quality data from 1100 cities in 91 countries, reporting concentrations of health damaging "PM10" particles WHO published 2009 data it said was source

Study ranks NZ's reputation among best in the world

New Zealand has one of the top five reputations in the world, in the eyes of the globe's leading nations, new research shows.

The CountryRep study, produced annually by the Reputation Institute in conjunction with Australian research consultancy AMR, put New Zealand at fifth place overall for reputation, trailing behind Canada (1), Sweden (2), Australia (3), and Switzerland (4).


Falling satellite passed over NZ, crashed into Pacific Ocean

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A defunct six tonne satellite passed over the West Coast and near Auckland before burning up over a remote area of the Pacific Ocean, Nasa maps show.

As reported by on Saturday the satellite quickly zipped up the West Coast of the South Island before crossing over the top of Northland and heading out over the Pacific.  It then crashed into the the sea.