All Blacks win World Cup thriller

The All Blacks ended 24 years of hurt with this 8-7 World Cup victory over France, but it certainly wasn't a painless win.

The margin of success was one point, which the All Blacks held for just over half an hour. It was excruciating.

All Blacks beat France to win the Rugby World Cup congratulates the All Blacks on beating France 8-7 in an incredibly tough battle at Auckland's Eden Park. 

The All Blacks have won the Rugby World Cup 2011!!

Weather Video: Labour Weekend 2011 + RWC weather!

Head weather analyst Philip Duncan teams up with to bring you the very latest weather conditions for Labour Weekend 2011 - plus forecasts for both Rugby World Cup finals on Friday night (Wallabies play Wales) and, of course, Sunday night (All Blacks play France) (Go the ABs!)

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