NZ weather update for Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon

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Just over a week out from winter and New Zealand is basking under fairly clear, mostly dry and warm conditions reports - and the forecast for Friday evening looks pretty good apart from central New Zealand.

To the north east of the country we have a sub-tropical low.  It's far enough to the east to not bring wind or rain but has added some high cloud to northern N

Weather Video: RWC opening, plus weekend games

Philip Duncan teams up with to bring you the very latest on tonight's huge Rugby World Cup opening ceremony and the first match.

We also look at weather conditions for the 7 other games this weekend and a peak at Monday's weather.

A large low pressure system from the Tasman Sea is heading our way, Phil takes a look at exactly where it will track.

RWC - It's the final countdown!

The Rugby World Cup officially kicks off tonight NZT and is still predicting light winds, dry conditions and near-perfect conditions for the fireworks display before the first match.

Tonight's match is between the All Blacks and Tonga at Eden Park - the forecast and conditions can be found

Welcome to NZ - land of the long white cloud!

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Aotearoa, New Zealand - land of the long white cloud - and today it is certainly living up to that name.  As rugby players, support staff and fans from all over the world spread out across New Zealand they'll be getting a good understanding of why this country is called "land of the long white cloud".

Despite yesterday being a "mostly sunny" day overall across the country, clou

Weather Video: Big low coming after RWC kick off

Filed in: and Philip Duncan from team up to bring you the very latest on the settled weather across the country today, what is instore for Thursday and Friday, especially surrounding the kick off of the Rugby World Cup and what is coming this weekend weatherwise.

Fireworks to light up Auckland on RWC opening night

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Fireworks which will light up the sky on Friday night for the opening night of Rugby World Cup 2011 are set to rival those set off to mark the new millennium.

Three and a half tonnes of fireworks will mark the beginning of the cup.

New Years 2011

Pilots call for report to be put on Erebus record

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Pilots are calling on the Government to include Justice Mahon's Royal Commission report in the official international record of the Erebus disaster.

It follows the launch this week of Paul Holmes new book, “Daughters of Erebus", which claims successive governments have refused to officially recognise the report, which overturns assertions the pilots were at fault.

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Weather Video: Sunny week ahead but big low this weekend

Filed in: and team up to bring you the latest on our sunny week ahead, the latest forecast for the opening of the Rugby World Cup and what a big incoming low will mean for you this weekend. 

POLL: Does Spring start now, or at the equinox?

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Some might argue spring started over a month ago, despite our cold blast in the second week of August, but yesterday New Zealand, Australia and South Africa officially marked the start of Spring.

While the debate will no doubt go on about whether today is truly the start of spring (many nations go by the astronomical start and end to seasons, which coincides with the e

August polar blast contributes to flu epidemic

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Hospitals are overloaded with patients suffering flu-like and respiratory illnesses.

The epidemic is blamed in part on the icy cold snap in mid-August.

Hundreds of sick people are coming into emergency departments each day, and some are waiting up to eight hours for treatment.

And with another cold southerly outbreak forecast for Friday and Saturday, health authorities are