Nepal still rebuilding from earthquake - one year on

A year from the first of the two deadly Nepalese quakes, many people are still afraid to live in their homes.

Nepal was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Monday 25 April 2015, which was followed by a second 7.3 magnitude quake on 12 May.

The dual quakes claimed 8,856 lives, destroyed or damaged 800,000 homes and left up to four million people without a safe place to live.

The Aurora Borealis, Hamilton quake risk and the smoggiest cities in the USA - Your past Week in Headlines

Another crazy week of weather and climate news - with disasters, temperature records and earthquakes dominating headlines during the last 7 days.

POLL RESULTS: 2016 hasn't been super frosty...yet?

In our poll this week, we mentioned that April is usually the time of year we start to see frosts increase in regularity - but this year, so far, hasn't followed many time-honoured traditions.

With higher temperatures and more sunshine than usual this autumn, we wanted to know just how many of our readers were in the same boat, frost-wise.

Free Download: App with 10 day forecasts for over 1000 NZ locations! has gone into partnership with global weather giant This new deal means that's new weather app has over 1000 forecast locations in New Zealand - compared to just 100 from both of NZ's Government forecasters combined.  

Your Long Weekend Weather Video - ANZAC Day Special

The long weekend is upon us, and most places should have at least two mostly dry days and one wetter day.

Despite two very large highs around NZ, this weekend sees a cold front moving up the South Island on Saturday then the North Island Sunday.

Monday might be a bit cooler, as windier high pressure not truly reaching NZ until Tuesday or Wedsnesday.

Samoa: Cyclone Amos brushes islands; now heading east

Samoa appears to have escaped the worst of Cyclone Amos this morning.

Samoa Observer editor Mata'afa Keni Lesa told the New Zealand Herald this morning there had been minimal damage.

"[It's a] peaceful morning and people are making their way to church."

Hamilton 'may be at greater risk for quakes' than previously thought - researchers

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Hamilton might be at a greater risk of earthquake damage and liquefaction than many people previously thought.

Waikato University researchers Vicki Moon and Willem de Lange have been studying five fault lines, which were discovered during a subdivision project last year.

Rain between two highs - Your Weather of Interest for the next 3 days

Next week sees another high pressure system keeping our weather largely clear and sunny to start - but before that happens, the weekend brings the chance of rain, cloud or showers to many parts of the country.

Friday the 22nd

A ridge lies over the North Island on Friday, while a northwest airflow builds over the South Island.

Revealed - the most polluted cities in the USA

Rough day at work? Step outside and take a deep breath -- err, maybe not, depending on what city you're in.

If you're in Los Angeles, you'll probably want to step back inside the office.
The sprawling California city is among the worst air pollution offenders in the United States, according to the American Lung Association.

Rain and wind on the long weekend - Your Weather of Interest for the next 3 days

While this week has stayed relatively calm, clear and settled - thanks to a large anticyclone sitting over the country - the coming weekend is set to see some more weather variety with wind, and some potentially heavy rain, in the mix.

Thursday 21st

A high pressure system continues to keep the weather under control.