Weather Video: Weekend weather

Another low is heading towards Northland with a period of rain on Saturday PM.

Meanwhile further south colder air continues to blow in, with snow expected on the North Island ski fields and on the ranges of both islands.

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Slip-damaged SH1 to reopen by Saturday

Slip-damaged State Highway 1 is expected to reopen by Saturday, which is a crucial step in helping storm-battered Northland's recovery, Civil Defence says.

Northland Civil Defence spokesman Graeme MacDonald said roading authorities had been working 24/7 to bypass the slip south of Kawakawa, on a crucial part of the region's roading network.

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Australia: Drought-breaking rains for NSW

The first decent feed of tropical moisture this winter has helped soak much of central-western and south-western New South Wales with their biggest rain in more than three months and there is more on the way.

Widespread 10-to-30mm has fallen across the region with some centres gaining more than 40mm.

Weather Video: New low heading to Northland

Our forecasters are keeping a close eye on another low heading towards Northland this Saturday.

The flood hit area doesn’t need more rain and the centre of this low may track directly over the region.

There is some good news – it should clear quickly on Sunday with all of NZ under a windy and cool sou’west flow on Monday.

Reopening SH1 'A number one priority'

A new detour around a slip on State Highway 1 in Northland may be ready for use before the end of the week.

The New Zealand Transport Agency Regional Journey Manager Jacqui Hori-Hoult said the highway was an important life-line to the Bay of Islands and Far North.

Northland storm - more Govt support for farmers (+VIDEO)

A medium-scale adverse event has been declared in Northland after last week's storm, opening up the way for more government support. 

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said the storm had had an impact on about 80 per cent of the primary sector in the region. 

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