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Storm continues to lash North Island

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Police are calling on the army to help evacuate hundreds of residents in the central North Island.

Heavy rain has isolated a number of communities and flooded campgrounds in Hawke's Bay.

Police have released a statement to say they are working with the council in three main affected areas: Waimarama, Clifton and Te Awanga.

Wind causes problems for motorists

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Severe winds are making driving treacherous near Levin and on the Kapiti Coast.

Police are receiving reports of extremely high winds down the coast and inland through to Palmerston North.

Spokesman Ken Climo says it calls for careful driving in the area.

Widespread North Island weather warnings issued

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From Northland and Auckland to Wellington and Wairarapa, numerous rain and wind warnings have this morning been issued for much of the North Island as a sub-tropical low kicks into gear.

Rain warnings head to North Island, more expected

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As exclusively predicted by a week ago heavy rain warnings are being issued for the North Island as a heavy rain band moves over the region.  The crown forecaster indicates more to be issued for the Top Half of the North Island later today or tomorrow.

Here are the rain warnings, issued by Metservice, as of 11am:

Upper North Island may be in for drenching

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A week of rain and showers could be the weather forecast for Auckland, Northland, Coromandel, BOP and Waikato next week as a sub-tropical low stalls over the region.

ITM400 - Hamilton weather forecast

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UPDATED 2:49pm Sunday


Radar to monitor Ruapehu's rumblings

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Officials are installing an eruption detector at Mt Ruapehu, a week after the level of aviation warnings was raised.

Ruapehu will be one of only a few volcanoes in the world to be watched around the clock by a radar "eye", which immediately picks up explosive jets or eruptions of ash that rise more than 200 metres.

PHOTOS (6): Monday's unusual clouds over Auckland

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Low cloud that spread over the city during Sunday night dramatically cleared for a time on Monday morning (only to be replaced by another cloud sheet).

Early snow raises hopes for ski season

The country's skifields have had an early taste of snow, with 10-15cm falling last week on the upper slopes of Mt Ruapehu's Whakapapa field.

Mike Smith of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts said snow started to fall on Mt Ruapehu around 11pm last Monday night, and had become fairly heavy by Tuesday afternoon.

Turoa Rd was closed because of snow.

34,500 litres of rubbish collected from Coromandel coast

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Volunteers have picked up 34,500 litres of rubbish from the Coromandel coastline in three days - more than a full shipping container.

Sustainable Coastlines spokesman Sam Judd said volunteers were dropped off to sometimes remote coastline by about 18 boats, from the outlying islands of Rangipukea in the south to the Happy Jacks in the north.