Map: All quakes in Cook Strait region since Friday

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This map via GeoNet shows every earthquake in the Cook Strait region since Friday.

From Friday to noon Tuesday there had been a total 1051 earthquakes recorded.

- source / Geonet

Antarctic marine reserve plan blocked by Russia

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A New Zealand-led plan to create the largest marine reserve in the world in Antarctica has been blocked by Russia.

Delegations from 25 counties gathered over the past six days in Bremerhaven, Germany to consider the proposal for a 2.27 sq km reserve in the Ross Sea.

Wintry blast heads north, Wellington slammed by gales again

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Update 3:35pm -- A wintry blast continues to push north this afternoon after bringing heavy snow this morning to some inland parts of the South Island. - now it's bringing severe weather into the North Island.

Wellington is again being hit by hurricane force winds, gusting over 130km/h on the ranges and between 110km/h and 130km/h in the city itself.

High to ease storms in Tasmania, NZ too

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It has been a week of wild weather for the Apple Isle with destructive winds, heavy rain and high swells. This comes just after the island endured a dry June in the north and west and a mild start to the winter.

Sunday's national forecast

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A strong westerly airflow lies over New Zealand today, another front passes over the South Island during the day then the North Island this evening. Expect heavy rain in the west of the South Island, the odd shower in the east.

Just In - Amazing aurora above Antarctica

This amazing photo has just come in from Tim Delany, who is Winter Technical Support, working at Antarctica New Zealand's Scott Base.

Mega Wairarapa wind farm given consents

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Genesis Energy has secured resource consents for what would be the largest wind farm in New Zealand, a 286-turbine development in a remote part of Wairarapa.

However, low demand growth for electricity means it is unlikely to be built for many years.

Nina search - Father raises hopes

The father of an 18-year-old on board the missing American schooner Nina believes it may be just days from making port in Australia.

Ricky Wright's daughter, Danielle Wright, is one of seven people on board the 84-year-old wooden vessel, which was on its way to Australia from Opua in the Bay of Islands.

50 years since Kaimai crash killed 23

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Exactly 50 years after 23 passengers and crew members died when their plane crashed into the Kaimai Range, family members will gather at a memorial to remember them.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of New Zealand's worst internal air disaster, which cost the lives of three crew members and 20 passengers on their way from Auckland to Tauranga.

Seven lost in stormy seas, NZ forecaster gets last call for help

A New Zealand meteorologist took the last known calls from seven people aboard a classic American racing yacht missing in the Tasman: "The weather's turned nasty, how do we get away from it?"