Many chances for heavy rain this week for some Kiwis

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Parts of New Zealand could see more than one shot at heavy rain this week.

Afternoon conditions about NZ

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Winds have begun to pick up about the upper regions of the North Island.  Auckland was reporting north winds at 37km/h winds last hour.  Wind speeds of 30-35 km/h were common about the upper half of the North Island.  Strong gusts have been felt across the northern and central Waikato. 

Heavy rain/severe weather threat update

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Updated 12:17pm --- As the incoming low continues to deepen over the Tasman Sea, the threat for heavy rain later today, tonight and tomorrow continues increase for the upper and central regions of the North Island.  Parts of the South Island could also see heavy rain.

Another week kicks off with a big low

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The storm system a week ago brought a lot of rain to the upper North Island.  Today, we are looking at another storm with the potential for more heavy rain.  But one of the things that makes this situation different is that this storm probably won’t produce as much rain as the last one.  But, given the already saturated ground, flooding is still possible.

Sunday's national forecast

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Strong low pressure continues to develop over the Tasman Sea this morning.  Rain is already moving across parts of Northland, Coromandel Peninsula, Auckland, Bay of Plenty and north Waikato.

Large low brings rain and wind to wrap up the weekend

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A large and potent area of low pressure will bring rain and wind to much of the country over the next few days starting tomorrow.

How is your Saturday?

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There is plenty of sunshine to be found about the country today.  But as is often the case, not everyone is seeing the settled weather.

So tell us where you are and how your weather is today.

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Saturday's national forecast

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Another settled day is on tap for most the country.  A few clouds will pop up about the northern tip of the North Island today and a few showers will be possible as well.  The rest of the North Island should see another fairly sunny day.

Potent low still on track for early next week

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Look for a settled day for almost all of New Zealand today.  There is a very small chance for some light showers around Gisborne and Northland today, but it’s most likely to stay dry.  Just like the rest of the country.

Tomorrow, look for more of the same.  Settled weather is expected across the country.

John Wilson named new Fonterra chairman

Fonterra, the world's biggest exporter of dairy products, has named long-serving director John Wilson as its next chairman, replacing Henry van der Heyden.

Wilson, a director of the Auckland-based company since 2003, will take up the new role when van der Heyden steps down at the annual meeting in December.