"Most New Zealanders are just over this sort of rubbish," he said.
On Wednesday they'll head out for two months to learn about metals and new life forms.
Nigel Peterson has been missing for 167 days - but police have resumed their search.
A falling branch smashed through a child's window moments after her parents pulled her from bed.
Aucklanders have been warned to be prepared with backup batteries and water.
Coromandel and Bay of Plenty could have flooding and slips.
He disappeared around 3pm Sunday afternoon while swimming.
The Police National Dive Squad will help with search efforts on Monday.
The car enthusiasts are fighting back against "accusations of anti-social behaviour".
The Geographic Board is considering renaming it Turanganui-a-Kiwa/Poverty Bay.
"Everyone else goes up the Mount - why shouldn't I?"
A massive drug raid in the region highlights their plight.
"It's time this country woke up to the bulls**t that's going on," Kawerau's Mayor said.
Thousands in the Far North will remain cut off from the rest of the country until mid next week after a downpour washed away a chunk of State Highway 1.
The Minginui native plant nursery is a joint venture between the Crown and iwi Ngati Whare.
A driver fleeing police on Monday morning gave up and dove into a river after his vehicle caught fire.