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The North Island is facing heavy downpours and thunderstorms into the late morning.

Flooded Auckland roads reopened

Albany on the North Shore received a record 36.6mm rainfall in one hour.

Anthony Miles Tamaiti Watkins, 24 is wanted in connection to the shooting of a 52-year-old man in Invercargill on Saturday.

Manhunt for Invercargill shooting suspect now nationwide

Anthony Watkins is "unpredictable", police say.

Arnica Savage

Man accused of BOP murder dead toddler's father

Two-year-old Arnica Savage was found dead in the Rangitaiki River on July 1.

Two-year-old Arnica Savage was found in the Rangitaiki River late on Sunday night near the small settlement of Te Mahoe, south of Whakatane.

Man denies murdering toddler found in BOP river

Two-year-old Arnica Savage was found in a river late on Sunday night.

A two-year-old girl's body was found in the Rangitaiki River on Sunday.

Family of toddler found in river prepare for her tangi

A man is in custody over the alleged murder of the two-year-old.

The Rangitaiki River.

Children's Commissioner 'perplexed' by death of 2yo

A man is facing murder charges after the child's body was discovered.

fishing

Fight over fishing's future

Environmentalists are urging the Government to stop challenging the protection of a fragile marine area.

The Whakatane District Council is taking submission for a proposed plan change were 18 properties in Matata could be vacated.

Bay of Plenty residents plot court battle over 'unliveable' homes

"We'll be fighting this to the end... We're not going without a fight."

Once dental procedure would've ended his anguish, but Charles didn't have the $4000 needed.

Desperate father rips out aching tooth with pliers

He didn't have the money needed for the $4000 surgery.

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Serious crash in Bay of Plenty

It's not yet known how many people have been hurt.

The house was well-ablaze when crews arrived

One dead after Bay of Plenty house fire

The body was found inside the house.

There is flooding at Katikati, Mt Maunganui and Papamoa Beach.

Bay of Plenty hammered by torrential rain, flooding

Motorists are advised to take extra care.

Bay of Plenty

Mayor 'very disappointed' at graffiti telling 'Jaffas' to go back to Auckland

"Most New Zealanders are just over this sort of rubbish," he said.

They will drill three boreholes into the hydrothermally active submarine volcano in the Kermadec arc.

World first: NZ scientists to drill undersea volcano

On Wednesday they'll head out for two months to learn about metals and new life forms.

Nigel Peterson ran away from his caregiver in November 2017.

Investigation reopened into missing autistic man

Nigel Peterson has been missing for 167 days - but police have resumed their search.

A lightning strike in Te Puke has killed a dog and split a huge tree, sending a branch through a young girl's window.

Lightning strike kills dog, splits redwood tree in Te Puke

A falling branch smashed through a child's window moments after her parents pulled her from bed.

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Heavy rain and wind hits still-recovering Auckland

Aucklanders have been warned to be prepared with backup batteries and water.

Storms are set to lash the country on Saturday.

A weekend of heavy rain and gales forecast

Coromandel and Bay of Plenty could have flooding and slips.

Omanawa Falls

Dive squad to search for missing man at Omanawa Falls

He disappeared around 3pm Sunday afternoon while swimming.

A man is missing after swimming at Omanawa Falls, Bay of Plenty.

Man missing in Omanawa Falls, Bay of Plenty

The Police National Dive Squad will help with search efforts on Monday.

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