15:43 Online threats against Auckland teen Vincent Skeen, who was convicted of manslaughter, appear to have gang links. Police are investigating.

15:41 The Queensland Firebirds landed 20 goals in the final quarter to run down the Southern Steel 67-64 in their ANZ Championship semifinal.

15:40 Queenstown Airport is being evacuated because of a bomb scare on a plane from Australia. It's believed a cleaner found a message onboard.

13:19 Graeme Steel from Drug Free Sport NZ believes it is inevitable we'll need to start testing for drug cheats in New Zealand secondary schools.

13:14 Westerly gales are lashing much of the country and there is snow to low levels in the south of the South Island. Many ski areas are closed.

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