16:34 Motorists are advised to use caution on the Rimutaka hill, north of Wellington. NZTA says strong winds mean extra care is needed.

16:33 Dog owners are being warned of the dangers of a pack mentality after vicious dog attacks on two women on a Hawke's Bay beach.

16:23 At least four houses have gone up in flames and others are under threat from a massive fire which has engulfed a Saddle Hill, Dunedin hillside.

16:11 John Key's secret trip to Iraq was plagued by delays, mostly due to dust storms which made flying and landing treacherous.

16:04 High winds in South Canterbury are creating dust storms, with visibility on State Highway One around Dunsandel and Rakaia almost zero.

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