10:28 No problems with the Capital weather as the Black Caps brace for an Australian backlash in the ODI series at Westpac Stadium.

08:23 The official ceremonies are over, and Waitangi celebrations in the Bay of Islands are kicking into a more relaxed gear.

08:22 Dog owners are being told to avoid going to the Otaki River mouth and estuary after a family pet died from what scientists suspect is a toxic algae.

08:21 There will be plenty of Waitangi Day FAMILY fun today as Auckland tangata whenua host a Waitangi Festival at Orakei's Bastion Point.

06:42 A thick mist is blanketing Waitangi as commemorations get into in full swing. National Minister Steven Joyce is filling the PM's speaking duties.