20:51 Fire fighters will move to "mop up operations" in Otago tonight after a series of large vegetation fires across the region.

19:06 A welfare centre has been set up for residents evacuated from their homes Dunedin's Saddle Hill due to a massive out of control fire.

17:50 Police have confirmed a person has appeared in the Levin District Court in relation to the disappearance of Alex Fisher in a Horowhenua Forest.

17:34 New Zealander Fergus Chetwin-Kelly is fighting for his life in Cluj, Romania after suffering an electric shock while taking photos with friends.

17:29 Several hundred residents of seven streets near the scene of the Mosgiel fire are preparing to be without power overnight.

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