04:31 One person is dead and six people are in hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after a house fire in Palmerston North

04:31 Perserverence has paid off for the small eastern Bay of Plenty town, Opotiki, which has scored an audience with three @AllBlacks

22:06 More than 100 migrants an hour have arrived in Germany amid a record influx travelling on packed trains to the southern city of Munich.

21:43 Despite a spectacular lightning show, most of tonight's thunderstorms fizzled out over land. Heavy downpours remain now tracking across the NI.

21:42 After 3 narrow losses, defending champs Taranaki pick up their first NPC win with a 17-10 victory over Counties Manukau in New Plymouth.