12:56 A combination of norwest gales and high temperatures are turning the lower South Island into a tinderbox.

12:47 People are being asked to avoid Kelburn Parade, which has been cordoned off.

12:33 A building at Wellington's Victoria University has been evacuated after a bomb threat.

12:16 Nerves are heightened at Otago University, as students avoid the main campus following an online shooting threat.

12:15 Two women have been left violently shaken after they were attacked by a pack of dogs on a Hawke's Bay beach.

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