16:36 A large blaze is raging in windy conditions in the Christchurch suburb of Southshore. It is understood access to water is an issue.

16:13 More charges are likely after a car was driven into a group of people in Nawton, Hamilton last night.

15:50 Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae's being sent best wishes from his government for his heart surgery recovery. He was operated on today.

15:48 Four people have been rescued from Mt Tarawera, near Rotorua after a helicopter landed heavily, causing minor damage. No one is injured.

15:40 Christchurch fire crews are rushing to a blaze in Rockinghorse Rd, Southshore. The fire is in the sand dunes - there are homes nearby.