16:16 Waikato Police say Hamilton Gardens is now safe for the public after it was evacuated following a bomb threat this afternoon.

16:13 Changes to the Resource Management Act will ease the housing crisis in Auckland, but minister Nick Smith concedes it may take some time.

15:48 Motorcycle riders heading off on the Burt Munro Challenge are being warned about heavy rain and 160k gusts in the Southland forecast.

15:07 24 hours on, and a forest fire is continuing to burn fiercely in Marlborough with wind gusts of up to 100ks forecast for tonight.

15:06 A hearing is underway in Auckland to decide whether plans will go ahead for one of the country's biggest caged chicken farms in Patumahoe.

Thu, 22 Mar 2012

Smith had to go - Key's done ok - Garner

3News Political Editor Duncan Garner tells RadioLIVE's Marcus Lush that Nick Smith had to go after the ACC scandal and tells Marcus John Key's handled the issue reasonably well. 22 March 2012

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