17:36 Incentives need to be offered to police, teachers and nurses to keep them in Auckland, according to The Institute of Directors.

16:51 Fire crews are responding to reports of a vehicle surrounded by flood waters near Piroa Falls near Waipu.

16:21 Police have found a hat near the Coromandel waterways where they have been searching for Auckland 19 year old, Lucas Cochrane.

16:17 The already drenched Coromandel and Gisborne regions look set for another soaking this week. Heavy rain is expected to cause more surface flooding.

16:16 Three people will appear in court tomorrow charged over a farm shooting near Whanganui. A local farmer says he was shot at by poachers.