Right now in the Pacific there is a life-threatening measles outbreak, and children are most at risk.
Outbreaks have been declared in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. Thousands of people have been affected, and many thousands more are at risk as health authorities and medical professionals race to prevent the spread and impact of this disease.
Red Cross volunteers are working closely with Ministries of Health to support both response and prevention activities. Hundreds of people have already visited the mobile vaccination site at Samoa Red Cross.
You can help too. Donate to the Pacific Disaster Fund now to support this emergency response.
MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Waikato.
Valid from 1:00pm to 9:00pm today. Localised downpours of 25 to 40mm per hour are possible with thunderstorms in this region.
Rainfall of this intensity can cause surface and/or flash flooding, especially about low-lying areas such as streams, rivers or narrow valleys, and may also lead to slips. Driving conditions will also be hazardous with surface flooding and poor visibility in heavy rain.
This watch will be updated by 2:00pm today.
Preparatory work has begun on what will be one of the longest bridges in Hamilton.
WEL Networks started relocating power lines on Tuesday to allow for construction of a bridge over the Waikato River to the Peacocke housing development.
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