In today's news, Oscar Parker, 10, won a competition to experience one of the biggest moments in rugby - running out with the All Blacks as they start their Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign.
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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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