Waitangi Day and beyond
The weather on Waitangi Day should turn out pretty good for many parts of the country as a large area of high pressure confines the approaching rain-makers to the far north and east of the country.
MetService and Media and Communications Meteorologist Daniel Corbett commented, "Waitangi Day should be a great day for outdoor plans over many parts of the country except the far north and east, where there could be a wee bit of wet weather."
There could well be a few showers during the day in Waitangi and Northland for events taking place there.
The large high that has kept the rain-makers at bay will gradually build across the South Island in the coming days. However, by Friday a moist easterly flow, associated with a subtropical weather system, is likely to sink down from the far north across central parts of the North Island to bring spells of rain or showers.
This brief wet spell should gradually shift to the east coast of the North Island by Saturday, before clearing away as the high gains a grip on the rest of the country for early next week.