Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


A fine weekend, but a heads up on Hola

MetService forecasts improving weather this weekend, meaning plenty of sun around the country, before Cyclone Hola makes its presence felt in parts of the North Island on Monday.

Cold southerlies are currently bringing heavy falls of rain to eastern parts of the North Island, but are set to ease by Saturday as high pressure brings more stable weather over the country. The sun should be shining for the Blackcaps in Christchurch for the One Day International on Saturday, and on the whole, most of New Zealand will enjoy a sunny weekend, but with cooler temperatures than recently.

“Ideal conditions for getting out and about,” said meteorologist Tom Adams, “The upper North Island, in particular, should make the most of it. The weather there takes a turn for the worse next week as Cyclone Hola will bring a short spell of wind, rain and larger swell, with possible severe weather in places.”

“Tropical Cyclone Hola is currently Category 4”, said Tropical Cyclone meteorologist Micky Malivuk, “The system is intensifying and is expected to pass between Vanuatu and New Caledonia on Friday, and it is possible it could grow to a Category 5 cyclone. Current forecast tracks indicate that the cyclone will recurve on Friday and start tracking to the southeast, although the final track will be highly dependent on where and when it recurves.”

Satellite imagery of Tropical Cyclone Hola on Thursday morning.

Although it is too early to be certain about the track of this system as it passes over New Zealand waters, there is a significant probability that it could pass near the upper North Island on Monday. The MetService Tropical Cyclone bench are keeping a close eye on developments 24/7 and will issue Severe Weather Watches and Warnings for any areas which could see severe weather associated with this event, along with updates on social media.

Official Severe Weather Watches and Warnings are reviewed and re-issued by MetService at least every twelve hours, and more often if necessary. To get the most up to date information on severe weather around the country, or any other forecasts, see or on mobile devices at You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, at MetService New Zealand on Facebook, @metservice and @MetServiceWARN on Twitter and at

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Conservation Win: Mice Eradicated From Antipodes Island

In a world-leading conservation effort, mice have been successfully eradicated from Antipodes Island in the New Zealand Subantarctic, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today... More>>


Transport Tech: Roadmap To Harness $1.5 Bn Sector

A new Future Technology Leadership Group will help New Zealand harness some of the $1.5 billion a year estimated value to the economy from Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as well as the social benefits they create... More>>


Economy: GDP Rises On Strength In Services

The economy, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), grew 0.6 percent in the December 2017 quarter, Stats NZ said today. Growth was driven by increases in the service industries but was tempered by falls in the primary sector. More>>


Dolphins In Danger: More measures to protect

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage are accelerating work to improve protection of the nationally endangered Hector’s dolphin, after five were accidentally killed in a fishing net off Banks Peninsula. More>>


Innovative Partnerships:Govt Launches R&D Programme

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has today formally launched the Innovative Partnership programme which aims to attract future-focused international innovators and firms to undertake R&D and develop their products in New Zealand.... More>>


Planes And Oil: Current Account Deficit Widens To $2.0 Billion

New Zealand's seasonally adjusted current account deficit widened to $2.0 billion in the December 2017 quarter, Stats NZ said today. The $407 million increase in the deficit was mainly driven by New Zealand importing aircraft and other transport equipment, and crude oil. More>>


RMTU: Lyttelton Port Strike

Sticking points now include LPC’s insistence on docking the pay of workers who didn’t take part in strike action last week – because they withdrew the strike notice. “In our view this amounts to an illegal lockout.” More>>


"Licensed To Krill": Greenpeace Report On Antarctic Fishing

A new Greenpeace investigation has exposed the environmental risks of the fast-growing krill industry in one of the most pristine parts of the Antarctic Ocean. More>>