Giant eight-metre waves and gale force winds are storming towards New Zealand, whipping the ocean into a frenzy and triggering warnings from the country's weather authorities. The cold blast that smashed Tasmania with 14-metre waves on Friday is moving across the Tasman Sea and is poised to strike on Sunday. Weather: 'Cold blast' of wind, rain, snow coming for New Zealand New Zealand to get more rain, less snow this winter - NIWA Weather: New autumn weather pattern emerges for New Zealand "South Island boaties be aware! It's looking rough for the weekend. Keep an eye on that marine forecast," Maritime New Zealand tweeted. "Wave heights won't be as great as that in NZ but will still be extremely large with a height of eight metres around Fiordland, five to seven metres along the West Coast," WeatherWatch says. "Severe gales are likely in marine areas, especially around the South Island with winds sustained at over 100km/h possible for a time." These giant waves will slowly spread … [Read more...] about Weather: 8m waves, gale-force winds storming towards New Zealand
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If you've ever wanted to represent New Zealand in Quidditch, now could be the time. At the 2018 Quidditch World Cup New Zealand was ranked 20th out of 29 countries. Next year, Quidditch New Zealand plans on going even bigger and better. Applications have opened for people who want to play for the national team at the 2020 World Cup, which will take place either in Spain or the US. New Zealand's first Quidditch camp a 'huge success' Muggles unite! New Zealand's first national Quidditch team to compete in world champs Quidditch is a sport based on JK Rowling's Harry Potter universe, beginning in the US in 2005 and quickly developing a universe of its own. While the magical Harry Potter version sees witches and wizards take to the skies on flying broomsticks, the Muggle sport has two teams of seven players, each carrying broomsticks between their legs, competing in a mixture of rugby, dodgeball and tag - all involving multiple game balls. "Our goal as a nation is to make the #Top10 … [Read more...] about Applications open for New Zealand’s national World Cup Quidditch team
A car that can go 1000 kilometres on one tank of fuel and takes three minutes to fill up is coming to New Zealand in 2020. The car in question is a hydrogen car and is just one of many concepts revealed at the world's biggest car show this week in Shanghai. NZ's first driverless 5G car wows Aucklanders on test run What you need to know about electric cars Massive brands New Zealand has never heard of, like the world's biggest electric vehicle company BYD, are unveiling new models as part of the exhibition. BYD is having an international makeover after it poached Audi's top designer. "This means we create two families - one EV, the other hybrid - and gas and EV's are rising to become the most important," BYD Head of Design Wolfgang Egger told Newshub. Twenty-four million cars were sold in China alone in 2018 which means international brands will change their cars for the market and those models will never be available anywhere else in the world. German car giant BMW released new … [Read more...] about Could hydrogen-powered cars soon take over New Zealand roads?
New Zealand is "a chainsmoking couch potato" when it comes to the environment. That's how Fish and Game summed up a grim report released by the Government today. It says 90 percent of our sea birds and 76 percent of our freshwater fish are at risk of extinction. Department of Conservation (DoC) says we have a biodiversity crisis on our hands, and we don't know the true scale of it because we don't know how many species we actually have. New Zealand's 'dirtiest industry' blasted over environment report 'One or a two' out of 10: Forest and Bird CEO Kevin Hague blasts Government Freshwater in farming regions high in faecal bacteria, report finds We know of 11,000 native species, but the best estimates are that that's just 20 percent of the species that actually exist here. Forest and Bird likened it to a lazy patient. "Basically, the patient's a chainsmoking couch potato and he needs to change his ways," said Martin Taylor. The Environment Aotearoa report is as comprehensive as it … [Read more...] about New Zealand a ‘chainsmoking couch potato’ when it comes to environment
I Interrupt the former leader of my native New Zealand, Helen Clark, in the middle of a Twitter and Facebook purge. “Social media management” she says, dictating a response to one of the provocateurs or well-wishers. It’s all part of overseeing a social media following of more than 200,000, I’m sure, but especially fitting since the ex-prime minister was in London – along with other former government heads who make up the leadership alliance Club de Madrid – for a talk on how to combat populism, fake news and social media. A more regrettable coincidence is that we’re speaking mere weeks after a white supremacist live-streamed a terrorist attack in our homeland. The murder of fifty Muslims in two mosque attacks in Christchurch by gunman Brenton Tarrant was put online for the world to see. Clark was in Baku, Azerbaijan when she heard the news, but her reaction was like any New Zealander: “Just shock and disbelief... We have never had … [Read more...] about Anti-social media: Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark on how tech firms should change after the Christchurch terror attacks