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8.53am:

And that's us for this morning. We're wrapping up a little bit early but will be back with Morning Rush at 6am tomorrow. Thanks for joining me.

8.51am: Here's a story to leave you with that's being going great guns this morning - Jarryd Hayne's NFL advice on how to overcome a rookie mistake in front of millions. Check it out.
8.47am: Before we wrap up for the day, here's the stories we will be following:
The tank explosion that killed one man in South Auckland - A post-mortem is expected to be completed today and we'll have the latest updates as they come in.
More rugby madness as the World Cup edges closer - we'll have what it means for the All Blacks and the teams we're up against.
And we'll have the latest in breaking news, all on nzherald.co.nz

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8.44am: What's the magic number of children for happiness? A study has revealed some interesting results - here's the story.
8.40am: Pretty clear day in the capital - enjoy the commute!

8.36am:

In a move which suggests that World Cup organisers have a sense of humour, France has been assigned a hotel in the modest London borough of Croydon -

France's captain Thierry Dusautoir looks from a window after a press conference at the Selsdon Park Hotel and Golf Club in Croydon. Photo / Getty
France's captain Thierry Dusautoir looks from a window after a press conference at the Selsdon Park Hotel and Golf Club in Croydon. Photo / Getty

8.33am:

Expect a mixed day in

Auckland

today - cloudy periods and showers with a high of

14C

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. A bit clearer in

Wellington

today with clouds and a high of

14C

as well.

8.29am: Elton John claims Vladimir Putin phoned him after the musician requested a meeting to discuss Russia's anti-gay environment - but Putin's spokesman has denied the report.
Here's the story.

Singing legend Elton John. Photo / AP
Singing legend Elton John. Photo / AP

8.25am:

A man who spilled more than 12,000 litres of beer in Wanaka committed a "crime of passion", the Queenstown District Court heard yesterday.

8.22am:

The Southern motorway crash in Auckland is clear, but motorists should expect delays.

8.18am:

Thoughts about the Tony Abbott/Malcolm Turnbull saga?

Tony Abbott. Photo / Getty Images
Tony Abbott. Photo / Getty Images

8.15am:

Wall Street and the greenback rose overnight, while US Treasuries declined.

8.12am:

What are your thoughts about the haka?

8.08am:

A morning blessing was held in

Waterview

for the new shared path - check out the pics here:

8.04am:

Lorde and Taylor Swift are both nominees in the MTV Europe Music Awards. Photo/AP
Lorde and Taylor Swift are both nominees in the MTV Europe Music Awards. Photo/AP

8.00am:

Did you see the video of Kiwi soul singer Tangaroa Te Tai - still wearing his work boots and safety vest - wowing X Factor Australia judges?

You don't want to miss it.

7.56am:

The latest from the

university campus shooting

in Mississippi: A

20-year-old New Zealand student

has spoken of the terror she felt in a barricaded classroom at

Delta State

while a history professor was shot dead.

Alex Howe (right) has been a student at Delta State University in Mississippi for almost two years. Photo / Supplied via Facebook
Alex Howe (right) has been a student at Delta State University in Mississippi for almost two years. Photo / Supplied via Facebook

7.53am:

A

crash

is blocking the right citybound lane on the

Southern Motorway

near

Mt Wellington

- merge left with care.

7.52am: Former New Zealand cricketing great Chris Cairns is preparing for his UK trial on Oct 5 - and it looks likely he will face a civil claim if he is acquitted of perjury.

Chris Cairns. Photo / Dean Purcell
Chris Cairns. Photo / Dean Purcell

7.48am:

High winds

have eased off across SH1 Milton to Balclutha but are still

sweeping SH87

in parts - drivers should take care.

7.45am:

French magazine

Charlie Hebdo

is facing legal action after publishing a series of

.

7.42am: Drive times have eased off after a bit of congestion in Wellington - while in Auckland commuters are looking at a 45 minute drive from Oteha to the city.

7.38am:

A

Chinese

firm has emerged as a contender for a half stake in Dunedin-based

Silver Fern Farms

by offering to invest

$261 million

in the company.

7.34am:

The "bromance" between John Key and Malcolm Turnbull is the subject of Rod Emmerson's cartoon today - with a little Red Peak shout-out thrown in.

7.30am:

Police suspect

gangs

are "running" groups of Christchurch's

windscreen washers

and using the money they make to buy drugs and alcohol, Newstalk ZB reports. They're asking for the council to give them authority to

seize equipment

.

7.26am: Need to brighten up your Wednesday? This vid of a Brazilian toddler distracting her father from cutting her toenails has gone viral.

Check out the video from Marcelinha Dos Santos Iwama here:

Olhem quem aprendeu a dar susto no papai!! Hahahaha essa minha Piquerruxa.. #mamaeencantada

Posted by Marcelinha Dos Santos Iwama on Saturday, September 5, 2015

7.22am:

Looking pretty free-flowing in the capital. Drive times:

22mins

from

Melling

- CBD;

20mins

from

Tawa

-CBD;

10mins

from

Cobham Drive

-CBD.

7.18am: Do you work out with your workmates? Lee Suckling writes about the benefits of exercising during work time - and why it can work for the business too.

Vladimir Putin has been shown doing one thing right recently - Working out in the gym with his colleagues. Photo / Getty
Vladimir Putin has been shown doing one thing right recently - Working out in the gym with his colleagues. Photo / Getty

7.15am:

A woman has been convicted of impersonating a man over two years to dupe her friend into having sex.

7.13am:

All Black Ma'a Nonu says he isn't "thinking past lunchtime" in terms of the World Cup -

Ma'a Nonu during All Blacks first full team training session, held at the teams base The Lensbury, Teddington, Middlesex, London. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Ma'a Nonu during All Blacks first full team training session, held at the teams base The Lensbury, Teddington, Middlesex, London. Photo / Brett Phibbs

7.10am:

French authorities

are searching the

Indian Ocean

for apparent

debris

spotted by a jet pilot near where a wing part from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was discovered.

7.07am:

7.04am:

Delays on the

Northern motorway

this morning after a citybound crash near the

Constellation

onramp in

Auckland

.

7.01am:

6.57am:

News for

Christchurch

drivers this morning. Traffic signals are now operational at the intersection of

Main Rd

and

Bridle Path Rd

alongside the Ferrymead Bridge - drive with care.

6.54am: Historical Wesley College is moving over for a new town to be built. Read about the rezoning of the South Auckland land here.

The Wesley College site will be transformed into a 'liveable town'. Photo / Chris Johnston
The Wesley College site will be transformed into a 'liveable town'. Photo / Chris Johnston

6.50am:

A professor at Delta State University who was a suspect in the fatal shooting on campus this week has been found dead,

Another professor, Dr Ethan Schmidt, was shot dead in his office.

6.47am: The safety of driving on the beach has been thrust into the spotlight after the death of four men in a crash on Muriwai Beach on Sunday. What are your thoughts? Here's today's big read.

The wreckage of a four wheel drive vehicle is loaded onto a tow-truck on Muriwai beach. Photo / Supplied
The wreckage of a four wheel drive vehicle is loaded onto a tow-truck on Muriwai beach. Photo / Supplied

6.43am:

An inner-city

Auckland

school has been let off a

$90

permit fee

for

using a

public park

for its end-of-year picnic.

6.40am:

A

new approach

has been introduced to analyse how

social spending

could be done better - by screening youngsters under the age of 17 throughout the country.

6.37am:

What's your

morning commute

looking like? We've got no reports of any accidents or breakdown hampering traffic in the main cities so far. Here's the latest drive times for

Wellington

:

6.35am:

It has been announced there is no "Plan B" for the 2019 Rugby World Cup - it's heading for Japan.

6.31am:

Big fan of the festive season? It's only 100 days to go until Christmas this year. Time to deck the halls? Falalalalalalala.

6.28am:

Max Key

has joined a team of graduates helping young Kiwis gain entrance into institutions like Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard -

Max Key has been employed by educational consultants Crimson Consulting. Photo / Facebook
Max Key has been employed by educational consultants Crimson Consulting. Photo / Facebook

6.24am:

Pretty warm out there for most this morning - with

Dunedin

currently hitting the country's high of a whopping

15.9C

! The coldest spot isn't too shabby either -

Hastings

at

4.5C

.

6.21am: Bit of a laugh for your morning.
Act leader David Seymour has used the French love of the "coq" symbol to argue why the silver fern does not need to be on a New Zealand flag.

The French, for instance, love the coq...

Act leader David Seymour. Photo / Richard Robinson
Act leader David Seymour. Photo / Richard Robinson

6.17am:

Commuting news for Aucklanders using the ferry this morning - Stanley Bay will be combined with Bayswater.

6.13am:

Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader Andrew Little will sit down to discuss adding another flag to the referendum finals - Red Peak.

Red peak.
Red peak.

6.10am:

Ordinary Kiwis who have done extraordinary things will be celebrated at the

Pride of New Zealand Awards

ceremony tonight. Good luck to all those unsung heroes nominated.

6.07am: Yesterday's toasty weather is set to continue today - enjoy!

6.03am:

Big news from overnight - police and WorkSafe will continue investigating a

fatal explosion

at a

South Auckland

industrial site yesterday.

A man's body was seen flying through the air and debris was strewn for hundreds of metres in the blast.

A large tank exploded at a south Auckland hazardous materials recycling business yesterday. Photo / Nick Reed
A large tank exploded at a south Auckland hazardous materials recycling business yesterday. Photo / Nick Reed

6.00am:

Morning all! It's Lauren here, bringing you the latest news this morning plus catching you up on what you missed overnight.