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That's us for this morning. Thanks for joining me on Morning Rush. We'll be back tomorrow with the live blog from 6am. Have a good Thursday - and make the most of the weather before the rain hits!
8.58am: There's a couple of chuckles in today's Sideswipe to leave you with - including this spoon found embedded in a pine tree which one reader has put on a plinth.
(Check out the image below).
Before we wrap up for the day, here's the big stories we will be covering:
D Day for Solid Energy
- we'll have the latest as the announcement breaks.
The All Blacks are getting sick of being asked about the haka, as the
World Cup lead up
continues. We'll have updates on how the men in black are doing.
weather's looking pretty wet
for many at the weekend - we'll let you know what to expect.
latest in breaking news
- all at nzherald.co.nz
8.51am: The Warriors are speaking out against rumours suggesting coach Andrew McFadden's job is under threat - denying the club has targeted Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney as his replacement.
8.47am: Former All Black Ian Uttley and his wide Christine were killed in a head-on collision with a logging tuck on the Naperi-Taupo Highway on Tuesday.
The pair died at the scene of the crash at the bottom of the Titiokura Hill.
Traffic is still slow around Auckland this morning - keep calm!
Do you get muscle aches the day after you exercise? Do you know why?
A member of a family fighting to remain in New Zealand as "climate-change refugees" is in police custody.
The tussle over the Red Peak flag is the subject of today's cartoon by Rod Emmerson:
is partially blocking traffic, NZTA says. Be patient out there drivers.
8.27am: Is convenience food making your pets fat? Read more from a vet about why you should consider feeding your pet more raw meat and bones.
Work and Income
scheme to get beneficiaries with mental health conditions and sole parents back to work appears to have flopped.
- the 14-year-old boy who brought a homemade clock to school but it was mistaken for a bomb.
State Highway 39
following the crash this morning.
should expect cloudy periods and some sun before
move in this afternoon - and it is set to be wet until next week with
on the radar through to Monday. Maybe a weekend to tuck up indoors?
8.11am: A US comedian and actor has admitted lying about working in New York's World Trade Centre when terrorists attacked on September 11, 2001.
Steve Rannazzisi had previously told the New York Times a detailed story about working for Merrill Lynch on the fatal day, and escaping after the tower next to him was struck - but he has since apologised for the lies.
I don't know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry.
Looks like the weather's relatively clear in
but traffic around the capital is slowly building:
who has been to thousands of call-outs has found out in the worst way possible what it's like to be on the other end of the emergency.
Goats! In trees!
Here's something to brighten up your Thursday morning. More than 15 million people have viewed Michael Chinnici's footage of "hanging with tree goats" in southwestern Morocco - check it out:
Video from Michael Chinnici's Facebook page:
This week's announcement of the proposed
investment by a Chinese company in
Silver Fern Farms
has been heralded as a game-changer. What are your thoughts?
7.53am: The All Blacks may be the favourites but that doesn't mean England can't win the World Cup, All Black legend Jonah Lomu says. The famous winger also showed the Brits how the haka was done - and we've got the pics.
band is set to bring heavy falls for the
of the South Island today - with thunderstorms and spillover to the rest of the island possible too.
are also possible in
7.45am: Is online shaming the new public flogging? What are your thoughts?
7.42am: Chris Brown fan? The R&B bad-boy is heading for NZ shores, performing in Auckland on Dec 18.
Court records show
- born as Bruce Jenner - has filed paperwork to make her name and gender transition official.
The Olympic gold medalist filed a
7.35am: Riot police are using tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons to beat back hundreds of people massed at the Hungarian border with Serbia.
Several people have fainted in the chaos. Here's the latest.
Here's the latest drive times in
is building up a bit, but not out of the ordinary.
It has been nine months since 48-year-old Leeann Scott went missing and police say it is "very unlikely" she is alive.
- and it's a chilling story.
White House lockdown
has been caused by an "
" in nearby Lafayette Park, ABC News reports.
7.21am: A photo of a young Florida boy and a sheriff deputy has gone viral after the youngster offered to pay for the officer's breakfast.
Here's the post, thanks to the Broward Sheriff's Office Facebook page:
Pretty warm morning out there -
has the country's high of
is the coldest at just under
7.13am: "Please don't ask us any more questions about the haka" - that's the call from the All Blacks being bombarded by international media about the tradition, in light of the 'Hakarena' parody. Here's the story.
just north of
, near Hamilton, is causing delays. Emergency services are at the scene. Drivers should avoid the area if possible, NZTA says.
7.08am: An Auckland Transport worker has landed in hot water after being busted doing 121km/h on the Northern Motorway - and 126km/h on the way back. Here's the story.
7.04am: Traffic building up in the windy city:
: It is understood the
, TV3 has reported. The reason is not clear. We will have more soon.
7.00am: Citybound Auckland traffic is starting to build up. Current drive times: 35mins from Oteha, 35mins from Westgate, 45mins from Papakura.
6.57am: More tragic news from the fatal South Auckland tank explosion - the 24-year-old who died was meant to be home sick but was helping out his mother's partner work on the gas tanks instead.
He was meant to be at home and now he is dead - he should never have been there.
Almost 30,000 rugby fans - including ex-All Black Piri Weepu and TV3's Hilary Barry - have had a go at picking the winning teams at the Rugby World Cup in the hope of pocketing $1 million.
The missing pair are both from
and were on a
in their silver 5.2-metre pontoon-style Kiwicraft. Their
remain at the launch site.
6.45am: The Wellington breakdown on the Ngauranga off-ramp is now clear.
6.42am: It's a big day for Solid Energy, with the coal company's shareholders deciding whether to accept the board's proposal of a gradual sell-down.
The Buller District Mayor said a sell-off would be "manageable", Newstalk ZB reported.
6.38am: A beautiful sunrise in Auckland - check it out!
Looks like a wet old day in
- but drivers aren't suffering too much yet. Here's the latest
is causing issues for
Here's the latest from our RWC coverage -
And there's a pic to prove it.
A 14-year-old boy was
in Texas when his
was mistaken for a
And President Obama has come out in support of the teen, Ahmed Mohamed.
One of the world's leading
experts, Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, has reviewed the
case and says there is no ground for
Make the most of the
are expected to push their way onto the South Island on Friday and into the North Island on Saturday.
It is understood
is hampering police efforts to
for a missing boat off the
in the South Island. A 79-year-old man and a woman in her 60s are missing. We'll have more for you here.
6.04am: A strong read to kick things off this morning - A vindictive predator from Denmark who allegedly blackmailed an Auckland teen has been charged.
Here's the exclusive.
Morning all! And happy Thursday. Lauren here, bringing you all the latest news as well as catching you up on what you missed overnight. Send in your tips!