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250 lightning strikes in two hours

Night of lightning and heavy rain set off fire alarms in Hamilton and cut power in Coromandel.

'Pop' before explosion

9:19am Neighbour says fire was 'popping' before an explosion - "The flames were double the height of the building."

Nats down, Labour up

John Key and David Cunliffe could be in a race to reach Winston Peters. | Possible coalitions | Poll results

Snow and downpours incoming

8:45am Severe weather warnings for heavy rain are in place around the country today.

Dog bites 'horrific' ordeal for boy

A preschooler spent four days in hospital with wounds inflicted by a dog of a ''notorious'' breed.

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