6:32pm An Air New Zealand plane hit by lightning as it neared Dunedin airport was able to be landed safely.
Emergency services are on their way to what is believed to be a three-vehicle crash about 80km from Te Anau.
A man was knocked unconscious and then beaten while on the pavement in Queenstown last night.
Investigators will return to the scene of a rural blaze in Southland today.
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