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Cloud covering much of the North Island and the western South Island with a weak front is producing areas of rain, heaviest around Westland. Cloud with a trough over the lower South Island is bringing a few thunderstorms.

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WWII wrecks and Darwin's ice age history unveiled by start-of-the-art technology

17:04 EDT

On first glance, Darwin Harbour appears much like any other Australian port, but a new geographic survey has documented ancient geography and ghostly shipwrecks in unprecedented detail.

Century-old church unlikely to be rebuilt after wild storms in central Queensland

15:12 EDT

A central Queensland priest said he has been left devastated after wild storms blew a 110-year-old church off its stumps in the small town of Duaringa on Sunday night.

Weather Bureau confirms the driest spring on record for Tasmania

14:45 EDT

The weather bureau says spring in Tasmania was the driest on record.