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10:20 State of Emergency as constant rains floods in Southland

The whole of Southland is now in a state of emergency because of extensive flooding after two days of heavy rain.

With more water on the way, there's the chance of a one-in-one-hundred-year event when rivers surge tomorrow, and a 50-percent chance the Mataura River could rise to levels not seen since 1984.

Bryan Crump speaks with Southland's mayor Gary Tong about what's happening and what's expected overnight.

On Mataura River south of Queenstown, downstream from Athol.

On Mataura River south of Queenstown, downstream from Athol. Photo: James Hore

10.25 Burt Munro Challenge continues at Oreti Beach

Despite the weather, thousands of motor bike enthusiasts are on their way to Oreti Beach in Southland for the annual Burt Munro Challenge.

Organisers of the annual Burt Munro Challenge are continuing with the event come rain, hail or shine. Bryan Crump speaks with Craig Hyde including directions for how participants get there and avoid the blocked roads of Southland.


10:30 New Zealand's economy braces for the impact of the coronavirus  

China is New Zealand's biggest export customer taking than a quarter of our goods as well as being a significant sources of our imports.

Tourism, travel, education and fresh food exports are bearing the initial brunt of the shutdown in Chinese cities and the closing of borders.

Bryan Crump speaks with Prue Younger from New Zealand's Forestry Industry Contractors Association about how forestry is responding.


10:40  Game Theory: First sod turned on new sports hub

We all know that saying, If you build it, they will come...and in Wellington, that's really happening.....a state-of-the-art sports hub is being developed in Heretaunga, Upper Hutt, to house some of New Zealand's biggest sports.

The NZ Campus of Innovation and Sport will house Wellington Rugby, A-League football club the Wellington Phoenix and Baseball New Zealand

The General Manager of the Wellington Phoenix, David Dome, tells Bryan Crump what it will mean for his sport.

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Photo: Central Institute of Sport and Innovation