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Yesterday saw the long-awaited release of the latest Fast and Furious movie, The Fate of the Furious.

But what makes the eighth movie in the franchise special for Kiwis is the touch of Māori culture.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson spent part of his childhood living in New Zealand, and his mother is of Samoan heritage.

In The Fate of The Furious, The Rock brought part of his culture into the film with a haka.

The scene shows a soccer team of girls performing the haka, led by The Rock, before their soccer match.

The haka was blessed by Māori elders in New Zealand prior to filming.

Watch the behind the scenes below:

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You’ve got to be confident to call your debut album ‘Do Not Open’. Or stupid. With The Chainsmokers, it’s easy to decide which it is.

Thanks to an infamous interview in which they claimed “hooking up with hotter girls” as their inspiration for making music, the New York electro-pop douches aren’t known for their brain smarts.

This, The Chainsmokers’ debut, proves their music is similarly brain dead too.

Most of the hooks for the 12 insipid songs on Memories … Do Not Open combine tinny drum patterns with three-chord progressions to create barrel-bottom scraping pop songs that sound as empty as a tin can rattling around in a car boot.

Then there are those lyrics. Sung by Taggart as if he’s camped out in a confessional box for dude-bros, it’s like someone leaked Zac Franich’s teenage diary in text form then converted them into songs. Terrible, awful songs.

“We were staying in Paris / To get away from your parents,” sings Taggart on Paris, one eternal, interminable moan of a song.

“I’m sorry / I can’t make it to your party,” he croons on The One, almost definitely making that party 100 per cent better.

And the emo stomp of Break Up Every Night includes this clunker: “She’s got seven personalities / Every one’s a tragedy”.

The Chainsmokers' debut album is a 'crapfest'.

But this crapfest reaches a crescendo on Honest, a ballad in which Taggart appears to threaten to cheat on a girlfriend while he’s on tour because, “I’m not sober,” “You’re not the only one on my mind,” and, “It’s been three weeks at least, now.” Three weeks! So many feels! The poor dude-bro!

Here’s some more honesty. I had real trouble opening this CD thanks to the impenetrable plastic cover shrink-wrapped around it. It took dedication, passion, a cracked fingernail and several minutes of intense use of a scalpel to cut my way into it.

That, surely, is more effort than The Chainsmokers show across the entire 43 minutes of Memories … Do Not Open. Memories? That title should be a warning, because listening to this is like flipping through an empty photo album – a blank and entirely pointless exercise.

Chainsmokers – Memories … Do Not Open
Label: Columbia
Verdict: EDM dude-bros double down on dumbness

 

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KEY POINTS

  • Cook is being regarded as the worst storm NZ has seen in generations
  • The storm is now expected to make landfall around 6pm
  • Coromandel and Bay of Plenty will be the first to feel its wrath
  • Winds of more than 165 kph and towering waves are expected
  • Thames, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty are under states of emergency
  • Schools and early childhood centres in eastern Bay of Plenty, Franklin district, Great Barrier Island, Waiheke Island , Thames and Coromandel are being urged to close today
  • People are on high alert in Bay of Plenty and may need to evacuate with little notice
  • The eastern coastline is expected to come in for a hammering with huge waves and fears of inundation and erosion
  • Helicopters and emergency welfare teams are on standby across the upper North Island
  • The storm is expected to bring widespread disruption to roads and air travel
  • People are being urged to delay their Easter holiday plans

Cyclone Cook’s fury will be unleashed on much of the country today with conditions similar to those that sank the Wahine 49 years ago.

They are expected to be so hazardous, MetService is advising people to seriously consider altering Easter travel plans and said “don’t take any chances”.

This morning the cyclone was sitting 180 nautical miles north east of the country and expected to make landfall about 6pm

Yesterday’s lashing of rain which flooded houses and caused landslips was just the beginning, with many places expected to see a month’s worth of rain fall in the space of a day.

As well as rainfall and hurricane-force winds expecting to cause damage to homes and land, there are concerns of erosion, power outages, roofs and trees lifting, 5m swells and rising rivers.

Commuter chaos is also expected in the country’s biggest city, with Auckland Transport warning of possible ferry and train cancellations and restrictions on double decker buses on the Harbour Bridge.

The low was meant to connect with the Bay of Plenty anywhere between 3pm to 9pm today, according to WeatherWatch.

Predictions last night were that it would fall somewhere between Tauranga and Whakatane.

The most severe weather was expect to extend from the centre by about 100 to 150km, forecaster Philip Duncan said.

“The centre is where the biggest storm surge is. The centre of the spinning low is so powerful it sort of sucks up the sea height underneath it, creating a tide that can be half a metre to a metre above normal, adding to coastal flooding concerns.”

Rain was expected to be especially heavy in the Western Bay of Plenty and the Coromandel Peninsula, with up to 250mm expected to fall over two days and gusts of 150km/h or higher.

A state of emergency was yesterday declared by the Thames-Coromandel mayor. One is already in place for the Bay of Plenty.

“Damaging winds, possibly hurricane force for a time, may impact some areas around the centre of this low,” Duncan said.

The storm is unwelcome news for many Edgecumbe residents who remain unable to return to their homes swamped in last week’s floods during Cyclone Debbie. Others living in rural areas are still cut off.

People in Thames needed to heed the warnings and make sure trampolines were tied down, they had enough food, torches and batteries available, said MetService meteorologist Lisa Murray.

“They’re going to be right in the path of Cyclone Cook.

“This is such a widespread event. People just need to hunker down.

“We’re expecting downpours of 50mm in an hour, which is phenomenal – for instance, with Cyclone Debbie we were saying it was phenomenal with 40mm per hour of rain. But this one will have a lot of wind associated, which is not the case with Debbie.”

“We are being vigilant with this system, because it may be not prolonged but it will have a massive impact. We are expecting to see damage.”

She said she had “grave concerns” about the erosion potential.

Auckland, Northland, the Far North, the wider Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Gisborne and the Hawkes Bay are also all expected to feel the impact today.

Gusts of up to 140km/h or more could hit this afternoon, with 150-300mm of rain expected through to this evening.

Great Barrier Island, northeast of Auckland, could be hit with even higher gusts of up to 165-plus km/h. The island’s 1000 residents are being warned to brace for extreme impact.

In Auckland, the Bay of Plenty and the Coromandel, 94 schools and 129 early childhood centres had been advised to close today.

Winds were expected pick up in the Wairarapa and Wellington overnight, and possibly in eastern Manawatu, Horowhenua and Kapiti.

Cyclone Cook will be fast moving and by midnight to dawn tomorrow, it may already be at Cook Strait.

It will be the first time in history a storm named Cook not only hit Cook Strait but crossed directly over it, WeatherWatch say.

By tomorrow morning, the storm will be centred near Christchurch if current modelling is correct.

Downpours may be intense in South Canterbury and coastal Otago for a time tomorrow with concern of flooding.

Murray said Cyclone Cook had changed from a tropical cyclone to a “mid-latitude low” – a “very different beast” from Cyclone Debbie.

Debbie was spread out, with noticeable bands of rain hitting the country interspersed with periods of calm. Cook, by contrast, will be short and sharp, but bring a “phenomenal” amount of rain, Murray said.

“It is a really tightly packed cyclone – the isobars are very tight – which means strong winds, heavy rain and storm surges.”

Meteorologist Andy Best said he’d been working as a forecaster at MetService for about 20 years, and had never seen an event like this one.

He said the last weather event to have similar conditions was Cyclone Giselle, which hit New Zealand in 1968 and contributed to the Wahine disaster.

The sinking of the Lyttelton-Wellington ferry Wahine on 10 April 1968 was New Zealand’s worst modern maritime disaster, claiming more than 52 lives.

Air New Zealand has also sent out an advisory to passengers to keep updated via its website about any flights that may be affected by the cyclone.

The weather by region

Northland / Waikato
• Heavy rain warnings in place.
• Between 150-300mm of rain expected across Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty.

Auckland
• Heavy downpours, flash flooding and 140kmh winds expected until midnight tonight.
• Between 150-300mm of rain expected through to this evening.
• Ferry and train services may have to be cancelled.
• Possible vehicle restrictions on the Harbour Bridge due to high winds.
• Auckland Council, Civil Defence and NZTA all urged care on roads.
• Delays and cancellations expected on some train services.
• Three Waiheke Island schools closed today.

Coromandel
• Worst of the weather will hit today. Civil defence emergency in force.
• 150 to 250mm rain until midnight tonight, with intense rates up to 35mm an hour.
• Winds of up to 150km/h or more possible from this afternoon. Peak waves of 5m or more on eastern coast.
• Extreme care urged at high tide this morning (8.36am) and again tonight at 9pm. High tide tomorrow at 9.16am and 9.41pm. Care should also be taken on the Firth of Thames coast.
• Slips and flooding possible and could close roads. Easter holidaymakers urged to stay away.

Bay of Plenty / Edgecumbe
• Up to 300mm expected in Bay of Plenty in next 48 hours.
• Regional state of emergency in place as water pumped from flooded Edgecumbe.
• Access to areas of Edgecumbe hit by last week’s floods suspended due to the incoming weather.
• 57 schools in the region closed, as with kura and early learning centres.
• Edgecumbe residents will be alerted to evacuations with sirens from fire stations and emergency services vehicles.

Taupo
• 150 to 205 mm through to midnight tonight. Wind gusts up to 150km/h or more possible from this afternoon until early tomorrow.
• Lake Taupo could rise by half a metre.

Wellington
• The storm expected to reach the capital early tomorrow morning
• It is likely to deliver heavy rain and strong winds

Westland, Buller, Nelson
• Intense rain forecast for region
• Up to 200mm of rain expected in ranges around Nelson, with maximum rainfall rates of 30 to 40mm an hour.
• Slow moving low in from the Tasman Sea will bring rain to the West Coast before other regions in the South Island.
• A severe weather watch has been issued for the affected areas.

Otago
• Flooding fears for Dunedin
• Heaviest rainfall expected from midnight to 2am.

 

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Some McDonald’s stores have run out of their famous chicken nuggets, leaving the fast-food chain unable to honour a new promotion.

The company advertised a 20-pack of the bite-sized nibbles for just $10 but some customers have been turned away due a McNugget shortage.

Petone McDonald’s had a “sold out” sign posted on its menu board on Monday.

And on Sunday, one customer posted on McDonald’s Facebook page saying she had gone to the Petone store to buy the 20-pack of nuggets but was told they were sold out.

Meanwhile, a customer in Timaru was told the store was unable to sell her the 20-pack for $10 because the promotion had been “too popular” and they might need the nuggets for future customers.

An unhappy Timaru customer shared her bad McNugget experience on the McDonald's Facebook page.

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An unhappy Timaru customer shared her bad McNugget experience on the McDonald’s Facebook page.

Instead, the store offered to sell the woman two 10-packs for the normal price of $7 each, meaning she was able to buy the same number of nuggets but for the non-promotional price.

“I am still trying to figure out the logic,” the woman wrote on the McDonald’s Facebook page.

On Monday evening, McDonald’s spokeswoman Sarah Fitzpatrick said the current promotion had been “extremely popular” and some Wellington restaurants experienced a “brief shortage of stock”.

The affected restaurants would receive further stock with their next deliveries, she said.

Later on Monday, McDonald’s spokesman Simon Kenny said head office was not aware of a nugget shortage.

“We’re not aware of any other restaurants currently managing low stocks of chicken McNuggets,” he said.

He then went on to say: “To be clear, there isn’t a shortage of McNuggets, just a few restaurants ran short over the weekend,” Kenny said

The good news for nugget lovers is that McDonald’s restaurants receive daily deliveries and were able to move stock from nearby restaurants, so any shortages should be short-lived.

 

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Bachelor Zac Franich is a bit of a Neville Longbottom according to Harry Potter fanatic and bachelorette Nina Weil.

“If Zac was a Harry Potter character he would probably be Neville Longbottom because he is super goofy, but he also becomes a babe,” laughed Weil.

Weil left the Bachelor mansion and subsequently Thailand on Monday night’s episode, when Zac did not give her a rose.

While that message seems pretty clear, Weil still feels unsure about why her journey with Zac came to an end.

“Lord I still have no idea. Maybe he just didn’t feel it and that’s OK,” Weil said.

Nina really wanted the chance to get a single date as she felt Zac never got to know her outside of a group setting.

Matt Klitchner

Nina really wanted the chance to get a single date as she felt Zac never got to know her outside of a group setting.

She did wish she’d had more time with Franich, however, as she said there was more to her than just being a book worm.

“He didn’t know this about me, but I am super duper active too,” Weil said.

“I think we also both regard relationships and love the same way. We both believe in love at first sight,” said Weil.

Weil got to try her hand at Thai cooking before she was sent home.

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Weil got to try her hand at Thai cooking before she was sent home.

The 23-year-old admitted that she went on the Bachelor to find a special someone but ultimately found the experience too intense.

“It was overwhelming as all hell, you have to really try to remember who you are in that situation,” said Weil.

The freelance graphic designer thought her true “weird and quirky” personality did come across on the show however.

Bachelor Zac and Nina found common interest over books, particularly Catch 22.

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Bachelor Zac and Nina found common interest over books, particularly Catch 22.

“It was a very true representation of myself but I am not entirely made up of Harry Potter quotes, there is more to me. I mean not much more, but there still is more,” laughed Weil.

Although she admitted being a bit shocked at first, Weil wasn’t particularly surprised by the introduction of “intruders” – three new bachelorettes.

The concept had already been used on both the Australian and American Bachelor Weil said.  

Weil admitted that even though Zac is quite good looking he is not really her usual type.

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Weil admitted that even though Zac is quite good looking he is not really her usual type.

However Weil welcomed the girls in with open arms because “you should always treat others like you would like to be treated”.

Despite being teased for her awkwardness by fellow contestants, Katey and Lucia, Weil explained her nerves had got in the way.

“If I could do it over again I would just walk into the competition confident.

Nina was overcome with emotions when her name was not called at the rose ceremony.

Matt Klitchner

Nina was overcome with emotions when her name was not called at the rose ceremony.

“I wouldn’t let my nerves get in the way of it this time because that was something that it took me a few episodes to get over,” said Weil.

As for who will win Zac’s heart, Weil is backing fellow Cantabrian Rosie.

“I want Rosie to win because I think she is amazing, she’s my girl. She is intelligent, beautiful, classy and any guy would be lucky to have her.

“I think her and Zac have a bit of a connection going on,” Weil added.

The Bachelor NZ airs on Sunday at 7pm and Monday at 7.30pm on Three.

 

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There’s a new twist to this year’s annual fundraising Easter Egg Hunt.

Held on April 15, the Easter Egg Hunt – a fundraiser for Rapanui-Brunswick Playcentre – will be held at Bason Botanic Gardens, where children will hunt for painted rocks. These can be exchanged for Easter eggs.

Hanna Eriksson from Rapanui-Brunswick Playcentre said Whanganui Rocks had been very popular with families for the past six months, and they had decided to take advantage of that popularity.

“It’s a great way for families to spend some time together,” Ms Eriksson said.

The Easter Egg Hunt used to be held at Windermere Berry Farm, but the organisers decided to shift it this year to the botanic gardens.

“It’s near Rapanui-Brunswick Playcentre and is a popular spot for rock hunting,” Ms Eriksson said.

As well as rock hunting and Easter eggs, there will be other activities for families such as a bouncy castle, a sausage sizzle and face-painting.

Ms Eriksson said the Easter Egg Hunt raises funds for the running costs of Rapanui-Brunswick Playcentre, and is the most important fundraiser for the centre for the year. She said the event has generous sponsors, including Pak N Save, Mitre 10 Mega, Wanganui Vet Club, McDonalds and The Warehouse.

Entry to the Easter Egg Hunt is $5 per child, and children must be accompanied by a caregiver. It will run on April 15, from 10.30am-2.30pm at Bason Botanic Gardens, Rapanui Rd.

Photo/Bevan Conley

 

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The Bay of Plenty is bracing for an event on the same scale as Cyclone Debbie, which flooded the town of Edgecumbe last week.

The region went into a state of emergency on Tuesday night in preparation for new tropical Cyclone Cook hitting, advising 57 schools in the region to close and pumping as much water out of already-flooded areas as possible.

Up to 250mm of rainfall is expected to hit from midday Wednesday through Friday.

 

Up to 250mm of rainfall is expected to hit from midday Wednesday through Friday. That’s a similar level – more in some areas – than the rainfall that fell during Debbie, and its hitting already moist land.

That’s a similar level – more in some areas – than the rainfall that fell during Debbie, and it’s hitting already moist land. It’s close to the normal level of rainfall expected for the entire month of April.

“Worse case scenario, there could be higher rainfall totals than the previous two storms,” Niwa meteorologist Ben Noll said.

More flooding is likely.

“The ground is saturated at the moment, so any additional rainfall is going to pool on the ground. Even more significant river flooding is possible,” MetService meteorologist Nick Zacher said.

“It sometimes takes two or even three days for that rainfall to trickle down from higher ground and get to flood plains. So we may not see the highest river levels to Friday or even Sunday.”

The heavy rain was due to Cyclone Cook, which was on its way to New Zealand from New Caledonia, and a low pressure system which was currently in the Tasman.

The two would combine for a particularly wet and windy week.

The rain would start at noon on Wednesday and continue to lash the northern North Island throughout the week.

Cyclone Cook, arriving on Thursday, will bring gale force winds and even more rainfall. It’s path was not yet certain but it was likely to hit parts of the Bay of Plenty and Auckland region.

“If we get Cyclone Cook hitting the Bay of Plenty it could be quite devastating,” MetService meteorologist William Nepe said.

Noll said the tropical cyclone would dissipate over the Tasman Sea before intensifying again on approach to New Zealand.

“We’re expecting a round of scattered showers to come through, perhaps around day break on Wednesday – which can be described as an hors d’oeuvres for what’s to come.

He said the rainfall would become intense on Thursday to peak from 6pm to midnight.

Auckland could see up to 160mm of rain.

SCHOOLS TO CLOSE

All 57 schools and about 80 early learning services in the Eastern Bay of Plenty will be advised to close on Wednesday as a precaution ahead of Cyclone Cook.

With heavy wet rain forecast to hit the region from about midday Wednesday, there is concern further flooding will close roads already affected by slips, Ministry of Education deputy secretary of Sector Enablement and Support Katrina Casey said.

“Following Tuesday’s decision by the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence emergency management group to expand the state of emergency, we are taking precautions and asking all 57 schools in the Whakatane, Opotiki and Kawerau districts to close,” Casey said.

“We are also asking about 80 early learning services including Kohanga and home-based care services in these areas to close on Wednesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Anne Tolley – recently named as “lead minister to Edgecumbe” said she was concerned if the rebuilt levee in the flooded town would withstand the coming storm.

“It looks pretty good … The question is this next weather event,” she said, speaking during a visit to outside the Fonterra plant in Edgecumbe, where relief efforts and clean-up crews were being organised.

“The Rangitaiki has gone down, but the Whakatane River is still pretty full.

“I’m no engineer. At the end, it’s a temporary fix. It all depends on just where this next weather bomb hits and how severe it is.”

upgraded state of emergency for the Bay of Plenty has been announced, as frantic efforts to pump water out of the flooded town of Edgecumbe and lower the Matahina Dam to the lowest level on record are made.

RAINY DAY FOR REST OF THE COUNTRY TOO

While they could not expect the same scale of rain as the northern North Island, heavy rain was already hitting parts of the South Island on Wednesday morning.

Up to 200mm of rain hit in the ranges around Nelson overnight with maximum rainfall rates of 30 to 40mm an hour.

Heavy rain was also hitting the Marlborough Sounds and Christchurch. It was expected to clear during the afternoon.

 

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If you were wondering what had happened to Survivor NZ, you’re in luck.

The New Zealand version of the long-running American reality show finally has an on-screen release date.

Host Matt Chisholm this morning confirmed the TVNZ 2 show would begin airing here on Sunday, May 7.

Filmed last year, fans of the series had been wondering if it would ever make it to air.

Chisholm said in his 5am tweet: “I’ve been waiting for the longest time to tell you this.”

The show pits 16 Kiwis against each other in a Nicaraguan jungle, battling the environment and each other to take home the $100,000 prize.

In America, the show is currently airing its 34th season. Jeff Probst has hosted every one.

TVNZ also confirmed the Kiwi version of the show would break from US tradition and screen twice a week: Sundays at 7pm for 90 minutes, and again on Mondays from 7.30pm for an hour.

 

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The internet doesn’t feel like a safe place any more after we’ve seen Harry Styles’ terrifying AF stunt double that is being used in his music video for his track “Sign Of The Times”.

The video was filmed in Scotland and saw our 1D bae dangle from a helicopter, while a stunt double was used for the more physical scenes.

But it appears that his/her face needed to be more Harry-like and therefore was covered with the creepiest effing mask you’ll ever see.

Like, did they cut off his actual face and just paste it on there orrrrrr.

This shit is the stuff of nightmares. Seriously.

Of course fans are freaking the eff out.

It’s a no from us.

 

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