It’s Tuesday May, 9 and welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates. We’ll be keeping you up to date on the ongoing weather situation and state of emergency in Auckland. On deck is Stewart Sowman-Lund with support from our news team.
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What you need to know
- A state of emergency was declared in Auckland shortly after 1pm.
- Mayor Wayne Brown, who is in Sydney, has delegated his responsibilities to his deputy.
- An emergency Civil Defence alert was issued earlier.
- A school group has been evacuated from Abbey Caves near Whangārei, with one student unaccounted for.
- A number of crashes have been reported on the city’s highway network.
- Bay of Plenty was hit by heavy rain this evening, with flooding and slips closing roads.