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Van flips, tree crushes cars and Harbour Bridge briefly closed as snow and strong winds continue – Stuff.co.nz

Strong and very cold southwesterly airstream will bring further snow and gales over the course of the day.

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A van skidded on ice before plunging 5 metres off a bridge as snow and cold temperatures caused disruption in the South Island on Tuesday.
In the north, Aucklands harbour bridge was closed for over an hour due to strong gusts, as high winds hit the top of the country, and a tree crushed four cars in Hamilton but no-one was hurt.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has warned more lanes may have to be closed on the Auckland harbour bridge, with cold southwesterly winds expected to strengthen for …

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For the first time, a Starship prototype roars to life with three engines – Ars Technica

SpaceX now likely to fully assemble spaceship for a 15km test flight.

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As part of the Starship program, SpaceX began experimenting with earlier prototypes in late 2019 and early 2020, losing three vehicles during various proof tests. In May, the company successfully tested a full scale tank section of its Starship vehicle (SN4) for the first time with a single Raptor engine. It was later lost due to a ground-systems issue.
Then, in August, and again in September, it flew two different vehiclesSN5 and SN6on short hops to 150 meters. These vehicles looked something …

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Caucus-wide witch-hunt underway in National to sniff out leakers – Newshub

Alongside the sadness over departing National MPs was fury.

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National MP Denise Lee sent an email criticising her leader to the caucus which was leaked to Newshub during the campaign.
Asked if she regretted sending the email, Lee said: “All my comments will be reserved for our internal process. I support Judith as the leader.”
Her colleagues want the leaker outed and ousted.
“Fit in or move off,” said National MP Chris Penk. 
“Well I think anyone who is disloyal should move on,” said Tim Macindoe. 
Collins was asked if she thinks the leakers need to …

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One dead and two injured in East Auckland house fire in Cockle Bay – New Zealand Herald

Two people have been taken to hospital with critical and serious injuries.

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One person is dead and two others injured after a house was engulfed in flames in East Auckland tonight.
Emergency services were called to the blaze on Minerva Terrace, Cockle Bay, shortly before 7pm.
One person perished in the fire.
Two people – one critically injured and one seriously injured – have been taken to Middlemore Hospital, St John Ambulance says.
Fire and Emergency NZ spokesman Craig Dally said one person was unaccounted for in the blaze but later found.
Six appliances are at t…

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