White Island Erupts: Tongariro Calms Down

White Island. File photo / supplied

Scientists have confirmed that White Island has erupted and continues to blast ash into the air, indicating the start of a new phase of volcanic activity on the island.

However, as White Island produces a series of eruptions, Mt Tongariro appears to be quieting down.

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Lightning seen around erupting White Island

Flashes of lightning have been reported coming from White Island as the volcano continues to erupt since Sunday.

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Mt Tongariro Eruption: Code Red

A cloud hangs above the mountain this morning. Photo / Twitter / @richardshype

A huge ash cloud is covering the central North Island as Mt Tongariro erupts for the first time in more than a century.

Roads were closed, flights disrupted and nearby residents have been advised to stay indoors as ash and rock spews from the mountain.

The volcanic alert level for Mt Tongariro has risen from 1 to 2, while the aviation colour code has been raised to red.

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NZ Golden Hour! Third Rowing Gold!

New Zealand has earned two gold medals in the space of 50 minutes at the London Olympics after two impressive rowing performances at Eton Dorney tonight, adding to the gold won in the men’s double sculls yesterday.

New Zealand rower Mahe Drysdale in action in the Semifinal of the Men's Single Sculls. Photo / Brett Phibbs

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Olympics: Who are those cyclists at the rowing?

Who are the cyclists keeping pace with the rowers at the Olympics? Why have a B final? And what exactly is a repechage anyway? NZ Herald’s David Leggat answers all the questions you were too afraid to ask.

1: Who are those cyclists keeping pace with the rowers?

Coaches of the crews. Rather than try and watch how their charges are performing from 1500 metres away with binoculars, they cycle alongside, all the while keeping an eye on traffic in front.

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