Here is a run down of the 5 most important stories on One News and 3 News tonight. Please leave your comments on the bulletins in the comments below.
1. Urewera 4 jury delivers verdict (Donna-Marie Lever, live cross, breaking news)
2. Death threats for Labour politicians (Kate Lynch, live cross, breaking news, exclusive)
3. Central North Island weather (John Newton, live cross)
4. Northland weather (Amy Kelley, live cross)
5. Weather update (Jim Hickey, live cross)
1. Urewera 4 jury delivers verdict (Jane Luscombe, live cross)
2. Nick Smith under fire (Tova O’Brien, live cross)
3. Central North Island weather (Amanda Gillies)
4. Northland weather (Tom McRae, live cross)
5. Victorian arsonist found guilty (Samantha Hayes)
Every story in the Top 5 on One News tonight included a live cross. First off they included footage from Marae Investigates in their Urewera 4 story which was breaking news. The second breaking news exclusive was a live cross to Kate Lynch in the news room who told us about an event that happened at 10:30 this morning. Hardly the breaking news it was supposed to be. And then it was onto the weather. Central North Island, Northland and Jim Hickey.
3 News’ Tom McRae told us from Kaeo that the rainfall had been 3 times the average for the entire month of March in one day.
The Nick Smith/ACC/Bronwyn Pullar story appears to have more legs yet with Winston Peters suggesting that there is a sex element. Smith’s response about his private life being his business raised more questions than it answered.
The guilty verdict in the Victorian bush fire trial felt strangely out of place after watching all the weather.