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North Island to get showers later today

Sun, 16/04/2017 - 10:22
Just when you thought the rain might be over - it's not. The MetService say showers are likely for much of the North Island today with scattered rain due across much of the South Island. In Auckland this afternoon showers are...

Family trapped in house after Piako River breaches bank

Sun, 16/04/2017 - 10:03
A Waikato family are trapped inside their house after the Piako River breached its stopbank, surrounding their home with water.Waikato police Senior Sergeant Ray Malcolmson said they have since called for a boat to help free the...

Weeks of wet weather destroy crops and cause vegetable prices to rise

Sun, 16/04/2017 - 05:00
Kiwis will be forking out more for winter veggies with weeks of record-level rainfall wiping out crops. It has been a chaotic few weeks for storm-battered New Zealand, as the Tasman Tempest and Cyclones Debbie and Cook drenched...

Looter targets Kohimarama apartments hit by landslide

Sun, 16/04/2017 - 05:00
Residents of a Kohimarama apartment block who feared for their lives after their properties were struck by a landslide have now been targeted by looters.Unit owner Craig Jones, who was forced to move out of his apartment after a...

'Bango!' Tree crashes through roof, man goes back to sleep

Sat, 15/04/2017 - 13:26
David Davis got the shock of his life when a large tree crashed into his caravan, but he wasn't going to lose sleep over it.The Tauranga man had been inside his caravan at Silver Birch Holiday Park when he heard an almighty bang...

Goodbye Cyclone Cook: Rain still on the cards, but weather better this weekend

Sat, 15/04/2017 - 07:35
Ex-Cyclone Cook has left New Zealand shores and although heavy rain is expected in some areas, the weather is looking better this weekend.Severe weather warnings have been lifted, but the MetService has issued a severe weather watch...

A device to deal with drought

Sat, 15/04/2017 - 05:00
Droughts could be consigned to history after scientists invented a water harvester that can pull moisture out of the air using only the power of the Sun.The prototype, designed by scientists at MIT and the University of California,...

Cyclone Cook: Big cleanup after cyclone roars through

Sat, 15/04/2017 - 05:00
It was wet, windy and wild - and then it was over.While the havoc of Cyclone Cook has dissipated, the clean up is just beginning in some places. Across the country roads flooded, rivers swelled and gusts of wind exceeding 200km/h...

Editorial: The new mediums have a message - listen to us

Sat, 15/04/2017 - 05:00
Twenty five years ago, as New Zealand charged through a swag of market reforms, economists briefly held an exulted status in the nation's daily dialogue. They were regarded as high priests of commentary, if not always commonsense....

Building plan rule overhaul likely for coastal properties after cyclones

Sat, 15/04/2017 - 05:00
Housing chiefs are poised to overhaul planning rules which could restrict people building waterfront properties as local government and insurance officials look to prevent repeats of recent widespread flooding.Hundreds of homeowners...

Cyclone Cook recovery begins in Whakatane

Fri, 14/04/2017 - 16:30
Civil Defence teams are continuing to make progress in getting people back into their homes in Whakatane but authorities say power outages in some areas will continue to affect water and wastewater services throughout the district...

Watch NZH Local Focus:Napier's post Cyclone Cook clean-up

Fri, 14/04/2017 - 15:22
Hawke's Bay plunged into darkness as Cyclone Cook caused power outages and cancelled flights in and out of the region. Today the clean up began. Some roads are completely blocked - others are down to one lane.Branches are strewn...

Cyclone Cook: Riders on the storm

Fri, 14/04/2017 - 12:28
Cyclone Cook has proven one gnarly Easter egg for surfers, who have been out riding nine-foot waves this morning.At Mount Maunganui, many board-riders were out at first light to catch the big waves generated by the ex-tropical cyclone....

Cyclone Cook: Three people escape injury after trees fall on car

Fri, 14/04/2017 - 11:51
Three people escaped serious injury after two trees fell across three cars in Havelock North last night.Hundreds of trees were felled by Cyclone Cook as it hammered through Hawke's Bay last night.Allan and Kirsten Weir were chatting...

Swinging bridges and plane landings - two of the scariest places to be during Cyclone Cook

Fri, 14/04/2017 - 11:50
This may have been the worst place to be caught in a cyclone.The Karangarua River suspension bridge, near Fox Glacier in the South Island, dipped and swayed as it was buffeted by gales and rain.The swinging bridge was captured...

Cyclone Cook: Flooding threat not over yet

Fri, 14/04/2017 - 11:10
Civil Defence director Sarah Stuart-Black said while the worst of the weather had passed for most regions, there was still a danger from rivers in places such as Edgecumbe as the water made its way through catchments. "It is possible...

Cyclone Cook: The storm that was

Fri, 14/04/2017 - 10:23
Many people in the North Island will have woken this morning, noticed only a few leaves scattered about their streets, and wondered what the fuss was all about.A check on rainfall and windspeed maximums showed Cyclone Cook didn't...

Cyclone Cook in south: Christchurch river bursts its banks

Fri, 14/04/2017 - 09:33
A main Christchurch river has burst its banks after a night of heavy rain.The Heathcote River has overflowed, and is causing flooding in nearby areas.Newstalk ZB's Chris Lynch says the water is overflowing onto roads and lapping...

Search operation underway for stricken yacht east of Chatham Islands

Fri, 14/04/2017 - 09:28
A major search operation is underway after a stricken yacht set off an emergency beacon east of the Chatham Islands this morning.An air force Orion left Auckland this morning to help search for yacht that has activated the alarm...

Cyclone Cook: The numbers, region by region

Fri, 14/04/2017 - 05:22
Bay of Plenty The Bay of Plenty only had between 50-70mm of rain yesterday, but it was very intense in the evening, with rainfall rates up to 25mm/hr.Tauranga had 23mm of rain between 5-6pm, and gusts of up to 90km/h about 7pm.Edgecumbe...

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