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Much-needed rain but few issues for Whanganui in summer storm

Mon, 08/01/2018 - 14:00
Whanganui got off lightly in the storm that has battered other parts of New Zealand.Emergency services said there were no major issues over Friday and the weekend.The district received some much-needed rain with the MetService...

2017 - the year extreme weather ravaged New Zealand

Mon, 08/01/2018 - 11:26
The past 12 months have been marked by extreme weather with New Zealand recording its fifth warmest year in more than a century.Niwa today released its annual climate summary for 2017 saying the past year was a "year of extremes".Annual...

Thames Coast Rd open for convoys following last week's monster storm

Mon, 08/01/2018 - 09:10
One lane of the Thames Coast Rd is opening for public convoys this morning after being hit by last week's devastating storm. The lane will open around 9am, with convoys along the full length of the road. The convoys would run...

It's back to work - and out comes the sun as NZ enjoys 30C summer temps

Mon, 08/01/2018 - 07:20
Much of New Zealand is in for a summery week with temperatures soaring to 30C but won't be experiencing the searing heatwave scorching Australia.Sunny skies have replaced the tempest that blew through the country at the end of last...

Australia sizzles as east coast temperatures hit up to 45C

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 12:58
Emergency services are bracing for what is predicted to be one of the hottest days of the year as a dangerous "blast furnace" moves across Australia.Large parts of southeast Australia are set to swelter through the extreme heat...

Rotorua church rallies round family of woman killed in storm

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 09:37
Members of Rotorua's Elim Church are rallying around the family of the woman who was killed by a falling tree in Friday's storm.Trish Butterworth, who served with her husband Keith on the tea and ushering ministry at the church,...

Patchy drizzle coming next week - but nothing severe

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 08:36
Scattered showers and patches of rain are forecast for next week - a welcome relief after the hammering the country took on Thursday and Friday.Patchy rain and cloud cover was also forecast for much of the country today.A few...

Storm Zealand: Land of the long wet cloud slowly drying out

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 06:00
Forget land of the long white cloud - this week Aotearoa has been the land of the long wet storm.And as the last of the thrashing rain, monstrous tides and howling winds dry up - clean ups and repairs are set to begin, with millions...

Weather wreaks havoc on Waiheke wedding, delays guests, photographer, band

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 06:00
An Auckland couple almost had to call off the dream Waiheke wedding they'd spent a year planning after 55 of their 70 guests - including the father of the bride and the groom's parents - were nearly stranded on the mainland by stormy...

2018's climate: What will this year bring?

Sat, 06/01/2018 - 17:09
As New Zealand begins mopping up after the first big storm of 2018, scientists have made a big prediction.Last year was one of New Zealand's hottest on record - and our most extreme when it came to costly weather-related disasters.So...

Weather latest: flood risk drops as high tide passes with little drama

Sat, 06/01/2018 - 13:30
On-edge Kiwis who have been watching the weather bomb make its way down the country only need to withstand the conditions for a few more hours.The risk of flooding in the Lower North Island and below is already beginning to reduce...

Aussie heatwave: Victoria will resemble 'blast furnace' above 43C

Sat, 06/01/2018 - 12:13
Authorities have warned of "catastrophic" bushfire conditions across Australia's southeast, with Victorians in the path of "blast furnace" conditions that could be the hottest in several years.The state is set to swelter through...

Deadly storm: Flooding fears in the Wellington region

Sat, 06/01/2018 - 08:13
Residents around coastal Wellington have been warned to prepare for potential flooding as the deadly storm which has made its way down the North Island continues to bring heavy rain and strong winds.While the storm appeared to have...

Fickle weather has Whanganui gardeners, groundsmen and farmers reaching for answers

Sat, 06/01/2018 - 06:00
The fickle weather patterns over the past wee while has home gardeners, professional groundsmen and farmers alike reaching for answers.All have been stretched, testing their knowledge bases for answers to cope with mainly the dry...

Weather: Relief after carnage, sunny skies forecast for next week

Sat, 06/01/2018 - 06:00
After 36 hours of weather-related havoc due to a severe storm thrashing the country, next week's sunny forecast is likely to come as a relief to most Kiwis.MetService meteorologist April Clark said "typical summer conditions" were...

Death and destruction left in wake of tropical storm

Sat, 06/01/2018 - 06:00
A woman was killed in the first big summer storm of the year after a tree fell on her car yesterday, and the deadly storm will keep New Zealand in its grip for another 12 hours.The storm was expected to bring heavy rain and gale-force...

'Serious' weather damage closes Half Moon Bay boat ramp

Fri, 05/01/2018 - 20:52
A public boat ramp in east Auckland has been closed to the public due to safety concerns after its pontoon was badly damaged in the severe storm that has thrashed the region today. But Auckland Council says people are still trying...

Local Focus: Concern mounts for second king tide

Fri, 05/01/2018 - 18:37
Bay of Plenty Civil Defence is advising people to consider self-evacuation ahead of tonight's second king tide. The main risks are now high winds and coastal inundation caused by large swells.The king tide earlier today at 10.40am...

Kaiaua residents in clean-up mode after storm wreaks havoc

Fri, 05/01/2018 - 17:54
Just hours after waves burst over the sea bank in the coastal town of Kaiaua, residents were launching into a cleanup effort.At least 15 displaced residents in the small town south of Auckland have been relocated to the Kaiaua fire...

Wellington man uses kayak to deliver mail in flood-stricken Thames

Fri, 05/01/2018 - 16:25
On a stormy holiday in Thames one Wellington man decided to make his own maverick mission.Ciaran Fill, 21, hopped in his kayak and paddled around fetching mail from his neighbours' letter boxes and delivered it to their front door."They...


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