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Families brace for sixth day with no power as Powerco says damage worse than expected

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 20:08
Hundreds of customers in the central North Island will awaken to a sixth day without power on Tuesday, as Powerco says last week's snow storm caused much greater damage than it initially thought.More than 1300 people still have...

Woman survives freezing night lost on Mt Ruapehu

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 11:23
A woman has been found in deep snow drifts on Mt Ruapehu early this morning after an "epic" search and rescue effort overnight. The woman was found about 2.30am after becoming lost while skiing on the Turoa ski field yesterday....

Weather forecast: 1000 still without power in Taihape, rain and wind to go on in many areas

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 10:17
Almost 1000 people are still without power after four days in the dark and cold since last week's storm damaged more than 50 poles and downed kilometres of lines.The wet and windy weather that blasted the country last week is set...

Chilly blast behind us as 'normal winter weather' returns

Mon, 17/07/2017 - 05:00
The skies cleared, the roads opened, and the lights - slowly - came back on across the Central Plateau as a narrow ridge of high pressure brought some warmth to the country over the weekend.Heavy snow cut power to 10,000 customers...

Up to 1700 homes still without power in Central New Zealand

Sun, 16/07/2017 - 15:27
Some homes in the Rangitikei and Manawatu are still without power, days after a fierce storm battered the central part of New Zealand.Heavy snow, rain and wind brought down power lines in many places, affecting more than 10,000...

Welcome relief from the weather as fine days predicted to start the week

Sun, 16/07/2017 - 08:05
One last soaking is in store for the country before we're due for a break, with rain forecast later today in the South Island, making its way north into tomorrow.Two days of relatively dry weather should follow.The tail end of...

Worst of the week's winter chill over: MetService

Sun, 16/07/2017 - 05:00
The polar blast which had New Zealanders hugging their heaters all week appears to be over - but the fine weather won't last long, warns MetService.Aucklanders enjoyed a stunning winter's day yesterday with clear skies and a high...

Bread shortage due to wild weather

Sat, 15/07/2017 - 19:33
Some supermarkets have been struggling to keep their shelves stocked with bread due to this week's wild weather.As a result of road closures, trucks have been unable to deliver loaves to parts of both islands.A spokeswoman for...

Roads still closed and thousands of homes without power

Sat, 15/07/2017 - 17:08
By Michael Sergel Roads remain closed and thousands of homes could face another night the in dark after this week's severe weather.The Napier-Taupo Road is open, but the Desert Road and State Highway 38 between Wairoa and Te...

Hello sunshine! Good weather for country after icy few days

Sat, 15/07/2017 - 07:54
Fine weather will be a welcome ray of sunshine for thousands of North Islanders, still without power after wild weather lashed the country this week.MetService is predicting sun for most of the country this weekend with a few frosts...

Weather looking up after icy three days

Sat, 15/07/2017 - 05:00
The country is set for a brief respite from a wintry blast that has gripped the country over the past few days. MetService is predicting sun for most this weekend with a few frosts and showers around the place. Further snowfall...

Hundreds of stranded Chateau guests not stressed

Sat, 15/07/2017 - 05:00
A toasty night next to the fire with board games, an extra truckload of food, and great company. It sounds idyllic and Chateau Tongariro Hotel manager Brad McGlynn admits that being unexpectedly snowed in for more than a day wasn't...

Mum of sickly baby relieved after planned power outage cancelled

Fri, 14/07/2017 - 15:20
Vector is rescheduling a planned outage in Auckland which was supposed to go ahead on Sunday - at the tail end of the worst week of weather this year.The routine maintenance outage was scheduled for overnight on Sunday in Mt Eden,...

Upper Hutt residents cut off after weather washes away road

Fri, 14/07/2017 - 11:55
Part of an Upper Hutt road has been washed away in stormy weather leaving residents cut off.Resident Glenn Fitzgerald said the 1.5m culvert under the private road off Maymorn Rd could not handle the amount of water flowing through...

Live: Snow traps hundreds of holidaymakers and leaves thousands in the cold

Fri, 14/07/2017 - 09:45
11.35am Wellington Despite the worst of the weather hitting the capital yesterday rain is causing fresh problems this morning. KPL: we are getting reports of minor flooding at Plimmerton station and there is a power cut in Tawa...

Rescue underway for stranded visitors on Auckland gulf island

Fri, 14/07/2017 - 08:57
Sixteen people stranded on a bird life sanctuary island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf are being ferried off by water taxi this morning.A spokeswoman for Kawau Cruises said a craft was planning to take two trips to Tiritiri Matangi...

Tramping parties hemmed in by swollen rivers in lower North Island ranges

Fri, 14/07/2017 - 06:51
A group of trampers are overdue and a party of four families are stuck behind a swollen river in lower North Island ranges this morning.Police say the four families were caught by rising rivers and were not able to drive out of...

More snow and heavy rain for North Island as storm lingers

Fri, 14/07/2017 - 05:33
More snow and heavy rain are set to fall today, as the North Island remains in the grip of a bone-chilling storm. Thousands of households are without power and roads across the centre of the island are snowbound as the storm unleashes...

The Big Chill: Ferries, flights cancelled as wintry blast blankets country

Fri, 14/07/2017 - 05:00
By Dubby Henry Snow blanketed much of the country yesterday as the wintry blast continued to make its presence felt.Strong winds caused havoc too, felling trees and causing power outages and leaving passengers stranded as ferries...

Delays at Auckland Airport frustrate passengers

Thu, 13/07/2017 - 20:00
Frustrated passengers are stuck at Auckland Airport as the wintry blast appears to be disrupting flights.One passenger told the Herald at least five planes were stuck in a queue on the tarmac.His Air New Zealand flight had been...

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