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The Great Escape: Campground tents drop as people pack up early in droves

Thu, 04/01/2018 - 19:52
Populations of coastal North Island campgrounds have fallen considerably in the last 24 hours after severe weather predictions caused many to pack it in rather than endure the wet.Campers from Mangawhai, Whitianga, Piha and other...

Weather forecast: Rain, wind and waves yet to come

Thu, 04/01/2018 - 18:30
Don't relax just yet, forecasters are saying the worst of the weather is yet to come.Rain from a severe front is now setting in across the north of the country, as authorities cancel ferry services in Auckland, close walking tracks...

Threat of torrential rain and 6m swells forces evacuation of Piha campground

Thu, 04/01/2018 - 17:38
Campers have been told to flee for their lives with severe weather encroaching on Auckland's west coast.Piha campground manager Fiona Anderson evacuated campers today due to the weather being "dangerous for human life". Anderson...

Monster storm: What you need to know

Thu, 04/01/2018 - 12:21
• Most of northern and central New Zealand will be affected by the storm.• Civil Defence in affected regions are on high alert.• Gale-force winds of up to 120km/h will blast the upper North Island for up to 25 hours...

Weather-related insurance claims have soared in past three years: Broker

Thu, 04/01/2018 - 10:11
The cost of weather-related insurance claims has increased by over 70 per cent in the past three years alone, an insurance broker says.With a large storm today making its way down the country, NZbrokers chief executive Jo Mason...

Rain starts falling on north as monster storm moves in

Thu, 04/01/2018 - 07:24
Rain is starting to fall over Northland and winds are starting to pick up as the first wave of dire weather hits the top of the country.Much of the country is bracing for a rough 48 hours as a storm packed with the intensity of...

Brace yourself: NZ Red Cross shares emergency kit preparation advice as storm bears down on holiday hotspots

Thu, 04/01/2018 - 06:00
Check your emergency kits, the New Zealand Red Cross has urged, as much of the country prepares to be lashed by severe weather today and tomorrow.The North Island is braced for a sub-tropical storm bringing heavy rain, gales, and...

Most of North Island coastline at risk of flooding

Wed, 03/01/2018 - 12:10
Most of the North Island's coastline is at risk of flooding as a sub-tropical storm whips up ferocious seas combined with the biggest tides of the year.Niwa is warning the approaching storm is bearing similarities to ex-Tropical...

Just 24 hours to go before the year's first storm hits

Wed, 03/01/2018 - 08:35
A sub-tropical storm with hurricane-strength winds is taking aim at New Zealand. The weather will pack up today before the storm makes landfall tomorrow. The storm is on track to hit the top of the country tomorrow before sweeping...

NZ Transport Agency advice for motorists as hot temperatures melt roads

Tue, 02/01/2018 - 17:26
Hot temperatures are having an impact on the roading network, with some roads showing signs of "bleeding seal" or sticky surfaces.New Zealand Transport Agency regional transport systems manager Ross I'Anson says the road surface...

Here comes the rain again... 'turbulent' weather imminent

Tue, 02/01/2018 - 09:48
Batten down the hatches New Zealand - a turbulent end to the week is on the cards.MetService says a low is expected to affect the North Island from Thursday and will cross to the upper South Island into Saturday, bringing heavy...

Whanganui surfers revel in big waves after calm spell

Tue, 02/01/2018 - 07:00
Surfer Nathan Old heard the waves would be big and went to Whanganui's Morgan Street beach on new year's day to play in them.He got some good rides, and was heading home at midday — but according to the MetService he is likely to...

Weather deluge hits Auckland as holidaymakers return

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 16:43
Motorists are being asked be careful on the roads as heavy rain resulted in large areas of surface flooding on motorways.A MetService spokeswoman said there was a low pressure system to the west of Auckland that was causing issues.In...

Big waves hitting New Zealand - North Island beaches brace for impact

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 13:43
Powerful waves are starting to hit the South Island and will spread up the country's entire western coastline by midnight. The long period swells are so strong boaties are being warned against making any bar crossings and fishers...

First storm of the year may hit New Zealand in days

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 12:09
A sub-tropical storm may be on a collision course with the North Island later this week.Niwa has issued a heads-up to holidaymakers saying models show the storm, fuelled by an atmospheric river from the tropics, is set to come near...

What the weather holds in store for the first day of 2018

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 07:51
The first day of the new year kicks off on a bleak note for much of the country with cloud, showers and thunderstorms ushering in 2018. You'll need to travel to eastern regions of both islands if you want to enjoy the summer sun....

Dangerous waves set to hit entire west coast of New Zealand

Sun, 31/12/2017 - 12:23
Dangerous waves are set to hit New Zealand's western coastline on New Year's Day and they may be so high fishers and boaties could be in peril.Beachgoers are being warned to expect increasing large and powerful swells that will...

Sunny NYE for north and east of country, while west gets showers

Sun, 31/12/2017 - 06:00
If you're in the north or east of the country, rejoice - you're likely to get a warm and settled start to the new year. This evening's celebrations could get a little damper for the rest of the country. MetService is predicting...

Government gives to rural trusts to support drought-stricken farmers

Sat, 30/12/2017 - 16:00
Little showers of rain over the last week have not been enough to end the drought that is getting its grip on coastal farmland, Brian Doughty says.He's a trustee of the Ruapehu/Wanganui Rural Support Trust, which will get a share...

New Year's Eve weather: Fine and calm for most of New Zealand

Sat, 30/12/2017 - 06:00
Happy New Year's Eve — it's going to be fine and calm for most as 2017 comes to an end tomorrow night.It's been an at times wild weather year, with destructive storms, flash floods and snow all making an appearance before the...


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