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San Jose residents rescued from flood waters

Wed, 22/02/2017 - 12:42
Rescuers chest-deep in water steered boats carrying dozens of people, some with babies and pets, from a San Jose neighbourhood inundated by water from an overflowing creek yesterday.The rescued residents had to be taken to dry land...

'We are stronger than Winston' - a year after the cyclone, Fiji's rebuild continues

Wed, 22/02/2017 - 06:00
S hahista Bano stood amid the debris of her home, her baby boy, Ikram, on her hip.She was exhausted but had nowhere to rest.She was hungry but she didn't know when she would be able to get food or water for her family. She needed...

Terrible 'reverse drought' season a perfect storm for stressed and anxious West Coast farmers

Tue, 21/02/2017 - 21:46
A terrible season for West Coast dairy farmers with persistent rain, little sunshine and depressed prices is proving to be "the perfect storm" for farmers, many of whom are stressed and anxious. Rotomanu farmer Katie Milne has likened...

'Fire rainbow' pops up in the sky over Singapore

Tue, 21/02/2017 - 18:04
A bright rainbow-like phenomenon has appeared in the skies over Singapore, leaving locals delighted.The unusual rainbow effect popped up behind a cloud on Monday afternoon but only lasted for about 15 minutes. It's not yet certain...

Huge sinkhole swallows car live on air during California storm

Tue, 21/02/2017 - 11:11
A huge sinkhole opened up in California, USA, after a deadly storm hit the state. Torrential rain washed away the ground creating a sink hole which swallowed two cars, the second of which can be seen falling in live on air. The...

Rare double rainbow over Wellington as glorious weather sets in

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 12:49
Wellingtonians were treated to a spectacular double rainbow last night, ahead of what is expected to be a glorious, sunshine-filled week.The rare weather phenomenon was seen from various locations throughout the city at sunset,...

Parched Hawke's Bay welcomes 100mm rain over the weekend but dampens Art Deco spirits

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 08:00
Eagerly awaited rain fell heavily during the weekend bringing welcome relief to parched areas, especially for farmers and those relying on tank water. But it wasn't ideal for those in feather boas and fur coats as umbrellas were...

Plane buffs 'gutted' by Wings Over Wairarapa cancellation

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 06:00
Plane buffs are devastated after bad weather forced the cancellation of Wings Over Wairarapa, but none more so than the organisers. The entire airshow had to be cancelled because of wet and stormy weather, with organisers telling...

Port Hills fire 'under control', but danger remains - fire chief

Sun, 19/02/2017 - 22:57
The Port Hills fire is now under control, Fire Incident Controller Richard McNamara says.The deadly 2075 hectare blaze destroyed 11 homes and caused thousands to evacuate their homes after they began as two separate wildfires six...

Incredible 'breaking wave' clouds amaze as they form across the Palmerston North sky

Sun, 19/02/2017 - 13:26
Waves were breaking in the Palmerston North sky this morning in a relatively uncommon phenomenon.Unsurprisingly the formation is dubbed "breaking wave clouds" but its official title is Kelvin-Helmholtz instability , named after...

Rain following the cricket, Wings Over Wairarapa

Sun, 19/02/2017 - 06:00
Cricket fans and organisers Wings over Wairarapa will be looking nervously at the skies today as bad weather threatens to scuttle two of summer's most anticipated events.The Black Caps are set to open their ODI series against South...

Kerre McIvor: Rain a welcome sight

Sun, 19/02/2017 - 06:00
Pity the poor bride who woke up in Napier on Friday to the sight of leaden skies and the sound of heavy rain. She had planned a big outdoor wedding in a rural setting and had counted on sunny weather. She had no Plan B. She...

Giant hailstones batter Sydney

Sat, 18/02/2017 - 22:18
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of New South Wales, as giant hailstones hammer Sydney suburbs.The "very dangerous" weather system was detected on the weather radar near from Gosford to...

Bad weekend weather grounds air show

Sat, 18/02/2017 - 10:48
Bad weather has forced the start of a major air show to be postponed, as much of the country braces for stormy conditions.Organisers of the popular three-day event Wings over Wairarapa have announced this morning's opening session...

Heavy rain causes flooding in Kawerau

Sat, 18/02/2017 - 10:22
Around 10 households are cleaning up after being flooded in Kawerau.Floodwaters were up to one metre high around 4am, especially in the centre of town.Half a dozen cars have been abandoned because of water that reached vehicle...

Motorway mayhem: Crash, breakdowns and flooding

Fri, 17/02/2017 - 08:52
Two breakdowns and a crash at rush hour have caused mayhem on Auckland motorways as the city is hammered by downpours.City-bound traffic on the Northern Motorway is backed up to Albany after a vehicle broke down in the left southbound...

Thunderstorms on the horizon for the north

Fri, 17/02/2017 - 08:11
Tropical downpours have begun to pummel the north of the North Island as thunderstorms loom over Northland, Auckland and Waikato.The right lane of Auckland's Victoria Park Tunnel flooded in the deluge shortly before rush hour, but...

Cloud and rain set to give parched Hawke's Bay some welcome relief over next five days

Wed, 15/02/2017 - 19:25
Some welcome rain relief is in sight for Hawke's Bay - MetService expects up to 80mm of rainfall over the next five days.Meteorologist Cameron Coutts says a trough is moving down the North Island and will bring some much-needed...

Heavy rain expected in Northland as falling river levels force tightening of water restrictions

Wed, 15/02/2017 - 17:58
A_JS110716NADSTORM086.JPGThe MetService has issued a severe weather watch for Northland with heavy rain expected to lash parts of the region today. Ironically the forecast comes just as the Far North District Council tightens up on...

Watch NZH Local Focus: Homeless flock to warm Napier weather

Wed, 15/02/2017 - 12:11
Thomas Mill, or 'Millsy' has been sleeping rough in Napier - on and off for the last 46 years."It is nice and warm and hot for people on the streets here."And he says more and more homeless people are realising that if you don't...


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