Recap: Wild weather wallops Wellington gallery

Traffic clogs State Highway Two on Tuesday evening.
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Traffic clogs State Highway Two on Tuesday evening.

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A family of swans make the most of the floodwater, paying a visit to 10-year-old Devon Turner of Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt.

Waiwhetu Stream swells with flood water after a bout of severe weather on November 15.

Commuters returned to Wellington's CBD following yesterday's earthquakes but had to brave gale force winds and rain.

Residents prepare to leave on Tuesday as flooding causes Waiwhetu stream to break banks.

Petone Rugby Club is surrounded by water after torrential rain and gale-force winds.

Flood water covers Petone Recreation Ground.

Wading through the waters in Udy St, Petone.

The extent of flooding could be seen at Mana roundabout.

Khandallah outdoor pool in Wellington is definitely not safe for swimming after a nearby stream has overflown into it.

Wellington has been hit by torrential rain and gale-forced winds in the wake of the earthquakes.

Upper Hut houses are also at risk of flooding.

A scooter rider passes a slip on Bowen Street after a bout of severe weather.

Flooding in Uday St, Petone.

Flood water covers the road surface on Udy Street, Petone.

Flooding on Horoeka Street and Lowery Cres, Stokes Valley, Wellington.

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A motorist in a 4WD braves a flooded State Highway 58 north of Wellington.

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The fight for the 'wilderness'

An artistic impression of development at Okura. With light green stripes to be housing and surrounding darker greens to ...

Residents of a coastal village, where 750 houses are proposed, are up for a fight.

Comedian follows in Clarke's footsteps

Comedian Rhys Mathewson says he has learned to "harness" the anxieties of being a comedian.

At just 26 it's still early days for comedian Rhys Mathewson.

Volunteers squat to protest rent

Volunteers out front of the old Devonport council building they are squatting in, from left: Rebecca McMillan, Michael ...

“We took the bull by the horns” - volunteers squatting in Auckland Council building to provide World Masters Games information centre.

Hobsonville's new $300m development

Impression of the extrerior of Hobson Quarter housing.

The first of 39 new homes for the developing area are scheduled for completion by 2018.


Blaze guts Porirua home

The house is well involved just after 9am on Thursday.

Nobody injured but property destroyed in huge fire.

Black Cap pleads guilty

Cricketer Doug Bracewell has pleaded guilty to driving with breath alcohol more than three-time the legal limit. (File photo)

Doug Bracewell admits to drink driving, saying he "stuffed up and made an extremely bad call".

Call to ban restraints 

The plight of Ashley Peacock has shone a spotlight on seclusion practices in recent years.

Review into jails, police and healthcare says seclusion and restraints are used too often.

Uber driver in the firing line


He risked a storm to help two Americans. Now, the Uber driver who took them on a $1033 trip is under investigation.


What makes a great cafe? video

Offering something different can be a cafe's saviour, but there is a risk in becoming gimmicky.

Coffee connoisseurs share their secrets to surviving the fiercely competitive bean scene.

NZ rivers under threat

Swimming at the Oroua river in Awahuri in Manawatu.

Most of NZ's native freshwater fish species are threatened by the state of our water, Government report says.

Quake-damaged school to move

Banks Avenue School former principal Murray Edlin inspects one of the cracks on the school's grounds after the 2011 ...

Banks Avenue Primary School will be rebuilt on the nearby Shirley Boys' High site.

Car rolls in central Christchurch

A car rolled on Salisbury St, near the intersection with Durham St in Christchurch, early Thursday.

A driver had to be cut from their vehicle after crashing and rolling on a central city street.


Seeking closure after Tangiwai

Beryl Donovan holds a photo of her parents, Lance and Dorothy Redman, on their wedding day in 1943, before Lance died in ...

Their father gave his life to save others at Tangiwai - NZ's worst ever rail disaster.

Riders hit head-on

Traffic was backed up near the scene of the fatal crash north of Tokoroa.

Two motorcyclists who died in a crash with a tanker north of Tokoroa did not know each other.

Body found on beach

Police officers scour Papamoa beach where a man's body washed up on Thursday morning.

The body of a 60-year-old local man has been found on Papamoa beach in Tauranga.

Life in a car with 11 pets

Shirley McMillan holds Cosima and Huia beside husband Selwyn, with Kandee, in the car that has become their home.

The couple are "desperate" after being kicked out by their landlord. But the animals keep them going.


Being seen brings sweet rewards

Pam Rumble received a chocolate bar for wearing her bright jacket while riding along New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway ...

"People have got to be seen, if we can't be seen that's when bad things happen."

Support workers strike

Support workers gathered on the streets of New Plymouth for a one-hour organised strike to call for better job security ...

Disability support workers protest slow progress on new collective agreement, fearing job loss and increasing risks.

Do you get a flu shot?

The community being prepared for flu season is "very important", says Taranaki DHB CEO Rosemary Clements.

"Influenza can affect anyone no matter how fit, active and healthy they may be."

Peeking Panda, hidden flavour

New Asian inspired Oakura restaurant Peeking Panda will open its doors to the public next week. Left to right, Kohin ...

It's small, it's cute and it packs a lot of taste. It's Peeking Panda.


Author on a mission

Glyn Harper reads his WWI children's book Jim's Letters to a class at Tiritea School.

Whether it's military histories for adults or children, Glyn Harper is prolific.

Deputy mayor row

Horowhenua councillor Ross Campbell is accused by other councilors of breaching the code of conduct.

Horowhenua mayor Michael Feyen wants to change his deputy but can't.

Manawatu Gorge costs mount video

Saddle Rd is being upgraded to make it a quicker and safer alternative route to the Manawatu Gorge.

Engineers are assessing the large slip in the Gorge to see when it's safe to start clearing.

Tangiwai tragedy heroes

Beryl Donovan holds a photo of her parents, Lance and Dorothy Redman, on their wedding day in 1943, before Lance died in ...

Their father gave his life to save others at Tangiwai - NZ's worst ever rail disaster.


Aurora lights up Lake Rotoiti

The aurora at Lake Rotoiti on April 23, captured by Nelson photographer Terry Urban.

A strong geomagnetic storm caused a rare Aurora Australis to be visible at Lake Rotoiti.

Hone sleeping ban plan

Protests such as this in the Nelson CBD will soon be subject to a permit process under a new council bylaw.

A proposed new bylaw out for public consultation bans sleeping in the CBD and requires permits for protests.

Shorter ferry link gets town's tick

The entrance to Port Motueka would be transformed if the proposed inter-island Midwest Ferries link goes ahead.

Around 45 jobs would be created in Motueka if an inter-island link with Whanganui goes ahead.

Driving down electric avenue

Darryl Naidoo proudly showed his electric Tesla Model S during the Nelson stop of the Leading the Charge Electric ...

 Motoring's electric future was rolled out at Nelson's 1903 Square on Wednesday.


One month, 25,000 meals

BV Gourmet second chef Chris Pearce makes pickled beetroot for harvest meals.

It's been a challenging harvest, not just for the vineyard workers, but for those who feed them. 

Pokie scheme 'netted $1m a year'

Michael Joseph O'Brien was allegedly at the centre of a pokie machine grants scam.

Crown alleges true control was concealed to deceive gambling authorities.

Property hunters turn to 'P houses'

This one-bedroom, one-bathroom house in Blenheim is going under the hammer with methamphetamine contamination.

As this "cosy" meth-ridden Blenheim flat shows, people know a bargain when they see one.

Sky-high simulation video

Inside the cockpit of the RNZAF Hercules C-130 during Exercise Skytrain in Marlborough.

Aerial drops, night operations, low-level flying: welcome to RNZAF's Exercise Skytrain.

South Canterbury

Super friendly clash for Timaru

Crusaders supporter Toby Carpenter (left) and Highlanders supporter Olly George both think their team will win the Super ...

Crusaders and Highlanders fans are in for a treat when the two sides clash in Timaru in July.

Park extension mulled

DOC is looking to expand the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park boundaries to include Godley and Tasman braided riverbeds.

Discussions underway to expand Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park boundary.

Westpac admits ATM issues

The Westpac ATM, the ony one in Fairlie, which has broken down again this week.

Westpac admits service in Fairlie not up to scratch following complaints over ATM.

Drama community to air concerns

The South Canterbury Drama League are hosting a public meeting to ask Timaru District councillors to explain their ...

Drama community calls meeting with council to discuss concerns over theatre.


'A role-model family' video

Verity and Ben McLean.

Verity McLean was a "happy mum". Now she's dead and her husband accused of killing her. What happened?

Cop's murder charge

Constable Ben McLean has been a officer in Invercargill since 2007.

Officer charged with murder handed himself in at the police station 40 minutes after the deadly shooting.

Support from riding centre

Julia Latham with her horses, Gracie, left, and Maxi.

Training courses on riding and caring for horses are helping children at risk in Southland.

From financial survival to growth

Rugby Southland general manager Andrew Moreton.

Rugby Southland announces big 2016 financial surplus and finally has cash reserves in the bank.

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