Chilly blast brings more misery

A snowman on Summit Rd.
1 of 24Kamala Hayman
A snowman on Summit Rd.
Summit Rd covered in snow.
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Summit Rd covered in snow.
Summit Rd is closed from the Sign of the Kiwi to Gebbies pass.
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Summit Rd is closed from the Sign of the Kiwi to Gebbies pass.
Nikita and Ella from Hunter Terrace, Christchurch.
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Nikita and Ella from Hunter Terrace, Christchurch.
Nikita and Ella from Hunter Terrace, Christchurch.
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Nikita and Ella from Hunter Terrace, Christchurch.
A digger was working to keep the drain along Station Street clear.
6 of 24Dean Kozanic
A digger was working to keep the drain along Station Street clear.
High St in Leeston was partially closed.
7 of 24Dean Kozanic
High St in Leeston was partially closed.
The Leeston Fire Station is flooded, but still operating.
8 of 24Dean Kozanic
The Leeston Fire Station is flooded, but still operating.
Sam Rawstron, 5, walks along Leeston and Lake Road.
9 of 24Dean Kozanic
Sam Rawstron, 5, walks along Leeston and Lake Road.
Flooding in Leeston.
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Flooding in Leeston.
Flooding in Leeston.
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Flooding in Leeston.
Flooding in Leeston.
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Flooding in Leeston.
Flooding in Leeston.
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Flooding in Leeston.
Flooding in Leeston.
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Flooding in Leeston.
Flooding in Leeston.
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Flooding in Leeston.
Flooding in Leeston.
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Flooding in Leeston.
Flooding in Leeston.
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Flooding in Leeston.
Opposite Princess Margaret Hospital. Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
18 of 24Karalyn van Deursen
Opposite Princess Margaret Hospital. Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Flooding in Hunter Tce, Christchurch.
19 of 24Houda El Banna
Flooding in Hunter Tce, Christchurch.
Flooding in Waimea Tce, Christchurch.
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Flooding in Waimea Tce, Christchurch.
Flooding in Eastern Tce, Christchurch.
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Flooding in Eastern Tce, Christchurch.
Flooding in Eastern Tce, Christchurch.
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Flooding in Eastern Tce, Christchurch.
Flooding along Waimea Tce.
23 of 24Kamala Hayman.
Flooding along Waimea Tce.
Flooding along Waimea Terrace.
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Flooding along Waimea Terrace.

Wild weather continues to pound New Zealand, with floods and landslides striking the South Island, snow and frigid cold gripping the central North Island and thousands of people in Wellington still waiting for power to be restored.

In Dunedin, a landslide forced several families from their homes before it was declared safe for them to return.

In Leeston, torrential rain and rising floodwaters led to evacuations.

SNOW DELIGHTS: Eli Hansen, 5, makes the most of a day off school to play at Victoria Park, Cashmere.
1 of 23Carys Monteath
SNOW DELIGHTS: Eli Hansen, 5, makes the most of a day off school to play at Victoria Park, Cashmere.
FLOODING: The road collapsed in St Asaph St after a water main burst.
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FLOODING: The road collapsed in St Asaph St after a water main burst.
AVON RIVER WALK: Dallington dog walkers Ashley and Margaret Heywood with their charges Dash, Holly and Rusty.
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AVON RIVER WALK: Dallington dog walkers Ashley and Margaret Heywood with their charges Dash, Holly and Rusty.
WILLING HELPER: Phoebe Sage, 8, of St Martins helps clear the snow.
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WILLING HELPER: Phoebe Sage, 8, of St Martins helps clear the snow.
SENT HOME: Andy Bean picks up children Noah, 8, (in green) and Arlo, 6, after Christchurch East school closed.
5 of 23Stacy Squires
SENT HOME: Andy Bean picks up children Noah, 8, (in green) and Arlo, 6, after Christchurch East school closed.
CLOSED: Christchurch East school is one of 71 in Canterbury to close for the day.
6 of 23Stacy Squires
CLOSED: Christchurch East school is one of 71 in Canterbury to close for the day.
UNDER WATER: Large areas of Tai Tapu farmland are in flood.
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UNDER WATER: Large areas of Tai Tapu farmland are in flood.
STORMY SEAS: Birdlings Flat is being pounded by high seas.
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STORMY SEAS: Birdlings Flat is being pounded by high seas.
CLOSED: The closure of Dyers Pass Rd forces motorists to divert through Lyttelton tunnel or Gebbies Pass.
9 of 23Carys Monteath
CLOSED: The closure of Dyers Pass Rd forces motorists to divert through Lyttelton tunnel or Gebbies Pass.
NO TIME WASTED: A truck clears snow on Dyers Pass Rd.
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NO TIME WASTED: A truck clears snow on Dyers Pass Rd.
WELCOME HOME: Sara Allen arrives back from Auckland to visit her mum in Cashmere.
11 of 23Kirk Hargreaves
WELCOME HOME: Sara Allen arrives back from Auckland to visit her mum in Cashmere.
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Caleb Butcher has to put chains on his 4WD to get back down the hill after delivering milk and bread to his grandma in Dyers Pass Rd.
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SPECIAL DELIVERY: Caleb Butcher has to put chains on his 4WD to get back down the hill after delivering milk and bread to his grandma in Dyers Pass Rd.
CHILLY DAY: Snow dusts New Brighton Beach.
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CHILLY DAY: Snow dusts New Brighton Beach.
SEASIDE: Danielle braved the freezing winds and snow to take a walk on New Brighton pier.
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SEASIDE: Danielle braved the freezing winds and snow to take a walk on New Brighton pier.
CITY SNOW: Snowflakes fall around the Victoria St Clock Tower.
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CITY SNOW: Snowflakes fall around the Victoria St Clock Tower.
LOTS OF FLAKES: Snow falls heavily in the city centre, and begins to settle on the Christ Church Cathedral.
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LOTS OF FLAKES: Snow falls heavily in the city centre, and begins to settle on the Christ Church Cathedral.
LIGHT DUSTING: Snow settling on cleared land in the residential red zone in North New Brighton.
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LIGHT DUSTING: Snow settling on cleared land in the residential red zone in North New Brighton.
SAFETY FIRST: Cameron Strange, of Downers, closes Hackthorne Rd in Cashmere as snow settles on the ground.
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SAFETY FIRST: Cameron Strange, of Downers, closes Hackthorne Rd in Cashmere as snow settles on the ground.
TRAVEL DISRUPTION: Heavy snow has closed Dyers Pass Rd between Cashmere and Governors Bay.
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TRAVEL DISRUPTION: Heavy snow has closed Dyers Pass Rd between Cashmere and Governors Bay.
FUN TIMES: Ocean Beso plays in the snow in Hackthorne Rd, Cashmere.
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FUN TIMES: Ocean Beso plays in the snow in Hackthorne Rd, Cashmere.
BRRRR: The snow finally hits Christchurch. Cars in Hackthorne Rd, Cashmere, are covered.
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BRRRR: The snow finally hits Christchurch. Cars in Hackthorne Rd, Cashmere, are covered.
WINTER DRIVE: A scooter rider braves the snow in Hackthorne Rd, Cashmere.
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WINTER DRIVE: A scooter rider braves the snow in Hackthorne Rd, Cashmere.
WHITE BLANKET: Snow has settled on the Port Hills. Huntsbury Hill is as pretty as a picture.
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WHITE BLANKET: Snow has settled on the Port Hills. Huntsbury Hill is as pretty as a picture.

In Manawatu, a young farmer survived freezing overnight temperatures trapped under his overturned quad bike.

In Central Otago, three farmers were rescued from a remote hut after being trapped by deep snow since Thursday.

In Wellington, electricity workers battled to restore power, with 1200 houses still in the dark.

A man picks his way through debris washed up along Port Rd in Seaview.
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A man picks his way through debris washed up along Port Rd in Seaview.
Contractors start to remove a large tree from an Owhiro Rd home.
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Contractors start to remove a large tree from an Owhiro Rd home.
Residents putting a tarpaulin over a storm-damaged home at Queens Drive, Lyall Bay.
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Residents putting a tarpaulin over a storm-damaged home at Queens Drive, Lyall Bay.
Seawater hits Eastbourne's Lowry Bay as high tide approaches.
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Seawater hits Eastbourne's Lowry Bay as high tide approaches.
A boat from Porirua Harbour strikes boat sheds.
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A boat from Porirua Harbour strikes boat sheds.
Roofs and trees litter the streets of Kelson, Lower Hutt.
6 of 74FALGOON PATEL
Roofs and trees litter the streets of Kelson, Lower Hutt.
Two massive trees block road access down from Korokoro.
7 of 74JULIET RAMSON
Two massive trees block road access down from Korokoro.
The Interislander ferry at anchor in Wellington harbour after its moorings broke in the night.
8 of 74MATHIEU CHARDONNET
The Interislander ferry at anchor in Wellington harbour after its moorings broke in the night.
A seaside Days Bay bach gets pummeled by the sea.
9 of 74MARK SLIPER
A seaside Days Bay bach gets pummeled by the sea.
Reece Kohatu looks at the damage done by the waves at his Queens Drive Lyall Bay property.
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Reece Kohatu looks at the damage done by the waves at his Queens Drive Lyall Bay property.
A fell tree on Maungaraki Road.
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A fell tree on Maungaraki Road.
Sea water made it into Reece Kohatu's Lyall Bay property.
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Sea water made it into Reece Kohatu's Lyall Bay property.
Trees ripped out of the ground in Petone.
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Trees ripped out of the ground in Petone.
A yacht that couldn't stand the wind.
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A yacht that couldn't stand the wind.
Lowry Bay, overtaken with waves.
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Lowry Bay, overtaken with waves.
Storm debris in Petone.
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Storm debris in Petone.
Storm damage in Petone.
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Storm damage in Petone.
Storm damage in Korokoro.
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Storm damage in Korokoro.
Debris on Petone Beach near the Settlers Museum. Waves went over the wall between the beach and the street.
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Debris on Petone Beach near the Settlers Museum. Waves went over the wall between the beach and the street.
Storm damage in Southgate.
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Storm damage in Southgate.
A tug boats attempts to tow the Interislander.
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A tug boats attempts to tow the Interislander.
Damage at Jim and Philippa Reid's Seatoun house.
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Damage at Jim and Philippa Reid's Seatoun house.
Debris on Owhiro Bay.
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Debris on Owhiro Bay.
Debris on Days Bay.
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Debris on Days Bay.
A separated door on Breaker Bay.
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A separated door on Breaker Bay.
Damage to a bus in Southgate.
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Damage to a bus in Southgate.
Severe damage in Lower Hutt.
27 of 74Annemarie Jenness
Severe damage in Lower Hutt.
A fish that made it all the way across the road on Owhiro Bay.
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A fish that made it all the way across the road on Owhiro Bay.
The cleanup begins on Breaker Bay.
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The cleanup begins on Breaker Bay.
A huge Eucalyptus tree in Khandallah Park.
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A huge Eucalyptus tree in Khandallah Park.
Storm damage in Belmont.
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Storm damage in Belmont.
Callum Norrie of Breaker Bay inspects the debris.
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Callum Norrie of Breaker Bay inspects the debris.
Nicholas Down, who lost his roof in Stokes Valley.
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Nicholas Down, who lost his roof in Stokes Valley.
A greenhouse in Brooklyn that didn't survive the night.
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A greenhouse in Brooklyn that didn't survive the night.
Storm debris on Owhiro Bay.
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Storm debris on Owhiro Bay.
An unlucky car on Mount Victoria.
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An unlucky car on Mount Victoria.
David Morgan sent in this photo of damaged train tracks on the Hutt Valley line.
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David Morgan sent in this photo of damaged train tracks on the Hutt Valley line.
Storm debris on Owhiro Bay.
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Storm debris on Owhiro Bay.
Storm damage on Myrtle Crescent.
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Storm damage on Myrtle Crescent.
A fallen tree in Aro Park.
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A fallen tree in Aro Park.
Storm damage at the Wellington Indoor Sports Centre in Newtown.
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Storm damage at the Wellington Indoor Sports Centre in Newtown.
Storm damage in Island Bay.
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Storm damage in Island Bay.
Damage to train tracks near Horokiwi.
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Damage to train tracks near Horokiwi.
The damaged carpark at Ekim Burgers in Lyall Bay.
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The damaged carpark at Ekim Burgers in Lyall Bay.
Inspectors check train tracks near Horokiwi.
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Inspectors check train tracks near Horokiwi.
Storm damage by the coast at Island Bay.
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Storm damage by the coast at Island Bay.
A fallen tree on Ellice Street, which thankfully fell between two cars.
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A fallen tree on Ellice Street, which thankfully fell between two cars.
A crushed Breaker Bay boatshed.
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A crushed Breaker Bay boatshed.
A damaged sign in central Wellington.
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A damaged sign in central Wellington.
Council workers deal with a fallen tree on Rangiora Ave.
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Council workers deal with a fallen tree on Rangiora Ave.
Damage to the Warehouse in Lyall Bay.
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Damage to the Warehouse in Lyall Bay.
Trees down in Whitby.
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Trees down in Whitby.
Glen Scanlon sent in this photo of his backyard in Hataitai.
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Glen Scanlon sent in this photo of his backyard in Hataitai.
Storm damage to the Esplanade on Wellington's south coast.
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Storm damage to the Esplanade on Wellington's south coast.
Damage to Wellington south coast's Esplanade.
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Damage to Wellington south coast's Esplanade.
A toppled tree disturbs a grave at Karori Cemetery.
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A toppled tree disturbs a grave at Karori Cemetery.
A shredded sail of a yacht at Mana Marina.
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A shredded sail of a yacht at Mana Marina.
A Z Mana service station employee with his store's blown-in window this morning.
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A Z Mana service station employee with his store's blown-in window this morning.
A parking booth toppled over at Wellington Stadium.
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A parking booth toppled over at Wellington Stadium.
Both of Hannah Moore's family's trampolines took a tumble during the storm.
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Both of Hannah Moore's family's trampolines took a tumble during the storm.
Debris from a ripped-off roof litters the grounds of the Raumati South Memorial Hall.
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Debris from a ripped-off roof litters the grounds of the Raumati South Memorial Hall.
Waves crash at the coast at Plimmerton.
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Waves crash at the coast at Plimmerton.
South coast resident Karen Brodie with a fish she found washed up on the Esplanade.
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South coast resident Karen Brodie with a fish she found washed up on the Esplanade.
The storm-ravaged Esplanade on Wellington's south coast.
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The storm-ravaged Esplanade on Wellington's south coast.
A ute lies smashed by a falling tree.
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A ute lies smashed by a falling tree.
A tree lies fallen across Fox St at the intersection with Awarua Rd, Ngaio.
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A tree lies fallen across Fox St at the intersection with Awarua Rd, Ngaio.
Damage to Countdown in Johnsonville.
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Damage to Countdown in Johnsonville.
Firefighters tend to a tree down in Pharazyn St, Lower Hutt.
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Firefighters tend to a tree down in Pharazyn St, Lower Hutt.
A tree which blew over at the back of a student accommodation building on Boulcott St, narrowly missing a car.
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A tree which blew over at the back of a student accommodation building on Boulcott St, narrowly missing a car.
A tree which blew over at the back of a student accommodation building on Boulcott St, narrowly missing a car.
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A tree which blew over at the back of a student accommodation building on Boulcott St, narrowly missing a car.
Damage to a parking ticket machine shelter on Victoria St.
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Damage to a parking ticket machine shelter on Victoria St.
Trees broken by the storm on Victoria St in central Wellington.
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Trees broken by the storm on Victoria St in central Wellington.
An overturned parking ticket machine shelter on Victoria St in central Wellington.
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An overturned parking ticket machine shelter on Victoria St in central Wellington.
Torrential rain affects Wellington commuters as they head home.
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Torrential rain affects Wellington commuters as they head home.

Having endured the worst storm in decades, the lower North and South Islands can now look forward to blue sky, but a chilly southwesterly will ensure snow sticks around for most of the week, said MetService forecaster Leigh Matheson.

It is a merciful change of pace from yesterday and earlier in the week.

Members of Dunedin's Blakey family ran for their lives as tall trees around their Blanket Bay Rd section cracked under the force of a slip yesterday.

Alfie Blakey said police rapping at the doors awoke the household around 4.30am - a landslide that barely missed a neighbour's house above theirs a couple of days earlier was again on the move. It had already taken out her driveway and her car.

Blakey, her husband and three kids fled in the car with a sleeping bag, a teddy bear, a bag of food and documents. The family have now returned, their home deemed safe but surrounded by "a great big mess".

"It's just devastating. When you see something that size you get a new respect for nature. You can see why they got us out."

In Christchurch, firefighters rushed to sandbag flood-prone properties, while a slip fell on the Lyttelton Museum and the city's sewer system overflowed.

A Christchurch City Council spokeswoman said the city's sewers were "chocker" due to heavy rain, while the ongoing downpour caused flooding in low-lying eastern areas, particularly around the Heathcote River.

A slip off Lyttelton's Gladstone Tce fell through the site of the Lyttelton Museum, which had already been closed because of earthquake damage.

It destroyed a storage building holding surplus equipment and display items.

One resident was evacuated but other houses in the area above the slip had been red-zoned after Canterbury's earthquakes and were all unoccupied, a police spokesman said.

Surface flooding in Spencerville, just north of the city, saw the cancellation of the annual mid-winter polar plunge, and king tides expected today through to Thursday, were likely to cause further flooding around the city's rivers.

Firefighters spent the day stacking sandbags on flooded Leeston properties and in the Hurunui district to protect homes, while heavy snowfalls overnight Friday brought down power lines and trees.

Snow also kept some state highways closed, including Porters Pass and Burkes Pass, while others required ongoing caution.

Meanwhile, in Wellington, 1200 households remained in the dark as Wellington Electricity scrambled to restore power - having reconnected the bulk of the 30,000 homes knocked out by the storm on Thursday night.

Emergency services were kept busy, with dozens of calls to leaking roofs, fallen trees and flooding.

The small Wellington community of Horokiwi was badly affected, with almost all residents without power.

Several powerlines had been snapped in half and massive trees had fallen everywhere.

Resident Debbie Green said the community had gathered together to clear some of the debris off the main road to create an access point. Luckily they had a woodburner at their house and had borrowed a generator.

Ferry and rail services in the capital remained sporadic yesterday, with the Aratere Interislander ferry likely to be out of action for several days after breaking loose of its moorings during the storm.

WEATHER WARNING: BRACE FOR A DELUGE OF WORDS

It was a "once-in-50-year storm", it was "the most snow in a generation", it was the "strongest wind for years". Was it perhaps also "the most overblown weather language in a lifetime"?

Days before the first snowflake hit the country last week, there were already reports of the magnitude of the coming storm - and the hyperbole began falling as heavy and long as the forecast rain.

WeatherWatch.com head weather analyst Philip Duncan admitted the language of weather was a curious thing, and the public could be bombarded with grandiose descriptions of weather that in reality was not significantly worse than it had been in previous years.

For instance, he said, last week's storm was similar to that which hit in August 2011.

When there were reports of a "once in 100-year flood" happening in consecutive years, he did some digging to find out how that could be the case.

"It's a statistical calculation - it's one of those funny things," Duncan said.

Often when the power of a storm was stated, meteorologists would use the statistical likelihood of it repeating rather than measuring it against other weather events over the years.

MetService spokeswoman Jacqui Bridges said they would only make comparisons with the past when the storm had gone, and even then it was difficult to make sweeping statements.

Last week, some people compared Wellington's wild weather to that at the time of the Wahine disaster 45 years ago, but while waves were a similar height, the winds were not as strong.

Bridges said most of the "worst storm since . . ." quotes came from residents in affected areas, relying on their memories rather than scientific equipment.

Duncan, who set up WeatherWatch in 2005, said "emotive language slipped out" in the early days.

Bridges said the key was to get the correct information to people without embellishments.

"It's important we don't cry wolf," she said.

Duncan agreed it was important to focus on language and erring on the side of conservatism was always safest.

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