A month of rain, wind and more rain

05:29, Jul 03 2013
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WAIST-DEEP: Mark Bascand and Aya Otani at Mt Cook Village have their house surrounded by 1.5m of snow.
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SNOWED IN: Mark Bascand and Aya Otani's house at Mt Cook Village is surrounded by 1.5m of snow.
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HEAVY LOAD: Graham Parcell clears snow from the roof of his campervan in Fairlie.
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NOT ALL BAD: Justin Heintz, of Fairlie, puts the finishing touches on his snowman in Fairlie.
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CHILLY: Sheep look for grass on Clayton Rd near Lake Opuha.
High winds warning sign near Kaikoura
WARNING: Information sign north of Kaikoura.
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SNOWED IN: Tekapo vehicles disappearing under the snow.
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FLOODING: Large areas of farmland are underwater near Tai Tapu today.
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STUNNING: Snow settles in Hanmer Springs.
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STUNNING: A view of snow lying on the hills surrounding Hanmer Springs
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WAITING: Richard Ellis from Hokitika waits at the road block just west of Springfield for the road to open so he can get home, he spent the night at the Springfield Hotel.
Bailey Baker, 8, and Sophie Toulson
BUDDIES: Bailey Baker, 8, and Sophie Toulson, 7, enoying the weather on Luers Road behind Oxford.

Last month was the wettest June on record for Central Otago and coastal areas of Canterbury, while storms wreaked havoc across much of the country.

A 202kmh wind gust at Mt Kaukau in Wellington on June 20 was the strongest recorded at the site in any June, Niwa said in its climate summary for the month.

A 143kmh gust at Wellington airport was also a June record, as was a 126kmh gust at Whanganui, a 120kmh gust at Mangere in Auckland, and a 78kmh gust at Wanaka.

Extreme weather during the month included torrential rain in Nelson and Tasman that caused a 200-metre long slip near Kaiteriteri that destroyed a house and resulted in the death of 63-year-old Jude Hivon.

Flooding also closed transport routes in and out of Dunedin and Oamaru, while the worst flooding of Lake Ellesmere in decades put thousands of hectares of farmland under water and forced the evacuation of some homes.

The severe gales which hit Wellington caused loss of electricity to 30,000 homes, and airline, train and ferry services were cancelled. The storm of June 19-21 brought the strongest sustained 10-minute winds at Wellington airport since 1985.

Snow was unofficially at least 60 centimetres deep in Tekapo, Naseby, Clarks Junction and the Hakataramea Valley during a "severe snow event" on June 20 and 21, Niwa said.

Staff at Mt Hutt in Canterbury estimated 2.8 metres of new snow from the storm, with drifts of more than 6m on the access road.

North Otago, south and mid-Canterbury had more than 400 per cent of the normal June rainfall. Parts of South Otago, Central Otago, the Mackenzie Country, North Canterbury and Marlborough had more than 200 per cent of normal.

The 220 millimetres of rain that fell at Riccarton in Christchurch was a record for a June month and 376 per cent of normal. Lincoln had a June record 209mm, 365 per cent of normal, while the record 116mm in Ranfurly was 384 per cent of normal.

In Dunedin the 171mm of rain was 296 per cent of normal and the second-highest June rainfall on record.

Motueka had its second-highest June one-day rainfall total with 141mm recorded on June 16, while Riccarton had its third-highest June one-day total with 69mm.

Sunshine hours were the lowest on record for June at Blenheim, where the 111 hours were 75 per cent of normal. The 62 sunshine hours at Cromwell were the second-lowest for June at 70 per cent of normal.

Last month was characterised by lower pressures than normal across the country and to the north and northeast. High pressure centres persisted to the south and southeast of Tasmania, Niwa said.

The result was an anomalous east-southeasterly flow over the South Island, which contributed to well above-normal rainfall totals throughout areas to the east of the Southern Alps.

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

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