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Cyclone Gita: Greymouth residents tells of powerful storm as fences ripped out and roof peeled

Winds that peeled away at a roof, pulled out fences and pulled of garage doors showed the true power of Cyclone Gita in Greymouth on Tuesday night.All the while an elderly woman in Cobden sits in her home with her rain jacket on,...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 21 Feb 2018 | 12:51 am

Cyclone Gita: What to expect tomorrow

Cyclone Gita is battering the country tonight but the worst of it is likely over. Here's what's in store for tomorrow.

Source: Radio New Zealand New Zealand Headlines | 21 Feb 2018 | 12:18 am

Cyclone Gita: Storm blast brings blackouts across Whanganui region

There were power outages across the Whanganui region Tuesday evening as Cyclone Gita blew through.South Taranaki suffered particularly badly with more than 2500 properties in Patea losing power early evening, and it may be late...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 20 Feb 2018 | 11:29 pm

Cyclone Gita: What you need to know

Cyclone Gita is pummelling the centre of the country this evening, with heavy rain and strong wind gusts in many regions. Here is all the important information you need to know.

Source: Radio New Zealand New Zealand Headlines | 20 Feb 2018 | 11:12 pm

Cyclone Gita: 'We are expecting homes to be flooded'

A state of emergency has been declared in Taranaki, Nelson, Westland, Buller, Greymouth, Selwyn and Christchurch, with fears some homes are at a high risk of flooding over the next day.

Source: Radio New Zealand New Zealand Headlines | 20 Feb 2018 | 11:12 pm


Live: Thousands without power as Cyclone Gita hits

Thousands are without power and states of emergency have been delcared as Cyclone Gita bears down on the country. Follow all the latest developments with RNZ's live blog.

Source: Radio New Zealand New Zealand Headlines | 20 Feb 2018 | 11:12 pm

Thousands of homes without power in Taranaki

A state of emergency has been declared in Taranaki where former tropical cyclone Gita has knocked out power to 23,000 properties.

Source: Radio New Zealand New Zealand Headlines | 20 Feb 2018 | 10:00 pm

Cyclone Gita: Your region-by-region weather forecast for Wednesday

Cyclone Gita is moving southeast across the upper South Island and the lower North Island.It has brought swells of more than 7m, flooding and winds in excess of 120km/h across several parts of New Zealand and led to seven districts...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 20 Feb 2018 | 9:56 pm

Cyclone Gita live updates: Weather chaos as high winds and heavy rain bring flooding

More than 60 tourists are trapped in Whataroa, two hours south of Greymouth as ex-tropical Cyclone Gita shows her heavy hand.42 Chinese tourists will spend the night sleeping in two buses, while 25 people seek refuge in the Whataroa...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 20 Feb 2018 | 9:49 pm

Murder-accused gives gruelling account of killing

Murder accused Sainey Marong has given a gruelling account of the moment he strangled a Christchurch sex worker.

Source: Radio New Zealand New Zealand Headlines | 20 Feb 2018 | 8:46 pm



Police car in crash with vehicle driven by member of public near Huntly

An undercover police car has collided with a car driven by a member of the public at an intersection near Huntly tonight.The collision happened near Waerenga Rd and Falls Rd at about 6pm.The plain police traffic car careered into...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 20 Feb 2018 | 8:44 pm

Gita: Thousands of travellers' plans on hold

The storm battering the centre of the country has seriously disrupted travel for thousands of airline pasengers.

Source: Radio New Zealand New Zealand Headlines | 20 Feb 2018 | 8:39 pm

Cyclone Gita: Power out in parts of Whanganui after strong winds hit

Power is out to parts of Whanganui tonight.Cyclone Gita has brought strong winds with gusts expected to reach 120 km/hr.Whanganui District Council advised about 7pm that a tree has fallen on Rangitatau East Road, about two km...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 20 Feb 2018 | 8:22 pm

Northland Council defends its actions over algal bloom

Northland DHB is waiting to see if tests show an algal bloom in Lake Ōmāpere is toxic, before putting out any health warnings.

Source: Radio New Zealand New Zealand Headlines | 20 Feb 2018 | 8:02 pm

Cyclone Gita: Woman in car gets into trouble in Riwaka floodwaters; people left stranded on roof of house

A woman was reportedly stranded in flood waters in Riwaka as flooding left people stuck on the roof of their house.As the Herald attempted to reach Riwaka, a police officer stopped the car and said the area was cut off because...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 20 Feb 2018 | 7:43 pm

Sainey Marong had insanity defence ruled out before Renee Duckmanton murder trial, court hears

Medical experts concluded Sainey Marong did not have a defence of insanity before standing trial for the alleged murder of Renee Duckmanton. During a dramatic day in the High Court at Christchurch, 33-year-old Gambian-born butcher...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 20 Feb 2018 | 7:11 pm

Cyclone Gita now making landfall in New Zealand's South Island

Cyclone Gita is making landfall in the upper NW South Island. It is expected to happen between now and 8pm NZDT.

Landfall occurs when the centre of the low crosses land.

Source: Voxy.co.nz - National | 20 Feb 2018 | 7:11 pm

Civil Defence emergency declared in Selwyn

Selwyn District Council has declared a Civil Defence State of Emergency for the Selwyn district tonight (Tuesday 20 February), in response to the effects of ex-Cyclone Gita.

Source: Voxy.co.nz - National | 20 Feb 2018 | 7:04 pm



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State of emergency declared in Buller ahead of ex-cyclone Gita

Westport fire service has been called out to multiple incidents where roofs have lifted, and powerlines fallen on to the ground, but the local fire station chief Alan Kennedy says the worst is yet to come.

Source: Voxy.co.nz - National | 20 Feb 2018 | 5:24 pm

Eastern Bay of Plenty Police investigating homicide make arrest

Eastern Bay of Plenty Police investigating yesterday's homicide in Opotiki have arrested a 27-year-old Opotiki man this afternoon and charged him with motor vehicle offences.

He is assisting Police with our homicide inquiries.

Source: Voxy.co.nz - National | 20 Feb 2018 | 5:15 pm

Further road closures in South Island as severe weather intensifies

The NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists of additional road closures in the South Island and urging drivers to delay trips if possible until the severe weather has passed.

Source: Voxy.co.nz - National | 20 Feb 2018 | 5:15 pm

Committee votes for further closure to protect kauri

At the first Environment and Community Committee meeting of the year today, councillors voted unanimously for the closure of all forested areas within the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park (with exceptions that will be consulted on in the coming weeks), and high-risk tracks in kauri lands of the

Source: Voxy.co.nz - National | 20 Feb 2018 | 5:06 pm

Mackenzie Country Trust welcomes report on Mackenzie Basin

Chair of the Mackenzie Country Trust, Julia Mackenzie, has welcomed the report Mackenzie Basin - Opportunities for Agency Alignment completed by Dr Hugh Logan and John Hutchings launched today in Tekapo.

Source: Voxy.co.nz - National | 20 Feb 2018 | 4:50 pm

Health warning removed near Balmoral Swimming Hole

The Community and Public Health division of the Canterbury District Health Board has lifted its algal bloom health warning issued along the Hurunui River at State Highway 7 near the Balmoral Swimming Hole.

Source: Voxy.co.nz - National | 20 Feb 2018 | 4:49 pm

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