As the flood waters recede in Northland the full extent of the damage from the weekend's deluge is becoming clear.
After months of near-crippling drought more than 200 millimetres of rain fell over 10 hours from Friday night. The main road into Kaitaia is closed by massive slips.
Most people have been able to return to their homes - often to find them caked in mud and strewn with debris.
RNZ reporter Matthew Theunissen is in Northland.