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MetService said Gisborne had one of its five wettest Marches in almost 90 years, and Te Puia Springs had its wettest month of any month in five years.
Extreme weather events, like last week's flash flooding in Auckland, are becoming more frequent. The Detail asks if there's anything more we can do to protect ourselves and our homes. Audio
In a statement on social media, Tairāwhiti Civil Defence said it was saddened to hear reports of abuse towards roading contractors repairing damaged roads in Tairāwhiti after severe flooding. Audio
Central Hawke's Bay is the latest region to be battered by wild weather with 30 roads closed today.
While some have re-opened - significant closures are in place, coupled with water restrictions that… Video, Audio
The rain still hasn't stopped in Tairāwhiti. Despite a slight reprieve it's back in full force, plummeting down across the already sodden region.
The downpour has affected the local growers at the… Video, Audio
The heavy rain that hit the Tairawhiti region over the past two days has moved south towards Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa.
Rain is still falling across the Gisborne region, but not as intensely.
Some Mahia residents spent an uneasy night away from their homes due to flooding in Hawke's Bay.
Wairoa's mayor confirmed about a dozen people have self-evacuated from low-lying areas.
Severe gales… Audio
Gisborne and smaller settlements up the coast are still cut off with major damage to roads and bridges after this weeks deluge.
Firefighters and St John personnel remain on standby in Tolaga Bay, in… Audio
Contractors in Tairāwhiti are facing a myriad of roadblocks as they try to fix the region's roads.
Repair works are being hampered by the closure of State Highway 35 from Potaka to Tolaga Bay, as… Audio
A state of local emergency is still in place for Tairāwhiti, after two days of torrential rainfall flooded large areas of the district.
Families again had to evacuate in the middle of the night.
The severe weather warning has now been lifted for the Gisborne district and the rain has eased, so the cleanup can begin.
Reporter Andrew McRae, who's driven west of Gisborne on State Highway 2 and… Audio
Wild weather is continuing in Tairāwhiti this morning, following a tense night for many in the sodden region.
Tolaga Bay area civil defence officer Greg Sheltford spoke to Corin Dann. Audio
Surf lifesavers are revving up their boat engines for another day of rescuing people stranded in floodwaters across Tairāwhiti.
About a dozen people had to be plucked to safety yesterday.
It has been another big night in Gisborne, with further heavy rain after Wednesday's flooding. RNZ reporter Andrew McRae has been on the road south of Gisborne, and spoke to Corin Dann from the banks… Audio
Raging rivers across Tairāwhiti have prompted further evacuations overnight.
Civil Defence has issued a fresh flood warning for the Hikuwai River, which at midnight was at 12.2 metres and still… Audio
When a Waipiro Bay resident who uses a nebuliser to help them breathe had their power cut off by yesterday's violent storm, locals came to the rescue.
With roads across the Gisborne region swamped, a… Audio
Severe weather warnings are still in place for Gisborne and Hawke's Bay this morning.
Metservice warns rain is expected to cause dangerous river conditions and significant flooding.
Civil Defence has issued a fresh flood warning and Waka Kotahi is urging people to stay home and avoid using the roads.
A nearly 200-kilometre stretch of road between Gisborne and Potaka remains closed this morning due to flooding and roads being washed out.
State Highway 35 is the main thoroughfare through the region… Audio
Further evacuations have been ordered in Gisborne district in the past couple of hours, as heavy rain continues to fall in already-soaked Tairāwhiti.
Houses in low-lying areas on Waingake Road, near… Audio