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Extreme weather

Because New Zealand is a sub-tropical island nation, it has weather patterns that are often changeable and difficult to predict.

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Greymouth Tornado 2005

tour bus damage electricty cable damage electricity cable damage old warehouse damage
Tour bus damage
Damaged electricity
Damaged electricity
Warehouse destroyed

damaged shopfront damaged video shop damaged shopfront cars smashed
Damaged shopfront
Damaged video shop
Damaged shopfront
Cars smashed

Taranaki tornadoes 2007

Placemekers New Plymouth badly damaged Placemakers roof debris in New Plymouth Domestic roof damage House badly damaged
Placemakers store New Plymouth
Placemakers roof
Roof damage
House destroyed
Oakura kindergarten damage Areas affected by tornado Tornado damage to trees McKeller St Oakura was badly hit
Oakura kindergarten
Affected areas
Damaged trees
McKeller St Oakura

South Island snow event 2006

4WD access only on roads Canterbury snow covered farmland Livestock 2006 snow Livestock 2006 snow
4WD access only
Canterbury farmland

Timaru snow to sea level Snow to sea level 2006 Satellite image of South Island snow Manungiti Hall emergency centre
Snow to sea level
Satellite image reveals
the extend of snowcover
Manungiti Hall emergency centre

Sea storm surges

Hawkes Bay sea surge damage 2005 Hawkes Bay sea surge 2005 Wellington Evans Bay 1972 Wellington airport 1972
Haumoana, Hawkes Bay 2005
Haumoana, Hawkes Bay 2005
Wellington harbour 1972
(Evening Post)
Wellington airport 1972
(Evening Post)
Haumoana area, Hawkes Bay 2010
Haumoana area, Hawkes Bay 2010