Wild weather heads south
Auckland: Wet and wild weather is headed south after giving the central and upper North Island a lashing on Monday and Tuesday.
A raft of severe weather warnings have eased, including for the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne. Heavy rain warnings however remains in Tongariro, the Hawke’s Bay, south of Napier, Wairarapa and the Kaikoura Ranges. Lower-level heavy rain watches are in place for Taihape and the Canterbury Hills north of Amberley.
Canterbury is feeling the effects of the rain after bad weather forced the closure of State Highway 1 near Kaikoura as well as the inland route via Mount Lyford.