The New Zealand Herald
Wild winds gusting up to 140km/h blasted Auckland last night, leaving up to 15,000 homes without power.
Auckland Airport closed its main runway and diverted all flights, while ferries and trains were cancelled. Fire and Emergency services were flooded with more than 170 calls, as dozens of trees toppled onto roads, power lines and homes. Earlier as wild weather pummeled the central North Island, a tornado swept through National Park, ripping off roofs, downing trees and demolishing houses. Meanwhile, 20 fire trucks were last night battling a huge fire at Carter Holt Harvey’s Kopine Mill near Thames, which residents reported seeing from as far away as Ngatea.