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Gales and heavy rain continue in North Island tonight

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Gale force winds are continuing to affect exposed parts of Auckland this evening with gusts to 120km/h on the Manukau Heads.

Passengers flying in and out of Auckland Airport tonight can expect a bumpy landing or take off.

200 year flood developing in Tararua district

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The Tararua Emergency Management and Civil Defence have activated the Emergency Management Centre (EOC).

"A significant amount of rain has fallen over the past 16 hours and it is expected to continue with some roads already closed and a lot of surface flooding. We also have reports of flooding of a number of houses in the district. Rain is forecast to ease but some rivers may not yet have reached their highest level" says the Tararua District Council (TDC).

Highways close as flood waters rise in North Island

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The same storm that has caused major flooding across Victoria in Australia is now causing problems here in New Zealand with a number of roads and highways closed or affected by flood waters.

The New Zealand Transport Agency says several roads in the lower North Island are currently affected by slips and extensive flooding - and more rain is expected this afternoon says

Video: Lightning Strike over Taranaki!

Filed in: reader Craig Armstrong (YouTube user zl2cwa) sent us this great shot of a lightning strike over New Plymouth this morning.

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Hail storms hits Tauranga (18 Photos, 2 Maps)

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Thunder and hail continues to affect northern and western parts of the North Island with a large hail shower hitting Tauranga and surrounding regions early this afternoon.

So far today the Lightning Tracker at has detected over 5100 strikes with reports of loud thunder in Taranaki, Matamata, Auckland and Northland today.

More heavy showers are being predicted by this afternoon mainly about Auckland, Waikato, Northland, Taranaki and Bay of Plenty however WeatherWatch believes the risk of thunderstorms is now easing west of the Kaimai Ranges.

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Rain causes major slips on Waiheke

Filed in: Residents on Waiheke Island yesterday woke to muddy terrain and blocked roads - as dozens of slips occurred after heavy rains battered the island.

A huge downpour on Wednesday night led to about 100 slips around the island, putting at least one house in Surfdale at risk.

Stunning Photos (3): Red sky in the morning...

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Not all of us would be awake at 6:44am to see this stunning sight but resident photographic contributor Zelda Wynn was.

This beautiful red sky was captured on camera over Mt Albert Wednesday morning.  Red sky in the morning often indicates rough weather on the way.

More heavy rain for eastern BOP

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The eastern Bay of Plenty is again in the firing line for more heavy rain as yet another low pressure system moves in from the Tasman Sea.

Heavy rain is likely to move in from the north west, building up against the eastern ranges later on Wednesday and into Thursday reports

Yellow dust pollen problem not pollution

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Do not be fooled by the presence of fine yellow pollen in Auckland’s stormwater gutters and waterways. It may look like industrial or chemical pollution but it is harmless.

Auckland Regional Council’s (ARC) Pollution Hotline has recently received an influx of calls related to pollen.

The yellow dust that looks like sulphur has been accumulating in some of the region’s waterways, causing quite a stir amongst local residents.

Weekend flooding looking less likely

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Fears of further flooding this weekend look less likely today as a new rain band develops out in the Tasman Sea. says it was always going to be a faster moving front but now it's looking as though it will move through fairly fast - meaning rain won't linger long enough to cause major flooding problems.