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Residents fear more giant swells

WELLINGTON: Huge swells which battered the Hawkes Bay coastline yesterday, forcing the evacuation of 25 houses, have put homes at increased risk if there are more big waves, says a community group which supports greater protection from ocean surges.

Topsy turvy summer had its ups and downs

Topsy turvy summer had its ups and downs

Balclutha and Kaitaia experienced their sunniest summers on record this season.

Dunedin, Balclutha, break records for sunniest February

Dunedin, Balclutha, break records for sunniest February

Dunedin and Balclutha have broken decades-long records with their sunniest February.

Fierce storms in Europe kill 51

Fierce storms in Europe kill 51

A violent late winter storm with fierce rain and hurricane-strength winds ripped across western Europe on Sunday, battering France and four other countries, leaving at least 51 people dead.

Heavy rain warning for the South

Heavy rain warning for the South

The lower South Island is likely to be hit by heavy rain tomorrow and Monday, forecasters have warned.

Fire risk in Queenstown still very high

Fire risk in Queenstown still very high

February has been a very dry month for Queenstown, with rainfall well below average.

US carves path through 'Snowmageddon'

US carves path through 'Snowmageddon'

The Mid-Atlantic United States has begun carving a path through the piles of wet, heavy snow in below-freezing temperatures while power crews tried to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes and clear streets for work on Monday (local time).

Dunedin coolest of main centres

Dunedin was the coldest of New Zealand's main centres last month, but many would struggle to believe it experienced the near-normal sunshine hours the records show.

Rain 'fantastic for farmers'

Rain 'fantastic for farmers'

The sound of steady rain on Thursday night was music to the ears of Central Otago farmers.

Rain lifts most river levels

Recent rain has eased concerns over low river flows in Otago but in North Otago it has only provided a brief respite.

For the past two weeks, much-needed rain had fallen in Otago, especially along coastal areas of South Otago and Dunedin, the Otago Regional Council rainfall and river flow weekly report said.

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