Heavy rain and floods have hit the South Island.
The Met service have issued a number of warnings for South Island, especialy for the Canterbury region. On Sunday they issued a ‘code-red’ warning in place – its highest alert level.
Thousands of homes have been flooded, with the Ashburton River close to breaking its banks.
Over the weekend rescue crews have recovered multiple families trapped by floodwaters, while Timaru and Ashburton have declared a state of emergency for seven days.
In Christchurch, the Heathcote River in Christchurch has broken its banks and local authorities are warning that the next high tide will bring fresh flooding in the city.