A state of emergency has been declared for Wellington’s south coast.
A number of residents have been told to evacuate the area as heavy rain, large tides and strong winds hit the area. All residents living between numbers 53 and 194 Breaker Bay Rd have been told to leave their houses.
The state of emergency was declared by Wellington mayor Andy Foster on Tuesday ahead of a large high tide expected overnight.
Tide swells of up to 6m high are expected and present a significant risk to life and property. This is a similar situation to events that happened in April 2020 and in 2013.
Powerful waves, strong winds and snow have hit parts of the country, as a blast of Antarctic air pushes across Aotearoa.
Flights and ferries have been cancelled and schools were closed. The Desert Road remained closed early this afternoon, and snow warnings for the central North Island were set to remain in place until this evening.