An intense low pressure weather system has wrecked havoc over the north island.
The band of wind and heavy rain is now moving south. However, a heavy rain warning is still in place for the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and the Hawkes Bay.
At the time of writing around forty thousand people are still without power in the Auckland region after the storm left a trail of destruction.
Emergency services in Auckland city attended more than 600 calls after midnight, as the city’s streets were littered with debris.
One child was taken to hospital with minor injuries after a tree smashed through a roof in Manly, Whangaparaoa.
In Blenheim a 12-year-old girl was swept away by floodwaters on her way to school, saved only by the quick thinking of two passers-by.
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