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New Zealand lashed by storms
South Island hit by heavy snow and winds, with record waves off coast.
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2013 14:19
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A winter storm bearing powerful winds disrupted air traffic across New Zealand and cut power to thousands of homes, forced schools to close and generated record-sized waves.

The capital, Wellington, was blasted on Friday with winds of more than 80 miles an hour. The gusts disrupted bus, rail and road transportation, brought down trees and power lines and ripped tiles from suburban roofs. About 28,000 homes in Wellington lost power.

Ocean waves measuring almost 15 metres were recorded near Wellington by New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research - the largest it had recorded near the capital since it began taking measurements in 1995.

The waves washed away parts of some coastal roads and seawalls. The storm also brought heavy snow to some parts of the South Island.

National carrier Air New Zealand canceled all Wellington flights at the height of the storm, and flights from Christchurch and Queenstown were also canceled or delayed. Forecasters expected conditions to improve over the weekend.


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Heavy snow and strong winds have battered New Zealand.


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The severe weather also affected parts of the South Island that are still recovering from flooding after another storm struck a few days ago.


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Up to 1.5 metres of snow fell in the mountainous regions of the South Island.


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In the last 24 hours, another 30mm of rain, sleet and snow has fallen in Christchurch, which is half the monthly average. This could be the city's wettest June on record.


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As snow blanketed the South Island, the North Island was battered by strong winds.


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The city of Wellington, notorious for its strong winds, saw gusts of windy up to 200kph on Mount Kaukau.


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The strong winds forced many flights to be cancelled and left thousands of people without power.


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The strong winds whipped up the waves, which inundated many seafront homes.


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The winds are now easing, but the weather is expected to stay bitterly cold over the next few days.



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Heavy snow and strong winds have battered New Zealand.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371808112474?image_id=06cR8rh1Xkd7WGetty ImagesAl Jazeera Upload Images

Heavy snow and strong winds have battered New Zealand.

Winter storm hits New Zealand
Flooded fields covered in snowhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371808112474?image_id=07ksa2Y37w4xh

The severe weather also affected parts of the South Island that are still recovering from flooding after another storm struck a few days ago.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:42:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371808112474?image_id=07ksa2Y37w4xhGetty ImagesGetty ImagesAl Jazeera Upload Images

The severe weather also affected parts of the South Island that are still recovering from flooding after another storm struck a few days ago.

Flooded fields covered in snow
Smiles in the snowhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371808112474?image_id=0bep0q1ffkbYG

Up to 1.5 metres of snow fell in the mountainous regions of the South Island.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:42:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371808112474?image_id=0bep0q1ffkbYGGetty ImagesGetty ImagesAl Jazeera Upload Images

Up to 1.5 metres of snow fell in the mountainous regions of the South Island.

Smiles in the snow
The snow surprised the wildlifehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371808112474?image_id=07wSaHwcSId4V

In the last 24 hours, another 30mm of rain, sleet and snow has fallen in Christchurch, which is half the monthly average. This could be the city's wettest June on record.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371808112474?image_id=07wSaHwcSId4VGetty ImagesAl Jazeera Upload Images

In the last 24 hours, another 30mm of rain, sleet and snow has fallen in Christchurch, which is half the monthly average. This could be the city's wettest June on record.

The snow surprised the wildlife
I hope no one was spending a penny...http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371808112474?image_id=034H28Q99k1zQ

As snow blanketed the South Island, the North Island was battered by strong winds.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:43:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371808112474?image_id=034H28Q99k1zQGetty ImagesGetty ImagesAl Jazeera Upload Images

As snow blanketed the South Island, the North Island was battered by strong winds.

I hope no one was spending a penny...
Windy Wellingtonhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371808112474?image_id=01982Ss7m4e6Q

The city of Wellington, notorious for its strong winds, saw gusts of windy up to 200kph on Mount Kaukau.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371808112474?image_id=01982Ss7m4e6QGetty ImagesAl Jazeera Upload Images

The city of Wellington, notorious for its strong winds, saw gusts of windy up to 200kph on Mount Kaukau.

Windy Wellington
Waiting for the wild weather to passhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371808112474?image_id=0ga59Kz9Cy4on

The strong winds forced many flights to be cancelled and left thousands of people without power.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:42:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371808112474?image_id=0ga59Kz9Cy4onGetty ImagesGetty ImagesAl Jazeera Upload Images

The strong winds forced many flights to be cancelled and left thousands of people without power.

Waiting for the wild weather to pass
An angry seahttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371808112474?image_id=02wa0oR3rRdys

The strong winds whipped up the waves, which inundated many seafront homes.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371808112474?image_id=02wa0oR3rRdysGetty ImagesAl Jazeera Upload Images

The strong winds whipped up the waves, which inundated many seafront homes.

An angry sea
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The winds are now easing, but the weather is expected to stay bitterly cold over the next few days.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:42:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371808112474?image_id=08YN2hN4SR3tEGetty ImagesGetty ImagesAl Jazeera Upload Images

The winds are now easing, but the weather is expected to stay bitterly cold over the next few days.

Better take the day off


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