Natural Disasters

Recent tests found the city's 103 below-ground wells don't meet the new standard, and must be upgraded.

New Plymouth residents continue to boil and save water after ex-Cyclone Gita

New Plymouth District Council say it will take about a week until they lift the boil water notice.

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It has been seven years since the Christchurch earthquake took 185 lives.

'Incredible things have happened amidst the rubble' - PM speaks of hope and optimism at Christchurch earthquake memorial

At 12.51pm, the same time the earthquake struck seven years ago, a minute's silence was observed.

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Six households were forced to evacuate on the Kapiti Coast overnight.

'Like an avalanche' - Paraparaumu resident describes the moment her house flooded

Six households were forced to evacuate and eleven streets were affected on the Kapiti Coast overnight.

They're demanding justice after a decision not to prosecute anyone for the collapse.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to attend Christchurch quake anniversary

The names of the 185 people who lost their lives in 2011 will be read out.

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The storm caused major slips on the Takaka Hill highway, the only road access in the area, which could take days to clear.

Thousands stranded in Golden Bay after ex-Cyclone Gita cuts access

The storm caused major slips on the Takaka Hill highway, the only road access in the area.

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Large slips and rockfalls are blocking State Highway 1 near Kaikoura, while the West Coast was also hit.

'I was really freaked out' – Gita leaves big mess in South Island

Large slips and rockfalls are blocking State Highway 1 near Kaikoura, while the West Coast was also hit.

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Mount Sinabung has shot billowing columns of ash more than 5000 metres into the atmosphere.

Watch: Immense mushroom cloud of ash towers into sky after Indonesian volcanic eruption

Mount Sinabung has shot billowing columns of ash more than 5000 metres into the air.

People walk down the centre of a street in the Roma neighbourhood after an earthquake shook Mexico City after a powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake has shaken south and central Mexico.

Helicopter assessing earthquake damage crashes in Mexico killing 13

Fifteen other people were injured when the military helicopter carrying officials when down.

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The cyclone is predicted to hit New Zealand next week.

Kiwis told to prepare for incoming Cyclone Gita

Weather forecasters still can't say how much of a lashing Cyclone Gita will give New Zealand.

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The storm also pounded Fiji's southernmost islands.

NZ pledges further $1.5 million to Pacific Islands Cyclone Gita relief

This announcement brings the total funding allocated for the New Zealand response to $2.25 million.

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Jane Foster said Oxfam is still waiting for contact to be re-established with two of Fiji's southern Lau islands, after the edge of Gita brushed them yesterday.

Where will Cyclone Gita hit NZ? '(That's) the million dollar question', says MetService

But meteorologist says expect higher humidity, and it will be "intense" - if- it arrives.

02:22
The warning comes from Fire and Emergency NZ.

Kiwis warned to expect more large scale blazes on anniversary of Port Hills fire

An upward trend in NZ temperatures has us "in a time of climatic upheaval".

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The Labour Minister said she had a sleepless night worrying about the safety of her parents in Tonga as the cyclone hit.

Watch: Tongan-born MP Jenny Salesa reduced to tears as she reveals sickening fear for Tongan parents trapped in Gita's path

The Labour Minister said she had a sleepless night worrying about the safety of her parents in Tonga as the cyclone hit.

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The culprit is a moist northeast flow with a slow-moving trough.

Floods in Bay of Plenty compounded by further deluge forecast today

Heavy rain is again forecast across the North Island, as the town of Opotiki remains under water.

'We tried to tell ourselves we were fine but we were not' - anxious account of Cyclone Gita's onslaught in Tonga

Virginie Dourlet spent a nerve-wracking night in the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa.

01:52
A US research ship spend five weeks carrying out scientific research.

Disaster planners set to benefit from research ship's seismic survey off New Zealand's East Coast

It's hoped the mapping will help understand the phenomenon of "slow slip" earthquakes.

Death toll after 6.4 magnitude Taiwan earthquake rises to 10

Rescuers are working to pull survivors from the buildings more than a day after a deadly shake.

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Two people have been killed and one person is missing in a landslide after heavy rains caused a river to overflow.

Aerial footage reveals devastation caused by deadly floods in Bolivia

Bolivian President Evo Morales issued a state of emergency in several regions.

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The large multi-storey building in Hualien, Taiwan, is one of many buildings destroyed by the quake.

Four dead, dozens of people unaccounted for after 6.4 magnitude Taiwan quake

The magnitude 6.4 quake caused at least four buildings in worst-hit Hualien county to cave in.

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The large multi-storey building in Hualien, Taiwan, is one of many buildings destroyed by the quake.

Watch: Taiwan military hospital tilts at insane angle following deadly 6.4 magnitude quake

The multi-storey building is one of many destroyed by the quake today in Taiwan's east.

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A 6.4 magnitude quake rocked a Taiwan town this morning, leaving at least two people dead.

Raw video: Child pulled from earthquake damaged building in dramatic rescue

A 6.4 magnitude quake rocked a Taiwan city this morning leaving at least two people dead.

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Emily Clarke and her friends live in Wellington, so have been through a few quakes, but 'this one was definitely bigger'.

Watch: Kiwi speaks of the moment powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake rocked Taiwan - 'We didn't really know what to do'

Emily Clarke and friends were staying at a hostel in an area just out of Hualien when the quake struck.

00:24
Paris authorities have closed the bottom floor of the Louvre Museum as a  precautionary measure.

Watch: Floodwaters threaten Paris, closing roads, tunnels and cellars

The bottom floor of the Louvre Museum has been closed as a precautionary measure.

01:52
The new report criticises the lack of government policy on how to deal with recovery.

'Get policies in place now' to recover from next big earthquake, think tank warns

The NZ Initiative report criticises a lack of governmental policy on how to deal with recovery.

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It comes in the wake of the Kaikoura earthquake and the Port Hills fire.

Expert would welcome overhaul of emergency response system

A review criticises Civil Defence and recommends a new agency to control national emergencies.

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It comes in the wake of the Kaikoura earthquake and the Port Hills fire.

New agency could control national emergencies after Civil Defence criticised

A new report recommends change following mistakes made during the Kaikoura earthquake and Port Hills fire.

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