Lucky escape for Auckland family after large tree crashes through roof of house during wild storm

A family has had a lucky escape after a tree crashed through the back of their house during strong winds and heavy rain in Auckland overnight.

Helen Porter said she "noticed some real gusts" but "never noticed the tree falling falling on top" of her neighbour's Whangaparoa home in Arkles Bay.

"[It was] only when I was out saying goodbye to someone did I see it and I was shocked," she said.

The pine tree was "all looked at" and deemed to be safe before the incident.

Ms Porter said no one was injured and her neighbour's "took it all in stride".

They will be staying with family while the home is repaired.

A Fire and Emergency NZ spokesperson told 1 NEWS they have been called out to several locations in regards to flooding and trees down on Auckland's North Shore.

The wild weather is moving south with flooding causing road closures in the Coromandel.

If you have footage or pictures of flooding it can be emailed to NewsViews@tvnz.co.nz or sent to us via our Facebook page.

A neighbour said the family was home at the time but no one was injured. Source: 1 NEWS



Pictures: Flooding from deluge of heavy rain cuts off Coromandel

Heavy rain has flooded roads in the Coromandel, effectively cutting it off and leaving travellers stranded.

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Police say they are urging motorists in the Coromandel to delay non-essential travel as heavy rain causes flooding in the area.

A number of roads, including State Highway 25, are affected.

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The flooding is expected to worsen this evening due to the high tide at 9pm.

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Police are advising people to delay their travel until tomorrow morning if possible, or drive with extreme caution and follow the direction of roading contractors and emergency services.

It comes as a heavy rain band moves over the country today and is currently sitting over Auckland and the Coromandel regions.

Furey's Creek at low tide. Source: Debbie Harvey

Metservice say the Coromandel Ranges have had persistent rain of 107.5mm recorded since 7pm last night.

Downed trees have also been reported with high wind gusts.

The NZ Transport Agency is asking motorists to stay up to date with road conditions between Opotiki and Gisborne (SH2).

If you have footage or pictures of flooding it can be emailed to NewsViews@tvnz.co.nz or sent to us via our Facebook page.

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'I'm not against free speech' - Phil Goff stands by decision to ban controversial speakers from council venues

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has defended not allowing controversial activists from speaking at Council venues, after a group raised $50,000 to begin legal action against Auckland Council for the decision. 

Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux had been banned from speaking at Auckland Council venues after intending to bring their tour to New Zealand. Ms Southern is an author and her views have been described as anti-Islam, anti-refugee, anti-feminist and borderline white nationalist, and Mr Molyneux is also an author and YouTuber, and he covers topics such as multiculturalism, anti-feminism and anarcho-capitalism.

Mr Goff said on TVNZ1's Q+A today the decision was "fully in line with Auckland's policy". 

"Our city has to be an inclusive city, we're hugely diverse.

"When Regional Facilities Auckland came to me and said, 'We've got this problem, these people want to use our facilities', they said they were concerned the speech that these two individuals were engaged in was deliberately provocative to some of our ethnic communities and our faith communities."

When asked by host Corin Dann if it was his right to make the call to not allow them to speak at Auckland Council venues, Mr Goff said: "It's my obligation first of all, to follow the advice that I get from Regional Facilities Auckland".

He said they told him it would be a security threat and that it was "probably inconsistent with the guidelines that we operate under, which is not to bring the council under disrepute". 

Mr Goff believed the communities were being "provoked and insulted by the sort of language these people are using". 

"I'm not against free speech. I simply made the call to agree with Regional Facilities Auckland that we should not be facilitating their use of our venues, and that's the right call."

When asked if he was happy to fight for the decision in court, Mr Goff said "absolutely, and we'll win". 

A crowd-sourced fund to begin legal action against Auckland Council reached its target of $50,000 in less than 24 hours, after two controversial Canadian speakers were banned from using council venues.

Mr Goff said he listened to the advice given to him, and the decision was "fully in line” with the council’s policies. Source: Q+A