Record rainfall across New Zealand after country battered by wild weather

It has been the wettest start to a year on record for several locations around New Zealand, an unsurprising statistic after the recent wild weather that has hit the country. 

NIWA reported from January 1 to April 17, 2017, Kaitaia, Auckland, Whatawhata, Hamilton, Rotorua, Lower Retaruke and Waipawa in the North Island and Arapito in the South Island have recorded their wettest start to a year on record. 

Last year, New Zealand had one of the hottest starts to the year. 

The country has been pummeled with the remnants of cyclones Debbie and Cook, as well as the Tasman Tempest which has contributed to the high rain records.