Watch: Terrifying footage shows mass of logs carried by raging torrent of mud during Cyclone Gita

Incredible footage has emerged from the Tasman Region during Cyclone Gita, where a raging river of mud carrying logs and debris was filmed flowing down a road.

The video was posted online by Diana Wood and was taken in the Woodstock Valley area near Motueka on Tuesday.

The area recorded extreme rainfall during Cyclone Gita on Tuesday, with significant damage being done to many properties and roads.

Tasman District Council's measurements indicate about 170mm of rain fell in the Woodstock valley on Tuesday.

Houses evacuated on Kapiti Coast due to severe flooding

Six houses were evacuated in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast early this morning, when heavy rain and the high tide caused severe flooding.

Since 2.30am there have been more than a dozen callouts to flooding in the Paraparaumu beach/Raumati South area.  

Eleven streets around Paraparaumu Beach and Raumati South are still affected, with some closures in place.

Fire and Emergency Assistant Area Commander Gareth Hughes says six properties have been evacuated as a precaution, and the affected residents have gone to stay with friends or relatives.  

Kapiti Coast District Council is understood to be setting up an evacuation centre for those who need it as more heavy rain is expected to fall before 8:00am.


'It's just amazing' – K Road restaurant helping feed Auckland's homeless

Volunteers from the company Everybody Eats are using food that usually goes to the landfill to feed the homeless in central Auckland.

Every Monday, Gemmayze Street Restaurant lets diners pay what they feel for a three-course meal.

"The idea is that everybody can come," says Everybody Eats founder Nicholas Loosley.

"We don't ask questions of who is coming, any culture, any age, any socio-economic background, it doesn't matter."

Volunteers who cook and serve bring to life rescued food that would normally be sent to landfill and they give it to those in need.

"From the food rescuing to feeding people in need - it's just amazing. They are doing a great job," says volunteer Yael Shochat.

The volunteers say the restaurant's initiative is about giving everyone an opportunity to eat at a restaurant without the stigma of being unable to pay for a night out.

"It’s sad to me to see tangata whenua on the streets and to be under-privileged and marginalised," says volunteer Aroha Jensen.

"But I am happy that they are able to come here and feel comfortable and able to eat a three-course meal."

Everybody Eat covers its costs with donations of up to $1000 per week and a pay-as-you-feel concept.

The company is hoping to expand the concept with another cafe and restaurant that feed the masses every day.

Everybody Eats is using food that would be heading for the landfill to help feed those going hungry. Source: Te Karere