Seems strange to have major storms halfway through Summer doesn't it? We've spent the last 2 days with torrential rain and wind. Some areas around NZ were flooded but we were pretty fortunate here.
2 days ago my oldest son travelled down with a friend and visited us, I don't see him nearly enough so it was lovely while he was here. We took them both out yesterday for a drive and stopped at Mount Maunganui beach - my phone camera was very shaky due to the howling wind and there were other people having a look at the waves included a kite surfer who gave up after being pushed around for a while.
This morning they went back up north again so I took the opportunity to record again how much calmer the weather was. According to news stories various birds such as penguins have been washed up in the king tide so hopefully they will be able to make their way out to sea again.