Cyclone Gabrielle has wreaked havoc in Northland, Auckland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Tairāwhiti, and Hawke's Bay, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
The recent surge in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events is consistent with climate change predictions, as highlighted in a read worthy article by Rachel Brown, the chief executive and founder of the Sustainable Business Network, published on Stuff.
Furthermore, the impacts of these events have been compounded by the way land is used in the region, which has exacerbated the effects of extreme rainfall and wind (as illustrated in Figure 1 and 2) and discussed here.
Figure 1. William Pettie Bridge in Gisborne on 14th February 2023
Figure 2. Waikanae beach being cleaned up