However, we also experienced a superstorm in August which saw seawater inundating the beachfront and harbour. For a dew days we spent time sandbagging both.
Whitianga during this stage of the storm was without power so we had the BBQ going non stop and were feeding volunteers as well as our own troops.
The following two images were taken during a dry patch of rain, the outdoor kitchen in full swing. A few hours earlier and the floodwaters were knee deep.