Millions of dollars in damage has been caused by the storm, which rivalled the 1968 tempest that sent the Wahine ferry on to rocks in ferocity and destruction. Ferries, trains, planes and bus services were cancelled as emergency services responded to 1400 calls received during the eye of the storm, between 5pm Thursday and 2pm Friday. Disruptions continue today.
Chunks of road on the south coast were torn up as record 15-metre swells surged into Wellington harbour.
The ferry Kaitaki broke its moorings in the night.
Wind gusts of up to 200kmh uprooted trees, ripped roofs off houses, smashed windows and flung trampolines into powerlines in Wellington, Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa, closing roads and schools across the lower North Island.