Thousands in the Far North will remain cut off from the rest of the country until mid next week after a downpour washed away a chunk of State Highway 1.
An alpine rescue team reached the woman and her climbing partner just after midnight.
But it says restrictions weren't stopping the spread anyway.
Thousands of trees are down and the wind has collapsed sheds and damaged roofs.
Contractors have to visit every single house that's been affected.
MetService has issued a severe weather warning in many regions for Sunday.
The 78-year-old man was treated for a gunshot wound but died at the scene.
Craig Knowles' wife is in critical condition after a collision with a French national.
Locals won't be able to fish or gather seafood for the rest of January.
Farming groups are concerned about mental health problems as drought conditions in Taranaki mean farmers could lose up to 50 percent of their annual income.
Farmers have welcomed the Government's move, as it'll give them financial assistance.
Farmers Dan and Kathy Murphy lost their son and his friend in an all-terrain vehicle accident.
She allegedly told a mental health patient rather than being suicidal she was "just atrociously behaved".
Police say the driver and company are not responsible for the accident.
The Royal NZ Navy's support tanker will be decommissioned after 30 years of service.
A passenger has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.
The Department of Conservation says the freed deer carry health risks.