"We've had so much rain in the last couple of week.. the water just had nowhere to go."
Photos reveal hailstones about 50mm long.
Metservice says there are more storms on the way for the North Island.
"The main prize is a Honda two-wheeler motorbike bike valued at $4500."
That's pushed the national average asking price up.
Those in the South Island will benefit the most.
Dr Mitchell Feller has been ordered to pay $56,000 for his involvement with Te Kiri Gold.
Police were called at 8.40am but the offender is still on the loose.
He has not been seen since Tuesday afternoon.
Don't let your guard down, more snow and thunderstorms are coming.
This weekend's Lotto draw has made a Taranaki gambler $1 million richer.
"We do not hesitate to investigate and hold our people to account where appropriate."
The superstar director is adamant farmers here could adapt.
The centre will explore emerging energy options such as hydrogen and solar.
He will be charged with drink driving.