Beachgoers in east Auckland today are being warned to take care after sharks are spotted offshore.
"They are actually scared of things that are bigger than themselves."
Every year around 700 people are rescued from rip currents on New Zealand beaches
"We don't want people getting sick at our beach."
People should avoid swimming for at least two days following downpours.
Border closures are expected to lead to a surge in Kiwis hitting the water.
Surf Lifesaving National Search and Rescue manager, Allan Mundy, joined The AM Show.
But it's being compared well to the weekend's road toll.
Life-saving clubs across the country are in dire need of renovations they can't afford.