John Key was right, Wellington is stuffed

Looks like John Key was right about Wellington. It is pretty stuffed today.


Many schools across Wellington are closing amid safety concerns as a wicked storm continues to smash the region.

The storm that rolled up the country yesterday – blanketing parts of the South Island in near-record levels of snow – smashed the lower North Island overnight. Emergency operation centres in Christchurch and Auckland were diverted to deal with Wellington’s woes.  

At its peak, winds gusting up to 200kmh damaged buildings and tore trees from the ground. Lashing rain caused surface flooding and, at times, up to 30,000 residents were without power. Conditions were so treacherous that some council and power companies stopped their workers from carrying out repairs.

This morning, the weather continues to play havoc with transport links around the Wellington region, with train, ferry, air and bus travel all hit. Dozens of mainly primary schools have closed for the day. Power remains out for up to 28,000 households.

The rail line between Petone and Wellington is closed – so train services between the Hutt Valley and Wellington have been cancelled until further notice. The line between Waikanae and Paekakariki is also closed, with signal problems likely to cause delays between Porirua and Wellington.

How’s that public transport working out for ya?

All school bus routes have been cancelled this morning, a NZ Bus spokeswoman said. Commuter buses are not travelling into Eastbourne or Wellington’s south coast and, with Wellington’s trolley bus network hit by power cuts, serious delays are expected.

All ferries and flights to and from Wellington are cancelled. The Interislander ferry Kaitaki remained sheltering in Wellington Harbour this morning, after breaking its moorings last night.

Wellington Region Civil Defence controller Bruce Pepperell said all highways in the region were open – but conditions were still marginal and extreme care would be needed by motorists.

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