Yes Les did all those things but we still got hammered in the 2005 Matata floods, even the locals who had lived here for generations had never seen it or heard of it happening before.
Now its Edgecumbes turn to flood, poor buggers streets piled high with everything soaked and contaminated with water from the sewerage. About 30 houses decimated the rest of the 600 homes are from flooded land to 1 1/2 metres up the walls.
As for the cyclones who would have thought we would get two of them within a week? Lucky for us they went past very quickly otherwise most of NZ would be in the chit
Most of our temps are still in the high teens so its mild for us so far. Still in shorts and tees and very rarely do i put on socks and shoes. mind you ive been in gum boots and leggings for the last week.
as for Easter shop openings it chaos over here, the government handed over that to the local councils to sort out last year you can imagine what its like. it was much easier when we were shut Good Friday and Monday. It used to be dont come to NZ on the weekend as were closed.
Anzac were closed to mid day.
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