The storm has caused extensive damage in Wellington, with ripped up roads, toppled trees, damaged houses, crippled public transport and power cut to some 28,000 customers.
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Police have today executed search warrants at various locations in Auckland following an extensive investigation into alleged accumulation of criminally derived wealth by a senior member of the Head Hunters gang.
Stormy front expected to bring wind, rain, thunder and lightning to much of the country as it moves its way north.
Jennifer Lopez announced relief efforts to help hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Source: AP