A massive slip at the open pit of the Macraes Gold Mine in Otago cut off access to underground workers, mining company Oceana Gold says.
The company confirmed the slip occurred yesterday following heavy rain in the area. The mine site, which consists of an open pit, an underground mine and an adjacent processing plant, is located between Palmerston and Ranfurly.
With thunderstorms across the country for much of this week, we thought we'd get a guage on what our readers thought of the oft-misunderstood weather system while they're fresh in everyone's minds...
A southwesterly airflow lies over the country today, cloudy spells in the west of borth islands with the odd shower (especially this morning). Mainly dry conditions out east although Otago could see a few showers early this morning then again in the evening.
A west to southwest airflow lies over New Zealand tonight. Showers in the west of both islands ease this evening, conditions are mainly dry out east.
With some wet weather over the last week, some kiwis may be thinking about the season ahead - and whether it might be time to start some winter preparations!
: Bursts of heavy rain in the eastern Bay of Plenty's causing extensive flooding, slips and road closures.
MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Rotorua, Taupo, Gisborne, and Hawke's Bay.
The Whakatane District Council says a slip at West End in Ohope has brought a large tree down on an unoccupied house.
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What a week for New Zealand - with Ita the word on everyone's lips this week, although there have been some different interpretations on how exactly it's pronounced!
People around Christchurch are being advised to watch out for potholes, debris and surface water following yesterday's extreme weather.
Ex-tropical cyclone Ita caused flooding, land slips, road blockages and power outages around the city.
The man road to Akaroa from Little River also remains impassable due to slips.