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When the rains came …

March 17, 2015

Waipangu Falls Maori rock carvings, lake Taupo

We arrived in Napier just before the rains came, or cyclone Pam to be more precise.

The rain started around 8p.m.  on Sunday and continued relentlessly from 10p.m. that evening until about 10p.m. the following day.

We ventured out twice to visit different parts of the art deco city. The rains were a challenge for our waterproofs and Ian was not able to take any photographs as his camera does not like getting wet.

However it did mean that we were able to see the Waipangu falls in full flow on our way to Taupo today, and I was inspired to complete the following poem about the two sets of extreme rainfall that we have experienced so far in New Zealand.

‘When the rains came …’

… in the South (Island)

the Alps became a giant sieve.

Water gushed from above, below,

either side, across the road.

A year’s rainfall thundered

through gorges and gulleys,

swirled into the Tasman Sea,

crashed ashore with wood, stone and bone.

… in the North (Island)

cyclone Pam sluiced the streets

with wave after wae guzzled

by a maze of zigzag gutters.

Drains splattered and spluttered

like the hot springs and mud pools

of Taupo and Rotorua

spewing geysers of raw sewage.

Keeping to the watery theme we booked a boat trip to the modern Maori rock carvings at Lake Taupo this afternoon.

All was well until the south-westerly winds blew up, creating white horses and lots of swell for the boat to rock and roll through as the skipper put it.

The weather certainly challenged my constitution again but the trip was well worth it.


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