I hope everyone in Wellington, and other places affected by
last night’s the ongoing storms, gets through it all OK. The reports of violent wind, high seas, power outages, heavy snowfalls and general chaos, certainly made for lively reading. (I got my share in the North Otago floods earlier in the week – picked the wrong day to dry and drive from Christchurch to Dunedin.) All this on top of the summer drought.
Along with the rest of the world, New Zealand is entering a new phase: Extreme weather ‘the new normal’. Like earthquakes, extreme weather can’t be exactly predicted or ever controlled, but planning ahead, being prepared, can help us to adapt and cope. As a country, as regions, as communities, as individuals – we should be getting ready.