In pictures: Extreme weather causing chaos across the country

Severe weather hits parts of Aotearoa on Thursday, with 10m waves around Wellington, flooding in Christchurch and glide at Mt Cook, South Canterbury, the East Coast and Coromandel. Visit our live blog for the latest updates.

The River Heathcote in flood at Beckenham, Christchurch.

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The River Heathcote in flood at Beckenham, Christchurch.

Strong winds and waves batter Lowry Bay in Eastbourne.

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Strong winds and waves batter Lowry Bay in Eastbourne.

The flooded River Avon in the center of Christchurch.

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The flooded River Avon in the center of Christchurch.

Waves crash into the road at Mahina Bay, Lower Hutt.

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Waves crash into the road at Mahina Bay, Lower Hutt.

Samuel Sales and his children Elias, 4, and Ezra, 1, watch the River Heathcote flood the homes of Eastern Tce in Beckenham.

Samuel Sales and his children Elias, 4, and Ezra, 1, watch the River Heathcote flood the homes of Eastern Tce in Beckenham.

Bad weather blocked roads in Lowry Bay, Eastbourne.

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Bad weather blocked roads in Lowry Bay, Eastbourne.

Significant surface flooding in southern Wairarapa near Martinborough.

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Significant surface flooding in southern Wairarapa near Martinborough.

A rainbow lifts the darkness in southern Wairarapa.

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A rainbow lifts the darkness in southern Wairarapa.

A catamaran ran aground on the road and breakwater at Lowry Bay, Lower Hutt.

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A catamaran ran aground on the road and breakwater at Lowry Bay, Lower Hutt.

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The flooded Heathcote River at St Martins, Christchurch.

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The flooded Heathcote River at St Martins, Christchurch.

Waves batter the shore at Owhiro Bay, Wellington.

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Waves batter the shore at Owhiro Bay, Wellington.

Surface flooding in Martinborough Square.

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Surface flooding in Martinborough Square.

Debris in a car park in Owhiro Bay, Wellington, after being inundated by large waves.

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Debris in a car park in Owhiro Bay, Wellington, after being inundated by large waves.

Flooding on Waimea Tce in Beckenham, Christchurch.

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Flooding on Waimea Tce in Beckenham, Christchurch.

The sea at York Bay, Lower Hutt.

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The sea at York Bay, Lower Hutt.

A large catamaran washed up by the waves on the road at Lowry Bay, Wellington.

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A large catamaran washed up by the waves on the road at Lowry Bay, Wellington.

A slide on Akatarawa Rd in Upper Hutt.

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A slide on Akatarawa Rd in Upper Hutt.

Flooding in the Taylor River Reserve outside Raupo, Blenheim.

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Flooding in the Taylor River Reserve outside Raupo, Blenheim.

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