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ExtremeMay 2005 Bay of Plenty and Waikato Flooding ( 2005-05-18 )

Phenomenal, unprecented high rainfall affected the Bay of Plenty especially in the Tauranga and Matata areas. Landslides and flooding caused much damage to buildings and property. Matata was hit by devastating debris flows.

Waikato

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waikato
Comments:

CommentThere was very high intensity rainfall across the Coromandel Peninsula on the 18th and 19th of May which caused localised flooding. The rainfall was mostly coastal.

Physical CharacteristicIt was thought that hourly intensities were greater than 100 mm (10.0 cm) an hour at Hikuai, Pauanui, Whangamata and Opoutere.

CasualtiesEight people were killed in a bus/truck crash in the Waikato during heavy rain on the 18th.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Affected LifelineKopu-Hikuai Road was closed for a short period.

Affected LifelineEastern areas of Coromandel Peninsula were cut off and roads were rendered impassable.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Castle Rock
Map Location: -36.80316 175.561988
Comments:

Peak RainfallCastle Rock recorded 78mm (7.8 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Golden Cross
Map Location: -37.340305 175.774554
Comments:

Peak RainfallGolden Cross recorded 148 mm (14.8 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Hikuai
Map Location: -37.070762 175.773609
Comments:

Peak RainfallHikuai recorded 300 mm (30.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours (which has a 30 year return period).

Physical CharacteristicHikuai recorded 900 mm (90.0 cm) of rain in 72 hours (which has a return period of over 150 years).

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Tangitarori Stream culvert on Hikuai Settlement Road completely blew out, leaving the road impassable for almost 24 hours.

Affected LifelineHikuai Stream overflowed its banks destroying fences and blocking SH25.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Pauanui
Map Location: -37.013103 175.860741
Comments:

Peak RainfallPauanui recorded 138 mm (13.8 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at The Pinnacles
Map Location: -37.047261 175.721518
Comments:

Peak RainfallThe Pinnacles recorded 220 mm (22.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Whangamata
Map Location: -37.209197 175.878206
Comments:

Peak RainfallWhangamata recorded 278 mm (27.8 cm) of rain in 24 hours (which has a 50 year return period).

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactWaikiekie Stream in Whangamata overflowed its banks and inundated about five homes.

ImpactWentworth River overflowed its banks and inundated properties.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Whitianga
Map Location: -36.834317 175.692086
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWhitianga recorded 260 mm (26.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours (which has a 50 year return period).

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Affected LifelineTe Weite Stream near Whitianga blocked SH25 twice in two days.

Bay of Plenty

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Bay of Plenty
Duration:   2  days - Phenomenal, unprecented high rainfall affected the Bay of Plenty on the 18th and 19th of May especially in the Tauranga and Matata areas.
Comments:

CauseA shallow low brought warm, moist, unstable air down onto the Bay of Plenty. Convergence zones within the airstream produced high hourly rainfall intensities. One stalled over Tauranga for a time. It was likely that another convergence zone produced the downpour in hills above Matata that night. A high-pressure system to the south of the country was blocking the low from moving.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Comments:

Property Damage156 homes were uninhabitable after the floods and landslides.

Affected LifelineState Highway 2 was closed.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentFlooding was localised and was generally surface flooding.

CommentIt was estimated that 1 in 5 of the flood victims had no insurance cover.

ImpactThere was surface flooding at Pongakawa, Awakaponga and the Rangitaiki Plains.

ImpactChildren were trapped in schools and one family was trapped on a house roof.

Damage CostThe cost of damage was estimated at $40-$50 million ($45,626,000-$57,033,000 2010 dollars).

Insurance PaymentThe total insurance payout was $30 million ($34,220,000 2010 dollars).

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Awakaponga
Map Location: -37.929526 176.739805
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAwakaponga recorded 94.5 mm (9.45 cm) of rain in one hour (which has over a 150 year return period.

Physical CharacteristicAwakaponga recorded 150 mm (15.0 cm) of rain.

FloodingFlooding at Edgecumbe
Map Location: -37.97688 176.97688
Comments:

ImpactThere was some flooding in Edgecumbe.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Matata
Map Location: -37.890434 176.75457
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMore than 300 mm (30.0 cm) of rain hit Matata in 24 hours.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactA torrential downpour in the hills in the catchment above Matata, turned small streams into raging torrents and swept down carrying logs, huge boulders and river silt. The heavy rain triggered many landslips, leading to large debris flows, with associated flooding which caused much destruction. The intense rainfall fell in a narrow band only a few kilometres wide which passed across the catchment to the south of Matata from near the mouth of Ohinekoao Stream to Awakapongo.

CommentRainfall was approximately a 500 year recurrance event, and the associated debris flows may have the same recurrance interval. Historical records indicate that smaller events have occurred in the area since 1860.

Declared EmergencyA state of emergency was declared in small township of Matata near Whakatane due to serious flooding.

ImpactDebris flows wiped out houses, roads and a wild life reserve and littered the town with silt and natural and manmade debris.

Property DamageHouses and vehicles were buried under up to five metres of silt and 14 cars were left bobbing in the lagoon. Two houses and eight to nine caravans from the campng ground were swept out to sea. Three houses were pushed off their foundations, garages were wrecked and acres of land was buried by silt.

Evacuees538 people were evacuated from Matata. People were evacuated to Whakatane.

Property DamageA number of houses were underwater or hit by mudslides. Debris flows caused the destruction of 27 homes and damage to 87 properties. Owners of 31 Matata properties were told that their homes would not be rebuilt.

ImpactAn estimated 700,000 cubic metres of debris, ranging from silt to large boulders and trees, was deposited in and around Matata and the Matata lagoon.

Affected LifelineThere was extensive damage to local roads. Parts of roads and two bridges across State Highway 2 were washed away. State Highway 2 to the west and east of Matata was closed.

Affected LifelineThere was significant damage to the railway line at a number of points in and around Matata and the line was closed.

ImpactRural land was flooded.

Affected LifelineThere was disruption and damage to water and electricity supplies. There was damage to storm water and septic tank sewerage disposal systems.

Damage CostThe wildlife refuge with two lagoons bordering the beach was severely damaged. Debris filled 60 percent of the two lagoons with silt, boulders, logs and household items, including cars. The Department of Conservation estimated the cost of restoring the west lagoon at $800,000 ($912,500 2010 dollars).

ImpactDebris flows were the direct consequences of landslips triggered by exceptionally heavy rains. Debris flows caused the damage to Matata in the vicinity of Awataraiki and Waitepuru Streams. Boulders up to seven metres in diameter were moved by Awatarariki Stream debris flows. Debris floods damaged property in the vicinity of Waimea Stream. The Ohinekoao Stream debris flow reached State Highway 2.

LandslideLandslide at Mount Maunganui
Map Location: -37.64237 176.195739
Comments:

Affected LifelineFour slips around the base of Mount Maunganui closed the walking track and broke a major water main.

FloodingFlooding at Papamoa
Map Location: -37.729121 176.298417
Comments:

EvacueesOver 40 houses in Papamoa were evacuated.

EvacueesThe army evacuated a motor camp in Papamoa, with up to 100 residents affected.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Pongakawa
Map Location: -37.836835 176.475191
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicPongakawa recorded 170 mm (17.0 cm) of rain.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Tauranga
Map Location: -37.679532 176.173022
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTauranga airport recorded 217 mm (21.7 cm) of rain in 12 hours (which has a 150 year return period).

Physical CharacteristicTauranga airport recorded 133 mm (13.3 cm) of rain in three hours (which has over a 150 year return period).

Physical CharacteristicTauranga Airport recorded 346.8 mm (34.68 cm) of rain in two days.

Physical CharacteristicUp to the 20th May Tauranga have received 557 mm (55.7 cm) of rain.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Comments:

Declared EmergencyA state of emergency was declared in Tauranga.

Evacuees63 people mainly elderly were evacuated from Otumoetai.

ImpactNumerous vehicles were stranded in Welcome Bay.

ImpactSchools were closed.

Evacuees400 people were evacuated from Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Papamoa and and by October 82 households were still living in temporary accomodation.

Insurance ClaimBy October 2005 more than 2000 insurance claims had been made and 625 accepted by the Earthquake Commission.

Property DamageSeveral city houses were destroyed mudslides and floodwaters. The downpour caused widespread damage to homes at Pillans Point, Otumoetai, Welcome Bay and Mt Maunganui. The worst hit suburbs were Otumoetai (flooding and slips in streets including Vale St, Landscape Rd, Himewa Rd, Whittaker St and Pillans Rd) and Welcome Bay (Estuary View Rd, Corinna St and Dingadee St).

Property DamageThe disaster affected 789 properties. In the aftermath of the disaster, the council carried out inspections of 1067 homes and properties. 39 houses were deemed total losses and 12 had already been demolished or transported to other sites.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactPolice, Fire, Army and other emergency services were stretched to the limit due to heavy rain and flooding.

CommentIt was the fourth time in five years that the area was hit by severe flooding.

Affected LifelineFloodwaters damaged roads and railway lines near Mt Maunganui and Welcome Bay.

Affected LifelineThe airport was closed by flooding.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Property DamageLandslides threatened several homes and massive slips caused houses to collapse. Houses in Shelley Street, Landscape Road, Vale Street and Whittaker Street were badly affected.

Affected LifelineSlips covered railway lines and disrupted rail traffic.

CommentA report found that the primary cause of the slips was "overland flow due to the extreme rain event".

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Te Puke
Map Location: -37.779011 176.33425
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTe Puke recorded 187 mm (18.7 cm) of rain.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Whakatane
Map Location: -37.967356 176.992417
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWhakatane airport recorded 127 mm (12.7 cm) of rain.

References

Daily Post (Rotorua) Flood hit town's residents face huge rates hike 08/12/05
Picture: Matata was devastated by the May flood
Earthquake Commission
Environment Waikato Flood Document (CD)
Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences limited , The 18 May 2005 Debris - flow Disaster at Matata
Insurance Councils, The Cost of Weather Loses, Claims history (Updated 2004)
Major weather events in New Zealand, FLOODS and HIGH RAINFALL, Floods to 30 Sep 2005
Matata Business Case
Meteorological Society of New Zealand (Inc.) Newsletter 101, June 2005.
Meteorological Society Of New Zealand (Inc.) September 2006 Report.
Headline: Flood victims told they can never go home.
New Zealand Herald, Juliet Rowan, 13 July 2005. Picture: Heavy overnight rain brought more chaos for Paul's Beach home, which was moved off its foundations in May's flood Alan Gibson
Headline: Matata: The perfect disaster.
New Zealand Herald, Juliet Rowan, 18 June 2005 Picture: Wayne Maloney calculates that this stream went from 10cm to 10m deep in 30 seconfs Alan Gibson
Headline: Matata: Flood-hit town gets $3m from Government for rebuilding.
New Zealand Herald, Juliet Rowan, 20 December 2005.
NZ Met Service. (2008). Meteorology of Extreme Rainfalls in New Zealand (Mark Pascoe, Ed.).
Headline: Slips cause houses to collapse.
TVNZ, 18 May 2005.
Headline: Flood-hit properties to be recorded.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 04 October 2005.
Headline: State of emergency in Tauranga.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 18 May 2005.
Headline: Heartbreak as landslide reduces new home to pile of rubble.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 19 May 2005.
Headline: Hundreds of people evacuated as more downpours forecast.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 19 May 2005.
Headline: More evacuations in flood ravaged Bay of Plenty.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 19 May 2005.
Headline: Rescuers' relentless fight against deluge.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 19 May 2005.
Headline: My home floated down the street.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 20 May 2005.
Headline: Flood hit town "will never be the same".
www.nzherald.co.nz, 21 November 2005.
Headline: Bay of Plenty Flood - Flood's litany of destruction and expense.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 24 May 2005.
Headline: Flood hits many without insurance.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 27 May 2005.
Headline: Tauranga stormwater upgrade to cost $52 m.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Juliet Rowan, 12 October 2005,
Headline: Bay of Plenty residents bracing themselves for more rain.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 21 May 2005.
Headline: More rain for flood-ravaged BOP.
www.stuff.co.nz, 19 May 2005. Bay of Plenty : many pictures included
Headline: Owner flees as bank collapses.
www.stuff.co.nz, 19 May 2005.
www.thunderstorm.co.nz
Folder: O:\RRMG052\RawData\Photos 2 file\www.thunderstorm.co.nz - 12 Photos of BOP flooding (taken on 21/05/2005)

ExtremeMay 2005 Bay of Plenty and Waikato Flooding ( 2005-05-18 )

Phenomenal, unprecented high rainfall affected the Bay of Plenty especially in the Tauranga and Matata areas. Landslides and flooding caused much damage to buildings and property. Matata was hit by devastating debris flows.

Waikato

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waikato
Comments:

CommentThere was very high intensity rainfall across the Coromandel Peninsula on the 18th and 19th of May which caused localised flooding. The rainfall was mostly coastal.

Physical CharacteristicIt was thought that hourly intensities were greater than 100 mm (10.0 cm) an hour at Hikuai, Pauanui, Whangamata and Opoutere.

CasualtiesEight people were killed in a bus/truck crash in the Waikato during heavy rain on the 18th.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Affected LifelineKopu-Hikuai Road was closed for a short period.

Affected LifelineEastern areas of Coromandel Peninsula were cut off and roads were rendered impassable.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Castle Rock
Map Location: -36.80316 175.561988
Comments:

Peak RainfallCastle Rock recorded 78mm (7.8 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Golden Cross
Map Location: -37.340305 175.774554
Comments:

Peak RainfallGolden Cross recorded 148 mm (14.8 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Hikuai
Map Location: -37.070762 175.773609
Comments:

Peak RainfallHikuai recorded 300 mm (30.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours (which has a 30 year return period).

Physical CharacteristicHikuai recorded 900 mm (90.0 cm) of rain in 72 hours (which has a return period of over 150 years).

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Tangitarori Stream culvert on Hikuai Settlement Road completely blew out, leaving the road impassable for almost 24 hours.

Affected LifelineHikuai Stream overflowed its banks destroying fences and blocking SH25.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Pauanui
Map Location: -37.013103 175.860741
Comments:

Peak RainfallPauanui recorded 138 mm (13.8 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at The Pinnacles
Map Location: -37.047261 175.721518
Comments:

Peak RainfallThe Pinnacles recorded 220 mm (22.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Whangamata
Map Location: -37.209197 175.878206
Comments:

Peak RainfallWhangamata recorded 278 mm (27.8 cm) of rain in 24 hours (which has a 50 year return period).

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactWaikiekie Stream in Whangamata overflowed its banks and inundated about five homes.

ImpactWentworth River overflowed its banks and inundated properties.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Whitianga
Map Location: -36.834317 175.692086
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWhitianga recorded 260 mm (26.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours (which has a 50 year return period).

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

Affected LifelineTe Weite Stream near Whitianga blocked SH25 twice in two days.

Bay of Plenty

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Bay of Plenty
Duration:   2  days - Phenomenal, unprecented high rainfall affected the Bay of Plenty on the 18th and 19th of May especially in the Tauranga and Matata areas.
Comments:

CauseA shallow low brought warm, moist, unstable air down onto the Bay of Plenty. Convergence zones within the airstream produced high hourly rainfall intensities. One stalled over Tauranga for a time. It was likely that another convergence zone produced the downpour in hills above Matata that night. A high-pressure system to the south of the country was blocking the low from moving.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Comments:

Property Damage156 homes were uninhabitable after the floods and landslides.

Affected LifelineState Highway 2 was closed.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentFlooding was localised and was generally surface flooding.

CommentIt was estimated that 1 in 5 of the flood victims had no insurance cover.

ImpactThere was surface flooding at Pongakawa, Awakaponga and the Rangitaiki Plains.

ImpactChildren were trapped in schools and one family was trapped on a house roof.

Damage CostThe cost of damage was estimated at $40-$50 million ($45,626,000-$57,033,000 2010 dollars).

Insurance PaymentThe total insurance payout was $30 million ($34,220,000 2010 dollars).

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Awakaponga
Map Location: -37.929526 176.739805
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAwakaponga recorded 94.5 mm (9.45 cm) of rain in one hour (which has over a 150 year return period.

Physical CharacteristicAwakaponga recorded 150 mm (15.0 cm) of rain.

FloodingFlooding at Edgecumbe
Map Location: -37.97688 176.97688
Comments:

ImpactThere was some flooding in Edgecumbe.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Matata
Map Location: -37.890434 176.75457
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMore than 300 mm (30.0 cm) of rain hit Matata in 24 hours.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactA torrential downpour in the hills in the catchment above Matata, turned small streams into raging torrents and swept down carrying logs, huge boulders and river silt. The heavy rain triggered many landslips, leading to large debris flows, with associated flooding which caused much destruction. The intense rainfall fell in a narrow band only a few kilometres wide which passed across the catchment to the south of Matata from near the mouth of Ohinekoao Stream to Awakapongo.

CommentRainfall was approximately a 500 year recurrance event, and the associated debris flows may have the same recurrance interval. Historical records indicate that smaller events have occurred in the area since 1860.

Declared EmergencyA state of emergency was declared in small township of Matata near Whakatane due to serious flooding.

ImpactDebris flows wiped out houses, roads and a wild life reserve and littered the town with silt and natural and manmade debris.

Property DamageHouses and vehicles were buried under up to five metres of silt and 14 cars were left bobbing in the lagoon. Two houses and eight to nine caravans from the campng ground were swept out to sea. Three houses were pushed off their foundations, garages were wrecked and acres of land was buried by silt.

Evacuees538 people were evacuated from Matata. People were evacuated to Whakatane.

Property DamageA number of houses were underwater or hit by mudslides. Debris flows caused the destruction of 27 homes and damage to 87 properties. Owners of 31 Matata properties were told that their homes would not be rebuilt.

ImpactAn estimated 700,000 cubic metres of debris, ranging from silt to large boulders and trees, was deposited in and around Matata and the Matata lagoon.

Affected LifelineThere was extensive damage to local roads. Parts of roads and two bridges across State Highway 2 were washed away. State Highway 2 to the west and east of Matata was closed.

Affected LifelineThere was significant damage to the railway line at a number of points in and around Matata and the line was closed.

ImpactRural land was flooded.

Affected LifelineThere was disruption and damage to water and electricity supplies. There was damage to storm water and septic tank sewerage disposal systems.

Damage CostThe wildlife refuge with two lagoons bordering the beach was severely damaged. Debris filled 60 percent of the two lagoons with silt, boulders, logs and household items, including cars. The Department of Conservation estimated the cost of restoring the west lagoon at $800,000 ($912,500 2010 dollars).

ImpactDebris flows were the direct consequences of landslips triggered by exceptionally heavy rains. Debris flows caused the damage to Matata in the vicinity of Awataraiki and Waitepuru Streams. Boulders up to seven metres in diameter were moved by Awatarariki Stream debris flows. Debris floods damaged property in the vicinity of Waimea Stream. The Ohinekoao Stream debris flow reached State Highway 2.

LandslideLandslide at Mount Maunganui
Map Location: -37.64237 176.195739
Comments:

Affected LifelineFour slips around the base of Mount Maunganui closed the walking track and broke a major water main.

FloodingFlooding at Papamoa
Map Location: -37.729121 176.298417
Comments:

EvacueesOver 40 houses in Papamoa were evacuated.

EvacueesThe army evacuated a motor camp in Papamoa, with up to 100 residents affected.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Pongakawa
Map Location: -37.836835 176.475191
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicPongakawa recorded 170 mm (17.0 cm) of rain.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Tauranga
Map Location: -37.679532 176.173022
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTauranga airport recorded 217 mm (21.7 cm) of rain in 12 hours (which has a 150 year return period).

Physical CharacteristicTauranga airport recorded 133 mm (13.3 cm) of rain in three hours (which has over a 150 year return period).

Physical CharacteristicTauranga Airport recorded 346.8 mm (34.68 cm) of rain in two days.

Physical CharacteristicUp to the 20th May Tauranga have received 557 mm (55.7 cm) of rain.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Comments:

Declared EmergencyA state of emergency was declared in Tauranga.

Evacuees63 people mainly elderly were evacuated from Otumoetai.

ImpactNumerous vehicles were stranded in Welcome Bay.

ImpactSchools were closed.

Evacuees400 people were evacuated from Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Papamoa and and by October 82 households were still living in temporary accomodation.

Insurance ClaimBy October 2005 more than 2000 insurance claims had been made and 625 accepted by the Earthquake Commission.

Property DamageSeveral city houses were destroyed mudslides and floodwaters. The downpour caused widespread damage to homes at Pillans Point, Otumoetai, Welcome Bay and Mt Maunganui. The worst hit suburbs were Otumoetai (flooding and slips in streets including Vale St, Landscape Rd, Himewa Rd, Whittaker St and Pillans Rd) and Welcome Bay (Estuary View Rd, Corinna St and Dingadee St).

Property DamageThe disaster affected 789 properties. In the aftermath of the disaster, the council carried out inspections of 1067 homes and properties. 39 houses were deemed total losses and 12 had already been demolished or transported to other sites.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactPolice, Fire, Army and other emergency services were stretched to the limit due to heavy rain and flooding.

CommentIt was the fourth time in five years that the area was hit by severe flooding.

Affected LifelineFloodwaters damaged roads and railway lines near Mt Maunganui and Welcome Bay.

Affected LifelineThe airport was closed by flooding.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Property DamageLandslides threatened several homes and massive slips caused houses to collapse. Houses in Shelley Street, Landscape Road, Vale Street and Whittaker Street were badly affected.

Affected LifelineSlips covered railway lines and disrupted rail traffic.

CommentA report found that the primary cause of the slips was "overland flow due to the extreme rain event".

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Te Puke
Map Location: -37.779011 176.33425
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicTe Puke recorded 187 mm (18.7 cm) of rain.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Whakatane
Map Location: -37.967356 176.992417
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWhakatane airport recorded 127 mm (12.7 cm) of rain.

References

Daily Post (Rotorua) Flood hit town's residents face huge rates hike 08/12/05
Picture: Matata was devastated by the May flood
Earthquake Commission
Environment Waikato Flood Document (CD)
Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences limited , The 18 May 2005 Debris - flow Disaster at Matata
Insurance Councils, The Cost of Weather Loses, Claims history (Updated 2004)
Major weather events in New Zealand, FLOODS and HIGH RAINFALL, Floods to 30 Sep 2005
Matata Business Case
Meteorological Society of New Zealand (Inc.) Newsletter 101, June 2005.
Meteorological Society Of New Zealand (Inc.) September 2006 Report.
Headline: Flood victims told they can never go home.
New Zealand Herald, Juliet Rowan, 13 July 2005. Picture: Heavy overnight rain brought more chaos for Paul's Beach home, which was moved off its foundations in May's flood Alan Gibson
Headline: Matata: The perfect disaster.
New Zealand Herald, Juliet Rowan, 18 June 2005 Picture: Wayne Maloney calculates that this stream went from 10cm to 10m deep in 30 seconfs Alan Gibson
Headline: Matata: Flood-hit town gets $3m from Government for rebuilding.
New Zealand Herald, Juliet Rowan, 20 December 2005.
NZ Met Service. (2008). Meteorology of Extreme Rainfalls in New Zealand (Mark Pascoe, Ed.).
Headline: Slips cause houses to collapse.
TVNZ, 18 May 2005.
Headline: Flood-hit properties to be recorded.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 04 October 2005.
Headline: State of emergency in Tauranga.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 18 May 2005.
Headline: Heartbreak as landslide reduces new home to pile of rubble.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 19 May 2005.
Headline: Hundreds of people evacuated as more downpours forecast.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 19 May 2005.
Headline: More evacuations in flood ravaged Bay of Plenty.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 19 May 2005.
Headline: Rescuers' relentless fight against deluge.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 19 May 2005.
Headline: My home floated down the street.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 20 May 2005.
Headline: Flood hit town "will never be the same".
www.nzherald.co.nz, 21 November 2005.
Headline: Bay of Plenty Flood - Flood's litany of destruction and expense.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 24 May 2005.
Headline: Flood hits many without insurance.
www.nzherald.co.nz, 27 May 2005.
Headline: Tauranga stormwater upgrade to cost $52 m.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Juliet Rowan, 12 October 2005,
Headline: Bay of Plenty residents bracing themselves for more rain.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 21 May 2005.
Headline: More rain for flood-ravaged BOP.
www.stuff.co.nz, 19 May 2005. Bay of Plenty : many pictures included
Headline: Owner flees as bank collapses.
www.stuff.co.nz, 19 May 2005.
www.thunderstorm.co.nz
Folder: O:\RRMG052\RawData\Photos 2 file\www.thunderstorm.co.nz - 12 Photos of BOP flooding (taken on 21/05/2005)