– Heaviest snow in New Zealand in 35 years (Ice Age Now, July 11, 2015):
9 July 2015 – As the country battles blistering cold, snow has become a serious hazard throughout the North and South Islands, and brought the heaviest falls seen in central Hawke’s Bay for 35 years.
Several central North Island highways remained closed on Thursday night due to snow and ice, according to the New Zealand Transport Agency.
Wairoa District Council said contractors were working to free motorists who had been trapped by the falling snow on the closed section of State Highway 2 over the Wharerata Range.
David Petersen, who farms near Waipukurau in Central Hawke’s Bay, said the snow falling around his house was the heaviest he had seen in the more than three decades he had lived there.