- Puhipuhi is an extraordinarily wet place
- Intense storms bring rainfall rates up to 100 mm an hour
- Extensive flooding is routinely experienced
- Huge landslips are common
Extensive flooding is experienced locally and downstream into the Hikurangi Swamp and through farmlands – right down to the Kaipara Harbour.
This happens regularly and is predicted to occur more often.
These events are strong warnings about the unusually high environmental risks associated with metallic mining in geologically-unstable terrain such as exists throughout Puhipuhi and – for that matter – throughout Northland.