Photo aside by Stuff.CO.NZ shows a large pine split by a lightning strike at the Shandon Golf Club, Petone.
Emergency services and Wellington City Council were flooded with calls after severe weather, Stuff.CO.NZ reports.
Heavy rainfall has also caused flash flooding in Wellington, Christchurch and Marlborough.
Flood damaged cars in Wellington. Flood damaged more than 20 cars after a basement carpark flooded in Newtown.
Air New Zealand has suspended all flights out of Wellington Airport.
Original post: Natural Disasters List May 6, 2013