Flooding is the most common natural hazard and can occur at any time of the year. Many weather systems sweep in from the ocean to the uplands of the country. This process can result in very high rainfall over short periods of time. Because townships are often built on flat land (usually a river flood plain), many New Zealanders face the risk of flooding. But flooding also forms new soils, providing much of the agricultural wealth of those who live on the plains.
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