Usually the Waimangaroa River, 17 kilometres north-east of Westport on the West Coast of the South Island, is a placid stream. But after a few hours of heavy rain it becomes a raging torrent. Many South Island rivers, fed by rainfall in the mountains, are prone to flash floods.
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Photographs by Stuart Henley (top); Simon Nathan (bottom)
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