New Zealand - Apple orchard near Nelson left absolutely ruined by Gita floodwaters

A large part of a Riwaka apple orchard has been ruined by floodwaters from Cyclone Gita on Tuesday and Golden Bay Fruit manager Evan Heywood says the really upsetting part is they won’t have another crop for up to seven years. Mr Heywood said in the whole rain event there was about 230mm to fall and he thinks probably 100 of that fell in three hours at the end of the day after it had been raining all day.