The national Civil Defence bunker is in full swing, as damage assessments get underway.
Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi joined The AM Show to discuss the next steps to assess the damage.
Mr Faafoi says he's just thankful it wasn't any worse.
"People who are most harshly affected wont' think that, but I think some of the areas weren't as affected as we thought might've been - Wellington, for instance."
Watch the full interview with Kris Faafoi above.
The AM Show with Duncan Garner, Amanda Gillies and Mark Richardson, weekdays 6-9am on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.