Nature Video

By Jamie Smith

An extreme adventurer has braved horrendous conditions to film cyclone Cook at its most devastating.

Parts of New Zealand’s North Island have gone into a state of emergency and mass evacuation as areas are experiencing the worst storm to have hit since 1968.

Geoff Mackley from Auckland lives for adventure and he needed no encouraging to drive into the heart of the storm which has caused flash flooding, landslides and cut electricity.

Geoff said: “I use a 12 tonne 4wd army truck to chase storms so there is little that will stop me.”

The storm first swept through the Pacific islands of New Caledonia at the beginning of this week, killing someone in its path.

Cyclone Cook caused landfall in the Bay of Plenty at about 18:30 local time yesterday and is expected to move to the South Island on Friday.