The first cruise ship of the season arrived in the capital to heavy rain and winds strong enough to knock the steeple off a local church.
The 16-metre-high steeple at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Hataitai was pushed over far enough for a 20-centimetre gap to appear between the 50-year-old monument and its foundation.
Church leader Bishop Quintin Howard said he arrived at the church yesterday to discover the steeple listing badly, having presumably been pushed aside by gale-force northerlies.
"It was tilted on an angle a bit like the Leaning Tower of Pisa," he said.
The Fire Service was called in to help and eventually a crane was used to bring it down safely.
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