Cyclones have caused considerable damage to New Zealand property and lives in the past. The worst storm, Cyclone Giselle (the Wahine storm), ravaged New Zealand from the 9th-15th April 1968 causing widespread flooding, dropping trees and sinking the TEV Wahine at a cost of 53 lives. Most of the disaster events recorded by the Insurance Council are storms or cyclones.
Typically the military's role is to sandbag in anticipation of flooding, and carry out rescues where needed. No amount of military spending would prevent storm related losses.
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