Wild weather causes havoc for major Auckland events centre

Strong winds in Auckland have blown off part of the roof on events centre The Cloud, on Queens Wharf.

Wild weather which saw more than 700 lightning strikes in just one hour lashed the city on Monday night, with the damage to The Could set to cost hundreds of thousands to repair.

The multi-purpose event venue had the entire two roofing fabric panels ripped off and blown into the harbour.

“You can see the damage on the ground that’s been done over two extraordinary nights, high winds on Sunday and then a tornado on Monday night,” said Mayor Phil Goff.

“We haven’t got to a point where we can give you an estimate of costs but it will obviously run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“That’s the cost of remediation on The Cloud to renew the PVC roofing and the doors that have been broken here. There is also the risk of forgone income depending on how long it takes to get things back into shape.”

The repairs to The Cloud come despite it being a temporary structure that was initially built for the Rugby World Cup 2011. But Goff said the cost was worth it when balanced against the cost to demolish it.