These dramatic pictures show the full force of the winds and waves on the waterfront in Avarua, Rarotonga. One report said the waves reached nearly a quarter of mile inland at one stage and Radio Australia reported they were nearly 30 feet (9 metres) high.
The famous Trader Jack's restaurant on the water front in Avarua, Rarotonga was among nearly a dozen businesses which were all but destroyed by huge waves. The owner, Jack Cooper estimated it would cost about NZ$600,000 (UK£228,000, US$429,500) to repair. But Jack was back in business within a few days..even though it wasn't quite what regulars were used to. He was using a shipping container as a makeshift bar. He called it "Meena and Leaner Jack in the Box"!
Pictures are courtesy of Leilani Sadaraka's uncle in Rarotonga.