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Emergency Declarations 1967-1978

Date of DeclarationDate of TerminationArea Involved or Making DeclarationEmergencyNotes
24.11.196724.11.67Woodville CountyTornado
10.04.1968Upper HuttStormStorm damage (Cyclone Giselle - the Wahine Storm)
10.04.1968Gore/MatauraFloodingCyclone Giselle. 300 evacuated in Gore & Mataura, 700 in Wyndham. Across the country this storm resulted in insurance claims of $140.4m (1994) of which the Wahine was worth $104m
24.05.196830.05.68Inangahua CountyEarthquake2 deaths (3 others were killed in a helicopter accident during restoration work). 301 evacuees, EQC claims totalled $25.5m (1994)
24.05.196830.05.68Buller combinedEarthquake
01.07.196801.07.68OpotikiFlooding and power failure
14.08.197018.08.70WhakataneFlooding"Several families" evacuated
29.08.197001.09.70NelsonFlooding2 deaths; "several families" evacuated
24.09.197024.09.70DannevirkeHigh Winds(Declaration lasted 2 hours). 22 houses damaged
24.02.197125.02.71New PlymouthFloodingEQC claims totalled $17.5m (1994)
11.09.1971LawrenceScrub fireFire threatened homes
13.06.197214.06.1972Clutha CountyFloodingInch Clutha and Paretai areas evacuated
31.07.1972TaihapeWater supply failure
28.02.197304.03.73ParnellLeaking Fumes643 people sent to hospital for checks. "Over 4000 families" evacuated
02.03.1973TapanuiGrass FiresDeclaration made to assist mobilisation and welfare of fire fighters
21.11.197322.11.73KarameaFlooding"Several families" evacuated

Date of DeclarationDate of TerminationArea Involved or Making DeclarationEmergencyNotes
Havelock North
Flooding0930 till 1930; for low lying areas around Hastings
17.08.197419.08.74Hawkes Bay CountyFloodingClive, Haumoana and Te Awanga areas. 30 homes evacuated. Declared at 0130 on 17th, lifted at 0900 on 19th
25.09.197425.09.74Lake CountyFire7pm till 10pm
25.09.1975TimaruGas LeakLeak into sewage system
08.02.1976OpunakeFloodingContamination of water supply
20.12.197621.12.76Lower HuttFloodingDeclared at 1500 on 20th, lifted 1500 on 21st. 43 families evacuated. Insurance claims totalled $40.92m (1991). Damage estimated at "close to" $85m (1991)
20.12.197621.12.76Upper HuttFloodingDeclared at 1125 on 20th, terminated 1200 on 21st.
22.12.197623.12.76Upper HuttFloodingSecond declaration for Pinehaven early at 1630 on 22nd, lifted at 1200 on 23rd. 22 families evacuated
19.01.1977GreymouthFloodingDeclared at 0330. 40 people evacuated
21.06.197722.06.77Gisborne CityFlooding
04.07.1977Wairewa CountyFloodingDeclaration made for Little River
19.07.197820.07.1978Te Aroha and Piako CountyStormWinds up to 140 knots at Mt Te Aroha; train derailed on Piako River bridge; more than 100 homes damaged
19.07.197821.07.78ThamesStorm & Flooding
14.10.197815.10.78Tuapeka CountyFloodingDeclaration included Roxburgh, Lawrence and Tapanui. All 17 homes at Kelso evacuated
14.10.197816.10.78Clutha CountyFloodingIncluding Balclutha
14.10.197818.10.78Bruce CountyFloodingIncluding Kaitangata. 200 evacuated at Paretai
14.10.197817.10.78Southland CountyFloodingIncluding Gore and Wyndham. 700 evacuated overnight on 14th at Wyndham
14.10.197826.10.78MatauraFlooding1826 people evacuated. Direct damage estimated at$30m (1991). (Insurance claims from this totalled $46.8m (1991). Stock losses: 30,000 sheep, 800 cattle, 900 beehives
14.10.197819.10.78Invercargill, Bluff& Stewart IslandFlooding & Storm Damage
12.11.197813.11.78OhuraFloodingDeclared at 1820 on 27th; terminated at 0935 on 28th