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Declared States of Emergency

This page lists the declared States of Emergency since 2002. Note: not all emergencies have had a state of emergency declared.

Declaring a state of emergency is a critical part of New Zealand’s response arrangements. It is the declaration of a state of emergency that provides Controllers and others with extra-ordinary powers designed to deliver an effective and swift response.

Details about the process for declaring, extending and terminating a state of emergency ara available in the Declarations Director's Guideline [DGL13/12] (.pdf 2.1mb)


Year

Region

Hazard Type

Locality

Start Date

End Date

Declared Days

Comment

2002

Waikato

Flooding

Putararu & Tirau Wards

21/06/2002

23/06/2002

2

"Weather Bomb", water supply issues, road closures, no evacuations

2002

Waikato

Flooding

District

21/06/2002

23/06/2002

2

Up-scaled to District SOE, 1 death, evacuations required

2003

Wellington

Flooding

District

4/10/2003

9/10/2003

5

Damage to Paekakariki, evacuations required, duration of SOE due to clean-up

2004

Marlborough

Flooding

Picton Ward

17/02/2004

18/02/2004

1

Evacuations due to fear of landslip-induced dam break

2004

Manawatu-Wanganui

Flooding

District

16/02/2004

17/02/2004

1

Up-scaled to Regional SOE

2005

Manawatu-Wanganui

Flooding

Marton Ward

16/02/2004

17/02/2004

1

Up-scaled to Regional SOE

2004

Manawatu-Wanganui

Flooding

Region

17/02/2004

25/02/2004

8

"Weather Bomb", infrastructure disruptions, evacuations required

2004

Taranaki

Flooding

Patea Ward

17/02/2004

27/02/2004

10

Water supply issues, road closures, evacuations required

2004

Bay of Plenty

Flooding

Waiotahi Ward

17/07/2004

23/07/2004

6

Road closures, 1 death, evacuations required

2004

Bay of Plenty

Flooding

Whakatane Ward

17/07/2004

30/07/2004

13

Infrastructure disruptions, 1 death, evacuations required

2005

Bay of Plenty

Landslides

Edgecumbe-Tarawera Ward

17/05/2005

30/05/2005

13

Matata township damage due to debris flows

2005

Bay of Plenty

Landslides

Tauranga

18/05/2005

19/05/2005

1

Evacuations required, formally declared (?)

2006

Manawatu-Wanganui

Flooding

Region

7/07/2006

8/07/2006

1

SOE declared overnight to enforce evacuations

2007

Taranaki

Tornado

Region

5/07/2007

7/07/2007

2

Dwelling and property damage

2007

Northland

Flooding

District

10/07/2007

13/07/2007

3

Far North District area, dwelling damage

2007

Otago

Flooding

Milton Ward

30/07/2007

31/07/2007

1

Localised township flooding, but SOE declared

2007

Gisborne

Earthquake

Gisborne City

21/12/2007

22/12/2007

1

Building damage and power supply issues

2008

Marlborough

Flooding

Picton Ward

30/07/2008

31/07/2008

1

SOE declared to assist Police with evacuations

2009

Waikato

Landslides

Taupo Ward

29/06/2009

30/06/2009

1

Village of Waihi evacuated

2010

Canterbury

Earthquake

Region

4/09/2010

15/09/2010

11

Dwelling and property damage, infrastructure damage

2011

Canterbury

Earthquake

National

23/02/2011

30/04/2011

66

181 deaths, major infrastructure and dwelling and property damage

2011

Hawkes Bay

Flooding

District

28/04/2011

3/05/2011

5

Central Hawke's Bay District area

2011

Nelson-Tasman

Flooding

District

13/12/2011

28/12/2011

15

Dwelling damage, infrastructure damage, evacuations required

2011

Canterbury

Earthquake

Region

23/12/2011

24/12/2011

1

NCMC activated, but stood down shortly thereafter

2012

Nil

-

-

-

-

-

Mt Tongariro unrest; no SOE’s declared

2013

Manawatu-Wanganui

Flooding

Whanganui Ward

14/10/2013

15/10/2013

1

Whanganui river threat

2014

Nil

-

-

-

-

-

Auckland power outage; no SOE's declared

2015

Chatham Islands

Cyclone

Chatham Islands

16/03/2015

19/03/2015

3

Cyclone Pam and rural fires

2015

Manawatu-Wanganui

Flooding

Rangitikei District

20/06/2015

22/06/2015

2

Dwelling damage, road closures

2015

Manawatu-Wanganui

Flooding

Whanganui District

20/06/2015

02/07/2015

12

Largest ever recorded flood in the Wanganui District; Dwelling damage, infrastructure damage, evacuations required

2015

Taranaki

Flooding

South Taranaki District

20/06/2015

27/06/2015

7

Flooding in Waitotara township in South Taranaki; evacuations required

2016

West Coast

Flooding

Westland District

24/03/2016

25/03/2016

1

Waiho River flooding at Franz Joseph township; water supply issues, tourism impacts (i.e. loss of revenue)

2016

Canterbury

Earthquake

Region

15/11/2016

06/12/2016

22

Kaikoura Earthquake

2016

Kaikoura

Earthquake

District

06/12/2016

09/12/2016

4

Kaikoura Earthquake

2016

Dunedin

Earthquake

Dunedin City

14/11/2016

14/11/2016

1

Kaikoura Earthquake

2017

Hawke's Bay

Fire

Hastings District

13/02/2017

15/02/2017

3

Hawke's Bay fires

2017

Canterbury

Fire

Christchurch & Selwyn

15/02/2017

01/03/2017

15

Christchurch Port Hills fires