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This section lists emergencies where there has been a Civil Defence response. Note: not all emergencies have had a state of emergency declared.

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Floods – Otago

Clutha County flooding

Start

05 Jun 1980

Finish

06 Jun 1980

Clutha County flooding

Floods – Otago

Tuapeka County flooding

Start

05 Jun 1980

Finish

06 Jun 1980

Included Kelso & Tapanui. 50 people evacuated at Kelso

Landslides – Otago

Dunedin City landslips

Start

04 Jun 1980

Finish

05 Jun 1980

Dunedin City landslips

Floods – Wellington

Featherston County flooding

Start

10 Apr 1980

Finish

11 Apr 1980

Featherston County flooding. Not gazetted. 10 families evacuated.

Severe weather – Chatham Islands

Chatham Island storm

Start

17 Mar 1980

Finish

18 Mar 1980

Chatham Island storm. 18 people evacuated.

Floods – Southland

Southland County flooding

Start

17 Jan 1980

Finish

21 Jan 1980

Southland County flooding

Floods – Otago

Tuapeka County flooding

Start

17 Jan 1980

Finish

21 Jan 1980

Kelso & Waitahuna. 50 people evacuated at Kelso. Insurance claims from this event totalled $9.36m (1991)

Floods – Southland

Mataura Borough flooding

Start

17 Jan 1980

Finish

19 Jan 1980

Mataura Borough flooding. 1500 people evacuated.

Floods – Otago

Milton Borough flooding

Start

17 Jan 1980

Finish

18 Jan 1980

Flooding - Milton Borough, Bruce County, Kaitangata Borough, Clutha County, Balclutha Borough, Gore Borough

Severe weather – Canterbury

Mackenzie County storm damage

Start

02 Dec 1979

Finish

04 Dec 1979

Mackenzie County storm damage. Included Mt Cook.

Landslides – Otago

Abbotsford landslip

Start

06 Aug 1979

Finish

10 Sep 1979

Abbotsford. From 20.08 each extension was for a smaller area. Over 600 people evacuated. EQC claims totalled $7.17m (1991)

Wildfire – Taranaki

Waitara Borough fire

Start

18 Apr 1979

Finish

19 Apr 1979

Waitara Borough fire

Floods – West Coast

Franz Josef flooding

Start

07 Mar 1979

Finish

09 Mar 1979

Franz Josef flooding. 28 people evacuated.

Floods – Southland

Mataura flooding

Start

27 Jan 1979

06:20 PM

Finish

28 Jan 1979

09:35 AM

Declared at 1820 on 27th; terminated at 0935 on 28th

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Ohura flooding

Start

12 Nov 1978

06:20 PM

Finish

13 Nov 1978

09:35 AM

Declared at 1820 on 27th; terminated at 0935 on 28th

Floods – Southland

Invercargill, Bluff & Stewart Island flooding and storm damage

Start

14 Oct 1978

Finish

19 Oct 1978

Invercargill, Bluff & Stewart Island flooding and storm damage

Floods – Southland

Mataura flooding

Start

14 Oct 1978

Finish

19 Oct 1978

1826 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

Floods – Southland

Southland County flooding

Start

14 Oct 1978

Finish

17 Oct 1978

Including Gore and Wyndham. 700 evacuated overnight on 14th at Wyndham

Floods – Otago

Bruce County flooding

Start

14 Oct 1978

Finish

18 Oct 1978

Including Kaitangata. 200 evacuated at Paretai

Floods – Otago

Clutha County flooding

Start

14 Oct 1978

Finish

16 Oct 1978

Including Balclutha

Floods – Otago

Tuapeka County flooding

Start

14 Oct 1978

Finish

15 Oct 1978

Declaration included Roxburgh, Lawrence and Tapanui. All 17 homes at Kelso evacuated

Severe weather – Waikato

Thames storm and flooding

Start

19 Jul 1978

Finish

21 Jul 1978

Thames storm and flooding

Severe weather – Waikato

Te Aroha and Piako County Storm

Start

19 Jul 1978

Finish

20 Jul 1978

Winds up to 140 knots at Mt Te Aroha; train derailed on Piako River bridge; more than 100 homes damaged

Floods – West Coast

Haast flooding

Start

27 Mar 1978

Finish

27 Mar 1978

Haast flooding

Floods – Canterbury

Wairewa flooding

Start

04 Jul 1977

Finish

04 Jul 1977

Declaration made for Little River

Floods – Gisborne

Gisborne City flooding

Start

21 Jun 1977

Finish

22 Jun 1977

Gisborne City flooding

Floods – West Coast

Greymouth flooding

Start

19 Jan 1977

03:30 AM

Finish

19 Jan 1977

Declared at 0330. 40 people evacuated

Floods – Wellington

Upper Hutt flooding

Start

22 Dec 1976

04:30 PM

Finish

23 Dec 1976

12:00 PM

Second declaration for Pinehaven early at 1630 on 22nd, lifted at 1200 on 23rd. 22 families evacuated

Floods – Wellington

Lower Hutt flooding

Start

20 Dec 1976

03:00 PM

Finish

21 Dec 1976

03:00 PM

Declared at 1500 on 20th, lifted 1500 on 21st. 43 families evacuated. Insurance claims totalled $40.92m (1991). Damage estimated at "close to" $85m (1991)

Floods – Wellington

Upper Hutt flooding

Start

20 Dec 1976

11:25 AM

Finish

21 Dec 1976

12:00 PM

Declared at 1125 on 20th, terminated 1200 on 21st.

Floods – Waikato

Paeroa flooding

Start

07 Sep 1976

Finish

07 Sep 1976

Paeroa flooding

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Feilding flooding

Start

29 Jun 1976

Finish

29 Jun 1976

Feilding flooding

Floods – Taranaki

Opunake flooding

Start

08 Feb 1976

Finish

08 Feb 1976

Contamination of water supply

Hazardous substance incidents – Canterbury

Timaru Gas Leak

Start

25 Sep 1975

Finish

25 Sep 1975

Leak into sewage system

Severe weather – Wellington

Greytown storm

Start

01 Aug 1975

Finish

01 Aug 1975

Greytown storm

Wildfire – Otago

Lake County fire

Start

25 Sep 1974

07:00 PM

Finish

25 Sep 1974

10:00 PM

7pm till 10pm

Floods – Hawke's Bay

Hawke's Bay County flooding

Start

17 Aug 1974

01:30 AM

Finish

19 Aug 1974

09:00 AM

Clive, Haumoana and Te Awanga areas. 30 homes evacuated. Declared at 0130 on 17th, lifted at 0900 on 19th

Floods – Hawke's Bay

Hastings Havelock North flooding

Start

16 Jun 1974

09:30 AM

Finish

16 Jun 1974

09:30 AM

0930 till 1930; for low lying areas around Hastings

Floods – West Coast

Karamea flooding

Start

21 Nov 1973

Finish

22 Nov 1973

Several families evacuated

Floods – Northland

Whangarei Hikurangi flooding

Start

16 Jul 1973

Finish

16 Jul 1973

Whangarei Hikurangi flooding

Wildfire – Otago

Tapanui grass fires

Start

02 Mar 1973

Finish

02 Mar 1973

Declaration made to assist mobilisation and welfare of fire fighters

Hazardous substance incidents – Auckland

Parnell leaking fumes

Start

28 Feb 1973

Finish

04 Mar 1973

643 people sent to hospital for checks. "Over 4000 families" evacuated

Floods – Southland

Mataura flooding

Start

09 Sep 1972

Finish

09 Sep 1972

Mataura flooding

Infrastructure failure – Manawatu - Wanganui

Taihape water supply failure

Start

31 Jul 1972

Finish

31 Jul 1972

Taihape water supply failure

Floods – Otago

Clutha County flooding

Start

13 Jun 1972

Finish

14 Jun 1972

Clutha and Paretai areas evacuated

Wildfire – Otago

Lawrence scrub fire

Start

11 Sep 1971

Finish

11 Sep 1971

Fire threatened homes

Floods – Hawke's Bay

Wairoa flooding

Start

04 May 1971

Finish

04 May 1971

Floods – Taranaki

New Plymouth flooding

Start

24 Feb 1971

Finish

25 Feb 1971

EQC claims totalled $17.5m (1994)

Wildfire – Marlborough

Waikawa fire

Start

10 Feb 1971

Finish

16 Feb 1971

Waikawa fire

Severe weather – Manawatu - Wanganui

Dannevirke high winds

Start

24 Sep 1970

Finish

24 Sep 1970

(Declaration lasted 2 hours). 22 houses damaged

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