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Severe weather – Bay of Plenty

Updated Weather Warning issued for BOP

Start

19 Jan 2016

10:18 AM

Finish

Update to Heavy Rain Warning for Bay Of Plenty Issued 09:00pm Monday 18 Jan 2016 Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane, including Rotorua A short period of intense heavy rain is expected early Tuesday morning. In the 6 to 9 hours from about 1am Tuesday expect 50 to 80mm to accumulate. Peak intensities 20 to 30mm per hour and thunderstorms possible.

Severe weather – Bay of Plenty

Weather Warning issued for BOP

Start

18 Jan 2016

10:40 PM

Finish

AREA/S AFFECTED Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane, including Rotorua FORECAST A short period of intense heavy rain is expected early Tuesday morning. In the 6 hours from about 2am to 8am Tuesday expect 50 to 80mm to accumulate. Peak intensities 20 to 30mm per hour in possible thunderstorms. NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE 9:00 pm Monday 18-Jan-2016

Severe weather – Auckland

MetService advise possible severe thunderstorms in Auckland

Start

08 Jan 2016

08:44 AM

Finish

MetService have advised that there is a risk of thunderstorms which may form in Auckland throughout the day. Where thunderstorms form heavy rain is likely with rainfall rates of up to 25 mm an hour expected there is moderate confidence that some of these may become severe with rainfall rates up to 45 mm an hour possible. Wind gusts this afternoon may also be strong with gusts of up to 90km possible. Such rainfall rates may last one to two hours and have the potential to cause flash flooding, especially about low-lying areas. Driving conditions may also become hazardous with surface flooding and poor visibility during heavy rain. In some instances small tornadoes can form with severe thunderstorms, if these do occur they will only affect very localised areas. If you have to travel drive to the conditions. If driving, be ready to slow down or stop if it is safe to do so. **During and after a thunderstorm** - Take shelter, preferably indoors away from windows. - Avoid sheltering under trees if outside. - Beware of fallen trees and power lines. - Stay up to date with weather forecasts. - Report flooding to council on 09 301 0101. **Take the link below to find out what to do before a thunderstorm.**

Severe weather – Auckland

MetService advise possible severe thunderstorms in Auckland

Start

08 Jan 2016

08:44 AM

Finish

MetService have advised that there is a risk of thunderstorms which may form in Auckland throughout the day. Where thunderstorms form heavy rain is likely with rainfall rates of up to 25mm/hr expected. There is a moderate confidence that some of these may become severe with rainfall rates up to 45mm/hr possible. Wind gusts this afternoon may also be strong with gusts of greater than 110km/hr possible. Such rainfall rates may last one to two hours and have the potential to cause flash flooding, especially about low-lying areas. Driving conditions may also become hazardous with surface flooding and poor visibility during heavy rain. In some instances small tornadoes can form with severe thunderstorms, if these do occur they will only affect very localised areas. If you have to travel drive to the conditions. If driving, be ready to slow down or stop if it is safe to do so. **During and after a thunderstorm** - Take shelter, preferably indoors away from windows. - Avoid sheltering under trees if outside. - Beware of fallen trees and power lines. - Stay up to date with weather forecasts. - Report flooding to council on 09 301 0101. **Take the link below to find out what to do before a thunderstorm.**

Severe weather – Auckland

MetService issues heavy rain warning in North Auckland

Start

31 Dec 2015

12:04 PM

Finish

MetService have advised that heavy rain is expected to continue until 9am Sunday. From 9am Saturday another 60mm is expected to fall. Rainfall intensities of 15 to 20mm/hr is expected during Sunday morning and then the rainfall is expected to ease. Significant flooding is no longer expected with these accumulations and intensities. Surface flooding is likely across Auckland through to Sunday morning. Low lying north facing coastal roads may experience wave splash around the 2pm high tide this afternoon. Localised wind damage such as power lines and trees down are possible in exposed areas. The severe wind watch has been lifted. If you have to travel drive to the conditions. **During and after a storm** - Stay up to date with weather forecasts. - Ensure you are aware of low lying areas that could flood rapidly - Report flooding to council.' - Ensure a torch, radio and spare batteries are to hand. **Take the link below to find out what to do before a storm.**

Severe weather – Auckland

MetService issues heavy rain warning in North Auckland

Start

31 Dec 2015

12:04 PM

Finish

MetService have advised that heavy rain is expected in Auckland from Friday morning through to Saturday evening. Areas north of Whangaparaoa Peninsula and Great Barrier Island should expect the most rain with between 100mm and 150mm possible. Rainfall rates between 25mm/hr and 35mm/hr are also possible. For Auckland, South of Whangaparaoa, including Waiheke Island, 50 to 80mm of rain is expected. Rainfall of this amount and intensity can cause flooding, especially about low-lying areas. People camping in low lying areas are urged to be very vigilant as streams and rivers may rise rapidly. Aucklanders are advised to exercise caution. A Severe Wind Watch is also in place as gusty easterly winds may cause powerlines and trees down to fall. Surface flooding may make driving difficult. If you have to travel drive to the conditions. **During and after a storm** - Stay up to date with weather forecasts. - Ensure you are aware of low lying areas that could flood rapidly - Report flooding to council.' - Ensure a torch, radio and spare batteries are to hand. **Take the link below to find out what to do before a storm.**

Tsunami

Chile earthquake - Tsunami warning (Marine and Beach threat)

Start

17 Sep 2015

12:37 PM

Finish

18 Sep 2015

02:00 PM

National Tsunami Warning cancelled. Please exercise caution and discretion going into the water or out in small boats. The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has cancelled the National Tsunami Warning (Marine and Beach Threat) issued yesterday after the earthquake near Chile. The National Warning no longer needs to be in place as the threat to New Zealand’s East Coast and Chatham Islands has largely passed. We expect that there may be some unusual water conditions for the next 24-36 hours and advise people to be cautious and use discretion before going into the water or going out in small board. We expect things to be back to normal within that 36 hour period.

Severe weather – Bay of Plenty

Severe Weather Warning Issued 8.48am, 1.9.2015

Start

01 Sep 2015

08:59 PM

Finish

MetService New Zealand issued a severe weather warning at 8.48am today, with heavy rain set to continue this morning for Waikato, Western Bay of Plenty and Western Nelson. Heavy rain about the Kaimai Range, Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane, and Waikato is expected to ease early this afternoon (Tuesday), although a further 90mm is still likely about the Kaimai Range and western Bay of Plenty this morning. Heavy rain should ease about western Nelson this afternoon, with a further 70 to 100mm expected about the ranges. This rainfall may cause slips, surface flooding, and cause rivers and streams to rise rapidly.

Severe weather – Bay of Plenty

Severe Weather Warning Issued 31-08-2015 2100

Start

01 Sep 2015

09:02 AM

Finish

Heavy rain for Waikato and Western Bay of Plenty. A deep low lying west of the North Island is expected to move over the South Island early Wednesday. Associated fronts are expected to move across northern and central New Zealand Monday night and during Tuesday. These fronts are preceded by strong to gale easterly winds, with outbreaks of heavy rain expected about northern and central parts of the North Island and the upper South Island. A SEVERE WEATHER WATCH is also in force for many parts of northern and central New Zealand for this event.

Floods – West Coast

Hokitika Floods

Start

21 Jun 2015

08:07 AM

Finish

06 Jul 2015

10:00 AM

Westland District Council has transitioned to a recovery phase. Council staff have a Recovery team in place monitoring the cleanup of the town centre and surrounding streets, and are liaising with affected property owners. If there are any concerns about your property or safety please contact Westland District Council on 0800 474 834 or visit www.westlanddc.govt.nz/flooding-update for more information.

Floods – Taranaki

State of Emergency lifted

Start

20 Jun 2015

10:22 PM

Finish

27 Jun 2015

09:00 PM

Taranaki CDEM is in the recovery phase of the June 20-21 heavy rain and flooding event. The Taranaki CDEM Group continues to work alongside response and lifeline agencies to begin the recovery from the disaster, and the immediate and critical needs of households and communities affected by the flooding will be met for as long as necessary. Visit www.trc.govt.nz/Taranaki-Civil-Defence/ for more information.

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

State of Emergency lifted

Start

20 Jun 2015

05:18 PM

Finish

02 Jul 2015

12:00 PM

Mayor Annette Main lifted the state of local emergency for the Wanganui District as at 12 noon Thursday, 2 July 2015. The emergency status had been in place since Saturday June 20, after the district experienced a massive amount of localised rainfall resulting in flooding. Information on the recovery efforts are available at www.wanganui.govt.nz.

Floods – Wellington

Flooding and Severe Weather across Wellington Region

Start

20 Jun 2015

01:10 AM

Finish

21 Jun 2015

08:00 AM

Flooding and Severe Weather is affecting parts of the Wellington Region - Kapiti Coast, Wairarapa and Lower Hutt. See http://getprepared.org.nz/status for details.

Severe weather – Bay of Plenty

Severe Weather Warning for BOP - Heavy Rain

Start

14 May 2015

09:16 PM

Finish

15 May 2015

08:00 AM

Wind Storm at Mt Maunganui A patch of strong wind has impacted multiple properties in the Mt Maunganui area. Fire Service are responding and the Western Operating Area has activated to provide Welfare support if required.

Severe weather – Wellington

Flooding and Severe Weather in Wellington Region

Start

14 May 2015

09:21 AM

Finish

15 May 2015

09:30 AM

Flooding and Severe Weather is affecting parts of the Wellington Region. While the worst of the weather may be over, transport to, within and from these parts is affected. For more information go to getprepared.nz/status

Severe weather – Chatham Islands

State of local emergency declared for Chatham Islands due to Cyclone Pam and rural fires

Start

16 Mar 2015

01:28 PM

Finish

19 Mar 2015

03:00 PM

The situation on the Chatham Islands is generally improving with wild weather starting to ease as forecast. Ex-tropical cyclone Pam continues to move away to the south east of the Chatham Islands, and the MetService has now lifted its weather advisory for the Islands. However, winds and seas remain high. Combined waves of around 7 to 8 metres are still possible about southern coasts until late this afternoon and wave heights will only ease gradually this evening and during Friday. There is major damage to wharves at Kaingaroa and at Flower Pot (Pitt Island). Other damage on the Islands from Cycle Pam appears to be minor. Approximately 50 people south of Waitangi are without power for 2-3 days. The last remaining wildfire on the Islands remains contained. The declared state of local emergency will be reassessed this afternoon, with a view to terminating if no longer required.

Severe weather

Cyclone Pam

Start

16 Mar 2015

06:00 AM

Finish

18 Mar 2015

08:00 AM

A state of local emergency is still in place in the Chatham Islands. Cyclone Pam remains an intense extra-tropical low, but will gradually move southeast away from the Islands over the next 48 hours. The National Crisis Management Centre stood down at 8pm on Tuesday 17 March, however the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is continuing to monitor the situation and will coordinate assistance.

Floods – West Coast

West Coast flooding, particularly Westport and surrounds

Start

06 Mar 2015

12:35 PM

Finish

07 Mar 2015

02:30 PM

The current weather situation in Buller has subsided and surface flooding is dropping. However, further heavy rainfall is forecast for the Buller in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Buller Civil Defence encourages residents to make provisions and to prepare themselves as much as possible.

Biosecurity – Auckland

MPI confirms fourth fruit fly find in controlled area

Start

23 Feb 2015

01:32 PM

Finish

Mayor Len Brown says Auckland Council is cooperating closely with Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) on its Queensland fruit fly operation in central Auckland. The council is making resources available to MPI to assist with the operation. Len Brown urges all residents in the affected zones, and people moving in and out of the zones, to be vigilant and follow MPI guidelines. **Ministry for Primary Industries confirms fourth fruit fly find in controlled area** The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has confirmed a fourth fruit fly in Grey Lynn and believes it to be part of the same localised population as previous detections. A single male Queensland fruit fly was found on Sunday (22 February) in a trap inside the existing Controlled Area. There are no changes to the Controlled Area as a result of the find at this stage, says MPI Chief Operations Officer, Andrew Coleman. "We have been expecting to find more flies, so the latest detection is no surprise, and confirms that the trapping systems continues to be successful." "The find was close to the original detections, so we believe the fly is likely to be part of the same population." MPI has so far trapped three male fruit flies. A single unmated female was located at a residential property on Friday. MPI and its response partners, including GIA signatories KVH and PipfruitNZ, have moved quickly to respond to the fruit fly threat. MPI currently has more than 180 staff working in the field on the response. The response involves the use of movement controls, traps, public awareness and treatment. Stricter controls continue to be applied at New Zealand’s borders. During the weekend, ground staff laid bait in Zone A of the Controlled Area. It expects to lay bait in the rest of the area today. Ground-based spraying has also been completed under the fruiting trees where positive finds have been made. "We continue to appreciate the outstanding public support we have received for our movement controls," says Mr Coleman. "We have every confidence that our measures will effectively eradicate this population." **Further background about the Controlled Area Notice** All whole fresh fruit and vegetables (except for leafy vegetables and root vegetables) cannot be moved outside of the wider Controlled Area. Within the wider Controlled Area there is a smaller central Zone A (which takes in a circle 200 metres out from the initial find), and whole fruit and vegetables cannot be moved outside of this Zone at all. Residents within Zone A are asked to dispose of all store-bought fruit and vegetable waste in the special disposal bins that have been provided by MPI. Zone A residents are asked to leave any home-grown fallen fruit on the ground in their garden for inspection by MPI. Do not put home-grown produce in your MPI disposal bin. Zone B residents can continue to dispose of all fruit and vegetables in the MPI disposal bins which are distributed at convenient locations around the area. Fruit and vegetables can continue to be purchased and transported from outside the Controlled Area into the Controlled Area.

Biosecurity – Auckland

MPI confirms fourth fruit fly find in controlled area

Start

23 Feb 2015

01:32 PM

Finish

Mayor Len Brown says Auckland Council is cooperating closely with Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) on its Queensland fruit fly operation in central Auckland. The council is making resources available to MPI to assist with the operation. Len Brown urges all residents in the affected zones, and people moving in and out of the zones, to be vigilant and follow MPI guidelines. **Ministry for Primary Industries confirms fourth fruit fly find in controlled area** The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has confirmed a fourth fruit fly in Grey Lynn and believes it to be part of the same localised population as previous detections. A single male Queensland fruit fly was found on Sunday (22 February) in a trap inside the existing Controlled Area. There are no changes to the Controlled Area as a result of the find at this stage, says MPI Chief Operations Officer, Andrew Coleman. "We have been expecting to find more flies, so the latest detection is no surprise, and confirms that the trapping systems continues to be successful." "The find was close to the original detections, so we believe the fly is likely to be part of the same population." MPI has so far trapped three male fruit flies. A single unmated female was located at a residential property on Friday. MPI and its response partners, including GIA signatories KVH and PipfruitNZ, have moved quickly to respond to the fruit fly threat. MPI currently has more than 180 staff working in the field on the response. The response involves the use of movement controls, traps, public awareness and treatment. Stricter controls continue to be applied at New Zealand’s borders. During the weekend, ground staff laid bait in Zone A of the Controlled Area. It expects to lay bait in the rest of the area today. Ground-based spraying has also been completed under the fruiting trees where positive finds have been made. "We continue to appreciate the outstanding public support we have received for our movement controls," says Mr Coleman. "We have every confidence that our measures will effectively eradicate this population." **Further background about the Controlled Area Notice** All whole fresh fruit and vegetables (except for leafy vegetables and root vegetables) cannot be moved outside of the wider Controlled Area. Within the wider Controlled Area there is a smaller central Zone A (which takes in a circle 200 metres out from the initial find), and whole fruit and vegetables cannot be moved outside of this Zone at all. Residents within Zone A are asked to dispose of all store-bought fruit and vegetable waste in the special disposal bins that have been provided by MPI. Zone A residents are asked to leave any home-grown fallen fruit on the ground in their garden for inspection by MPI. Do not put home-grown produce in your MPI disposal bin. Zone B residents can continue to dispose of all fruit and vegetables in the MPI disposal bins which are distributed at convenient locations around the area. Fruit and vegetables can continue to be purchased and transported from outside the Controlled Area into the Controlled Area.

Biosecurity – Auckland

MPI fruit fly response continues in Auckland

Start

23 Feb 2015

12:50 PM

Finish

The Ministry for Primary Industries is taking urgent action to eradicate the fruit fly population discovered in Auckland and is confident of success given the resources and expertise at its disposal. See more details below.

Biosecurity – Auckland

Queensland Fruit Fly found in Grey Lynn area, updated

Start

21 Feb 2015

12:22 PM

Finish

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirms that an isolated population of the Queensland fruit fly has been found in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn.

Biosecurity – Auckland

Queensland Fruit Fly found in Grey Lynn area, updated

Start

21 Feb 2015

12:22 PM

Finish

Mayor Len Brown says Auckland Council is cooperating closely with MPI on its Queensland fruit fly operation in central Auckland. The council is making resources available to MPI to assist with the operation. Len Brown urges all residents in the affected zones, and people moving in and out of the zones, to be vigilant and follow MPI guidelines. The following is the latest information from MPI; Further fruit fly found in Auckland The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirms that an isolated population of the Queensland fruit fly has been found in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn. A resident of the higher-risk Zone A in the middle of the existing Controlled Area found a single fly in a lemon tree on his property, captured it and reported it to MPI. The fly was formally identified as a recently-emerged un-mated female adult fruit fly. This is the only fly that has been found, over and above the initial trapped fly found earlier this week. Chief Operations Officer Andrew Coleman says thanks must go to the resident who captured and reported the fly, allowing MPI to act swiftly to scope the problem. “Our investigators immediately visited the property concerned where they found lemons and plums containing Queensland fruit fly larvae,” Mr Coleman says. “In total, at close of operations last night, MPI confirmed that one fly, 39 larvae and one pupa had been found at the property.” The Ministry and its response partners, including GIA signatories KVH and PipfruitNZ, are now deploying significant resources to respond to this localised detection. “We have every confidence that treatment will quickly and effectively eradicate this population. We have successfully eradicated previous incursions of fruit fly – notably the Mediterranean fruit fly in Auckland in 1996.” Mr Coleman says initial treatment will involve placing bait in fruiting trees to attract and kill female fruit flies. The bait will be applied high up in trees and plants, away from children or pets. “A second line of treatment will involve some targeted ground-based spraying of areas under fruiting trees where positive finds have been made. This involves using an insecticide that is safe for use in residential areas and has been proven to do no harm to people or animals such as family pets or livestock. “No use of aerial spraying will be required,” Mr Coleman says. MPI advises members of the public that the existing controls on fruit and vegetable movements remain largely the same with the previously defined wider Controlled Area remaining the same. The only change is to the scale of the higher-risk Zone A which has been slightly extended. This will be communicated to the Auckland public as soon as possible. The instructions for residents inside the Controlled Area also remain the same – whole fresh fruit and vegetables (except for leafy vegetables and root vegetables) cannot be moved outside of the defined area. This is to ensure that fruit flies are not spread outside of the area. Detailed maps of the controlled area and a full description of the boundaries, and full information about the rules are at www.mpi.govt.nz An additional export restriction zone now extends for 3.5km from the location of the last detection. Produce susceptible to fruit fly grown within this zone cannot be exported. New Zealand markets for horticultural produce have been notified of the situation. Andrew Coleman says since Tuesday MPI has introduced more stringent risk assessment of all pathways (cargo, craft, mail and passengers) and heightened awareness by front line quarantine inspectors. This includes more international air passengers’ luggage now going through x-ray and implementing 100% passenger and luggage screening by an MPI Detector Dog at international airports. This could mean some minor inconvenience for inbound passengers, but is necessary given the risk to New Zealand. If it became established here, the Queensland fruit fly could have serious consequences for New Zealand’s horticultural industry. It can damage a wide range of fruit and vegetables and could lead to restrictions on trade in some of our horticultural exports. It can also have impacts on home gardens. Further background about the Controlled Area Notice: All whole fresh fruit and vegetables (except for leafy vegetables and root vegetables) cannot be moved outside of the wider Controlled Area. Within the wider Controlled Area there is a smaller central Zone A (which takes in a circle 200 metres out from the initial find), and whole fruit and vegetables cannot be moved outside of this Zone at all. Residents within Zone A are asked to dispose of all store-bought fruit and vegetable waste in the special disposal bins that have been provided by MPI. Zone A residents are asked to leave any home-grown fallen fruit on the ground in their garden for inspection by MPI. Do not put home-grown produce in your MPI disposal bin. Zone B residents can continue to dispose of all fruit and vegetables in the MPI disposal bins which are distributed at convenient locations around the area. Fruit and vegetables can continue to be purchased and transported from outside the Controlled Area into the Controlled Area.

Biosecurity – Auckland

Queensland Fruit Fly found in Grey Lynn area

Start

18 Feb 2015

03:08 PM

Finish

As part of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) surveillance programme, a single male Queensland fruit fly has been found in a trap in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn. MPI has placed controls on the movement of whole fresh fruit and vegetables within a specified 1.5 kilometre zone around Grey Lynn.

Severe weather – Bay of Plenty

Severe Weather Warning Eastern BOP

Start

18 Dec 2014

10:11 AM

Finish

18 Dec 2014

09:00 AM

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING. ISSUED BY MetService AT 8:57pm 17-Dec-2014 URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST IN: Bay Of Plenty Rotorua, Gisborne, Nelson, Coromandel Peninsula HEAVY RAIN IN THE NORTHEAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND EASING OVERNIGHT, BUT FURTHER HEAVY RAIN FOR NORTHWEST NELSON UNTIL EARLY THURSDAY MORNING

Severe weather – Bay of Plenty

Severe Weather Warning upgrade

Start

18 Dec 2014

08:45 AM

Finish

18 Dec 2014

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING. ISSUED BY MetService AT 6:14 pm 17-Dec-2014 Heavy rain for the northeast of the North Island and also northwest Nelson A moist northeasterly flow over the North Island today is bringing a period of heavy rain to the northeast of the North Island. The heaviest falls are expected about the Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne, where a further 70 to 110mm could accumulate in a 6 to 9 hour period this evening and tonight, (this is on top of the rain which has already fallen during the day). Meanwhile, periods of heavy rain are expected to continue in northwest Nelson through to Thursday morning where a further 80mm could accumulate about the ranges. Heavy rain about the Coromandel Peninsula should ease early this evening, but another 20 to 40mm could accumulate there. People are advised that streams and rivers are likely to rise rapidly, and heavy rain could cause surface flooding, slips and make driving hazardous. HEAVY RAIN WARNING AREA/S AFFECTED Coromandel Peninsula FORECAST Heavy rain is expected to ease early this evening, but south of Whangamata another 20 to 40mm could accumulate between 6pm and 8pm. Peak intensities of around 20mm per hour are possible with thunderstorms. AREA/S AFFECTED Bay of Plenty west of Kawerau FORECAST Heavy rain is expected to ease this evening. In the 4 hours from 6pm to 10pm Wednesday, expect a further 40 to 80mm to accumulate on top of what has alreday fallen. Peak intensities of around 25mm per hour are possible with thunderstorms. AREA/S AFFECTED Remainder of Bay of Plenty (from Kawerau eastwards) and also Gisborne north of Ruatoria FORECAST Further heavy rain is expected this evening, then ease early Thursday morning. In the 8 hours from 6pm Wednesday to 2am Thursday, expect another 70 to 110mm to accumulate on top of what has already fallen. Peak intensities of around 25-30mm per hour are possible with thunderstorms.

Severe weather – Bay of Plenty

Severe Weather Warning upgrade

Start

18 Dec 2014

07:49 AM

Finish

18 Dec 2014

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING. ISSUED BY MetService AT 6:14 pm 17-Dec-2014 Heavy rain for the northeast of the North Island and also northwest Nelson A moist northeasterly flow over the North Island today is bringing a period of heavy rain to the northeast of the North Island. The heaviest falls are expected about the Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne, where a further 70 to 110mm could accumulate in a 6 to 9 hour period this evening and tonight, (this is on top of the rain which has already fallen during the day). Meanwhile, periods of heavy rain are expected to continue in northwest Nelson through to Thursday morning where a further 80mm could accumulate about the ranges. Heavy rain about the Coromandel Peninsula should ease early this evening, but another 20 to 40mm could accumulate there. People are advised that streams and rivers are likely to rise rapidly, and heavy rain could cause surface flooding, slips and make driving hazardous. HEAVY RAIN WARNING AREA/S AFFECTED Coromandel Peninsula FORECAST Heavy rain is expected to ease early this evening, but south of Whangamata another 20 to 40mm could accumulate between 6pm and 8pm. Peak intensities of around 20mm per hour are possible with thunderstorms. AREA/S AFFECTED Bay of Plenty west of Kawerau FORECAST Heavy rain is expected to ease this evening. In the 4 hours from 6pm to 10pm Wednesday, expect a further 40 to 80mm to accumulate on top of what has alreday fallen. Peak intensities of around 25mm per hour are possible with thunderstorms. AREA/S AFFECTED Remainder of Bay of Plenty (from Kawerau eastwards) and also Gisborne north of Ruatoria FORECAST Further heavy rain is expected this evening, then ease early Thursday morning. In the 8 hours from 6pm Wednesday to 2am Thursday, expect another 70 to 110mm to accumulate on top of what has already fallen. Peak intensities of around 25-30mm per hour are possible with thunderstorms.

Severe weather – Bay of Plenty

Severe Weather Warning update

Start

18 Dec 2014

12:13 AM

Finish

18 Dec 2014

NOT TO BE BROADCAST AFTER 09:00pm Wednesday 17-Dec-2014

Severe weather – Auckland

MetService advises possible severe thunderstorms this afternoon

Start

17 Dec 2014

10:01 AM

Finish

18 Dec 2014

MetService have advised that thunderstorms may form in Auckland. The highest risk period is between 3pm - 7pm today, with stronger thunderstorms more likely in southern parts of the region. Where thunderstorms form, surface flooding is likely and localised flooding of streams.

Severe weather – Bay of Plenty

BOP Severe Weather Warning Update

Start

16 Dec 2014

01:00 PM

Finish

18 Dec 2014

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING A front preceded by strong northeasterlies moves south over the North Island today (Wednesday 17 December), bringing a period of heavy rain to the northeast of the North Island. The heaviest falls are expected about the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne.

Severe weather – Bay of Plenty

Severe Weather Warning

Start

19 Oct 2014

10:40 AM

Finish

19 Oct 2014

08:00 PM

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING. ISSUED BY MetService AT 9:25 pm 18-Oct-2014 Period of heavy rain for the eastern Bay of Plenty A front over northern New Zealand is expected to move slowly eastwards across the North Island overnight Saturday and during Sunday morning and become slow moving over East Cape Sunday afternoon. A moist northwest flow ahead of this front is expected to bring a period of heavy rain to the eastern Bay of Plenty. 80 to 100mm of rain could accumulate in the eastern Bay of Plenty in an 18 hour period from midnight Saturday. The frontal rainband should weaken Sunday evening. People are advised that this rain could make rivers and stream rise quickly, cause slips and surface flooding and make driving hazardous. HEAVY RAIN WARNING AREA/S AFFECTED Bay of Plenty east of Whakatane FORECAST Rain is expected to become heavy overnight Saturday. In the 18 hours from midnight Saturday to 6pm Sunday, 80 to 100mm of rain is likely. Heaviest rain rates could reach 15 to 20mm per hour at times. NEXT SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WILL BE ISSUED AT OR BEFORE 9:00 am Sunday 19-Oct-2014

Severe weather – Bay of Plenty

Severe Weather Warning Lifted for BOP

Start

19 Oct 2014

08:40 AM

Finish

19 Oct 2014

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING. ISSUED BY MetService AT 7:36 pm 19-Oct-2014 Heavy rain about the ranges of eastern Bay of Plenty has eased and the warning for this area is lifted The rain has eased over the ranges of eastern Bay of Plenty and the warning for this area is lifted. WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR: Bay of Plenty ranges east of Whakatane

Infrastructure failure – Auckland

Conserve Power - interruptions could continue into evening

Start

07 Oct 2014

03:59 PM

Finish

08 Oct 2014

Vector has advised power to most customers has been restored. Customers are still being asked to conserve energy as there are two more cables to bring into service over this afternoon and evening. There may be some areas in Orakei, St Heliers and Remuera that may have power interrupted during the peak demand period this evening. Vector strongly recommends that people continue to conserve power in affected areas. To reduce the load on the network Vector are limiting the power to hot water cylinders, you may experience a lower temperature than normal. The Auckland Emergency Coordination Centre remains activated and is monitoring the situation while the network is operating by being back fed.

Infrastructure failure – Auckland

Localised power outages continue

Start

07 Oct 2014

10:44 AM

Finish

08 Oct 2014

Vector has advised power to most customers was restored overnight. This morning 324 customers are without power and Vector expect, all going well, to have these reconnected today. Currently large parts of the network are reliant on back feeding, so intermittent outages may occur depending on demand. Vector strongly recommends that people continue to conserve power in affected areas. NZTA note intersections are operational and they are working on three in Remuera. Due to power restoration, Spark only have 2 sites presently down while Vodafone has 3 down. Some of the sites need to be reconnected on site and engineers are working on reconnection. Healthcare facilities are all operational running on mains power. As some areas of Auckland continue to wait for power to be restored, there are health concerns over food premises and residents using food that may be spoiled. The Auckland Emergency Coordination Centre remains activated while some locations are still without power and is closely monitoring the situation while the network is operating by being back fed.

Infrastructure failure – Auckland

Some Power Outage Continues - Caution with Chilled Food

Start

06 Oct 2014

11:02 AM

Finish

08 Oct 2014

The Auckland Emergency Coordination Centre remains activated in response to power outages in parts of Auckland. Vector advise that approximately 18,000 customers remain without power this morning. Customers are mainly located in parts of Remuera, Saint Johns/Meadowbank, Mount Wellington, Sylvia Park and a small part of St Heliers. Vector request that customers in the east Auckland isthmus limit power usage so that more customers can be reconnected with back feeding. Vector worked through the night on affected cables and will have more certainty of actual restoration times later today. Nine intersections remain without power across Auckland, four of these are presently manned by NZ Police for traffic control. Bus and rail services are running without disruption. A number of cell sites are still down due to the power outage. Spark has 17 cell sites down as of 0900 hours but expect the majority of these to be running by 1300 hours. Vodafone have 19 cell sites down. All hospitals are now on mains power. St John are working with individuals in the affected area that rely on medical alarms. Health services also have coordinated residential care teams working in affected areas to help vulnerable persons. As some areas of Auckland continue to wait for power to be restored, there are health concerns over food premises and residents using food that may be spoiled. Westerly winds are expected to be gusty in Auckland later today. Between 11am and 6pm, MetService expect that winds in exposed parts of the region could gust up to 100 km/hr. These winds are not expected to cause widespread damage but very localised power outages and trees down could occur during the afternoon.

Infrastructure failure – Auckland

Some Power Outage Continues - Expect traffic delays Monday am

Start

05 Oct 2014

07:57 PM

Finish

08 Oct 2014

Vector wishes to advise that crews have made good progress with restoring affected customers this afternoon. This brings the total number of customers out down to 39,600, down from the 85,000 out at the height of the substation fire this morning. Suburbs still affected by the damaged cables are Sylvia Park, Remuera, Mt Wellington, St Johns, Orakei and St Heliers - these customers are expected to be without power until Monday evening. Crews will continue to work Sunday night and throughout Monday in order to get customers restored as soon as possible. Major services such as water, sewerage and telecommunications are being kept operational by generators in affected areas. Traffic congestion and delays are expected in affected areas for Monday morning. Public transport is operating as normal but there are some delays to bus services. Generators have been provided for the traffic lights at key intersections and Police and Council contractors will be assisting to direct traffic where required.

Infrastructure failure – Auckland

Major Power Outage affecting parts of Auckland

Start

05 Oct 2014

12:08 PM

Finish

08 Oct 2014

Vector advises that up to 85,000 customers are without power in parts of central Auckland from Greenlane to Otahuhu. Affected customers could be without power for 24 - 48 hours particularly in the suburbs of St Johns, Remuera, Sylvia Park and Mt Wellington. Vector advise that medically dependent or vulnerable customers should make alternative arrangements.

Floods – Bay of Plenty

FLOOD WARNING

Start

20 Aug 2014

09:12 PM

Finish

20 Aug 2014

FLOODING IN ROTORUA: FLOODING HAS OCCURED IN A NUMBER OF AREAS OF ROTORUA AS A RESULT OF THE SEVERE WEATHER OVERNIGHT.

Severe weather – Bay of Plenty

Severe Wind Warning for Bay of Plenty

Start

14 Aug 2014

09:34 PM

Finish

14 Aug 2014

MetService have issued a Severe Weather Warning for the Bay of Plenty. For the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty west of Rotorua Southwesterlies are expected to rise to severe gale for a time from late afternoon until late tonight. Gusts of 120km/h are possible in exposed places, especially about just east of the Coromandel and Kaimai Ranges.

Severe weather – Gisborne

Rain warning

Start

04 Aug 2014

08:40 AM

Finish

04 Aug 2014

In 16hrs from 8am this morning 120-180mm in the southern part of Gisborne District.

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Wanganui flooding

Start

14 Oct 2013

Finish

15 Oct 2013

The Mayor of Wanganui declared a local state of emergency in Wanganui in response to persistent heavy rain and high river levels.

Tsunami

Santa Cruz Islands tsunami

Start

06 Feb 2013

02:12 PM

Finish

07 Feb 2013

04:20 PM

Potential Threat to New Zealand advisory for North Cape, Auckland West, East Cape, Gisborne, Auckland East, New Plymouth, Wellington.

Volcanic unrest – Manawatu - Wanganui

Tongariro volcanic activity

Start

06 Aug 2012

12:25 PM

Finish

14 Jan 2013

Volcanic activity at Mt Tongariro. As GNS Science reports that the current status of Mount Tongariro is likely to remain indefinitely, with gas and steam emission continuing to be a feature for several years, this will be the last update published on the MCDEM website until the situation changes.

Earthquakes – Canterbury

Lyttelton earthquake

Start

24 Dec 2011

Finish

24 Dec 2011

07:00 PM

Lyttelton earthquake. The National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) was activated in response to the Lyttelton quake event. The NCMC stood down at 7:00pm on Friday 23 December 2011.

Floods – Nelson - Tasman

Nelson Flooding

Start

13 Dec 2011

Finish

28 Dec 2011

08:00 AM

Nelson Flooding

Tsunami

Kermadec Islands tsunami

Start

22 Oct 2011

06:57 AM

Finish

22 Oct 2011

Potential tsunami threat to New Zealand

Tsunami

Kermadec Islands tsunami

Start

06 Jul 2011

Finish

07 Jul 2011

#Tsunami warning has been cancelled 0900, 7 July 2011 A tsunami was confirmed from the earthquake in the Kermadec Islands. Advice from GNS Science is that the tsunami does not represent a threat to New Zealand. However, they expect that there will be unusually strong tidal surges and currents. For the next 24 hours people should exercise caution and discretion before entering the water or going out in small boats in all parts of New Zealand.

Floods – Hawke's Bay

Hawke’s Bay flooding

Start

28 Apr 2011

07:30 AM

Finish

03 May 2011

08:00 AM

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council declared in response to flooding and landslips in the Hawke’s Bay area.

Tsunami

Japan Tsunami

Start

11 Mar 2011

08:00 PM

Finish

12 Mar 2011

05:30 PM

Earthquakes – Canterbury

Christchurch Earthquake

Start

23 Feb 2011

10:30 AM

Finish

30 Apr 2011

12:00 AM

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred at 1251 hours on Tuesday 22 February 2011 approximately 10 km south- east of Christchurch causing significant damage to a number of buildings and major disruption to the Canterbury region. 181 confirmed fatalities were recorded as a direct result of the earthquake. A state of national emergency was declared.

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