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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 – West Coast

Westland flooding

Start

28 Jan 1991

08:30 PM

Finish

29 Jan 1991

08:00 AM

For the areas: Kaniere Township, Arthurstown, Woodstock and Hokitika. 15 families evacuated. Declared 2030, lifted 0800 (140 people evacuated in related incident at Franz Josef). Catchment work damage was estimated at $4 million

Floods – Nelson - Tasman

Nelson-Tasman flooding

Start

12 Aug 1990

09:30 AM

Finish

13 Aug 1990

05:00 PM

1 death. 45 people evacuated. Declared 0930, terminated 1700. DRC appointed. Cabinet payment (60%) for catchment work reinstatement $372000 (1990)

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Cyclone Hilda

Start

10 Mar 1990

08:15 PM

Finish

14 Mar 1990

12:30 PM

Cyclone Hilda. 96 homes evacuated. In the event farm damage was estimated at $12 million. Declared at 2015; terminated at 1230. Insurance costs in this event, excl. EQC were $1.8m (1994)

Floods – Taranaki

Cyclone Hilda

Start

10 Mar 1990

Finish

15 Mar 1990

Cyclone Hilda. 51 homes evacuated

Floods – Wellington

Greytown flooding

Start

17 Jan 1990

06:12 PM

Finish

17 Jan 1990

09:30 PM

From 1812 to 2130 (South Wairarapa DC). Some families evacuated

Floods – West Coast

Greymouth Borough Flooding

Start

16 Sep 1988

Finish

22 Sep 1988

Greymouth Borough Flooding

Floods – West Coast

Runanga Borough flooding

Start

13 Sep 1988

02:39 PM

Finish

14 Sep 1988

Declared at 1439 for Runanga Borough

Floods – West Coast

Greymouth Borough and Grey County flooding

Start

13 Sep 1988

09:13 AM

Finish

16 Sep 1988

DRC appointed 16.9.88. Stock losses 1380 sheep, 80 cattle, 6 deer. The Grey peaked at 5800 cumecs

Floods – West Coast

Inangahua County Flooding

Start

13 Sep 1988

09:13 AM

Finish

14 Sep 1988

One death. 356 people evacuated from 183 houses. Insurance claims $15.6m (1994) excluding EQC.

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Manawatu/Foxton flooding

Start

02 Sep 1988

Finish

03 Sep 1988

Kopane/Lockwood area of Manawatu County

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Palmerston North flooding

Start

24 Jul 1988

Finish

27 Jul 1988

For City area. 1200 evacuated. Declared at 2212 Sunday; lifted at 0900 Wednesday

Floods – Auckland

West Auckland flooding

Start

17 Jul 1988

Finish

18 Jul 1988

West Auckland flooding. 32 people evacuated.

Floods – West Coast

Greymouth flooding

Start

20 May 1988

Finish

23 May 1988

For Greymouth Borough. 402 people evacuated from 102 houses. Stock losses 1800 sheep, 163 cattle, 35 pigs The Grey peaked at 5100 cumecs. Insurance (excl EQC) $3.7m (1994)

Floods – Hawke's Bay

Cyclone Bola Hawke's Bay

Start

11 Mar 1988

Finish

13 Mar 1988

Cyclone Bola: for areas from Whirinaki Bluff to Raupunga. Over the whole country insurance losses in Bola totalled $42.74m (1991) excluding EQC claims

Floods – Northland

Cyclone Bola North Kaipara

Start

10 Mar 1988

Finish

13 Mar 1988

Cyclone Bola. 2 deaths. Northland insurance losses were $3.72m (1991) excluding EQC

Floods – Hawke's Bay

Cyclone Bola Hawke's Bay County

Start

09 Mar 1988

Finish

10 Mar 1988

Cyclone Bola

Floods – Waikato

Cyclone Bola Thames Valley

Start

08 Mar 1988

Finish

Cyclone Bola. 84 evacuees

Severe weather – Taranaki

Cyclone Bola North Taranaki

Start

08 Mar 1988

Finish

10 Mar 1988

Cyclone Bola

Floods – Hawke's Bay

Cyclone Bola Wairoa

Start

08 Mar 1988

Finish

17 Mar 1988

Cyclone Bola. 330 people evacuated. Wairoa insurance losses (excluding EQC) were $3.79m (1991)

Floods – Gisborne

Cyclone Bola East Cape Region

Start

07 Mar 1988

09:00 PM

Finish

25 Mar 1988

Cyclone Bola (made at 2100 hrs). Re-extended: applied to Poverty Bay, Waikohu County and Waiapu County. DRC appointed on 09.03.88 for 28 days. Reappointed on 01.04 and 01.05 (28 days each time). 3000 people were evacuated at Gisborne and 400 at Te Karaka. 3 deaths. The East Cape and Poverty Bay insurance losses were $3.53m and Gisborne losses $4.58m (both 1991 and excluding EQC)

Floods – Gisborne

Cyclone Bola Poverty Bay

Start

07 Mar 1988

04:27 PM

Finish

07 Mar 1988

09:00 PM

Cyclone Bola (from 1627 to 2100 hrs)

Other – Hawke's Bay

Fire services strikes

Start

24 Mar 1987

09:00 AM

Finish

08 Apr 1987

10:00 AM

Napier Hastings/Havelock. Fire services strikes (Declarations were from 0900 hrs to 1000 hrs each day from 24.03 to 08.04. In each centre 4 separate declarations were involved)

Wildfire – Waikato

Thames Valley bush fire

Start

19 Mar 1987

04:00 AM

Finish

19 Mar 1987

A bush fire above Thames in the night required evacuation of some 130 people for several hours. (Declared 0400)

Floods – Southland

Southland Region flooding

Start

13 Mar 1987

Finish

16 Mar 1987

For all regions except Bluff Borough & Gore/Mataura (where emergency ended 0930 hrs on 13th). Final termination at 1330 on 16th

Floods – Southland

Southland Region flooding

Start

11 Mar 1987

06:30 PM

Finish

13 Mar 1987

For whole region excluding Bluff Borough (i.e. including Invercargill). Declared at 1830 hrs

Floods – Otago

Vincent Combined flooding

Start

11 Mar 1987

Finish

12 Mar 1987

Declaration for: Vincent County & Cromwell and Alexandra Boroughs

Floods – Southland

Southland Region flooding

Start

10 Mar 1987

05:55 PM

Finish

11 Mar 1987

Declared at 1755 hours for all region except Invercargill City and Bluff Borough. 700 evacuated at Otautau and some at Gore and Mataura

Floods – Southland

Wallace County flooding

Start

10 Mar 1987

04:18 PM

Finish

10 Mar 1987

For Wallace County, declared at 1618 hrs

Earthquakes – Bay of Plenty

Whakatane earthquake

Start

05 Mar 1987

06:00 PM

Finish

12 Mar 1987

Made at 1800 hours. DRC appointed 05.03.87 for 14 days. Reappointed on 19.03.87 for another 14 days.

Earthquakes – Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty Region Earthquake

Start

02 Mar 1987

03:17 PM

Finish

05 Mar 1987

06:00 PM

Made at 1517 hours. Over 5000 people left their homes. Concluded at 1800 hrs on the 5th. Insurance claims totalled $408.6m (1994). Agricultural assistance $5.87m (1991)

Earthquakes – Bay of Plenty

Whakatane Earthquake

Start

02 Mar 1987

Finish

Initial declaration made at 1450 hrs following 6.5 earthquake

Floods – Canterbury

Rangiora flooding

Start

11 Aug 1986

03:10 PM

Finish

12 Aug 1986

07:30 AM

For: Rangiora & Kaiapoi Boroughs Eyre County & Rangiora District. 320 people evacuated at Waikuku Beach. Declared 1510, lifted 0730

Floods – Canterbury

Aorangi Region Flooding

Start

11 Aug 1986

Finish

12 Aug 1986

Declaration for Milford Riding (Strathallan County) and Temuka Borough. 65 evacuated. Agricultural assistance $4.79m (1991)

Floods – Canterbury

Aorangi Region Flooding

Start

16 Mar 1986

Finish

24 Mar 1986

Declaration for: Strathallan County, Waimate Combined District, Temuka Borough and Timaru City. The Waihao peaked at 1250 cumecs (design was 800). DRC appointed on 16.3.86 for 28 days, renewed for 28 days and concluded 11.5.86. 1160 people evacuated from Pleasant Point to Timaru and 200 from Seadown to Temuka. One death. Insurance claims, excluding EQC totalled $27.2m (1994). Rail and road damage was estimated at $30.65m (1991). Agricultural assistance estimated at $4.67m (1991)

Floods – Canterbury

Aorangi Region flooding

Start

13 Mar 1986

Finish

16 Mar 1986

Declaration for whole region

Floods – Nelson - Tasman

Nelson Bays Region flooding

Start

25 Jan 1986

Finish

26 Jan 1986

For whole region. About 150 evacuated. Insurance claims excluding EQC totalled $0.6m (1994). Agricultural assistance $0.16m (1991)

Floods – Gisborne

Poverty Bay Combined District fooding

Start

26 Jul 1985

Finish

26 Jul 1985

DRC appointed. About 100 evacuated Declared at 0620 and terminated 1620. Insurance claims excluding EQC totalled $2.7m (1994). Agricultural assistance $0.95m (1991)

Floods – Waikato

Thames Borough and Thames Valley Region flooding and landslip

Start

27 Jan 1984

Finish

22 Feb 1985

4 deaths. 170 evacuated in Te Aroha, some at Thames. Insurance claims excluding EQC totalled $9.4m (1994)

Floods – Southland

Invercargill City flooding

Start

27 Jan 1984

Finish

15 Feb 1984

for Invercargill City

Floods – Southland

Southland region flooding

Start

27 Jan 1984

Finish

09 Feb 1984

Excluded: Boroughs of Gore, Mataura, Bluff & Winton and County of Stewart Island.

Floods – Marlborough

Marlborough flooding

Start

21 Oct 1983

07:30 PM

Finish

22 Oct 1983

08:20 AM

Declared at 1930, lifted at 0820

Floods – Marlborough

Marlborough flooding

Start

10 Jul 1983

08:17 AM

Finish

12 Jul 1983

05:00 PM

Declared at 0817. Ended 1700. About 60 people were evacuated. Stock losses were 25500 sheep, 1000 pigs, 130 cattle, 4 horses

Floods – Nelson - Tasman

Golden Bay flooding

Start

10 Jul 1983

02:20 AM

Finish

11 Jul 1983

09:45 AM

140 people evacuated at Takaka and about 12 at Tapawera. Declared at 0220, lifted at 0945 NCB estimated damage at $4.9m (1991)

Floods – Waikato

Thames-Coromandel flooding

Start

13 Apr 1981

Finish

16 Apr 1981

Floods – Waikato

Paeroa Borough Ohinemuri County flooding

Start

12 Apr 1981

Finish

21 Apr 1981

2250 evacuees in Thames, Paeroa, Waihi. Insurance claims totalled $19.82m (1991)

Floods – Northland

Kerikeri flash flood

Start

20 Mar 1981

Finish

20 Mar 1981

(1 death). Insurance claims (excluding EQC) were $5m (1994)

Hazardous substance incidents – Manawatu - Wanganui

Marton Borough LPG Leakage

Start

28 Sep 1980

Finish

28 Sep 1980

Marton Borough LPG Leakage. 1500 people evacuated.

Severe weather – Wellington

Featherston Borough storm

Start

16 Jun 1980

Finish

28 Sep 1980

Featherston Borough storm

Floods – Taranaki

New Plymouth City flooding

Start

11 Jun 1980

Finish

11 Jun 1980

10 houses evacuated. The Otago and New Plymouth event(s) resulted in insurance claims of $24.54m (1991)

Floods – Otago

Silverpeaks County flooding

Start

05 Jun 1980

Finish

03 Jul 1980

Declaration for Taieri Plain, 1400 people evacuated. Cost estimated at $86m (1991) Agricultural assistance $1.72m (1991)

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