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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 – 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.

Earthquakes – Canterbury

Canterbury Earthquake

Start

04 Sep 2010

10:00 AM

Finish

15 Sep 2010

12:00 AM

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred at 04:35 hours on Saturday 4th September 2010 approximately 30 km west of Christchurch causing damage to a number of buildings and major disruption to the Canterbury region. No fatalities were recorded as a direct result of the earthquake.

Landslides – Waikato

Waihi Village Landlides

Start

29 Jun 2009

04:00 PM

Finish

Landlsides led to the evacuation of the village of Waihi, Lake Taupo plus 2-3 houses not in village.

Floods – Marlborough

PIcton flooding

Start

30 Jul 2008

04:00 PM

Finish

31 Jul 2008

03:00 PM

Declaration made to assist police in evacuating approx. 40 people in Picton.

Earthquakes – Gisborne

Gisborne earthquake

Start

21 Dec 2007

Finish

22 Dec 2007

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake occurred at 20:55 hours on Thursday 20 December approximately 50 km south-east of Gisborne at a depth of approximately 40 km with a number of after shocks. The earthquake caused damage to some buildings and minor disruption to power supply. No deaths or significant injuries occurred. Most damage occurred in the Gisborne City central business district (CBD).

Floods – Otago

MIlton flooding

Start

30 Jul 2007

Finish

31 Jul 2007

On Monday 30 July 2007, over 90mm of rain fell in the Milton area. A Civil Defence emergency was declared for the Bruce Ward, particularly the Milton Township, at 8.40pm on Monday 30 July. The declaration was lifted at 9.00am on the morning of Tuesday 31 July after rain subsided and the recovery structure was in place.

Floods – Northland

Far North flooding

Start

10 Jul 2007

Finish

13 Jul 2007

The Far North District Council Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated at 0952 hours on 10 July and stood down at 1230 hours on Friday 13 July. A Local State of Emergency was declared by Her Worship the Mayor, Yvonne Sharp, at 1615 hours on 10 July. The state of emergency was terminated at 1500 hours on Friday 13 July 2007.

Severe weather – Taranaki

Taranaki District Tornado

Start

05 Jul 2007

Finish

07 Jul 2007

On the 5th July a series of tornadoes struck Taranaki causing widespread damage to dwellings and properties. A declaration of local emergency was declared by the Taranaki CDEM Group on Thursday evening 5th July, 2007, and the EOC was activated. The declaration was lifted on Saturday 7th July 2007 after the 9am briefing and recovery coordination was in place

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Rangitikei District flooding

Start

07 Jul 2006

05:19 PM

Finish

08 Jul 2006

08:51 AM

Declared at 1719 only for purpose of evacuation of people in lower Whangeahu valley. Enforcement powers ware required as some people resisted evacuation and the local Controller wanted all at risk to be evacuated before dark- river was still rising and flooding expected. Air force helicopter supported evacuations. Declaration lifted following morning at 0851.

Landslides – Bay of Plenty

Tauranga District Flooding, Landslips

Start

18 May 2005

Finish

20 Jul 2005

Houses destroyed & damaged in Tauranga due to landslips. Evacuations

Floods – Bay of Plenty

Flooding, Landslips

Start

17 May 2005

06:43 PM

Finish

30 May 2005

Declared at 1843 for Edgecumbe-Tarawera Ward. Matata township significant damage due to mudslides and debris flows down mountain. 27 homes destroyed, 87 damaged. Local roads, SH2 & rail extensively damaged. Evacuations.

Floods – Bay of Plenty

Whakatane District Flooding, Landslips

Start

17 Jul 2004

09:47 PM

Finish

30 Jul 2004

Declared at 2147 for Whakatane urban area. Declaration extended due to concern about further adverse weather forecasts. Widespread road, infrastructure water, power, sewage disruptions throughout district, impacting on mainly Whakatane and Edgecumbe urban areas, vast rural areas due to Whakatane river breaching stop banks (in exces of 15,000ha farmland inundated). About 215 houses uninhabitable, more that 1300 evacuations. One death due to tree falling on motorist. Landslips aggravated by earthquake swarm (more than 100 shallow earthquakes) around Lake Rotoehu coinciding with the flood impact period. MCDEM appointed Recovery Facilitator.

Floods – Bay of Plenty

Opotiki District Flooding, Landslips

Start

17 Jul 2004

05:00 PM

Finish

23 Jul 2004

Declared at 1700 for Waiotahi Ward. One death at Ohiwa Beach due to landslip. Numerous road closures due to flooding, houses evacuated due to deemed unsafe (mainly landslip threat). 10 houses uninhabitable. About 30 persons evacuated. Widespread water and power disruptions.

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Manawatu- Wanganui Region flooding

Start

17 Feb 2004

08:00 PM

Finish

25 Feb 2004

12:00 AM

Declared for whole region at 2000 hrs, effectively ending the Rangitikei and Manawatu declarations made the previous morning. (See Rangitikei & Manawatu District declarations above). Similar conditions in Horowhenua District, although no declaration was made earlier by that District. Tararua, Ruapehu & Wanganui Districts also affected. Summary on event: Intense rainfall and gale force winds from 15-23 February have affected the lower North Island and top of the South Island with extensive and severe flooding and some wind damage. The river peak of the Manawatu River was the second largest on record, the largest being recorded in 1902. The peak of the Rangitikei was the third largest on record since 1897. Estimated to be NZ’s largest disaster in 20 years. More than a thousand evacuees. Approx 500 houses damaged. 4 bridges destroyed, 21 bridges seriously damaged. Widespread roads, rail closure, widespread power & phone outages. Stock losses estimated at 1300.

Floods – Marlborough

Picton flooding

Start

17 Feb 2004

01:37 PM

Finish

18 Feb 2004

Declared at 1337 hrs for Picton Ward. About 1000 people had to be evacuated in fear of a break in the Burns Dam (a reservoir above the town) due to high inflow capacities and possible landslips into the reservoir. Heavy flooding in Alexandra Holiday Park area. Declaration ended when engineers declared the dam to be safe.

Floods – Taranaki

Patea Ward flooding

Start

17 Feb 2004

11:00 AM

Finish

27 Feb 2004

Declared for Patea Ward (Waitotara Township and Waitotara Valley) at 1100 hrs due to severe flooding. Approximately 100 residents had to be evacuated. No reticulated water supply, sewerage tanks had to be pumped. Telephones & power also out.

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Manawatu District Flooding

Start

16 Feb 2004

03:10 AM

Finish

17 Feb 2004

Declared at 0310 hrs for District due to severe flooding. 100 year event in certain areas. Defence resources required. Approximately 350 evacuees. Feilding isolated, many bridges out. Widespread road & rail closures. Water & power outages throughout District. Major issue main gas pipeline to Hawkes Bay closed.

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Rangitikei District Flooding

Start

16 Feb 2004

02:55 AM

Finish

17 Feb 2004

Declared at 0255 hrs for District due to severe flooding with significant problems in Marton. 100 year event in certain areas. Approximately 530 people evacuated. Communications (phones) out due to bridges supporting cables collapsing. Water & power outages throughout District. Certain parts of District isolated. Declaration ended on 17 February due to a Regional declaration being made.

Floods – Wellington

Kapiti Coast District flooding

Start

04 Oct 2003

12:30 AM

Finish

09 Oct 2003

Declared at 0030 hrs for District, although damage was limited to Paekakariki town and Paekakariki Hill Road. Damage caused by major flooding and landslips (mud & rubble) at Paekakariki. Several families evacuated, welfare centre established. Health issues due to sewerage problems. Wellington cut off (road and rail) until afternoon of 04.10.2003. Air crash at Waikanae might have complicated response. Duration of declaration mainly due to clean-up process.

Floods – Waikato

South Waikato District floods

Start

21 Jun 2002

08:00 AM

Finish

23 Jun 2002

05:00 PM

Declared at 0800 hrs for Putararu & Tirau Wards. Terminated at 1700 on 23/07. “Weather Bomb” caused extensive flooding. Main problems nil water supply, no power, resulting in a need to regulate water supply & consumption. Several roads closed, Kinleith branch railway line closed. Considerable damage to private properties, no evacuations.

Floods – Waikato

Thames District flooding

Start

21 Jun 2002

03:03 AM

Finish

24 Jun 2002

05:00 PM

Declared at 0303 hrs for District. Terminated at 1700 on 24/07. “Weather Bomb” caused extensive flooding, power failures, overloading of waste water systems. All flooding between midnight & 1240am. Some areas recorded highest rainfall ever per hour. 200 houses evacuated, 500 evacuees. SH 25 closed. One death- person swept to sea at Waiomu Motor camp. 14500 insurance claims as at 2 August 2002. Estimated at $25 million (highest ever linked to a disaster event in NZ).

Floods – Otago

Clutha District flooding

Start

18 Nov 1999

07:18 PM

Finish

21 Nov 1999

01:00 PM

Declared at 1918hrs. Terminated at 1300, 3 days later. Flooding in Balclutha (110 people evacuated); Kaitangata (30 people)

Landslides – Otago

Queenstown landslip

Start

18 Nov 1999

05:30 PM

Finish

29 Nov 1999

11:59 PM

Threatening landslip. Declared at 1730hrs. Terminated at 2359, 10 days later. 64 houses evacuated.

Floods – Otago

Central Otago District flooding

Start

17 Nov 1999

08:30 AM

Finish

19 Nov 1999

05:00 PM

Declared at 0830 hours. Terminated at 1700, 2 days later. Flooding in Alexandra (200+ businesses & houses); Roxburgh, Miller’s Flat, Ettrick.

Landslides – West Coast

Poerua Landslip

Start

12 Oct 1999

07:50 AM

Finish

12 Oct 1999

01:10 PM

Declared at 0750, lifted at 1310 same day. A slip off the north face of Mt Adams occurred at 0330hrs on 6 October 1999 depositing 10-15 million cu.metres of debris in the Poerua river valley, blocking the river and creating a lake 1.2km long and over 80metres deep. The lake overtopped after 2 days of heavy rain caused the dam to breach at about 0745 on 12 October. 46 people were evacuated as water moved through the valley. Resultant damage was minimal despite aggregation raising the river bed substantially.

Floods – Bay of Plenty

Rotorua District flooding

Start

01 May 1999

11:47 AM

Finish

01 May 1999

04:09 PM

Declared at 1147, lifted at 1609 same day. A small number of self evacuations were carried out.

Wildfire – Otago

Central Otago Rural Fire

Start

28 Feb 1999

06:00 PM

Finish

01 Mar 1999

12:00 PM

Declared at 1800, lifted 1200 next day. Declaration by Mayor for whole district. Purpose: to assist Emergency Services in evacuating properties. 40 properties & in excess of 200 people evacuated; 2 houses destroyed by fire; 1 person died from heart attack - shock of event; many farm buildings, fences & numbers of livestock were destroyed by fire. No actual costs.

Floods – Northland

Far North District floods

Start

22 Jan 1999

08:58 AM

Finish

10 Feb 1999

Declared at 0858; DRC appointed. Impact in Hokianga area: 4 communities severely affected; 270 people evacuated; 80 in emergency accommodation; 96 sections damaged; 75 houses damaged; 3 houses destroyed. Est. cost impact $4.3m.

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Ruapehu District floods

Start

30 Oct 1998

12:30 PM

Finish

04 Nov 1998

09:15 AM

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Wanganui District floods

Start

29 Oct 1998

06:30 AM

Finish

30 Oct 1998

02:00 PM

Declared at 0630; lifted 1400 next day. Declaration to facilitate evacuation of 62 residential properties & 45 commercial premises threatened by possible overtopping of the stopbanks of the Whanganui River. 75 evacuees; 24 in motel accommodation. Stopbanks not breached although some localised inundation occurred.

Floods – Wellington

Kapiti Coast District flooding

Start

28 Oct 1998

08:00 AM

Finish

30 Oct 1998

07:30 AM

Declared at 0800. This time 50-60 houses evacuated, 1 death. Lifted 0730.

Floods – West Coast

Buller District floods

Start

27 Oct 1998

04:30 PM

Finish

28 Oct 1998

01:55 PM

Declared at 1630, lifted 1355 next day. A replay of the previous week, 220 evacuated, 20 houses flooded through (12 at Seddonville, 1 at Mohikinui, 4 at Karamea and 3 at Waimare.

Floods – Wellington

Kapiti Coast District flooding

Start

21 Oct 1998

01:05 AM

Finish

22 Oct 1998

01:00 PM

Declared at 0105, lifted 1300 next day; 13 houses evacuated in Otaihanga area of Waikanae.

Floods – West Coast

Buller District flooding

Start

19 Oct 1998

10:30 PM

Finish

20 Oct 1998

01:40 PM

Declared at 2230, lifted 1340 next day. Karamea: 7 houses inundated; 66 people evacuated. Seddonville: 6 homes & hotel evacuated. Waimare: 3 baches evacuated.

Severe weather – Waikato

Cyclone Fergus

Start

30 Dec 1997

05:11 PM

Finish

31 Dec 1997

03:00 PM

Declared at 1711 for Thames - Coromandel District, Waihi and Paeroa Ward of Hauraki and Te Aroha Ward of Matamata-Piako. Terminated at 0915 for the outer wards and at 1500 for T-C. Cyclone Fergus. About 2000 displaced holiday-makers. About 350 in temporary accommodation. 1 death

Severe weather – Hawke's Bay

Wairoa District Storm

Start

02 Jun 1997

07:00 PM

Finish

03 Jun 1997

09:00 PM

Declared at 1900, terminated at 2100 next day. About 166 people evacuated at Nuhaka after flooding and power failure associated with storm. DRC appointed for 14 days

Other – Canterbury

Oupha Dam failure

Start

06 Feb 1997

02:05 AM

Finish

08:20 AM

Declared at 0205, terminated at 0820. About 200 residents evacuated from Stratheona and Butlers Crossing when 40 metre Opuha Dam overfilled and failed releasing 13 x 106m3 of water. Normal flow of the Opuha 30-40 cumecs, peaked at 1500 cumecs.

Severe weather – Waikato

Cyclone Drena

Start

11 Jan 1997

09:40 AM

Finish

12 Jan 1997

05:00 PM

Declared at 0940, terminated at 1700 next day. Cyclone Drena. About 140 evacuated at Moanatairi. 3 deaths.

Floods – Canterbury

Hakataramea floods

Start

14 Dec 1995

09:15 PM

Finish

18 Dec 1995

08:02 AM

Declared at 2115 for Hakataramea. 7 houses evacuated (17 people). River peaked at 3300 cumecs (mean flow at Waitaki Dam is 350). Terminated at 0802 on 18th.

Floods – Otago

Waitaki flooding

Start

14 Dec 1995

12:01 AM

Finish

14 Dec 1995

08:00 AM

Declared at 0001 for Omarama, lifted at 0800. 35 evacuated.

Floods – Waikato

Thames Valley flooding

Start

14 Jul 1995

09:15 PM

Finish

15 Jul 1995

03:30 PM

Declared at 2115 for Thames Ward, Plains Ward. Terminated at 1530. There were 30 people evacuated. About 200 insurance claims. Damage put at $4 million. (A combination of rain and high tide).

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