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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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Earthquakes – Canterbury

Canterbury Earthquake


04 Sep 2010

10:00 AM


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


29 Jun 2009

04:00 PM


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

Floods – Marlborough

PIcton flooding


30 Jul 2008

04:00 PM


31 Jul 2008

03:00 PM

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

Earthquakes – Gisborne

Gisborne earthquake


21 Dec 2007


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


30 Jul 2007


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


10 Jul 2007


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


05 Jul 2007


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


07 Jul 2006

05:19 PM


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


18 May 2005


20 Jul 2005

Houses destroyed & damaged in Tauranga due to landslips. Evacuations

Floods – Bay of Plenty

Flooding, Landslips


17 May 2005

06:43 PM


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.


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