Transition Periods

This page lists the transition period notices given from November 2016. Note: not all emergencies involve a transition period.

Transition periods support a transition from response into the initial recovery phase. It is the giving of notice of transition period that provides for recovery managers and others with powers designed to assist with recovery for a specific period of time (28 days for a local transition period and 90 days for a national transition period but these can be extended). 

More information about giving notice of, extending, and terminating a local transition period is available here.


Year Region Naming Convention Hazard Type Locality Type Start Date End Date Number of days Comment

2016

Canterbury and Marlborough

2016 / November / 14 Kaikoura/Hurunui earthquake

Earthquake

Kaikoura, Hurunui and Wairau-Awatere ward of Marlborough District

National Transition Period

09/12/2016

07/06/2017

180

Dwelling damage, infrastructure, limitation of access.  Marlborough District reduced to a ward after 90 days. 

2016

Wellington

2016 / November / 14 Kaikoura / Hurunui earthquake

Earthquake

Wellington City

Local Transition Period

14/12/2016

07/12/2017

56

Assessments of building damage

2017

Canterbury

2017 / March / Port Hill Fires

Fire

Christchurch City and Selwyn Districts

Local Transition Period

01/03/2017

29/03/2017

28

Limitation of access

2017

Bay of Plenty

2017 / April / Edgecumbe Flooding

Flooding

Whakatane District

Local Transition Period

21/04/2017

08/09/2017

140

Renewed on 19 May 2017, 16 June 2017, 14 July 2017 and 11 August 2017. Dwelling damage, infrastructure, limitation of access 

2017

Canterbury

2017 / November / 14 Kaikoura / Hurunui earthquake

Earthquake

Kaikoura District

Local Transition Period

07/06/2017

22/11/17

168

Renewed on 5 July 2017, 2 August 2017, 30 August 2017, 27 September 2017 and 25 October 2017. Notice given after end of national transition period. Dwelling damage, infrastructure, limitation of access.

2017

Otago

2017 / July / Waitaki Dunedin Clutha flooding

Severe Weather

Waitaki, Dunedin and Clutha Districts

Local Transition Period

24/07/2017

21/08/2017

21

 

2017

Canterbury

2017 / July / Christchurch flooding

Flooding

Christchurch City

Local Transition period

25/07/2017

22/08/2017

28

 

2018

Nelson-Tasman

2018 / February / Cyclone Gita

Severe Weather

Tasman District

Local Transition Period

23/02/2018

23/03/2018

28 

 

2019

Nelson-Tasman

2019 / February / Pigeon Valley Fires

Fire

Moutere – Waimea Ward of Tasman District

Local Transition Period

27/02/2019

27/03/2019 28

 

2020

Southland

2020 / February / Southland flooding

Flooding

Southland Region

Local Transition Period

18/02/2020

 17/03/2020  29  

2020

National

 

Pandemic

National

National Transition Period

13/05/2020

 08/06/2020  27

A National Transition Period for all of New Zealand owing to the impacts of COVID-19 came into force at 12.21pm on Wednesday 13 May 2020 – the point at which the state of national emergency expired. The National Transition Period was terminated at 1.53pm on Monday 8 June 2020.

Report on use of powers during national transition period given owing to the impacts of COVID-19 (.pdf 200kb)

2020

Otago

2020 / October / Ōhau Village Fire

Fire

Ahuriri Ward of Waitaki District

Local Transition Period

12/10/2020

19/11/2020

39

Notice of a local transition period over the Lake Ōhau Village and surrounding area - Ahuriri Ward was given at 12.00pm on 12 October 2020 and extended at 12.00pm on 9 November 2020. The transition period was terminated at 4.30pm on 19 November 2020.

2021

Canterbury

2021 / June / Canterbury flooding

Flooding

Hurunui District

Local Transition Period

03/06/2021

30/06/2021

28

Notice of a Local Transition Period over the areas of Hurunui District Council, Timaru District Council and Mackenzie District Council owing to severe flooding across the region was given at 4:00pm on 3 June 2021.

2021

Canterbury

2021 / June / Canterbury flooding

Flooding

Timaru District

Local Transition Period

03/06/2021

01/07/2021

29

Notice of a Local Transition Period over the areas of Hurunui District Council, Timaru District Council and Mackenzie District Council owing to severe flooding across the region was given at 4:00pm on 3 June 2021.

2021

Canterbury

2021 / June / Canterbury flooding

Flooding

Mackenzie District

Local Transition Period

03/06/2021

28/07/2021

56

Notice of a Local Transition Period over the areas of Hurunui District Council, Timaru District Council and Mackenzie District Council owing to severe flooding across the region was given at 4:00pm on 3 June 2021. Transition period was renewed once.

2021

Canterbury

2021 / June / Canterbury flooding

Flooding

Ashburton District

Local Transition Period

10/06/2021

 04/08/2021

 55

Notice of a Local Transition Period over the Ashburton district was given at 3:00pm on 9 June 2021. The transition period came into force at 4:00pm on 10 June 2021 when the state of local emergency for the area of the Ashburton district expired. Transition period was renewed once.

2021

Canterbury

2021 / June / Canterbury flooding

Flooding

Waimakariri District

Local Transition Period

10/06/2021

 08/07/2021

 28

 

2021

Canterbury

2021 / June / Canterbury flooding

Flooding

Selwyn District

Local Transition Period

10/06/2021

 

 

Notice of a Local Transition Period was given at 4.30pm on 10 June 2021. The Local Transition Period was extended on 7 July 2021 and again on 3 August 2021.

2021

Marlborough

2021 / July / Marlborough flooding

Severe Weather and Flooding

Marlborough District

Local Transition Period

28/07/2021

 

 

Notice of a Local Transition Period was given at 12.01pm on 28 July 2021. The transition period came into force at 12:01pm when the state of local emergency for the Marlborough district was terminated. The transition period was extended on 22 September 2021 over the following geographic areas: Awatere Valley Road to Molesworth Station and any associated side roads, Queen Charlotte Drive from Havelock to Picton and any associated side roads, full length of Keneperu Road and any associated side roads, Northbank Road including Top Valley Road and any associated side roads, Waihopai Road from Avon Valey Road intersection to the top of the Waihopai Valley and any associated side roads. The transition period was revised on 30 September 2021 to cover the areas of Wairau/Awatere Ward and Marlborough Sounds Ward. The transition period was extended on 20 October 2021.

2021

Buller

2021 / August / Buller flooding

Flooding

Buller District

Local Transition Period

06/08/2021

   

Notice of a Local Transition Period was given at 1.15pm on 6 August 2021. The transition period came into force at 1.15pm when the state of local emergency for the Buller district was terminated.