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Emergency management for Tairāwhiti district

Tsunami evacuation maps

Check the evacuation maps for the city and coastal communities

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Environmental Monitoring

Monitor hourly updates to rainfall, predicted and actual river levels

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Road information

Check the closed roads and those requiring caution

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Rain and river levels - check environmental monitoring

For local road conditions - check our road updates

For state highway updates - go to NZTA's website (external link)

For latest weather forecast - go to the Metservice website (external link)

Severe weather watch

The moist easterly flow continues to bring rain to many parts of the North Island until Friday, mainly the northeast from Coromandel Peninsula to Hawkes Bay. Although the rain has eased slightly it could be significant, especially in areas where ground conditions are already saturated. The largest accumulations are expected to be in Gisborne (north of the City) and about the Coromandel Peninsula, where a Warning is in force.

The ranges Hawkes Bay and Gisborne (from the city southwards): Till Thursday evening in Gisborne, and Thursday afternoon in Hawkes Bay.

People are advised to keep to date with the latest forecasts, in case further Watches or Warnings become necessary.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Thursday 29 September

Civil Defence information

Are you interested in our emergency manager giving a presentation to your business, organisation or community group regarding hazard events that hit our district? If you are, register with our EM Support Officer by leaving your name and either business, organisation, community group name and contact number.

It's important that you are prepared for a disaster. Get ready now so that you're better prepared to cope on your own for up to 3 days or more.

As a minimum, everyone needs:

  • enough food in your home to last 2-3 days
  • to know where to get water, if your usual supply is not available.  Store some water if a warning is issued, fill containers immediately after a large earthquake
  • alternative lighting - a torch with spare batteries or a wind up one, gas lantern or light-sticks
  • a battery operated or wind up radio and spare batteries - don't forget your car radio as a last resort   
  • a first-aid kit, make sure you have essential medications
  • blankets, survival blankets or warm waterproof clothing
  • alternative cooking methods - BBQ or gas cooker
  • to store important family documents where you can get them easily
  • an emergency plan - where to meet family and how to contact one another if separated

For further information on how to 'be prepared'
What to do before, during and after an earthquake. - Earthquake advice and information
Find out if you live or work in a Tsunami hazard area and what is a tsunami

We will broadcast over these stations during an emergency:

  • 945 kHz AM - Talkback ZB
  • 585 kHz AM - Radio Ngati Porou
  • 90.9 FM - ZGFM
  • 98.1 FM - Radio Ngati Porou
  • 98.9 FM - More FM (Urban Gisborne)
  • 90.1 FM - More FM (Rural areas)
  • 94.9 FM - Radio Live
  • 91.7 FM - Turanga FM
  • 88.5 FM - Uawa