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Red weather warnings for whole district

Monday 13 February, 2023

Mayor Rehette Stoltz urges people to stay home as the whole district is now under Red weather warnings.

North of Tolaga Bay has been under Red weather warnings since Saturday and now Gisborne south of Tolaga Bay has been upgraded to Red as well – this is the highest warning given by the MetService.

Between 250 to 300mm of rain is expected north of Tolaga Bay, and south of Tolaga Bay there's 100 to 150mm of rain expected on top of what has already fallen.

The rainfall comes alongside gale-force winds up to 130kmh and waves of around 6-8m with a strong storm surge.

Tairāwhiti Civil Defence Controller Ben Green says high tide at 11.45pm is a concern for the region.

“The Hikuwai River is at 12.6m and rising. Other rivers are also rising rapidly, and we are keeping a close eye on those.”

From 7pm, SH35 will be closed around the whole coast from Okitu to Opotiki.

Report any power outages to Eastland Network on 0800 206 207.

Keep up to date with local road closures on Council’s website.

Keep up to date with SH closures on Waka Kotahi’s website.

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Please keep an eye on Council's website and the Facebook pages for Council and Tairāwhiti Civil Defence for the latest information.

To report anything, contact Council on 0800 653 800, use the GDC FIX app on any smartphone, email [email protected] or use the eFix service on Council’s website.

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Hikuwai River over SH35

Hikuwai River over SH35

Bridge on Waikura  Road

Waikura Road bridge

Wharekahika flooded by storm surge


SH35 south of Huriharama

SH35 south of Huriharama