Te Rākau Whakamarumaru

Civil Defence

Emergency management for the Tairāwhiti district

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Weather alerts and state highway information

The map displays the latest MetService alerts and Waka Kotahi NZTA road information for state highways. See our local road information

MetService weather for our district

Be prepared for a disaster

It's important that you're 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.
  • Know where to get water, if your usual supply is not available.
  • 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.

Civil Defence emergency status and what they mean

Weather warnings, alerts and what happens when Civil Defence is activated.

No Civil Defence emergency.

This does not mean that a sudden event cannot occur at any time.

Here are some suggestions on how you should be ready

When MetService issue a new warning the status will change to 'Weather Warning' when the event actually starts the Civil Defence status will change to 'Alert or Activated' depending on the events severity.


We've been alerted to a possible situation and Civil Defence is in a monitoring and information gathering mode:

  • Metservice and the event has started, or
  • Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, or
  • Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, or
  • Other warning systems such as telemetry / flood warning.


A hazard or event of significance is imminent or is occurring and has impacted or may impact on the CDEM Group Area and requires the activation of the Group Emergency Operations Centre (GEOC).

A state of local emergency declared under section 68 or section 69 of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. An emergency means a situation that:

  • is the result of any happening, whether natural or otherwise, including, without limitation, any explosion, earthquake, eruption, tsunami, land movement, flood, storm, tornado, cyclone, serious fire, leakage or spillage of any dangerous gas or substance, technological failure, infestation, plague, epidemic, failure of or disruption to an emergency service or a lifeline utility, or actual or imminent attack or warlike act; and
  • causes or may cause loss of life or injury or illness or distress or in any way endangers the safety of the public or property in New Zealand or any part of New Zealand; and
  • cannot be dealt with by emergency services, or otherwise requires a significant and coordinated response under the Act.

Declared under Section 66 of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002.