Te Rākau Whakamarumaru

Civil Defence

Emergency management for the Tairāwhiti district

Wave Warning

for Mahanga to East Cape.

Issued by MetService at 1:27 pm Thursday 26-May-2022

Valid from 1:00pm 26 May to 4:00am 27 May

Combined Wave: Southerly combined waves 4 metres, easing to 3 metres overnight tonight. Peak period 16 seconds.

Swell: Southerly swell 4 metres, easing to 3 metres overnight tonight. Period 16 seconds.

Pressure: Pressure about 1025 hPa.

Tides: The highest risk period is typically at or within 1-2 hours of high tide.
Gisborne high tides: 2:51pm Thu 26th, 3:14am Fri 27th.

Next issue by 2:00pm 27 May

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Support and assistance for the March/April severe weather events

For information, support and assistance

Applications are open for financial assistance through the Tairāwhiti Mayoral Relief Fund

Weather alerts and state highway information

Rainfall data, river levels and road updates

Are you prepared for a disaster?

Disasters happen at any time. It's important that you're ready to cope on your own for up to 3 days or more. Here's a guide for what you need as a minimum:

  • An emergency plan - where to meet family and how to contact one another if separated.
  • Prepare a grab bag of essential items.
  • 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.
  • Battery operated or wind up radio and spare batteries - don't forget your car radio as a last resort.
  • First aid kit, make sure it includes any essential medications.
  • Blankets, survival blankets or warm waterproof clothing.
  • Alternative cooking methods, BBQ or gas cooker.
  • Store important family documents where you can get them easily.

Civil Defence emergency status and what they mean

No Civil Defence emergency.

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

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.