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South Taranaki Community Update - 30 June 2015

This newsletter contains information on the many services, agencies and people that are available to help you to recover from the recent flooding event.

Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) has appointed Craig Campbell Smart as the Recovery Manager for the next two weeks. Craig is coordinating the various agencies which are involved in the recovery phase. Fiona Greenhill of STDC will take over as Recovery Manager from 13 July.


There will be a community update on the recovery work at 2pm on Friday 3 July at the Waitotara Hotel. All welcome.


  • If you have health concerns contact your GP or Ministry of Health Healthline 0800 611 116. Medical emergencies dial 111
  • Ministry of Social Development (which includes enquiries about Housing assistance)  ph 0800 552 002
  • For information about financial and other assistance you may qualify for as a result of the flooding go to Work and Income’s website or call 0800 559 009
  • The Rural Support Trust is a nationwide network that can assist farming and rural families and their communities. Ph 0800 787 254  or go to
  • Ministry of Primary Industries -
  • Whanau Support – Nan Pirikahu 021 263 6363
  • For items like clothing, food, furniture etc call the Koha Shed 06 343 8320
  • Please keep an eye on your neighbours



  • Powerco has advised that power has been restored to all customers; however it will take some months to rebuild sections of the line in the Waitotara and Tangahoe Valleys’.
  • When powerlines have been repaired, some individual properties may only have partial power. If you don’t have any power, or supply to only parts of your property, contact your electricity retailers.
  • You can also contact your retailer for information about power cuts or go to Powerco’s website
  • Powerco’s emergency number is 0800 272 727.



  • Lodge your claim with your insurer as soon as possible.
  • If you can’t remember who your insurer is, contact the Insurance Council on 04 472 5230.
  • If you can’t live in your house, contact your insurer about temporary accommodation.
  • Wait for your insurer to visit before undertaking any repairs.
  • Don’t dispose of any damaged item you may want to claim on before your insurer has seen it.
  • If you’re insured you can contact EQC on 0800 DAMAGE to see if you are eligible for clean-up assistance



  • Council’s roading contractor, Fulton Hogan, have eight crews working within the district and the majority of the 19 affected roads have been cleared more quickly than expected.
  • All roads apart from Waitotara Valley are now open but many are restricted to 4WD access for residents and essential services only.
  • We expect that the whole of Waitotara Valley Road will be open to 4WD by the end of next week, however that is weather dependant. Significant rain is forecast for this Friday which could result in more slips.
  • Engineers are currently assessing the full extent of damage (and work needed) to roads and bridges across the district and should have completed this by the end of next week.
  • Limeworks Bridge – Council is working to get the Limeworks Bridge open as soon as possible for light traffic and is considering options for a more permanent long term solution.
ROADSTATUS as at 30 June 2015 (see link above for most recent update)
Waitotara Valley RoadsClosed - Cleared for 4WD to the 34km mark (total  length 44km).

Top 4km has also been opened for 4WD -  Taumatatahi cleared for 4WD with extreme care, Makakaho Rd cleared  for 4WD - extreme care needed

Mangawhio RoadOpen
Omahine RoadOpen - 4WD only
Waiinu RoadOpen to Limeworks Bridge- Bridge is  closed to all traffic.

Alternative access routes in place

Omata RoadOpen - 4WD access only
Waikere RoadOpen - Logging Trucks carting
Weraweraonga RdOpen - for residents only 4WD access  - care required
Upper Ball Road HillOpen - crew on site clearing debris  and road surface
Maben RdOpen for residents only - open to Dam 

Extreme care - 4WD access. Further slips still to be  cleared

Ngutuwera RdOpen residents only - 4WD access -  care required -clearing continuing
Okahutiria RdOpen - care required
Waitotara TownOpen - silt clearing from streets,  kerb and channels continues.

Clearing of silt from properties continues

Rawhitiroa RdPatea River Bridge open to all vehicles. Road is open to end but

extreme care needed - 4WD only.  Machinery still on site tidying up areas that have re-slipped.

Glen Nui RdOpen
Tangahoe Valley RdOpen - residents only. Debris still  being cleared - extreme care required
Morea RdOpen - care required
Makino RdOpen - care required

Other Contact Details

Taranaki Civil Defence, 0800 900 049 or (06) 758 1110

South Taranaki District Council, 0800 111 323