Latest Press Releases

Latest Press Releases

Event: Heavy rain and flooding

Media release no: 15 Date/Time: 11.10am, Thursday 25 June 2015

State of Emergency declared - Eye to recovery as response continues

Taranaki Civil Defence is maintaining contact with households in remote areas which remain cut-off and providing urgent welfare, medical and other necessities. The State of Emergency in Taranaki remains and is reviewed each day. 

The Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has appointed Craig Campbell-Smart  as Recovery Manager.  When the declaration is lifted the Recovery Manager will coordinate long-term community support for the affected people across the whole region.

Waitotara township

Most residents in Waitotara have now returned to their homes or have arranged alternative accommodation locally. The cleanup of homes and streets in the town is underway. All homes in Waitotara have now been assessed.

Taranaki District Health Board advises that water at Waitotara School is currently safeto drink and monitoring is ongoing. Wai-inu Beach water supplies are safe to drink. Tankers are supplying drinking water to the township.

The local Information Centre at the Waitotara Hotel remains open. If people have urgent needs they should contact Civil Defence 0800 or call 111 for medical emergencies.

Taranaki Disaster Relief Fund

Public donations can be made to the Taranaki Disaster Relief Fund to help people affected by heavy flooding and storm damage.

Details are: TSB Bank, 15-3947-0492814-01 “Taranaki Disaster Relief Fund”. The relief fund was jointly set up by South Taranaki, Stratford and New Plymouth district councils and Taranaki Regional Council. Donations to the Taranaki Disaster Relief fund are the most efficient and effective form of assistance for those affected by the emergency.

Assistance

People with urgent and essential needs can contact the Ministry of Social Development on 0800559 009.

Rural support

TheTaranaki Rural Support Trust can help farming and rural families affected by flooding and road closures. Contact 0800  787 254

Roading

SH43 between Stratford and Taumaranui is open but drivers should expect delays due to maintenance. SH3 south of Hawera at Manutahi is still reduced to one lane due to washout. Slip clearing at Mt Messenger tunnel is delaying traffic on SH3 north.

Many local roads within the region remain closed due to slips and flooding. 

Get the latest updates here:

South Taranaki:  tinyurl.com/STroads

Stratford District: tinyurl.com/StratRoads

New Plymouth District: tinyurl.com/NProads

North Island State Highways: tinyurl.com/StateHiways

Power

People should contact their energy retailer to report faults or for information about power cuts or go to Powerco’s website http://www.powerco.co.nz/Outages-and-Faults/

Customers who wish to use their own generators must arrangefor a certified electrician to connect the generators for safety reasons.

Health and safety

Everything that has been in contact with floodwater should be treated with caution. Personal hygiene is crucial to prevent the spread of disease following flood events.

All beaches in the NP District have been signposted with 5-day “Do Not Swim” notices.

Other

Kiwi Rail advise that the line from Marton to Hawera is closed due to multiple slips. It is estimated it will take two weeks to re-open.

Boaties are also advised to be aware of flood debris that has been washed out to sea.

Event: Heavy rain and flooding

Media release no: 13 Date/Time: 2.35pm, Tuesday 23 June 2015

State of Emergency declared - Taranaki Disaster Relief Fund set up

A Taranaki disaster relief fund has been set up for public donations to help local people affected by heavy flooding and storm damage.

Details of the fund, set up today, are: Taranaki Regional Council at TSB Bank,15-3947-0492814-01 “Taranaki Disaster Relief Fund”.

Donations to the Taranaki Disaster Relief fund are the most efficient and effective form of assistance for those affected by the emergency.

Helicopter assessments

Today helicopter relief flights are continuing aerial assessments of isolated rural areas and dropping off urgent welfare supplies for people and picking up others. Two infants were picked up from households at Waitotara Valley and returned to their parents elsewhere in Taranaki. There were also 15 food and six medical and necessities drop-offs.

The flights are assessing how people are coping and the extent of damage to roads and bridges in isolated rural areas of Taranaki.

A State of Emergency remains and the current focus is on the long term welfare andsustainable support of isolated, rural households across the region. There is concern about the effects of power cuts and houses affected by silt and flood damage. Many local rural roads remain impassable because of slips, and some areas are still without power. It’s expected some roads may take several weeks to be cleared and re-opened.

Update on Waitotara

Taranaki District Health Board advises Waitotara residents that everything in contact with floodwater should be treated with caution. Most residents have returned to their homes and personal hygiene is crucial to prevent the spread of disease following flood events. Children and pets should continue to stay away from flood waters. The boil water advice remains in place in Waitotara township and bottled water is available for residents at the Local Information Centre at the Waitotara Hotel, which remains open.

In Waitotara township, no homes remain under water and STDC health officers areassessing house and testing water supplies. Residents on bore water supply are advised to boil water. The streets are passable.

If people have urgent needs they should contact Civil Defence 0800 or call 111 for medical emergencies.

The road bridge to Wai-inu Beach remains closed but there is alternative access across private land.

Elsewhere in Taranaki

Across theregion today, people are advised to stay away from beaches, rivers and streams because of potential contamination as a result of heavy rain and flooding. Boaties are also advised to be aware of flood debris that has been washed out to sea.

SH43 between Stratford and Taumaranui has reopened, though extreme care is advisedas there remain a number of slips and the route is reduced to one lane inparts.

Contact information

Media enquiries: Public Information Manager, 0800 900 049

Email: pim@cdemtaranaki.govt.nz

Twitter: TaranakiCD

Facebook: TaranakiCivilDefence

Web www.cdemtaranaki.govt.nz

Event: Heavy rain and flooding

Media release no: 12. Time: 9.20am, Tuesday 23 June 2015

State of Emergency declared - Aerial survey continues today

Taranaki Civil Defence are today providing support to residents contacted during yesterday’s aerial survey across isolated areas of the region.

Aerial assessments are continuing today, across Tangahoe and Waitotara Valley, to reach residents in isolated areas.

Yesterday four helicopters flew over isolated pockets of south eastern Taranaki, from SH43 to Waitotara, until about 5.15pm. About 100 households estimated to remain isolated due to slips and closed roads.

Most people seemed to be coping, but about half a dozen families with urgent needs will receive food, water, medication, baby food and necessities today.

If people have urgent needs they should contact Civil Defence 0800 or call 111 for medical emergencies.

Taranaki remains in a state of emergency today following the heavy rainfall and flooding over the weekend. Many local rural roads in Taranaki are impassable because of slips, and some areas are still without power.

Across the region, people are advised to stay away from beaches, rivers and streams today because of potential contamination as a result of heavy rain and flooding. Boaties are also advised to be aware of flood debris that has been washed out to sea.

Updateon Waitotara

Most residents have returned to their homes in Waitotara township, no homes remain under water. STDC health officers are assessing house and testing water supplies. Residents on bore water supply are advised to boil water. The streets are passable. An information centre for residents remains open at the Waitotara Hotel.

The road bridge to Waiinu Beach remains closed but there is alternative access across private land.

Assistance and donations

Taranaki Civil Defence is aware of a social media initiative calling for donations of household goods for those affected by the weekend weather.

While we acknowledge the organisers’ public-spiritedness and generosity, we must stress that cash is the most efficient and effective form of assistance for those affected by the emergency.

Experience has taught us that building up a stockpile of household goods creates more problems than it solves. It puts pressure on the logistics, manpower and finances of those responding to the emergency, and the goods themselves are often not what is most needed.

The immediate focus remains on assessing and responding to urgent needs. A relief fund will be set up in due course.

Previous Media Releases

Welfare needs being assessed - 22 June

State of Emergency remains in force - 21 June

Arrangements made for Waitotara residents - 21 June

Wet weather causes slips/flooding - 20 June

Waitotara township evacuation recommended - 20 June