State of Emergency Declared

State of Emergency Declared

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

UPDATE - FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY, 4.30PM

Roading update

All roads now open apart from Tiromoana Road which is closed at the bridge. Access available to all of Tiromoana from either Fraser Road or Campbell road ends.

There are still roads that have worksites dealing with storm damage, but these are signed/coned. These are all passable (perhaps down to one lane)

Storm-related greenwaste can be dropped off, for free, at all transfer stations between 1 - 4pm through until Sunday 25 February.We have also set up 3 alternative sites to drop off greenwaste in Hawera, Normanby and Kaponga. Go to this link to see exactly where the alternative sites are located and times available: https://www.southtaranaki.com/Council/Gita-Greenwaste-clean-up/

For residents in rural areas without power. We have organised the following:

  • Residents can use the showers at Sandford Event Centre Opunake between 9am - 5pm(Mon-Fri) PH: 06 758 7609 and at the Hawera Holiday Park between 9am – 5pm PH 0272730539.

People can fill up containers with Potable water at:

- The Four Square in Rahotu

- Opunake LibraryPlus

- Oaonui Hall where there will be a water tanker from 2pm – 4:30pm Thursday –Sunday 24 Feb The tanker’s last day was today. It will not be there this weekend.

- Manaia Swimming Pool Fri 3:30pm – 7pm Sat/Sun noon – 7pm

- Normanby Hall (outside taps)

- Kaponga Swimming Pool (Sat/Sun noon – 5pm)

- Eltham LibraryPlus

- Patea LibraryPlus (during open hours Mon-Fri 9-5pm, Sat 9:30am -12 noon)

- Waverley LibraryPlus (during open hours Mon-Fri 9-5pm, Sat 9:30am -12 noon)

  • All rural pools, apart from Kaponga, are open today. Please note, this is subject to change.
  • Naumai Park (High Street, Hawera) has a lot of damaged trees. Please stay away from this area.
  • Numerous streetlight bulbs have blown – these should be repaired by the end of the week.

From Other Agencies

The Rural Advisory Group are continuing to do a stock take of damage to ascertain whether there is a need for task force green. They are concerned especially about stock water due to ongoing power outages and farmers mental health especially around the areas also hit by drought around Opunake.

Powerco teams are working hard to restore power to properties throughout Taranaki who lost supply following Tuesday night’s storm.

PowerCo have told us restoration is now in the final stages with good weather predicted for the weekend. They had good recoveries by field crews overnight with the total number of outages now sitting at approximately 1300. Here is some information from them:

As at 11 am there were 1,163 HV in Taranaki and 137 in Whanganui customers without supply. The majority of the outages are located in the eastern Taranaki area with Whangamomona, Toko, Strathmore and Douglas being particular affected. Helicopters and vehicles are being utilised for patrols. The damage to the network in this area is extensive and we are hoping to gain more of a picture later today. We have mobilised additional field crews and expect to assess the damage and restore supply to customers throughout today. However, we cannot currently give accurate estimates of restoration times. We do expect that there will be pockets of customers still without supply possibly into the weekend. Any customers without power should log a fault via their energy retailer to ensure we (PowerCo) have a job logged for them.

If you were without power for a prolonged period of time, here are some guidelines from the Ministry of Primary Industries to help ensure the food you have is safe to eat:

Knowing what is safe to eat during the 'clean-up' phase after an emergency can become a guessing game. Understand what may or may not be safe to eat: • any food that retains ice crystals and where the packaging has not been damaged or opened can be safely refrozen
• foods that have been defrosted can still be used if they have just recently defrosted and can be kept cold, ie the fridge is working again
• defrosted food cannot be refrozen
• inspect the food – does it smell or appear different? Has the colour changed and does it have a slimy texture? If so, it's probably unsafe to eat
• do not use any tinned food that has been damaged (for example if the can has split seams or has been punctured).

If you follow the guidelines above, they may help prevent you or your family from becoming ill.

For more information on food safety during an emergency, visit the MPI website: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/…/ad…/food-safety-in-adverse-events/

UPDATE - FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY, 10.15AM

Roading Update

All roads (except those listed below) are now open to at least one lane of traffic. Please take care.

  • Skeet Road (west of Rowan Road) is closed. Crews are onsite now and it is being cleared.
  • Waitotara Valley Road - closed at 12km mark. Crews are onsite now and it is being cleared
  • Tangahoe Valley Road - Open til lake
  • Tiromoana Road - closed from Fraser Road to bridge - estimated it will be cleared by close of business on Monday
  • Ngawhini Road - open. Travel with care
  • Storm-related greenwaste can be dropped off, for free, at all transfer stations between 1 - 4pm through until Sunday 25 February.We have also set up 3 alternative sites to drop off greenwaste in Hawera, Normanby and Kaponga. Go to this link to see exactly where the alternative sites are located and times available: https://www.southtaranaki.com/Council/Gita-Greenwaste-clean-up/

For those in rural areas without power. We have organised the following:

  • Members of the public can use the showers at Sandford Event Centre Opunake between 9am - 5pm(Mon-Fri) PH: 06 758 7609 and at the Hawera Holiday Park between 9am – 5pm PH 0272730539.
  • People can fill up containers with Potable taps at:

- The Four Square in Rahotu

- Opunake LibraryPlus

- Oaonui Hall where there will be a water tanker from 2pm – 4:30pm Thursday –Sunday 24 Feb

- Manaia Swimming Pool Fri 3:30pm – 7pm Sat/Sun noon – 7pm

- Normanby Hall (outside taps)

- Kaponga Swimming Pool (Sat/Sun noon – 5pm)

- Eltham LibraryPlus

- Patea LibraryPlus (during open hours Mon-Fri 9-5pm, Sat 9:30am -12 noon)

- Waverley LibraryPlus (during open hours Mon-Fri 9-5pm, Sat 9:30am -12 noon)

  • All rural pools, apart from Kaponga, are open today. Please note, this is subject to change.
  • Naumai Park (High Street, Hawera) has a lot of damaged trees. Please stay away from this area.
  • Numerous streetlight bulbs have blown – these should be repaired by the end of the week.

UPDATE - THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY, 12 NOON

  •  All rural pools, apart from Kaponga, are open today. Please note, this is subject to change depending on intermittent power outages.
  • Naumai Park (High Street, Hawera) has a lot of damaged trees. Please stay away from this area.
  • Numerous streetlight bulbs have blown – these should be repaired by the end of the week.
  • Kaponga LibraryPlus will be open today, however we do not know if it will have power.
  • Many people in the rural coastal areas remain without power. We have organised the following:
    • Members of the public can use the showers at Sandford Event Centre between 9 - 5pm (Mon – Fri) PH: 06 758 7609
    • People can fill up containers with Council water at:
    - The Four Square in Rahotu
    - Opunake LibraryPlus
    - Oaonui Hall where there will be a water tanker from 2pm – 4:30pm Thursday –Sunday 24 Feb

UPDATE - THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY, 11AM

Roading Update

All roads (except those listed below) are now open to at least one lane of traffic. Please take care.

  • Skeet Road (west of Rowan Road) is closed. Crews are onsite now and it is being cleared.
  • Waitotara Valley Road - closed at 12km mark. Crews are onsite now and it is being cleared
  • Tangahoe Valley Road - closed from the tunnel. Open to tunnel for light vehicles only. Considerable care required (with restrictions). Rest of the road is going to take some time to clear.
  • Tiromoana Road - closed from Fraser Road to bridge - estimated it will be cleared by close of business on Monday
  • Ngawhini Road - closed. Clearing today.

UPDATE - WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY, 4.15PM

  • Crews are working hard to get roads cleared - see the list below for the status of the roads.
  • Skeet Road - west of Rowan RoadClearing now
    Eltham Road (Patiki to Oeo Roads)Clearing now
    Eltham Road (Palmer to Lower Duthie Roads)
    Eltham Road (by Waiteika and Opunake Rds)
    Opua Road Powerlines down
    Wiremu RoadTrees and powerlines down
    Dalziel Road Trees down
    Opunake Road (Between Hastings and Palmer Roads)Power lines down
    Arawhata Road Now open
    Oeo RoadNow open
    Waiteika RoadNow open
    Upper Kina RoadTree down
    Waitotara Valley Road - 12km markCrew onsite -  won't be cleared today. Hopefully tomorrow.
    Aorere RoadNow open
    Tangahoe Valley Road Open to tunnel for light vehicles only. CONSIDERABLE CARE REQUIRED – width restrictions
    Tiromoana Road - Fraser Road to BridgeTrees down, estimated open close of business on Monday
    Kakaramea RoadTrees down
    Rawhitiroa Road - Omoana SaddleCrew onsite - open tomorrow. Access for light vehicles only by 9am tomorrow
    Morea RoadCrew onsite - open by close of business today
    Ngawhini RoadTrees down - please pass with care
    Opourapa Road - Shed roof and trees on roadOpen with care
    Furlong Street - corner of Milmoe Street and Furlong StreetStreet tree branches are down - please pass with care

UPDATE - WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY, 2.46PM

  • Storm-related greenwaste can be dropped off today, for free, at the following transfer stations – Hawera (1 – 5pm), Manaia, Patea and Opunake (1 – 4pm), Waitotara (3 - 5pm) and Waverley (4 – 6pm). From tomorrow (Thursday 22 February), all transfer stations will be taking storm-related greenwaste for free between 1 - 4pm through until Sunday 25 February.
  • Crews are working around the clock to get roads cleared – see the list below for the status of the roads.
  • Skeet Road - west of Rowan RoadClearing now
    Eltham Road (Patiki to Oeo Roads)Clearing now
    Opua Road Powerlines down
    Wiremu RoadTrees and powerlines down
    Dalziel Road Trees down
    Opunake Road (Between Hastings and Palmer Roads)Power lines down
    Arawhata Road Now open
    Oeo RoadNow open
    Waiteika RoadNow open
    Kina RoadNow open
    Waitotara Valley Road - 12km markCrew onsite
    Aorere RoadNow open
    Tangahoe Valley Road Open to tunnel for light vehicles only.CONSIDERABLE CARE REQUIRED – width restrictions
    Tiromoana Road - Fraser Road to BridgeTrees down, estimated open close of business on Monday
    Kakaramea RoadTrees down
    Rawhitiroa Road - Omoana SaddleCrew onsite - open tomorrow
    Morea RoadCrew onsite - open by close of business today
    Ngawhini RoadTrees down - please pass with care
  • There is still no power at Eltham, Kaponga and Patea rural pools, so it is unlikely that these pools will be open tomorrow.
  • Naumai Park (High Street, Hawera) has a lot of damaged trees. Please stay away from this area.
  • Numerous streetlight bulbs have blown – these should be repaired by the end of the week.
  • Power is back on at the Patea LibraryPlus.
  • Kaponga LibraryPlus is closed till tomorrow because of a power outage.


UPDATE - WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY, 12.40PM

  • Storm-related greenwaste can be dropped off today, for free, at the following transfer stations – Hawera (1 – 5pm), Manaia, Patea and Opunake (1 – 4pm), Waitotara (3 - 5pm) and Waverley (4 – 6pm). From tomorrow (Thursday 22 February), all transfer stations will be taking storm-related greenwaste for free between 1 - 4pm through until Sunday 25 February.
  • All Transfer Stations will be taking storm-related greenwaste for free until the end of Sunday. We are currently trying to organise other sites around the district to be used a alternatives, as well as looking at extending the hours of the transfer stations – we will let you know once this has been organised.
  • Road closures – here is a list of the current road closures (that we know of) from around the district. Skeet Road, Eltham Road, Oeo Road, Waitotara Valley Road (12km mark), Aorere Road, Tangahoe Valley Road (this will take more than day to clear), Tiromoana Road, Kakaramea Road, Rawhitiroa Road and Morea Road. We have teams of contractors out on the ground trying to get these cleared as soon as possible – sites that can’t be dealt with straight away have been signposted and coned off.
  • Streetlights are down in Albion Street and Longfellow Road. Bulbs are blown in various areas and will be repaired as crews become available.
  • Due to no power, the York Street (Patea) pump station had some wastewater overflow into Patea River. We have notified the TRC and have put signage up and have sent a ‘sucker truck’ to the station and are working to get power restored as soon as possible.
  • Aotea Utanganui – Museum of Taranaki will be closed today due to the power outage in Patea
  • Patea LibraryPlus is open – but there is no power.
  • All the other LibraryPlus centres are open and available for public to come in and charge their phones.
  • All rural pools are going to be closed today due to the amount of clean up that needs to be done at each of the sites.
  • Hawera Aquatic Centre – the inside pool is open. The outdoor pool will be open early this afternoon (estimated 1pm).


UPDATE - WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY, 10.30am

Our phone system is back up and running - thank you so much for your patience.
The rural pools are going to be closed today - due clean up.
Aotea Utanganui - Museum of South Taranaki is currently closed due to the power outage in Patea.
The indoor pool at Hawera Aquatic Centre will be opening at 11am, once the pool plant has been sorted out.
Patea and Opunake LibaryPlus centres are currently closed due to power outages in the areas.
We will be updating this page (and our website) with further information at midday.



Description of situation

A state of emergency was declared in the Taranaki region at 7.50pm today due to high winds affecting roads and essential services, including power and water supplies, as Ex Cyclone Gita tracks across the country.

Nearly 23,000 Taranaki properties were without power at 6.20pm. Some may be without power overnight and into tomorrow.

The pipeline from the New Plymouth water treatment station to the Mangorei Reservoir has been ruptured by a falling tree. Residents in eastern parts of New Plymouth District – New Plymouth, Bell Block, Waitara, Tikorangi, Onaero and Urenui – are urged to conserve water and use only the bare minimum.

Fallen trees and traffic accidents are disrupting traffic flows on number of highways and local roads.

Declaration status

A state of emergency has been declared. It was signed by the New Plymouth District Mayor, Neil Holdom, on behalf of the Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Group.

What’s being done?

  • The Taranaki Emergency Coordination Centre is supporting emergency services and utility providers responding to the storm.

Public safety/health instructions

  • Phone 111 if life is at risk.
  • Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Stay home and keep safe.
  • Conserve water, especially residents in New Plymouth District.
  • If your power is out, be prepared for a lengthy wait before it is restored.
  • Keep an eye on the Facebook and Twitter feeds of Taranaki Civil Defence, Powerco, NZTA and your local district council.
  • Treat all downed powerlines as live. Do not go near them.

Important information

  • Gust of up to 140kmh in South Taranaki and 120kmh in North Taranaki are expected to continue until 1am, after which time winds should gradually ease.
  • However, the effects of the storm will be felt well into tomorrow and beyond, due the scale of damage to infrastructure.
  • The effect of storm swells on vulnerable coastal communities is being monitored.

Listen to these radio stations for official information:

Classic Hits

Taranaki 90FM

Opunake 91.2FM

Nelson 89.6FM

More FM

Taranaki 93.2FM

Oakura 96.4FM

Okato 100FM

Opunake 92.4FM

Newstalk ZB

New Plymouth 1053AM

Hawera 1278AM

Wanganui 1197AM

Nelson 1341AM

Radio Live

Taranaki 89.2FM

Radio Rhema

Taranaki 540AM

Opunake 93.6FM

Radio NZ National

New Plymouth 101.2FM

918AM

Wanganui 101.6FM

567AM