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Transpower cautions electricity supply looking tight again this evening

Risk of Power Cuts tonight.
Transpower has called for power companies to increase their generation to reduce the risk of power cuts this evening.
The electricity system operator issued a notice shortly before 4pm advising that there was less than 200 megawatts of slack in the system between 5pm and 7.30pm. Areas affected not advised.   Power Cautions Tonight
Notice issued by Transpower means available supply should still exceed demand, unless something unexpected were to happen.

Severe Weather Warnings

Heavy rain for parts of upper South Island and Northland. Heavy snow for the Canterbury High Country about and north of Rakaia river.

A front brings periods of heavy northerly rain to the upper South Island today, while an east to southeast flow is forecast to bring periods of heavy rain to Northland tomorrow. Rainfall accumulation in these areas may approach warning amounts, and Heavy Rain Watches are in force. The front is also expected to bring heavy snow to Canterbury High Country areas about and north of Rakaia river until early this afternoon and a Heavy Snow Watch remains in force for this area.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case these watches are upgraded to a warning, or further areas are added.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Northland

Period: 13hrs from 5am – 6pm Wed, 29 Jun

Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria, especially about the eastern areas north of Whangarei.

 

Area: Marlborough Sounds, Rai Valley and Richmond Range

Period: 17hrs from 1pm Tue, 28 Jun – 6am Wed, 29 Jun

Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

 

Area: Westland about and north of Otira and Buller south of Karamea

Period: 6hrs from 9am – 3pm Tue, 28 Jun

Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Heavy Snow Watch

Area: Canterbury High Country about and north of Rakaia river

Period: 4hrs from 9am – 1pm Tue, 28 Jun

Forecast: A period of snow to 400 metres, with heavy falls above 500 metres where accumulations may approach warning criteria. Note, Heavy Snow Watch south of Rakaia river has now been lifted.

Road Snowfall Warnings

Road Snowfall Warning

Area: Lewis Pass (SH7)

Period: 4hrs from 10am – 2pm Tue, 28 Jun

Forecast: Snow is expected to affect the road until early this afternoon. Expect 4 to 6 cm of snow to accumulate on the road above 700 metres and lesser amounts to 500 metres.

Area: Arthur’s Pass (SH73)

 

Period: 3hrs from 10am – 1pm Tue, 28 Jun

Forecast: A few snow showers are expected to affect the road until early this afternoon. Expect 1 to 2 cm of snow to settle on the road above 700 metres and lesser amounts to 500 metres.

Area: Porters Pass (SH73)

Period: 3hrs from 10am – 1pm Tue, 28 Jun

Forecast: A few snow showers are expected to affect the road until early this afternoon. Expect 1 to 2 cm of snow to settle on the road above 700 metres and lesser amounts to 500 metres.

 

Area: Lindis Pass (SH8)

Period: 3hrs from 10am – 1pm Tue, 28 Jun

Forecast: A few light snow showers may affect the road until early this afternoon, but little if any snow is expected to accumulate.

A weak ridge over New Zealand moves eastwards on Friday as a weak trough approaches the country from the west. A weak cold front is forecast to move northeast over the South Island on Saturday then across the North Island on Sunday, followed by south to southeast winds.

A subtropical low may approach the North Island from the north on Monday, and there is low confidence of southeast winds rising to severe gale in exposed parts of northern and eastern Northland during Monday.

Strong Wind Watch

Area:

Wairarapa north of Featherston, the Tararua District, the ranges of Hawke’s Bay about and south of Te Haroto, and Taihape

Forecast:

Northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Area: Waitomo, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu, Kapiti-Horowhenua, Wairarapa, Wellington

Period: 5hrs 30min from 9:30am – 3pm Thu, 9 Jun

Forecast: Thunderstorms are expected to affect western parts of the North Island from Waikato southwards until this evening, bringing localised very heavy rain, hail and squally wind gusts.

Between 8am and 2pm Thursday, there is a risk that a few of these thunderstorms could be severe south of Raglan bringing rain with damaging wind gusts in excess of 110 km/h, one or two small or damaging tornadoes.

Wind gusts of this strength can cause some structural damage, including to trees and power lines, and may make driving hazardous.

If any tornadoes occur, they will only affect very localised areas.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Area: Northland, Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Taranaki

Period: 6hrs from 10am – 4pm Thu, 2 Jun

Forecast: An active front is moving across the North Island today, bringing squally thunderstorms with heavy rain and hail, and a chance of a small tornado. There is a moderate risk of these thunderstorms becoming SEVERE, producing localised downpours with intensities of 25 to 35 mm/h (most likely about Waikato and Waitomo), large hail, damaging wind gusts in excess of 110 km/h, and the chance of a localised damaging tornado near the west coast this morning.

Rainfall of this intensity can cause surface and/or flash flooding, especially about low-lying areas such as streams, rivers or narrow valleys, and may also lead to slips. Driving conditions will also be hazardous with surface flooding and poor visibility in heavy rain.

Large hail can cause significant damage to crops, orchards, vines, glasshouses and vehicles, as well as make driving conditions hazardous.

Wind gusts of this strength, and damaging tornadoes can cause structural damage, including trees and power lines, and may also make driving hazardous.

Issued: 9:55am Thu, 2 Jun
Next update: 2:30pm Thu, 2 Jun

Area: Kapiti-Horowhenua, Wellington

Period: 5hrs from 10am – 3pm Thu, 2 Jun

Forecast: An active front is moving across the North Island today, bringing squally thunderstorms with heavy rain and hail, and a chance of a small tornado. There is a moderate risk of these thunderstorms becoming SEVERE, producing large hail, damaging wind gusts in excess of 110 km/h, and the chance of a localised damaging tornado.

Large hail can cause significant damage to crops, orchards, vines, glasshouses and vehicles, as well as make driving conditions hazardous.

Wind gusts of this strength, and damaging tornadoes can cause structural damage, including trees and power lines, and may also make driving hazardous.

 

Issued: 9:55am Thu, 2 Jun
Next update: 2:30pm Thu, 2 Jun

Area: Bay of Plenty, Rotorua

Period: 7hrs from 11am – 6pm Thu, 2 Jun

Forecast: An active front is moving across the North Island today, bringing squally thunderstorms with heavy rain and hail, and a chance of a small tornado. There is a moderate risk of these thunderstorms becoming SEVERE, producing localised downpours with intensities of 25 to 35 mm/h, especially about eastern Bay of Plenty and damaging wind gusts in excess of 110 km/h.

Rainfall of this intensity can cause surface and/or flash flooding, especially about low-lying areas such as streams, rivers or narrow valleys, and may also lead to slips. Driving conditions will also be hazardous with surface flooding and poor visibility in heavy rain.

Wind gusts of this strength can cause structural damage, including trees and power lines, and may also make driving hazardous.

Issued: 9:55am Thu, 2 Jun
Next update: 2:30pm Thu, 2 Jun

Note: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favourable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. People in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and monitor for possible Severe Thunderstorm Warnings.

For information on preparing for and keeping safe during a storm, see the Civil Defence Get Ready website

Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty, Waitomo to Wellington, including Taupo, Taumarunui and Taihape

Showers with squally thunderstorms and hail, easing tomorrow afternoon.

Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay

Showers clearing late evening but developing again tomorrow morning, some heavy with thunderstorms possible in the afternoon and evening.

Wairarapa

Scattered showers, some heavy with thunderstorms on the ranges easing tomorrow afternoon and becoming confined to the coast.

Marlborough, Nelson, Buller, Westland and Fiordland

Periods of heavy rain, with squally thunderstorms and hail, easing tomorrow morning.

Canterbury, Otago and Southland

Cloudy periods. Showers in Southland, spreading to Otago and southern Canterbury with some heavy this afternoon. Showers easing tomorrow morning and becoming confined to the coast.

Chatham Islands

Fine spells. Rain developing late evening, becoming heavy and thundery overnight, then easing to tomorrow afternoon.

Tornado – Levin – Updates

Levin was hit by a Tornado at approximately 6.30am this morning, causing havoc, taking down trees, impacting power lines and taking off roofs.  Horowhenua/Kāpiti is under a severe weather watch. Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) urges people to stay home unless travel is critical.

Minor injuries have been reported as a result of breaking glass.  Fire and Emergency have activated an Urban Search and Rescue team, which will work alongside Council’s Building team to prioritise assessment along all the roads and streets that have received damage or are closed.  The Palmerston North City Council Rescue Emergency Support team has been deployed to assist. Rangitikei District Council has offered assistance to capture drone footage, to understand the extent of the damage.

Welfare needs:

If you have urgent welfare needs please ring Council’s main number on 06 366 0999, as support is available.  Please keep pets and animals sheltered.

Powerlines down and/or damage reported on:

  • Parker Avenue
  • Victoria Street
  • Tawa Street
  • George Street
  • Adkin Avenue
  • Skye Street
  • Cambridge Place
  • Mako Mako Road (Lake Horowhenua end).

Streets/roads currently closed:

  • Oxford Street
  • Cambridge Street (from Liverpool to Bath Street)
  • Tawa Street
  • Wilton Street
  • Gladstone Road
  • Winchester Street
  • Tararua Road
  • Parker Street
  • Sterling Street.

A traffic management has been put in place for North and South Bound State Highway 1 (SH1) traffic.  North is being diverted to Mako Mako Road – Tiro Tiro Road – Kawiu Road.  South is being diverted to York Street – Weraroa Road – Mako Mako Road.  Contractors are working to clear SH1 of tree debris.

The following schools are closed while we assess the damage:

  • St Joseph’s School
  • Learning Adventures
  • Levin School
  • Levin Intermediate School
  • Horowhenua College
  • Ōhau School.

Infrastructure:

Water treatment plants at Shannon and Tokomaru are currently offline due to turbidity.  Water storage capacity is sufficient, but as a precaution tankers have been activated for Tokomaru.

The CDEM Incident Management Team has been called in to assist emergency services throughout Levin.  Police, Fire and Emergency, St Johns, Contractors, Electra and Arborists have all been activated to assist.  We will keep you updated as we know more.

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Heavy rain for parts of the South Island and the upper North Island, also severe gales possible for central and southern New Zealand

A series of fronts embedded in a moist northwesterly flow are expected to affect the country through to late Thursday, bringing periods of heavy rain to the western areas of the South Island and the upper North Island. Heavy rain warnings and watches are in force for these areas.

Additionally, strong west to northwest winds are expected ahead of the front that moves north over the country later today (Wednesday) and Thursday. Strong wind watches are in force for parts of central and southern New Zealand.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made or more areas are added.

 

Heavy Rain Warning – Orange

Impact: Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

Area: Ranges of Bay Of Plenty east of Opotiki

Period: 15hrs from 7am – 10pm Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Expect 70 to 110mm to accumulate. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm/h.

 

Area: Westland about and south of Otira

Period: 16hrs from 11pm Wed, 18 May – 3pm Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Expect 70 to 100mm to accumulate about the ranges and lesser amounts near the coast. Peak rates of 15 to 25m/h, especially in thunderstorms.

Area: Fiordland

Period: 13hrs from 5pm Wed, 18 May – 6am Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Expect 70 to 90mm to accumulate. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm/h, especially in thunderstorms.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Northland

Period: 34hrs from 9am Wed, 18 May – 7pm Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rain amounts may approach warning criteria for short durations during this time for example 70mm in 12 hours. Note, rain is expected to ease for a time overnight tonight (Wednesday) and during Thursday morning.

 

Area: Buller, Westland north of Otira

Period: 14hrs from 5am – 7pm Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, especially about the ranges.

 

Area: Headwaters of Canterbury lakes and rivers

Period: 9hrs from 4am – 1pm Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Periods of heavy rain with thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

 

Area: Headwaters of Otago lakes and rivers

Period: 12hrs from 10pm Wed, 18 May – 10am Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Periods of heavy rain with thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Strong Wind Watch

Area: Canterbury High Country

Period: 14hrs from 11pm Wed, 18 May – 1pm Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

 

Area: Central Otago, Southern Lakes, Clutha, Southland, Stewart Island

Period: 10hrs from 9pm Wed, 18 May – 7am Thu, 19 May

Forecast: West to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

 

Area: Wairarapa, Wellington and Marlborough Sounds

Period: 7hrs from 9am – 4pm Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

 

Area: Marlborough excluding the Sounds

Period: 9hrs from 5am – 2pm Thu, 19 May

Forecast: Northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

Issued: 9:19am Wed, 18 May
Next update: 9pm Wed, 18 May

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Budget 2022 invests to keep Kiwi kids in class and learning

The Government is committed to improving student attendance at school and kura, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti said in a pre-Budget announcement today.

“It’s clear that young people need to be at school, and yet attendance rates haven’t been good for a long time. It’s a complex issue which has to be addressed right across Government, through social and economic policies that meet the needs of our communities,” Chris Hipkins said.

“There are many reasons why students disengage from learning and this has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, so we are putting measures in place to help turn that around.

“Funding through Budget 2022 will support changes to the system and more targeted investment to make schools a place where all young people want to be, where they can access the support they need and where there are ways back into learning for those who have disengaged.

“A regional response fund of $40 million over four years is being established to meet local education needs, with a strong initial focus on ensuring students are going to school and are engaged in their learning.

“Funds will be provided through Te Mahau, which works closely with the sector and communities, as well as hapū and iwi to ensure frontline support is getting where it needs to in the way it needs to. Te Mahau was established to support all schools to succeed following the reform of Tomorrow’s Schools.

“Some of what the regional response fund will be used for is ensuring pathways are there for disengaged youth alongside iwi, schools, councils and community groups and providers. It can be used to support whānau-led responses to break the cycle of disengagement, or brokering services with other agencies to ensure students have the level of support they need to stay in school. It’s important and complicated work, which this Government is committed to funding and fixing,” Chris Hipkins said.

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