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Aotearoa New Zealand stands ready to assist people of Tonga

The thoughts of New Zealanders are with the people of Tonga following yesterday’s undersea volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami waves, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta says.

“Damage assessments are under way and New Zealand has formally offered to provide assistance to Tonga,” said Nanaia Mahuta.
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NZ Fire and Emergency

Fire Season Updates

Review latest fire restrictions across the country

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Last night’s shake

Last night’s shake was a reminder that earthquakes can happen at any time. This M5.8 earthquake was quite deep (187 kilometres below Taranaki) and was felt by thousands of people across Aotearoa. Find out more about preparing for an earthquake at https://getready.govt.nz/earthquakes/

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Civil Defense – Get Flood Prepared

Floods happen often in New Zealand and can cause a lot of damage and loss of life. Find out what to do before, during and after flooding.

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Severe Weather Warning

Heavy rain for eastern parts of New Zealand, and possible severe gales for Buller and northern Westland

Updated to add a Heavy Rain Watch for South Canterbury.

A complex low pressure system affects central and northern New Zealand through to Thursday morning. Heavy Rain Warnings and Watches are in force for eastern parts of the North Island, northwest Tasman, Canterbury and Marlborough. Note, winds may approach severe gale over Buller and northern Westland.

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

Testing requirements for asymptomatic unvaccinated travellers

To meet domestic travel requirements from mid-December, 15-minute COVID-19 rapid antigen testing will be available at no cost from community pharmacies throughout New Zealand until the end of January 2022.

When the Auckland boundary lifts at 11:59pm on Tuesday 14 December, anyone travelling from Auckland who is not fully vaccinated will need to carry with them evidence of a negative test result within 72 hours of travel. In addition, those who are travelling in other parts of the country with a transport company that requires unvaccinated individuals to be tested will also be required to carry evidence of a negative test result.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says: ‘Aucklanders have borne the brunt of the Delta outbreak, facing restrictions for an extended period to keep the rest of New Zealand safe. But the time has come to allow all New Zealanders to reconnect with one another over summer as safely as possible.’

Testing for asymptomatic unvaccinated individuals over 12 years wishing to depart from Auckland, and asymptomatic unvaccinated domestic travellers from elsewhere in New Zealand, can be a supervised rapid antigen test at selected community pharmacies.

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Sport NZ

Kia ora koutou,

I hope everyone is taking care as we count down to the end of the year. Just a few short weeks to go before we can enjoy a well-earned break.

It continues to be a challenging time as we come to terms with the new COVID-19 Protection Framework, however on balance this feels like a positive new era for sport and recreation within the traffic light system. In Auckland in particular it was great to see people out and about this weekend, and even better to see teams playing together and indoor classes getting back to it.

As you know, it has been priority for us to communicate confirmed guidance for the sector as soon as we can, and to help ease pressure across our partner network where possible. Please continue to send your questions to: Covid19response@sportnz.org.nz so that we can support operational planning where needed. In many ways we are working through this together; every question answered and shared helps another club or organisation in the same position. Our full guidance and FAQs can be found on the Sport NZ website and information is below regarding our drop-in sessions.

Lastly, we appreciate hugely your efforts to keep New Zealanders active and moving at this time. As they say, where there is a will there is a way, and organisations have found some very inventive ways to support and encourage physical activity despite seemingly impossible limitations. Sport NZ is committed in this phase to supporting participation-based initiatives. An example of this is the extension of the Healthy Active Learning initiative into more schools and kura across the country. The He Oranga Poutama Programme Investment, which contributes to positive outcomes for Maori wellbeing, has also been extended for suitable providers to deliver in 2022. You can find out more about these initiatives below.

I hope you all get a chance for some pre-Christmas cheer with your friends and loved ones.

He waka eke noa,
Raelene  Castle

Flooding updates – Kapiti Coast

Due to heavy rain starting on 6 December we are experiencing flooding in the district, causing streams and rivers to rise dramatically. We’ve had several pockets of localised flooding and a few landslides. Weather conditions eased overnight but staff are keeping a watching brief because the forecast is for more rain on Tuesday.  

This page will keep you updated on what’s happening, from road closures and what to do if you need to report flooding, or need help.

General advice

People are asked to stay safe and dry at home and not to venture out to look at the flooding. It’s dangerous and we need to keep the roads clear for emergency vehicles.

Stay away from waterways; the heavy rain undermines riverbanks, and they can collapse without warning.

Our pipe networks are having to cope with a massive amount of water, so remember to treat all floodwaters as potentially contaminated.

If you have any fear for your personal safety please dial 111. If you have less urgent flooding issues or operational requests, please call us on 0800 486 486 or log it on Antenno.
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Plea to drivers – don’t ignore traffic management

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will close on-and-off-ramps overnight while critical work is done on State Highway 1 (SH1) to avoid a repeat of incidents where drivers have attempted to drive the wrong way up a motorway off-ramp.

On and off-ramp night-time closures have been in place between Johnsonville and Tawa as workers install fibre for new electronic signage and CCTV cameras.

During work at the Tawa interchange, which included the closure of the southbound on-ramp, several drivers travelling north from Tawa towards Takapu Road ignored numerous detour and road closure signs. They then attempted to drive the wrong way up the southbound Tawa off-ramp to access the southbound motorway lanes and continue their journey south.

“Driving the wrong way on any road is a disaster waiting to happen – these incidents put those drivers, our workers and the public at risk,” says Mark Owen, Regional Maintenance and Operations Manager.

Mr Owen says the drivers were only stopped by traffic management workers, who physically prevented them from continuing the wrong way up the off-ramp and onto SH1.

“There was clear traffic management in place all the way through the Tawa interchange, and it was only thanks to the quick thinking of our contractors that a potential disaster was averted.

“Our top priority is keeping everyone safe on the roads, so while this work continues, we have no option but to close both on and off-ramps during the night to prevent people driving in the wrong direction. We acknowledge this will be further inconvenience for the public, but it is the only way to prevent this happening again.”

The southbound on and off-ramps at Tawa will be closed for two weeks from Sunday 28 November between 9pm and 5.30am on Sunday to Thursday nights.

Drivers who would normally use these on and off-ramps are asked to plan ahead and use the local road network via SH1 Mungavin Avenue/Titahi Bay or Churton Park/Glenside interchanges.

The closures are to allow Waka Kotahi to install new technology and signage on SH1 that will help people navigate the road safely and more easily, safety and keep them informed of any incidents or crashes ahead.

It is part of an ongoing programme of improvements to the regional state highway network, which will continue up to and beyond the opening of the Transmission Gully motorway.

For more information follow the Waka Kotahi Wellington Facebook page or visit the Wellington Network Operational Readiness webpage: nzta.govt.nz/wnor

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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency works to create transport solutions for all New Zealanders – from helping new drivers earn their licences, to leading safety campaigns to investing in public transport, state highways and local roads.

 

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