Regional News & Alerts


Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Auckland and Northland

MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Auckland and Northland, following Monday’s thunderstorm-driven chaos that saw flooding across the two regions.

After a settled morning, southern parts of Northland and western Auckland could expect heavy bouts of rain and isolated thunderstorms, MetService said.

The downpour is expected to reach 25 millimetres – 40mm rain per hour in these areas.

The severe thunderstorm watch is in place until 5pm.

Tuesday’s high is expected to be 25 degrees about 2pm. There will be a low of 18 degrees.

Over the course of 10 hours on Monday, one weather station in Albany recorded 109mm of rain.

Over the rest of the week, the low will begin to move east over the country, combining with another low which is moving south from the tropics, bringing more rain to the North Island.

Severe Weather Outlook

A slow-moving low-pressure system over the Tasman Sea directs a moist northeast flow over the country during the outlook period. A front embedded in this flow moves onto northern New Zealand on Sunday, then moves slowly southeastwards. This front is forecast to bring strong to gale force northeasterlies and rain to many regions of New Zealand.

For northwest Tasman, there is moderate confidence rainfall amounts will reach warning criteria at some stage on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.

For Mount Taranaki, there is moderate confidence of heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday.

For Northland, there is low confidence of warnable amounts of rain on Sunday and Monday.

For Auckland, there is low confidence of both heavy rain and severe east to northeast gales on Monday and Tuesday, especially about northern parts of the region.

Finally, for Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne, there is moderate confidence rainfall amounts will reach warning criteria from Monday to Wednesday.

Heavy Rain Watch

Heavy Rain Watch

Period:

9hrs from 9am – 6pm Sat, 19 Mar

Area:

Westland about and south of Bruce Bay

Forecast:

Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria, especially about the ranges.

Heavy Rain Watch – Buller

Period:

8hrs from 9am – 5pm Fri, 18 Mar

Area:

Buller west of Reefton

Forecast:

Periods of heavy rain or showers, with thunderstorms possible. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria in localised areas.

Heavy Rain Watch

Cloudy periods. Scattered showers from afternoon, possibly heavy north of the City. Light winds.

Period: from 11pm Friday 18th March 2022 – Noon Saturday 19th March

Area: Auckland, Great Barrier, Coromandel Peninsula about and north of Whitianga

Forecast: Periods of heavy rain or showers, with thunderstorms possible.  Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria in localised areas.

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Isolation period reduced from 10 to 7 days

  • COVID-19 cases and household contacts to isolate for a week
  • Two negative rapid antigen tests required for household contacts

The isolation period for COVID-19 cases and their household contacts will be reduced from 10 to seven days, Minister for COVID-19 Response Chris Hipkins announced today.

“We remain committed to reducing the spread of Omicron to protect our health system and each other. However high case numbers and household contacts, and the current 10 day isolation requirement, is having a wider impact on many parts of our lives,” Chris Hipkins said.

“There needs to be a balance between effectively controlling the outbreak and the flow-on effect for business and essential goods and services such as transport and food supply.

“The most up to date public health advice is that there is a decline in infectiousness of Omicron over time, and that in most cases transmission occurs within seven days.

“Our primary objective is to stop the chain of transmission as much as possible to manage the spread of Omicron. Seven days isolation will break the vast majority of potential transmissions, while ensuring people can get back to work quicker and therefore reducing the impact on business operations.”

The change will come into effect from 11:59pm Friday 11 March.

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Repairs to the Raukokore River Bridge

Repairs to the Raukokore River Bridge on State Highway 35 have been completed, with the bridge being accessible from this weekend.

After a routine inspection undertaken in February identified an internal void and an area of concrete that required repair, weight restrictions were put in place to limit vehicle weights on the bridge until repairs were completed.

With the repairs now successfully completed, Waka Kotahi advises that from midnight Saturday 5th March the temporary “80% Class 1” weight restriction will be lifted. The bridge will continue to have a posted 10km/hr speed restriction for heavy vehicles. 50MAX vehicles will be able to use the bridge again.

Steel plates are currently in place on the top of the bridge to protect the repaired areas and will remain in place until early April when the concrete has cured. The 30km/hr temporary speed limit will be in place for light vehicles is to assist in keeping the plates in place during this time.

The steel plates and temporary speed limit will be removed at the same time, along with the temporary access that allowed ingress to the repair site, at a later date.

Auckland overnight motorway closures 6 March – 11 March 2022

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises of the following closures for motorway improvements. Work delayed by bad weather will be completed at the next available date, prior to Friday, 11 March 2022. Please note this Traffic Bulletin is updated every Friday.

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Unless otherwise stated, closures start at 9pm and finish at 5am.
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Government sends best wishes to NZ Winter Paralympians

On behalf of the people of Aotearoa New Zealand, the Government wishes the New Zealand Paralympian team all the best for the upcoming Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson said.

“The team waving the New Zealand flag on the international stage includes two exceptional Paralympians Adam Hall and Corey Peters, as well as Para athlete Aaron Ewen who will be competing at the Paralympic Games for the first time.

“The Paralympic Winter Games continues to be a proud part of our sporting history, and beyond that, have an important role in challenging common misconceptions about disabled people,” Grant Robertson said.
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