Regional News & Alerts

Severe weather expected as Cyclone Dovi tracks towards North Island

Cyclone Dovi is expected to bring severe weather to large parts of the North Island this weekend as the storm tracks southwards from the Pacific.

Dovi is currently south of New Caledonia and is classified as a category three tropical storm, meaning it has wind speeds of between 119kph and 157ph.

The cyclone will bring strong winds and create large swells on Auckland’s west coast as it approaches the country from the northwest.

MetService has provided heavy rain warnings and watches for central areas from Taranaki to Buller from Friday evening into Sunday.

Strong wind warnings have also been issued for northern and central New Zealand.

It is expected to cross the central North Island on Sunday or Monday.

Transmission Gully update – 3 February 2022

An additional two safety and quality assurance tests were met last week by CPB HEB, the builder of Transmission Gully, while work continued onsite on pavement remediation and the stormwater system.

Out of 100 safety and quality assurance tests currently required under the PPP contract before the road can safely and legally open, as at 28 January 2022, 54 final test submissions have been received from CPB HEB, of which 41 have been accepted by the Independent Reviewer as meeting the required standards.

Examples of safety and quality assurance tests not yet completed by CPB HEB include tests verifying that any construction defects have been appropriately rectified, tests that relate to compliance with pavement and surfacing requirements, and other tests that show the contractor is operationally ready for road opening.

There were no additional consent tasks completed during the week, however the remaining 10 tasks are well advanced. As at 28 January 2022, 32 consent tasks were complete and 10 consent tasks remained outstanding. Two of these outstanding tasks relate to stormwater management. A fully functioning stormwater system, capable of treating road run-off water to the required standard must be operational for road opening.
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Storm update for the West Coast, Top of the South on eve of Waitangi Weekend

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Fire crews battling large vegetation fire on the Karikari Peninsula, Far North

Fire crews in the Far North are battling a vegetation fire on the Karikari Peninsula.

Fire and Emergency District Manager Wipari Henwood said ground crews were being supported by six helicopters as well as heavy machinery and a command unit to try and bring the fire under control.

A large vegetation fire is burning on the Karikari Peninsula in the Far North.

The fire was burning on conservation land, and Henwood said at this stage no homes or buildings were at risk.

Due to strong easterly winds forecasted for Monday, Henwood said he expected firefighters would be on the scene all day.

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The cause of the fire had not yet been identified, but Henwood said it was believed it began near a lay-by on Inland Rd.

Omicron update — 30 January 2022

Read the latest Omicron update from the Ministry of Health.

Public health teams are continuing to manage Omicron cases in the community through rapidly isolating cases and contacts, contact tracing, and testing to slow the spread.

We are expecting the number of cases connected to the Soundsplash music festival in Hamilton last weekend to grow over the coming days as further test results are received. The Ministry of Health is continuing to advise all attendees to get a test, if they have not already done so.

We’re continuing to ask everyone in New Zealand to act as if Omicron is circulating in their community.

That means wearing a mask, physical distancing and scanning in using the COVID-19 Tracer app, when you’re out and about.

The most common early symptoms of the Omicron variant are a sore or scratchy throat, and a runny nose. So if you have these symptoms, please get a test, and stay at home until you get a negative result.

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COVID-19 key updates from Environment Canterbury

Get the latest information on the evolving COVID-19 situation and advice on how we are responding and adapting to government directives and the changing situation.

The Canterbury region is at the Red setting on the COVID-19 Protection Framework. Please go to the Government’s dedicated website for COVID-related updates and advice or the Ministry of Health website for detailed health information.

  • At Red, our Tuam Street office opening hours are 8am till 5pm and Timaru office opening hours are 8.30am till 5pm (outside of these hours the buildings will be closed).
  • Systems are in place to ensure physical distancing and all visitors are required to scan the QR code and sign in and out and wear a face covering/mask.
  • Whether and when we may require visitor vaccination status to be declared, is still being considered.
  • You can contact us on 0800 324 636 (8am to 5 pm) or via our contact us page.
  • Our field staff will follow the existing public health measures, including wearing masks as required. Non-Environment Canterbury sites that require proof of vaccine from our staff, we ask that you communicate this in advance, to the staff member.

The Antidote: One of Five happy things to read about today, January 24

We live in unusual times. It all gets a bit much some days. So we’re bringing you a much-needed dose of positivity to remind you that there’s inspiration, kindness and quirkiness out there too.

Rare twin elephants born in Kenya

Rare elephant twins were born to the Winds II elephant family at the Samburu National Reserve, Kenya.

Twin baby elephants have been born this week in a rare event at a national reserve in northern Kenya.

The male and female were first spotted by tour guides out on safari at the Samburu reserve at the weekend.

They are only the second set of twin calves ever to have been encountered by local conservation charity Save the Elephants.

The charity said elephant twins account for only 1 per cent of elephant births, with the last known case recorded in 2006.

African elephants have the longest gestation period of any mammal. They carry their young for nearly 22 months, and give birth around every four years.


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COVID-19: Contact tracing locations of interest

Locations of interest are linked to public exposure events. We will not always publish casual contact events for regions that are at Red. We will publish close contact events for all regions. Follow the health instructions if you were at a location on the same date and time shown.

Not all exposure events will become locations of interest if health officials can identify everyone who may have been exposed (for example, a flight, a hairdresser with booked appointments, a private social event). These are considered private exposure events and you will be contacted by a district health board, the Ministry of Health or a district health board public health unit. Please follow their advice.


Locations of Interest

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Water safety tips for summer

With the sun shining and summer in full flow, our Wellington Maritime Unit have some simple tips to help you stay safe on the water.

Wearing a lifejacket, having two forms of communication and avoiding alcohol are all essential if you’re boating, but do you know what else you can do to stay safe? Summer Water Safety


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