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Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Area: Wanganui, Manawatu, Tararua, Kapiti-Horowhenua, Wairarapa, Wellington

Period: 7hrs 30min from 12:30pm – 8pm Wed, 15 Dec

Forecast: This afternoon and early evening warm temperatures and moisture at low levels combined with cooling aloft are likely to bring unstable conditions and thunderstorms to the lower North Island.

From Whanganui to Wellington and also Wairarapa including the Tararua District there is a risk of Severe thunderstorms bringing downpours with rainfall rates of 25 to 40 mm/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.

 

Issued: 8:06am Wed, 15 Dec
Next update: 8pm Wed, 15 Dec

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

Victoria University confirms vaccine mandates on campus

Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington will require all staff, students, visitors and contractors to be fully vaccinated to enter its campus from next year.

The mandate will start from Monday, January 31 and will also apply to those participating in all face-to-face university activities.

The university has been considering the issue for some time, and was the first to require double vaccinations for those living and working at its halls of residences.

A recent anonymous survey of 1865 staff members and 2743 students showed the majority of respondents supported mandates.

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In a statement, vice-chancellor Grant Guilford said the decision was “the right response” while Covid-19 existed in the community.

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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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Gales rattle the capital in typical spring fashion

Winds in excess of 90 kmh have blown for over a third of Wellington days since September (File photo).

Spring winds in the capital made for a rowdy night on Monday with many Wellingtonians waking up to their rubbish and recycling bins redistributed about the neighbourhood.

MetService issued a strong wind warning of gales of up to 120 kmh in exposed places for Wellington and Wairarapa, including the Tararua district on Monday evening.

MetService Meteorologist Mmathapelo Makgabutlane said the high winds were likely to ease by Wednesday evening but return in time for the weekend.

Winds exceeding 90 kmh had been recorded on 21 days of the 77 days since September 1 compared to 17 days over winter.

“There’s a good chance today will be number 22, but Thursday looks like a beautiful day,” Makgabutlane said.

The conditions were typical of this time of year when cold air masses clashed with warmer temperatures from equatorial and tropical latitudes.

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Ferries cancelled, roads closed as rough weather hits Wellington

Cook Strait ferry crossings and the road to Eastbourne from Point Howard onward is closed until further notice, as huge waves continue to batter the coast of Wellington.

All Bluebridge sailings for the rest of Wednesday, and those on Thursday morning, have been cancelled.

Interislander’s acting executive general manager Peter Mathews said they, too, did not expect to resume sailings until at least tomorrow morning.

“We regret the disruption this is causing to our passengers and freight customers, but safety must be our top priority.”

Running for a cause to enhance the wellbeing of our communities

Running for a cause gives Wellingtonians an extra special reason to get involved in Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays in 2022. On Sunday 20 February 13,000+ runners and walkers will have the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for one of four official event charities.

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This year, the Principal Charity is the Cancer Society Wellington, who will receive $1 from every adult registration plus donations made during the campaign. They are joined by three Affiliate charities; Mental Health Foundation, Outward Bound, and Zealandia, who will also benefit from the boosted profile which will help these charities to continue their vital mahi in our community.

Having been an Affiliate Charity in 2021, the Cancer Society Wellington team are excited about the opportunity that being the Principal Charity provides for raising greater awareness and funds for the work they do in cancer care, survivorship, and prevention.
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Building proposed for MFC car park

This Thursday 30 September Wellington City Council will consider a proposal for a 175-year ground lease to enable property developer Willis Bond to transform the Michael Fowler Centre car park into a multi-level, green building with outdoor spaces the public can enjoy.

The building proposed for the Michael Fowler Centre car park, seen from the north.

“We’re aiming to reinvigorate Te Ngākau Civic Precinct and potentially pave the way for the location in the precinct of the proposed National Music Centre,” says Mayor Andy Foster.

“The stunning design incorporates around 15,000sqm of new mixed-use space in the inner city. The lower levels with retail or hospitality activities will attract more people and create stronger connections between Te Ngākau Civic Square, lower Cuba Street and our beautiful waterfront,” says Mayor Foster.
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