Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Relief as bad weather heads away from Northland

Relief as bad weather heads away from Northland


Civil Defence officials in Northland say it appears the worst of the effects of ex Tropical Cyclone Lusi may be over shortly – for their region at least – as the bad weather now bears down on other parts of New Zealand.

Graeme MacDonald, spokesman for the Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group, says the region’s weather for much of the day today had again unfolded as per MetService forecasts, with winds and storm surges causing most of the issues.

Gale force winds had cut power causing a number of outages across the region, but these were being repaired by lines companies Northpower and Top Energy.

Similarly, while there had been a lot of rain in places – with 91mm recorded at Puhipuhi near Whangarei over the 27 hours to 4pm – officials had no reports of flooding, with catchments, rivers and streams all apparently coping.

However, storm surges at Paihia had damaged a restaurant on the town’s wharf and the seawall that adjoins Williams Rd.

“A temporary repair to the seawall was underway this evening and the roadway will be closed from 6pm prior to high tide at 8pm today. Firefighters have also been helping business and homeowners to sandbag buildings to prevent seawater inundation in and around the waterfront on Williams Rd.”

Mr MacDonald said all other roads in the Far North were reportedly open, although – in common with the Whangarei district – there had been a number of incidents where trees had been blown across roads.

Northland’s Regional Harbourmaster had also reported several boats had come ashore at Houhora, Mangonui and Paihia and some moorings had dragged at Houhora.

Further south, Marsden Point had been closed to all shipping and at Mangawhai reports had been received of damage to a building with roofing iron lifted.

He says the maximum wind speed recorded by 4pm today had been 139kph at Cape Reinga, while Northland Regional Council figures for the 27 hours to 4pm showed the wider Kaeo area had received about 80mm, Cape Reinga 63.6mm, Kaikohe 79.8mm, Kerikeri 46mm, the wider Whangarei area 45-90mm and Dargaville 17mm.

Mr MacDonald says officials will continue to keep a close eye on the situation as the low moves across the region, however, given the latest forecast and Lusi’s predicted path, he expected its impacts would be causing bigger issues for other regions from this evening.

“In the meantime, we’re urging Northlanders to continue to keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts and take the usual sensible precautions, including making sure boats and any other items that could be affected by the strong winds are properly secured.”


Mr MacDonald says overall though, it appears Northland had escaped from the aftermath of Lusi fairly lightly.

“Our thoughts are now with those further south, who it appears will face more challenging weather as a result of this weather system than we did in Northland.”
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On War Crimes And The Afghan Insurgency

Truly, with friends like former defence Minster Wayne Mapp, the SAS does not need enemies. At the very least, the Hit and Run book has raised the possibility that the New Zealand SAS committed war crimes in the attack they led in Afghnistan upon the villages of Naik and Khak Khuday Dad...

Mapp’s attempted defence of the SAS on RNZ this morning unintentionally indicated that collective punishment was baked into the planning exercise for the raid, and also into how the raid proceeded on the ground. More>>

 
 

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

OutsKey: John Key's Valedictory Speech

I rise to address this House for the very last time. It has been a huge privilege to have served the people of Helensville as their member of Parliament, and, of course, the people of New Zealand as their Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Water Everywhere

Monday's Post-Cabinet press conference focused on water, with the Prime Minister fielding questions about the possibility pricing water taken for export. Mr English said the government was directing their water allocation technical advisory group to include export water in considerations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news