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Cyclone Gita Update: Thursday 22 February 2018 1700 hrs

Thursday 22 February 2018 1700 hrs

Essential supplies have arrived at Port Tarakohe and response teams have spent the day going door-to-door in Riwaka, Brooklyn and surrounding areas.

The state of emergency remains in place as the region deals with the impacts of Cyclone Gita. Latest information follows.

Golden Bay
Regular barges with food and fuel supplies for Golden Bay have been organised.

The limited fuel supply in Golden Bay is being managed with a $30 worth of fuel per vehicle per day restriction in place.

A safe parking area for vehicles that must be left in Golden Bay temporarily has been established. This will be at the A&P Showgrounds in Takaka.

Local commercial air operators are still running services for those who want to fly into or out of Takaka. As the road to Totaranui is open, there are also commercial options for leaving Golden Bay by boat.

State Highway 60 Takaka Hill
NZTA have advised there are 19 slips on the road, which has been severely damaged in places. It will remain closed for several days at least, and repairs could take some time. An update on the situation will be provided by NZTA Friday morning.

Marahau
• Only two properties remain without power in Marahau.

• The cordon has been removed but single lane access still in place on parts of the road.

• The only road in remains via Kaiteriteri.

Motueka / Riwaka / Brooklyn Valley
Response teams have been conducting welfare assessments today.

Motueka Welfare Centre at the Motueka Recreation Centre Old Wharf Road is open, staff are on standby to provide support overnight.

Helicopters staffed by Police are visiting to Cobb, Brooklyn Valley and Resurgence Lodge to assess needs and deliver supplies.

Dovedale
The Dovedale water supply is not functional. Assessments and repair options are being actively considered. A meeting with the Dovedale community is being held tonight.

ENDS


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