Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


MetService have issued their first Severe Red Warning


MetService, is New Zealand’s only authorised provider of Severe Weather Watches and Warnings – the public alerts for severe weather. This is the first Red Warning MetService has issued since introducing this new level of warning reserved for the most extreme weather events where significant impact and disruption is expected.

Westland south of Hokitika and Fiordland north of George Sound has been escalated from an Orange to a Red Warning.

MetService meteorologist and Head of Weather Communication, Lisa Murray explains; “This Red Warning is issued after consultation with the West Coast Regional Council and the local Civil Defence after careful consideration of the impacts the area could see in this kind of weather event.”

There has already been significant rainfall at the MetService rain gauge at Milford Sound recording 350mm in 24 hours till 10am this morning (Monday), closing State Highway 94 (the Milford Road).

MetService meteorologists are expecting a further 300mm to 450mm of rain possible today and tomorrow to accumulate on the ranges on top of what has already fallen, with peak intensities of 15 to 25mm/h in general, but up to 40mm/h might be experienced.

“This amount of rain can cause significant impacts to those living or traveling through the area. You can expect dangerous river conditions, significant flooding, and slips. It is likely to disrupt travel, making some roads impassable and possibly isolating communities. Please check the NZTA website before travel,” advises Murray.

A Red Warning signifies that people need to act now as immediate action is required to protect people, animals and property from the impact of the weather. People should keep up to date with the latest weather warnings at and be prepared to follow the advice of official authorities and emergency services.

You can watch MetService's official video about the Red Warning here

Other parts of the country:

MetService currently has a number of other Watches and Orange Warnings in place over much of the South Island and parts of the lower North Island, for heavy rain and strong winds.

The warnings are associated with number of fronts over the lower South Island becoming more active tonight and during Tuesday. As a front moves up the South Island later on Tuesday, a cool southerly change spreads north in the wake of the front, through Southland, Otago and Canterbury, bringing rain, sometimes heavy and strong southwesterly winds. The front is expected to weaken as it moves over the North Island during Wednesday.

The warm temperatures, thanks to the persistent northwest winds in the north and east of the country, continue today and Tuesday with a southerly change cooling things from late Tuesday. The temperatures in general go back to normal for this time of year for much of the country on Wednesday.

Keep up to date at

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Freight: New Report On Auckland Port Relocation

The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. More>>


Chartered Accountants: COVID-19 Fails To Knock Kiwi Investor Confidence, But More Disclosure Wanted

Three months of COVID-19 lockdown and investment turmoil has done little to knock confidence in New Zealand capital markets and listed companies with overall investor sentiment very similar to 2019, an investor survey held in mid June shows. However, ... More>>


Taxation: Black-Market Tobacco Sidesteps $287 Million In Excise Tax

Year-on-year increases in consumption of illicit tobacco in New Zealand have seen illegal trade swell to 11.5% of the total market. If consumed legally, illicit products would have netted the Government $287 million in excise tax during 2019. Independent ... More>>


Energy Sector: Meridian Spilled Water To Hike Electricity Prices - Authority Ruling

The Electricity Authority has found that generator Meridian Energy manipulated the power market, costing consumers about $80 million. More>>


XE Data Update: RBNZ Official Cash Rate Decision

The RBNZ will keep the Official Cash Rate (OCR) at 0.25%. T he key points in the RBNZ statement are: RBNZ keeps the OCR unchanged at 0.25% Maintain the LSAP (large scale asset purchase) at NZD$60 billion. Committee prepared to use additional monetary ... More>>


Electricity: Kiwis Ignore Promise Of Cheaper Power

Electric Kiwi and Flick Electric Co are joint winners of Canstar Blue’s award for Most Satisfied Customers | Electricity Providers From putting on an extra layer – rather than turning on a heater – to turning off lights and choosing the energy-saving ... More>>


Electricity: Transmission Pricing For A Low Carbon Future

The Electricity Authority has decided on new guidelines for transmission pricing. James Stevenson-Wallace, Chief Executive of the Electricity Authority says the new guidelines will deliver significant benefits to consumers, through lower electricity ... More>>


NIWA: The Climate Record That Keeps Getting Broken

Among the multitude of New Zealand climate statistics there is one record that continues to be broken month after month. Since January 2017 there has not been one month that recorded a below average nationwide temperature, according to NIWA’s seven station ... More>>


Govt: Extended Loan Scheme Keeps Business Afloat

Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has already been extended once, to 24 July. Revenue and Small ... More>>


Science: 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes Announced

The 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes have been announced in a digital livestream event today. The Prizes recognise the impact of science on New Zealanders’ lives, celebrate the achievements of current scientists and encourage scientists of the ... More>>


RNZ: Fuel, Alcohol Costs To Go Up From Today

The increase today in the taxes on fuel, road user charges and alcohol is being called a tone-deaf move. More>>


Stardome Observatory: Young Kiwi Astro-Photographer Shoots For The Stars

Matariki by Josh Kirkley. The stars are aligning for up-and-coming Auckland-based astro-photographer Josh Kirkley (Kāi Tahu). During lockdown, one of his images was picked up by NASA and shared on the space agency’s Instagram to its 59.2 million ... More>>

DCANZ: Time For EU To Commit To A Level Playing Field For Trade

The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ) has welcomed New Zealand Trade Minister David Parker’s statement that it is unacceptable for New Zealand exporters to continue facing an ‘unlevel playing field’ in the EU. Details leaked ... More>>


Potatoes New Zealand: Protecting NZ Fries As Part Of PNZ Pandemic Recovery & Transformation Plan

Potatoes New Zealand has met with Minister Faafoi this week to discuss investigating the potential importation of heavily discounted frozen potato chips into New Zealand. With MBIE’s support we are undertaking an investigation to gather evidence of the ... More>>


New Zealand Government: Supporting Kiwi Businesses To Resolve Rent Disputes

The Government will legislate to ensure businesses that suffered as a result of the COVID-19 response will get help to resolve disputes over commercial rent issues, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. More>>