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Week 2 begins Monday 21 August 2017

13/04/2017 1:25pm

Latest Updates

Tuesday 8 May

East Coast Road - NOW OPEN  - Slips are cleared and East Coast Road is now open from Kaiaua to Auckland. It's still nursing a few battle wounds though, and down to one lane in places, so commuters should take care and prepare for a slower than usual trip.EastCoastRdOpen sm

Tramline and Mangawhero Roads in Patetonga are also open again although repairs to the road surfaces is required so please take care when driving these roads.

Mangawara Road, Kaihere - Large tree down across road. Open to one lane. The contractor continues to remove the very large tree with the majority expected to have been removed this week. Following this the sight rail damaged by the fallen tree with be reinstated.Slips/washouts: Please note: an overslip is when material drops down onto the road, an underslip is when the road drops out.
  • Mahuta Road North, Mangatarata - Washout from previous weather event. Road narrowed. Care required.
  • Top Road, Patetonga - Large underslip on Top Rd. Approximate 40.0m length of road affected on inside corner. Road down to one lane.

Tuesday 28 April

Road closures:

  • Tramline Road, Patetonga - flooding
  • Mangawhero Road, Patetonga - flooding
Slips/washouts: Please note: an overslip is when material drops down onto the road, an underslip is when the road drops out.
  • Mahuta Road North, Mangatarata - Washout from previous weather event. Road narrowed. Care required.
  • Top Road, Patetonga - Large underslip on Top Rd. Approximate 40.0m length of road affected on inside corner. Road down to one lane.

Tree down:

  • Mangawara Road, Kaihere - Large tree down across road. Open to one lane. 


Monday,  17 April 1.00pm

Stopbanks overtopped at Patetonga

There has been no significant change to surface flooding of farmland on Tramline Road, bordering the Piako River in the Hauraki District, since stopbanks overtopped in the area yesterday.

Recent weather events have seen the Waihou and Piako Rivers reach record height levels in the Eastern Waikato. The spilling of water to ponding areas is part of the way the flood management scheme in the area is designed to operate. There are specific designated ponding areas in the Tramline Rd area.

The upper catchment is now dropping but elevated water levels within the ponding areas are expected to continue for at least the next few days as high rainfall levels continue to work their way through the waterways.

Approximately six homes have now been self-evacuated as a precaution. Tramline road is closed from the tarseal and people are advised to stay away from the area. Mangawhero Road has also been closed due to flooding.

Hauraki Civil Defence Local Controller Steve Fabish says all the affected properties were visited by civil defence teams before the peak of the flooding and provided with information and support. Teams were also on site yesterday and today, and Waikato Regional Council and Hauraki District Council staff assessed the area from the air by helicopter this morning.

“People were forewarned about the potential for this flooding and some have self-evacuated to family and friends as they were advised to if they felt unsafe,” he said.

Waikato Regional Council will continue to monitor the network closely and is keeping a close eye on the stability and integrity of stopbanks in the area.

Anyone with concerns or welfare needs is urged to make contact:

  • For rural support call 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254)
  • For stopbank or other flood-scheme related matters call the Waikato Regional Council on 0800 800 401
  • For welfare concerns involving people, stock or property contact Hauraki District Council on 0800 734 834

For further updates over the weekend please see our Facebook page

Friday 14 April 8.50am

District overview - 8.50am the morning after Cook

We expected the worst and hoped for the best and it's great to be able to report that the worst of the storm appears to have largely bypassed us here in Hauraki - our thoughts go out to those areas that have not been so lucky.

There are a few slips and some surface flooding about in Hauraki this morning so take extra care on the roads.

Contractors are currently clearing a slip on Komata Reefs Road that has blocked both lanes.This slip is blocking access to another slip on Goble Road that contractors will work on clearing as soon as they are able to gain access.

Mangawara Road in the Kaihere Hills is now open to one lane after being blocked by a large tree last night.

There have been a number of slips overnight on State Highway 2 in the Karangahake Gorge. The road is open but down to one lane near the Crown Hill Road turn off (Karangahake Tunnel Bridge) while contractors work on clearing a slip. Extreme care is required due to surface flooding and slippery surfaces.

And that's all we are aware of at this stage. There's been quite a bit of rain about so if you're travelling check ahead for road closures and take care if driving as you may encounter some debris and ponding.

For up to date information on State Highways go to www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/

Thursday 13 April 8.45pm

NZTA and Waikato Regional Council have advised that the river level is dropping and with no further rain forecast SH2 - Karangahake Gorge will not be closing tonight. The stop logs on the Criterian Bridge SH26 at Paeroa will not be required. 

Thursday 13 April 7.45pm

The Ohinemuri River is climbing and is looking like it may get high enough for SH2 to be closed. Waikato Regional Council are preparing the stop logs on the Criterian Bridge SH26 at Paeroa just in case. If the road closes we will update this message and you can expect to see traffic management in place at both Paeroa and Waihi. At this stage SH2 and SH26 are open.

Thursday 13 April 6.45pm

Travellers are asked to beware of a large slip between Turners Hill and Jackson Road on SH2 heading toward Waihi from Paeroa. Contractors are on site and traffic management is in place with one lane open.

The Ohinemuri River is up high through the Karangahake Gorge although not across the road. There are however several areas of surface flooding bringing access down to one lane so extreme care is required. 

Thursday 13 April 5.00pm

Our Civil Defence teams remain on standby and are continuing to monitor the weather and road situation. There are no major areas of concern in the District at the moment.

Heavy rain is expected to continue until approximately 6pm Thursday 13 April. Metservice are expecting  a further 50 – 70 mm over this time. High winds are also still expected over this time but there is still some uncertainty about wind speeds.

A large tree has come down in the Kaihere hills and blocked both lanes on Mangawara Road. Contractors have assessed the site but given the size of the tree and the potential need for machinery to clear it, it will have to stay where it is until tomorrow.

A few minor slips have occurred on the Ramarama Hill on the Waihi to Whiritoa Road but these are coned off with contractors attending. Access has been down to one lane in some places.

The Karangahake Gorge is currently open and river level is up but not a concern at this stage although it could rise as the rain continues. Surface flooding is likely and non essential travel to and from Hauraki and Coromandel is still discouraged.  

Stay up to date on the status of State Highways at nzta.govt.nz


Friday, 13 April 9am

Civil Defence would like to remind everyone to be prepared to potentially be isolated and without power. 

HDC Civil Defence team are monitoring the current weather situation. Staff are out in the field where required. We will bring you updates as they occur, here and on our Facebook page.

Heads up at Whiritoa

Residents of Whiritoa may be feeling the pinch with Districts either side having declared states of civil emergency. At Hauraki we have not but we do have a fully operational Emergency Operating Centre set up to monitor the event in our district and offer the following  civil defence advice for those in or thinking of going to Whiritoa over the Easter weekend.

Due to the weather conditions there is a high risk of isolation due to possible slips. People already in Whiritoa may wish to consider self-evacuation if they feel concerned.

We ask those planning to travel to Whiritoa to delay your trip to at least Saturday but be mindful that even if you do get into Whiritoa further slips may come down preventing you from getting out again at your scheduled time.

If you choose to stay it is advised you be prepared to hunker down with food, water and emergency supplies to get you through. Updates about the weather and road conditions will be here on our website and on our Facebook page.

Hauraki Plains and Kaiaua

Farmland is saturated and drains are full so there are likely to be issues with surface flooding. If needed move stock to higher ground and take care driving. Non essential travel is not recommended.

Our civil defence team is monitoring the situation and will be posting information as it comes to hand. If you have anything to report in your area please call 0800 734 834. If life or property are in danger remember 111 is the number to call.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page, here on our website, and the media for updates. 

Kaimanawa water supply likely to be cut off

There is a high likelihood water supply to the Kaimanawa community, near Hikutaia in Hauraki will be affected and/or cut off during the coming storm. Residents are reminded the community’s permanent boil water notice is still in place. A water tanker is being moved on site in case water is needed for tomorrow's milking. Drinking water will also be available, but residents are advised to stock up on supplies as well, just in case.


The forecast from Metservice

Cyclone Cook is expected to make landfall over Bay of Plenty this evening and move southwards reaching Wellington or Wairarapa in the early hours of Friday morning. The system is then expected to continue tracking south along the South Island east coast, or just offshore to the east, during Friday.

Heavy Rain Warnings remain in force for Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Auckland including Great Barrier Island, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Waikato, Waitomo, Mt Taranaki and Tongariro National Park. Also, the Watch for heavy rain about the Kaikoura Coast and Ranges has now been upgraded to a full Warning.

Also, damaging severe gales are expected as Cyclone Cook tracks south across the North Island later today into early Friday morning. Strong Wind Warnings remain in place for Auckland including Great Barrier Island, Waikato, Waitomo, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Taumarunui, Taupo, Taihape, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu, Horowhenua Kapiti Coast, Wellington, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa including the Tararua District.

See more and keep up to date with the latest on the weather at www.metservice.com 


With the level of rivers and catchment areas still full from last week, it's fair to expect that the heavy rain forecast is likely to again cause further flooding and slips in the Hauraki and Thames Coromandel areas. 

Holiday home owners, holiday makers and travellers are urged to reconsider visiting the area over the Easter weekend and to keep up to date with the conditions of roads for any necessary travel.

Updates will be published on Council websites and Facebook pages:

Road conditions and closures

Waharau Bridge - East Coast Road CLOSED

The East Coast Road is closed at the Waharau Bridge due to the northern bridge approach being undermined by the Waharau Stream. Contractors are on site. Waharau residents now have pedestrian access only. The bridge will be closed for approximately two weeks while the assessment and repair are made.  

Update Wednesday 12 April 5.30pm - The repair work at the Waharau bridge has gone much faster than expected and is now opened to one lane for residents only. Both lanes of the bridge will be opened tomorrow.

The East Coast Road is also blocked by slips approximately 1.7km north of the Waharau bridge blocking access to/from the Waharau community north of Waharau Regional Park, cutting off all vehicle access from that direction.

For information about access to communities north of the Hauraki District please contact Auckland Council.

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Repair at Waharau Bridge, East Coast Road

Mahuta Road North, Waitakaruru

A washout still exists on this road from a previous weather event.  The lane has narrowed in the affected area. Care is required.

Please take care on roads and be mindful of rivers and streams as surface and flash flooding could make driving extremely hazardous.

State Highways

Keep up to date with State Highway closures on the NZTA website www.nzta.govt.nz



Power Outages

None reported currently.

Check the status on the Powerco website 

Your backyard

What do you have lying around that could end up in your neighbour's yard or become potential missiles if the wind picks up?

  • trampolines
  • outdoor furniture
  • sun umbrellas
  • recycle bins
  • building supplies
  • washing on the line


Tie down or put away any items likely to be picked up by gusty winds.

If it's really windy on your refuse collection day consider saving your recycle bins and rubbish bags for the following week if possible, or you may end having to retrieve them a number of times and risk spreading refuse along your street.

Are you charged up?

Think ahead and charge up your devices (phones, tablets/iPads, laptops) so you are prepared in the event of any cuts to the power supply.

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Civil Defence Maps and Civil Defence Schedule

For easy location and reference of civil defence warnings in the Hauraki District, we now have a dedicated civil defence map application. Locations of issues are plotted on the map and listed in an easy to view schedule which conveniently links to the specific location on the map.

Note - Civil Defence Warnings shown on the council maps are located in the vicinity of the actual area.

List Civil Defence Warnings >
Launch Civil Defence maps > 


Food and Water for 7 days or more
  • 21 litres for every person (3 litres per day)
  • Long lasting food (canned or dried food)
  • Food, formula and drinks for babies and small children
  • Water for washing and cooking
  • A primus or gas barbeque to cook on A can opener

Consider stocking a two-week supply of food and water for prolonged emergencies such as a pandemic. Check and replace food and water every twelve months.

How to store water
  • Wash bottles thoroughly in hot water. Fill each bottle with tap water until it overflows. 
    Add five drops of household bleach per litre of water (or half a teaspoon for 10 litres)
  • Store in a cool dark place and replace the water every 12 months
Emergency Survival Items
  • Torch with spare batteries or a self-charging torch
  • Radio with spare batteries
  • Wind and waterproof clothing, sun hats, and strong outdoor shoes
  • First aid kit and essential medicines
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Pet supplies
  • Emergency toilet - toilet paper and large rubbish bags
  • Face and dust masks
  • Check all batteries every 3 months.
Basic supplies to have in a bag in case you have to evacuate
  • Torches and batteries
  • Hand cleaner
  • Cash
  • Copies of important documents and photo ID (online or paper)
  • Walking shoes, warm clothes, raincoat and hat
  • First aid kit and prescription medication
  • Water and snack food (remember babies and pets too)