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Covid-19 Alert Level 4 Eliminate

National State of Emergency 25 March 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's announcement to send New Zealand into lockdown is unprecedented in the country's history. 

A state of emergency was declared at 12.21pm on Wednesday 25 March, after the Epidemic Preparedness (Epidemic Management— COVID-19) Notice 2020 was agreed by parliament.

This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of your household. 

Eradicating the disease is vital to protect people’s health and ensure our health system can cope and look after New Zealanders who become sick. This means: 

  • You may go for a walk or exercise in your neighbourhood, but keep a 2 metre distance from people at all times. You can take your children outside.

  • Food will always be available – production will continue, distribution will continue, supermarkets will continue. You will always have access to food. Do not panic buy.

  • Medicines will always be available.

  • Healthcare for those that need it will be available

  • Your usual financial support, like benefits, will continue as normal.

Remember, whatever you do must be solitary. We're asking that you only spend time with those who you are in self-isolation with, and keep your distance from all others at all times.

We need your support to protect New Zealand and eradicate COVID-19. Enforcement measures may be used to ensure everyone acts together, now.

For the channels of trusted information see Covid-19  

So what does the national declaration of a State of Emergency mean for Tairāwhiti?

CDEM group controller Dave Wilson is now in charge of the region. He heads a team that covers logistics, welfare, information, intel and more to ensure everyone plays their part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Everyone apart from those who are considered to be working in essential services needs to stay home in an effort to halt the spread of the virus.

Dave Wilson said “We are a close-knit community with strong connections in both our work environments and our day-to-day goings on,” says Dave. “It's relationships like those that really come into play in a situation like this. I have a team of very experienced staff working together across all agencies. This is a team I am proud to lead and I want to reassure the community that we’ve got this. I know we have.”

The notice invokes powers under the Health Act 1956, the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002, the Social Security Act 2018 and the Immigration Act 2009. Some of those powers include the conservation and supply of fuel, closing of roads, prohibiting and regulating of traffic and excluding people from certain places.



Tsunami inundation maps released

19 Dec 2019 - Council released a new Tsunami Inundation Assessment Report and maps showing inundation zones for our region.

Council as the Civil Defence Emergency Management Group approved publishing the report following confirmation that the information met the required national standard for tsunami modelling. 

The report and maps are based on new research into modelling of a local tsunami generated from a magnitude 8.9 earthquake centered in the Hikurangi Subduction Zone off the East Coast.

Chief Executive, Nedine Thatcher-Swann says a final review was requested to give assurance that the zones that could be affected by a local tsunami meet national guidelines.

Here's the report and inundation maps
Questions and answers about the inundation zones.

Evacuation routes will be added to the maps as soon as we have them. 

Being prepared for a disaster

It's important that you're prepared for a disaster. Get ready now so that you're better prepared to cope on your own for up to 3 days or more.

As a minimum, everyone needs: 

♦ enough food in your home to last 2-3 days.
♦ know where to get water, if your usual supply is not available.  
♦ alternative lighting - a torch with spare batteries or a wind up one, gas lantern or light-sticks. 
♦ a battery operated or wind up radio and spare batteries - don't forget your car radio as a last resort. 
♦ a first-aid kit, make sure you have essential medications. 
♦ blankets, survival blankets or warm waterproof clothing. 
♦ alternative cooking methods - BBQ or gas cooker. 
♦ to store important family documents where you can get them easily
♦ an emergency plan - where to meet family and how to contact one another if separated.

Useful links

Rain and river levels - check environmental monitoring 
For local road conditions - check our road updates 
For state highway updates - go to NZTA's website(external link) 
For latest weather forecast - go to the Metservice website(external link) 

We will broadcast over these stations during an emergency: 945 kHz AM - Talkback ZB  |  585 kHz AM - Radio Ngati Porou  |  90.9 FM - ZGFM  |  98.1 FM - Radio Ngati Porou  |  98.9 FM - More FM (Urban Gisborne)  |  90.1 FM - More FM (rural areas)  |  94.9 FM - Radio Live  |  95.7 FM - Turanga FM  |  88.5 FM - Uawa

Review of our CDEM function

An internal review of Tairawhiti Civil Defence and Emergency Management was carried out in December 2018. Here's a summary of the 40 recommendations presented to the CDEM Meeting 9 May 2019(external link)