4 – 5 January weather event

What you need to know

Update Saturday 6 January

The severe weather warnings for the Bay of Plenty for heavy rain and severe winds have been cancelled.

  •   •  The Mauao base track is open

  •   •  Caution is advised around all coastal or harbour walkways this weekend as not all damage will have been reported and assessed. Some walkways are closed.

As at 5pm, Friday 5 January

Updates below on the 4 – 5 January weather event that has brought strong winds and rain, coupled with king tides, which combined caused inundation along the coast, along streams and rivers, and in other low lying areas.

High winds and kind tide expected tonight at 11pm

People in Tauranga are asked to remain indoors as Tauranga City Council surveys the damage after today's severe weather and prepares for the king tide later this evening.

Bay of Plenty Civil Defence is advising people in low-lying coastal areas to prepare for high winds and another king tide tonight at 11pm. While the severe rain has eased, the main risks are now high winds and coastal inundation caused by large swells and the king tide. The king tide earlier today at 10.40am caused flooding to a number of coastal areas throughout Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty. Tonight's king tide combined with rising rivers and streams may have a similar result – but could affect different areas depending on the wind direction. 

Civil Defence are working to mitigate the risk but people should consider self-evacuating to family and friends if they were adversely affected earlier today. If people don't feel safe and or your property was affected this morning, consider self-evacuation.

People are advised to have an evacuation plan in place – including for pets – and a supply of fresh food, water and clothes, avoid unessential travel through low lying areas and stay away from beaches and streams as significant coastal swells are expected.

Roads and travel

With coastal inundation and strong winds, please avoid any unnecessary travel, especially along the coast and in low-lying areas, e.g. along streams and rivers.

If you have to travel, drive to the conditions, look out for debris and fallen trees caused by the high winds.

Throughout the day there have been some emergency road and lane closures around the city as the tide encroached on low lying areas. This may be the case again tonight (5 January) with another king tide expected at 11pm. 

For information on road closures visit www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic 

Areas to be avoided

Stay off the beach and away from rivers and other low-lying areas.

With the extremely high tide we have seen low lying roads inundated this morning. These roads were inundated earlier today and could be flooded again with the next king tide. Areas to be avoided:

  • Oak Lane

  • Harbour Drive

  • Chapel Street near the Mobil petrol station

  • Takitimu Drive coastal walkway/cycle ways and Daisy Hardwick track

  • Turret Road

  • SH2 near Waimarino Park

  • Te Puna Station Rd

  • Memorial Park

  • Commons and Grace Avenues at Mt Maunganui

  • Maunganui Rd between Commons and Grace

  • Welcome Bay Road

  • Birch Street/Amber Crescent

Parks and tracks closures

We're currently assessing the damage across the city. Several coastal/harbour parks, reserves and walkways will remain closed until at least tomorrow morning. In the meantime it's best if you keep out of our parks and reserves for the moment.

Caution is advised around all coastal or harbour walkways this weekend as not all damage will have been reported and assessed.

Fallen trees

There is significant tree damage city-wide, so please be cautious when out and about this weekend. If you see any fallen trees do not attempt to remove these yourself – call council on 07 577 7000 to report this and qualified contractors with the right equipment will sort it out.

Report any issues

If you spot surface flooding, blocked/damaged roads and walkways, fallen trees etc. please phone Council on 07 577 7000. In an emergency, call 111.

Events

  • The Bryan Adams concert at ASB Bay Park Stadium in Mt Maunganui has been postponed until Sunday, 7 January.
    •   •  The line-up for Sunday will remain the same.

    •   •  Gates: 4pm

    •   •  The Jordan Luck Band: 5.00pm – 5.30pm

    •   •  Dave Dobbyn: 6pm – 6.30pm

    •   •  Bryan Adams: 7pm – 9pm

    •   •  Tickets issued for tonight's postponed show are valid for ​Sunday​. Those unable to attend ​Sunday's show ​can ​- f​rom midday tomorrow - request refunds via www.ticketspace.co.nz 

    •   •  Stay up to date on the Neptune Entertainment Facebook page.

  •   •  Gourmet Night Markets at Coronation Park have been cancelled.

  •   •  The More FM Family Fun Day scheduled to be held at Memorial Park tomorrow has been postponed to Tuesday, 9 January.

  •   •  The Sol3Mio concert at Wharepai Domain on Saturday, 6 January will go ahead as planned.

  •   •  The Little Big Markets at Coronation Park on Saturday, 6 January will go ahead as planned.

  •   •  Night Owl Cinema at Mt Drury on Saturday, 6 January will go ahead as planned.

  •   •  The NZ Beach Volleyball Championships at Mt Maunganui Main Beach on Saturday, 6 January and Sunday, 7 January will go ahead as planned.



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