The latest National Emergency Management Agency Civil Defence tsunami warning for New Zealand, coastal inundation (flooding of land areas) is expected on the West Coast of the North Island from CAPE REINGA TO AHIPARA and on the East Coast of the North Island from CAPE REINGA TO WHAGAREI from MATATA to TOLAGA BAY inlcuding Whakatane and Opotiki and GREAT BARRIER ISLAND
Strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges near the shore (threat to beach, harbour, estuary and small boat activities) are expected in the following areas:
The West Coast of the North Island from AHIPARA to MAKARA including the West Coast of Auckland, Manukau Harbour, New Plymouth, Whanganui and the Kapiti Coast.
The East Coast of the North Island from WHANGAREI to MATATA including Whangarei, the East Coast of Auckland, Waiheke Island, Waitemata Harbour and Tauranga, from TOLAGA BAY to LAKE FERRY including Gisborne and Napier.
The West and South Coasts of the South Island from FAREWELL SPIT to PUYSEGUR POINT including Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika.
The top of the South Island from FAREWELL SPIT to PORT UNDERWOOD including Nelson, Picton and the Marlborough Sounds.
The East and South Coasts of the South Island from the WAIPARA RIVER to the RAKAIA RIVER including Christchurch and Banks Peninsula, from the TAIERI RIVER to PUYSEGUR POINT including Invercargill.
And STEWART ISLAND.
And the CHATHAM ISLANDS.
There is no tsunami threat in all other areas.
Civil Defense advise people living in all New Zealand coastal areas should:
- Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates, or check www.civildefence.govt.nz
- Listen to local Civil Defence authorities and follow any instructions regarding evacuation of your area
- Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, this includes boats)
- Stay off beaches and shore areas
- Do not go sightseeing
- Share this information with family, neighbours and friends
Any evacuation advice overrides the current COVID-19 Alert Level requirements
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