Wednesday 21 February 2018 4:30pm

1630 hrs 21 February 2018The state of emergency remains in place as the region deals with the impacts of Cyclone Gita. Latest information follows.Golden Bay/SH60As previously advised by The NZ Transport Agency, SH60 on the Riwaka side of the Takaka Hill is severely damaged in several places. It will...

Cyclone Gita - Update 005

Cyclone Gita Information - 9.00 pm

A cordon has been put in place at Kaiteriteri to limit access to Marahau. Please don't go sightseeing - let our crews get on with the clean-up.

Read the latest storm update

Storm Recovery Information

Monday 19 February 2018

This page will detail storm event recovery and clean-up.

Civil Defence Warning: Be Prepared for Cyclone Gita

Forecasters are warning that this may be a significant weather event.
As Nelson Tasman has been impacted in February by two previous storm events, Nelson Tasman Civil Defence are recommending that residents are prepared should this event continue to track as forecast.
If residents were previously flooded in either of the last two events, then we strongly encourage you to take precautions to protect your property. Tasman District Council does not provide sandbags, and so residents are recommended to make their own arrangements. Campers, mariners and other people who live and work along the coast, should pay particular attention to forecasts and prepare accordingly.

If flooding occurs, Council staff and contractors will be called up to deal with any issues that arise. In any emergency, the first priority is to protect human life, then essential infrastructure and then private properties.

Resources are limited and in times of crisis, crews will be prioritised to where they can provide the greatest effect. Maintenance crews employed by the Council are focussed on maintaining the function and safety of key infrastructure such as roads, stormwater, water and sewerage. Their priority is keeping critical services available for emergency services and the wider public.

As a general rule residents are expected to be self-sufficient by looking after themselves and their properties, including sandbagging if needed. If you know your property is prone to flooding, please consider keeping your own stock of sandbags on hand. Supplies to make sandbags are readily available at DIY and landscaping suppliers.

You should also make sure that street stormwater grates are clear of debris.

 Sandbag Information

Unfortunately Council does not have the resources to provide sandbags for residents along our many rivers and coastal areas. It is up to residents to source their own to protect their properties.

The materials for sandbags can be purchased from your local hardware or landscape supplier.

  • Sandbags are not waterproof and are best utilised in directing water flow rather than keeping property dry.
  • They are not stored pre-filled as they will begin to rot when put into storage with damp. Keep sandbags dry and separate from sand (or soil) until needed.
  • They require time and effort to fill and place, therefore they generally need to be filled and placed in advance of an event rather than in the middle of an event.
  • Filled sandbags are very heavy. Generally only half-fill as this allows for easier and better placement.
  • Stack them like bricks, overlapping.
  • View a how-to guide on Youtube

Notes from Mapua Storm Recovery Public Meeting

Residents of Ruby Bay and Mapua were invited to a public meeting with Tasman District Council Recovery Manager Adrian Humphries and Mayor Richard Kempthorne to talk about the ongoing recovery from the damage caused by ex-Cyclone Fehi on 1 February 2018.

Download: Ruby Bay Briefing Note - 13 February

Householder's Guide to EQC Cover

Information about what EQC will cover when disiaster strikes.

Download; Householder's Guide to EQC Cover

Recovery Team

We have established a dedicated group of staff to oversee recovery. Please contact the team if you would like to be added to the email list for updates.

Contact the recovery team

Rates Relief

The Council has a policy allowing it to consider rates remissions for properties severely affected by a natural disaster. If your home or other buildings have been rendered uninhabitable and you cannot continue to use your land as a result of natural disaster, you may be eligible.

View the Policy and Download an Application Form

Other Updates

Kina Camp has opened. Numbers will be limited and there is no drinking water available.

Coastal Structures

Please do not use any coastal structures such as wharves or jetties. These may be damaged and have yet to be inspected.

Read current Navigation Notices

Swimming Ban Lifted for Moturoa/Rabbit Island and Beach Road

Water quality tests are back and the swimming ban has been lifted at Moturoa/Rabbit Island, Mapua and at Beach Road by the cycleway.

No Swimming at Mapua Leisure Park Causeway

The area at the causeway to the Mapua Leisure Park remains closed for swimming.

Grossi Point, Mapua 

Open, but caution required. The women's toilet is closed.


Tasman's Great Taste Trail detour in place

Until further notice. Inspections will be needed and remedial work.

Breaker Bay Toilets

Closed until further notice.


McKee Memorial Recreation Reserve closed until further notice.

Mapua Leisure Park is also closed.

Note: Collingwood Holiday Park and Pohara Holiday Parks are open.

Cleaning Up

Household items (personal effects - flood damaged furniture, carpet etc)
  • Take photos of damage and debris.
  • Call your insurance company - they will advise either to dump & claim expenses or may supply a skip bin / clean up service.
  • Hold on to any receipts from transfer station, to send on to insurance company for reimbursement.

Information on Cleaning Up After a Flood

Repairing Flood Damaged Buildings

More Information

MetService severe weather warnings

Nelson Tasman Civil Defence website