Focus remains on severely impacted Auckland communities

Publish Date : 26 Feb 2023
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Aucklanders are being encouraged to make the most of the currently fine weather to continue with the big clean-up, ahead of more potential rain on the way.  

While there are currently no weather warnings in place for the region, MetService has advised that Auckland can expect a few showers from this afternoon into this evening, particularly in the west. 

On Monday, the risk of thunderstorms and localised downpours increases over parts of the country, and we will work with MetService to update on Aucklanders on what we can expect to see here in Tāmaki Makaurau. 


Power has been partially restored in Karekare and Vector is continuing its work to restore the rest of the network as quickly as possible. 

There are intermittent power outages in Piha with partial power restored. 

Most of Muriwai has now been reconnected. 

Helicopter deliveries 

Welfare drops via helicopter will continue this week (weather dependent) to deliver water, fuel, food and other essential items.  

The community is able to specify what items they need, and to date deliveries have included fresh produce, hay bales, chemical toilets, baby food and hearing aid batteries. 

Welfare mission 

In Karekare, a welfare mission is being planned for Monday (tomorrow), including trauma counselling, with Te Whatu Ora and Salvation Army. These experts will provide much-needed psycho-social support as requested by the community. 

Civil Defence Centres and Temporary Accommodation   

Our Civil Defence Centres have now closed.

MBIE Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) are working toward ensuring everyone is placed in long-term accommodation. 

Those affected by the Auckland floods who have a current, or expected future need for temporary accommodation, are encouraged to register with MBIE now by visiting the Temporary Accommodation Service website or calling the government help line on 0508 754 163. 

Building assessments update 

In just over three weeks, nearly 7000 building assessments have been completed throughout Tāmaki Makaurau. More information on what to expect from flood-damaged buildings can be found on OurAuckland. 

You can also call us on 0800 22 22 00 or email 

Printed information is also available at these libraries: 

  • Albany Village Library 
  • Birkenhead Library  
  • Blockhouse Bay Library
  • Epsom Library  
  • Glen Eden Library
  • Glenfield Library
  • Kumeu Library  
  • Mt Roskill Library 
  • Northcote Library  
  • New Lynn War Memorial Library 
  • Rānui Library  
  • Remuera Library 
  • Pukekohe Library 
  • Te Manawa Library & Community Hub 
  • Waiuku Library 

Transporting essential items 

While some of our State Highways remain closed, trucks transporting essential provisions, such as fuel and food to Northland are having to use the smaller bypass roads. 

Smaller trucks are being used to minimise the impacts, but this does mean more trips are required.   

We appreciate the understanding and patience of the affected communities during this time. 

For the latest information on the repair and recovery process for Auckland roads, visit 

Stay away from the West Coast 

Auckland Transport continues to urge Aucklanders to avoid traveling this weekend to communities with significant road closures still in place. Access to Karekare, Piha, Te Henga Bethells Beach, Muriwai, Anawhata, Huia, Little Huia and Whatipū remains compromised.  

A reminder that six of our regional parks remain closed until Wednesday 1 March due to safety and access restrictions. 

Vehicle access to Muriwai Beach is also closed, with no access at Wilson Road and Coast Road. 

Please continue to stay away from these areas and expect to be turned away if you are not a resident. 

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