The six regional parks across Tāmaki Makaurau closed due to damage from the recent severe weather events have been actively assessed, with three due to reopen Wednesday 1 March. Three out of the six parks will remain closed for an extended period of time.
“Our ranger kaimahi, when not supporting the response with Emergency Services and Auckland Emergency Management, are prioritising efforts to fully assess the effects of the severe weather events,” says Auckland Emergency Management Duty Controller Parul Sood.
“The parks have been affected in a number of ways, including flooding, slips, facility damage, water supply, and access issues. Assets outside of the parks have also been affected such as the power network and roading infrastructure.
“This means there are specific facilities within the reopened parks that remain closed. These will be monitored, with closures extended or removed as ground conditions improve.
“Visitors should exercise caution by avoiding walking under trees. Some tracks will remain closed due to slips or other hazards.
“Parks staff are continuing to assess damage and accessibility, with a view to opening these areas as soon as practicable.
“Looking at the long-range forecast, we are hoping for more favourable conditions so the ground can dry out and we can start to repair the damage.
For the most up-to-date information on closures and interruptions to facilities, you can visit the Auckland Council website.
- Muriwai Regional Park – closed till Saturday 1 April
- Waitākere Ranges Regional Park (Piha, Karekare, Bethells, Whatipu) - closed till Saturday 1 April
- Te Rau Pūriri Regional Park – closed till Friday 10 March
Reopening Wednesday 1 March (with restrictions to facilities)
- Ātiu Creek Regional Park – reopening Wednesday 1 March
- Tāwharanui Regional Park – reopening Wednesday 1 March
- Hunua Regional Park – reopening Wednesday 1 March
CAC Shot Tower
The demolition of the Colonial Ammunition Company Shot Tower has been completed today. Residents have been notified that they are able to re-enter their properties. A decision on where the weathervane will be housed is yet to be confirmed.
The latest update from MetService for the week is generally quiet weather. There are isolated showers today, which are generally light with very localised moderate showers (4 to 8 millimeters per hour) that will clear this evening.
We are continuing with the disposal of flood debris at our transfer stations and other facilities. We have received 4,654 tonnes of flood debris to date across our facilities and bins deployed.
Building assessments update
In just over three weeks, nearly 7000 building assessments have been completed throughout Tāmaki Makaurau from both severe weather events.
As of 10am, 27 February, our rapid building assessment figures for the Cyclone Gabrielle event are:
- Red – 224
- Yellow – 310
- White – 952
There have also been homes assessed that have not required a placard.
More information on what to expect from flood-damage building inspections can be found on OurAuckland.
You can also call us on 0800 22 22 00 or email RBAcomms@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
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
Civil Defence Centres and Temporary Accommodation
Our Civil Defence Centres have now closed.
Those affected by the Auckland weather events 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 helpline on 0508 754 163.
New Zealand Claims Resolution Service
The New Zealand Claims Resolution Service (NZCRS) has been launched to provide expert support to homeowners with insurance claims after natural disasters to avoid disputes, resolve issues, and ensure claims are settled in a timely manner.
Homeowners who are impacted by the January floods and Cyclone Gabrielle are advised to talk with their insurer in the first instance. If they have concerns about their claim or are unsure about the process, they can contact NZCRS on 0508 624 327, email email@example.com, or visit nzcrs.govt.nz
Stay away from the West Coast
Auckland Transport continues to urge Aucklanders to avoid traveling 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.
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.