Declared States of Emergency

This page lists the declared States of Emergency since 2002. Note: not all emergencies have had a state of emergency declared.

Declaring a state of emergency is a critical part of New Zealand’s response arrangements. It is the declaration of a state of emergency that provides Controllers and others with extra-ordinary powers designed to deliver an effective and swift response.

More detail about states of local emergency, and some useful tools, are available here, under the heading 'Emergency Declarations and Powers'.


Year

Region

Hazard Type

Locality

Start Date

End Date

Declared Days

Comment

2002

Waikato

Flooding

Putararu & Tirau Wards

21/06/2002

23/06/2002

2

"Weather Bomb", water supply issues, road closures, no evacuations

2002

Waikato

Flooding

District

21/06/2002

23/06/2002

2

Up-scaled to District SOE, 1 death, evacuations required

2003

Wellington

Flooding

District

4/10/2003

9/10/2003

5

Damage to Paekakariki, evacuations required, duration of SOE due to clean-up

2004

Marlborough

Flooding

Picton Ward

17/02/2004

18/02/2004

1

Evacuations due to fear of landslip-induced dam break

2004

Manawatu-Wanganui

Flooding

District

16/02/2004

17/02/2004

1

Up-scaled to Regional SOE

2005

Manawatu-Wanganui

Flooding

Marton Ward

16/02/2004

17/02/2004

1

Up-scaled to Regional SOE

2004

Manawatu-Wanganui

Flooding

Region

17/02/2004

25/02/2004

8

"Weather Bomb", infrastructure disruptions, evacuations required

2004

Taranaki

Flooding

Patea Ward

17/02/2004

27/02/2004

10

Water supply issues, road closures, evacuations required

2004

Bay of Plenty

Flooding

Waiotahi Ward

17/07/2004

23/07/2004

6

Road closures, 1 death, evacuations required

2004

Bay of Plenty

Flooding

Whakatane Ward

17/07/2004

30/07/2004

13

Infrastructure disruptions, 1 death, evacuations required

2005

Bay of Plenty

Landslides

Edgecumbe-Tarawera Ward

17/05/2005

30/05/2005

13

Matata township damage due to debris flows

2005

Bay of Plenty

Landslides

Tauranga

18/05/2005

19/05/2005

1

Evacuations required, formally declared (?)

2006

Manawatu-Wanganui

Flooding

Region

7/07/2006

8/07/2006

1

SOE declared overnight to enforce evacuations

2007

Taranaki

Tornado

Region

5/07/2007

7/07/2007

2

Dwelling and property damage

2007

Northland

Flooding

District

10/07/2007

13/07/2007

3

Far North District area, dwelling damage

2007

Otago

Flooding

Milton Ward

30/07/2007

31/07/2007

1

Localised township flooding, but SOE declared

2007

Gisborne

Earthquake

Gisborne City

21/12/2007

22/12/2007

1

Building damage and power supply issues

2008

Marlborough

Flooding

Picton Ward

30/07/2008

31/07/2008

1

SOE declared to assist Police with evacuations

2009

Waikato

Landslides

Taupo Ward

29/06/2009

30/06/2009

1

Village of Waihi evacuated

2010

Canterbury

Earthquake

Region

4/09/2010

15/09/2010

11

Dwelling and property damage, infrastructure damage

2011

Canterbury

Earthquake

Christchurch City Council

22/02/2011

23/02/2011

1

181 deaths, major infrastructure and dwelling and property damage. Terminated when national state of emergency declared. 

2011

Canterbury

Earthquake

National

23/02/2011

30/04/2011

66

181 deaths, major infrastructure and dwelling and property damage

2011

Hawkes Bay

Flooding

District

28/04/2011

3/05/2011

5

Central Hawke's Bay District area

2011

Nelson-Tasman

Flooding

District

13/12/2011

28/12/2011

15

Dwelling damage, infrastructure damage, evacuations required

2011

Canterbury

Earthquake

Region

23/12/2011

24/12/2011

1

NCMC activated, but stood down shortly thereafter

2012

Nil

-

-

-

-

-

Mt Tongariro unrest; no SOE’s declared

2013

Manawatu-Wanganui

Flooding

Whanganui Ward

14/10/2013

15/10/2013

1

Whanganui river threat

2014

Nil

-

-

-

-

-

Auckland power outage; no SOE's declared

2015

Chatham Islands

Cyclone

Chatham Islands

16/03/2015

19/03/2015

3

Cyclone Pam and rural fires

2015

Manawatu-Wanganui

Flooding

Rangitikei District

20/06/2015

22/06/2015

2

Dwelling damage, road closures

2015

Manawatu-Wanganui

Flooding

Whanganui District

20/06/2015

02/07/2015

12

Largest ever recorded flood in the Wanganui District; Dwelling damage, infrastructure damage, evacuations required

2015

Taranaki

Flooding

South Taranaki District

20/06/2015

27/06/2015

7

Flooding in Waitotara township in South Taranaki; evacuations required

2016

West Coast

Flooding

Westland District

24/03/2016

25/03/2016

1

Waiho River flooding at Franz Josef township; water supply issues, tourism impacts (i.e. loss of revenue)

2016

Canterbury

Earthquake

Region

15/11/2016

06/12/2016

22

Kaikoura Earthquake

2016

Kaikoura

Earthquake

District

14/11/2016

15/11/2016

1

Kaikoura Earthquake

2016

Hurunui

Earthquake

District

14/11/2016

15/11/2016

1

Kaikoura Earthquake

2016

Kaikoura

Earthquake

District

06/12/2016

09/12/2016

4

Kaikoura Earthquake

2016

Dunedin

Earthquake

Dunedin City

14/11/2016

14/11/2016

1

Kaikoura Earthquake

2017

Hawke's Bay

Fire

Hastings District

13/02/2017

15/02/2017

3

Hawke's Bay fires

2017

Canterbury

Fire

Christchurch & Selwyn

15/02/2017

01/03/2017

15

Christchurch Port Hills fires

2017

Manawatu-Wanganui

Flooding

Whanganui District

04/04/2017

06/04/2017

3

Declared in advance of expected impacts from Ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie

2017

Manawatu-Wanganui

Flooding

Rangitikei District

04/04/2017

06/04/2017

3

Declared in advance of expected impacts from Ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie

2017

Bay of Plenty

Flooding

Whakatane District

06/04/2017

11/04/2017

6

Edgecumbe flooding. State of local emergency overriden by Bay of Plenty declaration on 11 April 2017.

2017

Bay of Plenty

Flooding

Bay of Plenty

11/04/2017

 14/04/2017

 4

Bay of Plenty CDEM Group declared a state of local emergency covering the whole Bay of Plenty area in anticipation of heavy rainfall. As per the CDEM Act, this state of local emergency overrides the previous, more limited state of emergency over Whakatane District.

2017

Thames-Coromandel

Severe weather

Thames Coromandel District

12/04/2017

14/04/2017 

Declared in advance of expected landfall of Cyclone Cook

2017

Whakatane

Severe Weather

Whakatane District

14/04/2017

21/04/2017

7

Local state of emergency declared for the Whakatane District to enable the continued response to Edgecumbe and the surrounding areas. 

2017

Otago

Flooding

Dunedin City

21/07/2017

21/07/2017

1

State of local emergency overridden by Group declaration on 21 July 2017.

2017

Otago

Flooding

Clutha District

21/07/2017

21/07/2017

1

State of local emergency overridden by Group declaration on 21 July 2017.

2017

Otago

Flooding

Waitaki District

21/07/2017

21/07/2017

1

State of local emergency overridden by Group declaration on 21 July 2017.

2017

Otago

Flooding

Waitaki, Clutha and Dunedin City

21/07/2017

24/07/2017

4

Otago CDEM Group declaration for Waitaki, Clutha and Dunedin City. Declaration terminated on 24 July 2017 when local transition period came into force.

2017

Canterbury

Flooding

Timaru District

21/07/2017

22/07/2017

2

Flooding across district.

2017

Canterbury

Flooding

Selwyn District

21/07/2017

24/07/2017

4

Declaration owing to rising flood waters and the need to evacuate in Springs Ward.

2017

Canterbury

Flooding

Christchurch City

22/07/2017

25/07/2017

4

Declaration terminated on 25 July 2017 when local transition period came into force.

2018

Otago

Severe weather

Dunedin City

01/02/2018

02/02/2018

2

Declared in advance of expected landfall of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Fehi.

2018

West Coast

Severe weather

Buller District

01/02/2018

03/02/2018

3

Declared in advance of expected landfall of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Fehi.

2018

Canterbury

Severe weather

Christchurch City

20/02/2018

21/02/2018

2

Declared in advance of Cyclone Gita.

2018

West Coast

Severe weather

Buller District

20/02/2018

21/02/2018

2

Declaration owing to risk to life and households from Cyclone Gita

2018

West Coast

Severe weather

Grey District

20/02/2018

21/02/2018

2

Declaration owing to Cyclone Gita

2018

Canterbury

Severe weather

Selwyn District

20/02/2018

 21/02/2018

Declaration owing to Cyclone Gita

2018

Nelson-Tasman

Severe weather

Region

20/02/2018

23/02/2018 

 4

Declaration owing to Cyclone Gita

2018

West Coast

Severe weather

Westland District

20/02/2018

21/02/2018

2

Declaration owing to Cyclone Gita

2018

Taranaki

Severe weather

Region

20/02/2018

21/02/2018

2

Declaration owing to Cyclone Gita. Group state of emergency terminated on 21/02/2018 and replaced by local state of emergency for New Plymouth

2018

Taranaki

Severe weather

New Plymouth District

21/02/2018

 25/02/2018

 5

Declaration owing to Cyclone Gita

2018

Bay of Plenty

Severe weather

Ngongotaha, Rotorua District

29/04/2018

   

Declaration owing to extreme flooding event