Bay of Plenty Regional Council has a Duty Flood Manager who:

  • Monitors weather forecasts and monitoring sites.
  • Determines level of response and mobilise teams as required.
  • Issues warning to landowners and public.
  • Works with field operations staff to monitor pump stations and other infrastructure during rainfall events.
  • Responds to queries and concerns from the public.
  • Liaises with District and City Councils, Civil Defence and Dam Operators.  
Event info

We'll keep you updated with recurring reports over a period of the event (advisories) as well as sitreps (situational reports) which detail the event's current and possible impacts.

Event updates are also available through social media in the following channels:

BOPRC media releases

BOPRC Twitter

BOPRC Facebook

Civil Defence Twitter

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Below are some contacts for various flood related situations and information. 

  • For emergencies, please call 111.
  • For information on rainfall, river levels, river flooding, coastal flooding or flood schemes (stopbanks, floodgates, pumps), call us on 0800 884 880.

To get in touch with Bay of Plenty's Civil Defence Emergency Management:

Weather info

MetService offers comprehensive weather information and updates:


Bay of Plenty Regional Council monitors rainfall throughout the region. 

River levels

Bay of Plenty Regional Council monitors rivers throughout the region. 

Road closures

For State Highway issues or information:

City and district councils

For local roading issues, blocked culverts/drains, water/stormwater/sewerage issues:

Ōpōtiki District Council, (07) 315 3030

Whakatāne District Council, (07) 306 0500

Kawerau District Council, (07) 306 9009

Western Bay of Plenty District Council, (07) 571 8008

Rotorua Lakes Council, (07) 348 4199

Tauranga City Council, (07) 577 7000

Bay of Plenty Regional Council flood warnings

Flood warnings are pre-recorded messages that are sent via a web based system to a person’s landline and/or mobile phone. Flood warnings are sent to landowners or the occupiers of the following types of properties:

Properties within the Rangitaiki floodway on the Rangitaiki Plains

Low lying rural land next to one the seven major rivers (listed below) within or adjacent to the river floodplain:

  • Waioeka
  • Otara
  • Whakatāne
  • Tauranga
  • Rangitaiki
  • Tarawera
  • Kaituna

These are predominately rural parcels – urban properties come under the direction of your local District or City Council.

If you live on a property that has natural high ground next to one of the major rivers within the five targeted Rivers and Drainage schemes you may not require a warning.

To update your existing flood warning contact details, or if you believe you own or occupy a property that should receive a flood warning please email:

Both first and second warning level messages give the following reminders
  • Advise landowners to move stock from low lying areas adjacent to the river.
  • Refer to the Regional Council’s website for Bay of Plenty Regional rainfall and river levels
  • Listen to the local radio station for further updates.
What do first and second flood warning levels mean?
  • First warning level – the river level has reached its normal channel capacity.
  • Second warning level – the river has overtopped the river channel banks and has inundated the area (berm) next to river but is still within either a floodway or the stopbanks of the Council’s river scheme.

Please note:

  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council flood warnings are different to the public emergency warnings issues by Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM). 
  • During flood events the latest information from the flood team will be updated at the top of this page. 

Check out more information about the Council’s river schemes.