20 April 2017

Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Group supported region-wide response efforts to Cyclone Debbie and Cyclone Cook severe weather events. The group stood down on Friday 14 April and ongoing recovery efforts are now being led by local city and district councils. 

A State of Emergency remains in place for Whakatane District to enable a continued response to flooding in Edgecumbe and surrounding districts. See Whakatane District Council's severe weather event and Project Edgecumbe web pages or Facebook for updates about their work and how you can help.

For other parts of the region, see the latest information and updates on your local council Facebook pages or websites:


Cyclone Cook news and information from Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Group

Update 8: 14 April 2017, 12.23pm

State of Local Emergency in the Bay of Plenty Revised

The Bay of Plenty Civil Defence has announced that at 12:00pm today the regional wide declaration of state of emergency has been terminated.

Following this at 12:00pm Whakatane Mayor, Mr Tony Bonne, declared a local state of emergency for the Whakatane District to enable the continued response to Edgecumbe and the surrounding areas.

Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Group Controller, Clinton Naude, says “That while the region certainly felt the impact of Cyclone Cook, based on this morning’s assessments of the region we have been fortunate.

“This was an unprecedented event, especially following so closely behind ex-Cyclone Debbie. We want to recognise and thank all those local coastal communities who followed advice and self-evacuated.

“It is now safe for them to return home. From what we’ve heard there has been a fantastic community spirit with people really looking out for each other,” says Mr Naude.

“Power is still out in some areas throughout the region, Horizon has contractors working to restore this as quickly as possible. 

“There are a number of slips in the region and trees down which have caused road closures. Council contractors are currently working to clear these as quickly as possible.

“Please continue to take care and we ask that you avoid any unnecessary travel. As it’s Good Friday, it’s a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends at home.

“Treat any downed power lines as live – please stay clear of any power lines that are on the ground or are low-hanging and alert your local council if you see any sewage overflows, or trees down that you do not think are being responded to.”

For any further queries please contact your local council:

•             Whakatāne District Council 07 306 0500

•             Western Bay of Plenty District Council  0800 WBOPDC

•             Tauranga City Council 07 577 7000

•             Opotiki District Council 07 315 3030

Download this morning’s aerial survey images.


UPDATE 7: 13 April 2017, 11:16pm

It looks like the worst of the storm has passed and Metservice have lifted their severe weather warnings for the Bay of Plenty. However, there are still strong winds and some rain in most places and extreme care needs to be taken.

  • Please don’t go sightseeing. Stay inside and away from damaged areas.
  • Given the conditions, no power or other outages will be looked at until first light. Report broken power and gas lines to the relevant authorities.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and flooding and avoid waterways and driving. The storm surge peaked with high tides at 9pm tonight.
  • Be aware for fire hazards caused by broken gas lines, flooded electrical circuits or submerged appliances.
  • Many trees are down on roads throughout the region
  • Some roads have been blocked by slips and powerlines
  • Crews will be out at first light to assess the full extent of any damage caused by flooding, slips and wind damage.         

Local councils are entering recovery mode and are assessing overnight with more information becoming available in the morning. 

As always, keep in touch with your local council for updates:

Whakatāne District Council | 07 306 0500 | www.fb.com/WhakataneDistrictCouncil

Western Bay of Plenty District Council | 07 571 8008 or 0800 WBOPDC | www.facebook.com/westernbaycouncil

Tauranga City Council | 07 577 7000 | www.facebook.com/TaurangaCityCouncil

Opotiki District Council | 07 315 3030 | www.facebook.com/OpotikiDistrictCouncil


UPDATE 6: 13 April 2017, 5:29pm

Civil Defence are advising the self-evacuation form the following areas:

Western Bay   

  • Waihi Beach
  • Bowentown inner harbour
  • Athenree
  • Tuapiro
  • Ongare pt
  • Little Waihī
  • Pukehina Beach
  • Maketū


  • Inner Harbour Pilot Bay
  • Harbour Drive
  • Strange Grove
  • Beach Road


  • Westend Ohope
  • Ohope Beachfront
  • Costal Campgrounds on Matata Straight


UPDATE 5: 13 April 2017, 3:15pm

Bay of Plenty Civil Defence is strongly advising all residents in low lying coastal areas to consider self-evacuating this afternoon in advance of tonight’s high-tide if they feel unsafe.

Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Group Controller, Clinton Naude says, “We encourage residents living on low lying coastal margins to be aware that significant swells and sea surges are expected within the next 12 hours.

“These residents need to be watching for natural warning signs and if worried or in doubt – don’t wait for official warnings, move to families and friends or another safe location on higher ground.”

“Our advice is that it is best to do this now during daylight, and before conditions deteriorate further.”

Whakatāne, Tauranga, Western Bay of Plenty and Opotiki Councils have advised those who do self-evacuate should register with them by calling.

  • Whakatāne District Council 07 306 0500
  • Western Bay of Plenty District Council  07 571 8008 or 0800 WBOPDC
  • Tauranga City Council 07 577 7000
  • Opotiki District Council 07 315 3030

Due to the extreme risk of storm surges and coastal inundation, the decision has been made to evacuate all properties on West End Road, Ohope, and all properties on the seaward side of Pohutukawa Avenue, through to Te Akau Street in Ohope.

People are advised to go to family and friends in the first instance or go to the Whakatane War Memorial Hall.

Anyone living in these areas who has neighbours who may be need help to evacuate is asked to offer assistance wherever possible.

Regular updates will be provided on Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management’s Facebook page. As the situation evolves, more information will be available.  A list of relevant radio frequencies and websites are listed at the end of this release. Please continue to monitor for updates.

For text message alerts from Civil Defence, send a text to 2028 and enter area code (TA for Tauranga, WB for Western Bay, KA for Kawerau, WH for Whakatane, RO for Rotorua, OP for Opotiki).



For further media information, please contact the Duty Group Public Information Manager on 027 440 9528




  • National Radio 101.5 FM & 1188 AM
  • Newstalk ZB 747 AM
  • The Hits 97.5 FM & 90.9 FM
  • More FM  95.9 FM
  • Radio Live 95.1 FM

Tauranga & Western Bay:

  • National Radio 101.0 FM & 819 AM
  • Newstalk ZB 90.2FM & 1008 AM
  • The Hits 95 FM
  • Breeze 95.8 FM
  • More FM  93.4 FM
  • Radio Live 100.6FM

Te Puke

  • 1XX 89.0 FM & 1242 AM


  • National Radio 101.7 FM
  • Classic Hits 90.5 FM
  • Radio Live 92.1 FM
  • 1XX 90.5 FM
  • SunFM 106.5
  • TumekeFM 96.9

Edgecumbe, Ōpōtiki & Kawerau

  • 1XX 90.5 FM

Ōhope Beach

  • 1XX 92.9 FM

Further information on how to be prepared and what to do if you are affected can be found on these websites: 

Cyclone Debbie media releases from Bay of Plenty Regional Council - April 2017

Bay of Plenty Regional Council functions include Rivers and Drainage Scheme management, Harbourmaster maritime safety services and supporting district and city councils to deliver their Civil Defence responsibilitiies and positive outcomes for local communities. The following updates about Regional COuncil's work were issued in relation to Cyclone Debbie response efforts.

Wednesday 12 April 

Tuesday 11 April 

Monday 10 April

Friday 7 April

Thursday 6 April

Thursday 6 April