Snow: What you need to know

Last updated 17:12 15/08/2011

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Roads/Bridges: The following is a list of road closures, provided by the New Zealand Transport Agency.

North Island:

SH5 Napier to Taupo

SH2 Norsewood to Waipukurau

SH2 Dannevirke to Norsewood

SH54 Cheltenham to Vinegar Hill

SH2 Rimutaka Hill

SH49 Tohunga Junction (SH4) to Waiouru

SH1 Taihape to Waiouru

SH46 Rangipo to Otukou

SH47 National Park to Tokaanu

SH1 Desert Road - Rangipo to Waiouru

SH3 Tariki to Stratford

Snow is falling on the Kaimai Ranges. Police are advising drivers to delay their journeys or to drive to the conditions.

**SH4 National Park to Raetihi has re-opened

South Island:

SH74 Christchurch (tunnel Road From Ferry Rd to Tunnel Roundabout)

SH1 Dunedin to Gore

SH87 Outram to Kyeburn

SH1 Palmerston to Dunedin

SH85 Kyeburn to Palmerston

SH1 Kaikoura to Waipara

SH8 Omarama to Tarras (Lindis Pass)

SH90 Raes Junction to Mcnab

SH8 Raes Junction to Milton

SH6 Kingston to Five Rivers

SH6 Queenstown to Kingston

SH8 Alexandra to Roxburgh

SH93 Clinton to Mataura

Transport: Environment Canterbury said all Christchurch metro bus services had been suspended until further notice. Dunedin City Council also said that its bus services weren't running.

Airports: Most flights were cancelled out of Dunedin, Christchurch, Queenstown and Invercargill airports this morning.

Runways and aprons at Christchurch International Airport have now been cleared of snow and slush but more snow is forecast and conditions may change.

A number of domestic and international flights have managed to land or take off from Christchurch International Airport during breaks in the weather.

One inbound international flight operated by Singapore Airlines had to be diverted to Auckland - but has now returned to Christchurch, landing a short time ago.

You can check arrivals and departures from Christchurch Airport here. Flight information for Queenstown airport is available here.

Wellington airport is open but flights to/from Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill have been cancelled. You can check flight information here.

Mail: NZ Post has cancelled many deliveries around the country.

Spokesman Michael Tull said mail could not be delivered to Gisborne, Napier, Hastings, Waipukurai, Waipawa, Takapau and Bay View, Eltham, Stratford, Manaia and Opunake, Masterton, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton, Martinborough, Christchurch, Ashburton, Oamaru, Dunedin, Mosgiel, Balcutha, Gore, Alexandra, Queenstown, and Wanaka.

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In Wellington, mail couldn't be delivered to Brooklyn, Johnsonville, Newlands, Churton Park, Woodridge, Ngauranga Gorge, Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Manor Park.

Schools/Universities: Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown schools are closed, including Island School, Roydvale School, South New Brighton, Windsor Primary School, Paparoa Street School, St Teresa's, St Patrick's School, Lincoln High School, Cotswold School.

Canterbury University and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) are both closed for the day.

The University of Otago is open, but students are advised to check the blackboard and contact individual departments to make sure classes are being held.

Newlands College in Wellington is closed, as is the majority of schools in the Wairarapa.

Hospitals: Elective surgery and outpatient appointments at Dunedin and Wakari Hospitals have been postponed today. The Southern District Health Board said Dunedin and Wakari Hospitals will continue running all essential, non-deferrable hospital and community services.

Elective and outpatient clinics, as well as all other services, at Christchurch Hospital were running normally this morning, but could change, a hospital spokesperson said.

Power:  About 2000 households are without power, with the majority of those being in South Taranaki and a few in rural Wanganui, Manawatu and Wairarapa.

Powerco network operations manager Phil Marsh said power would be restored to about 1500 customers by tonight, but some areas would remain without supply overnight: Strathmore, Tangahoe Valley,  Waitotara Valley, Patea, Ahu Ahu Valley, and Waverley.

"We understand how difficult it is for people to be without power in this cold weather, and we’re doing everything we can to get the supply back."

Marsh said it was likely there would be more power cuts tomorrow.

An Orion spokeswoman said about a hundred customers were without power in the Christchurch suburbs of Sumner, Tai Tapu and Springston. Orion was working on restoring power as soon as possible.

Courts: Christchurch courts are closed today, except for essential services.

There will be a court session held at the Christchurch Central Police Station to deal with the cases of people who have been recently arrested. They will be brought before a judge to decide on remand dates and whether they should be released on bail.

Other courts were due to be held today in places such as the Nga Hau a Wh marae, the Rangiora Court House, and Christchurch Men's Prison, but those sessions will not be going ahead.

Communications: Telecom said a technical issue may have caused connectivity issues for some customers using mobile data and SMS, and some residential broadband services today.

Mobile data and SMS services were intermittently affected from around 12.30pm today. XT voice has been working as normal.

Some Telecom residential broadband customers also experienced intermittent connectivity issues early this afternoon. Service was restored progressively from 1.30pm.

Any customers still experiencing connectivity issues should try restarting their handsets or modems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roads/Bridges: The following is a list of road closures, provided by the New Zealand Transport Agency.

North Island:

SH5 Napier to Taupo

SH2 Norsewood to Waipukurau

SH2 Dannevirke to Norsewood

SH54 Cheltenham to Vinegar Hill

SH2 Rimutaka Hill

SH49 Tohunga Junction (SH4) to Waiouru

SH1 Taihape to Waiouru

SH46 Rangipo to Otukou

SH47 National Park to Tokaanu

SH1 Desert Road - Rangipo to Waiouru

SH3 Tariki to Stratford

Snow is falling on the Kaimai Ranges. Police are advising drivers to delay their journeys or to drive to the conditions.

**SH4 National Park to Raetihi has re-opened

South Island:

SH74 Christchurch (tunnel Road From Ferry Rd to Tunnel Roundabout)

SH1 Dunedin to Gore

SH87 Outram to Kyeburn

SH1 Palmerston to Dunedin

SH85 Kyeburn to Palmerston

SH1 Kaikoura to Waipara

SH8 Omarama to Tarras (Lindis Pass)

SH90 Raes Junction to Mcnab

SH8 Raes Junction to Milton

SH6 Kingston to Five Rivers

SH6 Queenstown to Kingston

SH8 Alexandra to Roxburgh

SH93 Clinton to Mataura

Transport: Environment Canterbury said all Christchurch metro bus services had been suspended until further notice. Dunedin City Council also said that its bus services weren't running.

Airports: Most flights have been cancelled out of Dunedin, Christchurch, Queenstown and Invercargill airports this morning.

A spokeswoman for Christchurch Airport said 3mm of snow was covering the runways but they remained open.

International flights to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne had left this morning and there had been some domestic inbound arrivals. There had been no domestic flights out of Christchurch. Singapore Airlines had diverted its inbound Christchurch flight to Auckland. The spokeswoman said travel was up to the airlines' discretion.

 

Mail: NZ Post has cancelled many deliveries around the country.

Spokesman Michael Tull said mail could not be delivered to Gisborne, Napier, Hastings, Waipukurai, Waipawa, Takapau and Bay View, Eltham, Stratford, Manaia and Opunake, Masterton, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton, Martinborough, Christchurch, Ashburton, Oamaru, Dunedin, Mosgiel, Balcutha, Gore, Alexandra, Queenstown, and Wanaka.

In Wellington, mail couldn't be delivered to Brooklyn, Johnsonville, Newlands, Churton Park, Woodridge, Ngauranga Gorge, Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Manor Park.

Schools/Universities: Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown schools are closed, including Island School, Roydvale School, South New Brighton, Windsor Primary School, Paparoa Street School, St Teresa's, St Patrick's School, Lincoln High School, Cotswold School.

Canterbury University and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) are both closed for the day.

The University of Otago is open, but students are advised to check the blackboard and contact individual departments to make sure classes are being held.

Newlands College in Wellington is closed, as is the majority of schools in the Wairarapa.

Hospitals: Elective surgery and outpatient appointments at Dunedin and Wakari Hospitals have been postponed today. The Southern District Health Board said Dunedin and Wakari Hospitals will continue running all essential, non-deferrable hospital and community services.

Elective and outpatient clinics, as well as all other services, at Christchurch Hospital were running normally this morning, but could change, a hospital spokesperson said.

Power: Power is out to around 4000 households in South Taranaki, Manawatu, Whanganui and Wairarapa.

Powerco expected to restore supply to the majority of affected customers by the end of the day.

An Orion spokeswoman said "a few hundred" customers were without power in the Christchurch suburbs of Sumner, Tai Tapu and Springston. Orion was working on restoring power as soon as possible.

Courts: Christchurch courts are closed today, except for essential services.

There will be a court session held at the Christchurch Central Police Station to deal with the cases of people who have been recently arrested. They will be brought before a judge to decide on remand dates and whether they should be released on bail.

Other courts were due to be held today in places such as the Nga Hau a Wh marae, the Rangiora Court House, and Christchurch Men's Prison, but those sessions will not be going ahead.

- Stuff

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