NZ quake: What you need to know - Tuesday
A day after a massive 7.5-magnitude quake threw much of central New Zealand into disarray, wild weather is slamming Wellington, shutting major roads and halting trains.
Meanwhile, evacuation flights from Kaikoura, which has been cut off by the major quake, are underway.
Here is what you need to know for Tuesday:
Concerns over stability of building in CBD
The Fire Service has cordoned off an area in Wellington's CBD are reports of a potentially dangerous building on Molesworth Street.
Staff from the Wellington Emergency Response team are warning people away from the area.
One of them was heard warned "keep away, that building is going to come down".
The building had been evacuated, along with surrounding buildings, as a precaution while the situation is assessed.
Commuters in Wellington are being urged to stay at work a bit longer, while people around the region are being urged to stay home and not attempt to come into Wellington City due to flooding and highway closures.
Wellington Region Emergency Management Office group controller Bruce Pepperell is advising motorists to be cautious and patient.
"These are very trying times. People should expect a degree of inconvenience. We are trying to get people home safely under difficult circumstances."
Those expecting to drive home are urged to remain at work and advice will be given that best enables a trip home.
Do not rush home now but watch, wait and check for NZTA updates, he said.
"If people have children to pick up, they should check in with their school/neighbours/friends and consider making contingency plans for the next time nature is against us."
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester asked that people who came into the city today by car but live on the Kapiti Coast or in the Hutt Valley, to delay leaving town.
"We're hoping the weather will clear later in the day and roads will reopen, but at this stage our advice is to stay where you are and not attempt to travel in or out of the city."
The advice did not apply to people who live in inner city Wellington suburbs because most roads were had not been affected.
People needing to get north of Plimmerton roundabout are being urged to stay where they are until at least 8pm to allow slips to be cleared and roads to be reopened.
Roading teams are working hard to get traffic moving in both ways to get people home. Plimmerton roundabout is still flooded and the Fire Service are working hard to pump the flood waters.
Flooding – road closures
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said there has been a slip that has completely closed State Highway 1 in both directions, just south of Pukerua Bay.
It is not expected to be cleared until later this evening.
"There has been a slip that has closed northbound and southbound, north of Porirua, just south of Pukerua Bay."
At 3pm, NZTA said one northbound lane is now open on State Highway 2. The road still remains fully open for southbound users.
As of 5:30pm, State Highway 1 northbound has now opened between Plimmerton to Paekakariki, but users can expect a slow journey.
Due to severe flooding and slips the following roads are still closed:
* State Highway 58 from State Highway 1 at Paremata to Haywards Interchange at State Highway 2
* Grays Road
* Paekakariki Hill Road
* State Highway 1 between Mackays Crossing and Steyne Avenue at Plimmerton is closed in both directions .
Flooding – evacuations
Some residents have been told evacuations are possible due to flooding in Lower Hutt.
Sandbags are expected to be deployed to flooded areas near the Waiwhetu Stream, Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace said.
The rain had largely eased by 3.15pm and the Waiwhetu Stream appeared to have calmed.
Parts of local streets White Line East and Hayward Tce are under fast-flowing brown water.
Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace urged people to look after one another and take care of elderly and vulnerable people.
Flooding has also hit parts of Petone.
Trains, buses, harbour ferry
Kapiti Line – No service between Porirua and Waikanae
Keneperu Station – closed due to flooding
Kapiti Line services – cancelled between Porirua and Waikanae due to slips and flooding. No bus replacement is available due to SH1 road closure.
Hutt Valley Line – trains cancelled between Wellington and Petone.
Taita Station and Pomare Station are also closed due to flooding – shuttle buses from Taita Station or Pomare Station between Wingate, Taita and Pomare as the train won't stop at Taita.
Petone Subway is closed due to flooding but you can access via the over bridge.
Ava station – the pedestrian bridge with ramp access is closed and the remaining bridge has stairs and no wheelchair or pram access.
Bus diversions will be in place through central Wellington today as inspections continue on CBD buildings following the recent earthquakes and high winds overnight.
Most routes will be diverted onto the waterfront quays and on to Taranaki Street as a precaution against falling debris in forecast high winds until buildings along central city streets (Courtenay Place, Manners Street, Willis Street, Featherston Street and Lambton Quay) are checked. Most buses travelling into the CBD will drive along Taranaki Street, Jervois Quay, Customhouse Quay and through to Whitmore Street and Wellington Railway Station.
Services out of the CBD will go from the Wellington Railway Station, along Whitmore Street, Waterloo Quay, Jervois Quay and Taranaki Street.
All stops in Manners Street, Lower Willis Street and Lambton Quay are closed. There are messages on the bus stop information screens. Temporary stops will in place at Tony's Tyre Service, Shed 11 and Frank Kitts Park on the quays.
The harbour ferry services are cancelled today due to damage to the wharf at Day's Bay.
Check the Metlink site for further details.
Good news - the harbour ferry operating services from Queens Wharf today - 4:30, 5:30, 6:30. Not calling at Seatoun— Metlink Wellington (@metlinkwgtn) November 15, 2016
Civil Defence strongly urges car-pooling and public transport for travel.
CBD cordon expanded
The area of cordoned-off streets in central Wellington has been slightly expanded, following first-light visual inspections today.
The risk of falling glass after the recent earthquakes, and strong winds overnight will mean:
* Featherston St will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians – the exception is pedestrians accessing the Ibis Hotel.
* The footpath outside NEC House on Taranaki St has been closed due to falling debris overnight.
* Part of Pipitea St in Thorndon has been closed due to debris falling from a building.
* The corner of Lambton Quay and Brandon St (Harbour City Centre) has been cordoned off because of the risk of falling glass. Motorists are asked to avoid the area to avoid delays.
Wellington Region Emergency Management Office head Bruce Pepperell said there had been liquefaction around he waterfront due to Monday night's quake and aftershocks.
* The Statistics New Zealand building on the waterfront joins the TSB Arena and BNZ Harbour Quays, are the worst-affected buildings and have been quarantined due to quake damage and will remain closed while checks are performed.
* Wellington City Council strongly urges people to remain outside cordons due to the dangers presented by falling debris.
* Police and Council workers will be onsite to let people know it's not safe to walk inside those cordons.
Areas affected by the cordon are likely to change as inspections continue through the morning. Updated maps will be available on the Wellington City Council's facebook page and Twitter account.
Event venues operating as normal
Wellington's TSB Bank Arena, Shed 6, Michael Fowler Centre, St James Theatre, Academy Galleries and the Opera House have been inspected and are operating as normal.
David Perks, General Manager Venues & Projects for WREDA, said beyond minor cosmetic damage and clean-up the venues were unaffected.
"Wellington's venues are open for business. All have been declared safe to to occupy and are set to go with events this week and beyond."
Cook Strait ferries
Interislander vehicle passenger services have now resumed but no new bookings are being accepted for either vehicle or walk-on passengers.
New bookings are not expected to be taken until Monday.
Bluebridge passengers have also experienced disruptions due to the weather conditions.
The last ferry to leave Wellington was at 8am and the company was hoping to sail to Wellington with essential freight tonight.
Bluebridge said it was continuing to operate without phones or access to its Picton terminal.
It was working to get affected passengers rebooked for Wednesday morning.
"Until we have another berth operational for the Feronia, we will continue to operate one ship on a limited schedule," it said.
Anyone wanting further information was asked to contact the company directly.
Wellington Airport spokeswoman Arpita Dutta said passengers should expect delays due to heavy rain in the city and other parts of the country.
At this stage, delays were only expected to be about 10-15 minutes.
Passengers were advised to monitor the airport's website for delays and gate changes.
Christchurch and Nelson airports were operating normally.
Hutt Intermediate School has closed and parents asked to collect children. The father of one pupil said he was called on Tuesday morning, and at 10.45 am children and caregivers were leaving.
A teacher said the school wasn't flooded but the closure was due to flooding in the neighbourhood.
Most schools that were closed on Monday will reopen on Tuesday.
However, schools and early childhood centres from Wellington to North Canterbury which haven't yet had structural checks have been advised to remain closed, the Ministry of Education says.
Parents and students should contact their school for more information.
* Wellington rubbish collections will continue as normal
Both NCEA exams, and NZ Scholarship exams – which were postponed on Monday – will take place as planned on Tuesday, NZQA says.
However, students whose schools are closed do not need to go to NCEA exams, and will receive a derived grade, based on their year's work.
After postponements on Monday, Massey University says exams will go ahead at all of its campuses.
Victoria University's Kelburn and Te Aro campuses will reopen on Tuesday, bar a few buildings, but other campuses will remain closed.
Kaikoura remains without water supply and sewerage, and the Kaikoura District Council is encouraging residents to preserve the water they have.
Drinking water can be filled at Austin St, Cromer St, Bayview St, Hastings St and Mt Fyffe Ave.
A welfare centre is in place at the Kaikoura Marae.
Getting out of Kaikoura
There are four Defence Force NH90 helicopters in operation "ferrying people in and out as well as supplies". They'll be used to get those out of Kaikoura that want to leave.
About 30 international tourists will be evacuated on Tuesday morning, thanks to their tour company chartering special flights.
Hop-on hop-off tour operator Stray says 30 passengers and a driver guide are stranded in Kaikoura, but are safe and well. A private plane will fly from Christchurch to Kaikoura to pick them up.
Others will have to wait until first light on Wednesday morning to be evacuated by the NZDF ship HMNZS Canterbury.
The ship is en route from Auckland to Kaikoura overnight, with a stop to pick up aid supplies.
Kaikoura District Council said locals who needed to travel out of Kaikoura urgently should go to the Takahanga Marae, as flights may be able to be arranged for them.
Power has been restored to Kaikoura, but nearly 2000 rural homes remain without power on Tuesday.
Lines company MainPower said extra staff and equipment were flown into Kaikoura on Monday night and Tuesday morning to help restore power to 1156 rural
Kaikoura homes still off the grid.
A further 751 homes in the Hurunui district were also still without power on Tuesday.
Power has been restored to the townships of Hanmer Springs, Cheviot, Culverden and Kaikoura.
Banks could face cash shortage
Stranded residents in shaken parts of the country could run out of cash.
NZBA chief executive Karen Scott-Howman said banks were working to re-open their branches in affected areas, but she said some could face problems getting physical cash to their branches.
"If road access isn't possible, banks may not be able to replenish branch and ATM cash supplies immediately. Banks are monitoring this closely and will look at other ways to get cash in if necessary," she said.
"We'd encourage people to use internet and mobile banking, if possible, to make payments."
SOUTH ISLAND ROAD CLOSURES
State Highway 1 remained closed from Blenheim to Kaikoura, and between Seddon and Cheviot, the NZ Transport Agency said.
SH1 from Picton to Blenheim had reopened after quake damage, but NZTA advised motorists to take extra care.
State Highway 7 (Lewis Pass) reopened on Monday, and one lane of State Highway 7A to Hanmer Springs village has reopened on Tuesday morning.
Inland Rd, between Waiau and State Highway 1 on the South Island's east coast, remains closed.
Keep up to date with highway closures on NZTA's traffic website.
An alternative inland state highway route was re-established on Monday between Picton and Christchurch, via Murchison and the Lewis Pass.
The Lyttelton Tunnel (State Highway 74), which links Christchurch with the seaside suburb of Lyttelton, was closed briefly on Monday morning, but had since reopened.
Motorists are advised to take extra care, as continuing quake tremors and heavy rain raised the risk that rockfalls and landslips could come down on roads.
Spark advise people to text instead of calling when checking in on loved ones to avoid any additional congestion.
Spark opened up their nationwide wi-fi network to help all New Zealanders stay in contact for free. A list of hotspots can be found here.
Outages are still affecting areas in the North and South Islands.
North Canterbury lines company MainPower says about 1200 homes in Culverden and Cheviot are still without power early on Tuesday morning, and it warns restoration could take two days.
Marlborough Lines says a few hundred customers in the Seddon, Awatere, Ward and East Coast areas remain off the grid, with a lack of road access hampering restoration.
Workers and equipment are due to start work on Tuesday to finish restoring power to customers.
Some North Island customers, between Taranaki and southern Manawatu, remain without power early on Tuesday morning, PowerCo says.
The Ministry of Justice said Wellington's District Court and High Court, as well as the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court will remain closed on Tuesday.
Hutt Valley District Court and Blenheim District Court are also closed.
Some hearings and court appearances have been shifted to other courts, while other matters are adjourned.
The Waikato town is close to running out of water, and has switched off its water supply after discoloured water ran from its spring to its treatment plans.
The Waikato District Council released a statement congratulating residents for conserving water, but asked them to keep limiting their water use.
"We continue to stress that if water use is not kept to an absolute minimum it may run out as we are unable to keep up with even a normal demand for water," said local controller Merv Balloch.
Approximately half a million litres of water has been pumped into the Raglan reservoirs since yesterday morning to keep up with drinking water demand. This will continue until the water treatment plant can be turned back on once water tests come back, which could take a minimum of three days.
The Waikato District Council asks residents to boil drinking water for one minute as a precaution, and avoid showering, doing washing, or flushing toilets.
A water tanker at the Raglan Fire Station on Wainui Road has been distributing water and locals should take their own water containers.
A welfare centre has been set up for stranded and displaced tourists at Canterbury's Woodend Community Centre in the Waimakariri district.
There is also a welfare centre in Waiau, in the Hurunui district.
Other welfare centres in the Hurunui and Waimakariri districts have closed since the tsunami warning was lifted.
In Temuka, people can head to the Alpine Energy Stadium in Temuka Domain, and in Timaru, they can go to the SBS Events Centre on Morgans Rd.
In the Clutha District, a welfare centre is open at the Owaka Community Centre on Campbell St.
In Marlborough, the Tuamarina Hall on State Highway 1, north of Blenheim, has been set up as an evacuation point.
Picton residents can head to Waikawa Marae at 210 Waikawa Rd.
Residents of Te Awanga in Hawke's Bay should gather at Huamoana School, 7 Raymond Rd, Hastings.
In Wellington, refuges have been set up at BizDojo at 115 Tory St and Houghton Valley School at 110 Houghton Bay Rd.
MOST PETROL STATIONS OPEN
A spokesman for Z Energy, which also owns Caltex, says most petrol stations are open.
BP Connect QEII in Christchurch, closed due to its location within the Civil Defence force evacuation area on Monday, has since reopened.