What you need to know for Friday: How Cyclone Cook is affecting each region video

Marty Sharpe / Stuff.co.nz

A large tree in Lucknow Road, Havelock North, landed on two occupied vehicles.

The worst of ex-Cyclone Cook is over. It's currently sitting south of the North Island, moving south and weakening. However, it will bring strong winds, heavy rain and possible flooding to Marlborough and Canterbury on Friday.

As Cook blew south down the east of the country, it took down power lines, uprooted trees, brought down slips and inundated low-lying areas.

Now, it's set to hammer the South Island, with further slips and flooding possible.

The Avon river encroaches onto Fitzgerald Ave near Kilmore intersection in Christchurch.

The Avon river encroaches onto Fitzgerald Ave near Kilmore intersection in Christchurch.

Here's what you need to know about what's closed, where to avoid and how to keep safe. And please, take care of yourself and your loved ones.

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Downed powerlines and trees in Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, where there's been no power since 8:30pm last night.

Downed powerlines and trees in Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, where there's been no power since 8:30pm last night.


MetService expected the storm to sit east of Banks Peninsula about 9am on Good Friday, east of Oamaru about midday, and well east of Dunedin in the late afternoon.

By Friday night, the storm will have passed the bottom of the South Island.

Waves crashing over Cobham Drive in Wellington on Friday morning. Cyclone Cook passed over Wellington about 2am on Friday.

Waves crashing over Cobham Drive in Wellington on Friday morning. Cyclone Cook passed over Wellington about 2am on Friday.


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* Air NZ flights have been disrputed and some cancelled. Travellers should keep updated with the airline's travel alerts.

The Education Ministry shut schools and early childhood centres in Bay of Plenty, Thames-Coromandel, Auckland and elsewhere on Thursday. It's Good Friday, so schools will have the long weekend to check the damage.

A fallen tree blocks one lane of SH2 a few kilometres north of Morere, between Wairoa and Gisborne.

A fallen tree blocks one lane of SH2 a few kilometres north of Morere, between Wairoa and Gisborne.

* Power was knocked out in several parts of the North Island, including Northland, Waiheke Island, Bay of Plenty, Poverty Bay and Hawke's Bay.


* About 420 residents were without power in the Far North towns of Whangaroa, Matangirau, Tauranga Bay and Kaeo. Lines company Top Energy says crews are trying to fix the problem, but flooding in Kaeo is making access difficult.

* SH10 has re-opened after flooding near Kaeo. One lane of SH1 through Mangamuka Gorge has reopened after being blocked by a slip earlier. Caution is advised on SH11 between Paihia and Kawakawa due to a slip.

* Whangaroa College in Kaeo was closed on Thursday due to flooding.


Kerikeri's Rainbow Falls is gushing with muddy water after heavy rain.

Kerikeri's Rainbow Falls is gushing with muddy water after heavy rain.

* Auckland was spared the worst of the severe weather as the centre of Cyclone Cook tracked a little further to the east.

* The following roads were closed due to flooding: 
- Falls Rd, Warkworth near the Woodcock Rd end
- Days Rd, Wellsford; Wayby Station from SH1 to Prictor Rd
​- McNicol Rd, Clevedon is open only to residents
- Maraetai Coast Rd
- East Coast Rd is closed north of Tainui Camp
- Kawakawa Coast Rd is open to residents and emergency services only
- Bethells Beach Rd is closed between Stoney Creek and Duffy Rd.

Flooding near Waimate North Road near Kerikeri, ahead of Cyclone Cook's arrival.

Flooding near Waimate North Road near Kerikeri, ahead of Cyclone Cook's arrival.

Waiheke Island

* About 2000 properties lost power on Thursday night.

Bay of Plenty, including Edgecumbe

How to help Edgecumbe and the BoP

Residents evacuated from parts of the eastern Bay of Plenty can now return home.

* Whakatane District Council said rainfall was "unexpectedly light" overnight with no houses affected and minimal coastal damage.

* Strong winds brought down trees and caused slips along State Highway 2 at the Matata straights which is closed.

* About 120 people stayed at the Whakatane evacuation centre on Thursday night. Most people arriving late were travellers attempting to get home to Ohope or Opitiki.

* People evacuated from the Pohutukawa Avenue and Harbour Road areas can return to their homes, but council said they should conserve water. People evacuated from West End can also return home.

* Te Teko has no water. A water tanker is available at the corner of Tahuna Road and SH30.

* Parts of Ōhope and the Hillcrest and Mokorua areas in Whakatane have no water available.

* Power is out across most of the district.

* Boil water notices still apply to the Rangitaiki Plains, Ruatoki, Te Mahoe and Taneatua.

Power is out in Whakatane, Ohope, Coastlands, Otakiri, Taneatua, Ruatoki, Waimana, Matata, Thornton, Galatea, Murupara, Minginui, Ruatahuna, Waiotahe and Opotiki through to Cape Runaway.

* State Highways are closed:
​- SH34 Edgecumbe to Te Teko closed - power lines down
- SH30 Awakeri to Whakatane closed - power lines down
- SH2 Pikowai (between Paengaroa & Matata) closed - fallen trees
- SH2 Waihi to Tauranga closed - fallen trees

* Roads in western Bay of Plenty and Whakatane were blocked by trees and slips.

* Power has been restored to Ohiwa but is still out in Whakatane.

* Residents of West End Rd, Ohope, and the seaward side of Pohutukawa Ave through to Te Akau St in Ohope were evacuated on Thursday night.

* Mauao base track is closed, Moturiki Island is closed. 

* People are advised to stay away from all beaches and coastal areas.

* A regional state of emergency is in place amid efforts to pump water from flood-torn Edgecumbe.

* Access to areas of Edgecumbe devastated by last week's floods was suspended on Thursday.

* NZDF personnel are already in the area after last week's flooding, and more are on standby to go in.


Ex-Tropical Cyclone Cook passed the east of the Coromandel Peninsula without making landfall.

* The Thames-Coromandel District Council has reportedly lifted its state of emergency.

* The Kaimai Ranges between the Waikato and Tauranga is completely closed after a major slip on the Hamilton side. 

* Slips and downed trees closed SH25 (Thames Coast Rd) between Thames and Coromandel on Thursday. It was likely to be closed throughout Easter. Check NZTA's website for updates.

* A state of emergency has been declared in the area.

* Anyone planning to visit the peninsula is asked to hold fire until contractors can check roading conditions. The Thames Coast Rd remains closed to all motorists. 

* There are still slips and some surface flooding on various roads across the Coromandel with road works and traffic management in place. Delays are expected.

* There are slips on Pumpkin Hill and through Golden Valley. 

* The peninsula is expected to get continued showers and northwesterlies over the Easter weekend. 

* Evacuation centres are open at: Coromandel St John Ambulance, 355 Tiki Road, Coromandel; Whitianga Town Hall, 22 Monk Street, Whitianga; Tairua Hall, 210 Main Road, Tairua, Whangamata; Town Hall, 320 Port Road, Whangamata; Thames Civic Centre, 200 Mary Street Thames. 

* The Defence Force is in Coromandel with four Unimogs which will be sent to the most at-risk areas.

* Extreme care should be taken around at high tide times on the eastern Coromandel coast (9.16am and 9.41pm Friday). Care should also be taken on the Firth of Thames coast. Coastal areas in the east can expect large waves of five metres or more during this time, with storm surges near the centre of Cyclone Cook.

* 24 schools and 33 early childhood education centres were told to close on Thursday.


Wild winds and heavy rain caused slips closing major highways but most of the Waikato appears to have escaped unscathed from the wrath of ex-Cyclone Cook. 

* The Kaimai Ranges between Waikato and Tauranga are completely closed on SH29 after a major slip on the Hamilton side, near the State Highway 28 intersection. Waikato Police said there were multiple large slips on both sides of the ranges that would mean the road would remain closed for the next 24 hours. Motorists wanting to travel to Tauranga or Hamilton would have to go via Katikati to Paeroa or Rotorua. Check NZTA's website for updates.

* Hamilton residents have been asked to minimise non-essential water usage, as one of the city's main water mains is being shut down as a precaution against possible storm damage.

* Gate 1 carpark at Hamilton Gardens has been closed, and bus services to the gardens have been halted. There have been extensive river path closures and all community sports fields are closed this evening to preserve the turf for possible play on the weekend.

* Water levels across many Waikato waterways are near their maximum.

* Two houses on Ashworth Place in Matamata were threatened by a large lake forming at the back of properties on Thursday.

* Waikato Civil Defence is urging farmers to move stock to higher ground, as well as asking the public to ensure they have seven days' worth of food and water stored.


* Taranaki escaped the full force of Cook overnight Thursday, only receiving periods of heavy rain and gusty northwesterly winds.

* MetService is predicting showers throughout Friday and periods of rain in the evening but the northwesterly winds are expected to ease.


* 150 to 205mm in 39 hours from 9am Wednesday to midnight Thursday, and wind of up to 150km/hour or more possible from Thursday afternoon until early Friday.

* The Lake Taupo Harbourmaster has recommended all mooring lines - on both swing moorings and marina berths - be checked. A rise in lake level could stretch mooring lines beyond capacity.


* Gisborne District Council opened emergency sewer valves at Gladstone Rd/Wainui Rd, Oak St, Russell St and Derby St into the Taruheru, Waimata and Turanganui rivers about 6.15pm today due to the heavy rain. Other valves may be opened. The valves are opened so sewage doesn't overflow back into people's homes and property. The wastewater discharge is highly diluted with rain water, but there may be a risk to health for river users.

Hawke's Bay

* Some 13,000 homes in Hawke's Bay are without electricity and some roads are closed after Cyclone Cook brought down trees and power lines. 

* Power provider Unison said electricity has been restored to 2000 homes (as of 10am Friday) but their customers should be prepared for long periods without power. They suggest instead of calling, follow updates on Unison's website. As ever, treat downed power lines as live.

* SH2 between Napier and Wairoa isn't closed, but there is a small section that is closed at on Main North Rd at Bay View, just north of Napier, that's shut off due to a slip but a detour is in place.

* One lane of SH2 is blocked by a fallen tree a few kilometres north of Morere between Wairoa and Gisborne. Check NZTA's website for updates and alternative routes.

* SH38 Frasertown to Murupara is closed north of Frasertown due to a fallen tree.

* Old Sh 38 Aniwaniwa to Murupara is closed due to a slip.


* Rain fell in Manawatu and Whanganui but not to the levels that were expected.  The wider region managed to steer clear of the worst of Cook.


* Cook passed over the Wellington region about 2am on Friday.

* Wind gusts of 100 km/h have been recorded on the Rimutaka hills and those travelling over the hill should use caution.

*  Strong wind warnings have been lifted for Wellington and the Kapiti Coast, but northerly winds of about 30 km/h are expected Friday morning.

* A tree was blocking the southbound lane on Main Rd, 2km North of Kapiti Rd, on the Kapiti Coast.

* The SH 53 Waihenga Bridge from Featherston to Martinborough may be closed at 1pm Friday due to rising river levels, an update will be provided closer to the time. 

* There are some delays flying out of Wellington airport and a 7.45am flight to Tauranga and 9am flight to Christchurch have been cancelled. 

* A number of arrivals have been cancelled Friday morning, including three flights from Hamilton, a flight from Timaru, Gisborne and New Plymouth have also been cancelled.

West Coast, Nelson, Tasman

Region set for soaking

Road closure on Motueka Valley Highway about 20km from Tapawera - open to one lane from 2.30am and both lanes will be open around lunchtime.

* There's a big slip on SH60 at Upper Takaka Hill. Take extra care on the road.

* All fords are expected to be impassible for the next few days as water drops and condition of ford is checked.

Flights in and out of Nelson may be disrupted.


* Blenheim residents at about 40 properties have been warned to stay alert as a river next to their homes threatens to breach its banks. The stopbank damaged in the November quake was at risk of breaching on Thursday.\

* The river which is in the Islington area would continue to be monitored over Friday and the weekend by Marlborough Civil Defence.

Blenheim flights may be disrupted.


* The Heathcote River in Christchurch burst its banks in places in the suburb of St Martins.

* Parts of Banks Peninsula near Christchurch received rainfall of 60mm or more overnight.

* MetService expects wet weather to taper off but another rainband would likely dump another 10 to 20mm on already soaked areas by mid-morning Friday.


* Dunedin flooding fears abate

* Cyclone Cook was expected to sit well east of Dunedin's coast on Friday afternoon.

* Dunedin Emergency Operations Centre was stood down on Thursday afternoon, with the amount of rain forecast not expected to cause major issues. Civil defence personnel will monitor the situation for the next few days.

* Highcliff Rd, from Camp Rd to just above Portobello Rd, will be closed from around 6pm to 7am each night over the Easter weekend for safety reasons. Access will be available for residents.

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