Pre-Easter storm: What you need to know

Last updated 17:37 17/04/2014

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The remnants of Cyclone Ita have downed power lines and submerged roadways across the North Island, with the South Island being hit by high winds and rock falls.

The Interislander ferry cancelled one sailing and others experienced delays, which are expected to continue on Friday, according to the ferry's website.

New Zealand Transport Agency says the country's roads are "sodden from head to toe" and people should be extra cautious.


- Tamaki Drive is reopened, as are four other roads in the area. Muripara Rd in Point Chevalier will remain closed until at least tomorrow.

- Localised power outages were still affecting the region, with some 17,000 properties without power at 5pm.

- Some traffic signals have been affected by power cuts.

- Auckland Zoo was closed for the day.

- Flights in and out of Auckland Airport are now arriving and departing normally.


- As at 3.45pm, the Thames Coast Road is open allowing access to Coromandel Town and Whitianga. Police say the electronic signs at Thames are incorrect and are unable to be changed due to a technical issue.

- SH 25 between Waihi and Whangamata is now open.

- SH25A - Kopu Hikuai Road is closed and will be for some hours yet.

- SH25 south of Whitianga is closed near to Wade Road, preventing travel between Tairua and Whitianga.

- Caution is urged on all coastal roads as the tide is coming in, which may cause further road closures.

- As many as 1200 homes were without power, including some 500 each in Gordonton and Tamahere.


- Wharawhara Rd near Katikati, which joins State Highway 2 south of Katikati, is closed over fears a bridge could break.

- SH36 is closed due to a slip, and will likely remain closed overnight.

- SH36 at Te Matai is diverted towards Te Puke (Tauranga side).

- A Rotorua side diversion is being arranged at Dudley/SH36 and will be manned overnight.

- Traffic would have to divert back through Rotorua City to SH33 or via the Kaimais to get to Tauranga.

- The best alternative was SH33 via Te Puke for both directions, police said.


- An apartment in Oriental Bay has been evacuated and a street in Karori blocked.

- MetService says severe gales, with gusts of up to 140kmh, were likely in exposed areas from Northland down to Wellington. 

- Wellington Airport says flights have not been affected.

- Homes at Hokio Beach are still without power. Power has been restored to many in the Foxton area. As many as 10,000 were without power this afternoon.


- NZTA is warning motorists on SH1 Blenheim to Kaikoura to be careful due to strong winds, on the West Coast SH 6 Haast to Makarora to beware of rock fall. There are also strong winds from Haast to Harihari.

- Gales on the West Coast, particularly in Westport, have toppled trees and caused rockfall.

- The road into Cobden, near Greymouth, has been closed because of dangerous conditions that include fencing irons flying around. 

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- The road from Mokihinui and Karamea is blocked by a slip, SH6 is blocked by fallen trees in the lower Buller gorge and the hgihway is also closed by downed power lines just north of Whataroa.

- Fairfax Media


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