Tasman Floods: What you need to know

20:06, Jun 17 2013
Waters rising in Westbank Rd, Motueka, yesterday.

Tasman District Council contractors have opened most roads in the region after heavy rain on Sunday.

The event caused slips, road, closures, and evacuations in Tasman, and claimed the life of a Marahau resident.

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The following information is current up to 7pm last night, and will be updated once fresh information comes in.

Road Closures in Tasman District due to Rain and Flooding

All roads will be passable by sundown, except the following which remain closed:


Contractors will rest overnight ready for another big day tomorrow.

Overnight - many single lane sections remain and have been delineated with cones and signs.  Travel on the following roads is not recommended due to unstable slip material, narrow sections with limited visibility and slippery surface.  Road users are advised to take extreme care and drive to the conditions if they must use them.

Riwaka/Motueka/Tapawera Area:

Golden Bay Area:

·         McShane Road - open


There have been minor sewage overflows in Golden Bay in Collingwood, Pohara and Clifton.  People are advised to not take any shellfish or swim until the area has been cleared.

There is a need for a cleanup of wastewater overflows  and undertake additional testing of water supplies.

Other important points

Tributes have poured in for Jude Hivon, 63, the Sandy Bay artist killed when a landslide demolished her home.

The hatchery at the Anatoki Salmon Farm has been saved after a large landslide which wiped out the main farm also threatened the area where juvenile salmon are spawned.


The heaviest rainfall was recorded at Anatoki in Golden Bay which received 265mm of rainfall in the 24 hours to 5.30am Monday, provisional figures from the Tasman District Council showed. The rain gauge at Canaan showed 243mm.

Rainfall figures for the 24 hour period to Monday Takaka at Harwoods received 120mm, Kotinga 108mm, Little Devil 179mm. Riwaka south received 158mm, and Motueka at Woodstock, 118mm. Marahau at Woodman’s Bend showed 176mm.

Nelson city got off lightly with 78.5mm of rain over the 24 hours recorded at the Maitai forks, 68.5mm at Wakapuaka and 22.5mm at Roding [at Caretakers].