Severe weather event education update

The Secretary for Education has lifted the Direction made on Monday 30 January for schools and other education providers to close until Tuesday 7 February in response to the Auckland weather emergency. This will take effect from 1 February.

Schools, kura, early learning services and kōhanga reo can open

The decision was informed by the daily review of the Direction, taking into account information from Waka Kotahi who provide input to the Auckland Emergency Management Situational Report. The information from Waka Kotahi includes a high level of confidence in the weather settling, and that water is draining more quickly than expected. 

Some roads are closed, and some may remain so for the next few days, however it now seems reasonable for this to be managed without needing a direction to close.

The lifting of the Direction does not mean that schools, kura, early learning services and kōhanga reo have to open from tomorrow. It does allow those schools and services that can open, to do so.

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National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) updates

Information on 'how to keep safe' and 'what to do' – NEMA website(external link)

Updates for Auckland  

Auckland Emergency Management website(external link) 

Auckland Emergency Management Facebook(external link)

Updates for Waitomo, Waikato

Waikato Region Emergency Management website(external link) 

Waitomo District Council Facebook(external link)

Civil Defence Centres

Those who need to evacuate and cannot stay with friends or whānau can go to a Civil Defence Centre.

  • West: Leonards Road School, 15 Saint Leonards Road, Kelston
  • North: Massey University Albany Campus, Sir Neil Walters Lecture Theatre, Massey University East Precinct, Albany Expressway SH17
  • South: Mana Tukutuku, 32 Riverton Drive, Randwick Park

Bring with you any essential items you may need – for example, medication, warm clothing, baby items.

More information is available on the Auckland Council’s website.(external link)

Ministry of Social Development (MSD) contact numbers

Support and assistance may be available if you've been affected by flooding in your region. 

Dedicated line for impacted residents

0800 400 100

Urgent accommodation assistance

0800 22 22 00

Accommodation for those who have COVID-19 

Where people have COVID-19 and must leave their homes and cannot be accommodated with other whānau, the number to call is Health 021 227 4908.

Marae across Auckland

Marae across Auckland are offering support, including the Manukau Urban Māori Authority, Papakura Marae and Manurewa Marae.

More information is available on the MSD website(external link)

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