Extreme weather events: safety tips and support

Where to find information

For an extreme weather event like a cyclone or flood, regular updates will be shared on our national Facebook page. More information is also available from Civil Defence and local Emergency Management websites. 

You can find your local Civil Defence group here(external link).

Can I light a fire to clear cyclone debris or waste following Cyclone Gabrielle?

The Government has agreed to an Order in Council under the Severe Weather Emergency Recovery Legislation Act 2023 that overrides the Resource Management Act, to classify open-air burning of cyclone and flood waste as a permitted activity for Tairāwhiti and Hawkes Bay, duration, and conditions the order relates to.

These guidelines are in place from July 5 – November 1 2023. Find out more at checkitsalright.nz(external link).