Cyclone Gabrielle update 12 – General update

Published 18 Feb 2023

Quick summary

  • Our community outreach continues to assess needs
  • Welfare support is available, please call us
  • Please continue to report damage using Antenno or by calling us
  • Akitio Water Treatment Plant is back up and running, Boil Water Notice to remain in place until further notice
  • Road updates can be found at:

Focus for the Day

Our focus continues to be the welfare of our communities. Our community outreach team are heading out to Weber and Akitio today to continue our work identifying people’s needs so that we can respond to them.  If you know of someone who you think needs our help please contact us and please remember to check on your neighbours.

If you are isolated and have welfare needs, please contact us on 06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110 and let our teams know. We are able to support with:

  • access to food, water and household goods, such as fuel and medicine
  • shelter/accommodation for anyone that is displaced
  • assistance with animal/stock welfare (including access, rescue, evac, food/water, sick/injured, escaped or critical services for production animals)
  • - advice on financial support that is available
  • - any other welfare needs

Roads update


  • Access to Pongaroa via Pahiatua-Pongaroa Road
  • Access to Herbertville via Weber/Wimbledon


  • Access to Akitio
  • Access to Route 52 between Weber and Pongaroa

Road updates can be found at:

Akitio Water Treatment Plant

The Plant is back up and running and levels in the reservoir and beginning to retore.  The boil water notice will remain in place until further notice.

Helicopter Assessment                  

Mayor Tracey Collis, Kieran McAnulty, Minister for Emergency Management, and a representative from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) will be undertaking a helicopter flyover to further assess the extent of the cyclone damage across our communities.

“We know that there are still some isolated communities out there and it’s important that we, and members of the national response, are able to see the level of impact and understand the needs in our area.”