Friday, August 19, 2022




Look after yourselves good night!


Another 150 to 200mm of rain is expected in the ranges east of Nelson in the 24 hours from midday Friday to midday Saturday.  

Later on Saturday, rain around the country weakens and we are left with more sporadic areas of wet weather, which will be less severe nationwide. 

MetService Meteorologist Stephen Glassey says “Having such a prolonged period of tropical moisture over the county during winter is extremely unusual.” 

Tasman Police - Marlborough

Friday, 19 August 2022 - 8:39pm | Marlborough motorists - avoid non-essential travel

Tasman District Police are advising motorists in the Marlborough region to avoid any non-essential travel this evening due to the ongoing weather event. 

Driving conditions are extremely poor, with surface flooding, slips, and low visibility due to heavy rainfall. 

A number of roads have been closed

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Anyone who needs to travel should do so with extreme caution and allow extra time for their journey.

Tasman - Richmond

Earlier this morning we were notified of a burst water main in Queen Street between Warwick and Hill Street, possibly leaving some residents without water. Whilst our Contractors were on site they identified that two pipes serving the reservoir have been damaged and they expect this repair to be completed by 9pm tonight. Contractors will be door knocking these properties.

In order to ensure that water is still available to other properties, we will be opening and closing valves to move water around the network, which may cause a drop in water pressure. These changes are expected to last approximately 12 hours and may result in discoloured water, but nothing to be concerned about. 

We ask that the people within the below area please conserve water wherever possible.

NELSON UPDATE:  5.30pm 19 Aug

All info on Our Nelson

- important info for people who have had to evacuate

- let us know if you need supplies

- SH6 travel window 5 - 7 pm Atawhai to Hira

- Road closures: live map

- Donations to Mayoral Relief Fund open

- Weekend bus update

- Reserves and track closures

Full details can be found at Our Nelson.

Tasman:  Moturoa / Rabbit Island closed

Due to severe flooding, Moturoa / Rabbit Island will remain closed tomorrow (Saturday 20 August). This will assessed again on Sunday. Rough Island remains open.



The bores that are the source of water to the Hope/Brightwater supply can become turbid (cloudy) when the Wairoa River runs high and with more rain forecast this may happen. 

If this happens the effectiveness of the filtration, UV and chlorine treatment can be reduced. 

So we need customers on the Hope/Brightwater supply to conserve water for the next 24 hours so that the amount of clean water in the

NELSON: SH6 opening two hour window 5-7pm Atawhai to Hira TODAY NOW

SH6 between Bayview/Atawhai and Hira is going to open for a 2hr window TODAY from 5-7pm ONLY to allow residents to leave the area.

The highway will be opened periodically i.e., every half hour on the half hour between 5pm and 7pm, with the last supervised movement in or out at 7pm.

Outside of these supervised trips, the road will remain under full closure to allow the contractors to keep working on the damaged sections and to ensure safety.


The main water supply line from the Maitai Reservoir to Nelson city failed overnight. While we still have a secondary pipe supplying water it's at a much-reduced flow rate and water is at a reduced capacity. Please conserve water today.


Possibility of 'very big swells' of up to 3 metres this afternoon. This will be at its worst at high tide at 2:51 PM. Please stay away from the beach this afternoon, stay home if possible and share with friends and whānau who are not coastal.

Further details can be found at Our Nelson.


SLIPS: please keep an eye out for any potential slips around your property. If you notice a slip, call CSC at 03 546 0200.

If you're worried there is an imminent slip that could put you or property at risk, DO NOT need to wait for an evacuation directive.

Please STAY OFF ROADS today - work from home if possible. Businesses, please consider closing early.

Bus routes are operating slightly differently today as staff work to clear slips caused by the heavy rain. Click link for more info.

Further details can be found at Our Nelson.

Tasman:  Landfill closure reduces refuse capacity

The York Valley landfill at Bishopdale is closed due to a landslip blocking the access road.

The closure means we can’t dispose of material collected at our Resource Recovery Centres in Richmond and Mariri.

We are asking people with household rubbish not to take it to these centres.

At this stage, our regular kerbside refuse collections aren’t affected but the recovery centres are running at reduced capacity with all collections being held on site until the landfill reopens.

Nelson: Customer Service Centre has Reopened

The Incident Information Centre is also up and running at Trafalgar Centre if you need to speak to someone about the weather event and your property. People from Iwi, the Insurance Council, Ministry of social Development, Red Cross and others are on site. 

Otherwise, please call Council (03 546 0200) email us (, or contact us via social media and Antenno. We are doing our absolute best to respond to each and every query received.

Tasman Nelson:

If you don't need to be on the roads today, please stay home. If you are able to work from home, please do so.

The roads around Nelson and Tasman are a real mess with key routes shut down which puts pressure on other roads. We need to ensure we have access so we can help residents as quickly as we can, and when the roads are blocked with traffic, it doesn't help anyone.

Tasman and Nelson residents - PLEASE STAY HOME!

If you don't need to be on the roads today, please stay home. If you are able to work from home, please do so. Please don't go out for a 'Sunday drive' to look at the damages and take photos - these are peoples homes, please respect that and them!

The roads around the Nelson and Tasman District are a real mess with key routes shut down which puts pressure on other roads. We need to ensure we have access as needed so we can help residents as quickly as we can, and when the roads are blocked up with traffic, it doesn't help anyone.

We are expecting a lot more rain later today, so you may get to where you're going now, but will you be able to get home again tonight? Please rethink if you need to leave home today!


Roading conditions across Tasman District as at 12pm Friday 19 August:

Lewis Street (Collingwood) is closed due to trees down.

Bird Road (Clifton) is closed due to slips, flood debris and blocked culverts.

Dry River Bridge has collapsed on Glenview road.

McShane Road (Wainui Bay) ford is impassable and there is a slip blocking the road.

Dry Road has been blocked by slips and trees.

Abel Tasman Drive is closed due to a slip across the road at Wainui Hill. We aim to reopen this today.

McCallum Road is closed due to a slip.

Rameka road is closed due to the ford still being very deep and washed out.

Pōhara Valley Road is closed due to flooding.

Bird Road Clifton is closed due to slips and blocked culverts.

Motueka Valley Highway is closed due to slips (between Ngatamoti and Alexander Bluff).

Dovedale Road (Dovedale Hill) is closed due to trees blocking the road.

Pigeon Valley Road (Dovedale Hill)  is closed due to trees blocking the road

Riwaka-Sandy Bay Road (Mārahau Hill) is closed.

Kaiteriteri-Sandy Bay Road is closed due to slips. Resident access only.

Stafford Drive is closed due to slips and rockfall. Detour in place Pomona Road to Marriages Road.

Kina Peninsula Road is closed (from the end of the seal) due to fallen trees.

Open but caution is advised:

SH60 Riwaka to Motueka - Flooding

SH60 Upper Tākaka to Collingwood - Flooding

SH60 Tākaka Hill between Riwaka Valley Road and Canaan Road - Slip

Long Plain Road is now open, but with 50km speed restrictions.

Collingwood-Puponga Main Road is now open, but caution is advised due to washouts and surface damage.

East Tākaka Road is now open, but caution is advised due to surface flooding.

One Spec Road is now open.

Pupu Valley Road is now open.

Waimea West Road has reopened.

The D’Arcy Street road closure has been postponed due to the weather.


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