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Employers asked to consider letting Waikato workers leave early if they need to travel
April 13, 2017, 01:12 PM 1pm Thursday 13 April Waikato employers are being urged to consider letting workers leave early from work this afternoon to help ensure people can get home before the worst of tonight’s expected heavy rain kicks in.

Waikato Civil Defence HQ and regional council flood room monitor weather developments
April 13, 2017, 10:33 AM 10.30am Joint media release from Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group and Waikato Regional Council regional hazards team The Waikato Civil Defence group emergency management office in Hamilton is monitoring weather-related developments around the region closely, ready to support local civil defence responses as required.

Waikato civil defence teams co-operating closely over rainfall response
April 05, 2017, 01:55 PM 1345hrs The Waikato Civil Defence Group headquarters in Hamilton and council civil defence teams around the region are co-operating closely on managing the response to rainfall-related flooding and community welfare issues.

Waikato updates tsunami advice with new hazard maps
December 07, 2016, 05:06 PM Waikato Civil Defence is updating the way it educates people about tsunami preparedness in the wake of the recent Kaikoura quake and subsequent tsunami alert.

Waikato civil defence urges vigilance overnight
November 14, 2016, 03:29 PM Issued at 3.30pm Waikato Civil Defence Group is urging the region’s communities to remain vigilant overnight given the risk of ongoing aftershocks from last night’s quakes centred in the South Island.

Waikato civil defence assessing developments
November 14, 2016, 09:32 AM 0915 Waikato Civil Defence Group is assessing what response it will need to provide following last night’s earthquake.

Tsunami alert reinforces need for Waikato people to be prepared
September 02, 2016, 09:33 AM 0845hrs This morning’s real tsunami alert, coming hard on the heels of a national tsunami exercise this week, reinforces the need for Waikato communities to be prepared for a real disaster, says Waikato Civil Defence group.

Waikato civil defence social media strategy in LGNZ award finals
June 22, 2016, 09:28 AM They’ve ranged from drawings on maps of weather “sausages” (areas where bad weather is expected) through to an illustration of “nun” Julie Andrews being hit by a trampoline blown about by heavy winds.

New plan emphasises: “We are all Civil Defence”
June 13, 2016, 03:40 PM 13 June 2016

Waikato group controller’s contributions recognised
June 13, 2016, 03:39 PM 13 June 2016

Watch out for weather in lead up to Easter
March 23, 2016, 02:26 PM MEDIA RELEASE 23 March 2016 Watch out for weather in lead up to Easter

"Maintain vigilance" say Waikato authorities
September 18, 2015, 08:17 AM "Maintain vigilance" say Waikato authorities

Coromandel residents urged to stay away from coast tonight
September 17, 2015, 05:55 PM Coromandel residents urged to stay away from coast tonight

Karangahake Gorge may need to close due to rising river level
September 01, 2015, 11:45 AM

Waikato assisting Taranaki flood response
June 24, 2015, 03:44 PM

Earthquake preparedness advice updated
June 11, 2015, 08:22 AM

Waikato Civil Defence ramps up volunteer arrangements
June 08, 2015, 03:49 PM A new plan to use volunteers to build the ability of the Waikato region to respond to civil defence emergencies has been signed off today.

What would you do if a disaster happened?
September 16, 2014, 11:51 AM You never know when you might be without power or running water, so this year’s Get Ready Week is a good time to make a plan and get prepared.

Big surge in Waikato civil defence capability
June 27, 2014, 01:00 PM Waikato’s capability to prepare for and deal with civil defence emergencies has improved very significantly in the last five years, a new Ministry of Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) report has confirmed.

More Heavy Rain Forecast for Coromandel
June 11, 2014, 10:07 PM Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is urging Coromandel residents to take extra care from tonight through to Friday morning as another band of heavy rain is due to hit the area between Whitianga and Tauranga.

Heavy rain and wind affect Waikato overnight
June 11, 2014, 05:22 AM Heavy rain and wind have been affecting the Waikato region overnight, particularly on the Coromandel, and are expected to continue this morning before easing towards noon.

Wind risk increases for Waikato
June 10, 2014, 02:01 PM A severe weather warning of strong winds for the Coromandel Peninsula and eastern Waikato, on the inland side of the Kaimai Ranges, has now been issued by MetService.

Watch out for heavy rain and wind across Waikato
June 09, 2014, 09:48 AM Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group and the Waikato Regional Council flood management team are urging Waikato people to be cautious for the next few days with heavy rain forecast from today through to Wednesday. Strong winds are also possible during this period.

Checks on boat moorings may be worthwhile
April 02, 2014, 04:25 PM Issued at 1615hrs Boaties on the Waikato's east coast may want to consider checking their vessel's moorings following the big earthquake off Chile's coast today.

Waikato escapes worst effects from Lusi
March 16, 2014, 07:52 AM

0730 hours Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group says it’s fortunate the Waikato region seems to have escaped relatively unscathed from the effects of Cyclone Lusi.

Cyclone Lusi warning status upgraded
March 14, 2014, 11:40 AM Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is continuing to closely monitor the approaching Cyclone Lusi and is taking all necessary preparatory steps after MetService upgraded its alert for the weekend to a formal severe weather warning.

Waikato Civil Defence watching Lusi closely
March 12, 2014, 04:25 PM Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group controller Lee Hazlewood says the organisation is geared up to respond as required if Cyclone Lusi leads to problems in the region this weekend.

Mystery Creek a "great example" of good corporate citizenship
November 18, 2013, 03:44 PM The incorporation of civil defence emergency response requirements into a new Mystery Creek Events Centre HQ is a great example of good corporate citizenship, says Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.  

Tsunami risk info underlines need to be prepared
September 30, 2013, 10:04 AM New data showing increased tsunami height risk in the Waikato underlines the need for coastal communities to be well prepared for the dangers they could face, say Waikato Civil Defence and Waikato Regional Council.

High wind alert extended to eastern Waikato
September 24, 2013, 10:59 AM Today’s high wind warning for the Coromandel has been extended to Eastern Waikato in general, especially in the lee of the Kaimai Range, meaning residents there also need to be on the alert, says Waikato Civil Defence.

Wind and rain warning for Coromandel
September 23, 2013, 12:09 PM Waikato Civil Defence is urging Coromandel residents to be on the alert following a strong wind and rain warning for the peninsula.

Get ready, get to know your neighbours
September 18, 2013, 10:06 AM You never know when you might need your neighbours’ help, so this year’s Get Ready Week is a good time to get to know one another.

Emergency preparedness and understanding in Waikato generally good
August 22, 2013, 04:27 PM Waikato residents are being urged not to be complacent about how much warning they will get before disaster strikes.

New-look civil defence website provides improved access to local information
August 15, 2013, 03:45 PM A new-look website launched by the Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group provides people with improved access to valuable information to get through a disaster.

Central NZ quakes a timely reminder to be prepared
July 22, 2013, 02:05 PM The central New Zealand earthquakes are a timely reminder for businesses, individuals and families to ensure they are prepared, says Waikato Civil Defence.

Waikato Civil Defence showcases new team and facility
April 16, 2013, 04:40 PM A significantly enhanced Waikato regional Civil Defence team and a new regional emergency management facility in Hamilton have been showcased today.

New full-time Group Controller for Waikato Civil Defence
August 13, 2012, 02:00 PM The Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group's joint committee has today announced a new full-time Group Manager/Controller.

Waikato Civil Defence to maintain close watch on Tongariro
August 07, 2012, 02:15 PM The Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group says it will maintain a close watch on the situation at Mt Tongariro in case its personnel and resources are needed if volcanic activity escalates.

High tide level again predicted for Firth of Thames tonight, flooding unlikely
June 06, 2012, 11:00 AM Monitoring of conditions on the Firth of Thames by Waikato Civil Defence indicates that this evening's high tide will again be higher than normal but lower than experienced last night.

No reports received of tidal flooding tonight around Firth of Thames
June 05, 2012, 09:00 PM Tides on the Firth of Thames have peaked higher than usual this evening, however, Waikato Civil Defence has so far received no reports of flooding.

Tidal flooding possible tonight around Firth of Thames
June 05, 2012, 04:00 PM Waikato Civil Defence is warning residents of coastal communities on the Firth of Thames to prepare for tidal flooding similar to that experienced in January last year.

Civil defence begins detailed work with iwi
May 28, 2012, 05:00 PM The Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has begun a new liaison programme with iwi to help local marae be better prepared to cope with emergencies.