Tsunami Warning! Kiatupato: Move to higher ground now.

10:37am UPDATE:

Tsunami alert issued after 8 magnatude earthquake at Rangitahua (Kermadecs). Waves arriving now at Hawai – 10:30am.

Reports of traffic chaos in town earlier. Please take care.

Opape whanau your evacuation safe place is Opape Marae – go there now.

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10:57am UPDATE:

Report from Mayor that town is successfully evacuated (see photo below).

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11:10am UPDATE:

NZ govt Civil Defence to hold press conference at Beehive at 11:30am.

Awa rivers warning to whanau: surges up rivers are usual part of tsunami scenario so please do not go onto or near the rivers which could be affected by a wave surge even if they are far inland!

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11:25am UPDATE:

Confirmed Opape Marae is open and receiving evacuated people. Thanks aunty Flo!

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11:55am UPDATE:

Beehive press conference underway.

Civil Defence Minister Kiritapu Allan says evacuated people are instructed to wait for official all clear to return to lower ground – recommend listen to radio for all clear.

Reports are Woodlands Hall is open and receiving evacuated people.

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12:15pm UPDATE:

Video online of foaming tsunami surging at Tokomaru Bay (pic below).

Louis Rapihana reported observing same thing at Hawai about 10:30am ongoing.

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1:05pm UPDATE:

Video online of Opotiki wharf  showing water level is very high, less than 10cm to overtop lower jetty and carpark (see pictures below).

Whanau reminded to keep away from rivers and river flood areas as surge waves can be expected up all rivers connected to the sea – so Pakihikura harbour, Otara and Waioweka rivers, Kukumoa stream, Te Houhi stream, Waiotahe river, Waiaua River, Tirohanga waterways, Opape stream. 

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1:23pm UPDATE:

RNZ reporting GNS Science assessed no land threat so evacuated people may return to lower areas. Marine and river waterways alert remains.

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1:30pm UPDATE: 

From Twitter feed of Kiri Allan:

Kiri Allan @KiriAllan
1:15pm UPDATE GNS Science has advised that the largest waves have now passed, and therefore the threat level is now downgraded to a Beach and Marine threat for all areas which were previously under Land and Marine threat. All people who evacuated can now return.

Kiri Allan @KiriAllan

The advice remains, for all areas under Beach and Marine threat, to stay off beach and shore areas.

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1:40pm UPDATE:

“ALL CLEAR” to return has been given.  Alert notice on mobile phone system advising at 1:30pm emergency evacuation of land area is over, safe to return. Beach and Marine advisory continues.

Hapu kaimahi taiao advises beach and marine caution applies for Opotiki rivers and lower lying waterways.

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2:45pm UPDATE:

Pictures from pilot Terry Rogers above evacuation places of Opeke Marae, Waioweka and Woodlands Hall – Woodlands/Akatarere School at Hikutaia earlier today as below.  Scores of vehicles parked both sides of road around both locations.

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3:25pm UPDATE:

Coast alert advisory for Opotiki is lifted as per NEMA panui in last half hour as below from Twitter:

National Emergency Management Agency
The tsunami threat to New Zealand has been further downgraded.
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AREAS UNDER BEACH AND MARINE THREAT: The North Cape from AHIPARA to the BAY OF ISLANDS, the East Coast of the North Island from CAPE RUNAWAY to TOLAGA BAY, and GREAT BARRIER ISLAND, and the CHATHAM ISLANDS. There is no tsunami threat in all other areas.

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