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FINAL UPDATE – Issued 15:00 hours on 14 November 2016.  The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) has cancelled the tsunami warning in place for Wellington to Banks Peninsula. 

Based on all available data, the tsunami threat has now passed. However, coasts may still experience unusual, strong currents and sea level fluctuations lasting for several more hours. People are advised to stay vigilant in and around coastal waters.

See OLD news updates below……

UPDATED 12:44pm — Coastal conditions continue to ease following a significant tsunami wave which hit around Kaikoura after midnight’s M7.5 earthquake. Earlier today Kaikoura recorded waves of 2.5 metres, Christchurch 1 metre and Wellington half a metre.

Power cuts are scattered across both islands this morning as a result of the quake – and stormy weather tonight across the country may make matters worse.

As of 12noon NZT Monday the Government had confirmed to the media two deaths.

Buildings and roads have been extensively damaged in the South Island and parts of Wellington.

Wellington Civil Defence is advising people not to go into work in the CBD and also Lower Hutt this today. says this is a historic earthquake and tsunami event for New Zealand.

THIS IS AN ACTIVE WARNING and is in talks with GeoNet this morning as we update you.

As you can see as of 12:40pm it appears the largest of the waves passed before sunrise, but still dangerous conditions for some along the eastern coastline and it’s still making for choppy conditions/stronger tides…





Guest on 23/02/2017 9:31pm

Amazing how every time that this kid of event occurs we all go out and restock our emergency kits and supplies – check the stored water which has gone off and the emergency money supply. Then several years later you do it all again and half the stuff has been raided. Any of course check the Insurance and all the other things we put to one side.

Should be an annual check before Xmas to make sure all is in order

Sandya Thomas on 16/11/2016 12:34pm


My sister and her husband were visiting Stewart Island at the time of the earthquake. We have not heard anything from them since Nov. 13th. Do you know whether cell towers are down? I understood Stewart Island was not affected by the earthquake.

Appreciate any news.


WW Forecast Team on 16/11/2016 1:09pm

Hi Sandya

Stewart Island is about as far away as you can get from these quakes within NZ, there should be no issues at that end of the country. Not sure why you can’t contact them sorry, hmmm.

– WW Team

Sandya Thomas on 16/11/2016 2:44pm

Thanks so much for the quick response, really appreciate it.

Guest on 15/11/2016 4:43am

We are going to Wellington and then an hour North near Solway Park … should be, is it safe.. any advice?

WW Forecast Team on 15/11/2016 4:04pm

Hi there

I guess you’re travelling by road. Best to have a look at a road conditions map like this:

Weatherwise if you want to know the weather around Wellington keep an eye on our Wellington forecasts 🙂

– WW Team

Lara on 14/11/2016 10:52pm

hi, we have plane tickets to Wellington on 24th November, where it is the best to see what is the earthquake warning, we are worried to get stuck in the city if it hits. thanks

WW Forecast Team on 14/11/2016 11:16pm

Hi there

What exactly are you asking? Earthquake warnings? There isn’t really a forecast for potential earthquakes as such. For official advice regarding earthquakes have a look at or contact

– WW Team

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