Tropical Cyclone Lusi – remnants of the hurricane force storm due to hit New Zealand – Weekend events changed due to weather

Written by Your VIPTRIP Team on March 13th, 2014

Weekend events changed due to weather – remnants of Tropical Cyclone Lusi:

• The Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Rotorua on Saturday has been shortened from a 22-hour event to an eight-hour event

• The Auckland West Relay For Life has been cancelled. People can transfer to Auckland North Relay on 29/30th March. For more info go to www.relay.org.nz.

• Panasonic People’s Triathlon at Maraetai Beach on Sunday has been postponed until March 30

• Salty Classic fishing competition 2014 cancelled

• Kaurilands Primary School Fun Fair, postponed to March 29

• Auckland’s Silo Park cinema screening on Friday, cancelled

• Whangaparaoa Gala postponed until March 22.

* 360 Discovery ferry services cancelled:

– Coromandel: Friday and Saturday

– Tiritiri Matangi from Downtown and Gulf Harbour, Saturday

– passengers should check www.360discovery.co.nz as Sunday service to Tiritiri Matangai may also be cancelled

 

Events which could be affected:

• Chiefs vs Stormers, Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, Friday

• Hurricanes vs Cheetahs, Westpac Stadium in Wellington, Saturday

• Vodafone Warriors v St. George Illawarra Dragons at Eden Park, Saturday

• Te Houtaewa challenge, 90 Mile Beach, Saturday

• Bayswater Auto Show and Family Fun Day, Bayswater School, Sunday

• Harbourview Sculpture trail, Te Atatu Peninsula, open until March 30

• Final series in the Swim Rotorua Open Water Swim, Lake Okataina, Sunday

• Rotorua Walking Festival, Saturday and Sunday

• Tarawera Ultramarathon, Saturday

• Rotorua’s Pasifika Family Fun Day event

• Womad music festival, Taranaki, Friday – Sunday

• Wairarapa Balloon Fiesta, Thursday – Sunday

• Wairarapa Wine Festival on Saturday

Before a storm:

• Develop a household emergency plan. Assemble and maintain your emergency survival items, as well as a portable getaway kit.

• Prepare your property by securing large heavy objects and any item which could become a deadly or damaging missile.

• Keep materials at hand for repairing windows, such as tarpaulins, boards and duct tape.

When a warning is issued and during a storm:

• Stay informed on weather updates. Listen to your local radio stations for advice for your community and situation.

• Put your household emergency plan into action and check your getaway kit.

• Secure, or move indoors, all items that could get blown about in strong winds.

• Close windows, external and internal doors. Pull curtains and drapes over unprotected glass areas.

• If the wind becomes destructive, stay away from doors and windows and shelter inside the house.

• Water supplies can be affected so store drinking water in containers and fill bathtubs and sinks.

• Power cuts are possible in severe weather. Unplug small appliances which may be affected by electrical power surges, and if power is lost, unplug major appliances.

• Bring pets inside. Move stock to shelter. If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you.

After a storm:

• Listen to your local radio stations for the most appropriate advice for your community and situation.

• Check for injuries and help others if you can, especially people who require special assistance.

• Look for and report broken utility lines.

• Contact your local council if your house has been severely damaged.

• If your property or contents are damaged take notes and photographs and contact your insurance company.

Detailed advice is at www.getthru.govt.nz.

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