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The Kuaotunu River Bridge opens today

17 October 2019

Photo: Higgins working vigorously on the Kuaotunu River Bridge.

The Kuaotunu River Bridge will open later this afternoon, a week ahead of schedule.

“The road will re-open to one lane, under stop-go traffic management and is expected to open to two lanes by Monday, 21 October,” says Allan Tiplady, our Area Manager North. “We can’t give an exact time of when ithe bridge will open this afternoon, but it will be before the end of the day. We ask that when it does open, people to travel safely through the site and to observe the 30km/hr speed limit, with possible minor delays until Monday.”

“A huge congratulations to the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), Higgins and all the contractors involved. They've gone above and beyond and worked hard throughout the storm this week - and the past four weeks to get the bridge open sooner than planned.. It was an extraordinary effort,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie.

“We know the closure has been an inconvenience to many, but I want to thank all the communities between Coromandel Town through to Whitianga for their patience,” says Mayor Sandra. “It’s was fantastic to see how communities pulled together to help each other out during this time – and also a big ups to the Kuaotunu Katchup facebook team for helping coordinate shared transport options, along with Go Kiwi who put on extra shuttle bus services.”

Mayor Sandra is hosting an event at the Kuaotunu Hall on Tuesday 22 October, between 4-6pm, to say thanks to the NZTA, its contractors and all the local residents affected by the closure of the SH25 bridge at Kuaotunu, following the 9 September 2019 weather event.

All welcome. There will be light refreshments served by Kuaotunu Kindergarten.

Also, following another weather event earlier this week, SH25A Kopu to Hikuai between SH26 and SH25) is now OPEN the clearance of a slip material. Meanwhile, on Council roads, Victoria Street, Thames remains closed until further notice due to a large slip (approx. 2.5km)..

Victoria Street, Thames remains closed overnight until further notice due to a large slip (approx. 2.5km).

Go Kiwi Shuttles will be providing extra services for Te Pōwhiri - Tuia 250 commemorations

Go Kiwi Shuttles are also putting on extra services for the Tuia 250 commemorations tomorrow.

This is to take the public from Kuaotunu to Whitianga via Wharekaho for Te Powhiri at Wharekaho (Simpsons Beach).

The serivice has been funded by NZTA and our Council. and is free of charge.

Click here for the full schedule. 

Shakeout campaign today

Today groups and agencies around the counrry are participatiing in Shake Out, ou national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi, which takes plae at 1.30pm.

So do you know what to do if an earthquake or tsunami were to strike today? Does your family or your workplate have a plan for how they will respond?

Put your plans to the test with other New Zealanders for ShakeOut – New Zealand’s earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi (walk).

Email or tag us on our Facebook page in your videos or photos during your ShakeOut drill to help us raise awareness.

Stay Informed

In weather events, it's always important to stay informed. The more avenues of communication available to you, the better.

Here are some we recommend:

Check MetService for the latest weather forecasts on this weather system.

We'll also include updates on known local Council road closures. If you see a Council road that is impassable due to flooding or a debris, call us on 07 868 0200. If the issue is with a State Highway (eg, the Thames Coast Road, Kopu-Hikuai Road) please tell NZ Transport Agency on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the call centre team who can also provide traffic and travel information.

Check NZTA's website before you travel for the latest information about road closures or work underway. You can also use their journey-planning website to plan the best route for your journey, taking into account known issues and traffic on state highways.

Red Cross Hazards App - alerts about hazards. Download from the App Store or Google Play.

Local radio - Check stations and frequencies here. 

Emergency Mobile Alert - these can be sent to your mobile phone, without needing to download an app or sign up. Check if your phone is capable of receiving them, here 

Know your neighbours - phone each other, especially vulnerable people, to check if they're OK.

Waikato Regional Council has set up an online hub for rainfall and flood-related information to help people more easily keep up to date with severe weather events in the region. It can be found here

We will post regular updates on our Council's Facebook page as well as on our website and email newsletters 

Also follow Waikato Civil Defence on Facebook here [] and check out their website for updates here

To report a power outage contact your provider, however to get further information on power outages see Powerco's website

For more on these channels, and other information about staying informed in emergencies, go to the Civil Defence "Never Happens" website