Weather Event August 2022

Recovery progress report December 2022 

Four months ago:

• A state of emergency was declared on 17 August 2022 after continuous heavy rain caused severe landslips and flooding.

• The rain caused more than 450 landslips in Whakatū Nelson.

• At least 1,200 people were evacuated from their homes.

Homes with red and yellow placards and a
history of the peak:

• We are now at 21 red and 86 yellow (December 2022). UPDATE January 2023: 18 red and 77 yellow. 

• At the peak (24 August) we had 104 red and 82 yellow.

• There has been an almost 80% decrease in red placard homes. Note that many red homes have become yellow, which is why we have not seen such a significant decrease in that number. 

Parks and infrastructure – what has been fixed:

• 95% of trails are now open to the public.

• Maitai Dam raw water pipeline is repaired.

• Maitai Valley Road and Grampians Road are repaired.

• Four main Maitai river swimming holes have been cleared of debris and gravel and reopened.

Helping hand for affected residents:

• We have held regular community meetings and drop-in sessions to put residents in touch with agencies, geotechnical engineers and Council teams that deal with building and resource consents.

• We have grown our Navigator team from one person to a team of five, available to help people affected by the severe weather event.

• Our drop-in Navigator Hub opened in the State Advances building on Tuesday 29 November. The
drop-in hub is open Monday-Friday 9:30am–5pm.

• The Nelson Tasman Mayoral Relief Fund had a whopping 933 donations received from our generous local, national and international communities. More than $700,000 has been paid out in grants to around 200 households.

• Regular email updates with information, with at least 12 email updates sent out to more than 150 affected residents so far.


Resident emails

Direct emails for affected residents:

Recovery Update – 16 September 2022
Recovery Update – 23 September 2022
Recovery Update – 11 October 2022
Recovery Update – 21 October 2022
Recovery Update – 25 October 2022
Recovery Update – 28 October 2022
Recovery Update – 2 November 2022
Recovery Update – 7 November 2022
Recovery Update – 16 November 2022
Recovery Update -  17 November 2022
Recovery Update -  25 November 2022
Recovery Update -  28 November 2022
Recovery Update -  13 December 2022
Recovery Update -  22 December 2022
Recovery Update -  13 January 2023

Is there any financial help available?

In emergencies, Work and Income may be able help with costs if you don't have any other way of paying. You don't have to be on a benefit.

Work and Income can help with: medical costs, bedding, food, power bills, repairs or replacing appliances, emergency accommodation costs, benefits and housing assistance.

Everyone’s situation is different, so what you qualify for will depend on your situation. You may have to pay the money back depending on your situation.


Call on 0800 559 009 for help with emergency costs from 7am – 6pm Monday to Friday, 8am – 1pm Saturday.

Inland Revenue Department (IRD) can also support with Tax relief, income assistance, kiwisaver holidays & working for families payments for people affected by extreme weather events. Click on the links below for more information. 

Tax relief - extreme weather and natural disasters 

Working for Families

Archived Information:

Update 25 October 2022 - Navigator, revaluations and rates relief
Red placard - next steps for property owners
Yellow 1 placard - next steps for property owners
Yellow 2 placard - next steps for property owners
White placard - next steps for property owners
QV revaluations, rates decreases and rates remissions 

Need temporary accommodation? 

If you need temporary accommodation, The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) is supporting people to find temporary accommodation while their home is inaccessible or being repaired/rebuilt.

To register for TAS help: or call 0508 754 163

It's ok to be not ok 

It's normal to continue to feel really overwhelmed. Anxiety is very common during and after an emergency event such as flooding and evacuations. This is a normal response to a stressful situation. Talking to people and helping others can be both therapeutic and useful.  

If you need further support for yourself or for others:  

  • Call your GP, after-hours GP practice or Healthline on 0800 611 116 (your GP can help refer you on to free services)
  • Free-call or text 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor 
  • In an emergency, call 111 

Where possible, try to get as much sleep as you can so you are rested to take on the challenges of the day.  

Children will also find this time unsettling as they will be missing their home, toys and familiar surroundings. It is a good idea to explain what is going on to them, and to offer regular reassurance. There are some great tips here on how to do just that: Scroll down to supporting tamariki mental wellbeing. 

Māori community / iwi support

Please don’t be whakamā to ask for help. For hauora support, call Te Tauihu Māori health provider Te Piki Oranga on 0800 ORANGA (0800 672 642).

For general support, please call Te Kotahi o Te Tauihu Trust on 0800 514 358

or: Whakatū Te Korowai Manaakitanga Trust on 03 547 5958.  

You can also call the Whānau Ora navigators at your local marae or iwi office.

Pasifika support services

Ministry of Pacific Peoples – Christchurch Regional Office

Phone: 03 366 7202 Email:

Nelson Tasman Pasifika community trust


Frequently Asked Questions

Key Links

Live Map of Road Closures

Other links

Nelson-Tasman Civil Defence website 


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Road Closures

NCC Road Closures | TDC Road Closures | State Highway Closures (Waka Kotahi)

Antenno Smartphone App

Install the Antenno App for alerts and information and reporting issues to Council.
Apple App Store | Google Play Store | Learn more

Tasman District Council | Wastewater overflows

Weather and tides | Tideschart Nelson

Monitor Local Rainfall

You can monitor rainfall using automatic recording sites at a number of locations. Visit the TDC website for more details:


Residents and businesses are responsible for providing their own sandbags in preparation for a storm event. Learn more.

Wastewater pumping stations

See is a list of wastewater pumping stations that have potentially overflowed during the current weather event.

Nelson City Council Designation of Area for Building Emergency Management

Nelson City Council Designation of Area for Building Emergency Management (130KB PDF)

How to contact us

You can contact us at any time on 546 0200 or email