Floods are a common hazard in New Zealand. A flood becomes dangerous in the following conditions:

  • If the water is travelling very fast
  • If the water is very deep
  • If the floods have risen very quickly
  • If the floodwater contains debris, such as trees and sheets of corrugated iron.

Getting ready before a flood strikes will help reduce damage to your home and business and help you survive.

Before a flood

  • Develop a Household Emergency Plan and prepare an Emergency Survival Kit so that you can cope with being on your own for three days or more.

  • Find out if your home or business is at risk from flooding. If there is a risk, your local council can give you information to help you reduce the effects. This information could cover:

    • Evacuation plans

    • How to protect items in your home or business by raising them above floor level

    • How you can reduce the risk of future flooding to your home or business.

  • Know where the closest high ground is and how to get there.

  • Keep your insurance up to date.


When a flood threatens

  • Listen to your local radio station for information and follow the advice and instructions from Civil Defence Emergency Management.

  • Your local council or Civil Defence Emergency Management Group may issue a warning. Talk to them to find out how they will warn you.


During a flood

  • Move out of the flooded area or go to the nearest high ground.

  • Lift household items as high above the floor as possible.

  • Do not attempt to drive or walk through floodwaters unless it is absolutely essential.

  • Stay in a safe place. Do not go sightseeing.

After a flood

  • If you have been affected, have your house inspected and the damage assessed.

  • Talk to your local council about ways to reduce the risk of future flooding to your house or business.


Online requests 

Kaipara District Council
0800 727 059 (24 Hours)
Phone: +64 9 439 7059
Email: council@kaipara.govt.nz


Office hours: 8 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Address: 42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville 0310
Address: Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai 0505

Mail: Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340


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