Damaging wind is caused by cyclones, tornados or areas of very low pressure air called deep depressions. The MetService issues a strong wind warning when winds of over 87km/h are expected over land.

Follow these steps to get through the dangers of strong winds:

Before a Storm

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

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

  • Check that your roof and guttering are secure

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

  • If you are renovating or building, make sure all work complies with the New Zealand building code which has specific standards to minimise storm damage.

When a warning is issued

  • Pick up any debris around your house that could become airborne

  • Bring rubbish bins indoors

  • Bring pets inside, move stock to shelter

  • Listen to your local radio station for information.

During a storm

  • Open a window on the side of the building away from the wind. This will relieve pressure on the roof and help prevent it lifting

  • Close all curtains to slow down flying glass and airborne objects

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

  • Do not walk around outside. Do not drive unless absolutely necessary.

After a storm

Contact your local council and insurance company if your house or building has been severely damaged.

Ask your council for advice on how to clean up debris safely.


Online requests 

Kaipara District Council
0800 727 059 (24 Hours)
Phone: +64 9 439 7059


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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