Text alerts, Facebook and the Red Cross hazard app were some of the alerting tools put to the test by Civil Defence this morning as part of a Bay of Plenty wide check. Vehicle mounted sirens were also tested in specific areas and fixed sirens in the eastern Bay.
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New Zealand Red Cross has announced a grant to assist people whose homes have been damaged by the Kaikōura earthquakes on the 14th of November. The Damaged Home Grant of NZ$1,000 will be available for people whose residential homes received either a red or yellow sticker, or were required to evacuate their homes for seven days or longer following quakes.
One of the country's worst gastro outbreaks in Havelock North has seen local emergency services offering door-to-door welfare to help as many as they can cope with the illness.