Tsunami Threat Health Update


The tsunami threat for north of Tolaga Bay has now been lifted and everyone is safe to return to their homes. Please stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, this includes boats), stay off beaches and shore areas, do not go sightseeing.  
Please share this information with family, neighbours and friends.  

Returning home after evacuating

This is a good time make sure you are prepared for the next emergency. In particular think about your medications, water and how you can keep in touch.


HEALTH UPDATE 1: 11.30am

In response to 8.1 magnitude earthquake near the Kermadec Islands this morning a tsunami warning is in place, Hauora Tairāwhiti has activated its emergency response plan.

Gisborne Hospital

There is no threat to Gisborne Hospital. 
Gisborne Hospital is fully staffed and preparing to support any health emergency that may arise from the tsunami. 
No surgery or appointments have been cancelled, please attend as planned unless your get a phone call.

Medical Centres

Some Ngāti Porou Hauora medical centres are closed and have been evacuated:

  • Matakaoa
  • Tokomaru Bay
  • Uawa

Te Puia Springs Hospital and Ruatoria Medical Centre are open as they are not near the coast. 
All GP Practices/ Medical Centres in Gisborne are open and operating as normal.
All are operating under COVID Level 2 so call first, particularly if you have any COVID symptoms. 

Need healthcare on the Coast?

If it is an emergency call 111. If it is not an emergency contact Te Puia Hospital 06 864 6803. 
North of Tolaga you must stay off the roads. Don’t drive to a medical centre. 


People near the Coast north of Tolaga should evacuate if you haven’t already.
If you are evacuating from your home, take your regular medications with you. If you are currently receiving support from a community health service, leave notifications of your whereabouts in your mailbox.
Make sure you have an emergency supply of water and a way to keep in touch. This may be a radio or mobile phone and charger.

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