Helicopter public warning siren testing

Monday 4 July and Tuesday 5 July 2016, 9 am – 11 am (both days)

On Monday 4 July 2016 (and Tuesday 5 July if weather does not permit on Monday), Waimakariri Civil Defence staff will be carrying out tests with local helicopter firm Helicontrax, to test a prototype public warning siren system mounted in a helicopter.

Please note this is only a test.


Tests will be flown over the beach area between Woodend and Pines Beach multiple times to enable sound recordings to be taken at several different nearby locations. Testing will involve the helicopter flying a circuit and operating the on-board siren and broadcasting a live test voice message several times in each circuit. The helicopter will land in the Pines Beach oval but it will not sound its siren in or over the residential area.

These tests will help determine if we will use this service during emergencies, as another layer in our existing public warning system.

We have distributed flyers to nearby residential properties and we have posted messages on the Council’s website and Facebook page. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you would like to know more, please contact:

Contact: Brennan Wiremu

Phone: 03 311 8900 or 03 327 6834