Tsunami siren warnings - do you know what to do?

John and Barbara Gebler evacuated their Woodend home when they heard the tsunami sirens activate following November’s large quake. When they arrived in Rangiora, they joined hundreds of other people who had also fled inland.

Many were following advice broadcast over the radio and were unsure about how far the evacuation zone extended, others simply heard the sirens and decided to take a cautious approach.

John stated that everyone he talked to that night seemed confused about the right course of action.

As a result of stories like John and Barbara’s, Civil Defence are holding a series of public information evenings over February and March for residents in the Waimakariri District.  They are focused on those residing in coastal communities but open to all.

These meetings will be a chance to hear the most recent advice from Civil Defence, see first-hand the tsunami risk modelling for our district and to ask any questions you may have.


  • 16 March – Woodend – Woodend Community Centre - 7pm to 9pm
  • 22 March – Pegasus – Pegasus Bay School Hall - 7pm to 9pm
  • 27 March – Kaiapoi - Kaiapoi Rugby Clubrooms -7pm to 9pm
  • 6 April – Pines Beach – Pines / Kairaki Yacht Club – 7pm to 9pm

* Dates and times are subject to change. For latest information and schedule, please visit the Waimakariri Civil Defence page.

Contact: Brennan Wiremu

Phone: 03 311 8900