Civil Defence Karamea/Little Wanganui Information

Emergencies can happen at anytime, anywhere.

River levels and rainfall

West Coast regional Council overview map:

West Coast regional Council Karamea river at gorge:

Civil Defence Key Contacts

Jacqui Dyer
Karamea/Little Wanganui Community Co-ordinator
Mobile   021 261 5566

Roger Gibson
Assistant Community Coordinator
027 233 3782

Get Prepared!

In most emergencies you should be able to stay in your home. Plan to be able to look after yourself and your household for at least 7 days.

  • Create a household emergency plan
  • Work out what supplies you will need at home, in your car and at work
  • Think about how you would get through with no power, cell phone or running water

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Buller Emergency Management

West Coast Emergency Management

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West Coast Emergency Management

Radio Stations

  • Coast FM - 99.3FM
  • The Hits 90.75FM
  • Radio NZ National 1458 AM
  • Radio NZ Talk Back 1287 AM
  • Karamea Radio 107.5 FM

Earthquake & Tsunami

For a local source tsunami, which could arrive in minutes, there won’t be time for an official warning. It is important to recognise the natural warning signs and act quickly.
If you are near a coastline and experience any of the following, take action.

Do not wait for official warnings.

  • Feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand or a long earthquake that lasts more than a minute
  • See a sudden rise or fall in sea level
  • Hear loud or unusual noises from the sea

Drop, Cover and Hold during the shaking. As soon as the shaking stops, move immediately to the nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as you can.

Drop cover hold

Long or strong

Make a plan with your family/flatmates/friends to get through an emergency. Think about the things you need every day and work out what you would do if you didn’t have them. 

Fill in the form then print it out, stick it on the fridge and make sure everyone knows the plan. Or save it as a PDF and email it to your family/flatmates/friends.…

Print it out, fill it out, stick it on the fridge


Jacqui Dyer Wed, 17/08/2022 - 17:59

Hi Everyone,

This is an update from your Karamea Civil Defence co-ordination team on the current weather event.

To recap, MetService has issued a Red Warning for Buller – it means the West Coast and upper South Island could see rainfall similar to that in the weather events of February this year and July 2021.

A Civil Defence Response Centre has been set up in Westport and we are in constant communication with them. Waka Kotahi have advised that there have been no weather-related highway closures in Buller as yet but we expect this to change as the rain sets in.

Metservice Rainfall forecasts that the ranges of Buller and Westland could see 350-550mm of rain up until Thursday evening.

Please delay any non-essential travel and check the Waka Kotahi traffic pages for closures before heading out if a trip is unavoidable. Extreme caution on the roads is essential.

Take care around rivers, particularly at high tides, and areas where we have had slips and flooding in the past.

Rainfall is forecast to peak on Wednesday night, but continues into Thursday and may return over the weekend.

Keep up to date with the latest road conditions at

Karamea Civil Defence team will be monitoring river levels and alerting people in flood prone areas, as per our flood protection plan.

For those who have volunteered to help in a Civil Defence emergency, please keep your phones on hand.

If you require urgent event related support, please call either Jacqui Dyer on 0212615566 or Roger Gibson on 0272333782.

Stay safe everyone
Jacqui Dyer